People about to change the world rarely
look like people about to change the world. Take Gold Shoes — central
casting didn’t assemble a new millennium Monkees to storm the music
world with calculated precision. Gold Shoes is comprised of oddly yet
perfectly meshed parts.
Australian Pop/Rock band Men At Work hit me — and many
other music fans around the world — at just the right time. I was 12
when the single “Who Can It Be Now?” exploded onto the charts. I was
intrigued by the group’s quirkiness, but it was singer/guitarist Colin
Hay’s voice that initially drew me in.
While many bands spend years toiling around, looking for
their place within the music scene, Rise Against found their niche over a
decade ago. They lead the way in making mosh pit-stirring music with
The latest edition of the School of Rock
franchise — which has 80 other schools for young, aspiring Rock
musicians in the U.S. and Mexico — opens this weekend in Mason. Like the
other facilities, School of Rock Mason provides lessons for students ages 7-18, including the chance to play real venues in front of real audiences.
Since releasing his Nick Lowe-produced classic debut, Howling Wind, back in 1976, Graham Parker keeps delivering his vintage brand of spiked lyricism and jangly Pop Rock in potent doses. Thirty-plus years into his dynamic, underrated career, Parker still stands tall among his more commercially successful
Officially, Philadelphia-rooted Psychedelic/Garage Rock outfit Purling Hiss consists of three members, but the brain stem of the whole affair is undoubtedly singer/guitarist Mike Polizze. The project is the
product of Polizze messing around with a grab bag of elements, from
sound levels to white noise to the song structures.
Some guitarists form in the womb and
emerge ready to push their instrument’s limits and in turn be pushed by
them, using their childhoods as a proving ground for the brilliance to
follow. That is not Cincinnati’s Natalie Wells.
One spin through Pete Dressman’s new album, Vol. II,
might give the impression that the Cincinnati singer/songwriter and his
band, the Soul Unified Nation, are unrepentant lovers of contemporary
classic Rock icons like Pearl Jam who wouldn’t be the least bit out of
place opening for locally-based Psych Rock trio Buffalo Killers. And
you’d be right.
Covington native and legendary bassist on
numerous crucial sessions done for Cincinnati’s King Records, Ed
Conley, passed away on Jan. 5 at the age of 84. Following the private
memorial for family a couple of weeks ago, friends and admirers this
Thursday will gather at the Gwen Mooney Funeral Home (inside Spring
Grove Cemetery at 4521 Spring Grove Ave.) at 1 p.m. for a public