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by Jake Grieco 06.16.2014 105 days ago
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Local Punk Outfit Sleeves Talks DIY Music Scene

It smells like drying piss and old beer on the back deck of Northside’s The Comet. The air is filled with the dull thud of a concert beating up against the walls. There are shows at The Comet every night and people piss and drink there every night, and John Hoffman and Dylan McCartney are there just about every night. Tonight they’re just here to get drunk, but usually they’re the center of attention. Hoffman and McCartney are in emerging Cincinnati Punk band Sleeves. Hoffman calls the band’s sound American Apparel Punk. Their debut EP Sex is Stupid can be downloaded for free here. They’re a three-piece made up of Hoffman on lead guitar, McCartney on drums and Alex Collins on bass. Hoffman and McCartney both sing, and they both end up on the ground and sometimes injured by the end of their shows. Cincinnati has an active Do-It-Yourself music scene and Hoffman and McCartney are major players in it. They organize and play shows and Hoffman even records, masters and puts together records for other bands. Sleeves has played at The Comet, but most of the band’s shows aren’t held in traditional music venues but houses. Residents all over the city are opening their basements, living rooms, decks and kitchens to musicians that want to do what they love wherever they can do it. “I still remember the super visceral feeling I got from walking into my first house show,” Hoffman says. “It was just like ‘Where the hell am I? I’ve never seen anything cooler than this.’ I finally felt comfortable in a public space.” From the outside, a house show looks uncomfortable. There are usually four or five terrifyingly big and tattooed guys stoically staring and bobbing their head to the music. Mosh pits break out constantly, and beer gets all over everyone no matter what, but it’s the closest thing to a bohemian utopia in Cincinnati — anything can happen. “At one show, there was a point where everyone was crowd surfing just so they could tag the ceiling with spray paint,” Hoffman says. “It became a group effort where everyone was holding people up so they could tag the ceiling. That house was a wreck.” “Suffice to say they probably didn’t get their deposit back,” McCartney added. There’s no malice in these ways of destruction and these different looking people. They worked together to tag the ceiling — vandalism — but with teamwork, so it’s OK. The terrifying gentlemen are the first to help anyone up who gets knocked over. For every beer that’s dumped, 10 more are handed out. All the dirt, grunge and basement gunk are exactly what Cincinnati’s DIY bands need. The bands are good enough for big venues, but something is lost when people have to pay to get in, pay to drink and pay to eat and they can’t go outside for a cigarette and walk back in without getting hassled. “My other band [Mardou] played at Bogart’s once and it was the worst show of my whole life,” McCartney says. “I’ve had shows which were one-twentieth the amount of people, at a house or something, and it was so much more fun to me. You connect to people at a show like that and they connect to you.” House shows are intimate. There’s usually only an inch between you and the mic stand, but the intimacy comes from more than just close proximity. Certain houses become “venues” all on their own by regularly hosting shows — like The Outhouse in Clifton Heights and The Last House on the Left on Kirby Avenue in Northside. Communities form around these bands and houses, and people that feel like they didn’t fit in anywhere can find a home in someone else’s house. It’s an Island of Misfit Toys that serves Skyline chili. “At the end of the day, I think it’s just an arts community — or a weirdos community,” Hoffman says. Sleeves’ next show is Tuesday, June 24, in the basement of Lucy Blue Main Street location in Over-the-Rhine. Find details here.
 
 

Midlife Crisis

Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra turns 40 amid fiscal and leadership challenges

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 28, 2014
The Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra concludes its 40th season on June 1 amid symptoms of classic midlife crisis. There’s no equivalent of a red Porsche, but there are serious concerns about the organization’s viability and how it might reinvent itself in a continually uncertain marketplace.   

The Words of Aaron

Former SHADOWRAPTR drummer Aaron Collins goes solo in a big way with 'Godlessly Oscillating'

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 21, 2014
It’s not surprising that Cincinnati's Aaron Collins chose to conduct our recent interview in a coffee shop. Given the entries in his planning calendar, which include juggling his work schedule, two bands and all the activities related to his debut solo album, Godlessly Oscillating, one wouldn’t be surprised if Collins were taking his caffeine intravenously these days.  

Introductions and Returns

Circus of the Sun, Matt Mooney and Billy Catfish return to the stage

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Circus of the Sun, Matt Mooney and Billy Catfish return to local stages this week. Plus, The Whiskey Shambles win Northeast Ohio Blues Association Blues Challenge, earning a slot at the International Blues Challenge, and Taste of Cincinnati returns with some piping hot local music.  
by mbreen 05.16.2014 137 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
 
 
by Mike Breen 05.08.2014
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Founding Fathers Offer Album Preview Saturday

Cincy Funk/Dance Rock band to issue four-song EP at MOTR Pub gig

Cincinnati Alt Funk/Dance Rock quartet Founding Fathers have built a buzz locally over the past few years with their energized live shows and infectious, slanted grooves. The band has been hard at work lately in the studio, recording those grooves for a forthcoming full-length.Earlier this year, Founding Fathers gave the public its first taste of the new recorded material in the form of a music video for the track “Stop, Drop and Roll.” The clip, directed by Bangout Films, mixes some cool live performance footage with woozy visuals that show a blurry, surrealistic night of barroom debauchery (including some creepy, hallucination-worthy dudes with smiley faces for heads). The video wonderfully matches the blustery, more rocking side of Founding Fathers’ sound, which also shows elements of avowed influences like LCD Soundsystem and Talking Heads. If you remember — and loved — Columbus, Ohio's Funk Punk greats Royal Crescent Mob, “Stop, Drop and Roll” should be right up your alley. Founding Fathers performs a free show this Saturday night at MOTR Pub and fans in attendance will have a chance to hear even more of a preview of the forthcoming full-length. The band is offering up a special four-track EP/album preview to those in attendance. Saturday’s show starts at 10 p.m. Vito Emmanuel is also on the bill. For more on Founding Fathers, click here. 
 
 

The Afghan Whigs to Headline MidPoint

Plus, Hip Hop artist Sleep releases stellar new album 'Branded'

0 Comments · Tuesday, May 6, 2014
One of Cincinnati's finest musical exports, The Afghan Whigs, will return to where it all started and perform at the 2014 MidPoint Music Festival this fall. Plus, Cincy MC Sleep releases the brilliant, gritty and emotional new album Branded: The Damon Winton Story.   
by Mike Breen 05.06.2014
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REVIEW: Sleep’s ‘Branded: The Damon Winton Story’

Cincinnati Hip Hop artist crafts a wildly engaging story on new album release

The album is an endangered concept in music, with MP3s and streaming encouraging more and more people to listen to tracks “a la carte.” If people aren’t listening to a collection of songs intentionally put together by an artist in a specific order, why should the artist bother trying? It’s one of the reasons releasing EPs seems to have become more popular than issuing full-lengths.With some exceptions, the “album as art” concept has long been dwindling amongst Hip Hop artists, many of whom have more fully embraced the hodge-podge “mixtape” format, which is perhaps more in tune with our ADD/social media-plagued culture. So it’s beyond refreshing to hear the new release from Cincinnati MC Sleep, Branded: The Damon Winton Story, a collection of eight tracks that tells the story of a young man’s troubled upbringing. It’s not just that Sleep has compiled eight songs that kind of fit together; Branded is a fully envisioned tale that requires the listener to hear the entire album in order to get the total impact. And it’s quite an impact.It helps that Sleep’s “concept album” is based on some excellent storytelling skills, contains some fierce rhymes (with a flow and timbre that recalls Jay-Z at his peak) and is supported by the excellent, often hauntingly atmospheric production of Dope Antelope, which brilliantly reflects the dark, chaotic, heart-breaking nature of the story. The way Sleep — half of local duo 2-Man Cypher — lays the story out is also sharply clever. In lieu of titles, each track is labeled as simply “Question,” followed by the track number. The album opens with a police officer hitting “record” to begin his interview with the main character’s social worker about “what could have led up to what transpired with him this past weekend.” To kick off each track, the social worker is asked about a different aspect of the trouble the young man had experienced and been in. Working backwards from the incident (which isn’t revealed until “Question 8,” so the listener is left to wonder what transpired), Sleep creates evocative, harrowing slices of life, usually told from the main character’s point of view, but with other voices popping in occasionally to give an even bigger picture. The young man’s horrific surroundings are revealed gradually; the listener learns that he has self-mutilated himself, been molested, lost (or never had) faith or religion and had family involved in drugs. Sleep’s brilliance is turning the smaller stories from the big picture into vivid, cinematic tales in themselves — “If this is grown folks’ business/Then why when you conduct it, there’s a child as a witness,” he raps after it’s revealed that the main character’s mother had substance abuse issues. When the social worker tells the officer that the young man had been bullied over his clothes in school, Sleep echoes that pain with lines like, “The peer pressure to be above the status quo/It’s never ending, it’s never taking sabbaticals.” By the last track, the listener is primed to hear just what happened to the main character, but when his fate is revealed, it’s not what most would expect, making the album that much more powerful. (In the spirit of not ruining the final act, I’ll refrain from giving away the ending.)Sleep’s Branded shows just how much power Hip Hop still has to tell a realistic story poetically but without hyperbole. It’s an incredibly moving piece of work that stands as one of the best Hip Hop albums to come out of Greater Cincinnati in recent memory. And Sleep shows that if he ever gets tired of the Rap game (which itself would be tragic becomes the genre needs more voices like his), he’ll be able to find some kind of career as a writer, be it an author, a journalist, a filmmaker or whatever field he decides to lend his talents to.If you’re a fan of intelligent Hip Hop or just great storytelling in general, you must download (for free or whatever you’d like to kick in) Branded immediately at sleep513.bandcamp.com. Here is a music video for the track, "Question 2":
 
 

True Stripes

Cincinnati’s Zebras in Public don’t preach unity — they live it

1 Comment · Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Zebras in Public is rightfully protective of their brand of juiced-up metallic Soul/Rock and the band-of-brothers attitude they’ve adopted to create it. The quintet’s freshly released full-length, Paradise Leg, is the band's second, (and strongest) album.  

Growing Up in Public

Cincinnati’s Wussy reaches its full potential on new album, Attica!

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Wussy’s rise from modest Cincinnati upstarts to one of the best bands on the planet has been slow and steady, a natural evolution that couldn’t have happened in any other way.  

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