It hardly seems possible that next year
marks the 25th anniversary of the meeting of guitarists Ryan Miller and
Adam Gardner and percussionist Brian Rosenworcel, freshmen at Tufts
University who turned their dorm room songwriting hobby into a quarter
century of Alt Rock/Folk Pop wonder as Guster.
The first Zines, Screens & Screams Fest, a celebration of DIY music and culture, comes to Main Street in Over-the-Rhine this Friday and Saturday. Plus, local Alt Pop Rock band Hot for Alice celebrates its debut album release, Sirens, and The Warsaw Falcons are back and playing this weekend with longtime friends The Tigerlilies and JetLab.
Prolific singer/songwriter Mark Utley has released a single album’s worth of songs. And that’s all. Bulletville, Utley’s excellent
sophomore solo album, is not a double-set on a single CD or accompanied
by a new release from his band Magnolia Mountain or another musical
vessel for the songs that pour endlessly from his head, heart and hands.
Chuck Prophet is making some of the best music of his
career. Jangly, unique and rocking, Prophet’s jams should be reaching a
bigger audience. But fickleness and modern tastes don’t always coincide
with true creativity that may be lying in the grass like a snake.
Very few bands have successfully
incorporated as many genres and directions into their groovy,
improvisation-heavy Jam Band presentation as Lotus. For the past 16
years, the Philadelphia-based quintet has carved out a niche within the
admittedly open and accepting Jam community with a fascinating
combination of late ’90s Pop Rock, gadgety Electronica, noodly Fusion,
raise-the-roof Funk, reflective Chillwave and positive Hip Hop.
Colleen Green’s third full-length (and first album recorded in an actual recording studio) is titled I Want to Grow Up, which is no coincidence. Well, that is if you equate a glossier sound and trying to kick coffee and weed as growing up.
You could glean a great deal about
singer/songwriter Drew Holcomb and his wife/bandmate/occasional
co-writer Ellie from the fact that they named their first child Emmylou.
The Holcombs’ daughter arrived almost simultaneously with Drew Holcomb
& The Neighbors’ 2013 album Good Light, a set that was
ecstatically received by the band’s zealous fan base and positively
reviewed by an increasingly jaded coterie of music critics.
While there is now a genre of music
officially called Americana — a category that can either be
characterized as full of diverse artists who aren’t afraid of mixing
Roots music in with their sound or as a way to promote and market
artists who can’t get on Country radio — there is still an unfortunate
desire to drag artists like Liz Longley into the Country music miasma.
Band reunions can be joyful, fist-pumping
celebrations or dismal funeral services for long deceased entities that
should never have been exhumed. If you’re scoring at home, Roots Rock ‘N’ Roll, the first new 6 String Drag album in 18 years, belongs deliriously in the celebratory category.