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Cincinnati Music Releases News and Notes

The latest on new releases from Buffalo Killers, The Infinity Ball, Tweens, Foxy Shazam and more

By Mike Breen · April 9th, 2014 · Spill It
spill_it_the_infinity_ball_photo_providedThe Infinity Ball releases new album 'Saturday Night' this Saturday night

Widely acclaimed Cincinnati rockers Buffalo Killers will have their first album for new label Sun Pedal Recordings (distributed through Warner Music Group), the phenomenal Heavy Reverie, in digital and physical record stores nationwide on May 13. But the group recently announced that Reverie is available now for those who buy it via mail order. 

Cincinnati fans can also grab a copy Saturday when the band hosts a free hometown show in honor of Heavy Reverie at Over-the-Rhine’s MOTR Pub (motrpub.com). The show kicks off around 9 p.m. with Bloomington, Ind.’s Hero Jr. 

For more info on the band (including a link to order the new LP), visit buffalokillers.com.

Here's the excellent Heavy Reverie lead-off track, "Poisonberry Tide."

• Cincy Rock foursome The Infinity Ball is set to issue its follow-up to the 2009 debut album Undressed for Success with a show Saturday at Silverton’s MVP Sports Bar & Grille (mymvpsportsbarandgrille.com). Kevin Fox, Ben Alexander and Jon Stankorb will also perform at the 8 p.m. release event. 

The Infinity Ball’s ambitious new effort is titled Saturday Night, technically a “concept album” with a coming-of-age-ish storyline about a young man, “his friends, his psycho ex-girlfriend, tacos and love lost and found.” But the story is told with tongue firmly in cheek — in a press release, singer Rick Reed calls it “less Tommy and more Tommy Boy.” The concept is indicative of the music, which mixes catchy melodies with Prog-y tweaks and dashes of Blues, Hard Rock and more. 

Cincinnati artist Mike Schroeck crafted a graphic novel to go along with Saturday Night, providing a visual depiction of the album’s tale. At Saturday Night’s release show, the $10 admission charge will get you a copy of the album on CD as well as the graphic novel. (theinfinityball.com)

CITOAK, a founding member of Cincy Hip Hop collective The Watusi Tribe, is set to put out his first official solo release, Delayed Arrival, in conjunction with a show at Over-the-Rhine’s The Drinkery (facebook.com/drinkery.otr) this Friday.

The 9 p.m. event will also feature special guests RaisedxWolves, fellow Watusi Tribe member Vibe One and Kyle David (Five Deez). 

CITOAK’s eclectic new release, which showcases his masterful lyricism and booming vocal presence, comes after the MC took some time off from music to be with his family. When his daughter asked why he didn’t make music anymore, he didn’t have a good answer and began to work towards a comeback. Delayed Arrival includes guest spots from David and Cincy Hip Hop staple (and RaisedxWolves member) CJ the Cynic, as well as Arizona-based progressive Hip Hop fave Random aka Mega Ran and others. (facebook.com/CITOAK)

Here's the first single from Delayed Arrival, "Get It."

• Dynamic Indie Rock crew Comprador, which features the former rhythm section of late local band SHADOWRAPTR, is set to release its first recording, the EP Voyeur, this Thursday. The band is hosting a free release show at MOTR Pub on Thursday in honor of Voyeur, joined by Cincy trio Little Lights. The four-track EP will be available for streaming and purchase beginning Thursday via comprador.bandcamp.com.

Here's the lead-off track, "Deserve Better."

• One of the region’s premier Country artists, Dallas Moore, is celebrating the release of a special project Sunday at Win, Place or Show in West Chester (wpssportsbar.com) at 5 p.m. The recording being feted is a collaborative album with his mother, Madgelee Hanes Moore, titled Old Time Family Jam. Described as “an album of traditional Appalachian, Bluegrass and Gospel music passed down from generations of our family,” the new release will be available for purchase through dallasmoore.com (you can pre-order now; it ships April 16). 

• Elsewhere, Cincy Funk greats Freekbass have issued a new 10-track album titled Everybody’s Feelin’ Real, which officially dropped April 8 and can be sampled/purchased at freekbass.bandcamp.com. Freekbass is currently on a Midwestern tour with Electronic/Funk/Jam heroes Particle that comes to Newport’s Southgate House Revival (southgatehouse.com) this Saturday. … High-wire rockers Foxy Shazam surprised fans by releasing their new album, the Steve Albini-produced Gonzo, for free on April 2 through foxyshazam.com. The band begins touring the country in late May in support, including a stop at Cincinnati’s Bunbury Music Festival (bunburyfestival.com) on July 12. … Beloved indie label Frenchkiss Records released the self-titled debut LP by national buzz band (and 2014 “New Artist of the Year” Cincinnati Entertainment Award winners) Tweens on April 8. You can catch the trio performing a free in-store show at Northside’s Shake It Records (shakeitrecords.com) at 8 p.m. on Record Store Day (April 19). … One of Cincinnati’s all-time greatest musical exports, The Afghan Whigs, release their first new, all-original album in 16 years, Do to the Beast, on Sub Pop Records April 15. Shake It will have plenty of copies of the double-vinyl “Loser” edition in time for Record Store Day; if you pre-order it at the store now (or put your name in the hat by buying it at the store once it’s issued), you’ll be entered for a chance to win a pristine copy of the rare Whigs’ pre-Sub Pop album Big Top Halloween, originally released on the local Ultrasuede label in 1988. 

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



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