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Home for the Holidays

By Mike Breen · December 23rd, 2009 · Spill It
The holidays are a good time to be a music fan who lives in a town that has harvested a lot of talented musicians. Many of the ones who have moved away come back home for a visit and want to play a show. Bands that live around here and tour a lot might offer local fans a special performance, something often more casual and fun than usual. And the rest of them are working to buy holiday gifts and/or impress their own out-of-town friends by playing a big-time show. Here’s a look at some of the hometown faves performing locally during the holiday season.

• Two of Cincinnati’s most likely next-big-thing contenders (not that they aren’t doing really well as it is), All the Day Holiday and Pomegranates spent 2009 working superb new records. ATDH’s lush Dream Pop was introduced to the world via All The Things We’ve Grown To Love, the band’s stunning debut for Linc Star/Warner Brothers, while the Poms continued their underground surge with the magical Everybody, Come Outside! (which also saw release in the U.K.) on Lujo Records. Saturday, both bands team up with The Lee Roessler Band and The Never Setting Suns for a post-Christmas shindig at the 20th Century Theater in Oakley.

The Heartless Bastards had fans stacked on top of each other last Christmastime at the Northside Tavern (or so legend has it) when they played a free, two-night stand.

You’ll have to pony up some dough this year, but the Bastards will again be home for the holidays (from their current headquarters in Austin), playing a show Saturday at the Southgate House in Newport. The J. Dorsey Blues Revival opens the all-ages, 9:30 p.m. show. The Bastards’ appearance on PBS’s Austin City Limits will reportedly air Jan. 23 (check austincitylimits.org to see a clip of the band performing the self-titled song from The Mountain at the taping).

• The Dan Karlsberg Group’s show Sunday at the Blue Wisp Jazz Club will have a reunited-and-it-feels-so-good feel as bassist Steve Whipple and drummer Anthony “T” Lee return from New York City, where they both now live and work, to join Karlsberg for an 8:30 p.m. performance. The trio — which played together for six years before Lee and Whipple left town — will be heard together again later in 2010, on new releases by the Dan Karlsberg Group and saxophonist Brent Gallaher. Gallaher and trombonist Marc Fields will be sitting in with the Group Sunday.

• Singer Noah Hunt and guitarist Jason Dennie will perform together on New Year’s Eve with the 420 All-Stars at Stanley’s Pub, the place the duo initially cut its teeth back in the mid ’90s. The fingerstyle guitar master Dennie (based in Michigan since 1999) and Hunt (singer for the Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band since 1997) released their latest acoustic disc, All The Dark Things, earlier this year (NYE will be the first time the two have performed together since its release). Showtime is 9 p.m. Cool barter system alert! Two or more canned goods will get you a free drink. Advance tickets are available at www.noahhunt.com or stanleys.frontgatetickets. com.

Boom Bip’s career has skyrocketed since he left Cincy for the West Coast earlier this decade. Now based in L.A., Bip (Bryan Hollon) has done Peel Sessions, toured the globe, remixed tracks for Mogwai, Four Tet, M83 and Danny Elfman, remained the dominant force on Lex Records (also home to Danger Mouse) and formed an Electro duo with Gruff Rhys from Super Furry Animals called Neon Neon (and that’s just hitting some of the résumé highlights). On New Year’s Eve, Bip will be performing a DJ set at Tonic on 4th with DJ Mowgli. Call 513-721-1345 for reservations.

CONTACT MIKE BREEN: mbreen@citybeat.com



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