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Jesse Dee with Honey & Houston

Saturday • Northside Tavern

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 12, 2014
It’s one thing to find inspiration in such Soul legends, but Jesse Dee’s honest, genuine songwriting and soul-drenched vocals give his tunes the same spirit and emotional heft as those originators.  

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.  

ScHoolboy Q with Isaiah Rashad

Monday • Bogart’s

0 Comments · Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Oxymoron, ScHoolboy Q’s incendiary, just-released Interscope debut, has been incredibly well received by critics for its raw musical presentation and distinctive lyrics and delivery. At press time, chart pundits were predicting it would debut high on the next Billboard album chart, if not hit No. 1.   

Amos Lee with Chris Kasper

Friday • Taft Theatre

0 Comments · Tuesday, March 4, 2014
It’s been a decade since Blue Note Records signed Amos Lee and put out his self-titled EP. Since then, the Folk/Soul singer/songwriter has yet to disappoint. With a voice that could cut through any venue’s rattle-and-rush, and lyrics and stories that seem just right coming from a former teacher, Lee hooks a finger into the listener’s shirt collar and pulls them closer.   

The Copyrights with Elway and The Vains

Sunday • Southgate House Revival

0 Comments · Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Since forming in Carbondale, Ill., a dozen years ago as a response to the woeful lack of Punk bands in the local scene, The Copyrights have earned a potent reputation with five acclaimed studio albums, a quartet of EPs and a handful of split 7-inch singles.  

The Ragbirds with Box Truck Rescue and Evan Ray

Friday • Thompson House

0 Comments · Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Ann Arbor, Mich., is the nexus for a lot of weird, wonderful musical behavior, and The Ragbirds are another brilliant reminder of that odd harmonic paradigm. Combining elements from a variety of sources — Gypsy Jazz, Celtic Folk, Bluegrass and Rock filtered through Middle Eastern, African and Latin rhythms — the band creates a groove-laden global Roots gumbo.  

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.  

Royal Teeth with Chappo and Parade of Lights

Wednesday • 20th Century Theater

0 Comments · Tuesday, March 4, 2014
If this seemingly endless brutal winter has had you down in the dumps most of the season, on Wednesday a trio of bands will bring their upbeat Pop sounds to Cincinnati for an aural pick-me-up.  
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REVIEW: Saturn Batteries’ ‘Real Far East’

An EP can serve several purposes — a stopgap release between full-length releases; fresh merch to offer at shows; a teaser for more material down the road; or an exploratory release to test the waters for a response to a new band or an existing band's new direction (among others).  In any event, whatever a band's reason might be for offering up a small dose of their material for reduced consumption, the inviolable rule of the EP is simple — always leave the listener wanting more. If you elicit even a modicum of boredom or disinterest in a spare handful of tracks, you're not likely to entice listeners to take a chance on a full-length or get them out to a show, which is, as stated, sort of the point. Luckily, no such lapse is even remotely evident on Real Far East, Saturn Batteries' second EP in just over a year. Since the Cincinnati bands formation in 2010, guitarist/vocalist/lyricist Brad Gibson — who's put in bass time with the likes of Charlie Hustle, Young Heirlooms and Walk the Moon — has presented his brainchild as a trio, quartet and quintet along the way, all in the service of Beatlesque Pop filtered through the New Wave aesthetic of the Police and XTC and adrenalized with a heart needle full of the Pixies' jittery satellite Rock.  On last year's Ever Been in Love? Gibson and the Batteries du jour hewed a little closer to the John Lennon/Frank Black strands of their DNA, but Real Far East finds the freshly minted foursome (Gibson, guitarist Brad Rutledge, drummer Justin Sheldon, bassist Archie Niebuhr) drifting more toward the Paul McCartney/Andy Partridge end of their gene pool. And while the Batteries soften the edges ever so subtly and polish their surface to a slightly more reflective shine on Real Far East, these refinements don't diminish the band's energetic charm in the least. One of the reasons for that is the Batteries have never forsaken one direction for another, preferring to incorporate differing elements into their foundational sound in an effective display of their diversity. The soulful "It's Not About the Money" and propulsive "Overtime" are both Pop gems that swing and swagger in a groove that isn't far removed from the benchmarks established by Walk the Moon in their march toward global domination. "You Really Live Twice" features previous members Rob Barnes and Rich Shivener, naturally hearkening back to the moody energy of Ever Been in Love? "Every Last Time" updates '60s/'70s AM Pop to the 21st century, while "Cherry Times" is a solid hybrid of the sweet and dissonant Pop that has characterized everything that Saturn Batteries has done well to this point in their history.  Real Far East shows that Saturn Batteries can have fun within their core Pop/Rock sound and clearly points the way toward a bright future for the quartet going forward.  Saturn Batteries celebrates the release of Real Far East tonight (Friday) at The Drinkery in Over-the-Rhine (click here for details). Below is the EP track “Every Last Time”; click the player or here to sample/download the entire release. <a href="http://saturnbatteries.bandcamp.com/album/real-far-east">Real Far East by Saturn Batteries</a>
 
 

New Fires from Old Fuel

Lydia Loveless finds fresh inspiration from a youthful obsession with baseball and a 19th century poet

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Ohio singer/songwriter Lydia Loveless hits the road in support of her second full-length release for the esteemed Bloodshot Records release, Somewhere Else.  

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