local bands

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.

When it comes to supporting the music scene in the Greater Cincinnati area, few people do it with more conviction than Scott Beseler with The Lodge in Dayton, KY.

Beseler, whose day job is as a professional photographer for Soapbox Cincinnati, has partnered with physician  Dr. John Wirick (stage name: Johnny Walker) to develop what can best be described as a rock-n-roll bed & breakfast.

Like all great moments in history, it all started with a tweet.

Earlier in the week, I was all ready to review a different album (which will probably appear next week) when I received this message:

This moment was just too serendipitous; and I felt compelled to check it out, since they went to the trouble to contact me directly and, honestly, because I can not resist a sick bassline.

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I love that the album cover for ShowYrTeeth shows a person immersed in a bathtub of glittering sludge inside a dilapidated room that looks like an abandoned industrial warehouse somewhere.  It is this combination of glitzy and gritty that exemplifies the sound and style of The Kickaways. ShowYrTeeth is a tantalizing mixture of glam with a touch of 'the ultra-violence.'

ADM: A Delicate Motor

Nov 5, 2013

I have a very love-hate relationship with technology.  On one hand, it is an amazing tool that has revolutionized how we view the world and each other.  It has allowed us to create amazing new things and paved the way for new inventions that can make the world a better, safer and healthier place.

However, it is so dreadfully easy to become dependent upon it that, when it fails, we can find ourselves virtually crippled and sitting in the dark, waiting for the lights to come back on.

Ironfest IV

Nov 1, 2013
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Tonight is the opening of Ironfest IV at The Southgate House Revival.

Ironfest is an all-out, no-holds-barred local band rock-fest put together in honor of the late "Iron" Mike Davidson who was a huge supporter of, and contributor to, the local music scene.

The 2-day event features 35 bands, all from the Greater Cincinnati community who have come together to pay tribute to Mike and to help raise money for his family.

As a special Halloween treat, from the forthcoming album Dead in Ohio, here is "Predisposed," a single from Cincinnati's Formerly Ghosts.

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In September of 2012, Caitin Behle of Each Note Secure called The Yugos “one of the most fun bands in Cincinnati.”  Now, just over a year later, that title appears to still be securely in their hands.

The Yugos’ second album, Life is Awesome and Then You Live Forever from Best Friend Records, is a bouncy, rollicking bombastic and rhythmic party full of good times, positive energy and great music.

One More Girl on a Stage

Oct 24, 2013

This weekend the 'One More Girl on a Stage' music festival organized by local musician, Kelly Thomas, makes it return.

The festival takes place at by 6 venues, features 46 acts, and highlights female musicians in our area.

On Saturday, October 26th, minds will be expanded and doors to perception will be opened as Mayday in Northside hosts the 2nd Annual Cincy Psych Fest. Psych Fest is a celebration of music designed to engulf the listener in a gooey-sticky cluster of psychedelic imagination.

Magnolia Mountain is a Jack Daniel’s and Budweiser band in a town made for craft brew and Buffalo Trace -- and that seems to be just fine by them.

The Hiders: Temenos

Sep 27, 2013
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If it is true that you can be judged by the company you keep, then The Hiders’ Billy Alletzhauser is in a great place.

Much like fellow Ass Pony Chuck Cleaver, Alletzhauser has found a second family in The Hiders, and Temenos, the 4th full-length release from the group showcases amazing talent and depth.

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Roberta Schultz is a member of the local folk group, Raison D’Etre.  She dropped by the studio to talk with Lee Hay about their upcoming concert at The Carnegie in Covington, Kentucky on Thursday, October 3rd at 7:30pm.  The concert’s part of the Carnegie in Concert series and is entitled, “Swing Canaries, Harmony Sisters and Folk Divas.”

Mardou: The Cardigan EP

Sep 24, 2013

If things were simple, my review of Cardigan by the band Mardou would consist of two words: "Holy $#^+!" Because those are the first two words I said when I heard this EP.

Within 23 seconds of the track "Margaret," I was rapt, sold, converted and owned.  The pop-punk pseudo-surf feel of this song struck a resonating chord deep in my heart.  When I started doing local music reviews, this was the album I was hoping to find.

Electric Citizen

Sep 23, 2013
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As autumn approaches, most of us are put in the mindset of witches, ghosts and creepy characters.  It is appropriate then that I present the self-titled EP by Electric Citizen.

With the first listen of Electric Citizen, I was transported back in time to an era before cell phones, before digital downloads and, yes kids, before the internet.

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