Local Exposure

Local Exposure (LX) is WVXU’s on-location Arts, Events and Culture program that seeks out the known and not-so-well known niches that make Greater Cincinnati such a unique place to visit, live and shop.

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Album Review
7:00 am
Tue August 19, 2014

Prim: Older

Prim (clockwise): Ian Gullett, Molly Sullivan, Jake Langknecht and Alessandro Corona

With very little fanfare, Prim has released one of the best local pop recordings of the year.  

When you take time to consider the roster of talent in this band, it is not surprising. Alessandro Corona [Krkgrd], Jake Langknecht [The Never Bird] and Ian Gullett [Diet Audio, Smasherman, Photo Electric] weave a delightful tapestry of soulful melodies, and they do this in conjunction with the amazing Molly Sullivan [No No Knots] who has quickly become one of the supreme voices and songwriters in Cincinnati.

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Album Review
7:00 am
Tue August 12, 2014

Founding Fathers

The troublemakers: Matt Chmielewski, Adam Hacker, Chelso Ciotti and Dustin McClure

I was profoundly confused when I first listened to Founding Fathers. Here is a band that lists, among their 'influences' such groups as Ween, Beck, Wilco -- and to which other reviewers had compared to Talking Heads. My first impression of Founding Fathers was of a band that makes booty-shaking, bone-deep funk that just doesn't wash off. The first track on their latest CD, a song called "Stop Drop and Roll,"  is magnificent good-time party music to be sure but -- Ween?  Wilco? I wasn't getting it.

I have not had the opportunity to see the band live yet so... maybe I am missing something.

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Album Review
7:00 am
Tue August 5, 2014

Gazer: Fake Bulbs

Gazer has released their latest EP 'Fake Bulbs' on a 12" with their debut album 'Phone Commercial' on Side B

For those unfamiliar with the band Gazer, it may be best to describe them in their own words: "post-punk with the intensity of hardcore [and] inconsiderate blasts of noise."

Last October, when I started listening to Gazer's Phone Commercial EP, they quickly became one of my favorite local punk bands. The sound on Phone Commercial is reminiscent of the industrial Midwestern post-punk of the 90's like Big Black and Brainiac  - but Gazer has managed to take that sound, intensify it, and make it significant to the 21st century.

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Album Review
7:00 am
Tue July 29, 2014

Public Housing

With this review, my intention is to get you to take a few steps through the looking glass into a Hellraiser-like 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 Public Housing.

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Album Review
7:00 am
Tue July 22, 2014

ADM: Another Dying Motive

I am overjoyed by the fact that I am now starting to review some local bands' next 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) 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 reinforces the perception that the local music scene is a quite vibrant and very active animal.

My first 'comparative' review came this spring when I received an advance copy of Buffalo Killer's Heavy Reverie. In late June I got my hands on the soon-to-be-released 12" of new music from Gazer (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 Another Dying Motive.

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