Local Exposure

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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Exhale Dance Tribe is a contemporary jazz dance company based in Cincinnati and rooted in rhythmic storytelling.  The troupe is comprised of performing artists and dance educators and strives to link dancers, choreographers, musicians, singers and multimedia artists on both a national and international level.

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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.

Many people walk into a contemporary art gallery or museum believing that they are not smart enough to 'get it.' While many contemporary artists do utilize complex theories about art, there are other ways to understand art than theories.

The Corporeal Texture Conference is a graduate student-led conference that will take place on March 1st at the University of Cincinnati.  The conference focuses on how viewers interact with a work of art on a sensory or bodily level.  The speakers at this conference will discuss the various ways textures and surfaces play in how we view or experience art.

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Bill Donabedian, founder and owner of the Bunbury Music Festival, is bringing yet another great musical celebration to town.

The Buckle-Up Music Festival [July 18-20] will take place at Sawyer Point and Yeatman’s Cove and will feature dozens of acts for 3 days on 6-stages throughout the parks.

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.

This week I'm breaking my usual format of covering locally-produced music, but I wouldn't do so if it weren't for a very good and noble reason.

While recently checking out the website fark.com, I discovered a story about The Runaway Hamsters , a 4-piece band of young rockers made up of siblings that include 9-year old Isabella and 8-year old triplets Abby, Gabby & Riley Keen.

The Hamsters are already gathering a lot of press across the country from such outlets as KNCI in Sacramento, CA and KTVB in their hometown of Boise, ID - if not so much for their punkish West Coast sound as for their incredibly big hearts.

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.

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.

Operated by Historic Southwest Ohio, the Heritage Village Museum in Sharonville allows visitors to take a step back in time and to get a glimpse of what life was like in 19th century Ohio.  The village operates year-round and volunteers provide tours, as well as traditional crafts and cooking demonstrations.

After a string of singles, several different arrangements, re-mixes and re-recording sessions, Sometimes out of Batavia, OH have compiled 6 tracks into a full-length album entitled "Moral Superiority," released by Apollo99 Records.

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.

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