• Ohio Hip Hop crew Bone Thugs-N-Harmony are still kicking. The ensemble, called by MTV the “most melodic Hip Hop group of all time” (thanks largely to their deft ability to work melodies not only into chorus hooks, but also their rhymes), performs at Bogart’s tonight at 7 p.m.
The group, which came into the national spotlight in 1993 when Eazy-E signed it to Ruthless Records, won a Grammy in 1997 for “The Crossroads” (a tribute to their late mentor). Bone Thugs’ current tour is their first in a while to feature all of the original members. The group recently made news when it started its own “TV channel,” which is actually an internet channel that will simulcast the crew’s homecoming concert in Cleveland tomorrow night (for a fee). The big homecoming show will feature backing from a full orchestra; proceeds from the pay-per-view broadcast benefit their hometown non-profit, Roots of American Music.This should be one of the last times to catch the original Bone Thugs — the group has announced its next album and upcoming dates will be its last with the full lineup.
• Indie Rock heroes Surfer Blood perform tonight at The Southgate House Revival in Newport. The Florida-based band broke through in 2010, the same year Surfer Blood appeared at Cincinnati’s MidPoint Music Festival (where so many people showed up for the show, many had to be turned away at the door). The band is currently touring behind its sophomore album, last year’s Pythons. Surfer Blood recently came off a tour with We Are Scientists. The two bands also released a tour-only split single; you can hear Surfer Blood’s contribution here.Read Jason Gargano's preview of the show from this week's CityBeat here.
Virginia based trio Eternal Summers opens tonight’s 8 p.m. show. Tickets are $17.
• Folk/Roots duo The Hobo Nephews of Uncle Frank play a free show tonight at MOTR Pub. The Minnesota-based twosome’s 2013 album Number One Contender was called one of the best Minnesota-made albums of last year by the Minneapolis Star Tribune. You can listen to it in its entirety below.
Know of other good live music options for tonight in Greater Cincinnati? Share details in the comments.
MOTR Pub, in addition to bringing in up-and-coming musicians, has presented a fair number of beloved veteran cult figures (some pretty eccentric) to town. Jon Langford, Tav Falco, Kid Congo Powers, Charlie Parr come immediately to mind. Now comes the fairest of all — Jad Fair.
Like many good singer/songwriters,
Timothy Showalter harnesses his personal dramas and setbacks into potent
songs about growing up in Goshen, Ind., and wrestling his demons. On his fourth record, HEAL,
the now Philly-based Showalter, aka Strand of Oaks, sheds some of the
minimal Folk Rock from his previous endeavors and delves into a world of
warm, synth-driven beats and guitar Rock.
Brooklyn, N.Y., band Old Monk has referred to its music as “Prog Punk,”
an interesting descriptor considering the two genres were diametrically
opposed back in the day. It reminds me of a scene from the excellent
documentary movie New York Doll, about bassist Arthur “Killer” Kane of
the Proto Punk band New York Dolls, where Chrissie Hynde and Morrissey
are sitting around railing against the excesses of Prog Rock and how it
actually birthed Punk.
The original derivation of a casket (or casquette) girl
referred to an early 18th century female who had been repatriated from
France to the French colonial South in order to marry; “casket” referred
to the small chest that held their belongings.
Cheers Elephant is a blatantly hook-laden
AltPop band that brings a sense of humor and 1960s-era verve to their
sound. With reverb-a-plenty and blue-sky harmony vocals, the up-tempo
band keeps its big beats front and center.