by Mike Breen
Thanksgiving Eve brings tons of live music to area venues tonight
Tonight's allegedly the "busiest bar night of the year," so if you like to hang out at places that are really packed, this is your jam. If you like to hear live music when you go out, you're also in luck, as a lot of the top acts seek out lucrative Wednesday-before-Turkey-Day gigs because of the aforementioned packed-ness. If you want that live music to be (primarily) original, here are a few recommendations.• Troy, Ohio-spawned Miss May I (whose singer, Levi Benton, recently moved to Cincinnati) is headlining the Alternative Press tour, which conveniently brings the increasingly popular "Metalcore" band back to their homeland just in time for Thanksgiving. The band's most recent release, At Heart (on Rise Records), came out this summer and was greeted with the best reviews of MMI's career and a No. 32 debut on the Billboard Top 200 chart. The thrashy, melodic MMI headlines tonight at Bogart's in Corryville on a bill that also features The Ghost Inside, Like Moths to Flames, The Amity Affliction and Glass Cloud. Doors open at 6 p.m. and tickets to the all-ages show are $20.Read CityBeat's interview with Benton here then check out Miss May I's most recent music video, for At Heart track "Day By Day." • Vintage Rock & Roll stylist Chris Isaak makes his way to downtown Cincinnati tonight for an 8 p.m. show at the Taft Theatre. Tickets range from $29.50-$59.50. Isaak's going to have to play the show then hop on a plane quickly — he's slated to perform in the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Parade in New York City. (Click here to read CityBeat's full preview of the show.)Isaak recently issued a live DVD based on his 2011 double-disc release Beyond the Sun (his first for the Vanguard label). The album was a collection of cover songs originally recorded by artists on Memphis' seminal Sun Records (from Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis to Carl Perkins and, of course, Elvis), a fitting tribute given Isaak's similar approach and sound. The new Chris Isaak Live! Beyond the Sun DVD is a concert flick featuring several songs from the Sun album, as well as some of his big hits. Expect to hear a similar set list tonight. Here's an Isaak original from the DVD, "Live It Up."• The songcraft experts and flawless musicians of veteran Cincy Pop/Rock band The Newbees host an album release party tonight at Newport's Southgate House Revival. The release show was originally intended to be the second show at the new club (brought to you by the owners/operators of the old, beloved Southgate House across from Newport on the Levee) but a late code inspection held the grand opening up for a week. The Newbs are celebrating their LP Modern Vintage, a patchwork of musical styles and mercilessly catchy songs. Click here for a full review of the album.The Newbees are joined tonight by The Turkeys, Chaselounge, Honey & Houston, Les Whorenettes, Shiny Old Soul, See You in the Funnies, Sundae Drives and Dave Hawkins. Tickets are $12 at the door (or $14 for those ages 18-20). Showtime is 9 p.m. Here's the Beatles-esque new album track "Up All Night":• There are also plenty of other local original groups performing tonight. Among the highlights: Reggae/Rock crew The Ohms and soulful, rocking power trio Tattered Roots (which is celebrating its one-year anniversary) join together at Stanley's Pub in Columbia Tusculum. … Rootsy rockers Alone at 3 a.m. are playing a freebie at The Comet in Northside with Jacob Tippey and Matt Wood. … Electronic improvisers Skeetones hold down the party at The Mad Frog in Corryville, joined by guests The B.E.A.T. and Bassface. … Two former members of The Greenhornes — Brian Olive and Eric Stein — perform a free show at Northside Tavern with their current bands, The Brian Olive Band and Stein's Grotesque Brooms. … Rocket-fueled Indie/Blues/Roots/Rock trio The Sundresses headline tonight's free offering at MOTR Pub in Over-the-Rhine, joined by Detroit foursome Jeecy and the Jungle. … And two of the city's best modern rockers — Ohio Knife and State Song — perform a free show at Mayday in Northside (see poster above). Click here for even more live music events in Greater Cincinnati tonight.
by Mike Breen
Local band The Ohms' fest near Oxford showcases eclectic lineup of artists from Ohio and beyond
Cincinnati crew The Ohms have built an impressive career over the past decade-plus, starting out in the ’00s as a popular draw on the “Jam band” circuit as Four Ohms, before shifting gears and developing a surprisingly unique twist on the Rock-meets-Reggae hybridization, a pairing that everyone from Eric Clapton, The Clash and The Police to modern players like No Doubt, The Aggrolites and Matisyahu has flirted with and/or embraced since the ’70s. Changing the band name to simply The Ohms a few years back (and garnering some national industry attention), the now stripped-down three-piece is in top fighting shape, sounding better than ever, as their recently released second album, Press On, proves beyond a shadow of a spliff. They’re a lean, mean skankin’ machine with a fresh coat of Modern Rock paint glazed atop. Press On succeeds through careful and crafty, yet very natural-feeling, mixology — the Rock and Reggae elements never get in each other’s way, feel forced or fight for space in The Ohms’ groove-driven mix, a testament to the musicians’ abilities as arrangers and writers. The title track, for example, sounds like a perfectly natural jam session between Green Day and Rancid. A minute into the track, the Punk/Pop-like drive drops to a head-bobbing flow of buoyant, vintage Reggae rhythms, ’70s-styled songcraft and Ska horns. The album continues with that basic blueprint throughout, but few tracks are predictable and there are variations galore. “Vampire” is a voodoo strut that explodes into a huge, engulfing chorus, while elsewhere the band tinkers with the full range of Reggae sounds, styles and approaches (from Roots to Ska to Dub, grunting toasting to full-voiced, highly melodic melodies) and welds them together with the musicians’ excellent grasp of Classic Rock and top-notch musicianship.Reggae and Ska remain two of the more maligned genres in music (usually unfairly … and it always comes back around), but The Ohms have such an addictive energy, even the most hardened “Pfft — Reggae sucks” protestor won’t be able to resist bobbing along to the contagious beats and rhythm. Fresh on the heels of the release of Press On, The Ohms have been focused on this weekend's big Ohmstead music festival at Hannon’s Camp America (hannonscampamerica.com) near Oxford. Ohmstead is now entering its 11th year, which certainly puts the event amongst some of the longest running artist-built festivals of its kind in the region. For this weekend’s (Friday and Saturday, plus a little Sunday morning/afternoon action) Ohmstead blowout, The Ohms have joined forces with Wham Bam Thank You Jam fest to help manage and operate a big “Ohmstead Wham Bam Thank You Jam” conglomo-fest, which once again features an impressively diverse lineup of inventive music makers, mostly from across Ohio. The multi-act festival — with The Ohms performing both nights, as has become tradition — presents everything from progressive Psychedelic Jam Rock (Cincy’s Mr. Brown’s Mysterious Sounds), Kent, Ohio-based Ambient/Electronic/Industrial musician Pyrosonic, smooth acoustic guitarist Brian Henke (from Bay Village, Ohio) and fellow Reggae squad Soul Rebels (from straight outta Yellow Springs), promising Cincy Alt/Psych/Garage/Rock foursome Lemon Sky, retro-tinged local rockers Tattered Roots, popular touring “Hippie-Hop Jam Rock” outfit Boogie Matrix (Toledo) and Northern Ohio Jam band Aliver Hall, which showcases former Four Ohms member Alex Hall on guitar and vocals. Other artists slated to appear include Dayton-based Phish tribute band Oh Kee Pa, Dayton Funk rockers Magic Jackson, Oxford area Blues band Bad Men on a Mission and Nigerian-born/Cincy-based AfroBeat champ Baoku Moses. Here is the most recent 2012 Wham Bam Thank U Jam and Ohmstead lineup (with "city of origin"), posted by the WhamBam folks (who add that attendees should check the info booth because times will "likely change"): Friday3pm - Trench Foot - Dayton, Ohio4pm - Tony Herdman and Tracy Sax - Kettering, Ohio5pm - Gild the Lily - Dayton, Ohio6pm - Mr. Brown’s Mysterious Sounds - Cincinnati, Ohio7pm - Brown Street Breakdown - Dayton, Ohio8pm - Tattered Roots - Cincinnati, Ohio9pm - Subterranean House Band - Dayton, Ohio10pm - Prophets Mire - Dayton, Ohio11pm - Magic Jackson - Dayton, Ohio12:30am - The Ohms - Cincinnati, Ohio2:30am - Pyrosonic - Kent, Ohio Saturday (in the Barn)10am - Brian Henke - Bay Village, OhioNoon - Andyman Hopkins Band - Cincinnati, Ohio1pm - Bad Men on a Mission - College Corner, Ohio2pm - Soul Rebels - Yellow Springs, Ohio3pm - Elementree Presents - Cincinnati, Ohio4pm - Nine False Suns - Dayton, Ohio5pm - M 8 7 - Dayton, OhioSaturday (Wham & Bam Stages)6pm - S O L - Piqua, Ohio7pm - Happy Lemmy - Birmingham, Alabama8pm - Lemon Sky - Cincinnati, OhioFire Celebration Ceremony - at Dusk / Sunset - in Middle Earth9pm - Aliver Hall - Akron, Ohio10pm - Oh Kee Pa (Phish trib) - Dayton, Ohio11:30pm - Boogie Matrix - Toledo, Ohio1am - The Ohms - Cincinnati, Ohio2:30am - Baoku & the Image Afro Beat Band - Cincinnati, Ohio2:30am - Pyrosonic - Kent, Ohio - In the Barn!Sunday (in the Barn)10am - Tracy Sax Therapy - Kettering, OhioNoon - Steev Inglish - London, England1pm - The Finders - Cincinnati, Ohio2pm - Troll - Cincinnati, OhioThree-day passes are only $35. Visit whambamthankujam.com for info on how/where to buy tickets, the full rundown of performer links and a list of the various on-site vendors, plus perks like “Ohio’s Largest Fire Sculpture” and camping opportunities. For even more details, as well as info on The Ohms’ new Press On release, visit www.ohmsmusic.com. Here's a sample of the new material. <a href="http://ohmsmusic.bandcamp.com/album/press-on">Press On by The Ohms</a>
Cincy Reggae/Rock crew The Ohms prep for fest, plus The Sleeping Sea and Bear (The Ghost) host two-fer release show and The Sundresses hit Mt. Adams
0 Comments · Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Cincy Reggae/Rock crew The Ohms prep for their 11th annual Ohmstead music festival, plus The Sleeping Sea and Bear (The Ghost) host a two-fer release show and The Sundresses hit Mt. Adams with The All Night Party.
0 Comments · Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Since it’s such a huge, kick-ass music
festival that spotlights the newest and best of the local, original
music scene from several genres, we thought we’d give you a little heads
up on next week’s Clifton Heights Music Festival so you can make plans
by Mike Breen
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Cincy Reggae Rockers celebrate the release of their second album in Silverton tonight
Yes, even beyond the huge chunk of shows already posted today, there are more solid musical options for tonight. Popular Reggae/Rock crew The Ohms are set to unleash Press On, the local group's second official album. The band wants you to come celebrate with them tonight at MVP Sports Bar & Grille in Silverton, former home to Play By Play (which The Ohms played frequently) and, before that, Metal hangout Never on Sunday. The band promises special guests onstage as well as some unheard material not even on the new album. They'll also be filming and recording audio at the event. Oh, and they'll have Press On shirts, stickers, lighters and more! The party goes down at 10 p.m., starting with Folk/Rock openers Drew LaPlante & The Prosperity. The event is open to those 18-and-up. Pay a $10 cover and get the disc plus entry; just to get in, it's $5. The Ohms have been stingy with the new material so far, but click here for a live version of Press On track "Voices" and enjoy a cool clip from the band's last album for the catchy single, "Pipe Down."
0 Comments · Wednesday, August 3, 2011
Heavy, progressive Hard Rock trio Valley of the Sun celebrates the birth of its new EP, The Sayings of the Seers, at the Southgate House’s Parlour room this Thursday. Cincy Art/Prog/Metal ensemble Atlantic Becoming and Columbus’ heavies Lo-Pan open the 9 p.m. show.
0 Comments · Wednesday, June 30, 2010
The Northside Rock 'n Roll Carnival/Parade/Festival features the best lineup of homegrown bands and musicians you'll find all holiday weekend. And you don't even have to miss the other Fourth of July events and fireworks displays around town because the fun takes place Friday and Saturday, with no events on the actual Fourth.
0 Comments · Wednesday, June 23, 2010
This weekend, the folks from local indie label Grasshopper Juice Records are gearing up for its fifth annual Adjust Your Eyes Music & Art Festival. The eclectic, camping-friendly event (this year being held at the Branch Hill VFW Hall in Loveland) will feature more than 30 musical acts on two stages, one indoors and one outdoors.
Quartet ventures to the left coast to record their debut full-length album
1 Comment · Monday, February 1, 2010
Most local bands hit a nice area studio to record their first album. But The Ohms had a bigger impact in mind. After putting together a home demo and receiving a spectacular response to their set at their own annual Ohmstead music festival, the Reggae/Rock quartet cast its net farther from shore and ended up recording in L.A. with No Doubt producer Dito Godwin.
0 Comments · Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Believe it or not, back in the 1940s and '50s, before recording artists flocked to Nashville, Tenn., some of Country music's legendary artists came to Cincinnati to record hits that would one day make them famous. Hank Williams, Patti Page, and Flatt and Scruggs all played sessions at Cincinnati's historic Herzog Studios, formerly located at 811 Race St.