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by Mike Breen 10.24.2012
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Music Tonight: The Toasters

Legendary NYC Ska group brings 30th anniversary tour to Cincy for free show

American Ska legends The Toasters perform a free show tonight at MOTR Pub in Over-the-Rhine. Showtime is 10 p.m. and — sorry, kids — you must be 21 or older to get in.The band was one of the leading inspirations behind the "third-wave" Ska explosion of the ’90s, but the band actually began 30 years ago, influenced by the 2-Tone Ska movement in the U.K. The Toasters blend of NYC Rock and 2-Tone made them cult heroes in the Ska underground, as did the band's D.I.Y. approach; founding member (the sole one in the current lineup) Robert "Bucket" Hingley formed the influential Moon Ska Records in 1983 to release his own albums, as well as those by acts like Mustard Plug, The Slackers and Hepcat. The label's various compilations also gave a boost to up-and-coming, non-Moon acts like Less Than Jake and No Doubt.Here's The Toasters' first music video, for the tune "Radiation Skank" off of the band's debut release, 1985's Recriminations EP (which was produced by British singer/songwriter Joe Jackson; he is to The Toasters what Elvis Costello was to The Specials). And here is "Modern World America" off The Toasters' 2002 release, Enemy of the System.
 
 

Mike Watt

Oct. 21 • MOTR Pub

0 Comments · Monday, October 15, 2012
For the uninitiated, Mike Watt has been doing what he can for more than three decades, beginning with his role as bassist in the Minutemen, the iconic Indie Rock trio known for its short, lacerating songs about everything from Michael Jackson and Ronald Reagan to Jesus and tequila.  
by Mike Breen 10.10.2012
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Music Tonight: Bill Frisell, Jeff Coffin and More

There is a staggering amount of high-quality live music events tonight in Greater Cincinnati, especially for a Wednesday. Here are a few of the best.• Though Jazz is the music saxophonist Jeff Coffin is most closely identified, his experience and passion extends well beyond the genre. Coffin’s and his Mu’tet make dynamic, progressive sounds, most recently heard on the studio effort, Into the Air, which draws from mainly from modern and vintage Jazz. But Coffin first came to many music fans’ attention when he joined Bela Fleck’s Flecktones in 1997, a fittingly adventurous gig for the diverse musician/composer. Coffin left the Flecktones after he was invited to join the Dave Matthews Band full time, replacing late founding member LeRoi Moore in 2009. As if he wasn’t busy enough, Coffin — who has also shared stage/studio time with everyone from McCoy Tyner and Branford Marsalis to Willie Nelson and Widespread Panic — is equally acclaimed as an educator and clinician, working with students of all ages around the world. “The spirit and breath of the music is what I take away from the listening and playing,” he says of his influences, which, collectively he dubs “Spirit Music.” Coffin and his Mu’tet come to Northern Kentucky University tonight to share their musical wisdom and spirit. After an afternoon lecture and clinic for NKU music students, Coffin and Mu’tet perform an 8 p.m. concert at the school’s Fine Arts Center’s Greaves Concert Hall. Admission is $10 ($5 for students with ID). Visit nkuconnections.nku.edu for more info. • Nick Zammuto may have broken up his acclaimed experimental sound-collage project The Books, but he's not given up music. Tonight, his new band, appropriately named Zammuto, performs at MOTR Pub in Over-the-Rhine. The show is free and features a warm-up set from Lymbyc Systym. Click here to read about Zammuto and here for more on Lymbyc Systym.• Innovative guitarist Bill Frisell is in town to perform with his 858 Quartet at The Emery Theatre. The concert is related to the current, ongoing FotoFocus events around town. Click here for more details. • Popular rockers Band of Horses, whose upcoming tour with Willie Nelson was sadly cancelled recently, play at Bogart's in Corryville tonight. Click here for a preview.
 
 

Lymbyc Systym

Oct. 10 • MOTR Pub

0 Comments · Monday, October 8, 2012
Brothers Mike and Jared Bell of Electronic band Lymbyc Systym were physically separated by time zones for three years while recording their third release, Symbolyst. But it’s clear they had synergy despite the distance between Brooklyn, N.Y., and Japan.   

Zammuto

Oct. 10 • MOTR Pub

0 Comments · Monday, October 8, 2012
Early this year, Nick Zammuto surprised fans and critics with his announcement that he was closing the book on The Books, his avant sonic collage project with Paul de Jong and a variety of supporting players.   

Two Gallants with Papa

Sept. 17 • MOTR Pub

0 Comments · Monday, September 10, 2012
 When Adam Stephens and Tyson Vogel began playing San Francisco street corners and house parties a decade ago under the banner of Two Gallants they were just 21 years old, but by then, the Folk rockers were childhood friends that had already been playing together for nearly 10 years.  
by Mike Breen 08.31.2012
 
 
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Post-Fireworks Party Sunday at MOTR

Two stellar Ohio Indie bands perform free Labor Day eve show

If you still have the energy after ooh-ing and ahh-ing at the fireworks on the river Sunday night — or if you're avoiding them altogether because you hate crowds (I'll be live tweeting the TV broadcast of the fireworks for all you homebodies) — two great Ohio bands are performing for free at Over-the-Rhine club MOTR Pub immediately following the big booms. The fireworks after-party kicks off with Columbus Indie Rock crew Indigo Wild, a crafty, eclectic band that has built a nice following in Cincy thanks to frequent performances in the area (band members live in both Cincinnati and Ohio's capital). Here's a fun music video for Indigo Wild's song "Rowboats," featured on the band's debut release, the If By Sea EP (which came out last year around this time; click here to listen or purchase). Headlining the show are The Ridges, an Athens, Ohio-based Orchestral Indie Folk troupe that has also amassed a solid following in Cincinnati. The MidPoint Music Festival vets — who perform in different configurations, depending on which members are available (including string and horn players) — return to play MPMF.12 in a few weeks. The Ridges are currently prepping a full-length album (recorded here in Cincinnati), so fans may even get a few new songs at the MOTR show. The group performed at this summer's MidPoint Indie Summer concert series on Fountain Square, where they did an interview with CityBeat's John Byrne for a cool video feature. Learn more about the band and hear a few snippets of music in the piece below. (You can view more videos from Byrne's Indie Summer video series here.)
 
 

Talking to Strangers

Ted Clark's live talk show is a subversion and celebration of the art form

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Talk shows used to be about talk. Conversation was cultivated, not cut off. Ted Clark is here to reverse that trend with Ted Clark After Dark, a local talk show that could — and often does — go anywhere at any time.  

WAZU

Aug. 15 • MOTR Pub

0 Comments · Monday, August 13, 2012
 If you’re fan of New Order, The Cure and Tears for Fears, and you enjoy crying as much as you love dancing, then you should definitely check out the WAZU.   

The Black Shades

Aug. 11 • MOTR Pub

0 Comments · Monday, August 6, 2012
The Black Shades are the kind of high-energy band you can’t help but love. With songs that are catchy and performances that are electrifying, The Black Shades have an image and sound akin to The Hives.   

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