Cincy rockers still rockin'

When Mike Montgomery isn't behind the recording console at his northern Kentucky studio, Candyland, or co-fronting R. Ring with Kelley Deal, he sings (sometimes) and plays guitar in long-running Cincinnati rock trio Ampline alongside drummer Rick McCarty and bassist Kevin Schmidt. The group's fifth full-length, 2018's Passion Relapse, is full of chunky, palm-muted power chords, driving beats, experimental song structures and melodies that play with dissonance just enough to keep you guessing. (Safe bet)