Saturday, February 28, 2009

Go See A Show Tonight... Kentucky or Ohio!

There are two great, "can't miss" shows tonight in the Queen City.

1. Southgate House
2. Northside Tavern

At the Southgate House tonight, is Andy McKee with opener Jonah Smith.

Andy McKee is a fingerstyle guitarist from Kansas, whose career took off after achieving more than nineteen million hits on MySpace, for a live video performance of his song, "Drifting." McKee has also been successful in the same way, with two other songs, "Rylynn" and "Africa." Both songs combined to rack up nearly seventeen million hits. He has released five albums since 2001, with his sixth on the way, later this year. He has also appeared on Last Call with Carson Daly and Woodsongs, which is filmed at the Kentucky Theater in Lexington.

Jonah Smith and his band are from Brooklyn. Over the years, they have brought together elements of country, jazz, roots rock and soul into their music. Smith has opened for the likes of Taj Mahal, Little Feat, James Hunter, Martin Sexton, The Subdudes and Madeleine Peyroux. They have also been a part of festivals such as Bonnaroo, SXSW, CMJ, AllGood, Gathering of the Vibes and Smilefest.

Doors open at 8 pm and the show begins at 9. Tickets are $18 at the door.

Across the river, in Ohio, you'll get a little taste of this year's CincyPunk Festival. Newcomers, Slow Claw, are having their CD Release Party, with friends White G!rls and The Sweep.

The Sweep is an indie-rock band, composed of some local music vets in the scene, most notably Billy Alletzhauser of The Hiders. The so-called "supergroup" has had a wonderful, natural chemistry since their first jam session, just a few years ago in 2006.

Friday, February 27, 2009

Cincinnati's MusicNOW Festival

This is another great music festival we have here in the tri-state. I hate to say it but, I don't really know anything about this festival. Apparently it's been around since 2006 and takes place at Memorial Hall...where's that?

Past performers include Glenn Kotche of Wilco, My Brightest Diamond, Sufjan Stevens, Grizzly Bear, Andrew Bird and Bill Frisell, as well as festival creator, Bryce Dessner, of The National.

It seems like I'm often a little bit late on some things, namely music, but I'll be making it there this year.

This year's lineup (so far) includes the Kronos Quartet, The Books, Toumani Diabate and Karl Jensen.

The Books open the first evening, March 11, along with Karl Jensen and the Kronos Quartet, who will be playing music written for the festival by Richard Reed Parry (Arcade Fire, Bell Orchestre).

On the second evening, the Kronos Quartet will be collaborating for the first time with African kora player, Toumani Diabate. The kora is a 21-string African harp.

The MusicNOW Festival will be held at Memorial Hall on March 11 & 12, with doors at 7 pm. For more information click here.

I Should Mention Coachella

You can probably tell that I'm kind of obsessed with Bonnaroo, but I asure you that I could have just as good of a time at any music festival.

I have not mentioned anything on Coachella yet, so let me give that festival some props. That is how they speak in Cali, isn't it?

While Bonnaroo is stereotyped for having poor, hippie fans, Coachella is stereotyped as having the rich, yuppies from L.A. and southern California. Even Paris Hilton and Lindsey Lohan have been seen at the festival.

Those statements aren't completely accurate, nor are they relevant in any way. I guess it could change the crowd vibe a bit, but whatever...

So, what I really want to say is, "Good job, Coachella!" You've created a stellar lineup once again, and you even got My Bloody Valentine to reunite. It's just too bad that I live in the midwest, close to the east coast and Bonnaroo happens to be a state away. I guess I'm just the poor, hippie type that goes to Bonnaroo.

Paul McCartney's headlining Friday, The Killers are on Saturday and The Cure is closing the festival out on Sunday. Other performers include Morrissey, My Bloody Valentine, Thievery Corporation, Franz Ferdinand, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, TV on the Radio, Leonard Cohen, Paul Weller, Band of Horses, Fleet Foxes, Peter Bjorn & John, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Conor Oberst, the Black Keys, the Hold Steady, M. Ward, Okkervil River, Jenny Lewis, the Gaslight Anthem and Cloud Cult.

If I lived anywhere near California, trust me, I'd be there or Sasquatch. To put it simply, I can only afford one major music festival a year. I'm kind of poor. I can't afford to travel across the country, even though I know the festival will be truly remarkable.

Local Bands Going West to Texas

In just a few weeks, thousands of bands from across the world will ascend on downtown Austin, Texas, for the annual South by Southwest Music Festival. Once again, some of our cities best will be represented at the festival.

On Wednesday, March 18, the Heartless Bastards will be playing at 8 pm at Stubb's, a restaraunt/music venue, famous for their BBQ. They're opening for the Avett Brothers and the Decemberists who are on at 9 pm and 10 pm, respectively.

On the same night, Seabird will be making their SXSW debut as the headliners at Wave, with their show starting at 1 am. Also on the bill are The Day After..., Nacional and The Pragmatic.

Another local band's debut falls on the same evening, at the same building. The Seedy Seeds are playing the Wave Rooftop at 10 pm. They will be joined by Gram Rabbit, The Ghost, Mixtapes & Cellmates and Anchorsong.

Kim Taylor is returning to the festival, playing on Thursday, March 19 at the live.create lounge. She's onstage at 8 pm, and is opening for Tina Dico and Alina Simone, who play at 9 and 10, respectively.

There's one more local who will be playing his first show at SXSW. Daniel Martin Moore is playing at the Radio Room on that Thursday night at 10:30 pm. He'll be sharing the stage with Mark Sultan, Tiny Vipers and Pretty & Nice.

Rock Concert Cancels Classes in New York

I ran across this interesting story on the music blog, Brooklyn Vegan. Thought I'd share it with you.

Rumor has it that on Friday, March 6, U2 will be performing a "secret" show at Fordham University. The band is playing "The Late Show with David Letterman" for the week of March 2-6.

Professors have been encouraged by the administration to cancel classes that Friday morning, for "security purposes." To attend the concert, or go anywhere near the campus that day, you will be required to have a university ID.

It always seemed like to me, that Bono thought he was some kind of King. You know you saw that South Park episode. Looks like they'll be getting the royal treatment.

I'd be a hypocrite if I said I never put music before school, but isn't this sending a wrong message?

Bonnaroo Artist Spotlight: TV on the Radio

Brooklyn's TV on the Radio is more commonly known as an experimental, alternative/indie-rock band, however, the band brings together several other styles which include electronica, free jazz, hip-hop and soul.

Although they had a hit single in "Staring at the Sun", with their first full-length album, 2004's "Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes", it appeared that TVotR had gotten it right with their second full-length album, 2006's "Return to Cookie Mountain", which is when they began drawing praise from music magazines, blogs and journalists.

The album finished at #2 on Pitchfork's "Best of 2006" list, while Rolling Stone (giving the album 9 stars!) and several others had it listed at #4 on their lists. As if that's not enough, the album features several guest musicians including members of Antibalas, Blonde Redhead, the Yeah Yeah Yeah's and even David Bowie.

Their latest release, last year's "Dear Science," was the best album of the year. Seriously. I know music charts aren't everything, but here's who ranked the album at #1: Rolling Stone, Spin Magazine, Consequence of Sound, MTV, Entertainment Weekly and Pitchfork Media.

What I Like About Them

I'll be that guy and admit that it wasn't until I heard the buzz about "Dear Science," that I became a fan. But much like another great album of 2008, the Bon Iver one, I also very quickly fell in love with this album.

The best thing is that TVotR isn't one specific type of band. I have to say, that I'm not much of a hip-hop fan. But I love the hip-hop I hear in their sound. Although indie isn't really supposed to be a music genre (it's supposed to mean they independently record and release their own music and aren't signed to a major record label), TVotR has an indie feeling. They experiment with several types of sounds and instruments, which is good because it gives you more things to listen to.

Bonnaroo Artist Spotlight: Bon Iver

Bon Iver is the name of indie-folk, singer-songwriter Justin Vernon's band. The name Bon Iver is a corruption of the French "bon hiver", meaning "good winter."

Their 2007 debut, the independent release, "For Emma, Forever Ago", came after the breakup of not only Vernon and his girlfriend, but his band, DeYarmond Edison, as well, who relocated to North Carolina under the name Megafaun.

Vernon went north, to a remote cabin in Wisconsin, for several frigid months, recording an album he didn't even intend on writing. The album would later make all of the "Year's Best" lists from music magazines and online blogs like Rolling Stone, the New York Times, Pitchfork, Paste, Last FM and NPR, among many, many more.

Aside from Vernon, the band currently consists of drummer and piano player Sean Carey and Mike Noyce on guitar.

Bon Iver is planning a busy 2008, and here is where you can find his tourdates. He's got tours scheduled with Wilco, the New Pornographers, Iron & Wine, Bowerbirds, Jens Lekman and AA Bondy.

More Thoughts on Bon Iver

It was almost like you could see the buzz building in front of your eyes, all over the internet for Bon Iver's "For Emma, Forever Ago" in 2008.

It wasn't until late last year, when the story of Bon Iver caught my eye. I fell in love with the album, I believe on the second listen.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Go See A Show Tonight... Northside Tavern

There's a couple of very talented singer/songwriter's from the northeast playing there tonight.

Tim Fite is a multi-instrumentalist, singer/songwriter from Brooklyn, who dips into many musical genres including alternative and indie, alternative country and hip-hop. Some artists that are similar in some ways include Alejandro Escovedo, Neko Case and Centro-matic.

Benjy Ferree is a singer/songwriter from Maryland, who writes songs reminiscent of American Roots Music. Some artists that are similar in some ways include Deer Tick, Elvis Perkins and John Vanderslice. He's also one of a couple thousand artists who will perform in a few weeks at Austin's South by Southwest Festival.

Northside Tavern is located at 4163 Hamilton Avenue, almost directly across the street from Shake-It Records. The show starts at 10 pm.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Bonnaroo Announces Two of the Headlining Spots

After much speculation across Bonnaroo online message boards such as Inforoo, the organizers of the festival have released some news today concerning this year's headlining slots.

Phish will be playing two shows: they will be closing out the festival on Sunday evening, as well as playing a special late night show on the What Stage on Friday evening, or what are actually the wee hours of early Saturday morning. Last year, Kanye West brought up the sunrise on Sunday morning, which was the very first late night show on the festival's main stage, also called the What Stage. The stage holds a capacity of 100,000 people, but the festival has never offered more than 90,000 tickets. The Kanye West early morning show caused a stir amongst fans, resulting in chants of "Kanye Sucks!" Apparently pedal-steel virtuoso Robert Randolph even started one of them. Needless to say, I think that if Phish brought up the sunrise this year, there probably wouldn't be a single complaint. Most people are welcoming the idea.

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band will be Saturday's headliner, probably playing somewhere in the time frame of 8pm-12am. I doubt they'll play a four hour show, although I'm sure they could handle it, but I'd expect we get at least two-and-a-half hours, if we're lucky maybe three. A lot of new material, a lot of hits, probably even some covers.

I know it's not exactly the news everyone was hoping that Bonnaroo would release today, but it does set things straight. We've all been hoping for that first round of artist additions, which should've come by now. The initial lineup is very strong, so I think I can wait a little while for another list of bands, which will most likely only cause more scheduling conflicts.

Some Speculation Resolved

With the announcement of Phish on Friday and Sunday, and the Boss on Saturday, that leaves us with the spots that the Beastie Boys and Nine Inch Nails will get, which we already know.

The Beastie Boys have been listed for Friday, for awhile now, as has Nine Inch Nails for Saturday.

The Beastie Boys will be your Friday night headliner, and Nine Inch Nails will be playing a special latenight show on the What Stage, just a couple hours after Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Go See A Show Tonight... the Southgate House!

Whoever's running the booking down there, they sure know what they're doing, and they do it well. They know what bands to get, and when to get them. I promise you this, you will never see a bad show there.

Tonight's headliner, Parachute Musical, comes from the music city of Nashville, Tennessee.
An Indie-Rock band from a Country music city, these boys are creating entertaining, upbeat, high energy, piano-based pop songs in the country. They're getting rave reviews across the midwest as well as their home state, along with cities like Chicago and St. Louis. They've drawn comparisons to The Decemberists, Ben Folds, Jeff Buckley and Rufus Wainwright.

Joining Parachute Musical tonight, are The Seedy Seeds and Oso Closo.

The Seeds are a local favorite who are peaking, and in my opinion, are currently performing at the top of their game. With a somewhat-new album, a new band member in drummer Brian, The Seedy Seeds are only a few weeks away from making their debut at one of the biggest musical festivals in the country, Austin's South by Southwest.

Speaking of Texas, opening the show is a multi-genre rock band from Dallas, Oso Closo. Aside from rock and pop, the quintet also brings in elements of bluegrass, jazz and prog to create a unique and bold musical style.

I was reading some kind words I found on their homepage. Jim Heath of Reverend Horton Heat has said they were "remarkble." He says they can "write, arrange, sing and play in a league that only a few get to - with a lot of hard work and talent." The Rev. also says he likes "how the guitars can sometimes go off into the land of Brian May from Queen. It's all kind of a mind blower. Check 'em out."

Now, I won't check this band out just because Rev. Horton Heat said so. I don't base my musical interests on what other people like. I'll check this band out because I simply love music and I love hearing a band for the first time in concert.

I'm making this my "Show of the Day" (in the Cincinnati area) because it is the best concert happening in the area tonight. I already know that if it's happening at the Southgate House, it's going to be a good show.

Doors open at 8 pm, and the show starts at 9 pm, downstairs in the ballroom. It's $5 for 21 and up, and $8 if you're 18-20 years old.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Go See A Show Tonight

Every day, I'll be listing a "must-see" concert that is happening in the tri-state area for that particular day. It's part of a new series I'm calling "Go See A Show Tonight."

Monday, February 23
Argentina's Juana Molina, is marking her debut at the Southgate House tonight, and she's also touring with a band in the United States for the first time.

The singer/songwriter and actress combines elements of acoustic, folk music with ambient and electronica. She sings in Spanish, and her songs are often accompanied by other instruments.

Juana was brought up in a musical environment with her "tango-singing" father teaching her guitar at five years old. At 14, Juana and family moved to Paris from Argentina, as a result of the military coup in Argentina of 1976.

She began her acting career in 1988 as a comedic television actress on the show "La Noticia Rebelde. She later starred in a sketch show called "Juana y sus hermanas", popular among the Spanish-speaking world and Latin America.

In 1996, she decided to begin her music career, and released her debut album, "Rara", later that same year. Her second album, "Segundo" was named "Best World Music Album" in 2003 by Entertainment Weekly.

She continued on a rising path when her third album, "Tres Cosas" was placed in the Top Ten Records of 2004 by the New York Times. The next year, she released the critically acclaimed "Son" in 2005. Her latest was "Un Dia", released in 2008, on Domino Records.

She is often compared by critics to Bjork, Beth Orton and Lisa Germano. She usually writes, mixes and performs on her own.

Juana Molina plays the Ballroom tonight at Newport's Historic Southgate House. Doors open at 7:30 pm and the show starts at 8 pm. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Parking is available nearby in several lots, side streets and also at Newport on the Levee.

When that show ends, make sure to stop upstairs in Junie's Lounge, where 500 Miles to Memphis frontman, Ryan Mallott, will be hosting tonight's Open Mic Night. It's free, and if there's any down time, you may even hear Ryan play a few songs.

This Week's Music Releases

Hardly any of tomorrow's music releases catch my eye as I scan down Largehearted Boy's list. In fact, there's only two albums that appeal to me.

The War Child presents Heroes compilation is filled with sixteen amazing artists covering their favorite artists.

Proceeds from the album go to War Child International, a network of independent organizations that work to provide humanitarian aid to children affected by war.

Some of the songs on the album include Beck covering Dylan's "Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat", The Kooks covering The Kinks "Victoria", The Hold Steady covering Bruce Springsteen's "Atlantic City" and TV on the Radio covering Bowie's "Heroes."

Van Morrison fans can be ecstatic now about this news: the release of "Astral Weeks: Live", where he performed in its entirety his most, critically acclaimed album, live at the at the Hollywood Bowl.

On another note...

Ben Harper is re-releasing nearly his entire catalog on vinyl, so for those of you who are lucky enough to have a record player that still works, any of these albums would be worth it, but might I suggest picking up "Live from Mars."

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Bonnaroo 2009 Playlist Now Up

I've finally got my playlist up and running, which features 160 songs from over 75 bands that are playing at this year's Bonnaroo Music Festival.

Visit and create your very own playlist, which you can post to any website. All you have to do is create an account (it's free by the way).

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Day-By-Day Lineup at Bonnaroo 2009...sort of

It's that time of year again. Bands are beginning to make plans for tours in the spring, as well as the summer. You can find out about almost any concert by going to either or

Here's how the Bonnaroo day-by-day linep is starting to shape up:

Brett Dennen, Murs, Grace Potter, Zac Brown Band, Chairlift, People Under the Stairs, AA Bondy, Lovell Sisters

Beastie Boys, Al Green, Erykah Badu, Paul Oakenfold latenight set, TV on the Radio, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Girl Talk latenight set, Animal Collective, Galactic, Femi Kuti latenight set, Santigold, Lucinda Williams, Bela Fleck and Toumani Diabate, Crystal Castles, Grizzly Bear, Tift Merritt, Toubab Krewe, Vieux Farka Toure, St Vincent

Nine Inch Nails latenight set, Wilco, Elvis Costello, Mars Volta, Ben Harper and the Relentless 7 latenight set, Gov't Mule, MGMT latenight set, of Montreal, Jenny Lewis, Yeasayer latenight set, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Allen Toussaint, Booker T and the Drive-By Truckers, Robert Earl Keen, Robyn Hitchcock and the Venus 3, Alejandro Escovedo, Cherryholmes, SteelDrivers

Band of Horses, Merle Haggard, Coheed and Cambria, Neko Case, Ting Tings, Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, Todd Snider, Mike Farris, Citizen Cope

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Ben Folds or Dark Star Orchestra?

There are two good rock shows happening in the tri-state area tonight:

1. Ben Folds at the Cintas Center at Xavier University
2. Dark Star Orchestra at the Madison Theater in Covington, KY

I have actually opted to go with Dark Star Orchestra, who I've already seen a few times. They do a wonderful job recreating the Grateful Dead concert experience, and I'll take that since I never got to see the real Dead. Just close your eyes and you'll think you've been transported back to 1969.

Ben Folds is a fun act in a live setting because he's very spontaneous. But after seeing him more than a few times in concert, things are bound to go stale. I'm hoping for either another Ben Folds Five reunion or a get together of The Ben's, which also includes Ben Kweller and Ben Lee.

"Old Friends" May Reunite

Rumor has it, that there is a possibility of a reunion tour this year between old pals, Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel.

Garfunkel said in a statement that the tour will not be going through England, however, he would not confirm or deny if the tour would be happening in the U.S.

Sasquatch Music Festival Looking Damn Good

Its times like these, when I wished I lived in the mountains in the northwest.

The Sasquatch Music Festival has just announced an amazing lineup of a variety of bands, to play the Memorial Day Weekend of May 23-25 at the breath-taking Gorge Amphitheater in Quincy, Washington.

The festival has come a long way in its short life, and while the artist lineups have always been good, this year they have gone above and beyond, thanks to Bonnaroo raising the bar.

Headliners for the festival include Jane's Addiction, Nine Inch Nails, Ben Harper & Relentless 7 and Kings of Leon.

They should actually just change the name of this festival to "Bonnaroo Northwest" because both festivals currently feature fifteen of the same bands.

Some other great artists at Sasquatch (that aren't at Roo) include Kings of Leon, Fleet Foxes, Silversun Pickups, Explosions in the Sky, Gogol Bordello, Doves, M83, the Gaslight Anthem, Deadmau5, Sun Kil Moon, Shearwater, Passion Pit and Black Moth Super Rainbow.

DMB Moving Forward in '09

Coming off an emotional 2008 (to say the least), the Dave Matthews Band will hit the road hard this spring and summer, beginning in mid-April, and lasting until early October.

They currently have more than sixty shows set for this year, including a stop here in Cincinnati, as well as two shows in Indianapolis, at "the venue formerly known as Deer Creek."

They have asked several amazing artists to join them on the road this year, and here in Cincinnati we'll be blessed to have The Hold Steady opening for them. Up in Indy they'll be getting a double shot of Old Crow Medicine Show.

Other openers for the tour include Robert Earl Keen, Jason Mraz, Robert Randolph and the Family Band, Femi Kuti and the Positive Force, Donavon Frankenreiter, Yonder Mountain String Band, Eli "Paperboy" Reed and the True Loves, G. Love and Special Sauce, Switchfoot and The Avett Brothers.

Though their new album won't be released until June 2, they are kicking the tour off on April 14 at Madison Square Gardens, with openers, The Roots.

In 2008, the band, its crew, their families and friends, and even their cult-like following, lost a friend with the tragic loss of saxophonist, LeRoi Moore, as well as the departure of keyboardist Butch Taylor.

The late Moore was recently left off the list of deceased artists that was read during the Grammy Awards, and it has caused a stir with DMB fans from all around, who are demanding an apology.

The Recording Academy released a statement basically saying that there wasn't enough time to mention every artist in the video tribute.

Dave Matthews thoughts on the whole thing: "We know what a great man Mr. Moore was. We remember him." Dave also said "The Grammys are not my cup of tea. I won't go unless I have to."

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

CincyPunk 8 Details

CincyPunk Fest VIII is just around the bend on April 10-11 and this year all proceeds benefit the Animal Adoption Foundation in Harrison, OH. The non-profit, no kill animal shelter has been going strong for 37 years. Visit http://www/ for more info.

Sponsored by Cincypunk. org, Cincypunk Fest is more than just a band showcase. It is a time to take in great music and catch up with old friends.

Every year it is a party for a good cause... the event has raised $18,500 for local charities since January 2005 when CP FEST III started the tradition by donating proceeds to Lighthouse Youth Services. Since then we have benefited the Women's Crisis Center, Mental Health Association, and YMCA's Core Character Values Program, among others.

Below is the confirmed lineup so far... Set times and stages will be announced in a few weeks. Check in for a few surprise announcements along the way...

Music begins at 8pm each night on all 3 of The Historic Southgate House stages.

Friday, April 10 at The Southgate House $7 - 21+ $10 - 18+

Returning to the festival, these local punk rock pioneers are currently celebrating fifteen years together as a band. Well-educated, seasoned vets with their own record label, Tiberius Records, Thistle has provided inspiration to a lot of the area's younger punk rock and hardcore bands.

They just might be the favorite local band of you or someone you know. You may know all of their songs by heart, but you still have a hard time explaining or labeling what type of music it is. Is it indie? Is it dance? Is it electronica? Is it pop? Is it folk? Mike and Margaret use a wide variety of instruments including the banjo, accordion, toy keyboards, drum machines and even the kazoo. In the end it doesn't matter what you label it, all that matters is that it works, and it works well.

The Seedy Seeds are getting ready for next month's South by Southwest Music Festival in Austin, Texas. It will mark the first time the band has ever played the festival. Thousands of bands come from around the world to play every year in mid-March.

WE ARE HEX (Indianapolis)
and 2 surprise TBA acts...

Saturday, April 11at The Southgate House$7 - 21+$10 - 18+

SLOW CLAW (FORMER Junior Revolution)
321 EXPLODE! (formerly Landmarks)
and 2 surprise acts TBA...

Monday, February 9, 2009

Bonnaroo Tix Going Fast

In just the two days that tickets have been onsale, Bonnaroo has sold out three of its four ticket tiers. A tier basically means that there are four different price levels for tickets, or four tiers. The remaining tickets for the festival are priced at $249.50, plus additional service fees and charges.

Payment plan tickets are still available, and offer you five seperate payments from the point of purchase through May. The first payment is marked at close to $90, with four additional payments of $50 each.

To purchase your tickets while you still can, and for all the updated information, visit

First Show of the Outdoor Concert Season

Tuesday, May 12

Kings of Leon with The Walkmen at National City Pavilion

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Coming Soon...

2009 Bonnaroo Artist Playlist

I'm working on a playlist at and it will feature nearly all of the bands from the initial lineup.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Another Stellar Lineup for the Southgate House

Saturday, Feb 7

Southgate House
Psychofest II - Hoedown From Hell
The Whiskey Daredevils
Rumble Club
Akillis Green
Hells Fire Sinners
9 pm doors/10 pm show
$8 ADV/$10 dos
Ages 18+

The Flux Capacitors CD Release
The Shivers
The Sheds
9 pm doors/9:30 pm show
$5 for 21+/$7 for 18-20

Nathaniel Seer
The Tillers
The Rolle Singers
9 pm show
Ages 21+

Friday, February 6, 2009

Get Out Tonight

The temperature is starting to warm up a bit, going from cold as hell to still pretty damn cold, but don't let the frigid air keep you inside tonight. There's a wonderful show tonight at the wonderful Southgate House, and the proceeds go to a wonderful cause, a benefit for STOP AIDS. Sounds wonderful!

The Buffalo Killers, Pearlene, The Sundresses and the original drummer from My Morning Jacket drummer, J. Glen, are playing in the ballroom. The show is $10 and starts at 9 pm. Once again, all the proceeds benefit STOP AIDS. And we'll have Forrest and the boys, The Mudpies, playing a free show in the lounge, also at 9 pm.

The Buffalo Killers have done pretty well, considering they formed just three years ago, as a result of the demise of the Gabbard brothers old band, Thee Shams. They were quickly signed to Alive Records in 2006, and they garnered attention from bands like the Black Crowes and the Black Keys.

Pearlene is a young, psychedelic blues outfit, who have a classic, pure rock 'n roll sound, while maintaining the energy and attitude of a younger generation.

The Sundresses are coming off another good year. Their long-awaited album, Barkinghaus, was finally released this year, and it was also named the "Album of the Year" at the CEA's. Did you know they've played SXSW four years in a row! A little blues, a little punk, but 100% rock and art. There is a lot of depth with the band's writing.

J. Glen was the original drummer for Louisville rock gods, My Morning Jacket. He left in 2000, and is considered one of the best songwriters in the southeast US. He played on the Jacket's first two albums, The Tennessee Fire and At Dawn, which include songs like "Old Sept. Blues", "Evelyn Is Not Real", "The Way That He Sings" and "Phone Went West."

Bands Not-to-Miss at Bonnaroo 2009 and Why

Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band
If you are one of the 130 millions or so who watched last week's Super Bowl Halftime Show, then you witnessed the man and the band with the top billing for this year's Bonnaroo Music Festival. Most of the reactions I've heard about that show aren't very good. I've heard the word terrible used a lot, however, no one cares enough to explain why they were terrible. I've heard a few people say that it was amazing, as well as the best halftime show in years. Personally, I thought Bruce sliding on stage, as well as serenading the cameras, was just way too cheesy, and that's not something I think of when I think of his music. As for the music, and ONLY the music, I thought they were great, and still sound great. My favorite song from the night was the new, "Working On A Dream."

Here are some thoughts. You can't compare the Super Bowl to Bonnaroo. I mean, Bonnaroo may be the Super Bowl of festivals, but these are two different shows that the band, has to approach in different ways. With the Super Bowl, you essentially have to pack a greatest hits type of show into a fifteen minute time frame, but not only that, it has to be something that caters to 130 million pop culturally educated viewers - people that know the Boss and his music.

The good thing about Springsteen and company headlining Bonnaroo is, they just have to get up there and rock, and they can do so for about as long as they want. My guess is that they'll play for somewhere between two and three hours. That'll be plenty of time for greatest hits, new material, some rare gems, as well as some covers.

So I say to you, before you see the Boss at Bonnaroo, try to keep those halftime show thoughts out of your head. There won't be any cheesiness at Bonnaroo. Bruce and the E Street Band will play along to the good vibes that the Bonnaroo crowd will offer.

For the past several years, it may have appeared to the viewer that the jamband scene was living a slow and brutal death. All of a sudden the masses of indie rock bands took over at festivals not just around the country, but the world.

Phish are returning after five years, which has seen successful projects by each members' solo projects. We have also heard about the good things that have come, stemming from Trey's arrest.

When it comes to playing the music, the Phish of 2009 will be very much the same Phish of the early 00's. But as people, the Phish of 2009 will be a much more maturer and sober Phish.

The members have become a little bit older, but a lot more wiser over the past several years, and I'm curious as to see what direction they'll be taking the band in the future.

But more than anything, it'll be a return to the fond memories of summertime and festivals for the Phish heads.

Phish will be performing two shows this year at Bonnaroo: a regular headline slot around 8 pm, as well as a latenight show, both on the What Stage on seperate days.

I can't wait to see Phish for the first time this summer, and I'm curious to see what they'll squeeze into two shows. Either way we'll be given countless hours for Phish's debut at Bonnaroo. You won't want to miss it!

Beastie Boys
Nine Inch Nails
David Byrne
Elvis Costello
Relentless 7
Paul Oakenfold
Band of Horses
Mars Volta
TV on the Radio
Girl Talk
Rodrigo y Gabriela
Bon Iver
Gov't Mule
Erykah Badu
Snoop Dogg

Thursday, February 5, 2009

2009 Bonnaroo Artist Spotlight

Band of Horses

Among the best of a new breed of indie-folk rock bands, they formed in Seattle and later relocated to South Carolina. They were signed to Sub Pop Records, thanks to an opening gig for Iron & Wine. Vocalist Ben Bridwell's vocals have drawn comparisons to Jim James of My Morning Jacket, Perry Farrell of Jane's Addiction, early Neil Young and Wayne Coyne of the Flaming Lips. The band has gone through a number of lineups, and there are eleven people out there who can say they were a part of Band of Horses. Despite having only two albums, their second album, Cease to Begin, reached #35 on the Billboard 200, with the song "Is There A Ghost" reaching #34 on Billboard Modern Rock Tracks.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Upcoming Shows

Buffalo Killers, Pearlene, The Sundresses and J Glenn (former My Morning Jacket drummer)
Fri, 2/6 at Southgate House

Jake Speed and the Freddies
Fri, 2/6 at Northside Tavern

Sat, 2/7 at Southgate House
3 Shows: Nathaniel Seer, The Tillers and Rolle Singers in the lounge, Flux Capacitpors CD release with The Shivers and The Sheds in the parlour, and Psychofest in the ballroom with Whiskey Daredevils, Rumble Club, Akillis Green and Hells Fire Sinners

The Derek Trucks Band
Thu, 2/12 at Bogart's

Michael Franti and Spearhead
Sat, 2/14 at Bogart's

Eagles of Death Metal with Living Things
Tue, 2/17 at 20th Century Theatre

Ben Sollee with Daniel Martin Moore
Wed, 2/18 at the Mad Hatter

Ben Folds with Miniature Tigers
Thu, 2/19 at Xavier University

Dark Star Orchestra
Thu, 2/19 at the Madison Theater

Cash Flagg CD release
Sat, 2/21 at Northside Tavern

Tim Fite with Benjy Ferree
Thu, 2/26 at Northside Tavern

Lions Rampant with Hotpipes and Ladybirds
Fri, 2/27 at Northside Tavern

White G!rls, Slow Claw and The Guitars
Sat, 2/28 at Northside Tavern

Tokyo Police Club with Harlem Shakes and Ruby Coast
Tue, 3/3 at the Mad Hatter

Annuals with Jessica Lea Mayfield and What Laura Says
Wed, 3/4 at Southgate House

Wussy CD release
Fri, 3/13 at Northside Tavern

Coltrane Motion with Culture Queer
Sat, 2/14 at Northside Tavern

Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk with Daughters & Sons
Tue, 3/17 at Southgate House

Sat, 3/21 at Bogart's

Heartless Bastards
Wed, 3/25 at the Madison Theater

Wake the Bear CD release
Sat, 3/28 at Northside Tavern

Backyard Tire Fire & Clumsy Lovers
Fri, 4/3 at Southgate House

CincyPunk 2009 Festival
Fri & Sat, 4/10-11 at Southgate House

Umphrey's McGee
Thu, 4/16 at Taft Theatre

Ray LaMontagne
Sat, 4/18 at Taft Theatre

Bad Veins
Sat, 4/18 at Northside Tavern

Rocco DeLuca and the Burden
Mon, 4/20 at Bogart's

Great Lake Swimmers with Kate Maki
Mon, 4/20 at Southgate House

of Montreal
Thu, 4/23 at the Madison Theater

Peter, Bjorn and John with Chairlift
Fri, 4/24 at Southgate House

Jason Isbell with Deer Tick
Sat, 5/7 at Southgate House

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

CD Review: The Gaslight Anthem, "The '59 Sound"

New Jersey indie-folk/punk rockers, The Gaslight Anthem, are gaining popularity with the 2008 release of their second album, "The '59 Sound." The album was voted #1 by eMusic, however, it placed #70 on the US charts, so I guess it's good they got on the list at all.

Without any researching of the band, and nights of constantly spinning this album, I find myself asking "What is the meaning behind 'The '59 Sound'?"

The Gaslight Anthem possesses many of your Jersey Shore sounds, the most commonly known being Bruce Springsteen. Listen to this album a few times and tell me they're not the next Hold Steady.

The album, at times, sounds as if it was recorded in a live setting. I feel something when I hear their music. Though I've never seen them in concert, I know this has to be a "live" band. They combine equal amounts of a similar energy and passion that you see with bands like Arcade Fire, The Hold Steady and The National.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Enough Rumors, Bonnaroo Lineup is Here!

...and it's a good one

(my picks are marked)

2009 Headliners:

*Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band

The year is off to a bang for Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. On January 27, they released their 16th studio album, "Working On A Dream." They're fresh off a performance at this year's Super Bowl. A massive world tour is in the works. Don't expect their Bonnaroo performance to be as cheesy as their Halftime Show was.

*Phish (2 shows)

One of the most successful touring bands of all-time is coming out of hibernation in 2009, along with their rabid, massive following. Phish heads everywhere are likely to be following their band all over the country, throughout the course of the year. However, for myself and an unknown number of others, 2009 will mark our first chances to see the band in action. It's been a long five years, but Phish is back, so I so bring on the mayhem that is their live show.

Beastie Boys

Favored by Bonnaroo fans across the internet, we're calling for a Beastie Boys latenight show this year on the main stage, a la Kanye West in 2008 - as long as the Beasties show up on time. The young, white punk-rappers, who rose to fame some twenty years ago, have paved the way for many of today's hardcore, hip-hop acts. No matter what time slot the Beasties play this year, their show will be diverse in both song selection and audience.

*Nine Inch Nails

Coming off tour in 2008, Nine Inch Nails are said to have been one of the year's best stage shows, with their psychedelic light show. Trent Reznor is said to have some big plans up his sleeves, as to how they may top their light show this year. Rumor has it that he wants to do something on the level of a Pink Floyd "The Wall" show.


The past few years has seen Wilco rising to the highest point of their careers, and the alternative country rockers are currently riding a huge wave of success because of studio albums and live shows, which are getting better with every show. Wilco is making a quick return to Bonnaroo, and though I don't know how they'll top their 2007 performance, I have confidence that Jeff Tweedy and company will follow up rather nicely.

The Rest of the Lineup:

*David Byrne

The iconic musician, actor, director and producer, is more commonly and importantly known as the the co-founder of the Talking Heads, one of New Wave's most successful and influential bands. Aside from the music of the Talking Heads, Byrne has a number of solo records out, some of them including a number of guests including Brian Eno, Cyndi Lauper and Tori Amos. His 2009 release, "Here Lies Love", is a collaborational, concept album that Byrne is working on with Fatboy Slim. Wouldn't it be great if Fatboy Slim was added to the lineup, making room for a possible onstage collaboration with Byrne? Expect many Talking Heads classics in his Bonnaroo performance this year, as well as a lot of new and solo material.

Al Green
Snoop Dogg
Elvis Costello (Solo)
Erykah Badu
Paul Oakenfold
Ben Harper and Relentless7
The Mars Volta
TV on the Radio
Yeah Yeah Yeahs
*Gov't Mule
Andrew Bird
Band of Horses
Merle Haggard
*The Decemberists
Girl Talk
Bon Iver
Bela Fleck & Toumani Diabate
*Rodrigo y Gabriela
The Del McCoury Band
*of Montreal
Allen Toussaint
Coheed & Cambria
Booker T & the Drive-By Truckers
David Grisman Quintet
Lucinda Williams
*Animal Collective
Neko Case
Jenny Lewis
Robert Earl Keen
Citizen Cope
*Femi Kuti and the Positive Force
The Ting Tings
Robyn Hitchcock & the Venus 3
Kaki King
*Grizzly Bear
King Sunny Ade
*Okkervil River
St. Vincent
Zac Brown Band
Raphael Saadiq
Ted Leo and the Pharmacists
Crystal Castles
Tift Merritt
*Brett Dennen
*Mike Farris and the Roseland Rhythm Revue

Toubab Krewe
People Under the Stairs
Alejandro Escovedo
Vieux Farka Toure
*Elvis Perkins in Dearland
Todd Snider
*Portugal. the Man
The SteelDrivers
The Knux
The Low Anthem
Delta Spirit
*AA Bondy
The Lovell Sisters
Alberta Cross

Stay tuned as I prepare for my first ever preview guide of the festival, which will include in-depth looks at these bands, along with some personal notes on the ones I've seen in concert, as well as one of the artists playing that I've even met.

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