In a recent review, I compared Moonbow’s first album The End of Time to a roller coaster. If that metaphor stands true, then the album new again by The Happy Maladies is the merry-go-round – and this ride is missing a gear or two; and the ride, and its operator, have a few screws loose.
For 11 days starting this September 11th, Cincinnati will be one of several cities competing in The Compassion Games. The games are an outreach program by the Charter for Compassion, a worldwide network whose goal is to advance the spirit and practice of the Golden Rule, "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you."
The album Higher Action by The Guitarsis a time machine upholstered in crushed red velvet and fine Corinthian leather. Every note, every verse and every track is perfectly crafted to wrap you in luxurious comfort and style.
Now celebrating its 12th year, the MidPoint Music Festival returns to venues around Cincinnati September 26-28. Dan McCabe, the festival’s executive producer for the last six years, joins our Jim Nolan to preview this year’s event and highlights some of the musicians who will be performing including headliner Shuggie Otis.
The Newport-based trio played in the Lounge – the smallest of the three stages – and they immediately filled the room to capacity with exuberant fans, curious onlookers like me, and an unearthly powerful sound. As soon as their set was finished, I made a beeline to the merch table and picked up a copy of their 6-song CD, The Collapse.
The songs on The Collapse read like a post-apocalyptic diary written by those left behind after the cataclysm, but who have still been deeply affected by something much bigger and scarier than themselves. The tracks are punctuated by bits of radio static or odd recorded clips that seem to cry out “Is there anybody out there?”