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Chuck Prophet heads south for new album

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Before I could even fully ask the question, Chuck Prophet (the Petty-with-an-edge Americana singer/songwriter/guitarist) was laughing. I said the word "Wikipedia," and he instantly knew I was heading to this paragraph in his entry: "Chuck Prophet parted with New West Records in 2005 after a restaurant tab argument involving an extra order of garlic bread."  

The Seedy Seeds

Nov. 25 • Southgate House

0 Comments · Monday, November 23, 2009
People sure do love The Seedy Seeds. The endearing Folktronica trio cleaned up at this year's Cincinnati Entertainment Awards, claiming three trophies: Album of the Year, Best Live Act and Best Alternative/Indie. The relatively young group now has six CEAs to its name. They're performing at the Southgate House with tourmates The Young Republic and D.C.'s Vandaveer.  

Tommy Castro

Nov. 29 • Southgate House

0 Comments · Monday, November 23, 2009
Tommy Castro is one of those guys who's been around so long and has so many incredible affiliations it's astonishing he's not a household name. He got his chops playing with Bay Area cover bands in the '70s, leading to his membership the Retro Rock band The Dynatones in the '80s and a long solo career that kicked off in 1991.  

psychodots with The Tempers

Nov. 27 • Southgate House

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 24, 2009
The amazing local Power Pop trio hasn't been a "full-time" band for several years, but Ohio fans always know that, come Thanksgiving, they'll have a chance or two to catch the 'dots. Their annual shows (by the band's account, this will be the 666th) happen Wednesday at Canal Street Tavern in Dayton and Friday at the Southgate House.  

Black Cobra with Paralyzer and Black Tusk

Nov. 24 • Southgate House

0 Comments · Monday, November 16, 2009
In its infancy, the pummeling Sludge Metal of Black Cobra wasn't generated by a full-time "band." Instead, it was produced by two musicians working remotely from separate coasts, Jason Landrian and Raffa Martinez. That was a few years ago, but they have no plans of expanding past the current ranks.  

The Moore Brothers with Why? and Jason Snell

Nov. 14 • Southgate House

0 Comments · Sunday, November 8, 2009
Thom and Greg Moore have done time in a number of worthwhile outfits (the former in Chicken on a Raft and Nedelle and Thom, the latter in Sandycoates and Owl & the Pussycat), but they clearly save their best efforts for their own project together, the appropriately bannered Moore Brothers. The Moores’ early work was more traditionally structured guitar/bass/keys/drum Pop/Rock, but around the time of 2004's 'Now Is the Time for Love' the sibs decided to strip things back to acoustic guitars and their otherworldly harmonic tenors, and that's when things got really interesting.   

Blues & Boogie Piano Summit

Nov. 7 • Southgate House

1 Comment · Monday, November 2, 2009
Now in its 11th year, the Blues & Boogie Piano Summit features American specialists Lisa Otey (from Tuscon, Ariz.) and Barrelhouse Chuck (Chicago), plus Spain's Lluis Coloma. Organizer Ricky Nye, of course, also performs, while local musicians Brian Aylor (drums), Steve Perkakis (upright bass) and George Bedard (guitar) provide accompaniment throughout the night.  

Hoots & Hellmouth with William Elliott Whitmore and Wake the Bear

Nov. 9 • Southgate House (Parlour)

0 Comments · Monday, November 2, 2009
In "Root of the Industry," the opening track on the June release 'The Holy Open Secret,' Hoots & Hellmouth makes its seditious tendencies clear. Take a listen to this Roots Rock group without inspecting the lyrics and you might figure that their country-fried acoustic work is moonshine-making music without any teeth to it. That's not the case.  

BRINK New Music Showcase

Oct. 31 • Southgate House

0 Comments · Thursday, October 29, 2009
Perhaps the only show you can attend Saturday and not be encouraged to wear a costume, the annual BRINK New Music Showcase returns to the Southgate House Halloween night with three floors' worth of local band freshness. An attempt to spotlight the next crop of local music wavemakers, the Cincinnati Entertainment Awards-sponsored event has hosted scores of eventual big-shots in past years. This year features acts nominated for the 2009 CEA "New Artist of the Year."  

Baby Alpaca (Profile)

Using nature and collaboration to craft musical escapism

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 28, 2009
If you've never seen Chris Kittrell (aka "baby alpaca"), he's like this 7-foot-tall autoharp-wielding Ginsbergesque satyr who's on a personal mission to provide others with an auditory escape from the everyday as well as an outlet for creative collaboration and/or a skinny-dipping partner, all under the umbrella of his cuddly moniker.   

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