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by Mike Breen 05.13.2013
 
 
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Music Tonight: The Lonely Wild, Paper Bird and More

If you're craving some solid live music, it's a surprisingly busy Monday night in the area clubs. Besides the always entertaining Insane Clown Posse's return to Bogart's tonight, here are a few other offerings:

• Los Angeles-based The Lonely Wild plays a free show tonight at MOTR Pub in Over-the-Rhine. Showtime is 10 p.m.

The Indie Folk ensemble formed just three short years ago, quickly becoming a favorite on the L.A. club circuit. The group's momentum has only increased since; the Wild's recently released debut full-length, The Sun As It Comes, has been garnering strong reviews and national radio's embrace of it gets stronger by the day. The band is also known for its entertaining, energized live show, which is helping The Lonely Wild grow its fan base rapidly on its current cross-country headlining tour. Read CityBeat's preview of tonight's show here.

Have a listen to The Sun As It Comes in full:



And here is The Lonely Wild performing live in L.A. late last year:



• It's an "Up-and-coming Indie Folk band" kind of night in Cincy this evening, as The Comet in Northside welcomes Denver crew Paper Bird.
Austin, Texas-based Indie folkers Dana Falconberry open at 10 p.m.

With an exuberant, modern mesh of Roots and Americana, Paper Bird recently released its fourth LP, Rooms, the follow-up to its 2011 score for a collaboration with the Ballet Nouveau Colorado called Carry On. The seven-piece band's compelling sound has gotten Paper Bird featured on NPR's All Things Considered and in a New York Times piece earlier this year about Denver's blossoming music scene (which includes breakthrough, Grammy-nominated Folk Pop act The Lumineers, a tour mate of Paper Bird's).

Here's the music video for "As I Am," the first single off of Paper Bird's Rooms:



• Justin Furstenfeld, known for his emotional, honest songwriting in the band Blue October, brings his solo tour — dubbed "Open Book: An Evening with Justin Furstenfeld" — to Oakley's 20th Century Theatre tonight for an 8 p.m. show. Tickets are $25 at the door. Texas Indie Pop singer/songwriter Ashleigh Stone opens.

Furstenfeld's bipolar disorder has resulted in some highly open-hearted, sometimes excruciatingly bleak songs, something documented in his book, Crazy Making, detailing the origins of each Blue October song in words and music. The Open Book tour features Furstenfeld performing acoustically and talking about his songs (don't fear a total gloom fest; the singer/songwriter also has a sharp sense of humor). Check out CityBeat's preview of tonight's show here.

Here is Furstenfeld performing live at the Open Book tour's stop in Santa Ana, Calif., from early April:



Click here for even more live show in Greater Cincinnati tonight.

 
 
by Mike Breen 05.10.2013
Posted In: Local Music, Music Video at 10:00 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)
 
 
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WATCH: Trademark Aaron's "Faith" Video

Northern Kentucky MC Trademark Aaron unveils compelling clip from his forthcoming EP

Florence, Ky., Hip Hop artist Trademark Aaron has released a stellar new music video for his track, "Faith," which will be included on his next EP, For the People.

The track — featuring a great vocal hook sung by Koren Jackson —keeps in line with Trademark Aaron's overall positive approach heard on previous releases like the full-length, Prelude to Greatness (which you can download for free here). But it's hardly cheery. The song is about keeping hope when everything around you looks bleak and the music video visuals masterfully mirror that concept. Directed by Dan Gotti, the clip is one of the best you'll see by a "local act" — it's highly professional looking, often resembling something from a movie.



You can check out more of Aaron's videos at his YouTube page and keep an eye on TrademarkAaron.com  and his official Facebook page for show dates and info on the release of the For the People EP. For even more, you can also read CityBeat's interview with Trademark Aaron from last year.

 
 
by Mike Breen 05.08.2013
Posted In: Music News, Music Video at 11:05 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)
 
 
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WATCH: The National's "Sea of Love" Video

First video released from Cincy natives' forthcoming 'Trouble Will Find Me' album

The Cincinnati natives in hugely popular Indie Rock group The National participated in a Reddit "AMA" chat today, where fans could ask the band anything. Perhaps someone asked, "Hey, when are you putting out a video for a track from your new album?" because during the chat, the band posted the first video from Trouble Will Find Me, which is due on the 4AD label on May 21 (you can pre-order on iTunes here).

Here's the jittery, claustrophobic "Sea of Love" music video. The National come back to their hometown on July 14 to headline the final night of Cincy's Bunbury Music Festival.


 
 
by Mike Breen 04.15.2013
Posted In: Music Video at 11:17 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)
 
 
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Watch: The National Tour Doc Trailer

Mistaken For Strangers, by Cincinnati's Tom Berninger, set to premiere Wednesday at Tribeca Film Festival

The road documentary about successful Indie Rock band The National (Cincy-bred, Brooklyn-based) is premiering at the Tribeca Film Festival on Wednesday, where the band will also perform. The film, Mistaken For Strangers, was made by Cincinnatian Tom Berninger (younger brother of National singer Matt). From looks of the just-released trailer for the movie, it appears to be a hoot (with a bit of awkward tension for good measure).

The National — whose guitarist, Bryce Dessner, just wrapped up another successful MusicNOW festival here in Cincy — will perform a homecoming show on July 14, headlining the final night of the three-day Bunbury Music Festival at Sawyer Point Park. For tickets and more info, click here.

The National's first new album since 2010's High Violet, Trouble WIll Find Me, is due in the U.S. on May 21 from the 4AD label.


 
 
by Mike Breen 04.11.2013
Posted In: Live Music, Local Music, Music Video, Music News at 10:00 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)
 
 
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LISTEN: The National's First Two New Album Tracks (UPDATED)

Band releases "Demons," "Don't Swallow the Cap" from forthcoming 'Trouble Will Find Me'

The Cincinnati-born, Brooklyn-based members of Indie Rock sensations The National recently announced details about their first new album since 2010's High Violet, Trouble WIll Find Me. The album is due in the U.S. on May 21 on the 4AD label. (Click here for the album cover, track listing and more National news.)

Today, The National unleashed the first song from Trouble, the warm, crawling "Demons." Check the tune and a video for it below.


UPDATE: Today (April 11), The National released audio of the first single from Trouble Will Find Me, "Don't Swallow the Cap." Check it out:


The National perform a homecoming show on July 14, headlining the final night of the three-day Bunbury Music Festival at Sawyer Point Park. For tickets and more info, click here.

The National has been previewing the new album on its current global tour. Here are a handful of new songs from the LP performed live in Berlin last week.

 
 
by Mike Breen 04.05.2013
Posted In: Live Music, Local Music, Music Video at 08:59 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)
 
 
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BoyMeetsWorld Meets Radio Rescue for Dual Release Party

Local Pop/Rock bands team up to celebrate new EP releases in Covington

Cincinnati Pop/Rock band BoyMeetsWorld returns to the Madison Theater in Covington Friday to celebrate its debut EP, Do What’s Best For You. The band is co-headlining the show with fellow Cincy Pop Rock/Punk crew Radio Rescue, which is releasing its newest effort, the band’s sophomore EP, The Soundtrack to Second Place

Radio Rescue’s Pop Rock has some of the power of Hardcore and Metal (particularly in the blazing drum work and some of the chunky guitar riffing) and occasional gang and/or screamed vocals. Adding another unique element is the prominent use of synthesizer, which gives the band’s sound a bonus texture. While that description might make Radio Rescue’s sound come off like a mismatched mess, it’s impressive how cohesive and focused the band’s upbeat and endearing sound is, with its just-right mix of power crunch, synth squiggles and sweet hooks.

Here is Radio Rescue's video for new EP track "If Loose Lips Sink Ships, Then You're The Titanic."


BoyMeetsWorld was formed just last summer by three brothers: Craig (singer) and Ryan (drummer) Sulken, who are twins, plus older brother Brad Sulken (bass). Guitarists Pat Bryant and Drew Richter round out the band. In its first year as a group, BoyMeetsWorld took home the first-place prize at the Battle of the Bands hosted by Forest Park teen club, The Underground.

The band has a knack for strong Pop hooks and an overall uplifting vibe. Songs like “Head Up High” and “Girl In Front” are best described as Power Pop, written with a maturity and craftiness of a band on their third or fourth album, not first EP. Bryant and Richter offer up some compelling guitar interplay, while the Sulken rhythm section is reminiscent of the high-flying telepathy of Fall Out Boy’s. Meanwhile, singer Craig’s high, earnest vocal approach works especially well in the context of the band’s youthful anthems.

Here is a lyric video for BMW's new EP track, "Girl in Front."


Friday’s co-release show at the Madison Theater also includes opening acts Aristo, Canoes, Ready to Live and The Sweet Addiction. The event is open to all ages and doors open at 6 p.m. Showtime is 7 p.m. Cover is $10 at the door.

 
 
by Mike Breen 03.19.2013
Posted In: Music Video, Local Music at 08:55 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)
 
 
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New Hip Hop Videos from Cincy's Puck and Valley High

Local Hip Hop acts drop visually and musically compelling new clips

A pair of Cincinnati Hip Hop acts have recently released music videos showcasing new material. Both are compelling, well-produced clips for solid new tracks.

Alternative Hip Hop group Valley High issued the video for "That One Too" at the start of the month. The clip was directed by SnowRowe (who plays keys in the group) and, according to the YouTube page, the track is from the Valley High or Die Tape, due for release today. The group is fronted by MCs Moxy Monster and M.O. Click here for more on Valley High.



Last year, area MC Puck released the high-pro video for "Gitit," the latest of several clips. Now, Puck has returned with a new track and video that's perhaps his strongest yet. "Jordan Vs. Bird" is built around a hook from a remix of the band Grouplove's song "Colours." The video was directed by Dan Gotti. Puck is offering a free download of the track via his Soundcloud page here. Find out more about Puck here.


 
 
by Mike Breen 03.16.2013
Posted In: Live Music, Local Music, Music Video at 09:50 AM | Permalink | Comments (1)
 
 
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WATCH: Usher Joins Afghan Whigs at SXSW

Superstar surprises fans by joining Cincinnati-spawned Rock greats onstage in Austin

Cincinnati-spawned rockers The Afghan Whigs surprised fans last week with the announcement that the band would perform at the "Fader Fort" party at South By Southwest in Austin, Texas. Last night, they surprised the music world when superstar Usher joined the Whigs for half their set, performing hits like his own "Climax" and "OMG," as well as The Afghan Whigs' "Something Hot." "Afro-futurist" funkateer Sinkane also joined the party with a version of "Runnin.'"

Murmurs about the surprise appearance were minimal (though a photo of the Whigs' Greg Dulli with Usher and Sinkane surfaced on the band Facebook page earlier in the day), so the special performance turned out to be one of the biggest and most buzzed ones of the entire SXSW fest.

Here is the full video of The Afghan Whigs' performance at SXSW last night. Usher (who asked the crowd for good thoughts for his pal, Lil Wayne, who wasn't on his death bed, despite an outlandish TMZ report) comes in about 15 minutes into the set.


 
 
by Mike Breen 03.14.2013
Posted In: Live Stream, Live Music, Local Music, SXSW, Music Video at 09:11 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)
 
 
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The Afghan Whigs … Still Going

Watch reunited Cincinnati greats play South By Southwest via live stream

As the final notes rang out at Bogart's early on Jan. 1, many fans at The Afghan Whigs' final concert of 2012 (after a year of steady, successful global-touring) were left wondering if they hadn't just witnessed the final Afghan Whigs' show ever.

Band members were vague in interviews about the Whigs' future beyond the dates in front of them and since the tour has ended, frontman Greg Dulli has reportedly been working on material with Steve Kilbey of The Church, while Fists of Love — the local Indie band featuring the Whigs' John Curley on bass — have a new release, I Sang My Heart Out To A Snake Once, scheduled for next month (the release show is April 19 at Northisde Tavern). But future plans were never ruled out.

So it was a pleasant surprise but not a total shock last week when it was announced that The Afghan Whigs were going to headline the "Fader Fort" party/showcase (presented by The Fader magazine and Converse) at South By Southwest this week. The band is slated to headline tomorrow (Friday) night's festivities at 8:30 p.m. (Cincinnati time) on a bill that also features Ra Ra Riot, The 1975 and Future. If the Whigs have no plans beyond Friday's mere half-hour-long set … well, that would just be weird (unless they were paid an unusually large amount of money to perform).

Read CityBeat's Afghan Whigs cover package from last year here, here and here.

What will they play? Will they have news on the future? Lucky for fans, you don't have to be in Austin, Texas, to witness the performance. The Fader Fort showcases are being streamed live through Saturday. Click below to watch the Whigs' and all other performances live. The stream runs today, tomorrow and Saturday from 2-9 p.m. Below the player is the full schedule.




 
 
by Mike Breen 03.05.2013
Posted In: Music Video, Music Commentary at 12:24 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)
 
 
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The Funniest Video You'll See Today

An inside look into The Postal Service's early auditions, courtesy of Funny or Die

Though so far the closest it'll get to Cincinnati is Columbus, Ohio's LC Pavilion (June 8), the reunion tour for Platinum-selling Electronic Pop duo The Postal Service continues to add dates. While you anxiously await news of any shows closer to your hometown, you can sneak a peak at some recently unearthed footage of Jimmy Tamborello auditioning members for his new band. Members of Foo Fighters, Helmet and blink-182 apparently were among those who failed their try-outs. (Spoiler alert: Ben Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie gets the job.)


 
 

 

 

 
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