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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

Amy Black Coming To The Southgate House Revival on 7/17 with Opener Kelly Thomas

Amy Black

Amy Black

Amy Black
with Kelly Thomas
Southgate House Revival (Lounge), 111 E 6th St, Newport, KY
Free, 9:30pm

AMY BLACK’S “THIS IS HOME,” (FEBRUARY 4, 2014/Reuben Records), her second solo release, was produced by Lex Price (Mindy Smith, Peter Bradley Adams) and recorded in Nashville, Tennessee at Ben’s Studio on Music Row (formerly historic RCA STUDIO A.)

Joining Amy (acoustic guitar/vocals) in the studio for the album were Will Kimbrough (Emmylou Harris, Rodney Crowell) on acoustic and electric guitars, Oliver Wood (Wood Brothers) on electric guitars, Josh Range (KD Lang, Sheryl Crow) on pedal and lap steel and piano, Ian Fitchuk (Caitlin Rose, Amy Grant) on the Hammond B-3 organ, Wurlitzer piano, drums and percussion and Lex Price (KD Lang, Mindy Smith) on electric and acoustic bass and the tenor guitar. Read more

J.D. Wilkes and The Dirt Daubers Performing at Whispering Beard Folk Festival on 8/23

J.D. Wilkes and The Dirt Daubers

J.D. Wilkes and The Dirt Daubers

J.D. Wilkes and The Dirt Daubers
Whispering Beard Folk Festival 8/22 – 8/24/14
Friendship, IN
J.D. Wilkes and The Dirt Daubers performs on 8/23

Plowboy Records is excited to announce J.D. Wilkes and The Dirt Daubers performing live at summer festivals like Whispering Beard Folk Festival and Muddy Roots Festival.

J.D. Wilkes and The Dirt Daubers recently released, Wild Moon, their third album to much praise. “Wild Moon, marks the band’s growth from an acoustic roots project to an amped-up quartet, soaked with blues and rockabilly,” writes the Missoula News. San Francisco Bay Guardian adds “Wilkes—a bonafide Kentucky Colonel formed The Dirt Daubers in 2009 with his wife Jessica…the album finds them mixing traditional sounds with an infectious rock attitude and approach.” Read more

Little Rock, Arkansas soul man Adam Faucett comes to MOTR Pub on Thursday, August 7

Adam Faucett

Adam Faucett

Thursday, August 7, 2014
MOTR Pub, 1345 Main St., Over-the-Rhine, Cincinnati, Ohio; 513-381-6687
FREE, 21-and-up, 10pm

“Nothing can prepare you for the sound that comes out of his mouth when he sings—or bellows—his stellar songwriting. It is a soulful power beyond belief.”
-Paste Magazine

Hailing from Little Rock, Arkansas, and possessing a voice that the Onion A.V. Club warns “knocks your brain into the back of your skull”, Adam Faucett has drawn comparisons from Tim Buckley to Cat Power to Otis Redding.

Called “one of the greatest, most thoughtful lyricists the state has to offer.” (Arkansas Times) Faucett has again pushed the borders of his “part folk, part blues, part elemental rock stomp, part unidentifiable cosmic holler” (Arkansas Democrat Gazette) with the release Blind Water Finds Blind Water, a record of his most arresting and beautiful songs to date. Read more

Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra Announces Expanded Access To LUMENOCITY

The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra announced today expanded access to the immensely popular LUMENOCITY® event through live television and radio broadcasts, two remote “live sites” offering the event on giant outdoor LED screens, live webcasts, and 5,000 available tickets for the LUMENOCITY dress rehearsal on Thursday, July 31. The CSO is also releasing 3,300 tickets for the performances on August 1, 2 and 3, and will distribute these and the dress rehearsal tickets via online drawing at

When LUMENOCITY tickets became available to the general public on Monday, June 9, there were over 300,000 visits to the website seeking free tickets and the event capacity of 37,500 over three nights was reached in twelve minutes. Read more

Nashville rockers Turbo Fruits play MOTR Pub on Wednesday, August 6


Wednesday, August 6, 2014
MOTR Pub, 1345 Main St., Over-the-Rhine, Cincinnati, Ohio; 513-381-6687
FREE, 21-and-up, 10pm

“Dave, tell ‘em about your wrestling record”

“Three wins, sixteen defeats. Beat the same kid twice. Lost to the state champion in six seconds”

Clearly, the Turbo Fruits are not athletes. They are, however, a rock n roll band and one that could likely take your state rock & roll champion to the mat in less time than it takes to cue up a record. What the Nashville, Tennessee quartet lack in physical adeptness they make up for in wild abandon and unfettered debauchery; in buzzsaw guitars and pummeling, primal rhythms. And they STILL look good in a unitard and head gear. Okay, that might not be true – we haven’t tested that theory yet, there wasn’t quite enough beer, there may never be enough beer – but they are definitely one of the most visceral rock groups in America, as is evidenced on their new album Butter. Read more

Birds of Chicago at Fountain Square American Roots Series 8/26

Birds of Chicago

Birds of Chicago

Aug. 26
American Roots Series
5th and Vine St. – Cincinnati, OH
7:00pm - Free show

Birds of Chicago is a musical collective built around the husband-wife team of JT Nero and Allison Russell. Their unique brand of Americana encompasses mountain gospel, street corner doo-wop and classic soul.

JT Nero is a distinct songwriter who lists Mark Twain and Sam Cooke among his biggest influences. Nero first gained notoriety as front-man for Chicago’s JT & The Clouds, and The Be Good Tanyas provided an early career boost by covering the song, “Scattered Leaves.” Nero’s voice is often described as a fractured country soul croon, and the perfect counter-point to his partner’s warmer tones. Read more

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