local bands

Album Review
7:00 am
Tue March 18, 2014

The Vains: It's Good to Be Back

The Vains: Adam Stafford (Lead Vocals, Guitar) Kris Ulrich (Drums) Jake Borgemenke (Bass) Alex Simmons (Lead Guitar, Vocals)

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.

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Album Review
7:00 am
Tue March 11, 2014

Voodoo Loons: The Criminal Ear

Voodoo Loons: Bill McCarthy (drums), Dennis O'Hagan (guitar & vocals) and Chris Hooks (bass)

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.

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Live Music
2:08 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

The Pinstripes 10th Aniversary Show

The Pinstripes will play their 10th Anniversary Show on March 28 at Newport's The Southgate House Revival

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.

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Album Review
7:00 am
Tue March 4, 2014

Northside Garage: All the King's Horses

The Northside Garage rock Louisville's 3rd Street Dive

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." 

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Album Review
7:00 am
Tue February 25, 2014

The Upset Victory: Wall Street

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.

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