The Cincinnati Entertainment Awards ceremony is just a couple weeks away (deadline to vote for your favorite nominees is Friday at noon), but its sister event, BRINK: A New Music Showcase, returns for its 11th year this Saturday. Showcases for BRINK — created to give Greater Cincinnati’s new original bands some love and local music fans a leg up on potential next big local things — will take place in Northside clubs The Comet and Northside Tavern beginning at 9 p.m. Admission to both venues is free.
The showcases includes some of this year’s CEA nominees for New Artist of the Year, including The Tammy WhyNots (playing 12:15 a.m. at The Comet), The Ready Stance (9:15 p.m. at The Comet), SHADOWRAPTR (11:30 p.m. in the Northside Tavern’s back room) and Young Heirlooms (11 p.m. in the Tavern’s front room).
Rounding out the bill at The Comet are Oui Si Yes (11:15 p.m.) and The Stealth Pastille (featuring former members of Pernicious Knifs; 9:15 p.m.). The Northside Tavern will also feature Vito Emmanuel (12:30 a.m.), Victoria Electric (10:30 p.m.) and Automagik (9:30 p.m.) in the back room; in the front room, Sea of Storms (10 p.m.) and The Apricots (9 p.m.) perform.
Around the (Musical) World with Eclipse
Gifted Hip Hop/Funk/Rock/Jazz ensemble Eclipse is set to release its second studio effort, Around the World, this Sunday at Newport’s Southgate House.
Opening the 8 p.m. release party are Animal Crackers and The Cincy Brass.
Around the World is a fantastic representation of Eclipse’s wonderfully eclectic sound. A live Hip Hop band needs to be ultra-tight, and Eclipse certainly lives up to that requirement. The skilled musicians in the eight-member unit are more than just fantastic players — the members’ composition and arrangement skills are also wildly impressive and imaginative. Meanwhile, vocalists/MCs Jibri and Daddie Rich prove to be just as masterful on their instruments, providing rich hooks and a precise flow that gives the album its cohesion.
Around the World is far from being just a Hip Hop album. It’s the type of all-over-the-place record you could get lost in for days. The album is like a sonic Transformer, shapeshifting between old- and new-school Hip Hop, classic and modern Jazz, Zappa-eque Progressive Rock and contemporary AltRock and vintage Funk that connects the dots between James Brown, P-Funk and Earth Wind and Fire.
With a sophomore album this strong, Eclipse’s future is brighter than a million suns. (For more on the album, visit the music blogs at citybeat.com.) (www.eclipsemovement.com)
The annual “Shorty’s Revenge” concert returns Saturday to the Southgate House for another trip down local-music memory lane. Presented by Aurore Press, the show has become an annual celebration of the era in the ’80s when Newport dive The Jockey Club was ground zero for Punk Rock in Greater Cincinnati. Besides providing a venue for the big touring bands of the time (The Ramones, The Cramps, etc.), it was also a clubhouse for local Punk groups and their fans.
For the fourth annual Jockey celebration, organizers have scored two more unlikely reunions of bands from that time period, The Edge and Snare & The Idiots. Rounding out the lineup are still-active Jockey-affiliated groups The Wolverton Brothers, Hobilly and SS-20 (who release a new album at the show, Metaphoramerica). Showtime is 9 p.m. For more, visit www.aurorepress.com.
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