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Events: Cincinnati Toy and Collectible Show

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Since debuting the Columbus Toy Show in 2003, James Ford and CTS Promotions have held pop culture conventions for six years. However, Sunday's event at the Sharonville Convention Center marks the company's first foray into Cincy. This family-friendly con will offer recent and vintage products: action figures from franchises like Star Wars, Star Trek, Transformers and G.I. Joe, dolls, cars by Hot Wheels and Matchbox, comic books, magazines, trading cards, models, trains and other miscellanea from the 1930s to the present. 9 a.m.-3 p.m.  

Music: Russian Circles

0 Comments · Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Russian Circles might very well be capturing the transmissions of a complex, little known galaxy far away. In crafting snaking, ornate instrumental passages with nary a word to be heard, the group’s material offers the possibility that they have special access to a distant away satellite and are using its transcendental signals to fuel their own imaginations. They play the Mad Hatter with Coliseum and Young Widows.  

Russian Circles with Coliseum and Young Widows

Oct. 28 • The Mad Hatter

0 Comments · Friday, October 23, 2009
Russian Circles This band is guitarist Mike Sullivan, bassist Brian Cook and drummer Dave Turncrantz, guys from Chicago who have done stints in intelligently aggressive acts like Botch and These Arms Are Snakes. Instead of being a cryptic allusion to a warhead or an intergalactic beacon, their moniker is a nod to a drill performed by the Russian ice hockey team when they skate in circles marked around the rink.  

Savior of The Damned

Andrew Pinching discusses his 10-year tenure with Punk stalwarts

0 Comments · Tuesday, October 20, 2009
The Damned have carved their reputation out of going about things in an off-kilter fashion. When they released the ebullient "New Rose" in 1976, it wasn't just their first single — it's usually credited as being the first Punk Rock single, period. In the same year, they snapped up a spot on the "Anarchy in the U.K. Tour" with The Sex Pistols, The Clash and Johnny Thunders & the Heartbreakers. As those other pioneers were gradually exterminated by drugs, The Damned kept going.   

Legends of The Fall

With new album in tow, The Fall of Troy wade past Post-Hardcore waters

0 Comments · Tuesday, October 20, 2009
The members of The Fall of Troy knew it was time for a break. As they reached the end of their touring cycle for 2007's 'Manipulator' album, the group was burned out on performing and still adjusting to the departure of bassist Tim Ward, who quit in November of that year due to stress. With a handful of rudimentary compositions already in the works for its next disc, the band spent about eight months removed from its music. The hiatus did them good.  

Music: The Damned

0 Comments · Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Music: The Fall of Troy

0 Comments · Tuesday, October 20, 2009
The Fall of Troy plays The Mad Hatter to support their fourth album, In the Unlikely Event, with Javelin Dance, The Paramedic, I Am The Messenger and Says The Suns.  

Slick Idiot with Chakras, Riothead, Common Man Down, Blood Werk and Another Tragedy

Oct. 9 • The Mad Hatter

0 Comments · Monday, October 5, 2009
It's perplexing to figure out what angle Slick Idiot is going for. With CDs bearing appellations like 'DickNity,' 'Screwtinized' and 'xSCREWciating,' what does the German Industrial outfit expect the crude puns to represent? Does the band traffic in some kind of satire or social commentary, or is it sexualized synth Rock that's unashamedly silly?   

Music: Slick Idiot

0 Comments · Monday, October 5, 2009
Once part of KMFDM, En Esch and Guenter Schulz parted ways with the Industrial titans some 10 years ago to design this new project. While the band fills out for concerts, the chief engineers always occupy vital roles: The hairless Esch handles vocals with a reptilian growl resembling Iggy Pop making a come-on in a back alley, and Schulz uses a guitar to lead their throbbing, machinelike instrumentation. Aside from a female roar that occasionally floats through the looping throbs, Slick Idiot is a straight-up dance soundtrack for dark clubs. They play the Mad Hatter.  

Lit: John Porcellino

0 Comments · Tuesday, September 15, 2009
King-Cat became a constant in John Porcellino’s life long ago. Since 1989, he’s used the minimalist indie comic series to document the peculiar details of everyday life. On his way to major alt-comic affair Small Press Expo for the debut of Map of My Life, a King-Cat anthology that collects strips from 1996 to 2002, Porcellino will stop by to hang out at Shake It Records. Appearing with fellow cartoonist Noah Van Sciver, Porcellino will bring along copies of the new King-Cat #70, ’zines and assorted merch.