• BRINK is back! Perhaps the only show you can attend Saturday and not be encouraged to wear a costume, the annual BRINK New Music Showcase returns to the Southgate House Halloween night with three floors’ worth of local band freshness. An attempt to spotlight the next crop of local music wavemakers, the Cincinnati Entertainment Awards-sponsored event has hosted scores of eventual big-shots in past years, including The Sundresses, The Seedy Seeds, The Tillers, Pomegranates, Kim Taylor, Buffalo Killers, The Lions Rampant and Eat Sugar.
This year’s “rookie class” features The Damn Things, Kry Kids, Darlene, Charlie Hustle, baby alpaca and Come On Caboose, plus 2009 CEA “New Artist of the Year” nominees Shiny and The Spoon, Enlou and State Song (more artists are still being added). The ninth annual BRINK show is also a benefit for the Cincinnati Music Heritage Foundation, which strives to spread the word about Cincinnati’s undernoticed but incredibly rich musical history. Music starts at 8 p.m. Get details here.
• Speaking of the Cincinnati Entertainment Awards, if you want to vote for this year’s nominees, time is running out. The deadline for votes is Nov. 9 — go here to see the nominees and make your selections.
• Superb singer/songwriter Maurice Mattei and his excellent band The Tempers celebrate their latest release, Straggler, Friday at Mount Lookout club The Redmoor. The album — the second for The Tempers and about the 150th for the prolific Mattei — features a track called “The Ballad of the Heartless Bastards,” a somewhat-epic, well-written story-song about the internal problems of one of Cincinnati’s most successful bands. The tune epitomizes Mattei’s ability to poetically and effectively craft insightful songs around the characters he chooses to inhibit. A video for that song (and lots of other goodies from Mattei) can be found at www.mmattei.com.
• A benefit with a fun Classic Rock/Halloween theme takes place Saturday at Northside Tavern. Donations will be collected to help launch the new local-focused radio station, WVQC: Radio Free Queen City, at “Whomageddon,” a tribute show featuring a band of top-shelf local rockers. The group — consisting of John Curley (Afghan Whigs, Staggering Statistics), Andrew Higley (Pearlene, The Chocolate Horse, Ben Folds), Scotty Wood (Jackass), Jason Knarr (Spodie, Amoeba Men), Dave Cupp (Caterpillar Tracks) and others — will perform, in costume, the music of three legendary bands. As the name of the event suggests, the group will do a set of songs by The Who and will also perform as The Ramones and Devo. Music starts at 9 p.m. (www.wvqc.org)
• The club Play By Play in Silverton is gearing up for a big Halloween blowout this week, with three shows featuring some impressive lineups. On Thursday, the venue presents Dave Matthews collaborator Tim Reynolds (with openers Truth & Salvage Co. and locals Shyte McFlyte), while Friday night has expressive, Jazz-influenced turntablist DJ Logic. On Halloween proper, the club goes local with a show featuring Noctaluca, Livid and The Host.
Fans of The Host will definitely want to have that gig on their day-planner: Singer Chris Charlton says the performance Saturday will be the band’s last with guitarist Tim Kindberg and likely the last for the band for a while as the group searches for a replacement. The move will likely delay the band’s forthcoming CD/DVD. (playbyplaycafe.com)
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