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
These bars offer everything for the area music
connoisseur from smooth Jazz to bust your eardrums Rock. Find local
favorites or broaden your horizons as you discover a new international
by Jac Kern
One year ago today, the home of Shannon DeBra, founder of the all-foster rescue Recycled Doggies, caught on fire. Thirteen dogs and one cat died as a result, and Recycled Doggies faced a tremendous setback. Tonight, on the tragedy's anniversary, animal lovers everywhere are invited to attend a benefit, give what you can and support the organization and all its foster families and volunteers. Head over to Star Lanes at the Levee for a silent auction, raffles, happy hour specials and, of course, plenty of bowling fun. Go here to RSVP to the event, which runs from 5:30-8:30 p.m.CANstruction kicked off today, with teams building artistic creations made entirely out of canned goods. Stop by the Weston Gallery to see their progress and drop off canned goods of your own. All donations, and all cans used to build the artwork, will go to the Freestore Foodbank.
Crazy! Cool. No, I'm not talking about TLC's 1994 album, I'm talkin' 'bout West Side
Story. The Bernstein and Sondheim hit is alive and well 55 years after
its debut on Broadway. The Jets and Sharks put any Crosstown Shootout
rivalries to shame, and in this revived version, audiences can expect a
grittier tale with more Hispanic influence. The classic runs at the
Aronoff Center through March 11. Find details here.Every Tuesday is Writer's Night at MOTR Pub. Songwriters, poets, spoken word artists — anyone with original work is welcome to share. Sign ups open at 8:30 p.m. and $40 goes to a special winner each week. Lucas of The Dukes Are Dead hosts. Enjoy a beer, a BLT and great company.Honey in Northside offers a $10 comfort food menu every Tuesday. Choose from homestyle favorites like fish and chips, meatloaf and mashed potatoes, chicken stew with dumplings and more. It's a great chance to try the local spot if you've never been and you're on a budget. Peep our full review of Honey here.Check out our To Do page for tons of recommended art shows open today.
by Mike Breen
It's a slow night if you're looking for some touring acts to check out — in other words, typical Monday — but there are still a handful of local artists performing tonight. If you're a musician, there are some open jams (Blues jam with Sonny Moorman at Anderson Bar & Grill and Jazz jam with the Sandy Suskind Quartet at the Blue Wisp) and open mics (with host Pete DeNuzio at Knotty Pine and Bob Cushing's acoustic open mic at Shady O'Grady's). If you'd rather just watch and listen, great local Rock trio Sparrow Bellows plays the last night of its every-Monday "House Band" residency at Over-the-Rhine's MOTR Pub. The group — which features ace musicians Sammy Wulfeck (Goose, ex-Stapletons), Brian Kitzmiller (Black Owls, Trojan Rabbit) and guitar wiz Ric Hickey (solo, Telegram Sam, Speed Hickeys) — announced on its Facebook page this morning that its 9 p.m. MOTR performance tonight will be its "last multi-set show for a long time to come," so Bellows superfans take note. The show is a freebie, as always at MOTR. Click on for Sparrow Bellows' track "Thousand Recurring Signs" to get you in the mood.
0 Comments · Tuesday, February 21, 2012
This is one of those random weeks where
there are so many notable events involving local bands, we could have
done an all-music double issue of CityBeat and still not have room for it all. Thankfully, we do
have constantly updated Staff Blogs. So here’s what’s
up, lightning-round-style; check the blog throughout the week for more
by Mike Breen
Bua and the Dirk Quinn Band, plus Today In Music with Carole King, Adele and Prince
Music Tonight: Young quartet Bua (say: "boo-ahh") brings their acclaimed traditional Irish music to the Irish Heritage Center of Greater Cincinnati for a 7 p.m. performance. Members of the group — which uses traditional instrumentation that includes wooden flute, fiddle, Uilleann Pipes, Tin Whistle, concertina and bouzouki — performed at the Center last year (each musician has other projects outside of the group) and were so fond of the venue and the audience they asked to return with the full band. Based in Chicago, Bua is a nationwide festival favorite, widely praised for their expert musicianship, passionate delivery and adherence to the foundational roots of Irish music. The group won "Top Traditional Group" at the 2009 Irish Music Awards and Bua's latest release, last year's self-released Down the Green Fields, was recently praised by Driftwood magazine, which wrote, "Damn, they killed it. Seriously. If you have any interest in the traditional music of Ireland, an emerald sound born of fiddles, pipes, whistles, and a clarity of voice that sounds like the musical equivalent of a crystal clear mountain stream and refreshes just as much, buy this album." And/or go see them in concert tonight if you're in the Greater Cincinnati area.
by Mike Breen
Cheyenne Marie Mize at MOTR, plus Today in Music with OutKast and a James Dean musical tribute
Music Tonight: Louisville Indie/Folk singer/songwriter Cheyenne Marie Mize has been on a fast track in the music biz over the past year. A member of a couple of rootsy acts in the rich Louisville music scene, once she broke out on her own, she began to draw increased attention for her lovely, ethereal sound. Last year when Mize performed in town, she was on the verge of releasing a new EP, but it was delayed … for good reason. Mize had inked a deal with Yep Rock Records (home to Nick Lowe, Liam Finn, Fountains of Wayne, John Doe and Paul Weller) and that EP, We Don't Need, became her first release for the label. Just released Jan. 24, We Don't Need fleshes out Mize's wispy sound (particularly with some creative rhythmic additives), but that dreamy, ghostly soul still hovers above each of the five songs. Click here to read more about Mize then head to MOTR Pub tonight to catch her free show (with special guest Margaret Darling of The Seedy Seeds). Below, enjoy a session Mize did recently for LaundroMatinee.com.
Feb. 8 • MOTR Pub
0 Comments · Thursday, January 26, 2012
native Cheyenne Marie Mize has played within her local Indie music
scene for quite awhile. Most recently Mize toured and performed with
two more Kentucky-based Indie success-stories, Ben Sollee and Daniel
Martin Moore, in support of their collaborative album Dear
Jan. 25 • MOTR Pub
0 Comments · Friday, January 20, 2012
Folk/Roots/Blues fans would pony up plenty to see Carrie Rodriguez,
Kelly Joe Phelps or
Erin McKeown on their own. A triple bill for free
with that line-up is a gift from the musical heavens. Here’s why:
Funky brass ensemble to debut release of mostly original compositions
Horny local ensemble The Cincy Brass hosts a free costume/Halloween party at MOTR Pub tonight. Sorry, I should say “The Heavy Metal Cincy Brass,” because the group, known for their brass renditions of Pop and Rock classics, will tackled a different realm of tuneage, performing their takes on songs by Black Sabbath, Tool, Rush, Led Zeppelin and many others. (Music starts around 10 p.m. with Skywalker featuring The Catalyst.) Though going Metal (or perhaps more accurately, hard 'n heavy Rock), the Brass won't stay that way long (even if some of the new arrangements do carry over into some later sets). On Nov. 18, the increasingly popular band will release its debut album, Ain't Nuttin Louder, which features 11 original tracks (and two covers). Dig this "video press release" for the release party at MOTR Pub that night: