Tonight, the Afghan Whigs play the first of two shows in New York this weekend. The Cincinnati-born band will be at Manhattan’s majestic Beacon Theatre this evening, while tomorrow night they’ll play a slightly more intimate show in Brooklyn at the Music Hall of Williamsburg. The band, which reformed with three of its four original members a couple years ago, now includes only frontman Greg Dulli and bassist John Curley from their original line-up. Included in the new group is drummer Patrick Keeler, also of The Greenhornes, another Cincy-based band. The Whigs have been touring most of this past year in support of Do to the Beast, which they released in April. But they’ll no doubt play plenty of cuts off of their breakthrough Gentlemen album, which is being reissued in a deluxe edition later this month by Rhino Records. Tickets for tonight’s show are still available via Ticketmaster (and dirt cheap via Stubhub), but tomorrow’s night show is sold out. Below is the band’s recent performance of “Matamoros” from their latest on the Late Show with David Letterman.
In the two years since I last wrote about Lydia Loveless, the Coshocton native, Columbus resident has been making people take notice. She’s won accolades for her third album, Somewhere Else, from everyone from Pitchfork to Rolling Stone to The Wall Street Journal—and with good reason. The record transcends her alt-country leanings for songs that lace rock raucous with simmering emotion. Tomorrow, she’ll display such chops at The Studio at Webster Hall. For a taste, watch the video below of Loveless performing “Hurts So Bad” from Somewhere Else at The Mug & Brush, a.k.a. the best barbershop in Columbus.
This weekend sees two generations of Cleveland musicians plying their trade in Gotham. Cheetah Chrome, who now lives in Nashville, is in town for several appearances. Tonight, the legendary guitarist for punk legends the Dead Boys and their predecessor, Rocket from the Tombs, plays a free solo acoustic set at Niagara, where he’ll perhaps focus on his recent EP, titled Solo despite the fact he was assisted by Sylvain Sylvain and others. Tomorrow, Cheetah plays an early show at Bowery Electric, where he’ll be joined by fellow Cleveland native Miriam Linna, a one-time member of The Cramps and longtime drummer in the A-Bones. If you want to hear “Sonic Reducer,” though, Saturday’s show is probably your best bet. Cheetah will be taking part in the annual Joey Ramone birthday bash, also happening at Bowery Electric.
Also in town this weekend are the Pleasure Leftists, a four-piece of youngsters probably not alive yet when Chrome was making a name for himself at CBGB’s. Still, as witnessed on their recently released self-titled EP, the band’s sound has more in common with the post-punk of the ’70s and ’80s than whatever you’d call the now sounds of today. The band will be at The Acheron tomorrow night.
Of course, Ohio football isn’t just merely Browns or Bengals. To many, it is all about the Buckeyes. If you are an Ohio State alum or merely a fan of the team, you can find the Scarlet and Gray this season at Iron Bar and Lounge, the official location for The Ohio State University Alumni Club of Greater New York. The bar will be providing several television screens, including one which is purportedly the biggest in Midtown, as well as drink and food specials. Reservations can be made in advance to guarantee a spot. The Buckeyes won their first game last week versus Navy and will square off against Virginia Tech tonight at 8pm.
As summer turns to autumn, many an Ohioan’s mind turns to the sport of football. (There’s a reason the Pro Football Hall of Fame is in Canton.) This weekend marks the start of the NFL season, and like many other Ohio ex-pat football fans, you may be wondering where you can support Browns and Bengals instead of Jets and Giants. While there is probably no way to truly escape New York fans cheering on the hometown teams, there are several enclaves around the city for orange contingencies, be it orange and brown or orange and black. Continue Reading →
Tonight, the Cincinnati Reds will be in the Bronx for the first of a three game series against the New York Yankees. For the two teams who have met three times in the World Series, this will be the first time they have met since 2012 , when the Reds took 2 of 3 games in a regular season series. This time around, both teams are contending with injuries, the Reds in their batting line-up (sluggers Joey Votto and Brandon Phillips are out) and the Yankees in their starting rotation (they’ve got four starters unavailable).
Thus far this year, it’s the Reds who have been playing better baseball. They’re only 1½ games behind Milwaukee in the NL Central division and have a record of 51–44. Meanwhile, the Yankees are 47–47 and in third place in the AL East. Tonight, both teams will start right handers, with Cincy’s Mike Leake going up against the Yanks’ David Phelps. The game starts at 7:05 and can be watched on the YES TV Network and heard on WCBS 880 AM if you can’t make it out to Yankee Stadium.
For Saturday’s game, the Reds’ Alfredo Simon will be on the mound against Brandon McCarthy. Sunday, Cincy fireballer Johnny Cueto will face Hiroki Kuroda. Both of those games are at 1:05pm.
As one listen to any of the band’s music will tell you, Columbus’ Unholy Two are not easy listening by any stretch of the imagination. The trio’s handful of records is festooned with noisy barbs of guitar and electronic distortion, which in turn is meshed with ringleader Chris Lutzko’s lyrics on an array of taboo subject matter. As such, they eschew any sort of artfulness or intellectualizing, instead going straight for the throat. It is this rabid nature that makes the band standout amongst the current sea of incipient breastfed babies making music as a hobby. Listening to the band’s recently released second album, Talk About Hardcore, it is obvious that the band’s agenda extends beyond simply having fun. Regardless, it should be a pleasure to take in the band’s live set—which usually only lasts for 20 minutes or so before self-destruction sets in—at Union Pool tonight.