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Music: King Khan & BBQ Show

0 Comments · Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Knowing the reputations of Arish “King” Khan and Sultan (aka “BBQ”), it’s tough to be legitimately offended by the smut they unapologetically spew. In the ’90s the pair served in the feisty Spaceshits. Today, the Montreal/Berlin-based troublemakers use the Show as an outlet to revel in a time-tripping goulash of Doo Wop and Garage Rock. They play the Northside Tavern.  

Music: Black Cobra

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Choronomega, Black Cobra’s September full-length from Southern Lord, represents a point of growth for the band as an increased focus on their existentialism-tinged lyrics and engaging album art. This Sludge Metal band plays the Southgate House with Paralyzer and Black Tusk.  

Black Cobra with Paralyzer and Black Tusk

Nov. 24 • Southgate House

0 Comments · Monday, November 16, 2009
In its infancy, the pummeling Sludge Metal of Black Cobra wasn't generated by a full-time "band." Instead, it was produced by two musicians working remotely from separate coasts, Jason Landrian and Raffa Martinez. That was a few years ago, but they have no plans of expanding past the current ranks.  

Music: NerdPow!

0 Comments · Thursday, November 12, 2009
Though there is a vast audience for video game-related music, the sounds’ architects are scattered across the country and beyond. To repair this dilemma, two gaming aficionados have founded NerdPow!, an affair touted as “The Great Lake Region's first and only Nerdcore and video game music concert.” 11 a.m. Holiday Inn Sharonville.  

Nerds of a Feather

The inaugural NerdPow! celebrates better video gaming through music

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 10, 2009
With game developers taking frequent technological leaps and the popularity of Rock Band and Guitar Hero nearing the point of cultural oversaturation, current video game music is light years removed from the tinny din and clunky MIDI palettes of yesteryear. Exhibit A: Cincinnati's first NerdPow!, featuring live performances, a subculture-chronicling documentary film and games to play as musicians rotate between sets.  

Music: Cheap Girls

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 10, 2009
The Lansing, Mich.-based group — starring brothers Ben and Ian Graham (the latter handles bass and vocals) and guitarist Adam Aymor — turn out vibrant Power Pop/Pop-Punk with heavy ‘90s Alt/Indie Rock vibes. My Roaring 20s, the band’s second full-length, was released last month. They play the Bikehaus with Failures' Union, Knife the Symphony and Army Coach.  

Cheap Girls with Failures' Union, Knife the Symphony and Army Coach

Nov. 14 • Bikehaus

0 Comments · Sunday, November 8, 2009
When three guys heading toward their twenties formed Cheap Girls two and a half years ago, the project was intended to be something that they wouldn't take too seriously. Each of them had been in other groups before, and this one was supposed to have a good time without hitting the highways. One party quickly led to another and Cheap Girls quickly gained impressive momentum — so much that they reconsidered that original plan.   

Music: Hoots & Hellmouth

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Driven by guitarists/vocalists Sean Hoots and Andrew Gray, Hoots & Hellmouth's sound has relatives in the likes of The Hackensaw Boys, Old Crow Medicine Show and Drive-By Truckers. The group’s twangy, mandolin-rich style seems like a throwback to the Dust Bowl era, but the band members insist that they’re rooted in the present. They play the Southgate House.  

Hoots & Hellmouth with William Elliott Whitmore and Wake the Bear

Nov. 9 • Southgate House (Parlour)

0 Comments · Monday, November 2, 2009
In "Root of the Industry," the opening track on the June release 'The Holy Open Secret,' Hoots & Hellmouth makes its seditious tendencies clear. Take a listen to this Roots Rock group without inspecting the lyrics and you might figure that their country-fried acoustic work is moonshine-making music without any teeth to it. That's not the case.  

The Last Starfighter

Fairfield’s Arcade Legends keeps a video game tradition alive during tough times

2 Comments · Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Time has not been good to the arcade game. In the last decade, the accelerated pace of take-home technology has unarguably established consoles like the Nintendo Wii and the Xbox 360 as the video game’s dominant products, forcing the coin-operated game out of the market.