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River Whyless is named in spirit of its ongoing love affair with the natural world. Since its formation in 2009 the band has toured extensively, playing hundreds of shows from coast to coast and into Canada. Its debut album “A Stone, A Leaf, An Unfound Door” was recorded in the band’s home studio in Asheville, NC and released in March of 2012. Its sound has been described as folk-rock, nature-pop, and baroque-folk, but in the end the members of River Whyless hope only to lend craft to their passions. Read more
MOTR Pub rings in the New Year with a show by Chicago soul ensemble Sidewalk Chalk on Tuesday, December 31
Photo by Scott Preston
There are many lessons that come from age and experience. When one discovers such a thing, there’s an inherent need to broadcast it to the world. This is that. With an eclectic variety of ages and experiences, Chicago based musicians Sidewalk Chalk are a force to be reckoned with.
The emcee, singer, keyboard, bass, drummer, trumpet, trombone, and tap dancer are the evolution of Hip-Hop, Soul and Jazz superbly packaged into sounds that you’ve quite possibly never heard before. The legend Sam Cooke once sang, “Change is Gonna Come.” Musically, change is already here. Upon the heels of the release of their debut full-length album, “Corner Store” (released 3/6/12 and co-produced with Greg Magers of Lupe Fiasco’s The Cool), Sidewalk Chalk has already proven themselves worthy of a listen. They’re sure to satisfy the cravings of anyone in love with music and hungry for something different. Read more
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To many, Parr is considered a regional artist, which is another way of saying he doesn’t like to travel far from his family’s Depression era roots. “From Cleveland to Seattle and down to San Francisco and back is my area,” he says, though the focus is unquestionably Minnesota and the Northern Plains. Yet he’s built a big enough audience in both Ireland and Australia to tour both regularly. He’s had especially good fortune Down Under, where his “1922 Blues” was used as the counter intuitive music behind a Vodafone mobile commercial and became a viral and radio success.
The Melismatics formed at the turn of the century in the fertile ground of the Minneapolis indie-rock scene. Their debut album “Postmodern Rock” quickly caught the attention of college radio stations around the country and garnered favorable reviews from critics around the world. Shortly thereafter, Minneapolis indie-rock king pin Ed Ackerson (Motion City Sountrack, The Replacements, The Jayhawks) signed the band to Susstones Records and produced their next two albums “New Infection” and “Turn It On”. Read more
Cincinnati’s Grammy Award-winning rock ‘n’ roller Brian Olive returns to MOTR Pub on Friday, December 6
Brian Olive is a Cancer and was raised in Bright Indiana. His early musical years were spent alongside rust belt rhythm and blues makers The Greenhornes and Soledad Brothers. I am mentioning these facts merely in a “biography pre-requisite” fashion, because knowing these things about Brian Olive tells you nothing about where his latest (and second solo) album, Two Of Everything, is coming from. Well, except for the part about being a Cancer. Read more
Jeecy & The Jungle and Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas team for an explosive double bill of Detroit soul at MOTR Pub on Friday, November 8
Jeecy and the Jungle is an experience, like defibrillation is an experience. Their live show is a train-derailing stomp that will make the young sweat and the thirsty convulse.
They have an electric chemistry for artists thrown together by equal parts dare and lost wagers. On their influences, the band admits looting their parents’ and grandparents’ record collections, and every decade since the thirties. Read more
English afro-folk-pop ensemble The Melodic will release their debut album Effra Parade this November 5th via Anti-. It is the follow up to the band’s acclaimed EP On My Way. English newspaper The Observer described The Melodic as “Incredibly beautiful, with harmonies and rich instrumentation that make you want to dance and cry at the same time,” while in the US the band has drawn comparisons to indie darlings Beirut and The Decemberists. Read more
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Jus Post Bellum
November 6, 2013
MOTR Pub, 1345 Main St, Cincinnati, OH
9pm, Free, 21+
Brooklyn’s Jus Post Bellum (Justice After War) mark the announcement of their upcoming sophomore album, Oh July, with the premiere of “Gimme That Gun” via WNYC’s Soundcheck. Coming November 12, Oh July is more a character study than a sequence of songs, more history lesson wrapped in the present than a single song waiting for the internet to bring about buzz. Concepts aside, the songs at the foundation of Oh July are masterfully designed and bathed in the idyllic voices of Geoffrey Wilson and Hannah Jensen… both rising above concept through the heart-rending conduit of song. Read more