Music Tonight: One of the more "Did you see that?" shows from last year's MidPoint Music Festival was by Austin, Tex., rockers Bright Light Social Hour, a thrilling live band that practically owns its hometown scene. Last year, BLSH were the big winners at the Austin Music Awards (presented each year during SXSW), scoring six trophies, including Band, Album and Song of the Year (for their tune "Detroit," posted below). The band — which Brian Baker praises for their evocation of classic Southern Rock, Garage Rock, Psych Soul, R&B Funk, Hard Rock and Indie Pop (read more here) — returns to Cincy tonight, playing a free show at MOTR Pub in Over-the-Rhine at 10 p.m. You can stream the band's widely-acclaimed self-titled debut, as well as a four-song live EP and video clilps, here.
• Marquette, Mich., crew The Redettes perform a free show tonight at The Drinkery in OTR (in the old Jefferson Hall spot) with The Frankl Project and Future Strikes. Besides the openers, there are local ties. The band — which underground music hero Jack Rabid called "a trans-generational hookup between Joe Jackson Band and New Pornographers" — released its debut album, Ed, on the locally-based indie label Phratry. Check out Ed here and a video clip of The Redettes performing "Who Knows" below.
• Eclectic Roots music favorite Paul Cebar and his band Tomorrow Sound (formerly The Milwaukeeans) begin a two-night stand at York Street Cafe in Newport tonight, promoting their latest album, Tomorrow Sound Now for Yes Music People. Read Brian Baker's preview of the show here. Check out a live clip from a few years ago of Cebar doing his Zydeco tune, "Twice Little Sixteen" (the video may cause vertigo, but the audio's not bad). Showtime tonight and tomorrow is 7 p.m.
Momentous Happenings in Music History for January 12
On this day in 1968, The Supremes guest-starred on NBC's Tarzan. Fast forward to about the two-minute mark to see the ladies playing nuns and riding down the jungle river in a canoe signing "Michael Row the Boat Ashore" … until they're attacked by an out of control hippo. SPOILER ALERT: Tarzan saves them (and their nun habits appear to be magical, drying superfast and retaining none of the grime from their river dunk). Best vocal trio guest appearance ever. Until Destiny's Child appears in The Walking Dead as three zombie kindergarten teachers singing "If You're Happy and You Know It" … before being attacked by an out of control zombie hippo.
Born This Day: Musical movers and shakers sharing a Jan. 12 birthday include: Fusion, Jazz, Rock and Pop keyboard legend George Duke (1946); the dude half of Swedish Pop stars Roxette, Per Gessle (1959); rocker (as leader of White Zombie) and horror filmmaker Robert Bartleh Cummings, known by the much scarier nom de rock Rob Zombie (1965); my personal favorite Spice Girl, Melanie "Mel C" Chisholm (1975); and one of the more key members of Hip Hop supergroup Wu Tang Clan, Raekwon (1970).
Born Corey Woods (bucking the longstanding trend of MCs with embarrassing or unusual real names), Raekwon (a.k.a. The Chef) is also a successful and influential solo artist, cemented right away with the release of his classic debut, Only Built 4 Cuban Linx … (featuring production by RZA, Ghostface Killah, MCing on much of the album and cameos by many of his other Wu mates), in 1995.
Raise a glass to The Chef on his 42nd b-day and crank up the solo single "Heaven & Hell."