So, I know I said I was done with year end business, but I got to thinking about the local bands in town that gave it a go this year and I could’nt resist one more list. So, here are, in no order this time, my favorite Cincinnati bands/musicians of 2006. The only qualifier was that they released an album in 2006, self released or on a label……
The hardest working band in the city is also one of the best. Turnbull played so many dates in town this year its hard not to notice them. But they are not even close to wearing out their welcome. Their debut disc was a really incredible beginning for the band. ~ ENS on Turnbull June 08
The Turnbull ACs – Pretty Girls Dont Go To Heaven
Taking the DIY approach to a new level, these two guys have created alot of great music this year. The Sheds Quit Smoking is a great album, and these guys continue to make more and more tunes as they appear to be hitting their stride. ~ ENS The Sheds Post Sept 20
The Sheds – Between the Moon and Love
Yes, they still claim Cincinnati as home. Although the Bastards are really hitting the big time with the awesome second full length all this time, they are still true to their Cincy roots. ~ ENS Interview with Erika from HB – Sept 1
Probably the biggest surprise of 2006 on the local scene, Bad Veins jumped up and smacked the Queen City across the mouth with its unique vocals and layered songwriting. Certainly a band to watch in 2007. ~ ENS Bad Veins Post
Bad Veins – Live in the WOXY Lounge
Another new band to hit the scene up in a big way this year was The Hiders. Bringing a bit of the twang but with a tight crew to pull it off. I cant wait to see what they have to offer in 2007.
Some former members of Thee Shams make up The Buffalo Killers. These guys have a bluesy, infused brand of rock that also reminds me of some early Beatles at times also.
Buffalo Killers – Live in the WOXY Lounge
The Minor Leagues
Probably the best indie pop outfit in the area this year, The Minor Leagues did a great job pushing their new record, The Pestilence is Coming, from Datawaslost. ~ENS on The Minor Leagues
The Minor Leagues – Scene it All Before
The Kentucky Struts
A rock band in alt-country guises, the Struts had a great year as well. Playing some great festivals, (MMS, Tallstacks) and garnering lots of well warranted attention. ~ENS on The Kentucky Struts
Yet another young group of guys that make catchy, poppy rock music right here in our area. Not to mention being a part of the first ever ENS Showcase. Seabird inked a deal this fall and you should be seeing a full length from them soon as well.
Cincinnati’s answer to Cat Power began to peak in 2006 as well. Releasing another excellent full length and beginning to get attention from the national audience as well. She is currently hitting the road supporting Ron Sexsmith. ~ENS on Kim Taylor – Nov 20
Kim Taylor – I Feel Like A Fading Light
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