Music Tonight: Pioneering German music experimentalist Hans-Joachim Roedelius performs a rare Cincinnati show tonight at The Mockbee (2260 Central Pkwy., just past the Western Hills Viaduct if you're heading towards downtown). Roedelius is legendary in avant garde circles and his adventurous work in Krautrock (with Cluster and Harmonia), Ambient and Electronica has had a hand in shaping the sound of a lot of contemporary music. Suffice to say, certain types of music (from Techno to Dubstep to Indie Rock) would likely sound different if Roedelius were never born. Consequence of Sound recently posted this interview with Roedelius, in which the 76-year-old trailblazer (he turns 77 Wednesday, but says, "Only my body feels the age, not my mind") talks about his upcoming appearance at Moogfest, his more recent work with acoustic music and poetry and collaborating with Brian Eno. Below is a sampling of Roedelius work over the past 40 years. Admission tonight is $10 and showtime is 8 p.m. Xambuca and Nebulagirl open. (Read more here.)
• Southern Rock torchbearers and Roots Rock cult heroes Drive-By Truckers return to Cincy tonight for an 8 p.m. show at Oakley's 20th Century Theatre. The group is joined by Those Darlins, one of the big hits at this year's MidPoint Music Festival. Tickets are $25. Here's a video for Truckers' track "Used to Be a Cop," off of this year's Go-Go Boots full-length, followed by Those Darlins' recently released video for "Screws Get Loose." (Read more here.)
• Punk Rock legends-ish Misfits (the Danzig-less version formed in 1995, at least) are at Newport's Southgate House tonight for a 9 p.m., all-ages concert with guests JuiceheaD (which records for Misfits Records, the headliners' label) and local Punk band Situation Red.
Misfits are out supporting their new album, The Devil's Rain, which charted on the Billboard Top 200 at No. 70 (and on the indie album charts at No. 12) in this, its first week of release. Tickets for tonight's show are $25. Here's an oldie but goodie from the band, as well as a fan-made video for The Devil's Rain's title track. (Read more from this week's CityBeathere.)
• Tonight at 7:30 p.m., local Top 40 station Q102 presents its seventh annual "Bosom Ball" at Covington's Madison Theater. This year's Pop performers include Hot Chelle Rae, Parachute and Christina Perri. Tickets are $25 and proceeds will be donated to the Susan G. Komen organization and The American Cancer Society to help battle breast cancer. The show is for 21-and-up, but at 5 p.m., there will be a special "soundcheck" performance for all ages (tickets are just $10 for that). Here's the music clip for Perri's single, "Arms." (Check out a show preview from this week's CityBeathere.)
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Momentous Happenings in Music History for October 20 On this day in 1992, Madonna's fifth album, Erotica, was released by her label, Maverick Records. The album featured singles like the title track, "Deeper and Deeper" and "Fever" and was released at the same time as Madonna's first entry into the literary world, Sex, essentially a naughty/artsy coffeetable book that helped Madge continue to make headlines (the album also lead to the epic "Girlie Show World Tour"). Here's the uncensored video for "Erotica," which reportedly aired on MTV just three times (after midnight) due to its supposedly salacious imagery. Just looks like an average CityBeat holiday party to me. (This is technically NSFW, but there's nothing too porno-y, just a lot of shadowy shots of dudes and dudettes writhing around, mostly scantily clothed. Oh, and Madonna deepthroats a puppet arm at one point.)
Born This Day: Musical movers and shakers sharing a Oct. 20 birthday include: Country music icon Granpa Jones (born Louis Marshall in 1913); rocker Tom Petty (1953); Rap legend Calvin Broadus, better known as Snoop Dogg (1971); and "The Queen of Rockabilly," Wanda Jackson (1937).
At 74, Jackson is almost the oldest artist singer/songwriter/guitarist/drummer/label owner/producer Jack White has helped kick-start their career (Loretta Lynn has Wanda beat by a couple of years). As a "Happy Birthday, Wanda!" present, enjoy this clip of Wanda, White and the Third Man Band performing in Brooklyn earlier this year, rockin' out a little "Heartbreak Hotel."
And Snoop Dogg is 40!? Remember this fresh-faced buck back in the day? Happy birthday, Snoop. In tribute, smoke 'em if you got 'em. It's 4:20 somewhere.