Music Tonight: Brooklyn's Izzy and the Catastrophics swing back through Cincy after a successful appearance last month during the MidPoint Music Festival. Here's how our Brian Baker described the band in our MPMF preview issue: "If Izzy & the Catastrophics were just a marginal band, they’d get bumped up a notch simply by virtue of the fact that they had the good sense to hire unmatched trombone blower and (former member of local Ska/Reggae band The Pinstripes) Chapman Sowash. Oh, but Izzy & the Catastrophics are so much more than marginal; if they’d been the dance band on the Titanic, they’d have blown that iceberg into bar cubes for drinks on the lido deck. Izzy is the perfect frenetic frontman, like Weird Al Yankovich without the flimsy jokes, and the Catastrophics swing so perfectly that Cab Calloway’s heavenly grin is brighter than Sirius on a clear night." The band performs at Over-the-Rhine's MOTR Pub at 10 p.m. The show is free. Below, dig a clip for the band's track "If You Knew."
I move on trying to play catch-up with a mountain of new album releases, with just barely a breath to mention the passings of underground comic author Harvey Pekar and counterculture figure Tuli Kupferberg, co-frontman and songwriter for The Fugs. Let's check out the new albums from Ed Kowalczyk (of Live fame), Magnolia Mountain, Jimmie Vaughan, Walter Trout, Kylie Minogue and The Cat Empire.