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MellowHigh with TOK

Wednesday • 20th Century Theater

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 11, 2013
The roots of the Hip Hop trio of Hodgy Beats, Left Brain and Domo Genesis, better known as MellowHigh, are as complex as the Bible’s begats. The saga began seven years ago in Los Angeles, when  

The Oarsman with Get in the Ark and Olivia Millerschin

Wednesday • MOTR Pub

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 11, 2013
The Oarsman lead singer Marcus Christopher Maloney’s voice is therapy at its cheapest. No alcohol is needed to sink into the quiet misery from which the listener ultimately lifts hope from the beautifully mundane topics about which Maloney sings.
  

Charlie Parr with Bulletville

Saturday • MOTR Pub

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Charlie Parr makes the old new. He has recorded 11 studio albums that treat traditional American music as a living, evolving musical form. On his most recent record, this year’s Barnswallow, he sings gruffly and plays banjo and two National steel guitars along with accompanists on washboard, thumb piano, harmonica, jaw-harp and stomping feet.  

Gringo Star with The Harlequins

Friday • MOTR Pub

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Gringo Star parties like it’s 1969. The latest proof can be found on the opening track on the Atlanta band’s freshly minted third album, Floating Out to See.   

A Scribble Resurrection?

Scribble Jam turns to crowdfunding in an effort to bring back the iconic Cincinnati Hip Hop fest

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Since canceling the long-running Scribble Jam Hip Hop fest almost five years ago, co-founder Nick Accurso and his fellow organizers have been inundated with requests to bring it back. But Accurso’s not going backward. “I’d rather let it die for what it was than create a new history that’s just so-so,” he says.     

Phratry Records Facilitates a Foursome

Plus, Freak releases debut EP, Withrow's marching band gets some star-studded help and Grand Oversoul reunites for a great cause

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 4, 2013
The nearly decade old Cincinnati-based record label Phratry Records releases a new four-way split single featuring locals Mala in Se and Knife the Symphony, as well as Aperiodic and Joe 4. Plus, area Metal crew Freak celebrate its new EP, Blue Wisp hosts a fundraiser for an area high school marching band and Grand Oversoul returns for Transitions Global benefit.
  

Goblin with Zombi

Wednesday • Ballroom at the Taft Theatre

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Italian horror movie maestro Dario Argento’s bloody visions found a capable partner in Goblin, a five-piece band whose trippy, creeped-out soundtracks became as important as what was up on the screen.
  

The Koffin Kats with Kemper, Formally Lethargic, The Nothing and Shriek

Sunday • Thompson House

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 4, 2013
The Koffin Kats have self-described their musical vision as Gothabilly, and it’s difficult to argue with that effective compound word assessment. A few discerning listens reveal the Detroit trio also exhibits the tattoos of Punk, Metal, Surf, Garage and Psych, and while that could be considered Rock critic nitpicking, there’s no arguing the fact that the Koffin Kats are the raucous and visceral sum of a whole lot of frenetically moving parts.
  

Bare Mutants with Bummers Eve

Monday • MOTR Pub

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Former Ponys frontman Jered Gummere took an extended hiatus after the demise of his previous noisemaking unit, even going as far as to get a day job at a friend’s woodshop. When he finally felt the twitch to make music again, forming Bare Mutants with four other Windy City buddies, it was no surprise that The Velvet Underground would be at the forefront of his mind.  

!!! with Yip Deceiver

Tuesday • Ballroom at the Taft Theatre

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Coalescing in Sacramento, Calif., more than a dozen years ago, !!! (pronounced "Chk Chk Chk") is one of the prime members of the Dance Punk movement it helped usher in with such like-minded new-millennium acts as LCD Soundsystem, The Juan Maclean and The Rapture.  

Foxy & Elsewhere

Cincinnati’s Foxy Shazam readies fifth album and final local shows of 2013

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Internationally successful Cincinnati rockers Foxy Shazam talk about this weekend's hometown shows and reveal just a few details about their forthcoming fifth album, recorded in Chicago with Steve Albini.
  

The Incredible Shrinking Record

The popularity of shorter EP releases continues to grow among artists, labels and fans

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 26, 2013
As sales of physical music releases continue to decline, musicians and labels are rediscovering and embracing the advantages of issuing shorter EPs.
  

Acarya Celebrates New “Tribal Rock” EP

Plus, Healing Power (formerly Pomegranates) plays farewell show and Shake It reissues The Sacred Mushroom's 1969 debut/swan song

2 Comments · Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Cincinnati "Tribal Rock" duo Acarya releases compelling new EP this Friday, Healing Power (the artists formerly known as Pomegranates) prepares to say farewell with a final show and new release this weekend and Shake It Records mines Cincinnati's musical past again with a new re-issue of the oft-bootlegged 1969 album from Larry and Danny Goshorn's Sacred Mushroom.
  

Eric + Erica with Sun Country

Dec. 2 • MOTR Pub

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Eric Kuhn and Erica Fink have been making beautiful music together for a relatively short time, but the Oakland, Calif., duo’s easy rapport and creative chemistry is immediately evident in their warm, gauzy, minimalistic Indie Pop.
  

The Melodic with Vikesh Kapoor

Nov. 29 • MOTR Pub

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Naming a band The Melodic means you instantly have a lot to live up to. That’s no problem here — The Melodic are, indeed, beautifully melodic. And the new British Folk ensemble’s free local appearance Friday should be a delight.