by Mike Breen
17 days ago
Philly rockers Restorations play Newport’s Southgate House Revival tonight. Labelmates The Smith Street Band open the show at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 at the door.
Restorations recently released its third album, LP3 (following LP1 and LP2, of course), though the great label, SideOneDummy Records. Rolling Stone said of the new album, “When their trio of guitarists aren't busy auditioning for Ozzy or Springsteen, they summon dynamic, smartly-shaded echo caverns more reminiscent of Sunny Day Real Estate and Modest Mouse – elevating the nicotine-ravaged bloodletting of Jon Loudon, the toughest young old man at the bar, to lip-quiveringly dramatic heights.” The band also had a great piece written about them and new album on Grantland; check it out here.
• Blues singer/songwriter/guitarist Tas Cru and his band of Tortured Souls play West Side club Legends tonight. The upstate New York ace has released four well-received albums and has a new one, You Keep the Money, due out soon. Here’s the title track from his 2012 full-length, “Tired of Bluesmen Crying.”
Local Blues heroes The Sonny Moorman Group open the show at 8 p.m. Admission is $10 at the door.
• New York City-based instrumental trio Consider the Source plays Covington’s Madison Theater tonight. The self-descriptions from the band’s Facebook — “Sci-Fi, Middle Eastern, Progressive, Psychedelic, Jamband, Funk, Fusion” — give a great sense of the diversity inherent in the band’s music. Played with virtuosity and a sense of adventure, the threesome’s unique style and entertaining live presence has earned the group a cult following across the country, in Europe and even the Middle East, as well as dates performing with the likes of Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, Victor Wooten and Oteil Burbridge. Consider the Source recently released the World War Trio EP (Part 1), which consists of a “six-part composition” titled “Put Another Rock in That Bag.” Part 2 will be a double album due for release this winter.
Here’s an extended version of Radiohead’s “Paranoid Android,” a rare full cover from Consider the Source recorded live in the studio.
Consider the Source is joined by local acts Common Center, Elementree Levity Project and Don’t Fear the Satellites for tonight’s 9 p.m. show. Admission is $10.
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0 Comments · Tuesday, July 29, 2014
It’s Christmas in August this weekend for local Blues
fans. The big event is the 22nd annual Cincy Blues Fest, presented
Friday and Saturday at the riverfront’s Sawyer Point by the Cincy Blues
Plus, the Blues & Boogie Piano Summit returns, Dallas Moore receives high honor and MC Till and Sean Little launch Cincinnati Homeshow Tour
0 Comments · Wednesday, November 6, 2013
The local chapter of the Guitars for Veterans organization presents a benefit event/auction this Sunday. Plus, Ricky Nye brings the Blues and Boogie Piano Summit back to Newport, Dallas Moore honored by the Outlaw Music Hall of Fame and MC Till and Sean Little launch their intimate Cincinnati Homeshow Tour.
by Mike Breen
Annual food fest has less original music this year, but still boasts solid local performers
The music for this weekend's Taste of Cincinnati event — running Saturday-Monday — is heavier on local cover bands than it's been in a while, with only a small handful of acts that perform primarily original music. In years past, The Enquirer's weekly paper offshoot had presented some high-quality original artists (i.e. those who write all of their songs) in front of the P&G boob towers, but with the run of those weekly papers ending (for now) with the corporate shuttering of Metromix, perhaps the fest is in need of some booking guidance. (Too bad there isn't another weekly in town that has been covering original local music for the past nearly 20 years … cough, cough … that might be able to help.)Still, there are some great local artists at Taste this year, performing everything from R&B, Jazz, Bluegrass, Salsa and Blues to the predominant styles of Rock, Country and Pop throughout the event. Here's a handy schedule for this weekend's tasty sounds. Taste of Cincinnati takes place noon-midnight on Saturday and Sunday and 12-9 p.m. on Monday. Find food, music and other fun stuff along the Taste path (six blocks of Fifth Street downtown, between Race and Broadway streets).Saturday: Rattlesnakin' Daddies (noon, Kentucky Ale Beer Garden Stage); Naked Karate Girls (noon, Christian Moerlein Beer Garden Stage); Stonehouse Trail (3 p.m., Yuengling Beer Garden Stage); Final Order (4 p.m., Christian Moerlein Beer Garden Stage); Jamison Road (4 p.m., Kentucky Ale stage); Hott Stuff (6 p.m., Yuengling stage); 4th Day Echo (7 p.m., Christian Moerlein stage); Arlo McKinley and The Lonesome Sound (7 p.m., Food Truck Alley); Eugene Goss & Triage (7 p.m., Taste Experience); Pistol Holler (8 p.m., Kentucky Ale stage), Sunday: Ricky Nye (noon, Yuengling stage); Kentucky Myle (noon, Kentucky Ale stage); Robin Lacy & DeZydeco (12:30 p.m., Christian Moerlein stage); Azucar Tumbao (3 p.m., Yuengling stage); 3 Day Rule (4 p.m., Christian Moerlein stage); The G. Burton Story (4 p.m., Food Truck Alley); Danny Frazier Band (4 p.m. Kentucky Ale stage); Perfect Sequel (6 p.m., Yuengling stage); Eugene Goss & Triage (7 p.m., Taste Experience); DV8 (8 p.m., Christian Moerlein stage); The Cincy Brass (8 p.m., Food Truck Alley); Dan Varner Band (8 p.m., Kentucky Ale stage).Monday: The Turkeys (noon, Yuengling stage); The Sonny Moorman Band (12:30 p.m., Christian Moerlein stage); The Tracy Walker Band (1 p.m., Food Truck Alley); Kelly Thomas & the Fabulous Pickups (2 p.m., Kentucky Ale stage); Pete Dressman & S.U.N. with Kevin Finkelmeier (3 p.m., Yuengling stage); Leroy Ellington & the E-Funk Band (3:30 p.m., Christian Moerlein stage); Ralph & the Rhythm Hounds (5 p.m., Food Truck Alley); Kentucky Timbre with the Boone County Caterwaulers (6 p.m., Kentucky Ale stage); The DVB Trio (6 p.m., Yuengling stage); Stays In Vegas (6:30 p.m., Christian Moerlein stage). Find everything you need to know about this year's Taste at tasteofcincinnati.com. Here's a map of the site with the various stages and food vendors marked:
by Mike Breen
It's a slow night if you're looking for some touring acts to check out — in other words, typical Monday — but there are still a handful of local artists performing tonight. If you're a musician, there are some open jams (Blues jam with Sonny Moorman at Anderson Bar & Grill and Jazz jam with the Sandy Suskind Quartet at the Blue Wisp) and open mics (with host Pete DeNuzio at Knotty Pine and Bob Cushing's acoustic open mic at Shady O'Grady's). If you'd rather just watch and listen, great local Rock trio Sparrow Bellows plays the last night of its every-Monday "House Band" residency at Over-the-Rhine's MOTR Pub. The group — which features ace musicians Sammy Wulfeck (Goose, ex-Stapletons), Brian Kitzmiller (Black Owls, Trojan Rabbit) and guitar wiz Ric Hickey (solo, Telegram Sam, Speed Hickeys) — announced on its Facebook page this morning that its 9 p.m. MOTR performance tonight will be its "last multi-set show for a long time to come," so Bellows superfans take note. The show is a freebie, as always at MOTR. Click on for Sparrow Bellows' track "Thousand Recurring Signs" to get you in the mood.
by Mike Breen
This week in my weekly local music column, Spill It, I wrote about the unexpected glut of really strong music events this week. Tonight may be the hardest of all to make a decision about. Let's work through this together, man. We'll find something for you to do.• Catch a couple of Indie Pop success stories live and in person tonight in Covington as buzz bands Young the Giant and Cincinnati's very own Walk the Moon play Madison Theater, just the latest in a string of sold-out shows on the groups' current tour. We've been writing more and more about Walk the Moon over the past year (here's the latest), as the four-piece continues to charm the masses leading up to their debut album for RCA Records (late spring/early summer is the current target). Young the Giant is a little further along in its buzzdom, having released its first wide-exposure album, a self-titled affair on Roadrunner Records, in late 2010 (digitally)/early 2011 (physically). But YTG did a lot of legwork leading up to that point, building a following and airplay stats in Southern California as The Jakes, before becoming Young the Giant in 2009 and singing its deal. The band got a big shot in the arm after appearing at the MTV Video Music Awards last year; virtually unknown to most viewers, the band was featured between the likes of Lady Gaga and Lil Wayne, performing on some weird cubby-hole/light-box stage for 300 invited fans from their hometown of Irvine. Watch a clip below and read more here.If you have tickets, tonight's YTG/WTM show starts at 8 p.m.; doors open at 7.Get More: Young The Giant, My Body (Live), Music, More Music Videos• Dementia Precox was a Dayton, Ohio, band that lasted almost exactly the span of the ’80s and influenced musicians not only in the Gem City, but all over the region and beyond. The band had a sound uncommon to most ears in Dayton (and most other places), an adventurous exploration of primal rhythms and the grinding "sounds of the city" (via scraping percussion played, literally, on pieces of metal) that was many listener's first introduction to "Industrial" music. Dementia's style evolved in its decade of existence, originally more in tune with the avante grade style of Throbbing Gristle before morphing into something more widely understood as "Industrial" music after adding more synths and electronic elements. Dementia Precox was one of those bands that laid groundwork for others to build upon, but never really got its fair due. Cincinnati experimental vets BPA were inspired by Dementia, according to drummer Todd Witt, who adds that he feels the group paved the way for the Dayton's development of one of the more exciting underground music scenes anywhere. The band had done rare reunion shows after splitting, the last time being in 2007 when they performed in Cincy and Dayton. But a true full reunion isn't possible any more — Dementia frontman/snyth tweaker/cofounder/sound-shaper Gyn Cameron passed away last September in Florida. The band members reunited again to honor Cameron in Dayton the following month, and they'll do it again in Cincinnati tonight at Northside Tavern with BPA opening. According to the band's Facebook page, the first get together was "a reawakening of creativity" so inspiring, they are carrying on as a band under the name Dementia, a tribute Cameron probably would have appreciated — putting his old friends back in touch with each other and having them bond over (and commit to making more) art. Showtime is 10 p.m. and there's no cover charge. Here's an old clip of DP's "Maladie D'espirit." • The band D.R.U.G.S. was founded three years ago by singer Craig Owens after we got the boot from the band Chiodos, which he had been with for eight years (and carried on with a new dude). Owens assembled a Post Hardcore squad of rockers from groups like Matchbook Romance, Story of the Year, From First to Last and Underminded, signed to Pete Wentz's Decaydance label (through Warner Bros.) and dubbed the project D.R.U.G.S., which stands for Destroy Rebuild Until God Shows. Owens — who keeps busy, touring his solo act when not working with D.R.U.G.S. and doing various side-projects/collaborations, not to mention his burgeoning acting career — must have done something right when he formed the band because its first album went to No. 1 on Billboard's Hard Rock chart. The group's no longer with Decaydance and appear to be free agents at the moment.Read more here.D.R.U.G.S. is joined by Hit the Lights, Like Moths to Flames and Sparks the Rescue for an 8 p.m., all-ages show at Bogart's in Corryville tonight. Tickets are $19.12 (including any applicable fees). Here's a clip from the debut for the song "Sex Life."Click below for many more show suggestions around Greater Cincinnati tonight.
0 Comments · Tuesday, January 4, 2011
Margaret Darling, co-founder of Indie/Electro Pop darlings The Seedy Seeds, takes over the Southgate House’s “Artist in Residence” series for January, performing in the venue’s intimate Juney’s Lounge for free every Wednesday this month.
0 Comments · Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Organizers for Sunday's "Help for Haiti" benefit at Oakley's 20th Century Theatre put together a show in just a few days, and the massive and diverse roster of performers shows just how quick to help local artists are when an important cause comes up. The 6 p.m. concert will have Them Bones featuring Cheryl Renee, Freekbass, Kathy Wade, Kevin Fox, Sonny Moorman, Scotty Anderson, Phil DeGreg Trio, Steve Schmidt, Rumpke Mountain Boys, Robin Lacy and DeZydeco and many more acts. Suggested donation is $20. Proceeds go to the Red Cross.
2 Comments · Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Local Blues/Rock king Sonny Moorman, winner of last year's Cincinnati Entertainment Award in the Blues category, is celebrating the birth of his new CD, 'Live As Hell,' this Friday at Cardi’s Bar and Grill in Fairfield. Plus new music from Rumpke Mountain Boys, Pomegranates and The Sleep.