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Sweet Sounds of Cincinnati

By Mike Breen · August 10th, 2011 · Spill It
• Local Indie Rock band Sweet Ray Laurel has organized what members hope will become an annual event, the multi-band showcase Sweet Sounds of Cincinnati. The inaugural Sweet Sounds concert this Saturday will present an array of mostly newer area groups (16, to be exact) on two stages in Covington — at The Mad Hatter and also Radiodown, which is in the same complex. Besides Sweet Ray, artists featured Saturday include A Continuous Now, Come Here Watson, Founding Fathers, Vaudeville Freud, Jamwave, Endless Chaos, Theme Park Mistress, Smoke Signals and Switchblade Syndicate. The 7 p.m. show is open to all ages. Visit www.madhatterclub.com for the full lineup and other details.

• Though local fans had first crack at it in July, Cincy-spawned Psych Pop masters Buffalo Killers’ latest album, 3, was released nationally on Aug. 2 through the Alive Naturalsound label. So far the album is receiving some of the best reviews in the trio’s career (which is saying a lot considering each album has been almost universally lauded). Buffalo Killers just returned from the first West Coast tour dates for 3, but they’ll be right back on stage Saturday to perform at the sixth annual Mt.

Adams Music Festival. The outdoor festival takes place on Pavilion St. and also features U.K.-born, Brooklyn-based Blues/Rock band Alberta Cross and rootsy Cincy act One Horse. Gates open at 5 p.m. and tickets are $10 (buy them in advance at cincyticket.com). For more on the fest, visit www.mtadamsmusic.com.

• Sunday at the Northside Tavern, local musicians and dancers perform at a benefit to support a participant in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day, a nationwide fundraiser for the breast cancer awareness and assistance organization where supporters walk 60 miles in three days. It’s understandable why benefit organizer Michella Karapondo would be eager to help the Komen org — she’s a breast cancer survivor who received important assistance from the charitable outfit. The show, dubbed 3D60, will also serve as a celebration for her. In an email, Karapondo writes, “I am celebrating two years of being cancer-free by having bands, dancing, fun!” The event runs 3-9 p.m. and includes performances by Baoku and the Image Afrobeat Band, Sea of Storms, Taste of Cyndi and White is Gray, plus the World Peace Tribal Belly Dance Troupe (with music by the Noyse Merchants) and “gothic” belly dance from Zahara’s Tangled Web. A $10 donation is suggested, but if that’s too much, Karapondo says attendees can donate whatever they’re comfortable with.

• Last weekend, Cincy Indie/Dance/Pop foursome Walk the Moon’s whirlwind adventure as one of the most buzzed about young bands in the music industry took them to Lollapalooza in Chicago where they played an enthusiastically received early afternoon set. Walk the Moon’s time as the hottest unsigned band in the country ended recently when it was announced that the group has signed a contract with RCA Records. Walk the Moon’s busy schedule continues into the fall, as the quartet joins Kaiser Chiefs on the British rockers’ extensive North American tour starting in September. Visit the music blog at citybeat.com for video of Walk the Moon at the big fest, further Lollapalooza coverage, the latest from the local music scene and much more.

CONTACT MIKE BREEN: mbreen@citybeat.com



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