by Mike Breen
Indie trio, promo group and tech company host happy-hour event today at Mainstay
Greater Cincinnati has an exceptionally large contingency headed to Austin, Tex., in a few weeks for the big music industry showcase/conference South By Southwest. As in the past, CityBeat will have troops on the ground covering everything Cincinnati at SXSW, with regular dispatches and more. But before any vans/RVs/tourbusses leave the driveway and start heading south, there are a few send-off events involving our local SXSW reps, beginning this evening with a special happy-hour party featuring music by The Seedy Seeds. The fun starts at 5:30 p.m. at downtown's Mainstay and runs until 8 p.m. (Hang around afterwards to catch two of Cincinnati's more eclectic DJs, DJ Empirical and KFrey, at 10 p.m., as they spin for the club's Turntable Thursday night). There is a $10 cover/donation for the SxCincy gathering.The Seedy Seeds are, unsurprisingly, playing the festival again this year, but today's happy-hour event will help introduce many locals to another entity heading to SXSW. The sponsors of the happy hour, technology-focused "venture development organization" CincyTech, will be in Texas and helping out fellow Cincinnatians by securing space in downtown Austin they've dubbed @SxCincy Haus, designed "for members of the Cincinnati community to recharge themselves and their devices" and "hang out, get some work done or just rest up." CincyTech is also hosting chats each day at 4 p.m., featuring different topics and guests from Cincinnati. The tech company is also presenting a party at SXSW with Cincinnati beer and chili, plus "the opportunity to mingle with Cincy's consumer branding and marketing experts." CincyTech representatives will be on hand at Mainstay tonight to explain everything. The All Night Party licensing/promo group is co-sponsoring today's happy hour and also going to Austin, hosting its first-ever showcase at SXSW. More details to come. ANP, CincyTech and The Seedy Seeds are just three local groups (musical or otherwise) heading to the festival. Stay tuned to our blogs for updates and news on who's going and other "bon voyage" parties/benefits in Greater Cincinnati leading up to their departure. The Seedy Seeds unveiled another excellent music video earlier this month. Check out the playfully animated clip for "Telephone the Constrictor":
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.’s whimsical Indie Pop aims for long-term viability
0 Comments · Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Daniel Zott and Joshua Epstein knew each other for years and years before ever writing a thing together. More along the lines of acquaintances than friends, the two musicians were familiar through the Detroit music scene and maintained respect for the other’s output, but nothing ever clicked. Then 2009 came along, and their dynamic was totally revamped.
0 Comments · Tuesday, January 4, 2011
Margaret Darling, co-founder of Indie/Electro Pop darlings The Seedy Seeds, takes over the Southgate House’s “Artist in Residence” series for January, performing in the venue’s intimate Juney’s Lounge for free every Wednesday this month.
Dec. 31 • MOTR Pub
0 Comments · Monday, December 27, 2010
Several of Greater Cincinnati's best original music makers are gigging on New Year's Eve, and most of them are playing shows that won't eat into your 2011 finances before 2011 even starts. For example, Cincinnati's best new live music venue, MOTR Pub, hosts a free show starring two of the area's best original bands.
Dan Snaith takes his one-man band out of the '60s and into the Dance club
0 Comments · Wednesday, September 22, 2010
On his first two full-length releases and a handful of CD singles and live recordings, Dan Snaith had established himself as a rather well-informed and astute purveyor of Psychedelic Pop as he transformed it into his own unique brand of one-man-laptop bravado. But when it came time to begin work on new material to follow up 2008's 'Andorra,' the only certainty was that Snaith didn't want to re-create that same sound.
Brooklyn trio looks to increase its American audience
0 Comments · Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Dichotomy looms so large for We Are Scientists that it's almost a provisional member. They're a California band that's lived in New York for nearly a decade. The members are inveterate smartasses in interviews and between songs on stage, although their finely honed sense of humor rarely comes through in the music in any obvious way (like, say, They Might Be Giants).
Bad Veins, Seedy Seeds takes top honors at rockin' CEA show
0 Comments · Monday, November 23, 2009
The music of Cincinnati (past, present and future) was on glorious display at Covington's Madison Theater Nov. 22 at the 2009 Cincinnati Entertainment Awards for Music. The "bar" ambiance (and Kentucky's love of smoking) kept everyone inside, though we heard many of the old "my clothes and hair smell" complaints. Fear not: Official CEA 2010 gasmasks and Hazmat suits are being produced as you read this.
0 Comments · Wednesday, April 14, 2010
April 17 is Record Store Day, so be sure to support your local independent music retailers. If you're a fan of local Electro/Indie/Folk/Pop wonders The Seedy Seeds, you'll definitely want to stop by Shake It Records in Northside, where they'll close out the store's Record Store Day with a performance at 9 p.m. You can also pick up a copy of The Seedys' new three-song, 7-inch vinyl release being issued by Shake It's label division.
April 17 • Shake It, Everybody's and Mole's
0 Comments · Monday, April 12, 2010
More than 700 independently-owned record stores in the U.S. are participating in the third annual Record Store Day Saturday, including three of Cincinnati's finest sources for local music: Shake It (live music starts at 4 p.m., headlined by The Seedy Seeds), Everybody's (music at noon with Magnolia Mountain and Kim Taylor) and Mole's (throwing down a cook-out and hopefully some live music).
Vinyl release sales spike, and it's not just for nostalgia's sake
0 Comments · Tuesday, April 13, 2010
It hasn't happened yet, but Shake It Records co-owner Darren Blase expects it to start occurring soon. "The next big thing will be people trading in their CDs to buy vinyl," he jokes. Yet as Record Store Day approaches on Saturday, new and used vinyl has become a booming growth area at Cincinnati stores observing the event. Shake It and Everybody's, in fact, have converted rooms entirely to vinyl.