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].
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 2014 Cincinnati Comicon returns to The Northern Kentucky Convention Center for another weekend of creative craziness.
Many amazing guests will be in attendance, including artists and creators from the world of comic books, graphic novels and illustration. Some featured guests include Kelley Jones [Batman, Sandman], Hilary Barta [Spongebob, The Simpsons], Tony Millionaire [Maakies, Sock Monkey, God Hates Cartoons], Ryan Stegman [Amazing Spider-Man, Fantastic Four] and Tony Moore [The Walking Dead].