by Mike Breen
Lo-fi Garage Pop royalty, King Tuff, performs a free show tonight at MOTR Pub with Cleveland's Gap Dream. King Tuff is the pseudonym and band name of Kyle Thomas, a Vermont native now based in L.A. who, after a dozen years working of Tuff material as a side project to bands like Feathers and Witch, released the debut full-length Was Dead in 2008 and started focusing solely on King Tuff. It turned out to be a fruitful decision; Sub Pop Records signed King Tuff and put out its self-titled sophomore album this spring. Click here to read more about King Tuff, check out the official video for the recent album's "Alone & Stoned" and use the widget below to get a pair of free KT tracks to download. • Charlie Hunter is the kind of guitarist who you can watch and be mesmerized not just sonically but also visually. His unique technique (playing lead, rhythm and bass runs all at once) and adventurous style has helped him build an eclectic fan base. Hunter's involved in many projects, including his duo with drummer Scott Amendola. The pair recently released the conceptual album Not Getting Behind is the New Getting Ahead. "Our intention in making this record was to tell a bunch of stories around the central theme of the album’s title,” Hunter is quoted on his website talking about the project. "The new tunes are meant to evoke some of the things you might see in your travels through the USA these days. Scott and I wanted to think of each composition as a starting point for some kind of narrative." (Read more about Hunter and the project here.) Hunter and Amendola perform tonight at the 20th Century Theater in Oakley. Showtime is 8 p.m. and tickets are $20. Here's the twosome performing earlier this year. • Young Southeastern Indiana Country Pop trio Jetset Getset promotes its debut album Saturday Night (which was released in early October) tonight at Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill next Great American Ball Park. Showtime is 8 p.m. The trio, whose members are 14 and 15 years old, were on a Nashville TV show when retired producer/DJ Jack Gale saw them and decided to come out of retirement to sign them to his Playback Records. The group has that catchy, twangy sound that Country and Pop radio are both in love with right now, so the sky’s the limit. Jetset Getset’s free, all-ages show at Toby Keith’s also serves as a benefit for Play It Forward, the local organization formed to help area musicians in their time of need (with medical, financial and other assistance). Proceeds from the sales of Saturday Night on Nov. 7 will be donated to the cause.Here's Jetset Getset's video for the album's first single. Click here for even more live music tonight in Greater Cincinnati.
Nov. 7 • MOTR Pub
0 Comments · Monday, November 5, 2012
As time trots forward, the number of Rock & Roll
dudes who self-identify as monarchs only increases. With King Tuff's
arrival, King Diamond, King Krule, King Khan and King Charles welcome
another to their regal ranks.
by Mike Breen
• Ironfest, the multi-act concert event started by friends of late local music booster “Iron” Mike Davidson to benefit his daughter, is set for its third annual event tonight and Saturday at the new Southgate House Revival in Newport. Each night features a staggering amount of solid local bands from a variety of genres. Tonight, catch Mad Anthony, State Song, Switchblade Syndicate, The Shanks, Goddamn Gravity, The New Void, Billy Wallace and the Virginia Blues, Vito Emmanuel, Jeremy Pinnell and the 55’s, Arlo McKinley and the Lonesome Sound, Chiva Knievel, Total Dudes, A Juliet Bender, Smoke Signals, Rising Shotgun, DC Project and Dead August. Performing for Night 2 tomorrow are The Dopamines, Moonbow, Honeyspiders, Red Soul Rising, Unsinkable Molly Brown, Another Tragedy, The Tammy Whynots, 500 Miles to Memphis, The Sound Museum, SHIVS, Kelly Steward and the Restless Kind, The Mudpies, Martin Luther and the Kings, The Perfect Children, Buenos Crotches, Sticky Honey, The Andyman Hopkins Band and Queen City Radio, a very promising new group featuring Dan Mecher, former frontman for Turnbull ACs and Denial, former 500 Miles to Memphis bassist Jeff Snyder, longtime 500 Miles frontman Ryan Malott and Kevin
Finkelmeier of Pete Dressman and the Soul Unified Nation and Denial fame.Tickets are just $5 each night and music starts at 7 p.m. Click here and here for more info.• One of Cincinnati’s most popular bands, Rumpke Mountain Boys, celebrate the release of their new album with a series of release parties in the region, kicking off tonight at Inner Circle (the former Annie’s location). Following the Cincinnati date, the Boys will perform for their growing fan bases in Lexington, Ky., Bloomington, Ind., Columbus, Ohio, and Cleveland, Ohio. The group’s new official full-length is titled Trashgrass, the name the members have given their eclectic, jammy, sometime trippy brand of Bluegrass. The band has all the markings of a standard Bluegrass troupe — mandolin, banjo, upright bass, acoustic guitar and vocal harmonies — but the members’ varied influences (they cite Grateful Dead, Ralph Stanley, Tom Waits and Jimmy Cliff among their key inspirations) make the end result its own organic, spontaneous beast. The seven-time Cincinnati Entertainment Award winners for Best Bluegrass act have performed at numerous festivals, shared the stage with artists like Ralph Stanley, Keller Williams, Yonder Mountain String Band and Del McCoury, and Vince Herman — a pioneer of the Rumpkes’ jammy take on Bluegrass with Leftover Salmon — called them “a party waiting to happen.” Rumpke Mountain Boys perform tonight with the excellent local Reggae crew The Cliftones. The show starts at 9 p.m. and admission is $10 (or $12 for those ages 18-20). Visit rumpke.ning.com for more on the band.The Rumpkes are probably one of the more documented bands in the area thanks to their allowance/encouragement of fans to record their live shows. Here's a video from this past March of the group performing the Folk/Jazz/Blues standard "Make Me A Pallet on Your Floor" at ekoostik hookah's springtime music fest in central Ohio.• Strong local Rock/Pop act Majestic Man celebrates the release of its debut full-length, Manatee, this Friday at Mayday in Northside. Local bands The FrontRunners and Plastic Inevitables open the free show at 10 p.m. Manatee is loaded with melodic, well-written songs, but the varied groove the band manipulates throughout the album is just as distinct and magnetic. Be it the Jazz slink of “Someday,” the dubby sway of “Bodysnatcher” or the angled Funk of “Age of No Reason,” the music is rhythmically fascinating. The dazzling guitar playing and superb vocals add cohesion to Manatee, an album that shows Majestic Man to be one of the more gifted newer groups in the Cincinnati area. To preview and/or purchase Manatee, visit majesticman.bandcamp.com. Here's the new album track "Spanish":Spanish by Majestic Man• This past spring, prolific artist Jon Langford came to Cincinnati to open an exhibit of his visual artwork and perform a free concert with his group Skull Orchard at Over-the-Rhine club MOTR Pub. At the time, Langford spoke to CityBeat contributor Steve Rosen about his range of artistic endeavors. “I have to do a lot of things,” he said. “I find it essential, honestly — spiritually and economically.” (Read the full interview with Langford here.)Just prior to the springtime Cincy visit, Langford had come off a Midwest tour with perhaps his best known band outside of his first one — British Punk legends, The Mekons — Waco Brothers, the AltCountry outfit he records with for Bloodshot Records. Langford must’ve enjoyed his time in Cincinnati because tonight he's bringing the Wacos to MOTR Pub for a 10 p.m. show, one of only a trio of appearances currently scheduled for the group. The Brothers are bringing with them Paul Burch, the Nashville singer/songwriter with whom the band collaborated on this year’s Great Chicago Fire LP. The Chicago band Cannonball is also on the bill. Here's a fan-shot video of Burch and the Wacos from earlier this year. Click here for even more live music events in Greater Cincinnati tonight.
Oct. 31 • MOTR Pub
0 Comments · Monday, October 29, 2012
Unlike the similarly named bands She & Him and The
Dutchess and the Duke, the current version of He's My Brother, She's My
Sister is not a duo featuring
one member from each gender. Instead, it’s a five-piece led by founders/siblings Rachel and Rob Kolar,
who initially ran the project as an acoustic twofer.
by Mike Breen
Legendary NYC Ska group brings 30th anniversary tour to Cincy for free show
American Ska legends The Toasters perform a free show tonight at MOTR Pub in Over-the-Rhine. Showtime is 10 p.m. and — sorry, kids — you must be 21 or older to get in.The band was one of the leading inspirations behind the "third-wave" Ska explosion of the ’90s, but the band actually began 30 years ago, influenced by the 2-Tone Ska movement in the U.K. The Toasters blend of NYC Rock and 2-Tone made them cult heroes in the Ska underground, as did the band's D.I.Y. approach; founding member (the sole one in the current lineup) Robert "Bucket" Hingley formed the influential Moon Ska Records in 1983 to release his own albums, as well as those by acts like Mustard Plug, The Slackers and Hepcat. The label's various compilations also gave a boost to up-and-coming, non-Moon acts like Less Than Jake and No Doubt.Here's The Toasters' first music video, for the tune "Radiation Skank" off of the band's debut release, 1985's Recriminations EP (which was produced by British singer/songwriter Joe Jackson; he is to The Toasters what Elvis Costello was to The Specials). And here is "Modern World America" off The Toasters' 2002 release, Enemy of the System.
Oct. 21 • MOTR Pub
0 Comments · Monday, October 15, 2012
For the uninitiated, Mike Watt has been doing what he can for more than three
decades, beginning with his role as bassist in the Minutemen, the
iconic Indie Rock trio known for its short, lacerating songs about
everything from Michael Jackson and Ronald Reagan to Jesus and tequila.
by Mike Breen
There is a staggering amount of high-quality live music events tonight in Greater Cincinnati, especially for a Wednesday. Here are a few of the best.• Though Jazz is the music saxophonist Jeff Coffin is most
closely identified, his experience and passion extends well beyond the
genre. Coffin’s and his Mu’tet make dynamic, progressive sounds, most recently heard on the studio effort, Into the Air,
which draws from mainly from modern and vintage Jazz. But Coffin first
came to many music fans’ attention when he joined Bela Fleck’s
Flecktones in 1997, a fittingly adventurous gig for the diverse
musician/composer. Coffin left the Flecktones after he was invited to
join the Dave Matthews Band full time, replacing late founding member
LeRoi Moore in 2009.
As if he wasn’t busy enough, Coffin — who has also shared
stage/studio time with everyone from McCoy Tyner and Branford Marsalis
to Willie Nelson and Widespread Panic — is equally acclaimed as an
educator and clinician, working with students of all ages around the
world. “The spirit and breath of the music is what I take away from the
listening and playing,” he says of his influences, which, collectively
he dubs “Spirit Music.” Coffin and his Mu’tet come to Northern
Kentucky University tonight to share their musical wisdom and spirit.
After an afternoon lecture and clinic for NKU music students, Coffin and
Mu’tet perform an 8 p.m. concert at the school’s Fine Arts Center’s
Greaves Concert Hall. Admission is $10 ($5 for students with ID). Visit
nkuconnections.nku.edu for more info. • Nick Zammuto may have broken up his acclaimed experimental sound-collage project The Books, but he's not given up music. Tonight, his new band, appropriately named Zammuto, performs at MOTR Pub in Over-the-Rhine. The show is free and features a warm-up set from Lymbyc Systym. Click here to read about Zammuto and here for more on Lymbyc Systym.• Innovative guitarist Bill Frisell is in town to perform with his 858 Quartet at The Emery Theatre. The concert is related to the current, ongoing FotoFocus events around town. Click here for more details. • Popular rockers Band of Horses, whose upcoming tour with Willie Nelson was sadly cancelled recently, play at Bogart's in Corryville tonight. Click here for a preview.
Oct. 10 • MOTR Pub
0 Comments · Monday, October 8, 2012
Brothers Mike and Jared Bell of Electronic band Lymbyc
Systym were physically separated by time zones for three years while
recording their third release, Symbolyst. But it’s clear they had synergy despite the distance between Brooklyn, N.Y., and Japan.
Oct. 10 • MOTR Pub
0 Comments · Monday, October 8, 2012
Early this year, Nick Zammuto surprised fans and critics
with his announcement that he was closing the book on The Books, his
avant sonic collage project with Paul de Jong and a variety of
Sept. 17 • MOTR Pub
0 Comments · Monday, September 10, 2012
When Adam Stephens and Tyson Vogel began playing San
Francisco street corners and house parties a decade ago under the banner
of Two Gallants they were just 21 years old, but by then,
the Folk rockers were childhood friends that had already been playing
together for nearly 10 years.