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7/1/2013 12:00:00 PM
Is this any way to achieve arena-rock status? Um, yes, say The National.
Blast From the Past
2/1/2013 12:00:00 PM
Glen Penquite is the best kind of
regular, the kind who feeds the band and crew for free. Accompanied by his wife, as well as an assortment of veggie, fruit, sandwich, and dessert trays, Penquite makes the 75-mile drive, one way, from his catering business in Bellbrook, Ohio, to the campus of Northern Kentucky University, the home of WNKU-FM and
with stunning regularity. Over its 10-year history
has featured a healthy roster of local favorites (Daniel Martin Moore, Kim Taylor) along with national acts (Los Lonely Boys, James McMurtry, the Rev. Peyton’s Big Damn Band). And they do the show the old-fashioned way: performed in front of a studio audience and broadcast live on Monday evenings. It doesn’t cost anything for WNKU members to attend a broadcast, but Penquite enjoys it so much he felt like giving back in some way—and the free grub is a hit with the artists and a production staff of unpaid college students. “It’s like date night for me and my wife,” he says. “It’s a blast.”
Centenarian Doctor: Fred Goldman
3/1/2012 12:00:00 PM
Ohio’s oldest physician is still accepting new patients. Fred Goldman, M.D., turned 100 in December and sees 12 patients a day, three days a week in his Avondale office.
Don't Call It a Comeback
1/1/2012 12:00:00 PM
In 2011, Eric Nally, lead singer of the Cincinnati band Foxy Shazam, made a rock and roll pilgrimage from his home in Milford to Lowestoft, England. There, at the private residence of Justin Hawkins of The Darkness, Foxy recorded its new album,
The Church of Rock and Roll.
The record is scheduled for release this month. “All of our albums really embody where we recorded them,” explains Nally, 26. “We did our first record in Cincinnati. It’s kind of nerdy and goofy and all over the place. This newest one is just really raw rock and roll.” The album is the first release on the relaunched record label I.R.S., which achieved success with The Police and R.E.M. before folding in 1996. Foxy Shazam comes to I.R.S. after an unfulfilling experience at Warner Bros., where the band released one record in 2010. Despite—or because of—leaving Warner, Nally maintains high hopes for the band, whose achievements include appearances with Hole and Panic! at the Disco and the airing of the song “Unstoppable” during a Super Bowl broadcast. “With I.R.S. we have complete control of what happens, when it happens, and how it happens, and we have the backing of Capitol Records,” Nally says. “It’s basically a major label, but it’s more of our thing. We still want to be the biggest band in the world, and we will be. But if it doesn’t happen, it’s going to be because of us, not anybody else.”
Q+A: Adrian Belew is Coming Home
10/1/2011 12:00:00 PM
At any given time, guitar wizard Adrian Belew is juggling approximately a million projects. His fall schedule includes the CD and DVD releases of his performance with the Metropole Orchestra; hosting a band camp in upstate New York; speaking at a guitar festival in Urbana, Illinois; and a tour double-headlined by his power trio and Stickmen, a group featuring Belew’s King Crimson bandmates Tony Levin and Pat Mastelotto. The tour brings him back to Northern Kentucky, where he was born (at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Covington). We asked Belew about growing up on both sides of the river and returning in the ’80s to lend a hand to the Raisins.
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