by Mike Breen
Up-and-coming underground rapper Chris Webby performs tonight at downtown club Play. Doors open at 7 p.m. and tickets are $20 at the door. The show is open to all ages. Guests include GMB, Nynewest and hosts DJ Scholar and DJ Drowsy. Webby is a Connecticut native (he has it tattooed on his chest; I'd move to Ohio if I were going to do that) who started rapping before high school and began to draw crowds at freestyle battles and with his popular mixtapes releases. Webby's built huge buzz in independent Hip Hop circles and has so far resisted signing a record deal. Click here to check out his mixtapes and other releases. Webby recently tweeted that he's just recently boarded his plane to Cincy. "PLAY in Cincinnati is about to get real weird tonight," he added.• Utah rockers The Used blast into Bogart's tonight. The 7:30 p.m. show is all ages and includes openers Stars In Stereo. Tickets are $25. The Used's energized Post Hardcore style is sparked by vocalist Bert McCracken, whose stage antics are an unpredictable throwback to Rock & Roll's more dangerous frontmen (Iggy, etc.). The Used's latest album, Vulnerable, came out earlier this spring on Hopeless Records. The album hit No. 1 on the Top Independent Albums chart when released and made it to No. 8 on the Billboard 200. Here's the video for The Used's single "I Come Alive." • The song of legendary drummer Ginger Baker, Kofi, is bringing his Cream tribute band to Covington tonight for an 8 p.m., all-ages show at the Madison Theater. Kofi Baker formed Kofi Baker's Cream Experience after catching the Cream reunion in 2005 and deciding he'd like to pick up where the originals left off. In the Clapton role is Tony Spinner, a Rock/Blues singer and guitarist who was a member of Toto in the ’00s. Playing bass is another talented musician, Ric Fierabracci, who has performed with the likes of Chick Corea, Shakira and Yanni. Kofi made his first live appearance when he was 6, playing with his pops on BBC's Old Grey Whistle Test in 1975. Here he is rocking with the Cream Experience in more recent years.• MOTR Pub in Over-the-Rhine has a free show tonight headlined by Canadian Electro Pop group Parallels. Showtime is 10 p.m. and like-minded locals Skeleton Hands also perform. Parallels has drawn comparisons to New Order and singer Holly Dodson has been likened to singer Kate Bush and Madonna. The band was formed in 2008 by Dodson and Cameron Findlay, the former drummers for popular electronicists Crystal Castles. Parallels sophomore full-length, XII, is due out June 26. Here's a clip for the band's song "Ultralight." Click her for more music events around town tonight.
Always-busy Jon Langford comes to Cincinnati to perform and open an art exhibition
0 Comments · Wednesday, May 30, 2012
For anyone who likes Punk, Americana,
British Folk, Country Rock or just enduring honky-tonk Rock & Roll,
Jon Langford should be a household name. The Wales-born/Chicago-based
musician plays Over-the-Rhine’s MOTR Pub this Friday with his band Skull
June 3 • MOTR Pub
0 Comments · Thursday, May 24, 2012
The music industry is fueled by schlockmeisters churning
out sugary confections that make millions but provide little
enlightenment, while a courageous few pursue their creative vision in
relative obscurity, a noble ethic that earns a cult following and a
smattering of critical respect. David Dondero falls solidly and
willingly into the latter category.
by Mike Breen
MPMF.11 faves play a freebie tonight with like-minded Zoo Animal at MOTR
Though they hail from Minneapolis, Indie Pop duo Fort Wilson Riot list its "hometown" as "Our dear van Casandra," a nod to the pair's nomadic life as a D.I.Y. touring entity. Buzzed about after their appearance at last year's MidPoint Music Festival, the twosome (Amy Hager on vocals, keyboard, guitar and trumpet and Jacob Mullis on vocals, guitar and keyboards) returns to Cincinnati tonight for a free show at MOTR Pub. FWR has been noted for its dynamic approach, shifting around from Indie Folk to Garage Rock to Dance Pop and beyond. Here's FWR's latest single, the Electro groovin' "For All the Little Things," taken from its split EP release with Minneapolis' Phantom Tails.<a href="http://fortwilsonriot.bandcamp.com/album/generation-complex-ep">Generation Complex EP by Fort Wilson Riot</a>The show kicks off at 10 p.m. with openers Zoo Animal, stirring vocalist Holly Newsom's self-described "Minimalist Grunge Pop with heart" group, also from the Twin Cities and inspired by the likes of Julee Cruise, Keren Ann and another "Newsom," the harp-rockin' Joanna. Here's the gauzy, woozy Zoo Animal track "Laying and Lying" from the recent seven-song EP Departure.<a href="http://zooanimal.bandcamp.com/track/laying-and-lying">Laying and Lying by Zoo Animal</a>
April 28 • MOTR Pub
0 Comments · Friday, April 20, 2012
For this band who
self-identifies as “Coincidence Pop” (the frontman once explained his
music as “really just a combination of fuck-ups that coincidentally
sounds pleasant”), things are coming together.
by Mike Breen
Stellar Indie Pop at MOTR Pub
Another solid free show tonight in Over-the-Rhine at MOTR Pub as Brooklyn band Milagres returns to perform with local heroes The Fairmount Girls. Milagres was last at MOTR just after the release of their latest album, Glowing Mouth, through Kill Rock Stars Records. The album came after songwriter Kyle Wilson seriously injured his back in a Canadian rock climbing adventure. While laid up, Wilson (who was considering quitting "the biz") found himself re-inspired and he reassembled his bandmates when he recovered to recorded Glowing Mouth. Interview magazine has compared Milagres to everyone from Prince and Peter Gabriel to Bon Iver and Radiohead. It's a fair assessment of the band's eclectic collection (but, mostly, it's probably because there's falsetto singing on the record). Check out some of the group's glistening Indie Pop here, then enjoy a couple of video clips below, including a recent appearance on NPR's Tiny Desk Concert series.
by Jac Kern
Goeff Tate's comedy recording, cheap and tasty eats
You know when you discover something new, like a word or band, and suddenly, they're everywhere? Well, if you've recently started following comedian Geoff Tate, you're probably having a similar experience. Dude is popping up left and right.Two weeks ago, the Cincinnati native appeared on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson after the host saw his stand-up in Wichita, Kan. Tate's five-minute set definitely brought the laughs. Check it out:Hearing Craig Ferguson say "MOTR Pub" on television did kind of make me squeal.Tate is back in Cincy this week to record a CD/DVD at MOTR tonight through Wednesday. Comedy starts at 8 p.m. each night and admission is just $5. Have a couple laughs (and beers) and support this up-and-comer. Find details here.Keystone Bar & Grill nabbed a Best of Cincinnati staff pick for "Best Comfort Food All Jazzed Up," and tonight is a perfect opportunity to check it out for yourself. Famous for their killer macaroni and cheese, Keystone has locations in Covington and Hyde Park. Their twists on the homestyle classic include the Fleetwood Mac (fresh mozzarella, pesto and tomatoes) and The B.B. King (grilled barbecue chicken and bacon). Best of all, mac-n-cheese is half-price on Mondays.Speaking of staff favorites, downtown dive bar Knockback Nat's also made this year's list as the "Best Place to get Smoked Out." OK, get your mind out of the head shop — we're talking about Knockback's delicious smoked wings. Knockback Nat's transcends typical bar food with these meaty wings they smoke outside behind the bar. On Mondays they're just 50 cents a pop, so enjoy the smoky goodness and wash it all down with a cold brewski.Find art exhibits and other daily events on our To Do list and check out music blog for tonight's live shows.
March 22 • MOTR Pub
0 Comments · Friday, March 16, 2012
Hold onto your seats, Cloud Nothings fans, as we're about
to exclusively break a new and crucial piece of info about the
Cleveland band's second record. While discussing the development of Attack on Memory, Nothings leader Dylan Baldi reveals a curious detail: “Steve Albini bought us kazoos that we used on the second song.” Take a second to visualize a misanthropic musician/producer best known (as an artist) for writing a record called Songs About Fucking exchanging American currency for kazoos.
by Mike Breen
Nashville Indie poppers come to MOTR Pub for a freebie with Automagik
Nashville Indie Roots band The Winter Sounds performs a free show tonight at MOTR Pub in Over-the-Rhine. The band matches beats and synths with a more organic, rootsy base that somehow successfully marries romantic, lush ’80s Pop and contemporary Indie Rock and Folk for a distinctly exquisite and evocative sound. The Nashville Scene sez the band churns out a "well-coalesced mixtape of Indie Rock’s finer moments from the past 10 years, resulting in a familiarly anthemic wall of guitars, electronics, strings and melancholy melodies that all add up to a no-brainer for critical acclaim.” Great sassy local Indie Pop/Rock band Automagik opens things up around 10 p.m. tonight. (Give the band's self-titled nine-track release a listen here.) Here's a couple of videos from The Winter Sounds — a version of their song "Carousel" and a cover of a-ha's ’80s smash "Take On Me" (which was also covered to great acclaim by Cincinnati's own Shiny and the Spoon; check it here).
0 Comments · Wednesday, February 29, 2012
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