• Community media center Media Bridges is turning 20 years old and this Saturday it’s time to celebrate in honor of its past and in support of its future. “Free Wave Riot: Celebrating 20 Years of Local Music, Local Voices, Local Media” is a benefit concert at the Know Theater in Over-the-Rhine which will raise money for the launch of the diverse, independent FM radio station WVQC: Radio Free Queen City, which is scheduled to hit the airwaves this fall. The station will feature a mix of news, talk and local music (mmm, our favorite!). Saturday’s concert kicks off at 8 p.m. and stars IsWhat?! (pictured), Culture Queer, The Tigerlilies, J. Dorsey Blues Revival, Fourth Letter Gang, Losanti and others. Requested donation is $9.57 (though there is a sliding scale) and, coincidentally, the station will air on 95.7 FM. Oh wait, that probably isn’t a coincidence, huh? Along with the music will be spoken word performances, video installations and a raffle of some local-arts-related items. (Event details here.)
• The final installment of the successful MidPoint Indie Summer Series is this Friday at Fountain Square. The free, every-Friday series wraps up with Matthew Shelton’s Me or the Moon, the new Kiss Me Everlasting (featuring former/current members of Ruby Vileos, Roundhead and Thee Shams) and Kim Taylor, the mesmerizing local singer/songwriter who was named one of Paste Magazine’s Best Of What’s Next artists for 2009.
• Eclectic Pop machine The Newbees are September’s “Artist in Residency” at the Southgate House, meaning the group will be playing every Wednesday in September in the venue’s main-floor lounge area. It’s a good thing for Newbees fans, as September gives us an extra Wednesday (five instead of the usual four). The group has a lot of special guests and features lined up. The Turkeys play with the band this Wednesday (Sept. 2), and future guests are The Rubber Knife Gang (Sept. 9) and Mike Fair and the Adventure Seekers (Sept. 23). For the Sept. 16 show, the band will be joined by The Bee Strings, The Newbees’ string section, for a special set, while the final night of the band’s run (Sept. 30) promises a big jam session. (www.thenewbees.com)
• One of the better Indie Pop/Rock bands in Cincinnati in the ’90s was Clifford Nevernew. Since the band stopped performing, bassist Eric Appleby has played with local bands like 7 Speed Vortex, while singer/guitarist Matt Hart continues to play with Squirtgun, a Pop/Punk band that has released albums through Lookout! and Honest Don’s (the two have continued to collaborate on other projects, like the Forklift, Ohio lit ’zine). The band is doing a reunion show this Saturday at the Southgate House (in the Parlour), joined by guests Eagle to Squirrel and 7 Speed Vortex. To check out Clifford’s recordings, go to cliffordnevernew.com. (Event details here.)
• Singer/songwriter Dusty Bryant is hosting a free party/ show at Northside’s Boswell Alley this Saturday, where he’ll perform tunes from his forthcoming solo disc, Wasted Midwestern Town Blues. Bryant will be joined by new “Space Funk” band Pharaoh Lucy, Jamie Combs and Shawn Abnoxious, who will do some spoken-word. (myspace.com/dustinbryant)
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