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Brooklyn indie-punk band Swearin’ plays MOTR Pub on Wednesday, May 28

Swearin'

Swearin’

SWEARIN’ with PRETTY PRETTY
Wednesday, May 28, 2014
MOTR Pub, 1345 Main St., Over-the-Rhine, Cincinnati, Ohio; 513-381-6687
free, ages 21-up, 9:30pm
www.motrpub.com

Swearin’ operates and shines like a well-oiled, pragmatic machine. Their complimentary personalities, solid work-ethic, and similar backgrounds in DIY punk, have helped them thrive. Formed in 2011 in Brooklyn, Allison Crutchfield (guitar) and Kyle Gilbride (guitar) had been making demos for nearly a year before inviting Keith Spencer (bass) into the equation. The trio eventually added longtime friend and Philadelphia resident Jeff Bolt on drums, releasing their demo EP What a Dump shortly thereafter.

The demo received instant praise from Brooklyn’s indie punk scene and beyond. It combined the sounds of Gilbride and Crutchfield’s prior bands (Big Soda and P.S. Eliot, respectively) while stretching into new territories of fuzzed guitars and compounded song structures. Read more

Washington, D.C. rockers U.S. Royalty return to MOTR Pub on Thursday, May 15

U.S. Royalty

U.S. Royalty

U.S. ROYALTY with PUBLIC
Thursday, May 15, 2014
MOTR Pub, 1345 Main St., Over-the-Rhine, Cincinnati, Ohio; 513-381-6687
Free, ages 21-up, 10pm
www.motrpub.com

U.S. Royalty searches for home on their sophomore album Blue Sunshine. Chronicling the search for connection, intimacy, and acceptance, the album recounts times of confusion giving way to moments of clarity. From the tender swell of lead track “Into The Thicket” to the orchestral thrust of album title track “Blue Sunshine,” the album explores the tension between polished composition and raw energy.

After relentlessly touring the U.S. over the last few years and performing at festivals such as SXSW, Art Basel, and the Sweetlife Festival, the Washington, D.C.-based band (John Thornley, Paul Thornley, Jacob Michael, and Luke Adams) wanted to take a season to reflect. With the unexpected passing of John and Paul’s father and the disorientation upon returning to a city forsaken for the road, they felt the need to start fresh. To focus on reflection and new approaches to songwriting, the band isolated themselves with longtime friend and engineer, Justin Long (Mirrors) for six months in a house overlooking a cemetery near Great Falls, MD. Read more

Chad VanGaalen, Sub Pop Records’ patron saint of weird, comes to MOTR Pub on Monday, May 19

Chad VanGaalen

Chad VanGaalen

CHAD VANGAALEN with COUSINS
Monday, May 19, 2014
MOTR Pub, 1345 Main St., Over-the-Rhine, Cincinnati, Ohio; 513-381-6687
Free, ages 21-up, 9pm
www.motrpub.com

“Everyone was like, ‘What the F? You’re going to change your name to Banana Bread?!’”

Many of us are already making arrangements to relocate to Chad VanGaalen’s universe.  The world as we know it seems to be disintegrating by the minute, so any hint of a means of escape has serious currency.  Over the last ten to fifteen years, CVG has been producing living maps in songs, drawings, modified instruments, animations and performances–shifting forms pointing to another world, infinitely more liveable, maybe hidden just under the surface of our own.  But until now, the access point has been fairly unknown.

When I first visited Chad’s home in Calgary, Alberta, years ago, he was working on plans to build a giant grinning monster head on his roof, which could be seen from the windows of a children’s hospital on the hill overlooking. I also recall two young men at a show near the Banff Center for the Arts, calling him out on stage for an art piece he had made there years before: a literal piece of shit in a hot dog bun.  This led to Chad and band improvising a new composition on the spot, with the chorus, “Shit In A Hot Dog Bun, Yeah.” Read more

Canada’s The Trews to Release Self-Titled Nettwerk Debut Digitally on April 22 — Coming To The MOTR Pub on 6/18

The Trews

The Trews

The Trews
6/18/2014
MOTR Pub, 1345 Main St, Cincinnati, OH
21+, 10pm, Free
www.motrpub.com

Since the release of their highly celebrated debut House of Ill Fame (2003), The Trews have gained a reputation as one of Canada’s most electrifying live Rock bands. Ten years, five studio albums and thousands of gigs in, the Ontario-based rockers are still going strong and are as willing as ever to break the mold. They release their self-titled, Nettwerk debut digitally in the U.S. on April 22, 2014. Read more

Northampton, Mass. indie-punk band Potty Mouth returns to MOTR Pub on Wednesday, May 14

Potty Mouth

Potty Mouth

POTTY MOUTH with FLEABITE
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
MOTR Pub, 1345 Main St., Over-the-Rhine, Cincinnati, Ohio; 513-381-6687
free, ages 21-up, 9:30pm
www.motrpub.com

Northampton, MA-based quartet Potty Mouth aka Abby Weems (guitar, vocals), Ally Einbinder (bass), Phoebe Harris (lead guitar) and Victoria Mandanas (drums) have debuted a brand new track, ‘The Spins,’ on NPR’s Heavy Rotation. The song follows the band’s first single and accompanying music video, ‘Damage,’ which was premiered by VICE’s Noisey. Both are taken from their forthcoming debut full-length, Hell Bent, out September 17 on Old Flame/Marshall Teller (UK). Read more

Los Angeles psych-rock band Mystic Braves playing MOTR Pub on Monday, May 12

Mystic Braves

Mystic Braves

MYSTIC BRAVES with CORNERS
Monday, May 12, 2014
MOTR Pub, 1345 Main St., Over-the-Rhine, Cincinnati, Ohio; 513-381-6687
free, ages 21-up, 9:30pm
www.motrpub.com

It’s no wonder why The Zombies asked Mystic Braves to open their L.A. show last year. While the hometown favorites were barely even a blip on their respective parents’ radars when Odessey and Oracle was released, the psych-steeped five-piece sounds like they stepped straight out of the ’60s. And not in an obvious, someone’s-been-studying-their Nuggets-comps-until-the-grooves-give-out sort of way, either. We’re talking a richer, fuller plot of references (garage-borne greats like The Electric Prunes, The Chocolate Watchband and The Music Machine) that filter the band’s hook-centric purple haze through robust organ rolls, runaway guitar riffs, heat-stroked horns and a rhythm section that can only be described as “restless”. Read more

French Horn Rebellion Release New EP “Swing Into It”, Coming To MOTR Pub on 5/16

French Horn Rebellion

French Horn Rebellion

Photo credit: Haley Ballard

French Horn Rebellion
May 16, 2014
MOTR Pub, 1345 Main St, Cincinnati, OH
Free, 21+, 10pm

Late nights in the big city always bring out the swingers. Hipsters in zoot suits in dark alley-ways; beat-boxers playing New Jack Swing on street corners; and French Horn Rebellion’s Next Jack Swing dance floor full of Band Geeks Gone Wild. In “Swing Into It” let Nini Fabi who, before forming HAERTS sang with French Horn Rebellion, lure you into a swinging night: dark, buzzing with energy and just a little bit of intrigue. French Horn Rebellion’s new Swing Into It EP comes out today, 3/25 and you can hear the title track featuring New York’s HAERTS HERE + temporarily download the full EP for FREE HERE.

French Horn Rebellion are Robert and David Perlick-Molinari, two brothers born and bred in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, currently residing in Brooklyn, NY. In 2007, younger brother Robert was playing French horn in the Chicago Civic Orchestra, and decided to make hot beats instead. After telling the conductor that Mahler isn’t fun anymore he asked his bassoon-toting brother, David to join with him. And so it was, a French Horn Rebellion began. Read more

Brooklyn’s Shilpa Ray returns to MOTR Pub on Monday, April 21

Shilpa Ray

Shilpa Ray

Photo by Ebru Yildiz

Shilpa Ray and Her Happy Hookers
Monday, April 21, 2014
MOTR Pub, 1345 Main St., Over-the-Rhine, Cincinnati, Ohio; 513-381-6687
free, ages 21-up, 9:30pm
www.motrpub.com

SHILPA RAY’s forearms bulge with blood when she plays her harmonium. “I have strange musical injuries,” she explains, referring to the blisters on her fingers. But none of that stops her from pounding on the accordion-like instrument, which reached the height of its popularity in 19th-century churches. “I always feel like I’m still my 14-year-old self,” she says, explaining her determination to play despite the trauma her music can cause. “I never developed beyond that in my attitude.”

Growing up in central New Jersey, at 6 years old RAY picked up both the harmonium and piano at the insistence of parents who wanted her to learn classical Indian music. “I really wanted to play guitar and my parents said no,”RAY says. “But I had the harmonium, so I would learn chords to songs that I liked and start to play.” At 16 she taught herself how to play The Velvet Underground’s “I’ll Be Your Mirror,” but it wasn’t until a few years later that she worked up the nerve to perform in front of other people. Read more

Los Angeles’ Dustbowl Revival returns to MOTR Pub on Sunday, April 20

 

Dustbowl Revival

Dustbowl Revival

Dustbowl Revival with Young Heirlooms
Sunday, April 20, 2014
MOTR Pub, 1345 Main St., Over-the-Rhine, Cincinnati, Ohio; 513-381-6687
free, ages 21-up, 8pm
www.motrpub.com

The Dustbowl Revival is a Venice, California-based roots collective that merges old school bluegrass, gospel, jug-band, swamp blues and the hot swing of the 1930’s to form a spicy roots cocktail. Known for their inspired live sets, the Dustbowl Revival boldly brings together many styles of traditional American music. Imagine Old Crow Medicine Show meeting Louis Armstrong’s Hot Seven Band in New Orleans or Bob Dylan and Fats Waller jamming with Mumford & Sons on a front porch in 1938.

Growing steadily from a small string band playing up and down the west coast (hundreds shows in the last two years), DBR has blossomed into a traveling collective featuring instrumentation that often includes fiddle, mandolin, trombone, clarinet, trumpet, banjo, accordion, tuba, pedal steel, drums, guitars, a bass made from a canoe oar, harmonica and plenty of washboard and kazoo for good luck. Read more

Birmingham, Alabama rockers Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires (Sub Pop Records) come to MOTR Pub on Wednesday, April 23

Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires

Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires

Photo by Barry Brecheisen

Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires with Pure Predication
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
MOTR Pub, 1345 Main St., Over-the-Rhine, Cincinnati, Ohio; 513-381-6687
free, ages 21-up, 9:30pm
www.motrpub.com

Hailing from Birmingham, Alabama, Lee Bains III makes music for the foundry worker that writes fiction in his spare time and the college english professor that changes her own oil. The Glory Fires are too loud for Texas and no strangers to Norway; well-mannered Southern punks you would feel comfortable giving the keys to your empty house. It’s no surprise that renowned rock’n’roll outsider Tim Kerr has taken them under his wing. Together they’ve forged a sound that blends the swampiest of Southern grooves with a rust-belt snarl that will leave fans of the Bob Seger System in a cold sweat. Read more

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