Local Exposure http://wvxu.org en Tweens: A Special Record Store Day Review http://wvxu.org/post/tweens-special-record-store-day-review <p><em><strong><a href="http://www.recordstoreday.com/" target="_blank">Happy Record Store Day everyone</a>!&nbsp;</strong></em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Today is the day we celebrate our local </span><strong style="line-height: 1.5;"><em>independent</em></strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> music retailers - and Greater Cincinnati has some amazing ones. &nbsp;</span></p><p>If you are downtown and are looking for some great local music then I recommend you seek out my friends at&nbsp;<strong style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="https://www.facebook.com/RPScincinnati" target="_blank">Rock Paper Scissors</a></strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. &nbsp;If your tastes are a bit more eclectic then&nbsp;</span><strong style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://www.shakeitrecords.com/Shakeit-store.html?SessionID=k07p04ocdo4sheheahgl4i1ib1" target="_blank">Shake-it Records</a></strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;is probably for you. &nbsp;But if vinyl is king of your collection you might also want to try out&nbsp;</span><strong style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="https://www.facebook.com/blackplasticrecords" target="_blank">Black Plastic Records</a>&nbsp;</strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">in&nbsp;Northside&nbsp;or&nbsp;</span><strong style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://www.everybodysrecords.com/" target="_blank">Everybody's Records</a></strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">in Pleasant Ridge. &nbsp;South of the river you can also find <strong><a href="http://philsrecords.com/" target="_blank">Phil's Records</a></strong>&nbsp;- which is where I started my music education as a young whippersnapper - and <strong><a href="http://tornlightrecords.blogspot.com/" target="_blank">Torn Light Records</a></strong> in Newport for stuff you might not find anywhere else.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In honor of <strong>Record Store Day</strong>, I wanted to do a special review and I wanted to use this occasion to celebrate a local band that has completely <strong><em>exploded </em></strong>onto the world stage but who still have pride in their Queen City roots. &nbsp;I'm talking about&nbsp;</span><strong><a href="http://tweensband.com/" target="_blank">Tweens</a></strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><strong>Update: </strong>Tweens&nbsp;will be performing a special Record Store Day show at Shake-it Records today (April 19) at 8pm.</span></p><p> Sat, 19 Apr 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Jim Nolan 25366 at http://wvxu.org Tweens: A Special Record Store Day Review Another Scorching MidPoint Indie Summer http://wvxu.org/post/another-scorching-midpoint-indie-summer <p>The <strong><a href="http://myfountainsquare.com/event/midpoint-indie-summer-4/" target="_blank">2014 MidPoint Indie Summer</a></strong> lineup has been announced. &nbsp;The free, outdoor concert series organized by <a href="http://www.3cdc.org/" target="_blank"><strong>3CDC</strong>&nbsp;</a>and sponsored by the <strong><a href="http://www.mpmf.com/" target="_blank">MidPoint Music Festival</a></strong> takes place Friday nights <strong>May 30 through August 29 on Fountain Square</strong> and features many of the bands that make the local music scene great.</p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 17:54:01 +0000 Jim Nolan 25553 at http://wvxu.org Another Scorching MidPoint Indie Summer State Song: Sleepcrawling http://wvxu.org/post/state-song-sleepcrawling <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Cincinnati's&nbsp;</span><strong style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://phratryrecords.com/" target="_blank">Phratry&nbsp;Records</a>&nbsp;</strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">has a reputation for teaming up with artists who embrace the seedier side of music. &nbsp;Many of the bands on their label [</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><strong>Ampline</strong>,</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">Mala in Se</strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, </span><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">Knife the Symphony</strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, </span><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">Smoke Signals...</strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, </span><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">Swear Jar</strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, etc.] engage in highly-aggressive, effects-and-noise driven music that some critics pigeonhole&nbsp;as 'post-punk.'</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Listeners unfamiliar with the band&nbsp;</span><strong style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://www.statesongband.com/" style="color: rgb(1, 143, 226); text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank">State Song</a></strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;will probably be surprised to find that this band shares the same label. &nbsp;However, even those who are familiar with <strong>State Song</strong> will be floored when they get their first taste&nbsp;of <strong><em>Sleepcrawling</em></strong>.</span></p><p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Jim Nolan 25180 at http://wvxu.org State Song: Sleepcrawling Valley of the Sun: Electric Talons of the Thunderhawk http://wvxu.org/post/valley-sun-electric-talons-thunderhawk <p>If you enjoy earth-shattering rhythms, dark and soulful melodies and heavy blues-metal with a bit of Seattle grunge tossed in for flavor, then I strongly recommend that you check out Cincinnati's <strong>Valley of the Sun&nbsp;</strong>and their album&nbsp;<strong><em>Electric Talons of the Thunderhawk, </em></strong>from&nbsp;<strong><a href="https://www.facebook.com/Fuzzorama" target="_blank"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Fuzzorama</span></a></strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><strong><a href="https://www.facebook.com/Fuzzorama" target="_blank">&nbsp;Records</a></strong>.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><em>Electric Talons of the Thunderhawk</em>&nbsp;is the first full-length release from the band and follows on the heels of two very successful EPs, <strong><em>2010 </em></strong>and </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><strong><em>The Sayings of the Seers</em></strong>. <em>Talons </em>picks up right where <em>Sayings of the Seers</em> left off with epic-length pieces rife with driving riffs and adroit changes in both tone and rhythm that display great talent and attention to composition and dynamics.</span></p><p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Jim Nolan 24484 at http://wvxu.org Valley of the Sun: Electric Talons of the Thunderhawk Black Planet: Female Hysteria http://wvxu.org/post/black-planet-female-hysteria <p>Like a bad-for-you woman, sporting tattoos and an eyebrow-piercing, the kind that you might <span style="line-height: 1.5;">spy across the bar</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;- it was love at first sight for me and </span><a href="https://www.facebook.com/BLKPLNT" target="_blank"><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">Black Planet</strong></a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. &nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In truth, there is very little about Black Planet and their 5-song EP </span><strong style="line-height: 1.5;"><em>Female Hysteria</em></strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> that is not completely adorable and endearing.</span></p><p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Jim Nolan 24221 at http://wvxu.org Black Planet: Female Hysteria