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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.
 
 
by Jac Kern 06.19.2012
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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.
 
 

These United States

June 24 • MOTR Pub

0 Comments · Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Jesse Elliott pursued a variety of ventures — international human rights law, economics writing, community non-profits, deli service — before returning to songwriting, his first and best love. Elliott formed These United States and embarked on a sonic mission to craft complex and engaging story-songs set to a soundtrack that somehow touches on a dozen different contemporary musical styles.   
by Mike Breen 06.08.2012
 
 
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FREE Music Tonight: The Dynamites, Oh My Me and More

Spend all your money on Zima at the Drake concert this week? We got you covered

This whole week has been overflowing with big-time concerts, from Radiohead to Red Hot Chili Peppers to Drake. If you went to any (and especially if you went to ALL), your pocketbook is probably a little lighter this weekend. So, in honor of all of you heroes who paid $15 just to park or spent $100 on three beers, tonight's live music recommendations are all FREE. And high-quality, to boot.• Kick off your weekender on Fountain Square tonight for perhaps the most eclectic MidPoint Indie Summer series concerts of the year. Kicking off at 7 p.m., the free show is like a musical world tour that takes you from the early Reggae sounds of Jamaica (with local openers The Pinstripes) to the unique and exotic native-Blues of Timbuktu (Malian music legend Khaira Arby, pictured, and her band) to the grinding, deep Funk of Nashville's vintage Soul revivalists The Dynamites featuring Charles Walker on the mic. Dancing shoes are a must! Walker and the Dynamites recently teamed with fellow soldier in the retro-funky revolution, Bettye Lavette, for the single "Yours & Mine." Check the phenomenal duet below.• Local powerhouse power trio The Sundresses perform a freebie tonight at MOTR Pub in Over-the-Rhine. The 10 p.m. show also features Lexington rockers Oh My Me, making tonight's show a half-reunion of the "Midwest by Southwest" tour from this past spring (which also featured Wussy — who are currently headed to the west coast for dates — and Whiskey Daredevils from Cleveland). Oh My Me has an intriguing and often captivating sound, mixing a groovy back-drop of fluid, hypnotic psychedelia with singer Erin Reynolds' stunningly soulful vocals weaving between the grooves — sort of a modern day Big Brother and the Holding Company. Lots of singers get the Janis Joplin comparison; Reynolds' voice and presence are so thoroughly alluring and absolutely natural, she's one of the few who actually deserves it. Check the clip below for a taste. More than just the openers, there's another reason to show up early. The first 20 people through the door tonight receive a free copy of the Cincinnati Entertainment Awards' 2008 Album of the Year, Barkinghaus, by headliners The Sundresses.Click here for the full run down of tonight's live musical entertainment offerings.
 
 
by Mike Breen 05.31.2012
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Music Tonight: Chris Webby, Kofi Baker and More

Up-and-coming underground rapper Chris Webby performs tonight at downtown club Play. Doors open at 7 p.m. and tickets are $20 at the door. The show is open to all ages. Guests include GMB, Nynewest and hosts DJ Scholar and DJ Drowsy. Webby is a Connecticut native (he has it tattooed on his chest; I'd move to Ohio if I were going to do that) who started rapping before high school and began to draw crowds at freestyle battles and with his popular mixtapes releases. Webby's built huge buzz in independent Hip Hop circles and has so far resisted signing a record deal. Click here to check out his mixtapes and other releases. Webby recently tweeted that he's just recently boarded his plane to Cincy. "PLAY in Cincinnati is about to get real weird tonight," he added.• Utah rockers The Used blast into Bogart's tonight. The 7:30 p.m. show is all ages and includes openers Stars In Stereo. Tickets are $25. The Used's energized Post Hardcore style is sparked by vocalist Bert McCracken, whose stage antics are an unpredictable throwback to Rock & Roll's more dangerous frontmen (Iggy, etc.). The Used's latest album, Vulnerable, came out earlier this spring on Hopeless Records. The album hit No. 1 on the Top Independent Albums chart when released and made it to No. 8 on the Billboard 200. Here's the video for The Used's single "I Come Alive." • The song of legendary drummer Ginger Baker, Kofi, is bringing his Cream tribute band to Covington tonight for an 8 p.m., all-ages show at the Madison Theater. Kofi Baker formed Kofi Baker's Cream Experience after catching the Cream reunion in 2005 and deciding he'd like to pick up where the originals left off. In the Clapton role is Tony Spinner, a Rock/Blues singer and guitarist who was a member of Toto in the ’00s. Playing bass is another talented musician, Ric Fierabracci, who has performed with the likes of Chick Corea, Shakira and Yanni. Kofi made his first live appearance when he was 6, playing with his pops on BBC's Old Grey Whistle Test in 1975. Here he is rocking with the Cream Experience in more recent years.• MOTR Pub in Over-the-Rhine has a free show tonight headlined by Canadian Electro Pop group Parallels. Showtime is 10 p.m. and like-minded locals Skeleton Hands also perform. Parallels has drawn comparisons to New Order and singer Holly Dodson has been likened to singer Kate Bush and Madonna. The band was formed in 2008 by Dodson and Cameron Findlay, the former drummers for popular electronicists Crystal Castles. Parallels sophomore full-length, XII, is due out June 26. Here's a clip for the band's song "Ultralight." Click her for more music events around town tonight.
 
 

Hustler of Culture

Always-busy Jon Langford comes to Cincinnati to perform and open an art exhibition

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 30, 2012
For anyone who likes Punk, Americana, British Folk, Country Rock or just enduring honky-tonk Rock & Roll, Jon Langford should be a household name. The Wales-born/Chicago-based musician plays Over-the-Rhine’s MOTR Pub this Friday with his band Skull Orchard.   

Dave Dondero with Mechanical River

June 3 • MOTR Pub

0 Comments · Thursday, May 24, 2012
The music industry is fueled by schlockmeisters churning out sugary confections that make millions but provide little enlightenment, while a courageous few pursue their creative vision in relative obscurity, a noble ethic that earns a cult following and a smattering of critical respect. David Dondero falls solidly and willingly into the latter category.  

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