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Here Come the Johns

After a string of children’s albums, They Might Be Giants returns with Join Us

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Over the past three decades, They Might Be Giants has worn so many unique hats — Indie Rock nobodies, alt.press darlings, phone-to-internet pioneers, commercial successes, TV/film contributors, kids music heroes, Grammy winners, documentary subjects — it seems as though they’ve had to grow a new head to accommodate each successive chapeau.  

Jewell of the Dial

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Ultimately, the singer/songwriter game is about life experience and incorporating that into one’s art. Eilen Jewell has life experience to spare; a rural Idaho childhood where she learned to play piano, college in Santa Fe, N.M., where she busked and learned to perform, and then to Boston where she prospered in one of the country’s most competitive Folk scenes.  

Toubab Krewe with The Giving Tree

Sept. 15 • Southgate House

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 14, 2011
If Phish had been wordlessly inspired by Mama Africa, rural Mississippi, Haight Ashbury and Malibu pier parties and jammed with passion, precision, wild abandon and a sense of the music’s heritage, they might have come close to the ethereal delight of Toubab Krewe.  

Spin, Play, Ride

Folk/Pop trio Shiny and the Spoon release debut album, Ferris Wheel

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 10, 2011
A sense of Yin/Yang between the two is what makes Shiny and the Spoon’s music so clever. Like Johnny and June Carter Cash, they have a natural chemistry that makes their Folk/Pop sound an easily blended creation, with smooth harmonies, catchy melodies and a subtle style that’s their own unique merry-go-round.  

Deft Valley

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 3, 2011
Heavy, progressive Hard Rock trio Valley of the Sun celebrates the birth of its new EP, The Sayings of the Seers, at the Southgate House’s Parlour room this Thursday. Cincy Art/Prog/Metal ensemble Atlantic Becoming and Columbus’ heavies Lo-Pan open the 9 p.m. show.  

Browngrass Part Deux

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Veteran local musician David Rhodes Brown presents the second annual Browngrass Festival this Saturday in Rabbit Hash, Ky., starting at noon. Brown — a lap-steel specialist (and multi-instrumentalist) known for his work with Warsaw Falcons, 500 Miles to Memphis, Magnolia Mountain and many others — launched the fest last year at the Southgate House.  


June 19 • Southgate House

0 Comments · Friday, June 10, 2011
Now a band some 20 years old (if not counting the long hiatus between the late '90s and early '00s), Earth creates Folk-ish Metal that sounds timeless in its sparseness, as exhibited on the recent album, Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light I.  

Get Down to the Breakdown

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 8, 2011
The annual exhibition of Greater Cincinnati’s fantastic American Roots music scene, Rivertown Breakdown, presents its 10th anniversary event this Saturday at Newport’s Southgate House. Besides showcasing local music, the event — the brainchild of local Folk music hero Jake Speed — has raised money each year for “river-related” causes.  


June 14 • Southgate House

0 Comments · Monday, June 6, 2011
Nightlands’ debut from last November, Forget the Mantra, arrived caked in a fanciful, transcendental dust. In “God What Have I Done,” the titular phrase repeats as a meditative mantra instead of a painful plea, filled with divinity and a kind of sweetness that’s tough to pin down. This fantastic chill-out music resembles how Animal Collective would approach covering Elton John’s contributions to The Lion King soundtrack. Nightlands’ future is real promising.  

Earle to Rise

Justin Townes Earle wrestles his demons and returns even stronger

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Oh, the trouble Justin Townes Earle has seen. The 29-year-old singer/songwriter’s well-publicized drug and alcohol problems over the years have resulted in several rehab stints, the most recent coming last fall after an altercation at an Indianapolis venue which necessitated Earle’s return to treatment and the cancellation of his tour, including his scheduled appearance at Cincinnati’s MidPoint Music Festival. Thankfully, Earle is doing better these days.