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by Nick Grever 05.19.2014 105 days ago
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REVIEW: Alice in Chains at Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati

The gods of Rock must have known that Alice In Chains was in town on Saturday, May 17 as the area around the Horseshoe Casino was dreary, cloudy and cold. It’s as if they transplanted a little bit of Seattle into downtown Cincinnati for much of the day. Luckily the rain held off for the show, allowing the sold-out crowd to bear witness to a classic Grunge act proving just how energetic and relevant they still are.Canadian quartet Monster Truck kicked off the show before the advertised 8 p.m. show time, meaning a large number of fans missed out on much of the band’s set. But the fans that did get to catch Monster Truck’s Southern-fried Rock were in for a treat. These denim-clad and bearded boys sound like they’re from Georgia more than Ontario, playing rippers that would make Lynyrd Skynyrd raise their beers to the sky. Monster Truck’s shirts read in big, block letters: “Don’t Fuck With The Truck.” After their set, I doubt anybody considered doing so.Monster Truck’s set was a great warm up for the main attraction, but the crowd was really there for one reason and one reason only. At 8 p.m. sharp, as the opening lines to “Them Bones” rumbled through the stacks, Alice In Chains stormed the stage to prove exactly why they can still sell out venues almost 30 years after their formation. Vocalist/guitarist William DuVall (who joined the group after original frontman Layne Staley’s death in 2002) brings a constant energy and dynamic stage presence that revitalizes not only the crowd but his own bandmates. Bassist Mike Inez and guitarist/vocalist Jerry Cantrell became visibly more active and engaged whenever DuVall entered their stage space.This isn’t to say that the old school members were slacking. Inez and drummer Sean Kinney still banged out rhythms that probably made the Horseshoe’s windows quake a bit. And Cantrell plays the hell out of his guitar, playing through Alice In Chains’ iconic riffs with such power and intensity, it’s obvious that his newfangled haircut didn’t cause a Metallica-esque loss in Metal credibility.The set featured a mix of classics like “Man in the Box” and “Rooster,” deep cuts and hits from the DuVall albums like “Check My Brain,” insuring that fans of all eras happy. Even casual fans such as myself (my set list notes have more question marks than actual song titles) had plenty to latch on and sing along to. The trio banged out each song so powerfully that even unfamiliar tracks came across as timeless classics.The band’s interaction with fans is particularly notable as well. DuVall made efforts to point out fans who were truly enjoying the show, Cantrell invited a father and son up on stage because of the child’s enthusiasm in the front row and Kinney had the crowd call a lawyer’s office whose billboard was in his sight line for the entire performance. Judging by all the screens floating in the air, I feel bad for their receptionist.As the show wound down and Alice In Chains played their encore, consisting of “Don’t Follow,” “No Excuses,” and “Would?” the crowd slowly filed out and were greeted by a group of religious protesters touting the dangers of gambling and Rock & Roll (sex and drugs were noticeably absent from their complaints). They were largely ignored but after the hour and a half concert experience that I’d just been a part of, all I felt was a bit of pity for them. They missed one hell of a show.  The air may have been Seattle cold but after almost three decades and five albums, Alice In Chains are still white hot.
 
 
by mbreen 05.16.2014 108 days ago
 
 
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Lineups for Fountain Square, Washington Park Music Series

The impending summertime brings almost daily free music to the city’s center

When the lineups for the every-Friday MidPoint Indie Summer concerts on Fountain Square were announced, showcasing a solid lineup of local and touring Indie Rock acts, a colleague in Charlotte, N.C., Jeff Hahne, bemoaned his own city’s lackluster “outdoor free music” offerings. Writing on the blog of the city’s Creative Loafing weekly, he said he was increasingly disappointed by the cover bands and “’90s alt-rock” acts that populate two of Charlotte’s free outdoor music series.  “Charlotte may have twice the population and enjoy warmer weather,” Hahne wrote, “but as far as a summer music series goes, Cincinnati clearly wins.” It was a good reminder of how good things are for live music fans in Cincinnati. And Hahne wrote this about only one small part of the overall free, outdoor, live music offerings the city provides. There are events for fans of cover bands, too, like the every-Wednesday Party in the Park shows at Yeatman’s Cove on the riverfront, but, besides Indie Summer, downtown’s Fountain Square and Over-the-Rhine’s Washington Park present a wide variety of styles of music every year once the warmer weather rolls around. And every series draws respectable-to-blockbuster crowds, showing that our city has more than enough music lovers to support the multitude of musical events each summer. (Even these two spaces’ series only represent a portion of the overall outdoor, live music action downtown; there are also events like next weekend’s Taste of Cincinnati that have a wide variety of local musicians performing.) The lineups for the musical performances at Washington Park and Fountain Square (officially known as the PNC Summer Music Series and presented by 3CDC and a wide range of different sponsors) have leaked out gradually over the past few weeks. Now that most of the artists booked for the various series have been announced, we’ve collected them below for you to marvel at the quantity and quality of what our city core has in store this summer for music fans. (Visit Fountain Square’s site here and Washington Park’s site here for more info and some links to check out some of the artists ahead of time.) Washington Park (SHOWS 7-10 P.M. WEEKLY UNLESS NOTED) WEDNESDAYS: CROWN JEWELS OF JAZZ May 28: Rashon Murph & Randy Villars June 4: Marc Fields June 11: Tropicoso June 18: Patricia & Chris Berg June 25: Siobhan and the Situation July 2: Rick Van Matre July 9: NKU Faculty Band  July 16: Anne Stephens July 23: Art Gore featuring Delfeayo Marsalis July 30: No concert Aug. 6: Sylvain Archer Aug. 13: Fo/Mo/Deep Aug. 20: Dick Sisto Aug. 27: Mike Wade  THURSDAYS: BANDSTAND BLUEGRASS  May 29: Jake Speed & The Freddies andThe Red Cedars June 5: The Comet Bluegrass Allstars June 12: Wild Carrot & the Roots Band June 19: Ma Crow & The Lady Slippers June 26: The Downtown County Band July 3: Northern Kentucky Bluegrass Band and Woody Pines July 10: Steve Bonafel & One Iota July 17: Buffalo Wabs & The Price Hill Hustle July 24: The Rattlesnakin’ Daddies July 31: No concert Aug. 7: The Tillers Aug. 14: Hickory Robot Aug. 21: Bulletville Aug. 28th: Whiskey Bent Valley and Al Scorch FRIDAYS: FRIDAY FLOW (Note: Local DJ crew Selectas Choice spins between sets) May 30: EU, Jameze and performers from Elementz June 6: Natural Progression and Collective Peace June 13: Hotsauce, Tyshawn Colquitt and more TBA June 20: Carpe Diem, Ron C and more TBA June 27: Bobby Valentino, L’ Renee and performers from Elementz July 4: Playa (featuring Smoke & Black), Deuces and more TBA July 11: Carl Moore, Marwan (Soul Flow) July 18: 2nd Wind, The Ingrid Rachel Project July 25: (3 p.m. start) Sei High, 432, performers from Elementz and more TBA Aug. 1: No Friday Flow; LumenoCity returns Aug. 8: Flawless and Keenan West Aug. 15: Big Jim and Erica P Aug. 22: Gregory Porter and Mandy Gaines Aug. 29: Tiara Purifoy (American Idol), performers from Elementz and more TBA Fountain Square (SHOWS 7-10 P.M. WEEKLY UNLESS NOTED) TUESDAYS: AMERICAN ROOTS May 27: Jeremy Pinnell & the 55s and Ben Knight & the Welldiggers June 3: Kim Taylor and Peter Mulvey June 10: The Black Lillies and The Kentucky Struts June 17: Buffalo Wabs and the Price Hill Shuffle and Arlo McKinley June 24: Dallas Moore Band July 1: The Tillers and Red Cedars July 8: Pure Grain and Shoot Out the Lights July 15: Chuck Mead and Straw Boss July 22: The Wheeler Brothers and Shiny & the Spoon July 29: Bulletville and Bucktown Kickback Aug. 5: Josh Eagle and The Hiders Aug. 12: The Ragbirds and The Happy Maladies Aug. 19: Tony Furtado and Rumpke Mountain Boys Aug. 26: Birds of Chicago WEDNESDAYS: REGGAE WEDNESDAY May 28: Super-Massive (Summer Splash Happy Hour DJ: Frankie D) June 4: Driftaways (Summer Splash Happy Hour DJ group: Avalanche Sound) June 11: Peach Freedom and Connect (Summer Splash Happy Hour DJ: Frankie D) June 18: Aaron Kamm and the One Drops (Summer Splash Happy Hour DJ group: Queen City Imperial Sound System) June 25: Milele Roots (Summer Splash Happy Hour DJ: Frankie D) July 2: Jah Messengers (Summer Splash Happy Hour DJ group: Avalanche Sound) July 9: Zvuloon Dub System (Summer Splash Happy Hour DJ: Frankie D) July 16: Gato’s Gullah Gumbo (Summer Splash Happy Hour DJ: DJ Mowgli) July 23: Ark Band (Summer Splash Happy Hour DJ: Frankie D) July 30: 77 Jefferson (Summer Splash Happy Hour DJ group: Avalanche Sound) Aug. 6: Rashita Astemari (Summer Splash Happy Hour DJ: Frankie D) Aug. 13: The Drastics (Summer Splash Happy Hour DJ group: Queen City Imperial Sound System) Aug. 20: Big Wig Mechanics (Summer Splash Happy Hour DJ: Frankie D) Aug. 27: The Cliftones  (Summer Splash Happy Hour DJ: DJ Mowgli) THURSDAYS: SALSA ON THE SQUARE (Note: Salsa on the Square kicked off May 1) May 22: Grupo Tumbao May 29: Mambo Diablo June 5: Son Del Caribe June 12: Tropicoso June 19: Kandela June 26: Grupo Tumbao July 3: Zumba July 10: Mambo Diablo July 17: Kandela July 24: Son Del Caribe July 31: Tropicoso Aug. 7: Clave Son Aug. 14: Grupo Tumbao Aug. 2: Son Del Caribe Aug. 28: Kandela Sept. 4: Clave Son Sept. 11: Tropicoso Sept. 18: Latin Beat Project FRIDAYS: MIDPOINT INDIE SUMMER (7-11 P.M. WEEKLY) May 30: WHY?, Yip Deceiver, Badboxes, Dark Colour June 6: Wussy, The Tigerlilies, Honey & Houston, Mason School of Rock June 13: Betty Who, Vito Emmanuel, Captain Kidd, Pluto Revolts June 20: Those Darlins, The Harlequins, The Frankl Project, Those Crosstown Rivals June 27: Moon Taxi, Peridoni, Nevele, Acarya July 4: Local H, Mad Anthony, New Strange, One Day Steady July 11: Soledad Brothers, Electric Citizen, Pop Goes the Evil, Grotesque Brooms July 18: Wesley Bright & the Hi-Lites, DAAP Girls, Mardou, Young Colt July 25: Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Public, Dream Tiger, Danny & His Fantasy Aug. 1: The Spiders (A tribute to David Bowie), The Honey Spiders, Bad People, To No End Aug. 8: Man Man, Injecting Strangers, Ohio Knife, Skeleton Hands Aug. 15: The Nightbeast, more TBA Aug. 22: psychodots, Lemon Sky, Tonefarmer, Heavy Hinges Aug. 29: Islands, The Pass, The Yugos, Joey Cook & The Keepers of the Secret SATURDAYS: BEATS BY SELF-DIPLOMA (7-11 P.M. WEEKLY) May 31: Cal Scruby, Matt Persin, NJ + drummer, Nuk, Federal & Company, TJC with DJ Vizion, Beatboxer Nav & Jake June 7: Chingy, DJ Diamond, Sleep, Planet Venus, Chestah T & Snowball, Razook, Alexander the Bear June 14: DJ Clockwork, DJ Etrayn, Buggs Tha Rocka, Jon Schuyler, Ingrid Rachel Project, SSE, DJ RiQ The Professor, Miles Mulligan June 21: OCD: Moosh & Twist, Puck, Hafrican, Jayme Shaye, Eazy El Loco, A1 & Juice Jones, DJ iGrind June 28: DJ Bandcamp, Junya Be, Macho Means, Aysia Marie & Ajax Stacks, Nate Paulson, Mad Snipes, EddieO July 5: The Knocks (DJ set), Millennium Robots, Disco Joe & Friends, Aviators, T3CCHTUNE, Mr. Fantastic, Keyyz July 12: Mike Stud, James Dapper, The S.A.U.C.E., SkeetR V. Twinkiee, Kid Quill, Blue Society July 19: DJ D-LO, Joseph Nevels, Oregonia, Spearpoint, Brad Redford, Banducci and the Wheels, Kyle English July 26: DJ Kid Capri, Khimera Records (8:30 p.m. start) Aug. 2: Hi-Tek and Friends, Jillian Faith, Suave & Under New Order, Frankly Speaking, B. Soul, Haze Aug. 9: Dizzy Wright, Trademark Aaron, Young ILL, Jaylee, Odd Fella, MCB, Jameze Latrail Aug. 16: Trentino, DJ Skills, Ingrid Woode & the Woode Tribe Orchestra, DJ Will Kill, Mark Moore (8 p.m. start) Aug. 23: Sound Remedy, Bob A Dob, Panzer, Black Signal, Randi Floss, Skyelle, Button Mashers Aug. 30: Capitol Thrill, Firecat 451, Riot Ten, DJ B-Funk, Reaux, Chris Alarcon, DJ Edge
 
 

After All This Time

Forty years into his successful career, Rodney Crowell continues to experiment with and hone his craft

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Rodney Crowell’s visit to Cincinnati this week might seem to be just a routine return of an “old hand” Roots-music singer/songwriter — his first solo album, Ain’t Living Long Like This, was released in 1978. But there are some dramatic new developments in Crowell’s long career.  

Alice in Chains

Saturday • Horseshoe Casino

1 Comment · Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Has it really been nearly a quarter century since Alice in Chains broke Seattle’s mainstream Grunge seal with “Man in the Box”? A lot has changed since that bluesy, metalized wail dominated Rock radio, the most obvious being the 2002 death of singer Layne Staley, whose drug issues long hampered the band’s evolution.  

French Horn Rebellion with Hey Champ

Friday • MOTR Pub

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 14, 2014
How best to describe the lush danceable laptop Hip Pop/Indie Rock of French Horn Rebellion? If you’re known by the company you keep, the Milwaukee-raised/Brooklyn-based duo is rubbing elbows with the right kind of people, including Savoir Adore, Nini Fabi (HAERTS), Ghost Beach, MGMT and a veritable who’s who within the Electronic/DJ/Dance culture.   

Matt Pryor with Blue Of Colors, Bob Nanna, Mark Rose and JT Woodruff

Thursday • Southgate House Revival

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Matt Pryor maintains a creative pace that would give the most hyperactive Type A personality an inferiority complex. The vocalist/guitarist started off in the Ska/Punk band Secret Decoder Ring two decades ago. When that band dissolved in 1995, he formed The Get Up Kids with the Pope brothers and Jim Suptic from fellow Kansas City locals Kingpin.   

Potty Mouth with Fleabite

Wednesday • MOTR Pub

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Potty Mouth features four ladies who call Northampton, Mass., home, which makes sense — the band’s full-length debut, last year’s Hell Bent, sounds like it hails from the same place that spawned Dinosaur Jr., with noisy, interlocking guitars evoking a distinctly early-’90s vibe.  

of Montreal with Dream Tiger and The Nightbeast

Saturday • Ballroom at the Taft Theatre

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Founded in the ’90s in Athens, Ga., and guided by the mad-genius Avant Pop songwriting instincts of Kevin Barnes, of Montreal is one of the more compelling Indie acts going.  
by Deirdre Kaye 05.09.2014 115 days ago
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REVIEW: Ellie Goulding at Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati

U.K. Dance Pop star opens Horseshoe’s outdoor summer concert season with sold out show

Ellie Goulding killed it Wednesday night at Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati’s outdoor venue The Shoe. By noon the next day, I was still recovering. I’d feel old, but it’s a sentiment I heard echoed from others who have seen Goulding live.  She sucks all the energy out of you in the absolute best way possible. If her driving, pounding music isn’t enough to propel you to dance, Goulding herself will. From rolls and swishes (oh, to have those abs) to doing the Running Man, for a girl who claimed she’s awkward about dancing, her moves were on full display. She was basically a blonde ball of energy and emotion, ping-ponging across the stage.  The crowd fed off that energy and unleashed their own. My feet were trampled, my boobs were elbowed and some very skinny dude almost dropped his girlfriend on my head (twice). And it was awesome!   I’ve often sulked about the lack of enthusiasm at shows from Cincinnatians, but I cannot make that complaint about the Goulding concert. Whether it was the exact right mix of younger people or the fact that Goulding just happens to have cool fans, something made the gathering last night much livelier than your average show. People danced, flailed and jumped with abandon. Even during “Your Song,” kids who were surely not around when Elton John’s original version was released sang along with abandon while drunk guys tried light-heartedly to woo the closest girl.  I must give props where they are due, too, and I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the sheer perfection of The Shoe. Upon hearing that such a madly loved and wildly popular performer was playing The Shoe (with a capacity slightly smaller than my former high school’s enrollment), it seemed not quite right. In retrospect, I couldn’t think of a more fitting venue. A larger venue would have sucked. For instance, the seating angle at Riverbend may be optimal for viewing the stage, but it quickly creates a lot of perceived distance for the performers. The Shoe, sunk down in an impeccably landscaped hole on the edge of downtown and sandwiched between two taller buildings, felt infinitely more intimate. Even when I couldn’t see the actual bouncing blonde head on stage and had to watch the Jumbotron instead, it just felt right. Whatever your excuse for not being there, I’m judging you. I’m guessing it’s for the best, though. You probably would’ve stood around nodding and not dancing. But, you missed out. Goulding is a cold-blooded killer on-stage. She kicks asses into dancing mode, leans way, way, way back and pulls in all the energy from the audience to get her through the night. Nearly 4,000 people happily offered up their life source for her reaping. Hopefully most of them were lucky enough to sleep in the next day.
 
 

Jessica Hernandez and the Deltas with The Yugos

Thursday • Northside Tavern

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Jessica Hernandez and the Deltas' latest release, the EP Demons, is perhaps the group’s most impactful effort yet, seamlessly blending classic Soul, slanted AltRock and dark and shadowy gypsy/cabaret sounds into an aural mélange that suggests a supergroup starring Janelle Monáe, Dap-Kings, ZZ Ward and Gogol Bordello.   

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