Posts Tagged ‘Cincinnati’

The Night I Can’t Forget

February 14, 2014

69LSThe Magnetic Fields’ 69 Love Songs will be performed in it’s entirety tonight (Valentine’s Day) at the Northside Tavern in Cincinnati, OH and I will be joining Royal Holland for 5 songs.

69 Love Songs is an epic collection of songs with titles like “Let’s Pretend We’re Bunny Rabbits”, “I’m Crazy for You (But Not That Crazy)” and “Underwear.” I love it and am thrilled to be able to see it performed by so many great musicians: Margaret Darling, Ricky Nye, Tonefarmer,  Mack West, Roger Klug & The Snarks, The Ready Stance, Little Lights, The Orchard Brothers, for algernon, Optigrab w/ Eric Diedrichs, Maurice Mattei, Heartachoke, Brad Stenz (from MOTH!)


Let’s Get Serious with The Seedy Seeds 2012!

January 22, 2012

The Seedy Seeds return to Let’s Get Serious and Chicago for a show on January 22, 2012 at Reggie’s Music Joint.

I interviewed The Seedy Seeds on Episode 11 almost a year ago but along with the passage of time comes change, including the introduction of a new member, drummer/multi-instrumentalist Joe Frankl. I try to unravel the mystery that is Joe and we discuss old-timey slang with banjo accompaniment courtesy of Mike Ingram.

Listen to the Seeds perform two songs live in my kitchen, “Ethel” and “Flooded”.

Let’s Get Serious with Kendall Bruns
Episode 027: The Seedy Seeds
Running time: 65 minutes

Download (60.3MB mp3): Let’s Get Serious: Episode 027

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Questionable Taste Wins Best Ensemble Performance

September 30, 2011

On September 21, Underneath Cincinnati held their 2011 Best of Cincinnati screening at the Kenwood Theatre and awarded Questionable Taste for “Best Ensemble Performance”.

Questionable Taste takes a closer look at two nutritional entrepreneurs and their unusual approach to solving world hunger. Can the limb you eat be a tasty treat?

The 5-minute short was created for the Columbus 48 Hour Film Project where it went on to win an “Audience Choice” award.


Questionable Taste at Underneath Cincinnati

March 28, 2011

Pizza Infinity’s short film, Questionable Taste, will be screened at the Underneath Cincinnati Film Festival this Thursday, March 31, 2011 at the Esquire Theatre.

Questionable Taste takes a closer look at two nutritional entrepreneurs and their unusual approach to solving world hunger. Can the limb you eat be a tasty treat?

The 5-minute short was created for the Columbus 48 Hour Film Project where it went on to win an “Audience Choice” award.

Underneath Cincinnati is a quarterly film event organized by the Southern Ohio Filmmakers Association. Audiences vote for their favorite films at each screening and the winners compete at an annual screening for prizes and bragging rights.


MPMF.10 Picks: Friday

September 20, 2010

I gave my MidPoint schpeel in the previous post with my Thursday picks so I won’t repeat myself here. The big draws for Friday are Surfer Blood and Ted Leo but I’m also excited about Silverghost —I booked them to play Earthquakes a few months ago and they were great! They have an EP that you can download for free from RCRDLBL: The Equine Lips EP

There were definitely a lot of conflicts for Friday night—especially the 11:30 slot—and it might be hard to check out the bands at the (relatively isolated) Southgate House without missing a lot of other stuff so we’ll see what happens.


MPMF.10 Picks: Thursday

September 17, 2010

Living in Chicago has exploded my live music options—it’s impossible to see all the bands that come through here that I really don’t want to miss—but that isn’t stopping me from being excited about coming back to Cincinnati for the MidPoint Music Festival.

Something like 270 bands are playing over the course of three nights. Most of the venues are within walking distance so it’s easy to jump around and see multiple bands in one time slot if one venue is too crowded or you’re just not feeling it. Here’s what I’m looking forward to on Thursday, September 23, 2010.



September 7, 2010

After spending the past 18 years in Cincinnati, I decided it was time to mix things up a little so I’ve moved to Chicago. I’ve been here for a a couple of months but now I have an apartment in Logan Square and I feel like I really live here.

My parents are from Cincinnati but my dad joined the Air Force and so we used to move every couple of years. We would visit relatives in Cincinnati so I always considered it home even though we never lived there until I started high school. When it was time for college I decided I was sick of moving every three years and went to the Art Academy of Cincinnati.

I like Cincinnati. I think it’s a great place to live and be a creative person—I just want to try something else. I’m sure I’ll visit often since it’s close and that’s where my family is.

I’ve flirted with moving to Chicago for years but it never happened for one reason or another. Now I’m here—let’s see what happens!


Smoking Popes + Koala Fires on Fountain Square

June 25, 2010

I am super-excited that Koala Fires are opening for the Smoking Popes tonight on Fountain Square in Cincinnati, Ohio as part of their free outdoor Indie Summer series.

Smoking Popes are a band that I used to watch on 120 Minutes and Alternative Nation when I was in high school—I’m sure many of you remember their biggest hit, “I Need You Around.”

CityBeat has a pretty good article about the band if you want some more info: MidPoint Indie Summer Series Featuring Smoking Popes

This will be the third year that Koala Fires are participating in Indie Summer and it’s always been a great experience. I don’t know when I’ll be playing another show with Koala Fires so if you want to see us please come tonight!


June 2010 Earthquakes

June 12, 2010

Earthquakes is a dance night at Mayday (formerly the Gypsy Hut) in Cincinnati’s beautiful Northside neighborhood on the final Saturday of each month.

This month’s musical guests are two Michigan bands—Lightning Love and Silverghost!

Lightning Love are from Ypsilanti, Michigan and I fell in love with them when I saw them open for Bad Veins at the Northside Tavern in (I think) April of 2009. Since then they’re returned to Cincinnati for MidPoint and played NYE at the Northside Tavern (also with Bad Veins).  They are one of my favorite bands so I am super excited and happy that they are playing this event.

Silverghost are an analog synth/electric guitar duo from Detroit that, as they describe it, make “candied crime for the ears!” They have an EP that you can download for free at:


The Art Test: Episode 5

June 10, 2010

I’m working on a six part web series for the Art Academy of Cincinnati called The Art Test. Over six episodes four students will share what it’s like to study and create at a college of art and design. These students will focus on how their art is making a difference in the world.

Episode 5 focuses on Lillian Nelson, a Freshman at the Art Academy who is majoring in Illustration.

You can also view this video on Vimeo: The Art Test: Episode 5



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