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by Jac Kern 01.18.2013
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Your Weekend To Do List: 1/18-1/20

Kick off the weekend with us as we present our New Music Showcase at Bogart’s. The bands nominated for CEA New Artist of the Year will each perform tonight and audience members will get to vote for their favorite. The lineup: Heavy Hinges (7:45-8:15p.m.), The Natives (8:30-9 p.m.), Public (9:15-9:45 p.m.), Jeremy Pinnell and the 55's (10-10:30 p.m.), DAAP Girls (10:45-11:15 p.m.) and Ohio Knife (11:30 p.m.-midnight). Nominee R. Ring was unable to perform. The total votes will be weighted by votes from the CEA nominating committee to determine the ultimate winner. The winning band will get a show at Bogart’s and a live recording session at Ultrasuede Studio and will be announced at the CEAs Sunday, Jan. 27. Be a part of a fantastic night in local music — tickets and more info here. A stone’s throw away, at University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music (CCM), the school is hosting its annual Moveable Feast fundraiser Friday. The event, which is sold-out, features a sampling of all the major talent from different CCM departments. Guests will enjoy dinner by the bite and drinks throughout CCM and performances include: musical theatre, dance, drama, opera, choral music, preparatory department, chamber music, wind symphony, piano, backstage tours and lighting demos. If you didn’t get tickets to Moveable Feast but are looking to indulge in a vast array of the arts this weekend, check out Performance and Time Arts, Friday and Saturday. Entertainment includes puppetry, poetry, dance, drama and more at Contemporary Dance Theater’s studios at College Hill Town Hall. The event begins at 8 p.m. each night; tickets are $15, $12 for students and seniors. Arnold’s Bar and Grill has been a Cincinnati institution since 1861, and has always been big supporters of local beer, music, food and causes. So it’s no surprise that Saturday Arnold’s presents Local Local Local 4, a celebration of all things — you guessed it — local. Live music from Cincy Brass starts at 9 p.m.; master distillers and owners/CEOs of local breweries will be on hand with swag and endless info on your favorite area brews and booze; a mini craft market will feature local artists; and the menu will be full of beer-infused bites and dessert specialties from Madisono’s, Bonbonerrie and Take the Cake. It all starts at 8 p.m. Winter Family Days at Newport Aquarium are in full swing every day through Feb. 28. Two children get free admission for each adult paying full price. Check out sharks, jellyfish, Mighty Mike (not to be confused with this guy) in Gator Alley and more aquatic creatures 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily. Stock up on used books, CD, DVDs and more at the Friends of the Public Library Winter Warehouse Sale running now through Sunday. Members get 50% off their haul Saturday and Sunday. Go here for more info.Check out our calendar for more art exhibits, theater shows, concerts and special events.
 
 
by Mike Breen 01.17.2013
Posted In: Live Music, Local Music, Music News, CEAs at 05:32 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)
 
 
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Watch/Listen: CEA New Music Showcase Preview

First live voting event for the Cincinnati Entertainment Awards celebrates new, emerging local music at Bogart's

The polls have closed on voting for the 16th annual Cincinnati Entertainment Awards, the ceremony/party for which returns to Covington's Madison Theater on Jan. 27. Indie Pop greats Culture Queer were added to the CEA performance lineup today, joining Bad Veins, Ricky Nye, Gold Shoes, The Dopamines, Jess Lamb and a special collaboration put together by the Cincinnati USA Music Heritage Foundation. While you can no longer vote online for your favorite local musicians, you can still have a say in one last category. The CEA New Music Showcase takes place Friday at Bogart's and, if you attend, you'll be able to vote for the "New Artist of the Year" CEA. The show will feature sets by New Artist nominees Jeremy Pinnell and the 55’s, DAAP Girls, Ohio Knife, The Natives, Public and Heavy Hinges (nominee R. Ring was unable to perform). Audience members will be asked to vote for who they thought did best and those total tallies will be weighted by votes from the CEA nominating committee to determine the ultimate winner. You can do some pre-show prep and pick up this week's CityBeat to read our special cover story package about this year's "New Artist of the Year" CEA nominees, with profiles on each artist. Click here to read the intro and you can click on the band names below to check out each artists' feature article.  Below are a few audio tracks and videos from each nominee, so you can be even further prepared to vote wisely Friday night.• Heavy Hinges is one of several New Artist of the Year nominees that contains several familiar faces. The Rock/Soul/Funk/Jazz/Gospel/Roots hybrid the band pimps was crafted after popular band Buckra called it quits following a dozen years of  local music service. Buckra's guitarist/singer Dylan Speeg and bassist Andrew Laudeman formed Heavy Hinges in early 2012 with guitarist Jeremy Singer (also currently in Jimmelegs) and drummer Brian Williamson, both also experienced local players. Rounding the band out is relative newcomer, singer/ukulele player Maya Banatwala. As expected in a field of New Artists, there isn't a ton of recorded material available from most of the groups. Heavy Hinges may have the least amount, but here's a cool promo video for an October show that includes a lo-fi Heavy Hinges recording as its soundtrack. • Ohio Knife is the Indie Rock duo featuring drummer Joe Suer and singer/guitarist Jason Snell, who first teamed up in the late ’90s in the six-piece band Readymaid. After that group split up, Snell launched The Chocolate Horse, a project intended to be more compact, with fewer members in order to keep things more manageable creatively and logistically. The Horse eventually became complicated, as well, so Snell and Suer (along with mostly studio-only keyboardist/multi-instrumentalist Andrew Higley, another former Readymaid and Chocolate Horse member who now works recording sessions in Nashville) stripped down even more and formed Ohio Knife. The size of the project wasn't the only thing that was different for Snell this time around; he and Suer (who's played in Cincy bands like Caterpillar Tracks and others since the Readymaid split) play a hard-charging brand of melodic Rock, partially inspired by the Grunge bands Snell grew up listening to. The EP Ohio Knife is OK! was released by Detroit's Fountain Records right as the duo launched and Ohio Knife's second show ever was on the streets of Austin, Tex., where they were participating in a art/branding project with local company Landor at SXSW (footage from the trip formed the basis for an expansive, artsy window display in the downtown Shillito's building). Ohio Knife is looking to put out a full-length in the new year. Here's the Ohio Knife video for the song "Going Down."• Jeremy Pinnell and the 55s bring a Honky Tonk flavor to the CEA's New Artist category this year. Singer/acoustic guitarist Pinnell proved himself to be one of the area's best songwriters in previous projects like The Light Wires and The Brothers and The Sisters, roots-tinged outfits that suited Pinnell's penetratingly melancholic tunes perfectly. For the 55s, Pinnell reteamed with old high school pal Cameron Cochran, who also plays in Pop Empire and previously was in the excellent Folk duo The Sheds, to form a group that performed in the style of raw, vintage Country, like George Jones or Waylon Jennings. Rounded out by drummer Chris Alley and bassist Ben Franks, the 55s were a steady presence in the clubs in 2012, growing a loyal following in a relatively short period of time. The 55s have no releases out (there are plans for an LP soon, though), but there is some great live footage of the band shot for the one-shot video project, The Emery Sessions (which Cochran helped organize and record). Here is Jeremy Pinnell and the 55s performing "Back Home" at Over-the-Rhine's historic Emery Theatre. • If The Natives — a gifted local Hip Hop "band," that performs with live instrumentation — would have come out in the early ’90s, it would have taken them five years to accumulate the amount of music videos and audio releases they managed to released in 2012. Ah, technology. Even better, The Natives are creative and adventurous, so all of the work released is of extremely high quality. Oh and it's all available online for free. The band released two LPs in 2012 — the mixtape-styled Coup d'etat and the more artist- and song-oriented Native America. The Natives also collaborated on numerous pro videos for tracks from the albums, kicking off 2013 with the below clip for "So Much." The Natives will be working on members' solo projects to start 2013, so catch the group in action Friday, while you still can.• DAAP Girls played it coy when first hitting the local club circuit, leaving an air of mystery surrounding just who was in the band before they played their first show. Fans would soon discover that DAAP Girls were really dudes! And familiar ones to local music followers. Featuring members of The Lions Rampant and Newport Secret Six, DAAP Girls play a groovy, dance-friendly brand of Indie Rock that manages to sound both contemporary and vintage. The lack of much information about the DAAP Girls online has fed the mystery, but it's also partially because the perfectionist members wanted to take their time releasing recorded material. There's a light on the horizon, though, for those who've been craving a take-home version of DAAP Girls — the band's Tape Songs will be released a little later this year. Below is the public's first taste of the album in a great music video for "Kate."• The trio Public is the newest of the "New Artist of the Year" nominees. Though not far removed from high school graduation, the band already has a tight, masterful AltRock sound that should take them far. The three high school pals are talented musicians inspired by the likes of Muse, Led Zeppelin and The Killers. Public has released just one EP, Red, but it's a wildly impressive start. The songwriting and performance skills exhibited on Red (on which you can also hear touches of The Strokes and Modest Mouse) give one an indication that Public's just getting started and future work might be scarily good. Just last month, Public debuted the music video for the EP's "Castle in the Sky." • Though not eligible for your vote Friday because they had to decline the invitation to play the New Music Showcase due to scheduling conflicts, be sure to read up on R. Ring. The duo teams local guitarist/singer/songwriter/engineer Mike Montgomery with Dayton, Ohio music hero Kelley Deal. After meeting during a recording session, R. Ring was formed to help Montgomery get over some stage fright about playing a solo show. Though they didn't do the usual "let's get signed!" hustle and bustle, intending to keep the project casual, their unique style quickly began to gain attention. R. Ring played South By Southwest last year and have a European tour on the schedule for this March, though activity will largely have to be routed around Deal's other big 2013 adventure — a world tour with sister Kim to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their band The Breeders' seminal Last Splash album. There isn't a lot of recorded material available yet, since R. Ring has officially only released one 7-inch single, but you can check out their Daytrotter session here. Below is the A-side of R. Ring's  single, "Fallout & Fire," which showcases the twosome's sparse, hypnotic approach.Friday's New Music Showcase at Bogart's starts at 8 p.m. and tickets are $7.
 
 
by Mike Breen 01.17.2013
Posted In: Live Music, Local Music, CEAs, Music Video at 11:18 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)
 
 
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Music Tonight: Plume Giant, Happy Maladies and More

Two free shows tonight showcase the many ways artists are experimenting with Americana music

• Combining some of the idiosyncrasies of modern Indie Folk with uplifting Pop melodies, Chamber music arrangements and an Americana grab-bag of various other influences, the trio Plume Giant makes a glorious noise that is buoyed by the clever, collaborative songwriting, as well as the trio’s vocal chops, which add a slanted, colorful layer to the group’s sound via frequent and flawless harmonies. The threesome — which formed after meeting each other while attending Yale —  makes this glorious noise with fairly spare acoustic instrumentation (Oliver Hill plays guitar guitar and viola, Nolan Green plays guitar and harmonium and Eliza Bagg plays violin, harmonium and various other instruments). But the sound of the group’s recent debut full-length, Callithump, is full-bodied and far from minimalistic. On the dynamic 2012 release, the trio explores traditional Appalachian music, swingin’ Jazz, Tin Pan Alley pomp and breezy Folk Pop, but all of it is filtered through Plume Giant’s distinctive vision, with hints of the avant-garde beneath the inescapable harmonies and lovely aura. The now Brooklyn-based trio performs a free show tonight in Over-the-Rhine at MOTR Pub with like-minded Cincinnati-based Chamber Folk ensemble The Happy Maladies. Showtime is 9 p.m. Here is Plume Giant's smile-inducing "We Got It Made" video from their debut LP, followed by The Happy Maladies' "New Again," taken from The Emery Sessions live music video series. The Maladies' song is the title track off their 2012 release, which was nominated for "Album of the Year" at the upcoming Cincinnati Entertainment Awards. • At the Southgate House Revival in Newport tonight, Indianapolis progressive Bluegrass group Flatland Harmony Experiment performs a free, 10 p.m. show in the venue's "Lounge." Formed just a couple of summers ago, FHE has toured the region regularly, found success on radio outlets and through online Bluegrass/Americana/Folk music channels and are seemingly on their way to becoming an even bigger presence on the national festival circuit (in June, the trio will compete at the 40th Annual Telluride Bluegrass Band Competition). The trio (Scott Nelson on upright bass, Kris Potts on Mandolin and Johnny Plott on banjo) uses the tools of traditional Bluegrass and the members clearly have a firm grasp on the music's rich history (not to mention some delicious chops and textured harmonies that'll send a shiver), but they let the songwriting go wherever their contemporary minds might take it. Fans of groups like Yonder Mountain String Band, Leftover Salmon and The Infamous Stringdusters will love this Experiment. Last year, the string band released its debut full-length, On Our Way. Here's the album's "Secret in the Seams":Learn how to get your music heard at ReverbNation.comClick here for even more live music options in Greater Cincinnati tonight.
 
 

'Girls' Just Want To Have Funk

Along with their fun live shows, DAAP Girls’ “Gutter Funk and Rock ‘n’ Soul” is earning a local following

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 16, 2013
The band known as the DAAP Girls is made up of all guys, has barely anything to show as far as web-presence and has yet to release any music. Still, they have been chosen as a nominee for the Cincinnati Entertainment Awards’ New Artist of the Year, and rightly so.    

Exploring the Country Side

Jeremy Pinnell and the 55s make honest old-school Country music with an edge

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 16, 2013
These days, it’s more and more unusual to see a so-called “Country music band” that features a pedal steel guitar onstage. Now, in Cincinnati, believe it or not, there is band carrying a steel guitarist called Jeremy Pinnell and the 55s.   

Hotter Than Hell's Heavy Hinges

Heavy Hinges exude the joy and channel the sadness of their first year together

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 16, 2013
The New Artist nomination for Heavy Hinges might be the most ironic of this year’s slate of Cincinnati Entertainment Awards candidates.   

Cincinnati Entertainment Awards' Lineup Announced

Plus news on The Cliftones, School of Rock Mason and two new local bands

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 16, 2013
The lineup for this year's Cincinnati Entertainment Awards (Jan. 27 at Covington's Madison Theater) will feature a broad genre mix of nominees.   

An Unexpected Journey

Despite widening acclaim and activity, R. Ring stays determined to keep things casual

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 16, 2013
For a band that started as a “lark,” Kelley Deal and Mike Montgomery’s R. Ring is evolving nicely.   

Public’s Display of Affection

Public blends a dark Pop streak with Indie Rock sensibility on debut EP

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Public’s debut four-song EP, Red, released last summer through the local Counter Rhythm Group, offers the yelping howl, martial cadence and galloping verve of Modest Mouse without the thick icing of ironic hipster cool.  

Going Natives

Indie/Hip Hop collaborative The Natives’ 2012 highlights included two albums and a pair of CEA nominations

1 Comment · Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Last year was a busy one for The Natives — the Hip Hop aggregation released two new albums as free downloads, maintained a high profile in the local club scene, produced a handful of videos and nabbed a Cincinnati Entertainment Awards nomination for New Artist of the Year.  

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