Mike Oliva and I agree — Batman is cool,
but The Joker is simply badass, with his dark sense of humor and creepy,
wide smile. There’s something intriguing about his slick, sarcastic
ways, and, hell, there’s no forgetting that horrific laugh.
This is one of those random weeks where
there are so many notable events involving local bands, we could have
done an all-music double issue of CityBeat and still not have room for it all. Thankfully, we do
have constantly updated Staff Blogs. So here’s what’s
up, lightning-round-style; check the blog throughout the week for more
Five surf-rockers, two go-go dancers and a guy in a gorilla suit walk into a bar … That’s either the weirdest setup for a
joke ever or it means that Cincinnati’s only Surf Rock band, Doctor
Bombay and the Atomic Bachelor Pad, has arrived.
President Obama’s “2012 Election Playlist” was posted
recently on Spotify (credited to Obama and his young campaign staffers). There are
songs by James Taylor and Springsteen, plus his new karaoke jam “Let’s
Stay Together,” but there is a suspiciously large number of Country
songs (Dierks Bentley, Darius Rucker, Sugarland, Zac Brown Band).
If a duo can qualify as a “supergroup,” then Freekbot is a legit local music supergroup. Freekbot features Freekbass (a.k.a.
bassist/singer Chris Sherman of Funk crew Freekbass) and Tobotius
(a.k.a. Tobe Donohue, producer and founder of world-renowned turntable
crew Animal Crackers) in an Electronic duo configuration.
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.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve heard the buzz about the World Choir Games, which will feature 20,000 participants from across the globe representing cultural singing traditions and some serious musical expertise competing right here in Cincinnati. So, this July, it’s going to be the summer of song in Cincinnati, thanks to the massive influx of singing professionals for the 2012 World Choir Games. But even those who can’t afford tickets for the games will be able to engage in 11-day musical celebration, thanks to the “Friendship Concerts.”
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.
You rarely see a musician dabbling in sports — OK, Marvin Gaye did
try out for the Detroit Lions — but it’s certainly not unusual to see
an athlete turn to music. So it was with London Dubstep producer/DJ Gary
McCann, more prominently known as Caspa.