Sometimes great things that stick around for a long time get taken for granted. Cincinnati's legendary Rock foursome The Tigerlilies have been making amazing, hyper-melodic Rock & Roll for over 15 years, and today they better than ever. As a way of reintroducing themselves to the old guard and introducing themselves to younger music lovers, the band has assembled a career retrospective, Superdeluxe, available when the band plays the Northside Tavern on Saturday. The 10-song disc features tracks from the three albums released on Chicago's Atavistic Records (Deeper, Space Age Love Songs and Ceci N'est Pas Pop), as well as rarities like the single-only "Tonight" and "Innocent," an unreleased nugget the band recorded during the Space Age sessions. The album also contains two new songs ("Hold On Tight" and "Godfather"), recorded last year for a forthcoming full-length.
The band's show Saturday is a part of a benefit for a local 2-year-old named Lucy Scholten, who suffers from an as-yet-undiagnosed condition which leads to seizures and keeps her from physically functioning at the level of most kids her age. The "Lucy Rocks" benefit party has two phases. Starting at 5 p.m., the first segment is smoke-free and features "Lucy-friendly" entertainment and free food provided by local restaurants (there is a suggested donation of $25). The club goes back to its "no cover" policy at 8 p.m. and the music starts at 10 p.m. The money raised from the event goes to getting Lucy into an internationally renowned treatment facility (the Kennedy Kreiger Institute) in Baltimore.
The EP, those little discs with (give or take) five songs, seems to be becoming a more common format for local musicians. Lauded local singer/songwriter Ryan Adcock's new release, Unfinished, is just such a CD. But he didn't mean it to be. Adcock began working on a new full-length in 2003. With only five songs fully completed, Adcock grew impatient and decided to put them out as Unfinished. As a clever bonus, Adcock is offering fans a chance to hear the rest of the songs that were earmarked for the abandoned long-player. At his Web site, ryanadcock.com, Adcock has posted acoustic demos of the remaining five tracks, which can be combined with Unfinished to make up the 10-song Finished. (Adcock also provides artwork and a recommended track listing.)
Adcock's previous recordings have always been surprisingly mature and accomplished, and the finessed tracks on Unfinished are a solid continuation of the organic, soulful, personal and radio-friendly Pop/Rock he has become known for over the past eight years. Some local aces help flesh out the songs, including drummers Teddy Wilburn and Chris Arduser, keyboardist Ricky Nye and producer Brian Lovely, who also lends bass, guitar and vocal assistance. While Adcock's voice and melodic choices still recall Rob Thomas, he somewhat expands his sonic horizons on Unfinished. "Blind Spots" slinks along on Nye's elegant electric piano (and some tight, punctuating horns), "West" has a choppy guitar riff and some snaky wah-wah funkiness, and the track "Brother" has a lofty Gospel lilt and some rousing, soul-drenched background vocals. While the project may have ended up unfinished, these five tracks are anything but half-assed.
Adcock hosts a CD release party (where he will be joined by a full band for the first time in close to two years) Saturday at Jack Quinn's in Covington with special guest Ellery.
· Local Funk/Rap/Rock crew Stash releases its self-titled debut this weekend in conjunction with a couple of area gigs. On Friday, the group — which combines multifaceted rapping and melody with a tight-grooved rhythm section and Classic Rock-inflected guitar — performs at Covington's Mad Hatter with 6 Squad, DJ Identity, Strange and Mr. Creeper; Saturday the band plays Soupie's in Norwood with Flight Station, Long Story Short and Gerald's Rainbow. (420stash.com)
· Local singer/songwriters Paul Bunyan (aka Cameron Martin Cochran) and Chris Haubner have joined forces to form The Sheds. The two have recorded an album called Dadcommunication, which combines Haubner's sharp Americana flair with Cochran's haunted gracefulness. On Saturday at 8 p.m., The Sheds perform songs from the release at the Rohs Street Café in Clifton. You can listen to and download the duo's full album at theshedsmusic.com.
CONTACT MIKE BREEN: mbreen(at)citybeat.com