Moose Gronholm's Profile

  • Review

Review: Redemption & Ruin by The Devil Makes Three

The Devil Makes Three are a three piece. You could consider them a power trio, sure, the drums and loudness are exchanged for fiddle and the acoustic instruments that comprise most old timey or folky music. TDMT’s new release is “Redemption and Ruin”; the title is certainly telling considering the song choices.

  • Preview

The War and Treaty: Down to the River

The War and Treaty are Tanya Blount and Michael Trotter Jr. You can catch them this Saturday at MOTR Pub! Their latest album is Down to the River, and I’m not sure there is a duo out there right now that takes vocals to the place that these two do or that takes roots sound and that have churned it into what they have created.

  • Preview

Kristen Ford: Music Engrained

Kristen Ford is a songwriter calling Nashville home these days, but for a while there you could have said it was the road. Kristen has 5 albums under her belt with the latest being eleven tracks comprising questioning and a life on tour aptly titled “Travel Songs.” Kristen, one could say, was built for the road.

  • Preview

Theory of a Deadman: Rockers for Knockers

Theory of a Deadman are a rock band hailing from the land to our north Canada, and more specifically Delta, British Columbia. They formed in 2001 and through these sixteen years they have released six albums and the most current is this year’s release of Wake Up Call. Which is set to be released on October 27th in lieu of that, they will be hosting an event for Breast Cancer called “Rockers for Knockers” in which two dollars for every ticket sold will benefit the Pink Ribbon Girls at Bogart’s on Tuesday, October 10th.

  • Preview

Lilly Hiatt: Trinity Lane

Lilly Hiatt is currently on tour for her latest album that dropped in late August called Trinity Lane. You can catch her at The Southgate House Revival on Friday, October 6th! With this record she got personal, she got rock n roll, and all behind her country voice shining through on each song. This is country brought up close and personal. With this record she’s staking her claim and throwing her name in the hat with the current flock of songwriter’s taking over.

  • Preview

Conor Oberst: Ruminations and Salutations

For twenty years, or thereabouts, Conor Oberst has remained one of the preeminent voices in the indie/rock/folk genre. His songs can be brash and loud, or calm and to the point, and political with a hint of romance, and sometimes all in one song. However, you would like to describe him though you can’t leave out that he knows how to write a song.

Randy Newman: The Man Can Sure Write a Song

The words have all been written about him, and the story has pretty much been told. Randy Newman is pretty much one of the best songwriters we have in music. He does not merely sit behind an instrument and churn out songs, although he can and has, it something much more than that. He writes soundtracks to movies, and offers songs to movies, and on his latest album uses a symphony to his advantage. One man and one piano however is where it all starts.

Jeffrey Lewis & Los Bolts: Nothing More and Nothing Less

Jeffrey Lewis is an anti-folk music, comic book writer, and rather than mince words he’s simply an artist. I have been aware of his music via The Moldy Peaches and Kimya Dawson through their project “The Bundles.” His narrating of everyday life’s drab or thrills, or simplicity is where he resides. There really are no frills overcomplicating these songs.

The Mountain Goats: I Have High Unicorn Tolerance

My first introduction to The Mountain Goats was about 4 years ago after constantly seeing their name show up through my subscription to Merge Records (their current record label) almost every month. I gave in, and I was and have been glad that I did.

  • Preview

Bones Jugs at The Crow’s Nest on Friday

Bones Jugs, formerly Bones Jugs ‘n’ Harmony, are a quartet hailing from southern Illinois and the town of Urbana. Which for anyone aware of that area is close to Champagne where the University of Illinois is located, but I digress. This band is comprised of four members who are: Charlie...

  • Feature

The Whiskey Chronicles: Stephen Williams

A few years ago, at The Whispering Beard Folk Festival, which is held in Friendship, Indiana, I was introduced to this guy who had a thick Alabama drawl, an epic beard, and wasn’t wearing any shoes while working a hammer and I thought “now this is somebody I need to know.” Sure...

  • Feature

Women Behind the Music in Cincinnati: Jean Dowell

It was two years ago at The Comet here in Cincinnati when I first saw and heard Jean Dowell. Mike Oberst (The Tillers and Blue Rock Boys) was hosting a month-long residency there. A friend and I thought it would be fun to stop in, grab a drink and a burrito, and listen to some great music. Mike...