Headlining at 9:30 p.m. is Chicago DJ duo The Hood Internet (pictured), a sort of a two-headed version of Girl Talk with more of an interest in Indie Rock. The twosome blends Rap and Hip Hop hits with songs from the Indie Rock realm, so, in Hood Internet world, Kanye West and Wilco do some jamming, Ludacris mingles with She & Him and Jay-Z and Xiu Xiu join forces.
Also on the bill is a local duo with dance-floor leanings — You, You’re Awesome, performing at 7:30 p.m. Winners of Best New Artist at the 2009 Cincinnati Entertainment Awards, the two-some has gone on to receive national accolades including being listed in Spin’s Top 25 Artists to Hear at the CMJ music festival in NYC. The duo’s mix of big beats, squiggly synths, vocoder singing, choreographed video accompaniment and clever samples has made them a band to watch in the Indie world.
Cincinnati party-starters Buckra (playing at 5:30 p.m.) have been an entertaining force on the local music scene for over a decade. The group blends its varied influences (from Bad Brains and Django Reinhardt to Sly Stone and Stray Cats) into a cohesive, magnetic, singular sound.
The band is probably the “most decorated” of all local bands, winning oodles of band contests/awards both local and national. And their live show can’t be touched.
Cincinnati’s Daughter and Sons will bring a different danceparty vibe to Taste (playing at 3:30 p.m.), one steeped in classic, authentic Soul/Funk. The horn- and groove-driven crew has made a name for itself with tight musicianship and an incredibly entertaining live show. The band has been nominated for several Cincinnati Entertainment Awards.
Kicking off CityBeat’s Taste entertainment at 1:30 p.m. is Seattle Garage Pop/Rock group Visqueen. The group has teamed up with some pretty impressive musicians over the past decade. The revolving bass-player role has been filled by Kim Warnick from The Fastbacks, Ronnie Barnett from The Muffs and super-producer Barrett Jones. Neko Case sings on the band’s most recent effort, Message to Garcia, returning the favor after Visqueen singer/songwriter Rachel Flotard sang harmonies on some of Case’s albums. And the band has indirect Queen City ties — another top-notch Seattle musician, former Cincinnatian Barb Hunter (Roundhead, Afghan Whigs, Twilight Singers, Pigface), is currently playing cello with the group.
Get the lowdown on Taste of Cincinnati here.
More Local Notes
• Progressive Metal quartet Tower of Silence hosts an album release party for its debut effort, Ghost, Friday at Downtown’s Mainstay. The group takes cues from more exploratory Hard Rock/Metal bands like Tool and System of a Down, with unexpected song structures, high-ceiling, drama-filled vocals and atmospheric-to-bone-crunching guitar work. Hydrashock joins them for the free 9 p.m. show. (www.myspace.com/towerofsilencemusic)
• Saturday sees the return of Earthquakes, the popular, free monthly Indie dance night at Northside’s Mayday that pairs DJed tunes (by DJs Kendall Bruns and John Hogan) with live music. This month’s installment features on-the-rise local Electro rockers No No Knots as well as Columbus’ impressive Indie/Shoegaze quintet Love Culture. (earthquakesmusic.wordpress.com)
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