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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.   

Mallory Album Release Party With The Sundresses, State Song and More

Oct. 23 • Southgate House

0 Comments · Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Cincinnati Indie/Post Rock trio Mallory returned to the local club scene several months ago after an extended hiatus, and this weekend the band celebrates the birthing of its long-awaited second release, '...Before It Grows.' The seven-track effort is the group's first since 2002. Their CD release show is Friday at the Southgate House. Opening will be All Night Party label comrades The Sundresses as well as State Song, The Sleeping Sea, e.p. hall, Animal Circles and Lifelike.   

A Mighty Return for Mallory

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Cincinnati Indie/Post Rock trio Mallory returned to the local club scene several months ago after an extended hiatus, and this weekend the band celebrates the birthing of its long-awaited second release, '… Before It Grows.'  

Fran Healy & Andy Dunlop from Travis

Oct. 21 • Southgate House

0 Comments · Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Just because Fran Healy and Andy Dunlop are out on an acoustic tour of the U.S. doesn't bode ill for the Scottish quartet Travis. In fact, after six albums and nearly 20 years, things couldn't be better.  

Tomorrows Bad Seeds

Oct. 3 • Southgate House

0 Comments · Monday, September 28, 2009
For the past five years, L.A.'s Tomorrows Bad Seeds have been honing their hard rocking version of Reggae, Metal, Punk and Hip Hop to increasingly loyal and exponentially larger audiences at home and around the country. Spicing Rock with island rhythms is certainly no new development, as they're the latest in a long line of Rock bands with an affinity for Jamaica's second favorite export (and working knowledge of the export in the No. 1 slot as well).  

Built to Spill

Oct. 2 • Southgate House

0 Comments · Monday, September 28, 2009
Built to Spill's long, strange trip (six albums in 17 years, the last five for major label biggies Warner Bros.) reached an apex of sorts in July when they agreed to take part in the Pitchfork Music Festival's "Write the Night" in Chicago. Their latest album, 'There Is No Enemy,' is fairly laid back, sounding like a band staring into the abyss of adulthood — both as a musical unit and, you know, in real life.  

Sea Wolf with Port O'Brien and Sara Lov

Oct. 4 • Southgate House

0 Comments · Monday, September 28, 2009
Alex Brown Church Church is Sea Wolf, but recently he welcomed drummer Joey Ficken, bassist Ted Liscinski (onetime member of Cincy band Moth during that band's major label tenure) and keyboardist Lisa Fendelander to the permanent fold. Touring newbie Joyce Lee takes up the cello, while Nathan Anderson helms electric guitar, something he also handles for Indie Folk luminary M. Ward. I leave it at that, because I don’t want to   

Ticket to Ride

All the details for getting around MPMF.09

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 9, 2009
MidPoint offers 270 acts on 23 stages in three districts (downtown, Over-the-Rhine and Newport) over three nights. Here's the lowdown on wristband and transportation.  

Friday Pick: The Dynamites Featuring Charles Walker

Pure unadulterated joy, and butts shaken and stirred

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 23, 2009
On their new album, the aptly titled 'Burn It Down,' The Dynamites improbably turn up the heat and bring their Soul simmer to a full boil. If James Brown was the Godfather of Soul, Charles Walker is his consigliore — he sings with hellhound conviction, divinely inspired passion and otherworldly intensity.  

Thursday Pick: Deke Dickerson

He's king of the whole wide world ... at least the guitar-playing world

0 Comments · Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Rockabilly/Roots hero Deke Dickerson started out playing in a Surf band in his teens, and that sound is still evident in some of his music. But he's since become a darling of the Roots music movement, thanks in large part to his masterful, trademark guitar playing that blends Surf, Country, Rockabilly and Jazz techniques.  

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