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Best New Bands 2014

A look at some of Greater Cincinnati’s top artists to watch in 2014

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Local music has been a priority at CityBeat ever since the paper was founded almost 20 years ago. And a huge part of that focus has been on new artists, the lifeblood of any strong music scene. Judging by the new artists who grabbed our attention in 2013, the future of the Greater Cincinnati music scene is in very good hands.  

Livingood, and the Music is Easy

Austin Livingood breaks away from Belle Histoire to create a pair of stunning EPs

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 15, 2014
In 2013, Belle Histoire’s Jane Smith planted new musical seeds with her solo venture Decker while insisting Belle Histoire was merely on hiatus. But when guitarist Austin Livingood stepped up to the solo plate last summer and knocked his debut EP, The Weightless Anchor: By Plane (I), out of the park, the writing was on the wall.  

Sterling Archer's

On its debut album, Archer’s Paradox smartly combines a sharp Pop sensibility with the members’ varied influences

1 Comment · Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Archer’s Paradox formed in 2012, and it wasn’t long before the newly minted six-piece was making a name for itself, grabbing a slot at the inaugural Bunbury Music Festival and earning a growing number of converts.   

Known Pleasures

Inspired by the Beats, other local musicians and early Post Punk, Mardou made waves in 2013

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Mardou calls its music “Post Punk/Noise Pop shit,” which is as good a descriptor as any. The fresh-faced local quartet had a fruitful 2013, dropping a pair of addictive EPs that recall myriad sonic antecedents (most notably Joy Division and Sonic Youth) yet are intriguing enough on their own to yield genuine excitement about what these guys might conjure going forward.   

Excellent Citizenship

Electric Citizen marks its first year together with a debut EP and unexpected CEA nods

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 15, 2014
For a band that’s been active on the scene for less than a year, Electric Citizen draws on tons of history.   
by Mike Breen 01.13.2014
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Music Tonight: Instrument Recovery Benefit

Friends unite at MOTR tonight to help local musician replace stolen instruments

Just after Christmas, multi-instrumentalist Justin Todhunter, who performs with the Folk/Americana band Jake Speed and the Freddies and the Bluegrass group Rattlesnakin’ Daddies, was the victim of a home invasion that resulted in the loss of most of his valuables, including the tools of his trade — his instruments. The instruments taken are likely making their way around the black market, so keep an eye out at local music and pawn shops, as well as online sites like Craigslist. Here are the instruments, which Todhunter posted on his Facebook page just after the break-in at his Westwood home: a 1985 Kentucky KM-1000 mandolin; a 2008 Eastman MD 815 mandolin (red finish); a 2005 Martin OOO-M acoustic guitar; a 2000 Blue Fender Stratocaster guitar (Mexican); a 1949 National 1088 Triplex Lap Steel guitar; and a 2009 Douglas bass guitar (Hofner copy). If you spot any of the instruments, let Todhunter know through his Facebook page at facebook.com/jdogfreddies. Besides keeping a lookout for the instruments, you can also help Todhunter tonight when MOTR Pub (1345 Main St., Over-the-Rhine, motrpub.com) hosts a benefit show to assist in replacing the items. Both the Freddies and Rattlesnakin’ Daddies are scheduled to perform. Showtime is 9 p.m. There is no cover charge but, obviously, donations are strongly encouraged. If you can’t make the show, fellow member of the Freddies Chris Werner has also set up a donation site through FundRazr. Visit fundrazr.com/campaigns/6fkQ4 to donate. When we went to press with this story last Tuesday, $700 had already been donated. That has doubled in less than a week.
 
 

Instruments Stolen, Friends Step Up

Plus, CEA voting ends soon, Strangetunge hosts winter party and College Hill Coffee Co. turns 8

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 8, 2014
Friends and fans of local musician Justin Todhunter step up to help after a post-Christmas break-in left him without his prized instruments. Plus, CEA voting ends soon, Strangetunge hosts a winter party and Tracy Walker and Chris Collier help College Hill Coffee Co. celebrate its eighth birthday.   

Chris Comer Jazz Explosion

Monday • MOTR Pub

0 Comments · Monday, December 30, 2013
The Chris Comer Jazz Explosion (which Comer describes as “funkier and less ‘Jazz’ … whatever that means”) debuts Monday at MOTR Pub.  

'Saint' Maker

Cincinnati’s Rob Fetters drops third solo album and further proof of his Pop divinity

1 Comment · Monday, December 30, 2013
Singer/songwriter Rob Fetters’ fourth solo album, Saint Ain't, leaves out the psychedelia but explores plenty of fresh sonic territory.  
by Belinda Cai 12.26.2013
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Q&A with Josiah Wolf of WHY? and Dream Tiger

Dream Tiger plays Mayday Friday; WHY? performs at The Comet on New Year's Eve

A lot of great things emerge from Cincinnati: goetta, Graeter's Ice Cream, George Clooney… Among those locally bred gems is WHY?, the eclectic indie Hip Hop band with some of the most brilliantly complex and candid lyricism out there, courtesy of Jonathan “Yoni” Wolf. In addition to its lyrical genius, WHY? is never lacking in instrumental flair, boasting infectious beats, tinkering bells, moving strings and woodwinds — the works. Band members Yoni Wolf, Josiah Wolf, Doug McDiarmid and Liz Wolf toured all around the country and world this year. They’ve traveled to San Francisco, Montreal and London, to name a few, but now find themselves back in their hometown. CityBeat met with drummer and instrumentalist Josiah Wolf (Yoni’s brother) at The Comet and spoke to him about Cincinnati, his new projects, upcoming shows and WHY?’s latest albums. CityBeat: Cincinnati is your hometown. You and Yoni grew up here? Josiah Wolf: I was born in Philadelphia but came here when I was, like, two. So yeah, I grew up here. I lived here all of my formative years…left when I was around 21.  CB: I saw that WHY? is nominated for the “Indie/Alternative” category for the Jan. 26 17th annual Cincinnati Entertainment Awards (CEAs). How does it feel to be nominated? JW: I don’t ever expect to win those things, but it’s nice that we’re on the radar of the city. We were nominated last year too and went down to The Madison. I think [the CEAs] have gotten bigger. It’s cool — it’s kind of a way of getting the music community and art community together. CB: Do you interact with some of the local bands here? JW: Uh, never, no. [Laughs] Just kidding. Yeah, I’ve met some good friends here and some good bands here. I’ve met a lot of people through WHY?’s other drummer Ben Sloan — a lot of his friends that he went to school with. They have a collective, The Marburg Collective, and they play at The Comet every Monday. CB: Aside from WHY?, I know you’ve been working on some other projects, such as Dream Tiger with your wife, Liz. Can you tell me about that? JW: I’m doing stuff for myself right now that is only in infancy. Some of that might be music I release myself or I might collaborate with Liz on it. Some of it might become WHY? songs. I have a lot of tracks that are in their beginning stages. CB: So with WHY?, do the members work on music individually and then come together? JW: Yeah, we do that a lot of the time. Every record is different, though. Like with the last record, Mumps, Etc., Yoni worked on almost all of that by himself. With the Golden Ticket EP, I did all of the music on that. Yoni wrote the songs on the piano and then he sent me the tracks and I put music around it. CB: How is it different to do your own stuff versus stuff for WHY? or Dream Tiger? JW: WHY? is kind of Yoni’s band in a way even though we’ve had times of collaboration. It’s my band also but he’s the main guy. Dream Tiger is Liz’s band. [Laughs] In both bands, I kind of take a side role. The difference is working with my brother versus working with my wife. They’re different but both are good in my life. Lately, I enjoy working by myself in a way, as far as coming up with ideas. CB: You’ll be playing at The Comet on New Years Eve with WHY? for your last show of the year. How do you feel about that? JW: I love The Comet. It’ll be a fun, low pressure show for us. I’m excited about it. I’d say that intimate shows [are] my preference. CB: Which of your albums is the band’s favorite to perform? I know at the Fountain Square show this summer, you guys played a lot from Alopecia, which is one of my favorite albums. How do you choose which albums to play? JW: Right now we’re focusing on the new record, Mumps, Etc. We do most songs from that but, yeah, we do a lot from Alopecia. Some Elephant Eyelash. We don’t really do much Eskimo Snow right now. The Alopecia songs do lend themselves to the live performances better than some of the other ones — they are more exciting songs in a way. For some reason, the Eskimo Snow songs are a little more difficult to pull off live [but] we do a couple.   CB: So Mumps, Etc. came out last year after a three-year break. How would you say the band’s sound has evolved in that latest album? And since then? JW: That record was mostly Yoni as far as the arrangements go. He didn’t play a lot on it but the rest of us got the parts he arranged and learned them and embellished them a bit. The goal was to get a very clean, large sounding record with minimal instrumentation — not too cluttered. I think we did pretty good with that. When I listen back to the instrumentals, it’s clean, and that’s what we were going for. Nowadays, the newer stuff that we’re working towards is a little more homemade — a little more experimental. We’re trying to get back to some of that stuff and get away from being in a big studio. Next up, we’re going to record more at my house in my basement studio. CB: And then there’s the September EP Golden Tickets from this year on the Joyful Noise label. It is a described as “a collection of personalized ‘theme songs’ for and about seven specific WHY? fans who were Internet stalked.” Can you tell me a little bit more about that project? JW: It first came about through our web store three years ago, I believe, right around this time. We had this one t-shirt that was a misprint. All of the other shirts had a certain color but one shirt was gold. It was like a test print. Somehow we came up with this idea: How about we put up a contest online and say whoever gets the golden shirt will have a song written about them. And the first guy who bought the shirt — it was Hunter Van Brocklin, the guy — was sent the shirt and we wrote a song about him. That’s how it started. From there, we did another merch contest and then we kind of got away from the merch contests and did more of a charity after the Japan [tsunami]. We did an auction where whoever gave the most to the benefit got the song written about them that month — that was the golden ticket. So every month, it became a little different. CB: When the fans found out about their “theme songs,” how did they react? Creeped out? Flattered? Shocked? JW: Everybody liked it! At least nobody expressed a [creeped out] sentiment. Maybe some people were creeped out [Laughs], but people seemed to like it a lot. People wrote us about it. We were lucky; all of the people we selected were really cool people. If you’re going to put your information out there on social media, we can write a song about it. It’s all public information. We had a good time doing it. Yoni would send me the tracks and I would make the music around it. It was just a fun little project.  Dream Tiger (Josiah and Liz) plays Mayday this Friday and WHY? performs at The Comet on New Year's Eve. Check out WHY?’s website for more information about the band.
 
 

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