• Friday at The Drinkery (1150 Main St., Over-the-Rhine, facebook.com/drinkery.otr), local Indie rockers Saturn Batteries release their sophomore EP, Real Far East. The band is joined by Founding Fathers for the 11 p.m. show.
There’s a compellingly silky vibe to Saturn Batteries’ brand of fluttering Indie Pop on Real Far East, the follow-up to the band’s debut (the Ever Been in Love? EP), which came out just more than a year ago. In five songs, the group shows how far it has come, developing an ear-grabbing sound loaded with magnetic, passionate melodies, air-tight harmonies, wonderfully textural guitar work and spacious arrangements that often take unexpected (but never jarring) turns.
The smooth melodic flow evident on much of the EP is reminiscent of French Indie Rock superstars Phoenix, while the winding structures will appeal to fans of The Walkmen and of Montreal. But the band has built a very distinctive sound that transcends easy comparisons. The EP features shining tracks like the mesmerizing “Every Last Time” and the delicately strutting “It’s Not About the Money,” but all five cuts on Real Far East are excellent. With material this strong, Saturn Batteries could easily be the next Cincinnati band to earn some well-deserved national attention. (saturnbatteries.bandcamp.com)
• New Cincinnati Indie Rock crew Day Camp celebrates the release of its debut, a self-titled, eight-track EP, this Friday at the Southgate House Revival (111 E. Sixth St., Newport, Ky., southgatehouse.com). Joining the group for the 9 p.m. show are The Sweep, Old City, A City On Fire and Adam Nice.
Inspired by ’90s Pop Punk and Indie Rock (the good stuff, like Pixies, The Breeders and the melodic Punk of Lookout Records), Day Camp features former members of local groups Slack Panther and Oso Bear. The foursome’s debut showcases an energetic and melodic sound driven by co-guitarists/co-vocalists Patricia Feghali and Josh Biehler. The band makes great use of the two singers’ unique, hazy vocal styles, which mesh together and play off of each other exceptionally well, while the wiry guitar interplay evokes the Pixies’ Frank Black/Joey Santiago six-string tandem.
Highlights on the EP include the spiky shimmy of “There’s Only Room For One of Us,” “Five Year Plan,” which is a little more atmospheric and best showcases the band’s cool dynamics, and “Threw a Party,” which has the classic yet slanted melodic charm of an old K Records single.
• In a relatively short amount of time, local Folk/Americana ensemble Buffalo Wabs & The Price Hill Hustle has emerged as one of the best acts of its kind in the area (which is saying a lot considering the region’s incredibly solid Roots music scene). The experienced musicians met through open mics and frequented each other’s shows with other projects before coming together to play and forging an instant chemistry that has helped them build an ever-growing following in Greater Cincinnati and beyond. The Hustle is already earning invitations to music festivals, and their touring radius continues to expand.
The band is fronted by Matt Wabnitz (aka Buffalo Wabs) and also features percussionist Casey Campbell, superb singer/songwriter Ian Mathieu on stand-up bass and newest addition, multi-instrumentalist Scott Risner (on banjo, mandolin, guitar and more), a veteran who has performed with national greats like J.D. Crowe and Alison Krauss, as well as a laundry list of top-shelf local acts.
Friday night at the Crow’s Nest (4544 W. Eight St., Price Hill, cincycrowsnest.com), the Hustle will host a release party for Nothin’ Like a Lincoln. The six-song EP — the group’s recorded debut — has been available digitally for a while now, but Friday’s show is in honor of the record’s physical release on CD. The band is joined by Nashville’s Charlie & The Foxtrots and Northern Kentucky’s Red Cedars for the 9 p.m. event. There is no cover charge. (pricehillhustle.com)
• On Feb. 25, Falling Like the Sun, the nine-track debut from young Rock power trio The String Theory was released, popping up on pretty much every digital outlet you can think of (iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, Rhapsody, etc.). This Saturday, the band will host a release party for its debut at Tickets Sports Café (100 W. Sixth St., Covington, Ky., 859-431-1839), joined by special guests Static Wonder, Season Ten, Friday Giants, Voted Down and Preston Tucker. The show is open to fans of all ages and kicks off at 7 p.m.
Falling Like the Sun shows The String Theory to be a gifted trio of musicians who wear their influences on their sleeves. But unlike many younger acts, the group manages to combine those sometimes-disparate influences into a seamless, personalized mix. Throughout the album, you’ll recognize elements of vintage Hard Rock, Grunge, Post Grunge, heavier Indie Rock, Post Punk, Metal and Classic Rock. The group’s rhythm creates a powerful groove over which singer/guitarist David Cahill delivers his passionate vocals (which oscillate between soulful near-whispers and full-throttle roars, with stops at all points in between) and multidimensional riffing. (thestringtheoryband.com)