• Local Indie band Fists of Love celebrates the release of its debut, a self-titled seven-song EP, Saturday at the Northside Tavern. The free show will also feature a performance by Wussy and some DJing from Brian Olive, who recorded and mixed most of the FoL debut. The band began a couple of years ago when singer/guitarist Donna Jay Rubin (formerly of Snake Punching Contest) returned to the area from the West Coast. She teamed with singer/guitarist Chris Schadler (Fairmount Girls, Spiderfoot) to form Fists of Love, which, after a couple of lineup changes, now includes drummer Cedric Rose and bassist John Curley (the former Afghan Whigs/Staggering Statistics member also recorded and mixed two tracks on the EP at his Ultrasuede studio). The disc is the latest CD project from The All Night Party, a local music services collective that provides everything from unique promotions to top-notch recording and mastering (the group also worked on album releases by mallory and The Sundresses). (www.myspace.com/fistsoflove08; theallnightparty.com)
• “Classical Revolution,” the monthly loose and eclectic Chamber/Classical night at the Northside Tavern, returns Sunday. The latest CR show features performances by Trillium Quartet, Harvey Thurmer & Michelle Gingras and Yuliyan Stoyanov, plus a special set by local Pop/Rock band The Newbees with a string section.
(The Newbees are releasing a new live CD/DVD project next week.) The featured performer of the night is New Tricks, a New York-based quartet that has been compared to Ornette Coleman’s ensemble from the ’60s. The event is free and starts at 8 p.m. The next CR event at the Tavern is April 11.
• After a successful debut concert late last year, the Cincy Unity Jam returns to the Blue Wisp Jazz Club Saturday at 5 p.m. Presented by local African musician Baoku Moses and his Positive Image Productions, the goal of the Unity Jam is to bring “people together in unity to seek and celebrate peace” by organizing shows with very diverse lineups. Saturday’s event features Mayan Ruins, Alchemy, Matthew Shelton, Latin Block, the Sandy Suskind Jazz Trio, Shiny Old Soul, Uptown R&B and Moses’ Image Afro-beat Band, as well as dancers Becky Umeh and Vincent Etagweyo.
• Local Punk band The Dopamines is headed out on another tour and Friday the group hosts a “tour kick-off” party at the Southgate House (in the Parlour). The band will be playing throughout the Midwest as well as several dates on the East Coast. Friday’s kick-off gig will also feature performances by Be My Doppelganger and The Frankl Project. Music starts at 9:30 p.m. (www.myspace.com/thedopaminesohio)
• The Cut in the Hill Gang — fronted by ex-Soledad Brother (and current Covington resident) Johnny Walker — is currently in Europe, performing several shows in Germany and The Netherlands. But it’s not the normal Hill Gang lineup — Reuben Glaser of Pearlene and Brad Schnittger of The Sundresses are filling in and joining Walker for the tour, which wraps up in Berlin on March 27.
• Mark your calendars! The MidPoint Music Festival “Reveal Showcase,” where details about the big September music fest will be announced, is scheduled for April 23 at the Contemporary Arts Center. Along with the latest MPMF news, attendees can check out local faves Pomegranates, as well as Cleveland’s The Buried Wires and successful Indie crew/ Polyvinyl recording artists Aloha, which features former Cincinnatian Cale Parks. As always, check mpmf.com for the latest MidPoint announcements.
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