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10 Cool Music Events This Fall

By CityBeat Staff · September 13th, 2006 · Cover Story
Rakim with Kid Capri and Brother Ali

Greatest MC ever? It's debatable, but Rakim is usually in at least the Top 5 when such lists are crafted. With soundman Eric B, he's responsible for one of the finest Hip Hop albums ever (1987's Paid in Full), but his solo career has been somewhat sidetracked due to bad label deals. Rumors suggest the master lyricist will return to record stores by year's end with the new The Seventh Seal, but in the meantime fans can catch him rock Annie's Sept. 20. (anniesentertainment.com)

MidPoint Music Festival

Find your new favorite band as MidPoint welcomes nearly 300 independent musical acts to the Main Street Entertainment District for its fifth annual gathering Sept. 20-23. (mpmf.com)

The Mosquitos with Oppenheimer

NYC's Mosquitos make enchanting, Latin-infused Indie Pop full of exotic wonderment and sensual melodies. The group returns to Greater Cincinnati (Newport's Southgate House, to be exact) with support from the exuberant Irish Electro Indie duo Oppenheimer Sept. 26. (magus.musictoday.com)

Melvins with Big Business and Ghostigital

Without the Melvins, there would likely have been no "Grunge" explosion. The Pacific Northwest icons bring the heavy like no other and have remained vital since their first record was released in '87.

The band's current tour -- supporting the forthcoming (A) Senile Album, due Oct. 10 -- swings through Top Cat's in Corryville Oct. 2. (topcats club.com)

Tall Stacks

Sure, there are steamboats and stuff, but the real draw for the Tall Stacks festival along the banks of the Ohio River is the eclectic, top-shelf music lineup Oct. 4-8. This year features Wilco, Al Green, Rosanne Cash, Dr. John, Buddy Guy, Medeski, Martin and Wood and oodles of other local and national performers. (tallstacks.com)

Lisa Germano

She fiddled with John Mellencamp at the start of her career, but singer/songwriter Lisa Germano is better known today as a gifted solo artist who makes shadowy, evocative Pop music like few others. She performs Oct. 4 at the Publico art gallery, which is quickly earning a rep for featuring some of the best cutting-edge, on-the-rise Indie acts going. (publicoart.com)

Shooter Jennings

If you love Country music but thinks it needs a kick in the ass like the one the Outlaw rabble-rousers gave it back in the '70s, look no further than Shooter Jennings as your guiding light. As the son of the legendary Waylon Jennings, Shooter -- who comes to the Madison Theater Oct. 6 -- is well equipped to kick some dust up and bring a Rock & Roll spirit back to C&W. (madisontheateronline.com)


The U.K.'s Futureheads, who pull into Oakley's 20th Century Theater Oct. 22, make excitable Post-Punk with agitated Pop melodies. The quartet (whose members were teens when they began) has grown up a lot on their new album, News and Tributes, a more thoughtful, bigger record that shows they've learned a lot from their time on the road with Oasis and Franz Ferdinand. (the20thcenturytheatre.com)

Rashied Ali Quintet

The ongoing Friday night "Jazz at the Hyatt" series at downtown's Hyatt Regency Hotel has been an oasis for thirsty Jazz fans in the area. Continuing its perfect mix of local and national luminaries, the series welcomes to town innovative drummer Rashied Ali, a key John Coltrane collaborator who's considered one of the godfathers of Free Jazz percussion, on Nov. 10. (jazzincincy.com)

Cincinnati Entertainment Awards

Join the party as Cincinnati honors its finest musicians at the 10th annual CEA ceremony, taking place at downtown's Taft Theater Nov. 19. Look for announcements of nominated artists, event performers and Hall of Fame inductees. (citybeat.com/cea)



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