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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.   

A Lull

Aug. 2 • MOTR Pub

0 Comments · Tuesday, July 31, 2012
When I told a friend via cell phone that a band called A Lull was about to take the stage at the recently completed Pitchfork Music Festival his response was, “A what?” Possibly uninspired moniker aside, Chicago’s A Lull went on to deliver a dynamic, percussively driven set that drew heavily from the band’s 2011 full-length, Confetti, and this year’s EP, Meat Mountain.  

Exitmusic

July 29 • MOTR Pub

0 Comments · Monday, July 23, 2012
Exitmusic’s recent Tiny Desk Concert for NPR, in which artists literally perform live amid desks in the media outlet’s office, was anything but tiny. The New York City-based quartet, led by husband-and-wife duo Devon Church and Aleska Palladino, played four songs from the band’s recently released full-length debut, Passage (on Secretly Canadian), all of which were delivered with a majestic sweep — both sonically and emotionally — that belied the modest surroundings that housed them.   
by Mike Breen 07.06.2012
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Music Tonight: Lydia Loveless, oOoOO and More

Like every Friday, a great place to start your evening is Fountain Square, as the free MidPoint Indie Summer concert series continues with headliner Lydia Loveless. Loveless is an Ohio native who performed fairly regularly in the Cincinnati area (and elsewhere around the region) before she caught the attention of AltCountry/Modern Roots music institution Bloodshot Records with her natural blend of classic Country influences and more contemporary Rock flavors. Her debut for the label, Indestructible Machine was released last year and Loveless was one of the more buzzed-about names at last year's MidPoint Music Festival (even making the cover of CityBeat the week of the event. Loveless is currently working on new material. Read more about Lydia from this week's CityBeat here, as well as from last year's MidPoint issue here.Northern Ohio Roots/Blues artist Patrick Sweany and Cincinnati rockers The Ready Stance (check out our recent interview here) warm things up for Loveless starting at 7 p.m.• Christopher Dexter Greenspan — better known as Bay Area Electronic artist oOoOO — brings his spectral beats and melodies to Northside's Mayday tonight for a 9 p.m. show with guests Fogger and Skeleton Hands. Admission is $12.Greenspan's hypnotic, slanted mix of Chillwave and ethereal Trip Hop — at times sounding a little like Icelandic electronic act múm or a ghostly, gauzy version of M83 — was most recently showcased on oOoOO's second EP, Our Loving Is Hurting Us, which includes spacey vocals from singer Butterclock (as well as Greenspan's own voice, which delivers melodies slathered in a glaze of effects). Here's the new EP track "Break Yr Heart."• Former local musician GD Mills once again brings his raucous Minneapolis Garage Punk group Fuck Knights back to his former stomping grounds, performing a free show tonight at MOTR Pub with Muddy Udders, Children of the Emerald Fire and Martin Luther and the Kings. Showtime is 10 p.m.How are Fuck Nights like Batman? Click here to find out. Here's a clip of the Knights playing live last year (that's Mills singing and playing drums).Click here for even more live music options in Greater Cincinnati tonight.
 
 
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Your Tuesday To Do List

There's free action on Fountain Square every day this summer. Tuesdays are American Roots night, with plenty of live Americana/Folk/Bluegrass music kicking off at 7 p.m. each week. Tonight's lineup includes Magnolia Mountain and Wild Carrot & the Roots Band. Find a full lineup for American Roots Tuesdays and more Fountain Square events here.Knowing how to cook seasonally goes hand-in-hand with eating local and growing your own produce. Tonight, the Civic Garden Center hosts a family-friendly cooking program that will instruct you on how to do just that. Learn what fruits and veggies are in season now and how to incorporate them into new recipes. Children are welcome! The class begins at 6 p.m. and is $15 (free for CGC volunteers).MOTR Pub's Writer's Night continues each Tuesday, offering local songwriters, musicians, poets and wordsmiths a chance to share their work and win cash. Fists of Love's Donna J. hosts tonight. Sign ups begin at 8:30 so come early, bring original material and chow down on some tasty mac and cheese or a vegan BLT (MOTR's kitchen is open 'til 9:30 p.m.).Drinking Liberally meets at Fries Cafe in Clifton for its final Tuesday gathering. After a two-week holiday break, DL will continue to meet up on second and fourth Thursdays, alternating locations at Fries and Dutch's. Tonight, the Phackt Chequers host a trivia night and the group will order pizza from Adriatico's. Arrive by 7:45 p.m. to get in on a food order. Go here to learn more about Drinking Liberally, an informal group under the Living Liberally umbrella.Feeling stressed? New Thought Unity Center in East Walnut Hills presents a sound healing circle tonight. Meditate while singing and chanting to recordings of Gregorian, Hindu and Native American music from 7-8:30 p.m.
 
 

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