by Mike Breen 04.18.2012
Posted In: Live Music, Music Video, Local Music, Music News at 12:12 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Music Tonight: Low, R. Ring, The Fray and more

• Veteran Indie Rock cult heroes Low pull into town tonight to play the new Ballroom at the Taft Theatre. Formerly known for their "slow-core" approach, the Duluth, Minn., trio has expanded its sound greatly in recently years. Check out a clip from last month, filmed at The Guardian offices in the U.K., of Low explaining and performing the song "Witches."     Opening the 8 p.m. show is R. Ring, featuring Dayton, Kentucky's Mike Montgomery (thistle, Ampline) and Dayton, Ohio's Kelley Deal (The Breeders, The Kelley Deal 6000). The band is getting ready to release a full-length album, but here's a live clip of them performing the song "Hundred Dollar Heat" in Austin, Tex., during the recent SXSW fest. R.Ring - Hundred Dollar Heat from Be Lie All on Vimeo.Tickets for tonight's show are $12.• Santa Cruz, California-based Psych Rock band Sleepy Sun performs a free show tonight at MOTR Pub at 10 p.m. The band recently released its third album, Spine Hits. Check out what our Jason Gargano has to say about Sleepy Sun here. Space rockers White Hills, which recently issued Frying On This Rock through Thrill Jockey, open the show with their own brand of "fuzzed out psychedelia."Here's the trailer for Sleepy Sun's Spine Hits, followed by a video for White Hills' "Pads of Light."Sleepy Sun - Spine Hits trailer from ATP Concerts & Recordings on Vimeo.White Hills - Pads of Light from Thrill Jockey Records on Vimeo.Click on for more info on shows tonight by The Fray and Lucy Wainwright Roche.

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Cincy Messes with Texas

A record number of bands from Greater Cincinnati complete successful invasion of Austin’s South By Southwest

8 Comments · Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Among the masses at this year’s South By Southwest, the yearly Austin festival, (the music portion of which ran March 13-18) were several of Cincinnati’s hometown favorites, marking the largest turnout yet for Cincinnati-based bands at SXSW.   
by mbreen 03.12.2012
Posted In: Live Music, Local Music at 04:02 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Cincy Invades Texas, You Get Free Music

The Counter Rhythm Group gives away free local tunes in honor of Cincy's SXSW takeover

Tomorrow the music portion of the huge, annual South By Southwest festival in Austin, Tex., kicks off and, as we told you before, Cincinnati music is very well represented this year. Local promotional/licensing organization The All Night Party presents its first ever showcase at SXSW tomorrow at Soho Lounge, featuring performances by Cincy area bands Wussy, The Lions Rampant, The Seedy Seeds and The Sundresses, along with pals Oh My Me (from Lexington) and The Whiskey Daredevils (Cleveland). The Counter Rhythm Group — which has also been assisting local artists with creative promotional opportunities — is helping out with the showcase (and corresponding Midwest by Southwest tour) and, kind folks that they are, the company is offering a free compilation download featuring several of the artists with whom they are working. Click here, hit "Free Download" and enter your email address to get an instant link to the digital files, which include excellent tracks from some of the area's finest, including State Song, Shiny and the Spoon, Ampline, Mad Anthony, The Pinstripes, Alone at 3AM and The Tillers, plus SXSWers R. Ring (one of their first publicly available tracks), Wussy, Ohio Knife and The Sundresses. Pass the link around to show off your city's stellar music scene to all of your out-of-town pals (especially any living in Austin, so they can get out and show some support). And keep checking this blog for reports from the ground in Austin throughout the SXSW festival to see how our locals are faring.

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Greater Cincinnati’s South By Southwest Takeover

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 7, 2012
If you were to use Cincinnati’s representation at this year’s South By Southwest festival as an indicator of the health of our local music scene at the moment, then Cincinnati music circa 2012 is in top physical condition. Never has Cincinnati had such a presence at America’s premier fan/industry showcase.  
by Mike Breen 02.09.2012
Posted In: Local Music, Music News at 04:24 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Debut Single by R. Ring Coming Soon

Mike Montgomery/Kelley Deal project releasing 7-inch single this spring

R. Ring, the acoustic duo project featuring veteran Greater Cincinnati musician/engineer Mike Montgomery (thistle, Ampline, The Light Wires) and Dayton, Ohio's Kelley Deal (The Breeders), is preparing a debut 7-inch single due for release in late spring, according to Tiberius Records (home to thistle, Ampline and many other solid acts from this area and beyond). The vinyl platter is set to be issued on the Misra Records imprint out of Dayton, which is notoriously artist-friendly (founded by artists in 1999) and has put out work by acts like Destroyer, Phosphorescent, Shearwater, Centro-matic, Jenny Toomey, Great Lake Swimmers and Southeast Engine.

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The Redettes

May 6 • Goetz Alley (basement of Park Vine)

0 Comments · Monday, May 2, 2011
The Redettes reincorporate the early Punk-era influences of Sycamore Smith’s past, but it’s a subtle, skillful integration. As the group’s brand new seven-song release shows, The Redettes wouldn’t have been out of place on the Stiff Records roster with its casual resemblance to the “Pub Rock” that shadowed and occasionally intermingled with the Punk movement in ’70s England (think Nick Lowe or early Elvis Costello).