Best Of 2019

Best Trend for Fans of Local Music in the ’90s: Reunions

Reunions! Two of the best bands to come out of Cincinnati in the 1990s reunited two decades after their glory days and local music fans of a certain age could not have been more thrilled. In late 2018, Garage Rock kingpins The Mortals — who amassed a cult international following with their ’90s albums through Estrus Records and whose 1993 7-inch single, “The One,” was the first release on Darren Blase’s burgeoning Shake It Records — returned for their first show in nearly 25 years. The band was initially non-committal about shows beyond the December reunion at The Woodward Theater (“Not thinking about the future worked well for The Mortals,” guitarist William Grapes told CityBeat), but they returned for a MOTR Pub show this winter so it looks like 21st-century Mortals are here to stay (at least for occasional gigs). Also choosing The Woodward for its unexpected comeback concert was Throneberry, which had a solid run of acclaimed releases on Alias Records in the ’90s. The group’s Jan. 25, 2019 show was in honor of the 25th anniversary of its debut, Sangria, which earned the band glowing features in U.K. press outlets like NME and Melody Maker and tours with big-shots like Weezer and The Afghan Whigs. The Woodward concert was the first time Throneberry’s original lineup from its Sangria-period had performed together in public in more than 20 years.