Author: Chip Midnight

Wednesday: TORRES @ The Basement

(Photo: Ashley Connor) Those songs you just can’t stop listening to? TORRES’ “Helen in the Woods” should be under consideration. The “Goth Night at Mean Mr. Mustards” vibe (a shout out to all you former campus warriors) – throbbing rhythm, commanding vocals – is not necessarily indicative of Mackenzie Scott’s entire new album, Three Futures (4AD), but it’s one of the most startling and unique tracks in a collection of interesting and electro-pop driven songs. In many ways, Three Futures is a companion of St. Vincent’s 2011 release, Strange Mercy, an album that had such a profound impact on...

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Saturday: Buffalo Killers in-store performance at Used Kids

With a brand new album hitting store shelves this week, southwest Ohio’s classic rock loving Buffalo Killers will debut material from Alive and Well in Ohio live at Used Kids Records starting at 1pm. This is part of the band’s record store tour with stops in Wooster and Akron next weekend. Used Kids is celebrating it’s 31th anniversary this weekend with a great deal – all $1 items will be 3 for $1 so swing by, watch some great live music and pick up a few albums to take home and throw on the...

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Look Who’s Talking: Chad Clark of Beauty Pill

Photo by Stefano Giovannini I was familiar with Chad Clark’s work in the ’90s (as the lead singer of the artsy DC post-hardcore band Smart Went Crazy and as a producer/engineer who worked on albums by Sparklehorse, Fugazi, Mary Timony and more), but it took a tweet by one of my favorite current artists – Sadie Dupuis of Speedy Ortiz – to introduce me to Chad’s not-so-new project, Beauty Pill. Formed in 2001, Beauty Pill’s second full length, 2015’s Beauty Pill Describes Things As They Are, was the one that caused music writers to take notice. The album is both complex...

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Used Kids In-Store on Saturday: The World is a Beautiful Place …

Should be fun to see how many band members The World is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to Die can fit onto the performance stage at Used Kids (2500 Summit St.) when they play an intimate, stripped-down set in the legendary record store. The band – who released Always Foreign (Epitaph Records) at the end of September – currently features seven members though, as their Facebook page states, the lineup is “constantly expanding and contracting. recording and live performance lineups vary.” If the name sounds familiar, it’s because The World is a Beautiful Place …...

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