Photos by Scott Preston
Photo: Marco North
After a hiatus of several years (with Big Lazy leader Stephen Ulrich, spending time as a composer for shows like HBO’s Bored to Death), Big Lazy is back with a new album, video, and tour.
Big Lazy’s fifth album, Don’t Cross Myrtle, dwells in the landscape of gritty yet elegant noir Americana. With sparse instrumentation, the trio creates evocative musical narratives with an undeniable sense of place and character. With a nod towards classic guitar instrumentals (Link Wray, Santo and Johnny) and a fiery performance style that swerves into improvisational jazz, the new album captures the essence of the trio’s legendary live shows. Read more
Musicians from five countries, 41 cities, and across the tri-state region will hit the stage in Cincinnati for MidPoint Music Festival. Approximately 120 acts will perform at this year’s event, scheduled for September 25–27, 2015.
Fans eager to see the full slate of artists, stages and show times can find a full schedule online at MPMF.com, along with tickets for single day and weekend passes.
“People crave to discover that band that’s about to break out. We’re presenting a great cross section of what’s new today,” said Dan Bockrath, festival producer. “It’s a big bang for your buck with this amount of talent.” Read more
Saturday, August 29 @ TBA
Old Mill Campground, 7249 First St, Friendship, IN, 513-787-1232
Tickets: $70-75 ADV, $80 DOS
Charlie is part of the Duluth, MN, music scene (Alan Sparhawk and Low, Trampled by Turtles) but he made the album in the South this time, traveling to rural North Carolina to record with fellow musician Phil Cook (Megafaun, Hiss Golden Messenger). He joined Cook and a cast of local players, setting up in an old outbuilding on the “Down Yonder Farm” outside HIllsborough, NC. As well as being the first album Charlie has recorded outside of his native Minnesota Stumpjumper is his first to feature a full band.
MORNING TELEPORTATION w/ INJECTING STRANGERS & THE YUGOS
Friday, August 21, 2015
Doors at 8PM, Show at 9PM
The Woodward Theater | 1404 Main St., Cincinnati, OH 45202 | (513) 345-7981 |
Admission: $7 advance, Ages 21+
Morning Teleportation formed in 2005 when Bowling Green, KY natives and lifelong friends Travis Goodwin (keyboards), Tres Coker (drums) and Paul Wilkerson (bass) met up with Chicago transplant Tiger Merritt (vocals/guitar), who had just moved to their hometown for college. From the beginning the band has built up a roller coaster of tumultuous rock ‘n roll, featuring analog synths, heartfelt vocals and sudden changes woven through psychedelia, electronica, and deep-space pickin’ n’ grinnin’. They’ve spent most of the past year on the road playing for enthusiastic crowds at Bonnaroo and Sasquatch and supporting the likes of The Flaming Lips, Cage The Elephant and Modest Mouse. Read more
Emerging from shambolic basement shows and early roster shake-ups, over 16 years Max Fender and Joey Beck have coiled Midwest stalwarts Alone at 3AM into a tightly-wound muscular force with “a refreshing straightforwardness not found in most music” (Scene).
The band has been at a dead run since 2010’s album Cut Your Gills and 2012 single From an Ohio Basement, reveling in hard-earned rock&roll escapism while revealing substantial songwriting chops. Embedded in these earliest songs, some of which like “Blacktop Cracks” remain live favorites, are unresolved questions. Often the only answer is found in the act of living in the fleeting combustion of a three minute song, that brief musical connection between band members and an audience. Read more
Royal Holland to open for Young Widows, Publicist UK at Northside Yacht Club 8/22, Release second EP at MOTR 9/18
Last year Royal Holland released his first EP “Volume One – The Maze”, which he recorded with local music great Brian Olive, and released to critical acclaim including winning the Ohio Music Award for “Best Folk Album”. He also spent a good portion of the year traveling the East Coast and Midwest on a one man tour. This year things have changed and things have stayed the same.
Nederlander Entertainment and AEG Facilities today released renovation concepts for U.S. Bank Arena, designed by local architectural firm MSA Sport.
“Cincinnati has proven that it can successfully host major events, including the MLB All-Star Game and the 2012 World Choir Games, but we know we need to improve our major indoor sports and entertainment venue to continue to be competitive for major events and national acts,” said Ray Harris, CEO of Nederlander Entertainment, which owns U.S. Bank Arena in partnership with AEG. “We’re confident this vision for a new and dramatically upgraded U.S. Bank Arena, when implemented, will give us the ability to compete for and deliver major events on a consistent basis. This is a critical component of our community’s economic development.” Read more