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Protomartyr with Whatever Brains

Thursday • MOTR Pub

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Joe Casey is agitated. The frontman and chief word slinger for Detroit’s Protomartyr opens the quartet’s second full-length record, the stellar Under Color of Official Right, with this recurring statement: “There’s just a clack in the brain now.”   

Sidewalk Chalk with The Almighty Get Down

Friday • MOTR Pub

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Sidewalk Chalk's just-released second album, Leaves, opens with a live clip in which frontdude/rapper Rico Sisney and frontlady/singer Maggie Vagle ask a crowd to shout out the Hip Hop crew's name on the count of three. It's a fitting intro, for this Chicago octet is, first and foremost, interested in interaction, about stirring minds and moving asses.   

New Bums with Pete Fosco

Thursday • MOTR Pub

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Ben Chasny and Donovan Quinn, doing business as New Bums, are the sound of Bob Dylan and Neil Young raised as brothers on the mean streets of New York, singing dark songs of contemporary survival and busking for change with a cardboard sign that reads “Paul Westerberg Relief Fund,” although they’re spending the money on 40s and weed.   

Vic and Gab

Monday • MOTR Pub

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Vic and Gab’s first full-length, last year’s Love of Mine, is even more assured, the sound of a band coming into its own. Album opener “Love of Mine” sets the tone, a dreamily atmospheric Pop tune that’s almost impossible to eradicate once it enters your ears.  

Dex Romweber Duo with Grotesque Brooms

Thursday • MOTR Pub

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 12, 2014
The Dex Romweber Duo's Images 13 drops next month, and it’s an amalgam of everything that has erupted from Romweber’s fevered creative genius from the start — twisted ’50s Rockabilly and romantic Pop, high-octane ’60s Surf, raw, electric Blues and even strains of Jazz and Exotica.  

Connie Men

NYC’s Low Cut Connie has established a healthy Cincinnati following with perseverance and great shows

0 Comments · Tuesday, March 4, 2014
A decade ago, years before American keyboardist Adam Weiner and British drummer/guitarist Dan Finnemore realized their vision of incendiary Piano Rock as Low Cut Connie, Weiner made his Greater Cincinnati solo debut. Booked at the original Southgate House, Weiner found an audience unimpressed with his offerings.  

Har Mar Superstar

Saturday • MOTR Pub

0 Comments · Tuesday, March 4, 2014
The mayor of Minneapolis declared Sept. 13, 2013 as “Har Mar Superstar Day,” in honor of a man whose soulful, hyper-sexual R&B stylings have been overshadowed by his resemblance to porn star Ron Jeremy and a stage show that includes the singer clothed in nothing more than a pair of tighty-whities.  

Empires

Sunday • MOTR Pub

0 Comments · Monday, February 24, 2014
Every show Empires has played in Cincinnati, it has been memorable. The Chicago quintet’s Queen City debut was at 2010’s MidPoint festival, which guitarist Tom Conrad recalls thusly: “I remember everyone being extremely wasted and playing really late, and walking away thinking, ‘I don’t know what this was but I’d love to come back.’”   

Sebadoh with Octagrape

Friday • MOTR Pub

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Last fall, Sebadoh released the comeback full-length Defend Yourself, the band’s first album in 14 years. The album recaptured some of the dizzying sonic diversity of Sebadoh’s early Sub Pop recordings, but also finds Barlow and Loewenstein’s songwriting skills as sharp as ever.   

Cheap Time with Cha-Cha-Chachi

Monday • MOTR Pub

0 Comments · Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Eight years ago, ex-Rat Traps vocalist/guitarist/keyboardist Jeffrey Novak envisioned a Garage-stained band that would nod toward Glam Rock and Power Pop influences, fueled by the Punk he’d been playing since his teenage years. The Nashville native formed Cheap Time and released the well-received self-titled debut full-length in 2008.  

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