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The Dustbowl Revival

Nov. 20 • MOTR Pub

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 20, 2013
The Dustbowl Revival rides a third rail. The band is true to the original Jump Blues and Swing groove, but the musicians also reserve the right to go off on any musical tangent that they deem fun and workable.  
by Mike Breen 11.15.2013
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WATCH: The MidPoint Sessions featuring The Happy Maladies

Cincinnati Indie Chamber Folk quartet featured in latest video from The Queen City Project’s MidPoint Sessions

Last Friday we featured the first video from a series of clips created by The Queen City Project from footage shot at “The MidPoint Sessions,” a day party at the Art Academy of Cincinnati held during September’s MidPoint Music Festival in Over-the-Rhine/Downtown.  The first clip featured Athens, Ohio’s The Ridges, who curated the acoustic performances, bringing in three fellow Ohio acts to join them. Today we premiere the second video from the great Sessions series to emerge. The new video features talented and adventurous Cincinnati Indie Chamber Folk foursome The Happy Maladies performing their song, “Peter’s Sweet 16.” The Happy Maladies have been playing a lot of out of town shows over the past year, hitting regional venues, Chicago and the East Coast fairly regularly. The band released its debut album, Sun Shines the Little Children, in 2009, followed last year by the magnificent, mesmerizing EP new again (check it out here).  The band is currently working on a new album, which is expected to release in early summer next year. In July, The Happy Maladies announced “Must Love Cats,” an intriguing project that celebrates the collaborative spirit in creativity. The band is soliciting original pieces written for the group from composers of all stripes. Until Jan. 1, interested artists can send the group new “compositions, songs, ballads, marches, sound poems, farcical musicals, improvisational games, panic attacks, etc.” The musicians will chose five pieces and work with the composers to get it in performance shape. In the springtime next year, The Happy Maladies will play the compositions during a special concert series, which will be documented and turned into a concert film, album and booklet with profiles of the composers.  You can find complete details about the Must Love Cats project here on the band’s website. Here is a video featuring the band members explaining the project. Visit thehappymaladies.com for more on The Happy Maladies. 
 
 
by Mike Breen 11.14.2013
Posted In: Live Music, Local Music, Festivals at 04:22 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)
 
 
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PREVIEW: Friday and Saturday's Ubahn Fest

The new Ubahn Fest kicks off tomorrow, spotlighting Hip Hop and EDM in Cincinnati's underground

This weekend brings the uniquely “underground” Ubahn Fest to downtown Cincinnati. The two-day music festival (its name a play on the German word for underground rapid transit systems) features a mix of Electronic music, DJs and Hip Hop artists, including many local and regional performers. Ubahn is a collaboration between the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, branding/”social intelligence” agency AGAR and Self Diploma, one of the leading independent event promoters in the region, presenting the popular every-Saturday music series on Fountain Square during the summer (among other events).   While Cincinnati has its share of music fests, this is a rare one that focuses on EDM and Hip Hop. Even more unique is the festival’s setting. Ubahn takes place in the tunnels of the vacant Riverfront Transit Center, located beneath Second Street and running between the Bengals stadium and Broadway. For fest-goers, the entrance is at 220 Central Ave., between Pete Rose Way and Third Street.  Along with the local/regional talent, Ubahn features two huge acts to top the bill each night. Friday’s headliner is A-Trak, one of the leading DJs/turntablists around, working frequently with Kanye West, doing production work and remixes for an array of artists, forming the popular duo Duck Sauce with Armand Van Helden, collaborating with the likes of Travis Barker, Jay-Z and Danny Brown and co-founding the esteemed Electronic/Hip Hop label, Fool’s Gold. A-Trak was featured on the cover of Billboard’s 2012 Dance music issue alongside Skrillex and Diplo. Here is a clip featuring footage from A-Trak’s huge Bonnaroo set this year: Saturday’s headliner is singer/songwriter/producer Mike Posner, who has built a large following with his memorable brand of eclectic Electro Pop. Posner has also found success working with a wide range of artists — everyone from Big Sean and 2 Chainz to Justin Bieber and Big Time Rush — as a producer, songwriter and/or guest artist. Posner’s much anticipated new album, Pages, is due next year. Here’s the clip for Posner’s 2013 single, “The Way It Used to Be”: DJs, EDM and Hip Hop artists from across the region joining A-Trak for Friday’s festivities include DJ Davey C, DJ Prism, The Animal Crackers, Erik Barnum, The Natives, Sh3llz, Eazy El Loco, DJ Vizion, Panzer, Disco Joe, DJ Worldpeace, DJ Fursur and Briz-Rain.  Cincinnati’s Puck also appears at Ubahn on Friday. The MC released a music video for his track “Outside” last month: Another local MC performing Friday is Trademark Aaron, who kicked off the summer with a great new EP, For the People. More recently, Aaron posted the short film made to accompany a new track called “Shake,” featuring Sleep of 2 Man Cypher (Sleep performs Saturday at Ubahn): Saturday’s lineup is rounded out by local and regional acts like Cal Scruby, K.M.F., CJ Townsend, Those Guys,  Big Cam, DJ Donkis, DJ Magnificent, DJ Drowsy, Sleep, Nuk, Nick Youngerman and PRJR.  Cincy “new wave Hip Hop” act Valley High will also appear at Ubahn on Saturday. Here is their recent video release for the track “8 Ball”: And here’s a recent track from local progressive Electronicists Black Signal called “Sai Pei.” The trio is also playing Ubahn on Saturday: Another local Saturday performer is Hip Hop artist Buggs Tha Rocka who recently announced that modern Hip Hop legend Talib Kweli will executive produce his next album. Before that, Buggs will release a new mixtape next month. The MC recently posted the freestyle track “Gold Bars in Tha Safe,” which you can listen to and download below: <a href="http://buggstharocka.bandcamp.com/album/-">

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by Mike Breen 11.13.2013
Posted In: Live Music, Local Music, Music News, CEAs at 12:17 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)
 
 
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David Wolfenberger Returns to the Stage Tonight

Cincinnati singer/songwriter emerges for a rare performance tonight with Mark Olson

Outside of singing at his church occasionally, brilliant Americana singer/songwriter David Wolfenberger hasn’t performed in the area for quite some time. After working with the group The Marshwiggles in the late ’90s, Wolfenberger put out three stellar solo albums between1999-2006, earning him high praise both domestically and abroad. But besides occasional performances and scant new material (what he has released has been for charity), the 1999 Cincinnati Entertainment Awards winner for Artist of the Year has kept a low profile for the past several years.Tonight, Wolfenberger is coming "out of exile" to join an old friend in concert. Wolfenberger is re-teaming with Mark Olson, half of the brain trust behind the best work of The Jayhawks, at Newport’s Southgate House Revival. Wolfenberger toured extensively with Olson in the early ’00s as a member of The Original Harmony Ridge Creekdippers, the group Olson formed with then-wife Victoria Williams after he left The Jayhawks. Wolfenberger opens tonight's show with a solo, acoustic set at 8 p.m. and he will also join Olson during his set (along with Olson's current touring partner — and wife — Ingunn Ringvold). Tickets are $12 at the door. Wolfenberger has been posting some of his older material on his Reverbnation page and, in an email, he said he will be posting new songs "on occasion in the future." Here's one of his earlier cuts, "Tentatively Vince Foster," from his 1999 solo debut, Tales from Thom Scarecrow, released on the local Blue Jordan Records.Get Band email for free at ReverbNation.com
 
 

Unknown Hinson

Nov. 17 • Southgate House Revival

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 12, 2013
 The personality known as Unknown Hinson is portrayed by Stuart Danny Baker, a hell of a guitarist from North Carolina who invented the tongue-in-cheek character so he could rip on everything from Hendrix tunes to original songs like “Fish Camp Woman,” “I Ain’t Afraid of Your Husband” and “I Cleaned Out a Room (In My Trailer for You).”  

Stepdad

Nov. 14 • MOTR Pub

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 12, 2013
With tour response reaching a fever pitch and new material working its way into recent sets, Stepdad and its “8-bit Power Pop” could be the breakout sensations of the new year.  

Dwight Yoakam

Nov. 16 • Horseshoe Casino

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Dwight Yoakam is an enormously influential figure for rescuing ’80s-era, Nashville, Tenn.,-based commercial Country music from its reliance on cloyingly familiar, Pop-oriented musical clichés and boring, hack storytelling truisms.    

Trampled by Turtles

Nov. 15 • Taft Theatre

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Trampled by Turtles is another band in the Alt Folk movement manned by rockers who decided to dabble in acoustic music as a change of pace and found so much success with it that it stuck.   

The Lone Bellow

Nov. 12 • 20th Century Theater

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 5, 2013
Coming at us from Brooklyn, N.Y., The Lone Bellow — whose name couldn’t suit them any better — is made up of a trio of beautiful souls. Their harmonies are tight and soul-stirring, but at just the right moments, it’s lead singer Zach Williams’ Georgian drawl that cries out louder than the rest.  

Drive-By Truckers with Old 97's

Nov. 8 • Madison Theater

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 5, 2013
 For all intents and purposes, the band Drive-By Truckers could also be called “Changing Lineup.” Over the years, quite a few musicians have entered and left the building of this acclaimed group. But the heart of the Truckers is still true, with original members Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley continuing to hold the reins.   

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