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WNKU Celebrates the Big 25, a Phil Blank Doc and More New Albums

By Mike Breen · April 28th, 2010 · Spill It

• Local singer/songwriter Josh Eagle is preparing to release his latest album (and first with his excellent band The Harvest City, which features Tommy Cappel, Jeremy Smart and Mark Becknell) Sunday with an unique, early-start CD release party at the 20th Century Theater in Oakley. The band’s rootsy, rockin’ Show Your Teeth — which showcases Eagle’s expressive, melodic songwriting, some crafty arrangements and an overall bigger sound — will be feted with a 4 p.m. show where attendees are encouraged to bring a “potluck” dish to share (cover charge is $7 with a dish and $10 for the freeloaders).

As if the promise of a great new local CD and a chance to fill your belly wasn’t enough, the party also features live music from Eagle and Co., The Hiders, Frontier Folk Nebraska and djdq. (Get show details here.)

Jason Wells of For Algernon is one of the finest young, subtle songwriters in our area thanks to his emotive, honest approach, which always reveals the edges of the human condition in a way that leaves you wondering if Wells has been reading your diary. Inspired by collaborations with one of Dayton’s finest bands, Sleepybird, he concocted the album Oh My Starling (a more fleshed-out, visceral version of Wells’ Indie stylings) which he released digitally earlier this year.

This Friday at Mayday, Wells and Sleepybird perform in support of Starling’s physical release, which features handmade, limitededition packaging.

The free show will also include a separate performance from Sleepybird as well as a set by Indie Pop masters The Minor Leagues.

Wells also recently announced that For Algernon and The Minor Leagues have been asked to perform at the second MidPoint Indie Summer Series event on Fountain Square June 11, opening for buzz band Neon Indian. (Friday show details here.)

• Northern Kentucky’s all-music public radio station WNKU (89.7 FM) is celebrating its 25th anniversary in style with a series of concerts throughout the spring and summer. The station’s official birthday is Thursday, and the crew will all be on hand at the Cincinnati Zoo’s “Tunes & Blooms” show featuring Jake Speed & The Freddies and The Turkeys to get their party on.

The next night, WNKU presents a concert featuring their neighbor Daniel Martin Moore and his recording/ touring partner Ben Sollee at Highlands High School’s new Performing Arts Center. Tickets and more info on Friday’s 8 p.m. show can be found at wnku.org. The site also has the latest additions to the station’s 25th Anniversary Concert Series, which includes Lucy Kaplansky at The Redmoor May 21, Blitzen Trapper at the Southgate House June 20 and many others. (Read Rick Bird's feature story on the station and its anniversary here.)

• Local filmmaker and musician Chuck Land has put together a short documentary about the late, local Blues fave Phil Blank. Land — whose Chuck Land Show has featured a wide array of local musicians (watch episodes at www.chucklandshow.com) — will host the premiere showing of the Blank doc this Friday at Play By Play in Silverton, starting at 8 p.m. Admission is free. Search “Phil Blank” on YouTube for a sneak peak of Land’s film.

• The third annual “Hands Across Basements fest — which features numerous local and national bands, mostly of the Punk/Hardcore/Post Punk variety, performing “basement shows” at various “unofficial” venues — returns this week. Locals performing at the Thursday-Saturday fest include The Dopamines, Paralyzer, Knife the Symphony, Realicide, Defective Males, Loudmouth, Fucked for Life and The Buster League. For the locations, lineups and more information, dial up www.myspace.com/handsacrossbasements.

CONTACT MIKE BREEN: mbreen@citybeat.com



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