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by Mike Breen 11.18.2013
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Music Tonight: PHOX

A lot of the great up-and-coming touring artists that made September’s MidPoint Music Festival one of the best yet have been building on their MPMF momentum and returning to the area. Even some of the bands that canceled their MPMF appearances have made their way back.  Korea’s Love X Stereo had travel issues and missed this year’s MidPoint, but recently played MOTR Pub (the club owned by MPMF artistic director Dan McCabe) and now the amazing seven-piece Wisconsin crew PHOX (who missed MPMF to tour with Blitzen Trapper) is headed to the same venue tonight for a great double-bill with San Francisco Psych Rock/Shoegaze outfit (and MPMF alumnus) Sleepy Sun. The wonderfully eclectic PHOX, which recently announced a new recording was in the works, appear to be on the verge of very big things; seems like everyone who hears the band’s gorgeous and unique mesh of Folk, Indie Rock, Soul, Americana, Jazz, Chamber Pop and other styles instantly falls in love with them. In September, the group issued a live EP taken from its appearance at the ITunes Festival in London. It was the follow-up to its Confetti EP, released earlier this year with an endearing companion “music video EP” featuring clips for each track on the release. Check it out below: Tonight’s show at MOTR (the venue’s website is calling it “a once-in-a-lifetime MUST SEE Mind Melting Monday Mash-Up”) starts at 9:30 p.m. and, like all MOTR shows, is free. Click here for more live music options in Greater Cincinnati tonight. 
 
 
by Mike Breen 11.14.2013
Posted In: Live Music, Local Music, Music Video at 11:34 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)
 
 
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Music Tonight: Stepdad, Sonny Landreth, Jaheim and More

Buoyant Electro Pop group Stepdad pulls into MOTR Pub in Over-the-Rhine tonight. The free show kicks off around 10 p.m. with locals Halvsies.  Stepdad was formed in Chicago in 2009 by frontman Mark “Ultramark” Tafel and his roommate, Ryan McCarthy. The duo — which has grown Stepdad into a five-piece band over time — soon relocated to Grand Rapids, Mich., and self-released its debut recording, the Ordinaire EP, online. The EP drew wider attention to Stepdad, which signed to Michigan indie label Quite Scientific and re-released the EP in 2011.  After completing its debut album, Wildlife Pop, with a little help from Kickstarter, the band signed with Black Bell Records, the relatively new imprint founded by Passion Pit’s Ayad Al Adhamy and distributed by Warner Brothers Records. Wildlife Pop, released last summer, is an incredibly endearing listen, layering vintage-sounding synth bleeps and squiggles with broader, lush Electro atmospherics and a rhythmic base that is muscular and dance floor ready. At the core is Ultramark’s steady stream of exuberant melodies, which adds greatly to Stepdad’s jubilant sound (though, spoiler alert, the lyrics can be much deeper and darker than the upbeat vibe suggest). Wildlife Pop falls somewhere between the M83’s shadowy, cerebral Electronic explorations and Capital Cities’ (see below) warm and cheerily infectious Dance Pop. Here is the music video for Wildlife Pop single, “Will I Ever Dance Again”: • Virtuoso Blues/Rock/Roots guitarist, songwriter and singer Sonny Landreth returns to Cincinnati tonight for an 8 p.m. show at Oakley’s 20th Century Theater. Rootsy local rockers Monkeytonk open. After cutting his teeth in the ’70s playing with Zydeco/Cajun/Roots accordionist Clifton Chenier, Landreth (who grew up in Louisiana) launched his solo career in the ’80s, building his reputation as a masterful player and innovative slide guitarist. Landreth’s unique technique involves playing chords behind the slide leads, which he taps, slaps and picks with his right hand. Since the mid-’90s, Landreth has released a dozen albums that have been stylistic adventurous, a testament to his impressive versatility. The guitarist’s playing shows that Blues, Jazz, Rock, Cajun and many other types of music have greatly informed his boundless approach to writing and performing. (Landreth is also a popular session musician, having recorded with artists like Jimmy Buffett, Mark Knopfler, John Hiatt and numerous others.)  Last year, Landreth released another wildly diverse album, Elemental Journey, his first all-instrumental effort which features guests like fellow guitar wizards Joe Satriani and Eric Johnson, as well as additives like symphonic strings and steel drums.  Here is a live clip of Landreth performing at Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival in 2010:   • Over at Covington’s Madison Theater tonight, bring your dancing shoes because Fitz and the Tantrums and Capital Cities are going to have the venue jumping with their ear-grabbing/dance-inducing sounds. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. and the event is open to all ages. Tickets are $25 at the door. L.A.’s Electro Dance rockers Beat Club open. L.A. band Fitz and the Tantrums’ propulsive, modern update of vintage Soul/R&B caught the music world’s attention in 2010 with the release of their debut LP, Pickin’ Up the Pieces, both a critical and commercial success thanks in part to the powerful single, “MoneyGrabber,” a song that was perfectly timed to the national outrage over big banks and other mischievous financial institutions that led to the Occupy Wall Street movement. The Tantrums’ second album (and major-label debut), More Than Just a Dream, was released by Elektra Records this past May. Here’s a clip for that album’s “Out of My League”: Electro Pop duo Capital Cities garnered a lot of mainstream attention this year with its debut album, In a Tidal Wave of Mystery, released in June through Capitol Records. The album features the insistently catchy and winsome singles “Kangaroo Court” and “Safe and Warm,” both from the twosome’s self-titled 2011 EP debut. Like MGMT’s “Kids” or Walk the Moon’s “Anna Sun,” songs that were originally issued on earlier, pre-fame recordings but were released to widespread success on their respective major label debuts, “Safe and Sound” was released originally in 2011 and, two years later, continues to earn Capital Cities more fans. The duo’s super-catchy Synth Pop is hard to resist and the more people are exposed to Capital Cities, the bigger they seem to get.  • R&B singer Jaheim was already wowing audiences at a young age, winning the infamous talent show at the Apollo Theater three times when he was just 15. It was the start of a long, fruitful career that kicked off in earnest when the singer was in his early 20s and was signed to the Warner Brothers-distributed label Divine Mill. Since his debut album in 2001, Jaheim has been a regular visitor to the upper airspace of the R&B charts. His new album, Appreciation Day, was released earlier this year and earned praise for being one of the best displays of Jaheim’s seamless blending of the classic seductive R&B artists like Teddy Pendergrass and Luther Vandross popularized with today’s Neo Soul and Hip Hop-informed approach. Here’s the album’s single “Age Ain’t a Factor”:  Jaheim brings his “Appreciation Tour” with singer Chrisette Michele to downtown’s Aronoff Center tonight, in the venue's Procter & Gamble Hall. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Click here for more live music options in Greater Cincinnati tonight.
 
 
by Mike Breen 11.07.2013
Posted In: Live Music, Local Music at 10:52 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)
 
 
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Music Tonight: GWAR and The Horse's Ha

• Mega Monster Metal superstars GWAR return to Bogart’s in Corryville tonight for a 7:30 p.m., all-ages show. “Earth’s only openly extra-terrestrial rock band” formed in the mid-’80s, developed an over-the-top live show that makes a KISS concert look like a children’s Halloween party (with B-movie horror film theatrics that look straight outta Troma) and have become one of America’s great cult bands.  The group continues to churn out albums that unveil the mythology behind GWAR, the latest being this year’s Battle Maximus. What’s it about? Oh, you know, usual GWAR stuff: “GWAR's Battle Maximus features twelve brand new tracks that not only honor their departed ally, but tells the story of GWAR's latest struggle against what may be their greatest enemy yet — the insidious "Mr. Perfect", who has travelled through time itself to steal the power of GWAR — the power of immortality, and use this power to mutate the human race into his twisted vision of what the "perfect" human should be. Once again GWAR finds themselves as the only thing standing between the human race and the latest super-powered shithead bent on the destruction of GWAR and the enslavement of their worshippers.” GWAR front-alien Oderus Urungus recently showed that he does have a softer(ish) side. Here he is reading Goodnight Moon for the children of the galaxy. In his own way, of course (i.e. it’s NSFW): • On the other end of the sonic spectrum, Over-the-Rhine’s MOTR Pub welcomes Chicago’s lilting, folksy ensemble The Horse’s Ha to the club for a free show tonight. The band was formed in 2002 by Janet Bean, member of great Chicago acts Freakwater and Eleventh Dream Day, and James Elkington, guitarist (and drummer) for various acts, including Jon Langford’s band Skull Orchard. The group’s gorgeous slant on American and British Folk, laced with pointed harmonies and exquisite cello, has been showcased on just a pair of albums, including this summer’s Waterdrawn.  Fans of talented acoustic guitarists will appreciate Elkington’s playing; he recorded a duo album of acoustic fingerstyle guitar pieces with Nathan Salsburg called Avos in 2011. Salsburg is opening tonight free MOTR show at around 10 p.m.  Here’s a taste of the Ha’s most recent album: Click here for more live music options tonight in Greater Cincinnati.
 
 
by Mike Breen 11.06.2013
Posted In: Live Music, Local Music at 11:58 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)
 
 
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Music Tonight: Jus Post Bellum, Dar Williams and More

• 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: <a href="http://templeofdoom.bandcamp.com/album/s-t">S/T by TEMPLE</a> • Tonight's show at Bogart's in Corryville featuring star rapper Yo Gotti has been cancelled. Refunds are available at the point of purchase.  Click here for more live music options tonight in Greater Cincinnati. 
 
 
by Mike Breen 11.04.2013
Posted In: Live Music, Local Music, Music Video at 10:49 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)
 
 
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Music Tonight: Distant Correspondent and Love X Stereo

• After four albums on which he played every note, David Obuchowski’s Distant Correspondent project morphed into an actual “band” this year with a self-titled debut album release and the launch of its first full U.S. tour. Obuchowski had been operating the DC project on the side, with his main band, Indie Metal powerhouse Goes Cube, taking up most of his time. Distant Correspondent started to blossom when Obuchowski began trading recordings and collaborating with Michael Lengel over the internet. The collaboration grew to include other members, including Emily Gray from the U.K.’s Meanwhile Back in Communist Russia and acclaimed solo artist Edith Frost.  Fans of Goes Cube should know that Distant Correspondent’s music is a different beast entirely, emitting evocative, hypnotic soundscapes that have landed them the “Dream Pop” tag. For the band’s first full American tour, Cincinnati’s Margaret Darling, whose popular local band The Seedy Seeds announced an indefinite hiatus this past summer, joined the group, taking the place of Frost, who was unable to tour. (Read Brian Baker's DC preview for CityBeat here.)Distant Correspondent, Darling and openers Mack West perform tonight at Mayday in Northside. The free show starts at 9 p.m.  Here is Distant Correspondent’s music video for the new album track “Shatter.” • This past September at Cincinnati’s MidPoint Music Festival, South Korean rockers Love X Stereo were one of the more anticipated international acts in the lineup. But due to some travel issues, the band was unable to get out of Korea in time to make the festival. The group, which plays highly danceable Electro Rock music heavily influenced by ’90s American Alternative music and Punk, promised to make it back to Cincinnati as soon as possible and, tonight, Love X Stereo makes good on that promise. The band performs a free show tonight at MOTR Pub in Over-the-Rhine. Eclectic Bloomington, Ind., Indie/Psych Pop/Rock trio Fluffer — which did perform at this year’s MPMF — opens the show at 10 p.m. Here is the audio for Love X Stereo’s “Lose to Win,” the lead-off track on the band’s new EP, Glow, which was put together for the group’s first U.S. tour. Click here for more live music options in Greater Cincinnati tonight. 
 
 
by Mike Breen 11.01.2013
Posted In: Live Music, Local Music, Music News at 08:55 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)
 
 
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The Return of Pike 27

Cincinnati Rock crew returns tonight after a six year absence with a new lineup and sound

Greater Cincinnati Rock band Pike 27 was a staple on the local club circuit in the early-to-mid-’00s, playing sweaty, raucous live shows to a dedicated following (headlining and opening for the likes of Dave Alvin and Chuck Prophet) and releasing the acclaimed full-length, Falling Down Hard, in 2001. But in 2007, frontman/guitarist/singer/songwriter Dave Purcell left Cincinnati for Northern Ohio, taking a job as a sociology professor at Kent State.  This past summer, Purcell returned to Cincinnati and resurrected Pike 27 with a new lineup. Returning to his role as Pike 27's bassist is Sean Rhiney, formerly of Clabbergirl (in which Purcell played rhythm guitar) and co-founder of the MidPoint Music Festival. New to Pike are guitarist Mike Fair (Wojo, Mike Fair & the Adventure Seekers) and drummer/multi-instrumentalist Dave Killen, a professor at Cincinnati State.  The “new” Pike 27 has moved away from the Americana/Roots Rock style it was known for, a reflection of the new songs Purcell has written for the band. (The group is also reviving some older material for its upcoming live shows.) Purcell says that while working on the new songs, the members have remarked that the material is more in line with artists like Robyn Hitchcock, The Kinks, Graham Parker and Grant Lee Buffalo — still smart, catchy and rockin’, but with the twang dialed back.  "How do you pin down REM, Elvis Costello or Glen Hansard?" Purcell says of Pike 27’s less easily categorizable style. "We hope to land in there somewhere — jangly, smart, sometimes noisy, joyful. Good to raise a pint to." The band makes its official like debut tonight at MOTR Pub, opening the free show headlined by Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion (click here for more on the duo). Pike kicks things off at 10 p.m.
 
 
by Mike Breen 10.28.2013
 
 
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Music Tonight: The Toasters at MOTR

New York City Ska legends The Toasters were the bridge from the late ’70s 2 Tone Records-fueled Ska revival in the U.K. to the one that brought Ska into the American mainstream in the ’90s. Easily one of the most influential Ska acts of all time, The Toasters were formed in 1981 by Robert “Bucket” Hingley, a U.K. native (and the group’s lone constant member) who had just moved to The States, taking inspiration from the 2 Tone Ska being created in his homeland (The Beat, The Specials, The Selecter, etc.).  The Toasters, in turn, helped inspire multitudes of Ska bands to form, something that ultimately led to the development of so-called Ska Punk. Having a hard time finding a label, Hingley formed his own, Moon Ska Records, which grew to become the major American Ska indie imprint, releasing music (via albums or the label’s popular compilations) by The Slackers, Dance Hall Crashers, Mustard Plug, Less Than Jake and No Doubt, among many others. The Moon label was a road-map to quality American Ska when the music was more underground; the imprint, which was artist- and consumer-friendly (like Punk label Dischord, Moon always kept prices low), experienced its greatest success during the ’90s Ska boom, but when the music fell out of mainstream favor, the label faded away. Hingley moved to Spain, where he formed another label, Megalith, to continue releasing Toasters albums. The Toasters were the cool elder statesmen of the Ska scene and they’ve survived the fickleness of musical trends and an ever-changing music industry for over 30 years now by doing things on their own terms and keeping true to their vision.  The Toasters play a free show tonight at MOTR Pub in Over-the-Rhine. Northern Kentucky’s great Ska/Reggae/Punk ensemble Newport Secret Six opens the show around 9 p.m.  Click here for more live music options in Greater Cincinnati tonight. 
 
 
by Mike Breen 10.24.2013
Posted In: Live Music, Local Music at 09:56 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)
 
 
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One More Girl on a Stage Festival Begins Tonight

Benefit for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer expands to three nights, two states

After taking a year off, the One More Girl on a Stage music festival returns starting tonight, bigger and better than ever. Founded by local musician Kelly Thomas (Kelly Thomas and the Fabulous Pickups, The Tammy Whynots), One More Girl (OMG) is striving to raise $10,000 for the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk.  Instead of hosting the festival at one venue, this year’s One More Girl benefit has expanded to six local venues in two cities over three nights. The lineup for One More Girl showcases female solo artists and bands with a female presence (mostly) from the Greater Cincinnati area. Many of them also happen to be some of the best acts in the region, playing a range of styles that includes everything from Hard Rock and Pop Rock to Bluegrass, Folk and many other variations on the Americana theme. Below are the lineups, links to venues and performers and a few samples from the some of the acts. One More Girl on a Stage kicks off tonight in Over-the-Rhine, with artists featured at four venues. There are no cover charges at any of the venues. MOTR Pub: 8:30 p.m. Good Night Noises Blood Orange from Good Night Noises on Myspace.9:30 p.m. A Juliet Bender 10:30 p.m. Sticky Honey 11:30 p.m. Darlene Japp’s Annex: 8 p.m. Charmed & Tarnished (a new project from Kelly Thomas and Randy Steffen) 9 p.m. The Missy Werner Band10 p.m. Salty Candy (a new project from The Fairmount Girls' Melissa Fairmount) 11 p.m. Magnolia Mountain Quartet 12 a.m. Heavy HingesNeons Unplugged: 7:30 p.m. Sami Riggs 8:30 p.m. Debra Randall and Chuck Keller 9:30 p.m. Carrie SampleLearn how to get your music noticed at ReverbNation.com10:30 p.m. Jenny Ward 11:30 p.m. Mia Carruthers The Drinkery: 7:30 p.m. Holly Spears BandSell music on Amazon at ReverbNation.com8:30 p.m.  Kerosene Alley 9:30  p.m. Wendy Oakley and The Posse 10:30  p.m. Stompin’ Revolvers 11:30 p.m. Buenos Crotches Learn how to make a free Electronic Press KitTomorrow, the OMG fest takes over the three stages at the Southgate House Revival in Newport, Ky. Tickets for Friday are available in advance for $15 here. Lounge:8:15 p.m.  Raison D’etre 9:15 p.m. Danielle Yockey 10:15 p.m. The Stories 11:15 p.m. RuccaFree Electronic Press Kits from ReverbNation.com12:15 a.m.  Sassy Molasses (The 5 Stages) Stage One: Denial & Isolation by Sassy MolassesRevival Room:7 p.m. Boone County Catawallers 8  p.m. Heather Hamlet 9  p.m. Jetlab 10 p.m. The Newbees 11 p.m. The Perfect Children 12 a.m. Chakras Sanctuary: 7:30 p.m. Ma Crow & The Lady Slippers 8:30 p.m. Shiny & The Spoon10 p.m. Jesse Thomas11 p.m. The Tammy WhyNots 12 a.m.  Veronica Grim and The Blue Ribbon Boys  Saturday’s OMG performances will be held on two stages at Newport’s York Street Café beginning at 7 p.m.  Admission is $10 or you can purchase a Friday/Saturday pass for $20 in advance, which will get you into both the Southgate shows and the ones at York Street (click here to purchase). Third Floor Art Gallery Stage: 7 p.m.  Kelly Routt 8 p.m. Chelisa Bailey 9 p.m. Wonky Tonk & the Holiday RamblersBlind Date (rough) by Wonky Tonk10 p.m. Carole WalkerLearn how to get your song on itunes at ReverbNation.com11 p.m. Hickory Robot Second Floor Stage: 7:30 p.m. The Dishes 8:30 p.m. Terminal Union 9:30 p.m. Houston & HoneyFree Electronic Press Kits from ReverbNation.com10:30 p.m. Alone at 3AMMidwest Mess by Alone At 3AM11:30 p.m. Kelly Thomas and The Fabulous Pickups Click here or here for even more information on all things One More Girl. 
 
 

One More Girl on a Stage Fest Returns

Plus, Cincy Psych Fest expands for its second annual celebration of trippy Rock

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 23, 2013
After a year off, the One More Girl on a Stage music festival/benefit returns bigger than ever, taking place over three nights this week in various venues in Over-the-Rhine and Newport. The Cincy Psych Fest also marks its return this week with its second annual affair taking place Saturday at Mayday in Northside.  

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Garage Soul troupe Barrence Whitfield and the Savages’ Cincinnati ties lead to this weekend’s two-night stand

1 Comment · Wednesday, September 18, 2013
R&B/Soul/Garage band Barrence Whitfield and the Savages celebrate their recent Bloodshot Records release and pay tribute to King Records with two shows at MOTR Pub this weekend.  

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