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by Mike Breen 04.05.2012
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Former Southgate House Location Announces May Shows

The Thompson House books The Agrrolites and Smile Empty Soul

It looks like the Thompson House, the venue that is taking the place of the much-beloved Southgate House in Newport, will be open by May. Ticketweb has advanced tickets on sale now for a May 18 concert by trad Ska/Soul revivalists The Aggrolites and Punk Bluegrass band Old Man Markley, as well as a May 27 booking featuring "post Grunge" group Smile Empty Soul. Former Avail singer Tim Barry also has a May 12 booking in the "Parlour" listed on his website.A lot of Southgate House diehards have made it clear they won't be attending anything at the "new" venue, staying loyal to the former owners and management, who promised a new "Southgate House" would be reopened by the first quarter of 2012. (For those not so good at math, the first quarter of 2012 ended this past Saturday.) Photos emerged online of some of the interior redesign going on in preparation for the Thompson House opening and it's been a bit of a gut-punch for those who loved the old House, with a gaudy purple and gold color scheme and a lot of the vintage appeal (and woodworking) stripped away. (Check out some pics on the Facebook of former SGH bartendress Kristen Kreft, also a local musician with the band The Perfect Children.)So what say you? If the Thompson House books a show you really want to see, will you attend?

Dude, Where's My Bar?

Favorite music club not where you left it? We’re here to help.

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 29, 2012
It seems like in the past, Cincinnati had a reputation for being the kind of place you could move away from for a decade knowing that when you returned, the gas station, grocery store and drinking establishments would be there waiting for you, exactly as you left them.    

Taft Theatre Announces New 'Ballroom'

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Since remodeling and reopening last year, downtown’s Taft Theatre already was programming a more adventurous concert lineup than usual. This year, the venue has already announced shows by more “mid-level” groups like Trampled By Turtles and JJ Grey & Mofro, both cult faves and Southgate alumni.  

The Boogie Men Cometh

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Last year, officials in Marshall, Texas, declared its city the birthplace of Boogie Woogie music. But 13 years ago, local pianist Ricky Nye started a tradition that has made Greater Cincinnati (or, more precisely, Newport, Ky.) one of the premiere active hubs in the U.S. for the rolling, rollicking American style of Blues/R&B music that dates back to the late 1800s.  

Rose Funeral Opens “Gates”

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Local melodic Death Metal group Rose Funeral have released its second long-player for esteemed label Metal Blade. Now a slimmed down trio (though no less ferocious), the band’s Gates of Punishment came out at the end of September, but Rose Funeral is just now making its way back from tour to host a hometown release party.   

Through the Past, Snarkily

Lou Barlow talks Sebadoh reunion, musical concision and bad ’90s music

7 Comments · Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Lou Barlow is a direct guy. The 45-year-old founder and main frontman for lo-fi Indie Rock stalwarts Sebadoh doesn’t mince words or waste time — a fact easily discerned when listening to his band’s concise, emotionally direct songs. It makes sense, then, that Barlow would be similarly to the point when discussing Sebadoh’s return via the “Bakesale/Harmacy Remembering Time Tour,” which stops at the Southgate House Thursday.  

The Bomb

Oct. 26 • Southgate House

0 Comments · Monday, October 24, 2011
Jeff Pezzati's intensely melodic vocals were one of Naked Raygun's signature attributes and, in 1999, Pezzati (also the early bassist for another Windy City institution, Big Black) decided to lend his voice to a new project, the fiery, heavy Post Punk/Post Hardcore crew The Bomb, alongside guitarist Jeff Dean. Working with underground icons like Steve Albini (a longtime friend of Pezzati's) and Jawbox's J Robbins on production, The Bomb has sporadically released EPs and long-players over the past decade-plus  


Oct. 20 • Southgate House

0 Comments · Monday, October 17, 2011
If you’re walking around Newport on Thursday and run into adults with horror-flick make-up or awesomely spiked hair, don’t fret — you haven’t missed out on an early Halloween party. Misfits are playing at Southgate House and the band’s fans like to turn out in style.   

Melt Banana

Oct. 19 • Southgate House

0 Comments · Monday, October 17, 2011
Since the early ’90s, Tokyo’s Melt-Banana has been the squalling gold standard when it comes to the blistering belligerence of Noise Rock. The band’s core influences have remained intact over 10 albums, while its eclectic experiences have broadened its inspirations.  

Man Man

Oct. 16 • Southgate House

0 Comments · Monday, October 10, 2011
Man Man isn’t just a band doing a gig on a tour for a new album, it’s avant garde theatre and Chinese new year and Tom Waits’ skid row barbeque all rolled into one exquisite musical clusterhump.