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Rocktoberfest spotlight: Super Desserts

Posted by Chris DeVille

Below you'll find a streaming version of "Twee As Folk", Super Desserts' splendid third album. You know, the one I called "a stunning triumph" in my Rocktoberfest preview today.

They'll make their last local appearance for several months 7 p.m. Saturday at South Campus Gateway, right in the midst of our day-long local music celebration.

<a href="http://superdesserts.bandcamp.com/album/twee-as-folk?">Twee as Folk by Super Desserts</a>

Review: Yeasayer at the Newport

Posted by Chris DeVille

YEASAYER "O.N.E." from Paranoid US on Vimeo.

For the first 15-20 minutes of their set last night at Newport Music Hall, Yeasayer seemed more like Meh-sayer. The Brooklyn quintet began with something that sounded like an Enya outtake with little to no melodic movement, followed by a couple more tracks that were admirable more for their exceptional precision than for any physical or emotional stimulation.

Then things got poppin'. I've never been fully invested in Yeasayer's high-tech New Age indie rock, but over the course of two albums they've certainly cranked out some strong singles. That much was evident as they rolled out a potent parade: the tribal aggression of "Sunrise"; the somewhat ridiculous but mostly awesome ritual chanting of "2080"; the New Wave falsetto of "Madder Red"; the club-thumping glossy grooves of "O.N.E."; and, saving the best for last, the skittering anthem "Ambling Alp". The ensuing encore was quick and to the point, perhaps the loudest and most guitar-centric moment in a set dominated by synths, samples and lots of percussion.

The trend was clear: These guys are masters of the pop hook, and when they choose to deploy one, their music benefits immeasurably. The songs that focused on atmosphere don't add much to the records and bring even less to the live setting. As for the visuals: Thumbs up to the light show, and thumbs down to frontman Chris Keating's prancing stage persona.

As always, I felt a swell of hometown pride seeing Sinkane's Ahmed Gallab up there with these guys, but he seems underutilized in this band as a mere utility man. I'm hoping he gets some time to focus on touring with Sinkane some time soon, as I understand the project's latest concoctions are hard and heavy funk.

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Neil Young's new rock album, Le Noise, is a noisy, angry return to form. To celebrate the release, he posted black-and-white videos for eight of the tracks to his YouTube page. Does he sound better than he looks? Yes. Still a cool idea, though.

Neil Young - Le Noise

I think we can all agree: Late Night with Jimmy Fallon isn't worth watching. Despite its kickass band, the Roots, the show's only occasionally entertaining. The dude's just not that funny. But last night Justin Timberlake and Fallon, with help from the Roots, broke out into a medley of classic (and some not-so-classic) hip-hop songs. It was pretty impressive.

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When Columbus restaurateur extraordinaire Liz Lessner learned the Jury Room, Columbus' oldest continuously operating bar, was up for sale, she jumped at the chance to buy a piece of local history.

"I have visited the Jury Room on and off for many years," Lessner shared via email. "I always wished the walls could talk and I have always loved the space."

The team that brought us Betty's, Tip Top, Surly Girl and Dirty Frank's has plans to lovingly restore the place to its 1831 bones, Lessner said. She was delighted to find the original ceiling and bar are still intact. And Lessner's mother, Diana Lessner, buyer for Mary Catherine's Antiques, has been acquiring 1830s-1860s-era furniture and fixtures to round out the space.

The food menu is still a work in progress as the staff gets to know the kitchen capabilities, Lessner said, but will include favorite vintage dishes to reflect the bar's long history.

Drinks are always a highlight at Lessner's establishments, and the Jury Room will be no different. Expect classic cocktails at reasonable prices, wines by the glass and a few beers on draft.

"Martinis, Manhattans, sours and daiquiris on the rocks are $4 all the time," Lessner said.

The renovated Jury Room should re-open by mid-November. We can't wait to check the new place out!

One thing I failed to mention in my profile of fast-rising Columbus rapper L.e for the Uncool: His 6 p.m. set at Alive's Rocktoberfest will be his final Columbus gig before moving to New York.

So download "The Measure" and get your ass to South Campus Gateway this Saturday. Don't miss your chance to say "I saw him when."

Rocktoberfest spotlight: Joey Hebdo

Posted by Chris DeVille

My feature from late last year gives the lowdown on Joey Hebdo, the splendid singer-songwriter who'll play at 5 p.m. during Saturday's Rocktoberfest.

For a taste of his folk-pop prowess, check the above video, but remember he'll have a full band backing him Saturday at South Campus Gateway.

Today for lunch I got to check out Yankee Cajun, a new food truck that's set up camp on High Street near the corner of Gay. They opened earlier this month and have been getting lots of biz since a Dispatch article last week.

I can highly recommend the Shrimp Po'Boy. The sandwich is huge. A big, soft Italian sub roll is overflowing with tender, bite-sized shrimp -- lightly breaded and nicely spiced. I mean, there's a lot of shrimp on this thing. It's topped with lettuce, tomato and a sweet remoulade (next time I'll ask for just a little more sauce). For $8 it comes with chips and a can of pop.

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They also have gumbo, jambalaya and a crab cake po'boy for $4 to $10.

PS, did I mention lately how much I love CBus street food?

mel%20lone%20star.JPG Yup, that's pretty much how I felt when they canceled "Lone Star"

It's official, the best new network show has been canceled after only two episodes. And, two very good episodes at that. Apparently no one was watching "Lone Star" which is a shame, but only giving it two episodes is hardly fair--especially in a time slot against ABC's juggernaut "Dancing with the Stars." I'm not sure what is more disappointing, that no one watched "Lone Star" or that people can't get enough of psuedo-celebrities dancing badly in atrocious costumes.

Sorry, pardon my digression on dancing buffoons. "Lone Star" felt like a cable series, but Fox wanted to put on it's network instead of their better suited cable outlet FX. I'll give them credit for trying to bring a quality drama to network audiences, but never giving it a full shot feels like Fox had reversed positions before it even aired the pilot.

Well, "Lone Star" creator Kyle Killen can now focus his efforts solely on "The Beaver" movie he scripted. It's getting some buzz being directed by Jodi Foster and starring Mel Gibson. Unfortunately for Killen, Mel's recent troubles have postponed it's release and it looks like it may never see theaters.

Anyway, replacing "Lone Star" will be "Lie to Me" starring Tim Roth, better known as Mr. Orange. I think "Lie to Me" also sucks, but then again, what do I know? Enjoy Bristol Palin doing the tango, America.

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"The Simpsons" Christmas episode looks to be pretty awesome and it has nothing to do with guest star Katy Perry. I think Matt Groening has been raiding my dreams "Inception" style because the holiday episode will feature all our favorite Springfield residents in a live-action episode as puppets. There's nothing cooler than our favorite four-fingered yellow cartoons transforming into puppets!

Remember Olivia Munn as Greta in the season four premiere of "Chuck" last week? She was the sexy Nerd Herder agent in the short skirt. Well, EW reports she won't be reprising the role as the Greta character will be played by a revolving group of male and female actors. Future Gretas included Isiah Mustafa (the Old Spice guy), the prettiest Terminator Summer Glau, and wrestler/model Stacy Keibler. The Keibler episode will also mark the return of Nicole Richie in the only good thing she's ever done.

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“The Good Wife” received many positive accolades from last year’s inaugural season, mainly for star Julianna Margulies, but whenever it comes on I just get a big case of the yawns.

Maybe it’s the mix of premises done to death on network television—political and criminal lawyer drama with a hint of family crisis—that does nothing to keep me interested despite good performances from Margulies and Chris Noth as husband and wife struggling to keeping their marriage together.

Last season revolved around Noth’s Peter, a former State’s Attorney, getting embroiled in a political scandal involving corruption and sexual escapades with prostitutes while his wife Alicia (Margulies) dutifully stood by his side while having feelings for her boss, Will (Josh Charles). And, each week Alicia and her lawyer co-workers would work a case in a typical courtroom procedural format.

There are slightly more ins and outs to the series, but that’s the bulk of it, and just writing that out makes me…zzzzzzzz.

Sorry, I’m back from my nap and fully refreshed to discuss tonight’s premiere. Last season’s finale left us wondering if Alicia would go with her heart and choose Will or stand by her man and stay with Peter as gets back in the politico game.

Well, the questions gets answered (sort of) and we get more of what made “The Good Wife” utterly dull—criminal case pseudo-whodunit and some drama about Peter’s philandering past as he tries to make good with his wife. And, Alicia and Will have uncomfortable sexual tension.

So, I don’t necessarily get the critical praise for “The Good Wife,” but since it hits a bunch of popular TV narratives, I do see why it has an audience. I just won’t be part of it, unless I need some shuteye.

“The Good Wife” 10 p.m. Tuesdays on CBS 1½ stars (3 ½ for napping)

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ABC’s superhero family drama “No Ordinary Family” has some quality components, but sadly none of them are original—part “The Incredibles,” part “Heroes” and part every superhero, ever.

Jim Powell (Michael Chiklis) is your typical family man who’s losing touch with his workaholic wife, Stephanie (Julie Benz) and his two teenage kids, JJ (a whiney Jimmy Bennett) and Daphne (Kay Panabaker).

So, he decides the family should join Stephanie on her business trip to South America and their plane crashes into the Amazon River—shocking.

They survive, but something has changed. One by one, they each realize they’ve come down with a case of the superpowers. Jim is basically a Thing/Hulk hybrid except he looks normal, Stephanie becomes the Flash and the kids get some powers as well. Spoiler alert: the kids’ powers are nothing new to the superhero game, either.

With a pretty good cast in Chiklis, Benz and Romany Malco playing Jim’s best friend, I wanted to like this. Unfortunately, I couldn’t get past the fact that everything in the pilot was ripped straight from a previous source or wholly banal.

The family elements are very “Incredibles,” and the parents’ careers outline predictable future plots. Jim is a police sketch artist who will undoubtedly take a more hands-on role in crime fighting and Stephanie is a scientist who’ll surely figure out the origin of the Powells’ abilities. Even the best moment of the pilot—an exciting climatic finish—felt like season one of “Heroes.”

If you’re an easygoing fan of the genre, “No Ordinary Family” will surely hit the right notes, but if you’re looking for some revolutionary superpowers/heroes/villains, this isn’t it.

“No Ordinary Family” 8 p.m. Tuesdays on ABC 2 ½ stars