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Kentucky Knife Fight Performing At MOTR Pub On Aug 15th With The Sweep

Kentucky Knife Fight

Kentucky Knife Fight

Photo by Corey Woodruff

Kentucky Knife Fight
Friday, August 15th
MOTR Pub 1345 Main St, Cincinnati, OH 45202 / (513) 381-6687
with The Sweep
9pm / 21+ / $5

Kentucky Knife Fight kicked off 2014 with a tour that took them across the midwest and midsouth, after a year that saw the band performing at Midpoint Music FestivalTwangfestKDHX Fest (following an impressive showing last year at the KDHX day show at SXSW), with a handpicked slot by BMI to play LouFest (one of only 2 local St. Louis acts in the festival line-up). Kentucky Knife Fight sold out last year’s release show for their sophomore album Hush Hush, which peaked at #2 on the CMJcharts at St. Louis’ radio station, KDHX 88.1 FM, and has had an impressive run at college radio this year. In addition to the recent 3-show run with Old 97′s, the band also accompanied Murder By Death on some tour dates last summer, opened forLucero last August, and spent the winter writing the music for the PBS series “America: From The Ground Up!“, which will air later this year. Read more

Town Mountain To Release a New Live Album; Up for IMBA Nomination – Coming To Southgate House Revival on 10/16

Town Mountain

Town Mountain

Town Mountain
Southgate House Revival, 111 E 6th St, Newport, KY
8pm doors, 9pm show, $10 adv, $12 dos, Buy Tickets

Town Mountain’s hard drivin’ bluegrass sound, tight harmonies, and stellar in-house songwriting have become the band’s trademark. They light up the stage with their honky tonk edge and barroom swagger, featuring a Jimmy Martin-style bounce and confidence that is countered at times by a laid-back John Hartford-esque groove. Town Mountain includes Robert Greer on vocals and guitar, Jesse Langlais on banjo and vocals, Bobby Britt on fiddle, Phil Barker on mandolin and vocals, and Nick DiSebastian on bass.

They are set to release their first official live album, Town Mountain: Live At The Isis, on August 19th, 2014.The concert was recorded in their hometown of Asheville, NC at Isis Music Hall. The album features live versions of previously released studio material including crowd favorites “Lawdog,” “Tarheel Boys” and the fiddle tune “Four Miles.” Amidst the original songs are a couple of lively Town Mountain-tweaked covers such as “The Race Is On” and “Orange Blossom Special.” The audio was mixed by Scott Vestal, acclaimed banjoist with the Sam Bush Band, who also mixed their 2012 release, Leave The Bottle. As for the future, stay tuned for a new upcoming studio album due next spring filled with more original Town Mountain songs. Read more

St. Paul & the Broken Bones, WHY?, Deafheaven headline Midpoint Music Festival At Taft Theatre Ballroom

St. Paul & the Broken Bones

St. Paul & the Broken Bones

Photo by Dave McClister

The Taft Theatre Ballroom today announced single-day tickets to all three nights of MidPoint Music Festival lineups there will go on sale Friday, July 25 at 11 a.m. These tickets include all bands at the Taft Ballroom that night. Only a limited quantity is up for pre-sale.

The thirteenth-annual MidPoint Music Festival returns to Downtown Cincinnati and Over-the-Rhine on September 25–27, 2014. A full MidPoint schedule will be revealed in the coming weeks, but here are the artists slated to perform the Taft Ballroom. Read more

Miami University Artist Series Announces Lineup For 2014-2015 Season

John Cowan

John Cowan

Photo by Scott Preston

Miami University Artist Series is proud to present you with the 2014-15 seasons. You can also order single tickets from the Miami University Box Office in the Shriver Center (513 529-3200) or online at later in the Summer.

We wish to express our extreme gratitude to the Bever Family Trust for their continued financial support of this series. Read more

Kelley McRae with The Young Heirlooms at Southgate House Revival On 9/4

Kelley McRae

When:     Thurs, Sept 4th, Doors 8 pm / Show 9 pm
Where:    Southgate House – Revival Room, 111 East 6th St, Newport, KY
Who:       Kelley McRaeThe Young Heirlooms
Tickets:   $5 advance/$7 door -, or call 859-431-2201FREE ALBUM DOWNLOAD w/ advance ticket (for a limited time, see below)

Kelley McRae grew up in Mississippi but called Brooklyn home before teaming up with guitarist Matt Castelein in 2011, when the duo traded in their NYC apartment for a VW camper van and hit the road.  Thousands of miles and hundreds of shows later, they’ve toured coast to coast in the US, played to packed rooms across Europe, sold-out the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, and taken the stage at major festivals like Riverbend in Tennessee (headlined by Buddy Guy). Read more

The Ridges Performing at Taste of OTR in Washington Park On Saturday 7/26

The Ridges

The Ridges

Photo by Lexie Alley

Taste of OTR
Washington Park, 1230 Elm St, Cincinnati, OH
The Ridges perform at 2:30pm
other artists performing - Hayden Kay, The Marmalade Brigade, The Cliftones, The Ridges, The Whiskey Gentry, The Pinstripes, Magnolia Sons, Sonny Knight & The Lakers

The Ridges are an orchestral folk rock band from the Appalachian college town of Athens, Ohio. Rooted in the collaboration of Victor Rasgaitis (guitar, vocals) and Talor Smith (cello, vocals), the duo is supported live by a rotating cast of musicians adding classical and folk rock instrumentation ranging from cellos, violas, violins, upright bass, and horns to banjo, mandolin, accordion, and drums. By augmenting their aggressive, high-energy performances with haunting, all-acoustic instrumentation, The Ridges craft their own unique brand of indie rock compositions. It’s a distinct sound that overflows with the dark romanticism of their ominous namesake – Athens’ abandoned Victorian-style insane asylum where the band recorded their self-titled EP. Read more

Swear and Shake Announce August Tour – Coming To 20th Century Theater on 8/6

Swear and Shake

Swear and Shake

Photo by Michael Didyoung

Swear and Shake
20th Century Theater
3021 Madison Rd, Cincinnati, OH
8pm show, $10 adv, $12 dos, Buy Tickets

Brooklyn based indie folk outfit Swear And Shake are thrilled to announce an August Tour throughout the US and Canada, including festival stops at Mile of MusicYarmony Grass,Wanderlust, and Campfire Outdoor Adventure and Music Festival. The tour will also include Swear and Shake’s first visit to Colorado.

Swear and Shake is fronted by the guitar wielding Kari Spieler and the guitar and banjo playing Adam McHeffey. The two expertly blend their vocals, melodies, and confessional lyrics. Rounding out the quartet are old friends Ben Goldstein on drums and Shaun Savage on bass guitar. Read more

Strand Of Oaks Touring In Support Of New Album “Heal,” Comes To MOTR Pub On Thursday, August 14

Strand Of Oaks

Strand Of Oaks

Thursday, August 14, 2014
MOTR Pub, 1345 Main St., Over-the-Rhine, Cincinnati, Ohio; 513-381-6687
free, ages 21-up,10pm

From the first bars of HEAL, the exhilarating melodic stomp of ‘Goshen ’97′ puts you right into Tim Showalter’s fervent teenage mindset. We find him in his family’s basement den in Goshen, IN, feeling alienated but even at 15 years old, believing in the alchemy and power of music to heal your troubles. “The record is called HEAL, but it’s not a soft, gentle healing, it’s like scream therapy, a command, because I ripped out my subconscious, looked through it, and saw the worst parts. And that’s how I got better.” HEAL embodies that feeling of catharsis and rebirth, desperation and euphoria, confusion and clarity. It is deeply personal and unwittingly anthemic. Read more

Griffin House Coming To Southgate House Revival on 8/22 In Support Of New Album “Balls”

Griffin House

Griffin House

Griffin House
Southgate House Revival (Sanctuary Room), 111 E 6th St, Newport, KY
8pm doors, 8:30pm show, $15 adv, $18 dos, Buy Tickets

Three parts Welsh, one part German and 90% Native American — the math doesn’t quite make sense, but that’s his story and he’s sticking to it.

Born in Springfield, OH now residing in East Nashville, TN, Griffin House didn’t begin playing guitar and writing songs until he was 18. The power of his music struck an emotional connection with audiences immediately.  The athletically gifted House shocked his family by turning down a golf scholarship to focus on a new path making music, but there were some issues to deal with first – he couldn’t play the guitar he’d bought from and friend, nor had he ever written a song.  He took a couple lessons, wrote a song for his old high school girlfriend and brought her to tears when he played it for her.  He was hooked, “What I was drawn to was the power of the song, how it could affect people emotionally.” Read more

Brian Olive Releases New EP “Move” – Full Length Album Coming Spring 2015


Multi-instrumentalist Brian Olive is back with a new EP Move. Move features four new tracks that showcase Olive’s firm grasp on soul, psych and garage genres showcasing clever lyrics, down and dirty rhythms and just enough insanity to make you want to shake it all out. This is the third release for Olive, which will be followed by a tour in late summer/early fall and a full-length release in Spring 2015.

Move skates across the avenues of soul, rock, jazz and psych in wonderful and exciting ways. Olive serves up a heady mix of groove and rhythm, galvanized by his tasteful sense of bridging timeliness and timelessness, punctuated by his ever-expanding expertise in the studio. This self-produced release carries forward the eclectic style and singular approach captured on Olive’s previous two solo endeavors, his self-titled debut and the sophomore release Two of Everything, co-produced by Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys, both of which were met with glowing reviews in the US and the UK. Read more

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