local bands http://wvxu.org en Public Housing http://wvxu.org/post/public-housing <p>With this review, my intention is to get you to take a few steps through the looking glass into a <em>Hellraiser</em>-like&nbsp;universe where pain is beauty, ugliness is music and noise is pleasure. Looming ominously in a filthy back-alley somewhere in this universe is the band <a href="http://tornlightrecords.bandcamp.com/album/public-housing" target="_blank"><strong>Public Housing</strong></a>.</p><p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Jim Nolan 29453 at http://wvxu.org Public Housing ADM: Another Dying Motive http://wvxu.org/post/adm-another-dying-motive <p>I am overjoyed by the fact that I am now starting to review some local bands' <em>next</em> releases - meaning that I have a better frame of reference to speak to an artists' music by being able to compare it to what they put out (and which I reviewed)&nbsp;last time around. This is no way implies that I feel that I have started to exhaust the roster of local musicians that are creating and putting out music. On the contrary, I think this&nbsp;reinforces the perception that the local music scene is a quite vibrant and very active animal.</p><p>My first 'comparative' review came this spring when I received an advance copy of Buffalo Killer's <em>Heavy Reverie</em>. In late June I got my hands on the soon-to-be-released 12" of new music from <strong>Gazer </strong>(the review for which will be coming in early August); and most recently I was able to score local electronic artist ADM's latest album <strong><a href="http://adelicatemotor.bandcamp.com/album/another-dying-motive" target="_blank"><em>Another Dying Motive</em></a></strong>.</p><p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Jim Nolan 28889 at http://wvxu.org ADM: Another Dying Motive Heavy Hinges: Mean Old City http://wvxu.org/post/heavy-hinges-mean-old-city <p><strong>Heavy Hinges</strong> has been described as "a sublime ruckus… a beautiful collision of rock, soul, gospel, and western." &nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">In truth, what <strong>Heavy Hinges</strong> is is a well-balanced assemblage of rock, pop, country and&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">traditional music with roots that run quite deep into the music of gospel choirs, chain gangs and saloons. &nbsp;They have a reputation around town of putting on very powerful live performances and have established themselves as one of Cincinnati's&nbsp;must-see bands.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The group has just emerged from the studio with their debut album <em>Mean Old City</em>. &nbsp;Recorded by <strong>Matt Hueneman</strong>&nbsp;at Newport's <strong><a href="http://www.audiogrotto.com/" target="_blank">Audiogrotto</a></strong> and mastered by <strong>Ashley Shepherd</strong>*, <em>Mean Old City</em> is the band's attempt to bottle some of that on-stage lightning.</span></p><p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Jim Nolan 28450 at http://wvxu.org Heavy Hinges: Mean Old City The Mitchells http://wvxu.org/post/mitchells <p>Delicate and crisp -- balancing electric guitar with banjo, cello and more eclectic instruments -- everything about <a href="http://themitchells.bandcamp.com/album/the-mitchells" target="_blank"><strong>The Mitchells'</strong>&nbsp;self-titled debut album</a> says indie-pop. <span style="line-height: 1.5;">The music is light and drifting and would play perfectly as the soundtrack to the next <strong>Marc Webb</strong>&nbsp;film. It is hard to listen to this album and not imagine yourself leaning out the car window and letting the wind push firmly against your outstretched palm.</span></p><p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 12:12:16 +0000 Jim Nolan 28204 at http://wvxu.org The Mitchells Elk Creek: Greenfield Project http://wvxu.org/post/elk-creek-greenfield-project <p>I have a message for those who enjoy listening to live music of any kind - and for those who book the venues that host such events - get to know&nbsp;<strong><a href="http://elkcreekmusic.com/" target="_blank">Elk Creek</a></strong>. They are a group of very talented musicians that make some exciting new music and they sound really, really good together.</p><p>The story of <strong>Elk Creek</strong> is one of reunion. <strong>Aaron Price</strong>&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">[vocals]</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, <strong>Jeremy Brown</strong>&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">[harmonica]</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, and <strong>Brad Smith</strong>&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">[guitar]</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;all grew up together and used to play in band called&nbsp;</span><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">Hector </strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">who had a practice space</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;in Trenton, Ohio located on&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Elk Creek Road. </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Two years ago when they 'got the band back together' they added&nbsp;</span><strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Travis&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Estell</span></strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><strong>&nbsp;</strong>on drums and <strong>Nick&nbsp;</strong></span><strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Whittenburg</span></strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;on bass. They quickly noticed that their sound, style and songwriting had all matured. The end result of this reunion is the 7-song EP entitled&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><strong><em>Greenfield Project</em></strong>.</span></p><p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Jim Nolan 28252 at http://wvxu.org Elk Creek: Greenfield Project