• After a couple of years of little-to-no activity, excellent Cincinnati Punk band The Socials has returned to the local club circuit and (cool) record store bins. On Saturday, June 1, the trio performs at The Comet in Northside in honor of its new release, a 7-inch vinyl single/EP on longtime Cincy Punk/Experimental label Centsless Productions, which has previously released material by local faves like The Slobs, Archie and the Pukes and The Long Gones and recently issued the full-length CD, Proper Seasons, by Grow Horns (aka Miles Uroshevich).
The Socials’ new release is titled The Beast Bites and it features four mangy, lo-fi tracks of melodic, adrenalized Punk swagger, recalling the Punk of the late ’70s/early ’80s (particularly The Slits or X-Ray Spex, thanks in no small part to the burning vocals of singer/guitarist, Mrs. Communication). A downloadable version with bonus tracks is also available.
The Comet release show is free and kicks off around 10 p.m. with Louisville’s Madame Machine. (centslessprod.com)
• Friday, Cincinnati Reggae greats The Cliftones celebrate the release of their latest single, the third to be issued this year, with a show at Southgate House Revival in Newport. The 9 p.m. event also features performances by Magic Jackson and The Almighty Get Down.
In January, just before winning the 2013 Cincinnati Entertainment Award for “Reggae/World Music,” the group released “Hard Ground,” which was mixed by noted producer Jim Fox (who has worked with Black Uhuru, Barrington Levy, Culture and other Reggae superstars and legends).
The ’Tones latest, “Warn Mi,” is another Prophesy/Scientist collaboration. Be sure to show up early to Friday’s release show; free download cards for the single will be given to the first 100 people through the door. The group will unveil another single in late June and are planning on issuing a 12-inch vinyl EP in August. The Cliftones are gradually moving toward a full-length release; it’s tentatively scheduled to drop in October. (thecliftones.com)
Tasty Memorial Day Weekend Sounds
The music for this weekend’s Taste of Cincinnati event — running Saturday-Monday — is heavier on local cover bands than it’s been in a while, with only a small handful of acts that perform primarily original music. Still, there are some great local artists performing everything from R&B, Jazz, Bluegrass, Salsa and Blues to the predominant styles of Rock, Country and Pop throughout the event.
Here’s a handy schedule for this weekend’s tasty sounds. Taste of Cincinnati takes place noon-midnight on Saturday and Sunday and noon-9 p.m. on Monday. Find food, music and other fun stuff along the Taste path (six blocks of Fifth Street downtown, between Race and Broadway streets.)
Saturday: Rattlesnakin Daddies (noon, Kentucky Ale Beer Garden Stage); Naked Karate Girls (noon, Christian Moerlein Beer Garden Stage); Stonehouse Trail (3 p.m., Yuengling Beer Garden Stage); Final Order (4 p.m., Christian Moerlein Beer Garden Stage); Jamison Road (4 p.m., Kentucky Ale stage); Hott Stuff (6 p.m., Yuengling stage); 4th Day Echo (7 p.m., Christian Moerlein stage); Arlo McKinley and The Lonesome Sound (7 p.m., Food Truck Alley); Eugene Goss & Triage (7 p.m., Taste Experience); Pistol Holler (8 p.m., Kentucky Ale stage).
Sunday: Ricky Nye (noon, Yuengling stage); Kentucky Myle (noon, Kentucky Ale stage); Robin Lacy & DeZydeco (12:30 p.m., Christian Moerlein stage); Azucar Tumbao (3 p.m., Yuengling stage); 3 Day Rule (4 p.m., Christian Moerlein stage); The G. Burton Story (4 p.m., Food Truck Alley); Danny Frazier Band (4 p.m. Kentucky Ale stage); Perfect Sequel (6 p.m., Yuengling stage); Eugene Goss & Triage (7 p.m., Taste Experience); DV8 (8 p.m., Christian Moerlein stage); The Cincy Brass (8 p.m., Food Truck Alley); Dan Varner Band (8 p.m., Kentucky Ale stage).
Monday: The Turkeys (noon, Yuengling stage); The Sonny Moorman Band (12:30 p.m., Christian Moerlein stage); The Tracy Walker Band (1 p.m., Food Truck Alley); Kelly Thomas & the Fabulous Pickups (2 p.m., Kentucky Ale stage); Pete Dressman & S.U.N. with Kevin Finkelmeier (3 p.m., Yuengling stage); Leroy Ellington & the E-Funk Band (3:30 p.m., Christian Moerlein stage); Ralph & the Rhythm Hounds (5 p.m., Food Truck Alley); Kentucky Timbre with the Boone County Caterwaulers (6 p.m., Kentucky Ale stage); The DVB Trio (6 p.m., Yuengling stage); Stays In Vegas (6:30 p.m., Christian Moerlein stage).
More info: tasteofcincinnati.com.
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