0 Comments · Wednesday, August 29, 2012
There has been more activity downtown at
the former home of the historic Herzog recording studios than there has
been since the studio’s heyday in the ’40s.
Aug. 24 • Fountain Square
0 Comments · Monday, August 20, 2012
The very niftiest things about School of Seven Bells have nothing to do with its music and everything to do with its name.
Elizabeth Harper takes Synth Pop to new level with collaborative group, Class Actress
0 Comments · Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Harper fronted Class Actress, she had majored
in drama in college and moved to Los Angeles to follow her acting dream,
but found herself disillusioned. After relocating to Brooklyn, N.Y.,
Harper shifted her passion from the music of drama to the drama of
by Mike Breen
Sleeper pick for the best Fountain Square show of the summer
Tonight's free, all-ages MidPoint Indie Summer concert on Fountain Square is certainly one of the most eclectic ever … and may turn out to be one of the best ever. Exhibit A: Openers Sidewalk Chalk at 7 p.m.Chicago's Sidewalk Chalk have opened for De La Soul and ?uestlove, and Lupe Fiasco majorly shouted-them-out on his Twitter and Facebook pages. The band is described as "a hip-hop, soul, jazz octet that consists of a singer, emcee, drummer, bass, trombone, trumpet, keys player, and a tap dancer."Here's the music video for Sidewalk Chalk's "Water Song" from the group's album Corner Store. Exhibit B: Middle-slot performers Kansas Bible Company at 8:15 p.m. From nearby Goshen, Ind. (currently working out of Nashville), KBC has wowed Cincy crowds a few times in the past year or so. The dynamic Soul/Jazz/Rock band trumps Sidewalk Chalk's mere eight-person membership, featuring "a five-man horn line, three guitars, two percussionists and one bass."Dig this video for the great KBC tune "How to Build A Planet" from their album Ad Astra Per Aspera (rough translation: A rough road leads to the stars).Exhibit C: Headliners A Place to Bury Strangers at 9:30 p.m. Another frequent visitor to Cincy, the NYC-based APTBS are like a more abrasive, modern update of Jesus & Mary Chain's Psychocandy album. Guitar nuts can also bathe in some cool guitar sounds courtesy of the band's own line of effect pedals. (Read Reyan Ali's interview with the band for CityBeat from this past March here.)Here is a video from A Place to Bury Strangers' recently released Worship album, "You Are The One." (Mildly NSFW clip.)
Aug. 3 • Fountain Sqaure
1 Comment · Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Post Rock Brooklyn quartet Bear Hand's sense of humor is bannered up
front with their name and extends through their playfully weird lyrical
content, which often addresses serious subjects from a skewed
perspective (or vice versa).
by Jac Kern
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It’s T-Shirt time,
and I’m not talking about juiced a-holes in Jersey. Cincy Apparel’s T-Shirt
Market is in full effect on Fountain Square until 11 p.m. Friday night. Stock
up on tees made by local designers, and plenty emblazoned with Cincinnati
inside jokes, landmarks and product logos. Park + Vine, Donkey Tees and Cinci
Shirts are just a few vendors hawking tees. And while you’re on the square,
hang around for MidPoint Indie Summer (7-11 p.m.) with Orgone, The Cliftones
and Eclipse Movement.
After all that
shoppin’ and dancin’ and drinkin’, you’re going to need some fourth meal
action. Head over to the inaugural Night Owl Market, at the corner of Main
Street and Central Parkway, for a late-night food fest. The Final Friday event,
appropriately abbreviated ”NOM,” will feature food trucks and booths serving
tasty local eats from 10 p.m. until 3 a.m. Three a.m.! Get your fill from Café
de Wheels, C’est Cheese, Fireside Pizza, Cincy Bag Ladies and plenty more.
There will also be artists, retail vendors and live music from The Pinstripes.
celebrates 50 years of bringing R&B, Jazz, Hip Hop and Soul music to the
Tri-State. Tom Joyner, Zay Foggs, Monica, The O’Jays and many others will
perform at Paul Brown Stadium Friday and Saturday. Outside the concert, on
Freedom Way between Elm and Vine streets, Festival513 keeps the good times
comin’ with lots of food, street vendors, art and more, 6 p.m.-2 a.m. Friday
and 10 a.m.-2 a.m. Saturday. Tickets to Macy’s Music Festival are still
available for $48-$88.
UC DAAP professor
Henry Navarro and a group of the college’s students and grads have been working
on a fashion-art project at Bromwell’s Gallery downtown. Influenced by the city
— architecture, culture, landscape and local residents — the team has created a
Cincy-centric line of wearable art. Grey Cincinnati debuts Saturday
night at Prairie Gallery in Northside. Check out fashions designed to inspire
and empower Cincinnatians across demographics. The fashion show kicks off at 9
known best to many as Kurt from Glee,
will be in town Sunday to promote his new children’s book, The Land of
Stories: The Wishing Spell. The 22-year-old
Emmy nominee and Golden Globe winner found time between takes on the Fox hit to
write a modern-day fairy tale, aimed at kids ages 8 and older. He will sign the
book at 3:30 p.m. at Joseph-Beth Booksellers in Rookwood Pavilion.
Check out our To
for more suggestions on arts, events, concerts and theater shows to check out.
July 27 • Fountain Square
0 Comments · Monday, July 23, 2012
In the ’30s, German
scientist Wilhelm Reich proposed the existence of orgone, a biophysical
life force that he postulated was at the root of sexual energy and later
conceived as a subliminal living essence connecting everything in the
universe.That explanation makes a perfect case for a quintet of talented Los
Angeles musicians to have christened their highly charged and deeply
grooved Funk outfit after Wilhelm’s fringe theory.
by Mike Breen
Athens, Ohio Indie Folk troupe unveils "commerical" for free Friday Fountain Square show
Tomorrow evening on Fountain Square will be dry! I promise, or I'll personally refund your ticket money. This week's installment of the free MidPoint Indie Summer concert series on the Square features another solid bill. Joining in on the fun Friday is rootsy Indie Rock crew and Bloodshot recording artists Ha Ha Tonka, the eclectic Izzy and the Catastrophics (read more here) and our pals from great Athens, Ohio-born Indie Chamber Folk group, The Ridges. The Ridges (MPMF vets) usually add a great personal touch to their area gigs by making cool little commercials for the event (which we've featured several times in the past). Tomorrow's show is no different. Check their latest "ad" and then click here to listen to more tunes from The Ridges. Friday's MidPoint Indie Summer show starts at 7 p.m. Here's a taste of Ha Ha Tonka, via the music video for the group's "Lonely Fortunes" from last year's Death of a Decade.And here's a wild video from Izzy and Co. for the song "Mi Bailarina."
July 20 • Fountain Square
0 Comments · Monday, July 16, 2012
If you’re looking to dust off your dancing Keds or run a
diagnostic test on your pacemaker or combine your aerobic activities
with your club regimen, Izzy and the Catastrophics, the pride of
Brooklyn, N.Y., should be your soundtrack of choice.
by Mike Breen
Three of Cincy's greatest Pop/Rock acts perform for tonight's Midpoint Indie Summer show
Tonight's free MidPoint Indie Summer concert on Fountain Square is a bit different than most of the shows in the series. Not only is the bill all-local, it also represents three of the finest "Pop Rock" entities to ever emerge from the Queen City. Despite sharing a knack for writing incredibly memorable songs exploding with irrepressible hooks, each group has its own distinctive sound and draws from varying classic Pop/Rock influences from throughout time, from The Beatles to Todd Rundgren to The Buzzcocks. The Tigerlilies kicks things off at 7 p.m. The quartet has had a remarkable run over the past 23 years, despite the occasional upheaval — the group's lead guitarist slot occasionally seemed to reach "Spinal Tap drummer" proportions, but the ’Lilies balance that out by having the remarkable ability to enlist some truly amazing players who each have brought something unique to the group. Current six-slinger Brendan Bogosian is no exception; the guitarist's (formerly of local bands like Cash Flagg and The Woos) expressive, serpentine style of playing has weaved its way into (and added new wrinkles to the sound of) The Tigerlilies' deft brand of early Punk/Post Punk inspired Power Pop seamlessly. The band is currently working on its next album, which they hope to have out this fall. Next up (at about 8:15 p.m.) is the Roger Klug Power Trio, fronted (go figure!) by singer/songwriter/guitarist Roger Klug and featuring the great rhythm section of Mike Tittel on drums and Jamie Criswell on bass. Klug (former member of popular locals The Willies) has amassed an impressive discography since his mid-’90s solo debut, Mama Mama ich bin in dem La La Land, a garage-y display of Klug's clever, instinctive songcraft, and the highly addictive follow-up, Toxic and 15 Other Love Songs. Those albums help Klug build a following amongst Power Pop die-hards, and not just local ones. His records found a widespread cult following thanks to distribution from modern Power Pop juggernaut Not Lame Records and breathlessly positive press from pretty much any critic who took the time to listen to a song. After the ambitious (and creatively successful) Where Has the Music Gone?: The Lost Recordings of Clem Comstock in 1999 — a concept album featuring alleged "lost recordings" in a variety of vintage Pop styles (and credited to various made-up artist names) — Klug seemingly disappeared, putting out no new Roger Klug material for a decade and popping up only occasionally for area live shows. But in 2010, Klug fans were treated to an all-new LP, More Help for Your Nerves, which (somewhat amazingly) features some of his best tunes yet. Closing out the live-concert primer on Cincinnati's catchiest homegrown music from the past four decades is, fittingly, popular trio psychodots (starting around 9:30 p.m.). The ’Dots are genuine local music legends whose origins date back to the ’70s when a quartet of graduates from Toledo's Sylvania High School — Rob Fetters, Bob Nyswonger, Chris Arduser and Tom Toth — moved to Cincinnati and, with a few adjustments in the lineup over time, went on to become one of the Queen City's most beloved bands, the raisins.Local sensations of epic proportions, the raisins built up a huge (and hugely loyal) fan base in the city's clubs and, with its self-titled LP, scored a regional hit with the unforgettable, somewhat "New Wave-ish" "Fear Is Never Boring." If CityBeat ever does "Best Cincinnati Songs of All-Time," "Fear" is a lock for the No. 1 slot. There will be no debate.Following the raisins' split in the mid-’80s, Arduser rejoined Fetters and Nyswonger — as well as the producer of that debut LP, globally acclaimed Covington native Adrian Belew — in The Bears, which spread Cincinnati's best kept secret well beyond city limits with a pair of well-distributed albums so strong they were like the Midwest's own Beatles. By the end of the ’80s, The Bears had split as Belew began investing more time in his solo and other outside work. Perhaps sensing the end was near, Arduser, Fetters and Nyswonger (among about a bazillion other musical projects) began performing as a trio in 1988. The three masterful musicians officially became psychodots in 1991 when they released their self-titled album. The ’dots picked up where they had left off with the raisins and Bears and returned to their status as one of the city's most reliable original music draws.Psychodots went on indefinite hiatus in the mid-’90s as the trio's members continued to explore a variety of projects (from the Arduser-fronted Graveblankets to Fetters' solo work to Nyswonger's jobs in Bucket and many other local units). While remaining prolific individually, the band seems to have found a way to balance all of their projects better; both The Bears and psychodots have returned to action for live shows and even new releases. (The raisins have also reteamed for a few one-off shows.)The ’dots' live activity has been especially spare, limited usually to a couple of special shows a year around Thanksgiving time. But, along with tonight's appearance on Fountain Square, the trio seems ready for at least a little increased activity. After the Indie Summer show was announced, the psychodots were added as opening act for Cheap Trick's concert at the Taft Theatre next week, July 6.If you're one of tonight's three performers' fans, you're likely well aware of their histories. But if you're unfamiliar with any or all of tonight's acts, be sure to be on the Square by 7 p.m. for a free musical retrospective of Cincy Pop at its finest. (Fun fact: Arduser, Nyswonger and Fetters — with The Bears — and The Tigerlilies were performers at the very first Cincinnati Entertainment Awards in the mid-’90s.)