local bands

Album Review
7:00 am
Tue April 29, 2014

Comprador: Voyeur

Comprador: Aaron Collins [drums, vocals]; Neal Vaughn Humphrey [bass]; Charles D'Ardenne [guitar, vocals]

This is a review for Voyeur, the 4-song EP by Cincinnati's Comprador. But first, a little historical perspective...

Sometimes, four is boring.

Read more
Album Review
7:00 am
Tue April 22, 2014

The Infinity Ball: Saturday Night

The Infinity Ball: Rick Reed lead vocals/guitar; Tom Jansing drums; John Stickney guitar/vocals and John Hoerr bass/vocals
theinfinityball.com

It's the same old story... boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy mopes until his buddies can't take it anymore and drag him out for guy's night.  Later, boy meets new girl, boy's psycho ex-girlfriend screws things up, boy contemplates love and Mexican food...we've all been there before.

This is the story line for the album Saturday Night just released by Cincinnati's The Infinity Ball.

Read more
Album Review
7:00 am
Sat April 19, 2014

Tweens: A Special Record Store Day Review

Tweens are: Jerri Queen [drums], Bridget Battle [guitar, vocals] and Peyton Copes [bass]
facebook.com/tweencity

Happy Record Store Day everyoneToday is the day we celebrate our local independent music retailers - and Greater Cincinnati has some amazing ones.  

If you are downtown and are looking for some great local music then I recommend you seek out my friends at Rock Paper Scissors.  If your tastes are a bit more eclectic then Shake-it Records is probably for you.  But if vinyl is king of your collection you might also want to try out Black Plastic Records in Northside or Everybody's Records in Pleasant Ridge.  South of the river you can also find Phil's Records - which is where I started my music education as a young whippersnapper - and Torn Light Records in Newport for stuff you might not find anywhere else.

In honor of Record Store Day, I wanted to do a special review and I wanted to use this occasion to celebrate a local band that has completely exploded onto the world stage but who still have pride in their Queen City roots.  I'm talking about Tweens.

Update: Tweens will be performing a special Record Store Day show at Shake-it Records today (April 19) at 8pm.

Read more
Music Festival
1:54 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Another Scorching MidPoint Indie Summer

myfountainsquare.com

The 2014 MidPoint Indie Summer lineup has been announced.  The free, outdoor concert series organized by 3CDC and sponsored by the MidPoint Music Festival takes place Friday nights May 30 through August 29 on Fountain Square and features many of the bands that make the local music scene great.

Read more
Album Review
7:00 am
Tue April 15, 2014

State Song: Sleepcrawling

Cincinnati's Phratry Records has a reputation for teaming up with artists who embrace the seedier side of music.  Many of the bands on their label [AmplineMala in Se, Knife the Symphony, Smoke Signals..., Swear Jar, etc.] engage in highly-aggressive, effects-and-noise driven music that some critics pigeonhole as 'post-punk.'

Listeners unfamiliar with the band State Song will probably be surprised to find that this band shares the same label.  However, even those who are familiar with State Song will be floored when they get their first taste of Sleepcrawling.

Read more

Pages