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Swear and Shake

Jan. 9 • 20th Century Theatre

0 Comments · Monday, January 7, 2013
Brooklyn, N.Y.’s Swear and Shake coalesced just a couple of years ago, but from the sound of its debut full-length Maple Ridge, you’d swear (and shake) that this electric Folk marvel has been percolating over the course of a decade or more with a half dozen previous releases under their belts.
  

Fever Fever and Clemency

Jan. 10 • MOTR Pub

0 Comments · Monday, January 7, 2013
Fever Fever is a Columbus four-piece (not to be confused with the U.K. Art Punk band with the same moniker) whose “Beautiful Dream” crystallizes the joy and confusion of fresh love in a tight, understated package.   

Denney and the Jets

Jan. 11 • MOTR Pub

0 Comments · Monday, January 7, 2013
Apparently, Chris Denney has only been writing songs for the past four years, but he’s clearly channeling a lifetime of pent up creative energy in the tunes he’s unleashing with his Nashville quintet, Denney & the Jets.  

Langhorne Slim & the Law

Jan. 11 • Taft Theatre

0 Comments · Monday, January 7, 2013
At age 14, Sean Scolnick started writing his first songs, penning Nirvana-inspired missives about authority, school and “stuff that a lot of 14-year-old kids probably write about.” Now in his early 30s, Scolnick doesn't employ those subjects as inspiration anymore. Listening to his story-heavy goulash of Folk and AltCountry reveals nary any traces of Cobain and Co. at all.
  

Jason & the Punknecks

Jan. 11 • Southgate House Revival

0 Comments · Monday, January 7, 2013
The Punknecks’ bio doesn’t mince words. Calling themselves “Punky Tonkers,” Jason Punkneck is from Nashville while Polly Punkneck is from Kansas. The duo, along with their drummer Nick Punkneck, are apparently known for “a rowdy show of drinking, drugging, Jesus, smokin’ pot and living between heaven and hell.”   

The Duke of Uke & His Novelty Orchestra

Jan. 4 • MOTR Pub

0 Comments · Thursday, January 3, 2013
 In the case of the effervescent seven-piece, The Duke of Uke & His Novelty Orchestra, their inclusion of “bacon” as an inspiration on their Facebook page — alongside the more conventional choices of Motown, Funk, Ragtime, Jazz, Rock and “Popssical” — is telling for multiple reasons.
  

Mondo Generator

Jan. 5 • Thompson House

0 Comments · Thursday, January 3, 2013
Mondo Generator has been perhaps the most consistent part of bassist Nick Oliveri’s life since 1997. Blending the Hard Rock of his previous projects with more Punk Rock chaos, Mondo has built a strong cult following for itself.  

Blackberry Smoke

Jan. 8 • Bogart's

0 Comments · Thursday, January 3, 2013
With two full-length albums and a couple of EPs under their belt, Blackberry Smoke began to attract some attention from Rock music fans who wanted a little grit in their musical gravy in this new century. Then, they began to get bigger and better gigs, opening for ZZ Top and the Zac Brown Band.
  

You, You're Awesome

Dec. 31 • MOTR Pub

0 Comments · Friday, December 28, 2012
Experimental live-Electronica/Rock band You, You're Awesome brings MOTR Pub a weird, wild and wonky transition into 2013 with a special New Year's Eve performance.  

Afghan Whigs

Dec. 31 • Bogart's

0 Comments · Friday, December 28, 2012
In late October, ’90s AltRock heroes The Afghan Whigs played their first show in Cincinnati — the city in which the band formed — in 13 years at Bogart’s in Corryville.    

Cincy Psych Fest Showcase

Dec. 21 • MOTR Pub

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Following a successful inaugural event in October, the folks behind the Cincy Psych Fest — celebrating the best in local and regional Psych Rock — aren’t just hanging out waiting for next year’s festival to celebrate and revel in the trippiness.  

Zak Morgan

Dec. 22 • The Monastery

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 19, 2012
 Zak Morgan knows kids. The Cincinnati-based singer/songwriter has already had an amazing career in children’s music.    

The Guitars

Dec. 25 • MOTR Pub

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Most people have some sort of plans for this Tuesday. But for those who don’t celebrate Christmas — and, especially, for those who need a family-gathering escape hatch — MOTR Pub and The Guitars have an easy (and free!) out.
  

Family Force 5

Dec. 14 • The Underground

0 Comments · Tuesday, December 11, 2012
You don’t often hear the terms “Crunk” and “Christian” in the same paragraph let alone the same band description, but Family Force 5 has accomplished the rare feat of combining Rap, Punk, Hardcore, Funk, Metal and Dance beats with a Christian perspective.   

Ultraviolet Hippopotamus

Dec. 14 • The Mad Frog

0 Comments · Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Since roaring out of the collegiate confines of Big Rapids, Mich., a mere eight years ago, Ultraviolet Hippopotamus has energized the national and international Jam community with a diverse stylistic range and a raucous and freewheeling approach to its live presentation.