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 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.
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.
Between Tweens playing last night, the Reds being in town to take on the Mets this weekend, and now this show, it’s beginning to seem like Cincy week here in the Big Apple. Wussy are a five-piece from the Queen City that includes Chuck Cleaver, the former frontman for the late, great Ass Ponys. By comparison to the quirkiness of Cleaver’s previous band, Wussy plays it pretty straight, blending rugged Midwestern rock with the smoky vocals of Cleaver’s songwriter partner, Lisa Walker, or Cleaver’s own distinctive croon. They’ve released four albums since forming in 2001 and have a fifth entitled Attica! in the can and due out in May. They’ll no doubt be playing plenty of songs from the record when they take the stage tonight at The Studio at Webster Hall. Check out the video for one of the cuts from the album, “To the Lightning,” below for a sampling of what to expect.
Though it’s been hard to tell thus far, Spring is here, and that means it’s time for baseball. The season got under way this past week, and the New York Mets are off to a terrible start, losing three games to the Nationals this past week. This weekend they’ll play three against the Cincinnati Reds, who won one of three games in their series against the defending National League champions, the St. Louis Cardinals. Needless to say, the Reds, who won four of their six games against the Mets last year, should have an easier time with the Kings of Queens.
The first game between the two teams is tonight at 7:10, but the weather forecast doesn’t bode well for baseball. The temperature is going to be in the 40s, and rain looks likely. If the game doesn’t get washed out, Jenrry Mejia will take the mound for the Mets against Mike Leake.
Saturday and Sunday seem like better days to head out to Citi Field. With both games starting at 1:10pm, it’s supposed to be sunny and 50° weather. For Saturday, the Reds will start Johnny Cueto, while Dillon Gee will be on the mound for the Mets. Sunday, the Reds’ Alfredo Simon will go up against the Mets’ Jon Niese.
As always, if you can’t make it out to the ballpark, the games can be watched on SportsNet New York and heard on 710 WOR or WEPN 1050.
Since forming in 2012, Cincinnati’s Tweens have quickly made a name for themselves with their brash mix of pop and punk. With tours opening for the Breeders and Black Lips under their collective belt, they’ve taken to the road in support of their debut self-titled album, out Tuesday on Frenchkiss Records. Tonight, they’ll be at Death By Audio. Get a taste of the new record with the video for “Be Mean” below.
Though the kind of clamorous, greasy rock for which the Chrome Cranks became known in the early ’90s seems emblematic of the Lower East Side environ where the band made its mark, the four-piece’s roots lie in Ohio. Singer/guitarist Peter Aaron and guitarist William Weber formed the band in Cincinnati in 1988 before picking up stakes for the Big Apple where they joined forces with bassist Jerry Teel and drummer Bob Bert. The Chrome Cranks put out three excellent studio albums before eventually parting ways in 1998.
Though only Bert still lives in New York (Weber returned to Cincinnati, Aaron lives north of the city in Hudson, and Teel is in New Orleans), the Chrome Cranks have reconvened in recent years. Last year, they released Ain’t No Lies in Blood, a record every bit as sharp as the band’s previous work. Tonight they will be making a rare live appearance at the Mercury Lounge with Pop. 1280 and Twin Guns.