Veteran Cincinnati Blues bandleader/singer/guitarist/harmonica master Phil Blank passed away Jan. 15 due to complications from cancer at the age of 57. On Sunday, many of his friends, fans, peers and bandmates will join together for a musical tribute at the Southgate House, performing songs culled from Phil Blank Blues Band set lists. Proceeds benefit the Play It Forward Foundation.
The Never Setting Suns have rocked out together since 2008. Their songs might have a structured backbone to begin, but then eight bars of chaos sneak in. They'll start with a melody, tear it up and then destroy it. "I'm just taking what I've loved from musicians like Isaac Brock and Jeff Tweedy," Corey Larrison says, "seeing the things they did, reciprocating that and recognizing that I'm continuing it."
Andy Cabic hooked up Greensboro, N.C. scenemates to assemble a new band that he dubbed Vetiver (after a type of tropical grass) and began exploring a gently psychedelic Folk direction. Vetiver's 2004 eponymous debut featured Devandra Banhart, Joanna Newsom, ex-Mazzy Star vocalist Hope Sandoval and My Bloody Valentine's Colm O'Ciosoig. The band's fourth album, 'Tight Knit,' came out on Sub Pop Records last year.
The Southgate House hosts a powerful lineup Monday, featuring Post Punk/Neo Garage Rock retro-modernist Kurt Vile (yes, it's his real name) and the mysterious, constantly evolving seven-year-old outfit from Canada, Fucked Up, that often lives up to its own name.
The music emanating from Nick Oliveri's latest album, 'Death Acoustic,' represents some of the most brutal sounds the journeyman Punk bassist has ever recorded. The bile and rage continues a pattern radiated throughout his career in Kyuss, Queens of the Stone Age, The Dwarves, The Knives and his own Mondo Generator.
Columbus' own RJD2 (he's now based in Philly) has a new album, 'The Colossus,' that contrasts his last polarizing project by adding vocalists like Kenna and Illogic. "Looking to myself for all the elements didn't sound appealing," he says. "Records should be something exciting and fresh, and part of that is keeping the process exciting and different."
Cure for the winter blues? Winter Blues! The Cincy Blues Society's Winter Blues Fest is beginning to rival the organization's long-running, successful summer Blues Fest in terms of talent and lineup size. The fourth annual event takes place Friday and Saturday, and if you ever wanted to explore the Blues talent in Greater Cincinnati, you won't find a better event.
Chatham County Line is just now putting the finishing touches on a new album that should be out this spring. The group's current circuit (featuring assistance from Tift Merritt band members Zeke Hutchins and Jay Brown) will likely offer up at least a small sampling of new material. Secure your wigs, socks and faces: CCL is the Bluegrass band that will rock them off.
He's had a beer named after him. He was on an MTV "reality" dating show where he threw pizza at some bonehead competitor. He's recorded albums live in the studio, playing bass drum, hi-hi-hat and guitar ... simultaneously. And he wears a giant buffalo head "helmet" when he plays live. What's not to love about Scotty Karate?
In the wake of the 2005 demise of vaunted indie band Ticonderoga, guitarist/vocalist Phil Moore and keyboardist/vocalist Mark Paulson decided to maintain their working relationship. They invited accordionist/vocalist Beth Tacular to complete their resurrection as a band. It was Tacular who dubbed the newly minted unit Bowerbirds, after an Australian species known for the male's mating strategy of building beautiful and elaborate nests.