Cincinnati’s SHADOWRAPTR defies easy classification on new release, 'Love a Good Mystery'
0 Comments · Wednesday, March 27, 2013
If it were to be said that Cincinnati's SHADOWRAPTR makes atmospheric music, it would be necessary to be very
specific which atmosphere it best represents … and that atmosphere is a
spaceship that has stumbled into a whole new solar system.
by Mike Breen
120 days ago
Two free shows tonight showcase the many ways artists are experimenting with Americana music
• Combining some of the idiosyncrasies of modern Indie Folk with uplifting Pop melodies, Chamber music arrangements and an Americana grab-bag of various other influences, the trio Plume Giant makes a glorious noise that is buoyed by the clever, collaborative songwriting, as well as the trio’s vocal chops, which add a slanted, colorful layer to the group’s sound via frequent and flawless harmonies. The threesome — which formed after meeting each other while attending Yale — makes this glorious noise with fairly spare acoustic instrumentation (Oliver Hill plays guitar guitar and viola, Nolan Green plays guitar and harmonium and Eliza Bagg plays violin, harmonium and various other instruments). But the sound of the group’s recent debut full-length, Callithump, is full-bodied and far from minimalistic. On the dynamic 2012 release, the trio explores traditional Appalachian music, swingin’ Jazz, Tin Pan Alley pomp and breezy Folk Pop, but all of it is filtered through Plume Giant’s distinctive vision, with hints of the avant-garde beneath the inescapable harmonies and lovely aura. The now Brooklyn-based trio performs a free show tonight in Over-the-Rhine at MOTR Pub with like-minded Cincinnati-based Chamber Folk ensemble The Happy Maladies. Showtime is 9 p.m. Here is Plume Giant's smile-inducing "We Got It Made" video from their debut LP, followed by The Happy Maladies' "New Again," taken from The Emery Sessions live music video series. The Maladies' song is the title track off their 2012 release, which was nominated for "Album of the Year" at the upcoming Cincinnati Entertainment Awards. • At the Southgate House Revival in Newport tonight, Indianapolis progressive Bluegrass group Flatland Harmony Experiment performs a free, 10 p.m. show in the venue's "Lounge." Formed just a couple of summers ago, FHE has toured the region regularly, found success on radio outlets and through online Bluegrass/Americana/Folk music channels and are seemingly on their way to becoming an even bigger presence on the national festival circuit (in June, the trio will compete at the 40th Annual Telluride Bluegrass Band Competition). The trio (Scott Nelson on upright bass, Kris Potts on Mandolin and Johnny Plott on banjo) uses the tools of traditional Bluegrass and the members clearly have a firm grasp on the music's rich history (not to mention some delicious chops and textured harmonies that'll send a shiver), but they let the songwriting go wherever their contemporary minds might take it. Fans of groups like Yonder Mountain String Band, Leftover Salmon and The Infamous Stringdusters will love this Experiment. Last year, the string band released its debut full-length, On Our Way. Here's the album's "Secret in the Seams":Learn how to get your music heard at ReverbNation.comClick here for even more live music options in Greater Cincinnati tonight.
J-Skillz, Da 3rd Element, Junya Be and The Happy Maladies celebrate new releases
0 Comments · Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Cincy Hip Hop invades Corryville as J-Skillz, Da 3rd Element and Junya Be celebrate new releases at The Mad Frog Saturday, while Indie Chamber Folk quartet The Happy Maladies drop new EP, New Again, with a release show at Rohs Street Cafe.
0 Comments · Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Once upon a time, the Clifton area near the University of Cincinnati — much like the bustling music scenes centered around colleges across the country — was ground zero locally for original, creative music. in these parts. These days the neighborhood isn't quite Short Vine-in-the-'90s level, but the return of this weekend's Clifton Heights Music Festival is another hopeful step in making the area more consistently thriving with music.
The sun is shining on the quintet's spunky, jazzy Gypsy Folk Rock
1 Comment · Tuesday, November 10, 2009
The Happy Maladies drip with talent and training, all five have done time at UC's College-Conservatory of Music. And they all shack up together except guitarist/vocalist Ben Thomas, who lives down the street by his lonesome. Five cats roam the band house, and even the cats contribute on "Animal Welcome," one of 11 songs on the band's debut full-length album, 'Sun Shines the Little Children.'