Friday, June 24, 2016

3 Songs: On Repeat

Hot Hot Heat – “Kid Who Stays In The Picture” (After a long period of inactivity, Hot Hot Heat returned this week with their self-titled fifth and final album via Kaw-Liga Records.  The Vancouver-based band goes out with a bang as the new album is bristling with the type of energetic and highly-melodic dance rock - outfitted with strange synths, angular rhythms and infectious pop hooks - that first brought the band to our attention back in 2002.)   

Red Hot Chili Peppers – “We Turn Red” (RHCP recently returned with The Getaway, their first album in five years and second with new guitarist Josh Klinghoffer.  On the album - out now via Warner Bros - they’ve collaborated with producer Danger Mouse who blends his string-leaden 60’s pop-noir aesthetic to their funk-rock to great effect.  Check out the dynamic, politically-charged single with its stuttering beat and aching slide guitar here.)  

Radiohead – “Burn The Witch” (With a rumbling synth-led undertone and dark, percussive pizzicato strings; the debut single from Radiohead’s ninth album, A Moon Shaped Pool churns with paranoid intensity as Yorke emotes his trademark soaring vocal melodies for a nice study in contrasts.  The new album - out now via XL Recordings - leans more organic; toward guitars and strings as opposed to the synths that have dominated their music as of late, blending the two to perfection.)

Friday, June 17, 2016

3 Songs: On Repeat

Band Of Horses – “In A Drawer” (Ben Bridwell and crew return with their fifth album, Why Are You OK out now via Interscope.  Co-produced by the band and Jason Lytle of Grandaddy, the new album is a triumphant return to form with their blend of wistful and soaring, arena-worthy melodies alongside new elements such as analog synths, drum machines and prog-rock experiments.  Guest J. Mascis contributes his distinct vocals to the nostalgia-inducing standout single heard here.)       

Whitney – Golden Days” (Whitney is the new band featuring guitarist Max Kakacek formerly of Smith Westerns and  vocalist/drummer Julien Ehrlich formerly of Unknown Mortal Orchestra.  Together they step into the spotlight to create a melancholic yet melodic brand of soulful, country and folk leaning rock with laid-back, sun-soaked melodies on their stunning debut album, out now via Secretly Canadian.)

Big Thief – “Real Love” (Led by the lilting yet powerful vocals and vivid lyrical imagery of singer-songwriter and guitarist Adrianne Lenker, the Brooklyn based folk-rock band leans heavily toward the rock side – complete with noisy guitar freakouts and catchy, alt-rock melodies - on their aptly-titled debut album, Masterpiece out now on Saddle Creek Records.)

Friday, June 10, 2016

3 Songs: On Repeat

The Claypool Lennon Delirium – “Cricket And The Genie” (Les Claypool of Primus and Sean Lennon have combined forces for a new project whose debut album, Monolith Of Phobos was recently released by ATO Records.  Both Les and Sean are known for their off-kilter pop sense and that is combined with loads of mellotron to create a brand of funky and psychedelic prog-rock that only they could create.  Check out the two-part suite and standout album centerpiece here for the perfect introduction to their weird world.)    

SAVAK – “Drop The Pieces” (SAVAK is the new project from members of The Obits, Edsel, Nation of Ulysses, and The Cops. Their debut album, Best Of Luck In Future Endeavors was released last month via Comedy Minus One and is the perfect distillation of their previous bands with skronking saxophones, sharp post-punk rhythms and reverb-rich 60’s psych-pop melodies all held together with a hardcore punk heart.)

Sega Genocide – “Descending Man” (The Columbus-based indie rock band recently released their long-awaited proper debut album, TRYS via Cleveland’s Just Because Records.  On it they combine visceral doses of psych-tinged garage-rock with infectious fuzz-pop smarts and loud/soft dynamics that captures the energy of their rowdy live shows for a very promising debut.)

Thursday, June 09, 2016

SHOW ALERT: Rev Gusto & Forage in Ohio @ The Comet Bar (Cincy) and South Park Tavern (Dayton)

K.C. garage-pop band Rev Gusto released their stellar debut album, Burnt Out Friends last year on High Dive Records.  In support of the album, they are coming to Ohio for a few dates including stops at The Comet in Cincinnati on Friday, June 10 and South Park Tavern on Saturday, June 11.  Sharing the stage both dates is the Dayton-based indie rock band Forage. 
Rev Gusto creates infectiously catchy and laid back 60’s-inspired pop songs that recall the sun-streaked harmonies of The Beach Boys and the raucous garage-rock of The Kinks and the results are not some tired, retro-minded rehash but is near-perfect pop pleasure without the pastiche. 
Forage will showcase their guitar-led folk-leaning brand of indie-pop led by frontman Brandon Clark’s slickly sensitive, Ben Gibbard-like vocal melodies. 

Stream Forage - "Grandpa" here:

Stream Rev Gusto - Burnt Out Friends here: 

Monday, June 06, 2016

RECAP: Bunbury Music Festival 2016

The fifth annual Bunbury Music Festival took place this past weekend in downtown Cincinnati, led by headliners The Killers, Deadmau5 and Florence + The Machine.   
The highly-eclectic lineup – including memorable performances from local classic country & western crooner Jeremey Pinnell, soul soldier Charles Bradley and the horror-funk of Here Come The Mummies - was bolstered by the energetic performances from the pop/rock hybrid sister act Haim, bluesy alt-rockers Holy White Hounds, punk vets Bayside and The Mowgli’s, who returned for their second time to bring their upbeat, sun-drenched indie-pop.
One of the most memorable highlights of the festival took place opening night as The Killers played several songs against a backdrop of the Reds’ Friday Night Fireworks display which was the perfect visual addition to the Las Vegas band’s bombastic arena-sized anthems.  They also played a short cover of the WKRP in Cincinnati TV show theme song.
Once again Bunbury was a booming success and continues to put Cincinnati on the map for music festivals.  Here’s to next year!

Friday, June 03, 2016

3 Songs: On Repeat - Bunbury Music Fest 2016 Edition

The Shelters – “Rebel Heart” (The L.A. retro-rockers will release their eponymous debut album next week via Warner Brothers Records.  The new album was co-produced by Tom Petty and takes his influence and mixes it together with elements of 70’s era California folk-pop, 80’s glam and 60’s jangle-rock for a sound with one foot in the present and one in the past.  See them live at Bunbury today at 2:30 on the Yeatman’s Cove stage!)

The Mowgli’s – “Freakin’ Me Out” (The positive-minded L.A. pop-rock band return today at 4:00 to shower the main stage at Bunbury with their lively live show and sun-streaked blend of infectiously catchy garage rock and 60’s folk-pop.  Check out their bouncy and anthemic new single here.) Also read a previous interview with Katie of The Mowgli’s here:

Jeremy Pinnell – “Rodeo” (The Northern Kentucky based classic country & western crooner released his excellent album, OH/KY last summer via Sofaburn Records and will bring his gravel-smooth vocals and vividly gritty storytelling to the Sawyer Point stage at 1:30 on Saturday at this weekend’s Bunbury Music fest.  Listen to the aching ballad-esque single here.)

For more info and for tickets to Bunbury click here: