After a year off, the One More Girl on a Stage music festival/benefit returns bigger than ever, taking place over three nights this week in various venues in Over-the-Rhine and Newport. The Cincy Psych Fest also marks its return this week with its second annual affair taking place Saturday at Mayday in Northside.
There are Rock legends and then there are
Underground Rock legends – musicians who aren’t known well beyond their
support base, but whose core followers believe they represent
everything good and exciting about the spirit and energy of Rock &
Roll. One of the greatest examples ever of an Underground
Rock legend is Memphis’ Tav Falco.
Mangrenade vocalist/guitarist Nick Thieme
has just driven a sparkling new (to him, at least) van off the lot. But this new van (nicknamed “Vangrenade
2.0” or “The Deuce”) isn’t just a new touring vehicle, it is also a
symbol of Mangrenade’s determination to make it, car payments be damned.
The members of Psych/Soul/Rock trio Heavy
Glow may be getting their mail at a Californian address these days, but
guitarist/vocalist Jared Mullins hails from the North Coast and his
trippy Hard Rock/Blues/Memphis Soul sensibilities are filtered through
his Cleveland, Ohio, roots and experiences.
On last year’s eponymous full-length and their just released Sex Change EP, Cincinnati's The Harlequins have evolved to the point where they’ve stopped emulating their inspirations and started assimilating them into their own unique sonic amalgamation.
Cincinnati Noise Pop trio Vacation, which has been been making waves nationally with its recent Candy Waves release, finally make it back home for a local release party this week. Plus, Formerly Ghosts releases a new single/preview of their forthcoming album and MidPoint Music Fest announces single-show tickets and the "Box Truck Carnival" call for entries.
Yes, folks, guitar-and-drum duos still exist in Rock &
Roll! In this case, it is the husband and wife team of guitarist and
singer Sasha Alcott and drummer Chris Viner. Together, they make up the
band When Particles Collide.