Music Tonight: Charming new Brooklyn Indie Pop band Friends plays a free show at Northside club Mayday tonight, a great chance to see a likely "next big thing" in a small (and quite affordable!) setting. The dancey, poppy band formed just last year and has only released a couple of singles, but already Friends has amassed huge buzz in the U.K. and North America. Take a look and listen to the band's first sassy/sexy/cool music videos below (for the singles "Friend Crush" and "I'm His Girl") and you'll understand. Friends are joined by Sacramento's eclectic Pop crew Ganglians for tonight's gig in Northside; the appearance comes near the tail-end of the two groups' current cross-country tour (which often makes for an extra-fun show). —-
• The words "indefinite hiatus" are never good to hear from your favorite band. If a performer is going on a simple "hiatus," it usually means they'll be back fairly soon. If you put that "indefinite" in front of it, it usually means they might be back … or they might be done. New Jersey Post-Hardcore rockers Thursday (often dismissed as an "Emo" band, though that short-changes the group's impressive creative evolution over its 13-year history) announced band members will go on the dreaded "indefinite hiatus" following their current tour and, considering the press release of the announcement from the group's label is headlined "Thursday to Embark on Final North American Tour," it appears "indefinite" means, in this case, "forever." If so, the band's show tonight in Oakley, at the 20th Century Theatre, is likely the last time Thursday will play in Cincinnati. Showtime is 7:30 and Maylene and the Sons of Disaster, Zechs Marquise and Native open. Below, check out Thursday's video for the song "Magnets Caught in a Metal Heart" from the band's latest (last?) full-length, No Devolución.—-
• Responding to Cleveland Art Rock duo Mr. Gnome's latest album, Madness in Miniature, our Brian Baker calls the twosome's music "the sound of the Cocteau Twins as guided by My Bloody Valentine and PJ Harvey’s pipes transplanted into Tony Iommi’s body, an Ambient Art Pop hush married to a hardass Shoegaze squall that is equally invested in achingly beautiful melodicism and psychedelically compelling noise." Read more of Sir Baker's thoughts here, then head over to Newport for the band's show tonight at the Southgate House Parlour with local newcomers Young Heirlooms (Cincinnati Entertainment Award "Best New Artist" nominees who wowed the crowd at this year's CEA ceremony with its rich, dynamic Indie Pop sound). Showtime is 9 p.m. and tickets are $10 (the show is open to all ages). Check out the enticing "teaser" video for Mr. Gnome's new album below.
Momentous Happenings in Music History for December 1
On this day in 1976, British Punk heroes The Sex Pistols (reportedly filing in for Queen, who cancelled) made their infamous appearance on the U.K.'s Today Show, joined by a gaggle of pals that included future AltRock pioneer Siouxsie Sioux. During the interview with uptight host BIll Grundy, the band members was prodded and poked in an effort to get them to be "controversial" and show the world that this new "Punk" thing was just a bunch of drunken kids being stupid. The Pistols were happy to oblige, treating the home viewers to a barrage of obscenities on the very-much live evening show. Grundy was suspended for two weeks; the show was cancelled two months after the incident, which served as many Brits' introduction to Punk Rock. That's a lot for a mere 2-minutes of TV. Here's the clip, with play-by-play by Pistols guitarist Steve Jones (NSFW, of course).
Born This Day: Musical movers and shakers sharing a Dec. 1 birthday include: drummer for classic rockers The Doors, John Densmore (1944); singer/actress Bette Midler (1945); Linkin Park guitarist Brad Delson (1977); and Zanesville, Ohio native and Country/Americana singer/songwriter Kim Richey (1956).
Richey released her self-titled debut in 1995, which spawned the hits "Just My Luck" and "Those Words We Said," and has had a thriving career since, but her work may be best known through the songs she's written for (and often with) others. Over the past 20 years, she has had songwriting credits on songs by Dixie Chicks, Trisha Yearwood, Patty Loveless and Brooks & Dunn. Here's her own recording of her tune "Jack and Jill" (written with Katie Herzig) from 2007.