local bands

The Bunbury Music Festival is back for its third year at Sawyer Point and Yeatman's Cove.

Highlights of this year's music lineup include huge stage production acts like Flaming Lips and Empire of the Sun; reunions of beloved rock bands like Veruca Salt and Psychodots; plus great local talent such as Molly Sullivan, Foxy Shazam and The Yugos.

As the festival has grown and matured, so has the attention being paid to personalizing the visitor experience.  

It's Good to Be Back, the first full-length release from Cincinnati's The Vains, is an album created by struggle, tempered by compromise and forged in defiance.

Fans of Social Distortion, Bad Religion or even The Gaslight Anthem should stop what they're doing and go grab a copy of It's Good to Be Back, not only to help support the local music scene, but simply because it is a great album performed by a damn fine band.

If you were to Google the phrase "great rock storytellers" you'd get... well, a list of useless garbage. But, if you were to ask me, I would probably give you a list of names like Pete Townshend, Shane MacGowan, Bob Dylan, Roger Waters, Neil Young... and I would then find some way to include the names of Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger and Willie Nelson because, although they are not rock storytellers, they are probably the greatest American musical storytellers of all time - and their influence of those listed previously is undeniable.

Cincinnati's roots/reggae masters, and 3-time CEA award winners, The Pinstripes will play their 10th Anniversary Show on Friday, March 28th at The Southgate House Revival in Newport, KY.

However, it is a bittersweet event as it also marks a turning-point in the band's history.

The latest release from Northside GarageAll the King's Horses, is a 2-track sampler of modern-day garage rock that unites the raw, unbridled energy of punkabilly with the straightforward groove of roots-rock.  Eddy Mullet of ClassX Radio called Northside Garage, "One of my favorite local bands in town to go out and see." 

My introduction to The Upset Victory came when I saw them perform at Covington's Madison Theatre as part of this year's CEA event.  Shortly after, I received a copy of the EP Wall Street from the band.  My first impression was that this may be the best-produced CD I have reviewed so far.

The band went to Starlight Studios in Orlando, FL to record Wall Street and worked with producer Brock BerryHill and engineer Evan Coffman. Together with BerryHill and Coffman, The Upset Victory have crafted a sound that is top-notch and completely ready for air-play.

Credit from thestringtheoryband.com / Steve Ziegelmeyer (ziegelmeyerphotography.com)

This may say more about me than about the band, but the first time I listened to Falling Like The Sun by The String Theory, I was reminded of the time Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins [Foo Fighters] joined forces with Nick Raskulinecz to perform "Overture" from Rush's 2112 at The 2013 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony.  This was a nod of acknowledgment and honor for the former and a passing-of-the-torch moment for the latter. 

Torn Light Records on Monmouth St. in Newport, KY is the dream-child of Alex York and Kyle Shibinski, formerly of the band White Walls.

Alex and Kyle formed Torn Light originally to help distribute their own band's material, but soon found themselves producing records for bands like Vacation and Sunken Cheek.

Rob Fetters: Saint Ain't

Feb 11, 2014

If you live, you're gonna suffer.

This is the straight-no-chaser, honest and 'sorry, but it's true' message behind Saint Ain't - the third solo release by Rob Fetters [Raisins, Bears, Psychodots].  Fortunately for us, this message is wrapped-up nicely in a rockin' good time that allows us to enjoy the short ride we're allowed in our own hand basket.

Day Camp

Feb 4, 2014
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Frank Black and John Flansburgh had a baby, and they named it Day Camp.

Rarely do I get the opportunity to see a band live BEFORE I get my hands on their recording, but I was lucky enough to share the Mainstay stage with Day Camp recently and, frankly, fell in love with what I heard. So, when I found out they were releasing their first EP, I (quite literally) dropped what I was doing and rushed out to pick it up.

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There are those who believe that - in a special place and at a special time - you can hear ghosts.  Some also believe that these ghosts, under the right circumstances, can be recorded.

On October 25th, 2012, local blues singer/songwriter John Ford checked into The Gunter Hotel in San Antonio, Texas.  Ford specifically requested Room 414 and, in that room, he set up a simple 1958 mono "Voice of Music" reel-to-reel tape recorder and proceeded to lay down 5 tracks in the hope of catching a ghost.

As expected, CityBeat's 2014 Cincinnati Entertainment Awards resulted in an amazing evening of fun, great times and incredible music.  Covington's Madison Theater was packed with musicians, artists and supporters of the local music community.

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.

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.

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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