by Mike Breen
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
Sept. 4 • MOTR Pub
0 Comments · Tuesday, September 3, 2013
There are Rock legends and then there are
Underground Rock legends – musicians who aren’t known well beyond their
support base, but whose core followers believe they represent
everything good and exciting about the spirit and energy of Rock &
Roll. One of the greatest examples ever of an Underground
Rock legend is Memphis’ Tav Falco.
0 Comments · Wednesday, September 4, 2013
Mangrenade vocalist/guitarist Nick Thieme
has just driven a sparkling new (to him, at least) van off the lot. But this new van (nicknamed “Vangrenade
2.0” or “The Deuce”) isn’t just a new touring vehicle, it is also a
symbol of Mangrenade’s determination to make it, car payments be damned.
Aug. 29 • MOTR Pub
0 Comments · Tuesday, August 27, 2013
In an age when even Alt
Rock and edgy Pop music often have a sameness to them, Jessica
Hernandez and the Deltas have stepped up with a determination to be
Aug. 19 • MOTR Pub
0 Comments · Tuesday, August 13, 2013
The members of Psych/Soul/Rock trio Heavy
Glow may be getting their mail at a Californian address these days, but
guitarist/vocalist Jared Mullins hails from the North Coast and his
trippy Hard Rock/Blues/Memphis Soul sensibilities are filtered through
his Cleveland, Ohio, roots and experiences.
Cincinnati Psych Rock trio The Harlequins absorb and reflect their influential love on 'Sex Change'
0 Comments · Wednesday, August 7, 2013
On last year’s eponymous full-length and their just released Sex Change EP, Cincinnati's The Harlequins have evolved to the point where they’ve stopped emulating their inspirations and started assimilating them into their own unique sonic amalgamation.