Local Exposure

Mark Messerly: Inert

Oct 9, 2018

Mark Messerly has been a key figure in the Cincinnati music scene for quite some time - known both as a member of Wussy as well as for his long-time partnership with Brian Ewing.

Messerly’s newest project, called INERT is anything but.

Local heavy-rock icons Electric Citizen are about to release their 3rd album Helltown on RidingEasy Records.

Helltown, in a way, provided the band with a way forward by taking a small step back - and continues to strengthen their great working relationships with their label and with noted musician, engineer and producer, Brian Olive.

Bradford Jones

In this episode we re-visit an interview I did in 2015 with David Lowery and Johnny Hickman from the band Cracker.

David & Johnny stopped by the WVXU studios to talk about the band, its longevity, the music industry and to play a few songs prior to their show at The Southgate House Revival.

Photo by Brian Mahar

Lung has just returned from an extensive tour and I was fortunate enough to get time with them before the release of their new album All The King’s Horses.

Kate Wakefield & Daisy Caplan joined me to play two songs - one of which is not yet released.

Dispatch From America, Location 12

Sep 5, 2018

Colorado-based Dispatch formed in 1996 and became one of the most successful Indie bands ever, jokingly called “the biggest band nobody’s ever heard of!”

If not having a website for your band makes you part of the underground, then Sweet Pablo is the next big thing in Cincinnati’s subterranean culture.

On September 29, Her Royal Airship Ashanti and the Midwest Black Speculative Fiction Alliance will be hosting a jazz concert at Withrow High School to celebrate 20 years of the popular anime series, Cowboy Bebop.

The concert also benefits Melodic Connections an organization dedicated to teaching people with special needs through the power of music.

jimpelz.com

Jim Pelz is a prolific country-rock songwriter and performer who, when he’s not playing solo or with his band, Hickory Robot, is sitting in with other bands like Root Cellar Xtract.

Lately, he has collaborated with some great musicians to form yet another band called The Firewalkers to record an album that is a follow-up to his 2015 release, Loser Angels.

The 3rd annual BeWILDerFest comes to Urban Artifact August 24 & 25 bringing two full nights of music and beer; and featuring over 30 national, regional and local music acts on 3 stages.

To celebrate BeWILDerFest, Urban Artifact is also releasing three special edition beers, flavored with black raspberry, boysenberry, montmorency cherry.

I sat down with Urban Artifact brewers Bret Baker and Josh Elliott and music coordinator Jeremy Moore to get the lowdown on this year’s BeWILDerfest.

MacReady U.K.

Jul 24, 2018
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Nick Barrows and Jay Reynolds are long-time friends who wanted to collaborate on a most extraordinary project -- to develop a soundtrack to a John Carpenter film that doesn’t exist.

They named the project after the main character in Carpenter’s The Thing, played by Kurt Russell.

Since the early 1990s, John Curley - bass player for the Afghan Whigs - has been a great friend to the local music scene and, as operator of UltraSuede Studio, has helped countless bands and musicians achieve their dreams of having their music recorded in a professional studio.

Then, in March, John was forced to close up shop at UltraSuede after 25 years, but quickly found that he had friends on the other side of the river that wanted to collaborate.

By relocating to The Lodge in Dayton, KY, John has found a new home for his talents, his passion and his gear.

Welcome To PaoliFest

Jul 12, 2018

PaoliFest is a joint venture between Black Vulture Project and Jordana Greenberg, a local musician and internationally touring performer who credits the musicians she encountered in Paoli among the influences that have shaped her career.

The inaugural PaoliFest will take place August 11, 2018 at the Tomato Products Company in Paoli, IN. Built to be a celebration of the town and community, the festival will be a completely free event featuring local and nationally touring musicians, visual art, films made by local youth, food and craft vendors, workshops, jam sessions and children's entertainment.

Classic rock icons Dave Mason & Steve Cropper bring their Rock & Soul Revue to Bechtold Park in Sycamore Township on July 13. I had the unique pleasure to speak with both musicians for Around Cincinnati.

Be Blessed by TRIIIBE

Jun 20, 2018

To some they are a band, to others they are activists, and to many they are heroes.

To me, the artists of TRIIIBE are all three.

Phasmids

Jun 19, 2018

Phasmids is an eclectic collective of artists and creatives. That approach to the band and the music is reflected in the synth-pop / prog-rock hybrid that makes Phasmids unique.

When most people think of a 4th of July parade, certain images come to mind; but the Independence Day parade that, to me, most embodies the idea of freedom, liberty and the pursuit of happiness is the one that happens in the Cincinnati neighborhood of Northside.

Sharon Is Karen, the newest album from Tooth Lures a Fang, displays an acutely DIY approach to recording, which allows them to take full control of the process.

The music and lyrics are a result of a tenuous balance between the absurdly funny and the uncomfortably dark.

By blending classic synth flow, improv jazz orchestration and hip-hop drive, the debut and title album by Flocks places them somewhere within the Venn diagram of Chick Corea, Childish Gambino and Frank Zappa.

Beginning June 5th at Noon, Radio Artifact, a local independent radio station based in Northside that showcases the talented musicians that perform in Cincinnati, will be broadcast on 91.7 WVXU HD-2.

Sofaburn Records

Adam Petersen who started A Delicate Motor as a solo project has now expanded his range, his repertoire and his band to include 6 people in the creation of their latest album “Fellover My Own.”

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