MDR is the project of Cincinnati’s Brian Penick, a former
drummer for several touring/recording bands like The Seedy Seeds and
Bottom Line, who stopped playing music to start the
development/marketing/events promo company The Counter Rhythm Group.
With Cincinnati, when looking at the past
five to 10 years of growth, it’s hard not to give a lot of credit to the
artists and musicians who’ve consistently created intriguing art for
the citizens, as well as the fans and leaders who support and assist
Warpaint emits a hypnotic, groove-based
blend of textures and emotions that could only have sprouted from the
fertile imaginations of its four members. There’s a mysterious, unpredictable element to the band’s
lush vocals and mood-altering soundscapes that is all its own.
At the same time, the band has
tweaked its approach, as Lynn set aside his guitar to concentrate on his
frontman skills at the mic. This has allowed Glistovski to take up the
guitar slack and become more inventive, which has subsequently tightened
up the Ittle/Lambchop rhythm section.
Might a picture be worth a thousand songs? It’s possible that a photograph, as much
as an MP3 player full of tunes or a head full of memories, is the best
way to recall attending a concert by a favorite act. Not just something
shot far from the stage on your shaky iPhone, but rather the kind of
image that an inspired photographer — with media access and lots of
skill — can take up close.
Bluegrass for Babies, featuring local artists Wild Carrot and Comet Bluegrass All-Stars, returns to Sawyer Point Saturday to raise money for the Perinatal Institute at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. Plus, King Records Month continues, CityBeat hosts a pre-MidPoint Music Festival party, Jerry's Little Band turns 20 and Abiyah Presents Hip Hop @
The Comet presents a special "open mic" edition.
One spin through O’ Be Joyful
provides plenty of evidence as to what keeps drawing the faithful and
converting the uninitiated. Ranging from twangy Folk to amped-up Country
to full-bore Americana stomp, Shovels & Rope channel John Doe and
Exene Cervenka channeling Timbuk 3 channeling Johnny Cash and June
Patrick Stickles’ impassioned yelps are
impossible to ignore. The frontman for New Jersey-based Indie Rock
outfit Titus Andronicus sounds as if he’s on fire, fueled by the passion
of his dense, richly detailed lyrical concerns, which range from the
American Civil War and the dangers of contemporary capitalism to food
fights and getting trashed.