• A long-distance-relationship band with local ties will become not-so-long-distance this weekend as they team up for a few CD release events in the area. The trio is called Honneycombs and features local singer/songwriter April Combs, her L.A.-based brother, guitarist/singer/songwriter James Combs (the Combs siblings were members of the popular AltRock band Arson Garden in the ’90s) and locally based harmony singer Laurie Burnham (formerly of Second Sister).
The group did a few tours in the Midwest and on the West Coast before signing with the indie label Elgin Park Recordings, which released the band’s self-titled album. The band’s music — airy, quirky Pop with an acoustic base and a Beatles-psychedelia quality, thanks to the engrossing harmonies — has already been played on influential radio stations like WNKU and KCRW.
Following a release show in Los Angeles last month, Honneycombs is promoting the new release locally with a show Friday at the Clifton Performance Theater (404 Ludlow Ave., Clifton) at 8 p.m. and as a part of the weekly Leo Coffeehouse event (at the Zion United Church of Christ’s Founder’s Hall in Norwood) at 7 p.m. Sunday. The band also performs on the Front Porch radio program on WNKU (89.7 FM; wnku.org) Sunday around noonhere.)
• Singer/songwriter Eric Matthew Tepe and his band, The Reeds, perform a release show for their new EP, Singapore, Friday at The Redmoor in Mount Lookout. Super-Massive opens the 8 p.m. show.
Singapore is a revelation, showing Tepe to be one of the more promising singer/songwriters in the region. Tepe’s soaring songs are full of majestic Pop grandeur, recalling everyone from U2 and Coldplay to David Gray and Peter Gabriel, while the all-star Reeds (drummer Brian Kelley, bassist Mike Georgin and guitarist Aaron Brown) provide a spacious, suitably stately backdrop.
Tepe should receive some well-deserved widespread exposure thanks to this impressive and accessible (in a non-pandering way) release. (Get show details here.)
• Local artists like The Seedy Seeds, Pomegranates, Foxy Shazam, Lost in Holland, Pase Rock, Julie Neumark, Hi-Tek (with Talib Kweli as Reflection Eternal), D Maub, K Drama and Tanya Morgan are all heading to Austin, Tex., in a few weeks to perform official showcases at the massive South By Southwest festival. Local Indie Rock band The Harlequins aren’t officially “SXSW-sanctioned,” but they too will be journeying to Austin to take advantage of the music-mania and play a few shows/parties along the way.
This Sunday at Northside’s Mayday, The Harlequins will be hosting a show to raise funds for the trip (it’s free to get in, but donations and merch sales are hoped for). Also on the bill: Weakness, Shy Spots and 20th Century Tokyo Princess. (Get show details here.)
• Bands and solo performers wishing to be considered for this year’s MidPoint Music Festival can register now at mpmf.com. The early submission deadline is April 1 (final deadline is May 15). MidPoint returns to downtown Cincinnati Sept. 23-25, and organizers say there are already more venues on board, promising an even bigger fest than last year.
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