Music: Diane Coffee

Side projects are a time-honored tradition in Pop music. But how many of them are truly inspired, unique additions to the landscape and not just vanity projects largely given attention due to the crea

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Diane Coffee

Side projects are a time-honored tradition in Pop music. But how many of them are truly inspired, unique additions to the landscape and not just vanity projects largely given attention due to the creators’ better-known musical outlets? 

Don’t count Diane Coffee, the alter ego of Foxygen drummer Shaun Fleming, among the less successful of those seeking to scratch their own creative itch. Fleming’s one-man-band debut album as Coffee, the curiously titled My Friend Fish, is an unexpectedly lush affair, an album bursting with addictive harmonies, varied guitar tones and emotive vocals that wouldn’t sound out of place next to everything from a ’60s Motown record to a Psych-kissed version of The Beach Boys to Bowie in the ’70s.

Diane Coffee performs a free show at Over-the-Rhine's MOTR Pub on Thursday, Jan. 16. Click here for details.


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