What should I be doing instead of this?
by Mike Breen 04.18.2013
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LISTEN: "Pyro Hippies" by Vacation

Spiky Cincinnati Noise Pop band has track from forthcoming album world premiered by Spin

Cincinnati Noise Pop trio Vacation had the first sampling of its forthcoming sophomore LP debuted by Spin.com today. The messy but blissfully melodic track "Pyro Hippies" is set for the band's Candy Waves album, scheduled for release on June 18 through New Jersey-based label, Don Giovanni Records. Vacation features singer/drummer Jerome Westerkamp (former singer/guitarist for The Read), guitarist/singer Peyton Copes and bassist/singer Evan Wolff (both formerly of Till Plains). The road-tested trio will play a couple of shows in July and then do three weeks on the road starting in early September. "Vacation" is starting to sound downright ironic given the busy bees Westerkamp and Copes have been lately. Besides Vacation, the pair is also 2/3 of the much-buzzed about trio Tweens, self-described as a "Nasty Doo Woppy band." The group — which mines a vein similar to Vacation, but with a female vocalist — has been garnering big attention from both music fans and the industry. Tweens recently opened for The Breeders when the "Alt" legends played a tour warm-up show at Southgate House Revival in Newport in advance of their global jaunt celebrating the 20th anniversary of the seminal Last Splash record. It must've gone well — Tweens were chosen to open for The Breeders in Washington D.C., Philly and New York City in early May.Look for a profile of Tweens in the May 1 edition of CityBeat. In the meantime, check out "Rattle&Rollin," which the esteemed U.K. label Fat Cat showcased on its website a couple of weeks ago.

Southgate Revival Opening: Take Two

CincyPunk Fest to be first shows at Southgate House Revival, Cincinnati Metal Family Reunion rocks Reading and Vacation comes home

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 10, 2012
This weekend's CincyPunk Fest is now set to be first event at the new Southgate House Revival after an aborted opening last weekend, plus Cincinnati Metal Family Reunion rocks Reading and Vacation comes home  
by Mike Breen 03.08.2012
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Music Tonight: The Spits and Dave Alvin

Punk Rock in Northside and Roots Rock in Oakley

Seattle-based underground heroes The Spits bring their riotous roadshow to Northside's Mayday for an evening of face-melting, over-the-top Punk Rock theatrics, sure to please anyone who feels “Punk” ain’t what it used to be. Joining the melee is the progressive Punk band TV Ghost, a sludgy but no less abrasive crew from Lafayette, Ind., that, like The Spits, has put out records on esteemed Garage Punk imprint In the Red Records. Kicking off the night is Cincinnati’s contribution to the kick-ass modern Punk Zeitgeist, Vacation. Showtime is 9 p.m. And, unlike most Mayday shows, there is a cover charge ($7). • Dave Alvin returns to Cincinnati tonight for a show at the 20th Century Theater in Oakley. The show starts at 8 p.m. with a set from great local Roots band The Kentucky Struts. Tickets are $25. Alvin and his band The Guilty Ones are out supporting the Blues-blastin,' Roots-rockin' live album Eleven Eleven, recorded in Ann Arbor last year (the night after his last stop in the area). Yep Roc Records is releasing an expanded edition of the live set, due for release in April.

May 11-17: Worst Week Ever!

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Do you know someone who insists on carrying a concealed weapon in public? Probably the type of person willing to jump to action at the first sign of injustice, using his or her weapon only for good and never accidentally shooting anyone or raging?