It was a wintry night three years ago at the Northside
Tavern when Passion Pit turned the joint into a Synth Pop sauna;
wild-eyed reviews of the show heightened expectations for the
Massachusetts sextet’s return.
In more ways than one, 2011’s Adventures in Counter-Culture
proved to be a pivotal album for Columbus MC/producer and Weightless
Recordings founder Blueprint. As his first solo effort in six years, its
critical acclaim introduced him to a second audience who was unaware
that his discography ran as deep as a decade.
Local musicians to dress up/perform as David Bowie, The Cure, Daft Punk and Dwarves for Halloween, while MC Forty presents the Hip Hop flavored "Crack-O-Lantern" show, Surf bands get zombified at the Southgate and Hogscraper's delayed return goes down Saturday. Also, You, You Awesome to play free show Tuesday and Yallwire.com dominating Country artists Mason James and Dallas Moore team up in Cheviot.
Rapper Game's big artistic statement with new album cover? He just wants to smoke weed, go to church and not be made fun of for it. Plus, Wyclef takes break from charity controversy to post crass photo and Canadian band Headwater is making a mint playing on boats.
Pianist Alejandro Ziegler was only 12 years old when a
cerebral hemorrhage ended the brilliant career of fellow Argentine Astor
Piazzolla, the originator of Neuve Tango and one of the world’s most
revered musical giants.
The Sea and Cake has never been too dedicated to any one
concept. Fundamentally, the Chicago four-piece could cozily fit into
your average Indie Rock festival, but the group’s not
really interested in sticking to an aesthetic palatable for just that
Dayton’s music scene is similar to Cincinnati’s in that
they’ve both given rise to a great number of bands that represent the
incredible musical diversity within the respective band communities.The Werks are one of Dayton’s more recent success stories; the Jamadelic quartet officially formed five years ago.
I’m grateful to have known Marcus
“Skandal Da Ruckus Man” Mitchell the last 15 years. The veteran MC,
producer, DJ and the man behind Sharkface Entertainment died on Oct. 10
at 36 after a bout with acute leukemia.
Culture Queer is all about anticipation.
In the Indie/Art Pop group’s decade-plus existence, the Cincinnati
quartet (often aided by a support staff of A/V techs, go-go dancers,
etc.) has turned out just a trio of full-length studio efforts —
including the just released Nightmare Band — an EP and a single.
And Culture Queer’s live presence has been equally sporadic; the group’s
calendar listing only pops up on approximately a quarterly basis.
Local bands Why?, Big Rock Club and Hickory Robot promote their latest releases this week. Plus, Barrence Whitfield & the Savages return to Cincinnati to play a few shows and record a new album and things get trippy in Northside with the inaugural Cincy Psych Fest at Mayday Saturday.
Actor/comedian Sacha Baron Cohen to portray Freddie Mercury in upcoming biopic, Robert Plant calls reporter a "schmuck" for asking about a Led Zeppelin reunion during a press conference about Led Zeppelin's reunion and Snoop Dogg is so high, he's rappin' about Hot Pockets now.
It’s been 20 years since five friends at Virginia’s
Randolph-Macon College began practicing in a campus auditorium with an
aim toward finding the musical Venn diagram center of Folk, Indie Rock,
Celtic and Alt Country.