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by Mike Breen 10.20.2014 10 days ago
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Music Tonight: JEFF the Brotherhood and More

Two of the leading lights from Nashville’s exploding underground Rock scene, JEFF the Brotherhood and Diarrhea Planet, perform tonight at Northside Tavern. Admission is $10 and the show starts at 9 p.m. Locals Gazer and See You in the Funnies open.JEFF the Brotherhood recently released a covers EP, Dig the Classics, on Warner Brothers Records. Brothers Jake and Jamin Orrall picked six of their favorite tunes to record for the EP: Pixies’ “Gouge Away”; The Wipers’ “Mystery”; My Bloody Valentine’s “Come in Alone”; Colleen Green’s “Cujo”; Teenage Fanclub’s “Mad Dog 20/20”; and Beck’s “Totally Confused.” A new original full-length, the followup to the duo’s fantastic Hypnotic Nights LP, is currently being completed and is slated for release early next year. • Austin, Texas, Indie Pop trio The Please Please Me returns to town tonight, this time for a free show at Over-the-Rhine’s MOTR Pub. With a mix of cello, guitar and some spectacular melodies and harmonies, The Please Please Me has been working on its first full-length release, the followup to last year’s debut EP, Shake a Little Harder. The Please Please Me - " Dreamin' " from Archimedes Media Lab LLC. on Vimeo. Know of other good live music options for tonight in Greater Cincinnati? Share details in the comments.
 
 

Electric Avenues

Cincinnati’s Electric Citizen takes a quick detour from the road to trumpet the release of its debut full-length

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 6, 2014
With international acclaim and relentless national touring, Heavy Cincinnati rockers Electric Citizen return home for a release party in honor of its debut full-length, Sateen.  
by Mike Breen 06.17.2014 135 days ago
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REVIEW: Heavy Hinges’ ‘Mean Old City’

Energetic, soulful local Rock group set to release first album Saturday

Heavy Hinges is a new-ish band featuring some faces likely familiar to dedicated local music fans. Guitarist Jeremy Singer and drummer Brian Williamson have played in numerous groups over the past two decades, while singer/guitarist Dylan Speeg and bassist Andrew Laudeman were members of long-running, super-diverse Cincinnati crew Buckra. Maya Banatwala is the relative newcomer in the band, but her soul-drenched co-lead vocals in the Hinges serve as the group’s secret weapon. Heavy Hinges debut album, Mean Old City, shows signs of some of Buckra’s trademark sonic diversity, but it’s channeled in a more focused manner. Ultimately, Heavy Hinges is a great Rock & Roll band, but its sound is touched by influences from Blues, Pop, Funk and Soul to various other forms of American Roots music. Like Alabama Shakes, Heavy Hinges manages to sound remarkably vital and “of the now” — despite the obvious vintage inspirations — thanks to the sincerity and vigor poured into each note. Mean Old City bristles with a timelessness that has less to do with the classic genres flirted with throughout and more to do with the from-the-heart songwriting and playing. Here’s a music video for Mean Old City track “Booze May Be Your Lover, Not Your Friend”:  Speeg and Banatwala make for great co-frontpeople, crisscrossing their melodies and harmonies sometimes like X’s Exene Cervenka and John Doe and other times like June and Johnny Cash, with each singer possessing a voice quite distinct from each other, yet still sounding like they were made for each other when they come together. Meanwhile, the rest of the band are flawless and perform with a similar soulfulness; Williamson and Laudeman are a jaw-droppingly great rhythm section, while Singer’s guitar leads and solos are as attention-grabbing as the singers’ powerful vocal one-two punch. Heavy Hinges host a free release party for the new album Saturday at 10 p.m. at Northside Tavern with DAAP Girls. Read CityBeat's profile of Heavy Hinges from early this year when the band was nominated in the "Best New Artist" category at the Cincinnati Entertainment Awards.
 
 

Jessica Hernandez and the Deltas with The Yugos

Thursday • Northside Tavern

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Jessica Hernandez and the Deltas' latest release, the EP Demons, is perhaps the group’s most impactful effort yet, seamlessly blending classic Soul, slanted AltRock and dark and shadowy gypsy/cabaret sounds into an aural mélange that suggests a supergroup starring Janelle Monáe, Dap-Kings, ZZ Ward and Gogol Bordello.   

Union of the State

State Song locks in on a solid lineup for its sophomore album, the powerful and evocative Sleepcrawling

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 23, 2014
After recording its debut just after forming, Cincinnati’s State Song returns with a more developed vision on sophomore full-length Sleepcrawling.   

Lab Partners with Darlene and The Stealth Pastille

Friday • Northside Tavern

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 23, 2014
One of the finest bands to emerge from the Dayton, Ohio, music scene over the last 15 years, Lab Partners continue to carry on Gem City’s reputation as a hot-bed for Indie Rock. The band also has direct ties to some of the artists who helped bring international attention to the city’s music in the first place.   

Corina Corina and Abiyah

Friday • Northside Tavern

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Veteran, multifaceted Cincinnati Hip Hop artist/promoter Abiyah has teamed up with Brooklyn, N.Y.’s R&B/Hip Hop vocalist Corina Corina (whose latest album, The Free Way, was just released) for a two-week jaunt through the East Coast and Midwest, which began on Corina’s turf in mid-March and comes to Abiyah’s home base this week.   

Love Is All Around (Local Venues)

Valentine's Day brings some cool musical events to Greater Cincinnati this weekend

0 Comments · Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Over a dozen area musicians will gather on Valentine's Day to perform the acclaimed (and massive) 69 Love Songs album by The Magnetic Fields. Plus, the Valentine's Day Rebound Show brings an eclectic lineup to Covington and Cincinnati once again participates in the World Sound Healing Day with a big event on Valentine's Day.   

The B.E.A.T. with Black Pharaoh, Counterfeit Money Machine and Abiyah

Friday • Northside Tavern

0 Comments · Tuesday, January 21, 2014
The B.E.A.T. cites musical influences like Indie Rock bands Minus the Bear and Battles, while the smart, imaginative lyrics and flow of MC B.East were inspired by above-the-fray MCs like Nas, Lupe Fiasco and MF Doom. Together, the sound of The B.E.A.T. is like no other in Hip Hop.   

Idiot Glee with Tweens and Mardou

Saturday • Northside Tavern

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 8, 2014
Idiot Glee is the guise of Lexington, Ky.-based musician/singer/songwriter James Friley, whose passionate Pop sound has garnered attention from all over the world. Though he largely uses electronic instrumentation, Idiot Glee’s recordings can hardly be described as “Synth Pop,” showing a more classic sensibility inspired by the likes of Harry Nilsson and Roxy Music.   

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