These days, it’s hard enough for a Punk band to remain a
cohesive unit for 26 months, let alone 26 years. But guitarist Chris
Hannah and drummer Jord Samolesky have managed to keep Propagandhi
active and relevant since launching the band in 1986.
Bluegrass has always been embraced by the Jam community,
thanks to Jerry Garcia’s abiding love of old-time music and the unique flavor he brought to his own translations. Native Virginian Larry Keel plays a similar role in the current Jam/Bluegrass scene as a flatpicking acoustic guitarist.
Dayton’s music scene is similar to Cincinnati’s in that
they’ve both given rise to a great number of bands that represent the
incredible musical diversity within the respective band communities.The Werks are one of Dayton’s more recent success stories; the Jamadelic quartet officially formed five years ago.
Local band debuts new video this morning for new single from major-label debut
Cincinnati homeboys Walk the Moon have been tearing up the road since the release of their self-titled debut for RCA Records earlier this year, not to mention making the promo rounds all over the television dial (from the late-night chat shows to various appearances on VH1 and an MTV Unplugged set). The band is currently touring Europe with the band fun. ("We Are Young") and this morning they debuted the music video for their latest single, "Tightrope." The video is Walk the Moon's first since the stellar DIY clip for "Anna Sun," which was made even before the RCA deal was in place and continues to draw massive hits online. If you watch even a few minutes of TV a week, chances are you've already heard part of "Tightrope." The track is used in commercials for the HP Envy 4 Ultrabook. When Walk the Moon wraps up its current European jaunt, they'll perform a homecoming show Nov. 1 at the Madison Theater in Covington. The show is also the second anniversary of The Counter Rhythm Group, the locally-based music promo group that has worked with WTM, as well as local bands like Wussy, R. Ring and Alone at 3AM. Tickets for the Nov. 1 show are $16 and apparently moving very fast (i.e. it will sell out). Fellow local-gone-national Indie act Bad Veins opens the show. WTM hits the road for a North American headlining tour soon after the Madison show.Here's Walk the Moon's new clip.And here's the HP commercial featuring a bit of the tune.
One of the real changes in how Ani
DiFranco approaches live performing these days may be something that, in
a strict sense, isn’t actually part of what she does on stage. But rest
assured, DiFranco says, it’s
making a difference in her performances.
You know who there aren’t enough of in America? Guys like Paul Thorn. Thorn plays a loud version of Americana, a bluesy, Southern Rock. His
lyrics often illustrate stories about rough lives, hard times and rowdy
women, making him a sort of funkier Johnny Cash.
Heroes often disappoint. But not all of them. Along with
Ian MacKaye (Dischord Records, Minor Threat, Fugazi), Jello Biafra of
trailblazing Bay Area Punk icons Dead Kennedys has never said, “Well,
maybe just one little Burger King commercial,” or remotely toned down
his pointed political poetry and commentary.
To a certain extent, once you dive into each
musical genre or subgenre, all bands start to sound alike. That goes for
Australia’s Indie/Pop/Alternative group The Temper Trap, too. But just because everything “new” has already been discovered doesn’t mean that something old/overplayed can’t be enjoyable, right? The
Temper Trap is definitely enjoyable. Plus, the band has the bonus
secret weapon of lead singer Dougie Mandagi’s voice, which is quite