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by Jac Kern 08.09.2012
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Your Thursday To Do List

If the Little Mermaid song “Unda Da Sea” makes your mouth water, you probably have some odd repressed childhood issues, but you won’t need to worry about that this weekend during the Great Inland Seafood Festival! Enjoy your fill of shrimp, lobster, crawfish, oysters, salmon, crab and more of Ariel’s aquatic friends at Newport on the Levee from 5-11 p.m. tonight. Admission is free and the seafood smorgasbord continues through Sunday. Each night features live music and a special on Whole Main Lobsters: just $10.95 a pop! Sorry, Sebastian. Comedian Mark Eddie kicks off his four-night run at Funny Bone on the Levee tonight. A professional musician for more than a decade, Eddie performed storytelling songs which led him to try musical comedy. In addition to playing guitar, Eddie has a knack for impersonations, imitating everything from celebrities and singers to children’s characters and random noises. Tonight’s show begins at 8 p.m. Welsh musician Gruff Rhys, of Super Furry Animals fame, makes a stop at the Contemporary Arts Center tonight for a unique and super rare performance. As part of his “investigative tour of the Americas,” Rhys will perform at 8 p.m. before bringing Cincinnati native and Hip Hop producer Boom Bip onstage. Boom Bip will play a DJ set as the CAC transforms into a dance party. Anticipate lots of fun surprises from these two! Well, there’s really no other way to say it: Whisky Bar hosts the “baddest little show on Earth” tonight with Extreme Midget Wrestling. Tickets to the 9 p.m. show are $20 at the door, $25 “ringside.” Don’t worry, the event poster assures “We support anti-bullying campaigns.” Ongoing events: Hamilton County Fair, It's Commonly Jazz at Eden Park, College Hill Block Party, Salsa on the Square with Kandela, Jazz in the Park with Steve Schmidt.
by Mike Breen 08.08.2012
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Gruff Rhys Reunites with Boom Bip at CAC

Welsh musician's "investigative" concert tour stop to feature rare Boom Bip appearance

Welsh musician Gruff Rhys is bringing his current unique (and brief) tour to Cincinnati's Contemporary Arts Center tomorrow (Thursday). The show starts at 8 p.m. Click here to grab your tickets. Those attending the tour’s stop at the CAC will also be treated to an extra rare bonus — Rhys’ Neon Neon project-mate and Cincinnati native Boom Bip (aka Bryan Hollon, who now works from out of the West Coast) will be joining Gruff onstage after the main performance for a one-of-a-kind DJ set. Rhys’ band Super Furry Animals released its major label debut, Rings Around the World, in 2001 and the group appeared to be a successor to the throne occupied by fading superstars like Blur and Oasis. The album (following SFA’s excellent debut, Fuzzy Logic, and a trio of experimental-oriented albums put out by king-maker Alan McGee’s Creation Records) put a brilliant, creative spin on “Brit Pop,” highlighted by fascinating sounds between the grooves, but also an extraordinary knack for writing incredibly potent melodies. Rings contained several hit-songs-in-waiting and did well in the U.K., but never fully grabbed the ears of the U.S. mainstream like a few of the band’s predecessors did. While some artists would have simply gone back and cleaned up/out the sound of their potential breakthrough to appeal more to the mainstream, it soon became clear that Rhys and the Furries weren’t interested in pandering. The band had always been underlined by a progressive, adventurous streak (early works embraced Electronic and Ambient music, among other approaches) and it was evident that the opportunity to crossover or become a massive success was less important to Rhys and Co. than following their own creative whims. (By the mid-’00s, SFA had left the Sony family for the artist-friendlier confines of Rough Trade Records). Rhys’ work outside of the Furries’ domain has been even more exploratory. Rhys’ eclectic solo albums have contained songs sung alternately in Welsh, English and Spanish. And he’s a huge fan of collaboration, working with artists like Mogwai, Sparklehorse, De La Soul, Gorillaz, Simian Mobile Disco and Brazilian artist Tony da Gatorra, to name a few. One of his most celebrated collaborations has been with Boom Bip; the pair’s Neon Neon project has been widely acclaimed, earning a Mercury Prize nomination in 2008 for the album Stainless Style (a loose concept piece about the life of John De Lorean). Rhys’ current project/tour is a follow-up to Separado!, a feature film/multimedia venture during which film crews followed the musician as his “investigative concert tour” traveled through South America. The film followed Rhys on his journey to learn more about his “long lost, guitar-playing, poncho-wearing uncle, Rene Griffiths.” Given his musical output, it was fitting that Rhys’ intellectual and creative curiosity had led him down such another unique path.Here's the trailer for Rhys' "psychedelic western musical," Separado!Rhys’ current “investigative tour” is another adventure in genealogy and travel, as the artist (again trailed by a film crew for a planned movie sequel/music/prose/photo project) journeys through North America to find the burial site of John Evans, another distant relative who allegedly left Wales in the late 1700s on a quest to verify the legend of a Welsh-speaking tribe of Native Americans. Rhys put this call out to anyone with info that could help: “Gruff urges anyone with clues regarding Evans’s unknown burial place; imaginary volcanos; wandering tribes of Welsh Speakers, or lingering river reptiles to come to the shows, where their help with his investigations will be appreciated and featured in the movie.” You might even make the film's final cut just by showing up and checking out the show.Rhys’ performance will include music, discussion, his cutting humor and more. As the trailer above suggests, and anyone who’s seen SFA live knows (the band's criminally under-attended show at the Southgate House many years ago was one of my all-time favorite concerts), don't go into one of Gruff’s appearances with too many expectations because, most likely, they’ll be blown out of the water.

Boom Bip with DJ Mowgli

Dec. 31 • Tonic on 4th

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Boom Bip's career has skyrocketed since he left Cincy for the West Coast earlier this decade. Now based in L.A., Bip (Bryan Hollon) has done Peel Sessions, toured the globe, remixed tracks for Mogwai, Four Tet, M83 and Danny Elfman, remained the dominant force on Lex Records (also home to Danger Mouse) and formed an Electro duo with Gruff Rhys from Super Furry Animals called Neon Neon. And that's just hitting some of the resume highlights.