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The Greats

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For a refresher on my feelings toward Lebron and Lebron haters, click here.

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Cincy Band Touring Nonstop While Finishing Sophomore Record

Cincinnati's Walk the Moon

Cincinnati’s Walk the Moon

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If you’re from Ohio and not a fan of Walk the Moon, go fuck yourself. Just kidding… all individual tastes and opinions are welcomed on The Troof, but please remember that our opinions are the right opinions.

Cincinnati natives, Walk the Moon, have garnered major success and acclaim from the blogosphere and Top 40 radio in the past two years. You’ve probably heard their smash, Anna Sun on alternative and pop radio all last year whereas my personal favorite Tightrope was featured in the recent HP Envy 4 Ultrabook commercial.

The band’s magnetic pop-tinged rock is oozing with personality. While they finish up recording for their sophomore effort on RCA Records, take a listen to their Tightrope EP or catch them on tour at one of the kazillion stops they’ll be making this year.

The foursome will bring their show to Cincinnati’s Bunbury Music Festival July 12 alongside Fun., Tegan and Sara and another favorite Ohio band doing major things, Red Wanting Blue. I’ve STILL not seen Red Wanting Blue in concert but their most recent album is golden. Check it out here .

Walk the Moon will play The LC (Columbus) August 30 and House of Blues (Cleveland) September 9.

The Good and Bad of Cleveland Cavalier’s Draft Picks

NBA 2013 Draft

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Ranking the Cavalier’s 2013 draft class was not an easy task. I was shocked to hear Anthony Bennett’s name called first; thinking the Cavs would take the best available player as barter for other teams to offer big time trades.

Bennett was an All-American at UNLV (University of Nevada, Las Vegas) this past season leading them to a few big wins. The Cavs get a piece of the puzzle with Bennett but they’re in desperate need of a big man. With guys out there like Cody Zeller Alex Len and Nerlens Noel I think that the Cavs reached a little on Bennett.

It’s even possible that Bennett could have been around for the Cav’s 19th pick with the way this years draft went. Shooting was the next necessity and they didn’t fuck up here. They picked up Russian shooter, Sergey Karasev, former Cal Bear’s star forward Allen Crabbe and Arizonan State’s Carrick Felix; all shooting guards.

Some think that Karasev will play some 3, but can he really hold up in the league at 165 lbs? Doubt it. A wondrous miracle would have to take place. Not to mention how many overseaers (I invented that word) have crossed the pond just to fall flat on their faces. With the remainder of the off-season, look for the Cavs to try to acquire a low-key presence and add some veterans to this very young roster.

Tim’s Overall Draft Grade: B

Columbus’ Coolest Country/Rock Artist

Lydia Loveless in the back of a moonshine maker's truck.

Lydia Loveless in the back of a moonshine maker’s truck.

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My recent love for Columbus country rocker, Lydia Loveless, is uncharacteristic of my typical music obsessions. There’s a select few country artists who have enough wit, soul and whiskey fueled songs to keep my attention. Loveless is equal parts country and punk with a commanding vocal presence.

Her 2010 debut, “The Only Man” was great, but it was 2011’s “Indestructible Machine” released through Bloodshot Records that cemented her name in my head and always remains in my Top 25 Most Played iTunes playlist. The comical and smart lyrics on “Steve Earle” make it a standout track for me. The bourbon-drenched “Bad Way to Go” and “Can’t Change Me” are other gems not to overlook.

I had a major first-world-problem Thursday night when I learned I couldn’t make her show at Ace of Cups; completely devastated! Having toured the world this year, who knows if I’ll get to see another $5 Lydia Loveless show in Columbus again.

Briana Henry from Columbus Underground got the chance to speak with Lydia before her show at Ace of Cups. She got the scoop on the next Loveless album, which is not going to be ready until next year. A new EP will be released later this year. I suppose that can hold me over until the third record is released.

Drink more. Love less. Yes, I stole that from her beer cozies in her online store.

Lydia Loveless “Steve Earle”

Bengals to Show Their Stripes on HBO

Season Premier Aug. 6

Season Premier Aug. 6

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If there was a Hard Knocks curse, I don’t believe in it. Teams appearing on the hit HBO show have a combined record of 57-55 in the season they appeared in the show. The Cincinnati Bengals have signed on for their second season of the show.

The show, now in its eighth season, follows draft picks and journeymen (a player who moves from one team to another in the offseason) as well as big-time position battles. After the Bengal’s first season on the show, they finished 10-6 losing in the wild card round of the playoffs.

The Kansas City Chiefs (2007) is a prime example of this so-called curse, but so many have overcame it. With players like Adam “Pacman” Jones (unless he pulls another Chris Brown), 3rd year starter Andy Dalton and journeyman James Harrison in the Bengals locker room, we are in for a good show. I’m predicting the Bengals will makes the playoffs and advance. A Super Bowl appearance may be overreaching here but another step closer with or without a supposed curse.

This 5-episode season is set to start on August 6.

The Greatest Ever? Don’t Hate.

King James in celebration mode via Yahoo! News

King James in celebration mode via Yahoo! News

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Lebron James won his second title at the NBA Finals last week (check out his MVP performance in this GIF). I’ve never been a fan of a team, just a fan of the league and couldn’t be happier for a guy from Ohio. I’m sure much of the state feels differently after Lebron left Cleveland for South Beach a long 3 years ago. I believe that Lebron earning his second ring is good for the NBA.

With comparisons to Michael Jordan for nearly all of his career, he has now passed or tied MJ in most major statistical aspects of the game at the same point in each others’ careers. It would be nonsense to think that this won’t continue as long as Lebron is still playing.

When everything is said and done, Lebron will leave the court surpassing most anyone on any statistical category in basketball. This excludes Most Points in a Single Game and quite possibly excludes the Assists category either. I’m proud to call Lebron an Ohioan, just like me.

Hater's gon' hate.

Hater’s gon’ hate.

Reggae Takes Over Downtown Gahanna

CreeksideLive

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Seems I am one of very few who hasn’t heard of The Ark Band. The reggae group, based out of Columbus, performed last night as part of the City of Gahanna’s new summer concert series Creekside Live @ 5.

Concertgoers old and young danced and sang to classics like “Three Little Birds” and “No Woman, No Cry.” I enjoyed the provided Yuengling as I pretended to know every word I was lip-synching. Creekside and really all of downtown Gahanna is beautiful. I had never been to Creekside but will surely return for 80’s rock music when the Reaganomics perform July 19.

Creekside Live @ 5 kicked off earlier this month and will continue until the end of September. Check out the remaining scheduled concerts below and visit Creekside Live @ 5 for full details.

July 5 – JERSEY (Springsteen Tribute)

July 19 – Reganomics (80’s Rock)

August 2 – The Prodigals (Irish Rock)

August 16 – John Schwab Party Band (Party Variety)

September 6 – Grassinine (Mountain Rock)

September 20 – Capital Sound (Soul/Funk)