Alt Rock quartet Tonefarmer returns with a new full-length album, Helium 3, a stunning effort and the band's first recordings in five years. Plus, Cincinnati hosts the first in a series of statewide World Series Music Fests.
Cincy Hip Hop invades Corryville as J-Skillz, Da 3rd Element and Junya Be celebrate new releases at The Mad Frog Saturday, while Indie Chamber Folk quartet The Happy Maladies drop new EP, New Again, with a release show at Rohs Street Cafe.
A “new” Southgate House is booking shows and
nearly ready to open for business. The new Southgate
House Revival is located at another historic Newport property, the
former Grace Methodist Episcopal Church and opens for business Oct. 5.
Cincy Reggae/Rock crew The Ohms prep for their 11th annual Ohmstead music festival, plus The Sleeping Sea and Bear (The Ghost) host a two-fer release show and The Sundresses hit Mt. Adams with The All Night Party.
The Cincy Blues Fest, widely considered
one of the best of its kind in the region, celebrates a remarkable 20
years of providing Greater Cincinnati live music lovers with some of the
finest Blues being made locally, regionally and nationally. Plus, new releases due this week from The Blues Merchants,
Gorges, Damn It To
Hell, Kissing Daylight and Jody Stapleton and the Generals
Cincy Punk Pop quintet Loudmouth has played
well-attended gigs regularly around town for the past half decade or so,
eventually becoming headliners of self-booked multi-band shows at
places like Madison Theater in Covington. This Friday, the group returns
to the club for its farewell show and the release party for its final
album, the eight-song Future Boredom.
This weekend’s huge Bunbury Music
Festival at Sawyer Point features some of the top-names in Alternative
music. And it also includes several local favorites. Since Bunbury is
drawing music lovers from all over the region, here is a primer on some
of the Greater Cincinnati-based acts performing at the festival.
Though rootsier acoustic music seems to
be almost trendy now (it’s a “fad” that seems to come around every 15
years or so), the local
organization Queen City Balladeers has been celebrating and nurturing
Folk and Americana music for decades in the Queen City. Next year will
mark the Balladeers’ 50th anniversary; this Friday, the 49th annual EdenSong concert series returns to Eden Park.
Second Chance at Eden has been kicking
around the Cincinnati music scene for the past six years. After some
shuffling, the band landed on its current lineup, which features
original members Josh Donaldson (guitar) and Dan Snow (bass), plus
newest members Brandon Miller (drums) and frontwoman Elle G.
On June 3 at Dunlap’s Germania Park, the
Cincy Blues Society once again hosted the daylong Cincy Blues Challenge,
with dozens of regional Blues acts performing from noon-9-ish, all
competing for a chance to represent the Queen City at the International
Blues Challenge 2013 in Memphis. The day started out with contestants in
the “Solo/Duo” category, followed by a steady stream of area groups
competing for top “Band” honors.
Heaven, the fourth album by
remarkable Cincinnati-based Indie Pop troupe Pomegranates, was released
nationally on June 5, and this weekend the group presents a hometown
album release party to celebrate. And there’s plenty of reason to
celebrate — Heaven is a stunning work of art that manages to top
not only the Poms’ past three albums, but also most “big name” releases
this year so far.