by Mike Breen
• With a Country music base, Rock edge, R&B-inspired three-part harmonies and catchy but emotionally weighty songs, Brooklyn’s The Lone Bellow emerged in 2013 as one of the next potential Americana breakthrough artists. The trio’s well received, self-titled debut — featuring songs written by frontman Zach Williams to help him deal with a tragic horse-riding accident that left his new wife temporarily paralyzed — was released last January on Sony imprint, Descendant Records, to high praise from many high-profile press outlets. (Read more about the group from CityBeat’s preview here.)
The Lone Bellow performs tonight at Oakley’s 20th Century Theater at 8 p.m. Tickets are $17 at the door. Here’s a one-shot video of the trio performing its song “Tree to Grow” in the hills surrounding Los Angeles for the online “SerialBox Singles” series:
• In the two years since Cincinnati Indie Rock band The Sweep released its third album, III, the group has been busy regrouping with a new lineup and writing and recording material for a new album. Sweep singer/songwriter/guitarist Nic Powers and longtime bassist Glen May are now joined in the band by guitarist Brendan Bogosian, who currently also plays guitar with veteran local crew The Tigerlilies, and drummer Joe Klug, who also keeps time for widely-acclaimed Cincy band Wussy. The Sweep continues its free, every-Tuesday-of-November residency tonight at The Comet in Northside at 9 p.m. The band is being joined by various special guests during the residency — last week’s opener featured the reignited Pillbug (from the forces behind The Fairmount Girls), while this week Halvsies joins The Sweep. For the Nov. 19 show, Wussy’s Chuck Cleaver will also perform and the Nov. 26 residency finale will feature a set from Fists of Love. Click here to sample/purchase The Sweep’s great III album.For more live music options in Greater Cincinnati tonight, click here.
by Mike Breen
• Brooklyn Indie Folk quartet Jus Post Bellum comes to
Over-the-Rhine's MOTR Pub tonight for a free, 10 p.m. show with local
headliners Young Heirlooms. Inspired by traditional American Roots,
Blues and Country music, as well as modern Folk, the Civil War and
American history in general, Jus Post Bellum (latin for "justice after
war") features the captivating dual vocal approach of
guitarist/keyboardist Geoffrey Wilson and Hannah Jensen and is fleshed
out by the bass and cello of Daniel Dieber and drumming of Zach Dunham.
The group's live shows are said to be quiet, mesmerizing affairs, so
maybe keep your loudmouth drunkard friends at home for the night.
Jus Post Bellum's second album, Oh July, is set for a Nov. 12 release. Here is the new album track "Gimme That Gun":
Jus Post Bellum "Gimme That
Gun" from Jus
Post Bellum on Vimeo.
• For Dar Williams' latest album, last year's In the Time of Gods,
the veteran Folk singer/songwriter looked to the past to address modern
challenges. The songs on the album, featuring guests Shawn Colvin and
Larry Campbell, use characters and tales from Greek mythology to
poetically examine today's personal, social and political issues. Always
noted for her fantastic lyric writing (which often showcases her sharp
wit), In the Time of Gods and its interesting device find
Williams really challenging herself and, ultimately, succeeding on
levels she hadn't reached before.
Williams brings her Gods tour to Oakley's 20th
Century Theater tonight. Showtime is 8 p.m. and tickets are $25-$30. The
show is not general admission; seats are reserved by section.
Here is the opening track from In the Time of Gods, "I Am
the One Who Will Remember Everything":
• Impressive new Cincinnati band Temple plays tonight at
Northside's Mayday, the launch of a mini-tour with Columbus Sludge Metal
crew Bridesmaid. The band makes compelling progressive, psychedelic Metal and
features members of local acts like Black Dove, Paralyzer, The Awakening
and Ohio Knife. Tonight's show also features local band Crushed Velvet
and kicks off at 10 p.m. There is a $5 cover charge.
Click here to check out a pair of songs from the band, or just hit the play button below:
• Tonight's show at Bogart's in Corryville featuring star
rapper Yo Gotti has been cancelled. Refunds are available at the point
Click here for more live music options tonight in Greater Cincinnati.
by Mike Breen
If you're craving some solid live music, it's a surprisingly busy Monday night in the area clubs. Besides the always entertaining Insane Clown Posse's return to Bogart's tonight, here are a few other offerings:• Los Angeles-based The Lonely Wild plays a free show tonight at MOTR Pub in Over-the-Rhine. Showtime is 10 p.m. The Indie Folk ensemble formed just three short years ago, quickly becoming a favorite on the L.A. club circuit. The group's momentum has only increased since; the Wild's recently released debut full-length, The Sun As It Comes, has been garnering strong reviews and national radio's embrace of it gets stronger by the day. The band is also known for its entertaining, energized live show, which is helping The Lonely Wild grow its fan base rapidly on its current cross-country headlining tour. Read CityBeat's preview of tonight's show here. Have a listen to The Sun As It Comes in full:And here is The Lonely Wild performing live in L.A. late last year:• It's an "Up-and-coming Indie Folk band" kind of night in Cincy this evening, as The Comet in Northside welcomes Denver crew Paper Bird. Austin, Texas-based Indie folkers Dana Falconberry open at 10 p.m. With an exuberant, modern mesh of Roots and Americana, Paper Bird recently released its fourth LP, Rooms, the follow-up to its 2011 score for a collaboration with the Ballet Nouveau Colorado called Carry On. The seven-piece band's compelling sound has gotten Paper Bird featured on NPR's All Things Considered and in a New York Times piece earlier this year about Denver's blossoming music scene (which includes breakthrough, Grammy-nominated Folk Pop act The Lumineers, a tour mate of Paper Bird's). Here's the music video for "As I Am," the first single off of Paper Bird's Rooms:• Justin Furstenfeld, known for his emotional, honest songwriting in the band Blue October, brings his solo tour — dubbed "Open Book: An Evening with Justin Furstenfeld" — to Oakley's 20th Century Theatre tonight for an 8 p.m. show. Tickets are $25 at the door. Texas Indie Pop singer/songwriter Ashleigh Stone opens.Furstenfeld's bipolar disorder has resulted in some highly open-hearted, sometimes excruciatingly bleak songs, something documented in his book, Crazy Making, detailing the origins of each Blue October song in words and music. The Open Book tour features Furstenfeld performing acoustically and talking about his songs (don't fear a total gloom fest; the singer/songwriter also has a sharp sense of humor). Check out CityBeat's preview of tonight's show here. Here is Furstenfeld performing live at the Open Book tour's stop in Santa Ana, Calif., from early April: Click here for even more live show in Greater Cincinnati tonight.
May 13 • 20th Century Theatre
0 Comments · Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Justin Furstenfeld may not have invented the concept of
“living out loud,” but he certainly embodies it with an enviable zeal.
The Blue October frontman has never hesitated to identify his long
struggle with a bipolar condition as the main grist for his songwriting
Reggae rockers Rebelution blend liveliness, studio craft on latest LP
0 Comments · Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Despite self-releasing 2007’s Courage To Grow and 2009’s Bright Side Of Life, SoCal Reggae/Rock crew Rebelution has steadily grown its audience (and also saw the second album debut at No. 1 on Billboard’s Reggae chart). The band has been enthused about touring lately, in part because, with the arrival of Peace Of Mind, the group now has more songs than it can fit into a headlining set, giving members a chance to mix up set lists.
April 11 • 20th Century Theater
0 Comments · Monday, April 8, 2013
If there is a buzz on the concert circuit this spring,
part of it centers on the shows currently being performed by Richard
Thompson. The London, U.K.-born musician is a legend in many eyes, with Rolling Stone magazine listing Thompson as one of the “Top 20 Guitarists of All Time.”
The ladies of American/UK duo Lady have each other’s backs with tight harmonies and straightforward Soul
0 Comments · Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Nicole Wray and Terri Walker grew up an ocean apart, but their tight bond over music led them to form modern R&B duo Lady.
Plus, The Afghan Whigs jam with Usher, Elementz celebrates eight years and Madison Theater's Band Challenge reaches the finals
1 Comment · Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Eclectic Cincinnati rockers Vaughn and Company return with their fourth album, Play It Again, The Afghan Whigs cause a stir at SXSW with show joined by Usher, Elementz plans eighth anniversary party and the Madison Theater Band Challenge enters its final round.
March 17 • 20th Century Theater
0 Comments · Monday, March 11, 2013
The Whigs specialize in earnest, guitar-driven nuggets that
recall both their hometown’s jangle-laden roots and a variety of
old-school heavy-hitters, from Neil Young to The Replacements. Hey,
sometimes good taste and a rousing live show is more than enough.
Nov. 29 • 20th Century Theatre
0 Comments · Tuesday, November 27, 2012
When Tim O’Brien plays guitar, mandolin or fiddle, the
result could generally be described as Bluegrass. But it also represents
the breadth of his myriad influences and his startling ability to incorporate them into his personal