album review

Album Review
7:00 am
Tue January 14, 2014

Molly Sullivan: Winter '13

Each cover is hand-painted by Molly herself!

Singer-songwriter Molly Sullivan was recently nominated for a CEA by the local music community, so I thought that listening to her latest release would be a great way to kick-off 2014.

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Album Review
7:00 am
Tue December 31, 2013

Pure Predication: Dead Boy

With song titles like "Dead Boy," "Poison Oak," and "Devil's Weed," and the run-time is a mere 5:07, you can expect the 3-track EP Dead Boy by Pure Predication to be driving, aggressive, dark and brutal.

What the band promises is "No soundscapes here. Just pure as s**t rock n' roll."  And they make good on their promises.

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Album Review
9:20 am
Mon December 23, 2013

The Runaway Hamsters: Runaway

“Abby picked 'runaway' and I [Isabella] picked 'hamsters' and then we put it together, Runaway Hamsters."

This week I'm breaking my usual format of covering locally-produced music, but I wouldn't do so if it weren't for a very good and noble reason.

While recently checking out the website fark.com, I discovered a story about The Runaway Hamsters , a 4-piece band of young rockers made up of siblings that include 9-year old Isabella and 8-year old triplets Abby, Gabby & Riley Keen.

The Hamsters are already gathering a lot of press across the country from such outlets as KNCI in Sacramento, CA and KTVB in their hometown of Boise, ID - if not so much for their punkish West Coast sound as for their incredibly big hearts.

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Album Review
5:00 am
Tue December 17, 2013

IsWhat?!: Things That Go Bump In the Dark

Iswhat?! is MC Napoleon Maddox and saxophonist Jack Walker

How many hip-hop albums have you listened to recently that contained freestyle performed in French - or that combined heavy bass-drop with samples of birdsong?

Before you can begin to address the album "Things That Go Bump In the Dark" by IsWhat?!, you must first throw away any preconceived notions of what a hip-hop album is or what 'urban' music is -- because the aesthetic of this album lies somewhere between beatnik coffee-house poetry-jams and late-night dance club after-parties.

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Album Review
11:49 am
Tue December 10, 2013

Phratry Records 4-Band Split 7”

Hot off the presses from Cincinnati label Phratry Records is a 4-band, 7" that features the groups Joe 4 from Zagreb, Croatia, Aperiodic - who have roots in Dayton - as well as Cincinnati's own Mala In Se and Knife The Symphony.

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