June 11 • Taft Theater
0 Comments · Tuesday, June 4, 2013
Death Grips is a primal force of nature that seems built
to subvert. Entering the world of this experimental Hip
Hop trio is akin to being
trapped in a demented, all-immersive video game.
June 4 • Riverbend
0 Comments · Tuesday, May 28, 2013
The Lumineers’ upward trajectory began in
early 2011, when they secured management after posting a YouTube video
of a performance of their future hit single, “Ho Hey.”
June 9 • Southgate House Revival
1 Comment · Tuesday, June 4, 2013
Patterson Hood, one of the most prolific and literate
rockers of the last decade, rolls into Newport next week with his
eclectic solo band, The Downtown Rumblers.
by Jac Kern
19 days ago
Photography’s bad boy, Tyler Shields, returns
to Cincinnati for another exhibit at Miller Gallery, kicked off with an opening
reception in Over-the-Rhine Friday. Known for his controversial celebrity
photos, Shields last exhibited at Miller Gallery in October as part of
FotoFocus. Now he’s back showing off his latest collection of photos, Suspense, featuring images of people
falling, floating and flipping across striking backgrounds. Friday’s opening is
a pop-up gallery party at the Hanke Building (1130 Main St., OTR). VIP $50
tickets grant 8 p.m. admission, free valet parking, an open bar and photo op
with Shields. General admission from 9 p.m.-midnight is $10 and includes three
drink tickets. It’s
sure to be a super party and a great chance to brush shoulders with the “who’s
who” of the art community. Proceeds benefit Flashes of Hope, a national nonprofit with the
mission to photograph every child with cancer until every child is cured. Buy tickets here or bring cash at the door.
Across the river in Newport, Powerhouse
Factories celebrates music festival season with a Summer
Shindig Friday. Enjoy live music from The Pinstripes, a great view from
Powerhouse’s patio, great deals on the factory’s excellent assortment music
posters (BOGO half-off) and frosty beers from MadTree Brewery. The free party
runs 6 p.m.-midnight.
The Fringe Festival continues this weekend
(through June 8), with plenty of original, unusual and just plan weird theater performances throughout the city. Go here
for performance reviews, a complete
festival schedule and the official festival guide. And getcho Fringe on!
The 46th annual Summerfair takes
over Coney Island Friday-Sunday. This festival, one of the oldest continuous
art fairs in the country, features more than 300 fine artists, crafters, youth
arts organizations and performers exhibiting and selling photographs, pottery,
textiles, jewelry and much more.
a Shark or a Jet? A Greaser or a Soc? A Mod or a Rocker? Do you rock a scooter
or a motorcycle? Either way, folks from “both sides of the tracks” will come
together this weekend for the Queen City Mods & Rockers Rally, a
weekend-long event to promote unity between both types of motor enthusiasts.
Events include family-friendly rides, a pin-up girl contest, a bike rally,
happy hour, a group breakfast and more. A $30 pass gets you admission to all
the three-day events. Go here
for more info.
For more art, shows, festivals, concerts and
events to check out this weekend, peep our To Do picks
by Mike Breen
20 days ago
'CincyMusic Spotlight' to air Sundays beginning this weekend
Over the years, Greater Cincinnati has been lucky to have
at least a few radio stations dedicated to giving original, local music
some airtime. While WEBN (yes, that WEBN) strongly supported
local music in the ’70s/’80s, most substantial local airplay now comes
courtesy of community and/or low-powered stations, plus the occasional, short-lived niche show from a huge corporate radio outlet.
At 88.9 FM (or 89.1 FM in Northern Kentucky), Class X
Radio's diverse programming and lineup of shows include the
longest-running local music program in the area — Kindred Sanction —
which got its start on WAIF over 25 years ago (the station also
incorporates local music into its other programming). The community radio
station WVQC (Radio Free Queen City) is run through Media Bridges and
features numerous shows that spotlight Cincy artists (listen online or
at 95.7 FM). And Northern Kentucky's powerhouse public radio channel,
WNKU (wnku.org or 89.7 FM) integrates local artist cuts into its normal
This past April, 94.5 FM became Cincy Rock 94.5 … for a
month. Owners Clear Channel threw a bone to local music after Northern
Kentucky resident Josh Fields won a contest to program the channel until
its May 1 conversion to a 24-hour FM simulcast of AM superstar,
This Sunday, in what will hopefully be a more permanent
occupation of some FM airtime for local music, another Clear Channel
outlet, The Project (at 100.7 FM and 106.3 FM), will launch what looks
to be a great new program, CincyMusic Spotlight.
One of the few conglomo-stations to consistently play
"Alternative" music in the city (it also plays the bigger local bands,
like Foxy Shazam and Walk the Moon, on a regular basis), The Project
will now delve into Greater Cincinnati's music scene head first every Sunday night
at midnight. The program will be made available as a podcast at
CincyMusic.com, which partnered with The Project for the new show
(podcasts will also be available at CincinnatiProject.com). You can
subscribe to the podcasts at both sites starting Sunday.
In a press release, the show is described as "a mix of the
region's most talented musicians" and will also feature a "weekly recap of
all the local music news from CincyMusic.com."
The program certainly has the right hosts in place.
CincyMusic Spotlight will feature two local music/radio veterans —
Venomous Valdez (who has done radio in the past, helped keep the MidPoint Music Festival running smoothly last year and currently works with
local bands as a manager/road manger) and Joe Long (who helms the music
blog Each Note Secure and was a former DJ on the late, great 97X/WOXY).
Tune in this Sunday night and be vocal in your support of the show so
CincyMusic Spotlight stays on the air and proves wrong the seemingly
conventional wisdom that there are no ratings or money in "local music."
June 5 • Madison Theater
0 Comments · Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Passion Pit’s jaunty Electro Pop
and frontman Michael Angelakos’ perpetually high-pitched vocals belie troubling subject
matter that ranges from relatively common stuff like love-life problems
and family issues to darker concerns like depression and substance
May 29 • Taft Theatre
1 Comment · Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Everybody Loves Sausages, the 21st (or
so) recording in the Melvins’ improbable 30-year existence, features 13
cover songs that, according to founder/frontdude Buzz Osborne, “will
give people a peek into the kind of things that influence us musically.”
May 29 • Southgate House Revival
0 Comments · Tuesday, May 28, 2013
There are more than a few surprises in
the long and fairly illustrious timeline of Nappy Roots. The Hip Hop
collective first assembled in Bowling Green, Ky., in 1995, and then
spent the next four years honing their craft and sharpening their skills.
Despite a true “near-death” experience, dynamic Bluegrass group Mountain Heart continues to thrill
0 Comments · Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Mountain Heart is a band that works hard
to entertain, with the focus put on bringing high energy to the stage
and working as a team, with every excellent musician getting their shot
in the limelight.
May 23 • Stanley's Pub
0 Comments · Monday, May 20, 2013
About 10 years ago, Col. Bruce Hampton played the
now-defunct Barrelhouse here in Cincy. Now, Hampton brings his latest band to Stanley’s Pub, following last year’s release of the documentary movie, Basically Frightened: The Musical Madness of Col. Bruce Hampton, Ret.