In light of reports from shows in Australia and New Zealand (and with a heavy dose of wishful thinking), here are some suggestions for Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band's set at their tour stop in Cincinnati.
Sarah Barthel and Josh Carter have known
each other since attending junior high together in upstate New York in
the late ’90s. Their friendship came in handy when, in 2007, Carter was
looking to start a new musical project, one in which Hip Hop beats could
commingle with atmospheric Indie Pop. Enter Phantogram.
Annie Clark, aka St. Vincent, is a
mysterious lady whose increasingly impressive musical output is informed
by her expressive guitar playing and catchy, intricately crafted songs.
St. Vincent’s just-released, self-titled fourth album is rife with
contradiction, syncopated rhythms and surreal flourishes, the work of an
artist who continues to expand her horizons.
For eight years, Dom Flemons was a part
of the retro-yet-groundbreaking Carolina Chocolate Drops. After a great run that included a Grammy and wide-spread critical acclaim, Flemons decided to break away last year and strike out on his
Metallers Bobaflex's most recent recording is last fall’s self-released and short but
shredding Charlatan’s Web, featuring the leering Kiss-meets-Van
Halen “School for Young Ladies” and the my-fist-your-cold-face
dirge/anthem “I’m Glad You’re Dead.”
One Pilots’ fervent fan base radiates outward from their Columbus
headquarters, so it’s no surprise that the faithful showed up in full force for 2012 Bunbury Music Festival in Cincinnati like a mellow Mongol hoard.
While Austin, Texas’ South by Southwest
extravaganza continues to jump the shark due to corporate excess and
misdirection, the capitol city continues to be an exceptional music
town. The Band of Heathens came out of Austin’s rich music scene with a
lot of buzz in the mid-’00s.
Young Arizona Roots/Bluegrass quintet Run
Boy Run clearly has a reverence for what’s come before them — most of
them grew up in musical families connected to the Arizona Bluegrass
scene. But the subtly integrated elements of Classical music, Jazz and
Pop give the group enough of a slant that they are often dubbed a
Veteran, multifaceted Cincinnati Hip Hop
artist/promoter Abiyah has teamed up with Brooklyn, N.Y.’s R&B/Hip
Hop vocalist Corina Corina (whose latest album, The Free Way, was
just released) for a two-week jaunt through the East Coast and Midwest,
which began on Corina’s turf in mid-March and comes to Abiyah’s home
base this week.