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The Pinstripes Celebrate Decade of Music-Making

Plus, 'Mistaken for Strangers' opens, Automagik returns and more local music news

By Mike Breen · March 26th, 2014 · Spill It
spill_it_the_pinstripes_photo_ thepinstripes.netThe Pinstripes

Hard-touring Ska/Reggae sextet The Pinstripes have played more than 500 shows over the past 10 years. This Friday, to celebrate that impressive milestone, the Cincinnati band is hosting a 10th anniversary party/concert at the Southgate House Revival (111 E. Sixth St., Newport, Ky., southgatehouse.com). Music starts at 9 p.m. The Cliftones and DAAP Girls open the all-ages show. Tickets are available for $10 in advance (through ticketfly.com). Admission is $12 day of show. 

Over the past decade, The Pinstripes — who’ve scored numerous Cincinnati Entertainment Awards nominations and wins — have built followings in cities across the U.S., touring frequently with genre heavyweights from The Aggrolites and The Slackers to The English Beat and The Selecter. The band has released three full-length albums (including 2007’s The Decay and the spectacular 2012 release, I) and various EPs, remixes and singles, showcasing the ’Stripes’ sublime, soulful blend of Reggae, Ska, Dub and Soul music. 

The celebration comes with some sadness — though coming short of proclaiming Friday’s show their “last,” singer/multi-instrumentalist Michael Sarason says Pinstripes shows will be rare in the future. 

“Basically, we’re not going to be playing out very much after this,” Sarason says via email, “so we’re hoping that we can get everyone out for one more epic celebration.”

The band is easing up on the gas pedal for geographical reasons. Bassist Chris Grannen currently lives in Chicago and guitarist Matt Kursmark is soon moving to New York City, which, along with other personal “life changes” for the members, makes touring at the pace they were a logistical headache. In a statement posted to thepinstripes.net, the band members say they’re hoping to put out several unreleased tracks, and tease that “one never really knows when we might show up at a bar/club/festival/basement/party near you.” 

The National Film Opens in Cincy

After making the film fest rounds and racking up mounds of positive press, Mistaken for Strangers, Cincinnati native Tom Berninger’s film that follows his older brother Matt’s band, The National, is finally opening in Cincinnati this weekend. 

The movie — which follows The National’s members (all Cincy natives) on their tour behind 2010’s High Violet album, but is really more about Tom and Matt’s relationship — makes its Cincinnati premiere this Friday at the Esquire Theatre in Clifton (esquiretheatre.com) at 7:30 p.m. 

The Friday screening will be followed by a Q&A via Skype with the Berninger brothers.

Following Monday’s 7:30 p.m. screening, there will be an in-person Q&A hosted by Jim Blase of Shake It Records and featuring Tom, Matt and The National’s drummer, Bryan Devendorf. 

Advanced tickets for all screenings are available at the Esquire box office or through movietickets.com. 

More Local Notes

• After a six month absence from local stages, Cincinnati rockers Automagik return this Saturday for a free, 10 p.m. show at MOTR Pub (1345 Main St., Over-the-Rhine, motrpub.com). Columbus’ Cadaver Dogs open. Automagik hasn’t been on hiatus — the band has been doing shows across the Midwest, tightening up its new lineup (which now features drummer Andy Cluxton and bassist Jamie Rasmussen) and getting ready to record its third album of infectious, adrenalized Pop Rock. You can hear/purchase the band’s music at automagikmusic.com and follow the members’ frequent updates about the band at automagik.tumblr.com.

• Another hard-touring local group — Psych Pop Rock trio The Harlequins (whose Michael Oliva and Rob Stamler also often play in the live version of Atlanta band Gringo Star) — is back in town and prepping for a special show Saturday at Northside Tavern (4163 Hamilton Ave., Northside, northside-tavern.com) at 9 p.m. (Black Planet opens). The Harlequins have been recording their live shows for years and Saturday’s performance will be the final one put to tape before the members cull through all of the material to put together a live album. The band hopes to have the release out later this year. You can check out The Harlequins’ various non-live recordings at theharlequins.bandcamp.com.

• Cincinnati Indie Folk Pop singer/songwriter Serenity Fisher is fresh off of a trip to Europe to promote her most recent release, Rogue Strawberry. This Friday, Fisher is set to perform a collection of love songs (of her own and ones written by others) for a special performance that was originally timed to Valentine’s Day, but had to be canceled due to bad weather. The “Carousel of Love” concert — featuring backing band The Cardboard Hearts and additional accompaniment from a trio of dancers — will now go down this Friday at Leapin’ Lizard Lounge (726 Main St., Covington, Ky., 513-509-0951). The show opens with a duo set by Fisher (singing and playing ukulele) and cellist/singer Michael G. Ronstadt at 8:30 p.m., followed by the full-band performance at 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 and available at carouseloflove.brownpapertickets.com. (serenityfisher.com)

CONTACT MIKE BREEN: mbreen@citybeat.com or @CityBeatMusic.



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