• Excellent local Indie Rock crew Sohio celebrates the birth of its new baby, the solid full-length Sonuminous, with a free release show/party at MOTR Pub tonight at 10 p.m. The album is an enjoyably eclectic release that features some of the finest Sohio songs yet, from Pixies-esque Indie Pop to New Wavy Rock and even some twangier, rootsy moments. You can download the great new album track "Painted Bird" here for free. Give it a listen below if you're the noncommittal type.
• Nashville singer/songwriter Dillon Hodges performs a free show tonight at The Avenue in Covington. Hodges recently collaborated with local media development company zoneCG for a music video that was shot around Northern Kentucky. Showtime is 10 p.m.
• Texas spawned AltRock band Blue October has had a lot of career ups-and-downs, perhaps even more than the average band working the contemporary music biz circuit. The band was signed by Universal, dropped, then re-signed when it became clear the band had the power to really connect with music listeners on an emotional level. The band scored a huge fan in Twilight author Stephenie Meyer, who has cited Blue October as a favorite and an influence on her work. She even "toured" with B.O. frontman Justin Furstenfeld.
The group's popularity allowed them to strike out on their own and form a label to release 2011's Any Man in America album, which debuted at No. 8 on the album charts. The band scored some publicity recently in a way they would probably prefer not to; a Michigan teen who killed his ex's boyfriend and mom (and himself) reportedly posted lyrics from Blue October's hit "Hate Me" on his Facebook page before his killing spree.
The group performs at Bogart's in Corryville tonight at 8 p.m. with Girl in a Coma. Tickets are $28. (Read more here.)
• Merle Haggard, a true Country legend whose influence was crucial in the Bakersfield sound and Outlaw country movements, as well as the Western Swing revival, performs tonight at the Belterra Casino in Florence, Ind. (about an hour drive from Cincy). Tickets are $60. Read our preview of the show here and a nice interview with "The Hag" from The Washington Post here.