local bands

This week's review is a bit unusual  - mostly because the subject of the review is pretty unusual itself.

On August 8, local bands Ohio Knife and Skeleton Hands were paired together on the Fountain Square stage as part of the Midpoint Indie Summer celebration. To help promote this event, and to celebrate local music in general, Jason Snell, lead singer of Ohio Knife and creator of the downtown branding company We Have Become Vikings, decided to cut a limited-edition 7" dual single and release it on white vinyl.

In 2004, Jerry Dirr, drummer for the band Knife the Symphony, got the crazy idea that he wanted to start his own record label, with a focus on presenting the kind of music that he likes and that he thought deserved to get noticed.  

Ten years later he and his label, Phratry Records have established relationships with dozens of bands and have released albums for groups from as far away as Toronto [The Shanks], Madison, WI [Tyranny is Tyranny], Portland, OR [Palo Verde] and even Croatia [Joe 4]. 

Old City: Old City

Sep 9, 2014

Sometimes, in doing these weekly local music reviews, I discover just how wrong I can be.

Such is the case with this week's review of the first full-length release by Cincinnati's Old City.  Essentially, it boils down to a classic case of 'don't judge a book (or an album) by its cover' - literally. 

The Good People Festival is a one day festival that highlights gratitude, music, and community. The fest is a collaboration between Rachel DesRochers of Grateful Grahams, Ian Mathieu of local band Buffalo Wabs & The Price Hill Hustle and Amy Tuttle from Baker Hunt Art and Cultural Center.

The Good People Festival is Sunday, October 12 from Noon to 6pm at Baker Hunt Art and Cultural Center.  The event is free and features arts & crafts, as well as local food, and fun kids activities.

facebook.com/madanthonyband / photo by Nikita Gross Photography

It's been just over 14 months since Cincinnati's heavy-duty rock band Mad Anthony was in a terrifying accident outside of Evansville, IN that brought their van, and their tour, to a screeching halt.

Guitar player Adam Flaig escaped with minor injuries while lead singer Ringo Jones suffered several head lacerations. Most affected by the collision was drummer Marc Sherlock who sustained a C-4 vertebrae fracture along with serious cuts and bruises and spent time in a cervical collar. The tour van was destroyed as was some of the band's equipment with Sherlock's drum kit taking the heaviest damage.

So what does a band do when they find themselves standing on the side of the road, wondering what just happened and considering themselves lucky to still be alive?

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