by Jake Grieco
a closed off street in Northside, behind yesterday's Rock N’ Roll Carnival, band
members of Leggy distribute the last of their cigarettes evenly amongst each other.
three-piece “art-rock-influenced-punk-pop” band (download their EP Cavity Castle for free here and come up with your own
interpretation) consisting of Véronique Allaer on
guitar, Kirsten Bladh on bass and Chris Campbell on drums are fresh off
their residency at The Comet. Allaer writes the lyrics, and cites musicians
such as St. Vincent and Lana Del Ray as her influences. This is evident in the track “Sweet Teeth,” with its inherent sexy-yet-sassy,
tragic-yet-empowered lyricism. Allaer’s pouty voice
is one of the quintessential elements that make Leggy, well, Leggy. If Audrey Horne (from David Lynch’s Twin Peaks) ever
wanted to be a rock star, she would make a band like Leggy.
a band is given a Comet residency, they commit to playing once a week for a month,
and get to pick the other bands that play on their bill.
a DIY band, or for any aspiring musicians, a regular gig at a popular
music bar is a pretty big deal. So how does a band get a residency? For Leggy all
they had to do was drink enough alcohol.
“Do you know about Fogger Nights at Rake’s End?” Bladh asks. “We
got way too drunk. It was like 2:30 a.m. so we went over to the Ice Cream
Factory and drank with our friend who works at The Comet and eventually we were
like, ‘Hey, we should have a residency at The Comet,’ and he was like, ‘Totally.’”
A night of drinking might have
been the catalyst for the residency, but Leggy’s résumé speaks for itself.
They’re getting widespread attention internationally, and
playing with acts like Ghost Wolves and Paul Collins and even playing in The
Northside Rock N’ Roll carnival tonight.
With each success, it’s hard to find a new way to progress
forward, and — bar selling out Great American Ballpark — Leggy has accomplished a
lot in our little corner of Ohio. So now they are headed out into the world —
specifically, across the Midwest. Leggy’s next move is to go on tour and they say they’ll walk
the Midwest if they have to — and they might have to.
“The biggest issue is not booking shows, it’s figuring out how to
get there,” Allaer says. “A friend of ours was going to let us use his van, but
he hurt his back so now he needs it and none of us are 25.”
In case you forgot or don’t know, a person isn’t legally allowed
to rent a car until they are 25. Every member of Leggy is 24, and the tour
“We are trying to contact our 25-year-old friends,” Bladh says.
Regardless the transportation, Leggy is a band that treats
successes like stepping stones and ambition is more valuable than gasoline and
shitty vans. July 4th, coincidentally, is a day Allaer will always remember as
her wake up call for creating a successful band.
years ago today, I was wasted and fell off a three-story building and broke my
hip. I basically could have died, and it made me reevaluate my priorities,” she says.
Martin Luther and the Kings refine their “Kablam Rock” on latest material
0 Comments · Tuesday, July 1, 2014
The members of Martin Luther and the
Kings are recovering from a long night of partying, performing and
drinking. Guitarist and vocalist “Hellcat” Matt Smith, bassist Aaron
“Bogie” Bogren and drummer Jimmy “Jims” Snowden are sitting at a table
with pints of Guinness, hot wings and sunglasses, all within reach.
Mötley Crüe’s current tour really is its final one — legally
0 Comments · Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Tommy Lee might sound a bit morbid when he
says he wants each show on the final tour with his band, Mötley Crüe,
to be like a wake.
The Nothing’s eclectic, streetwise sound combines every loud and angry genre
0 Comments · Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Sitting down with Northern Kentucky-based
Punk rockers The Nothing on May the 4th (Star Wars Day for the
non-geeks in the audience) felt like fate. The members of the band
(vocalist Jimi Caudill, guitarist Paulie Burgio, drummer Eric Robinson
and bassist Dan Snow) have all had a Jedi-esque journey of redemption
littered with band transitions, relationship implosions, addiction and
Avant-garde cult hero Lydia Lunch hits the road with a live retrospective of her provocative music career
0 Comments · Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Here’s a clear sign the apocalypse is
coming: Lydia Lunch is touring North America, especially the Midwest,
with her Retrovirus band and show.
0 Comments · Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Country Music can be slippery territory for musical theater:
It deals with primal emotions, lost love, heartbreak and gettin’ even. That might
make for a powerful musical.
by Jac Kern
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Two annual festivals
descend on the Ohio River this weekend: Paddlefest and RoeblingFest. The 13th
annual Ohio River Paddlefest takes over Coney Island — and the nearby river —
Friday through Sunday, bringing hundreds of canoes, kayaks, boats and lovers of
the outdoors. The weekend kicks off with the ninth annual Kids Outdoor
Adventure Expo on Friday (9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.). The Paddlefest Outdoor Expo and Roots on the River Music Festival runs 10
a.m.-midnight Saturday and the main event is Sunday, where more than 1400
human-powered boats will take the trip from Coney to the Public Landing
downtown. Go here for daily event lineups.
is in its 10th year of celebrating the John A. Roebling Bridge, which connects
downtown Cincinnati with Covington, Ky. The festival first and foremost
highlights the bridge’s historic relevance, and guests can take guided tours of
the bridge and surrounding murals, landmarks and statues as well as browse
informational displays with photos and artifacts from area museums and
organizations. There will also be art for sale, children’s activities, food
from local restaurants and live music, all from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday.
The fun takes place on Court Street between Third and Fourth streets and Park
Place between Scott and Greenup streets. Find more info here.
Indie Summer is in full swing. This week’s acts include Those Darlins, The
Harlequins, The Frankl Project and Those Crosstown Rivals. Music starts at 7
p.m. Friday on Fountain Square. If you don’t have your MPMF wristbands yet,
purchase those on the square and get access to all these killer acts.
Summer Solstice is
Saturday, and the Cincinnati Observatory is offering a unique way to ring in
the season. Visitors can enjoy wine, snacks and a killer view during Celestial
Sips 8-10:30 p.m. Saturday. Shannon Depenbrock of D.E.P.’s Fine Wines will
sample four organic, biodynamic wines (which means the grapes are planted and
harvested according to the moon’s phases) and, pending clear skies, guests can
view Saturn’s rings through America’s first telescope. Tickets are $60 and
space is limited; call 513-321-5186 or go here
Cincinnati Opera’s season
opener Carmen continues through this
weekend. Performances are Friday and Sunday. Get tickets and full summer
opera season information here.
The U.S. takes on Portugal in
their second World Cup game this Sunday. Fans can join Cincinnati Saints, the
city’s pro soccer team, at Fountain Square
to watch the game on the jumbo screen, listen to music and enjoy food and beer
from noon to 9 p.m. Sunday. The game kicks off at 6 p.m. Read this week’s cover
story on the Cup here.
For more art openings, parties, festivals and other
stuff to do this weekend, check out our To Do picks,
full calendar and Rick
for weekend theater offerings.
Task force floats new plan to renovate two Cincinnati landmarks
0 Comments · Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Two of Cincinnati’s most famous buildings
make appearances on postcards, in logos and anywhere else symbols
representing the city are needed. But in real life, they’re slowly
crumbling as the region tries to figure out who will pay for their
by Jake Grieco
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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.
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.
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.
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.
played at The Comet, but most of the band’s shows aren’t held in traditional
music venues but houses.
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.
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.”
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.
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
say they probably didn’t get their deposit back,” McCartney added.
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.
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.”
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,”
show is Tuesday, June 24, in the basement of Lucy Blue Main Street location in
Over-the-Rhine. Find details here.
0 Comments · Wednesday, June 11, 2014
The Northside Music Festival, presented
by Cincinnati design/branding/promotional company We Have Become
Vikings, returns this week for its seventh annual event. For the first
time, the fest will extend to two days, offering free, (mostly) local
music on three stages at the Northside Tavern (northside-tavern.com)
Friday and Saturday nights.