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Don’t Forget: Tallest Man on Earth w/ John Vanderslice Tonight

June 8, 2009

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Tallest Man on Earth plays Southgate tonight opening for John Vanderslice. 

Doors at 8. Show at 9. Tickets are 13$ at the door.

Y’all should go. 

The Tallest Man on Earth – Pistol Dreams

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Look out for: Jenny Owen Youngs

June 3, 2009

jennyowenyoungsJenny Owen Youngs, a singer/songwriter folky from New Jersey, is playing tonight at Northside Tavern. I recently had a chance to listen to her latest LP, Transmitter Failure, and it is quite good. She really has a nice voice, y’all. Anyways, highly recommend it. Go see her tonight with Jukebox the Ghost in Northside. I will probably be there so like, you can chill with me and stuff. Maybe.

Jenny Owen Youngs – Led To The Sea (via)

(right click mp3 to download)

Also, PJ Harvey is playing with John Parish at Madison Theatre in Covington tonight. Tickets are 33$ so you should probably go support JOY if you’re a poor student like me. But hey, PJ Harvey is pretty good too.

Get In Touch With Your Roots!

June 2, 2009

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Get in touch with your roots by attending the RiverTown Breakdown June 13 th at the Southgate House. This one night festival focuses on giving patrons of the Greater Cincinnati area access to some of the best American Roots music around. Vist our UPCOMING SHOWS section for the set list and more information.

Album Review – St. Vincent – Actor

June 2, 2009

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“Tell my sister that I miss her/Tell my brother that it gets much easier,” sings Annie Clark on “Laughing With A Mouth of Blood”, one of many tracks on her new album, Actor, that is drenched with this kind of melancholic desperation. Recently, I read a web posting about St. Vincent, comparing Clark’s musical stylings to a twisted version of a Disney musical – a comparison that more often than not rings true. Songs like “Black Rainbow” (the title alone confirms this notion), with it’s gently played assortment of strings and woodwinds progresses merrily along until Clark sardonically urges her domestic partner to “shout even louder” if he wants the neighbors to awaken. A distorted guitar bursts into the mix as the strings begin to build to an eerie, doom-filled crescendo until the song abruptly cuts out.

In a recent interview, Clark remarked “I think desperation is a big part of the record and of the life of any actor. That image (an actor’s work), to me, is like a metaphor for the whole artistic mindset.” And throughout all of Actor (and Marry Me, her debut) we see her touch on this thematic note time and time again. First single “Actor Out of Work” (You’re an actor out of work/You’re a liar and that’s the truth) emphasizes Clark’s fascination with this duality of theatrics – at once inherently false and emotionally true. Each song on the album finds her inhabiting different characters from a desperate struggling thespian (“Laughing With A Mouth of Blood”) to a chronically discontent ex-girlfriend (“The Strangers” with perhaps my favorite line: “What do I share?/What do I keep/from all of the strangers who sleep where I sleep?).

Sonically, each song is so different from the other that, unlike Marry Me whose last half which, though good, was bogged down by its plethora of moderate tempos and general sameyness, Actor shows St. Vincent coming into her own as a solo artist, creating the kind of memorable, fully realized songs that should be especially thrilling in a live setting.

St. Vincent plays at the Southgate House in Newport, KY on June 9th  

St. Vincent – The Strangers

New National Tunezz

June 1, 2009

 

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Hey y’all. First post. Cincinnati homeboys/Brooklyn-based band, The National, have been making the rounds with a few delightful new songs, some of which were recently recorded live in Boston. The first of these tracks, the epic and propulsive “Blood Buzz Ohio”, is a standard Boxer-era builder with some nice orchestration to compliment Berninger’s baritone. The second, “The Runaway”, seems to be a reworking of an earlier version of the track (previously “Karamazov” which I think is a vastly superior title). It’s a slow-paced, more ballady track, but like most of the National catalog, grows after a few listens and is equally enjoyable. The new album, which will probably be announced imminently, sounds pretty promising if these songs are any indication.

Also, it’s Matt birthday today. Happy birthday Matt!

The National – Blood Buzz Ohio (Live In Boston)

The Runaway (Live In Boston)

Right-click mp3’s to download

(via stereogum)