Albums from Young Heirlooms, Buffalo Killers Due Friday

Two powerhouse bands with Cincinnati roots are set to release much-anticipated new albums this Friday.

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Dynamic Indie Folk collective Young Heirlooms — which is nominated for the Folk/Americana and Best Live Act Cincinnati Entertainment Awards this year (the full 2017 CEA nomination list will be released this week) — is finally set to release its anticipated new full-length, The Hammer. The album is the first Young Heirlooms full-length since their 2013 self-titled debut, as well as their first release featuring the current six-piece lineup, which has Laura Bock (vocals/mandolin), Chris Alley (drums), Kyle Elkins (bass) and Steve Hauke (pedal steel/lap steel) joining founders/singers/songwriters Kelly Fine and Christopher Robinson.

Young Heirlooms’ latest collection of sublime, gorgeous and uniquely spun Folk/Americana will be available in a limited-edition vinyl version (pressed by Soul Step Records) at Friday’s album release show at Woodward Theater (1404 Main St., Over-the-Rhine,

Showtime is 8 p.m. and tickets are $7 in advance through or $10 at the door on the day of the show. The Lovers and Chicago-area singer/songwriter Lupe Carroll open.

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Alive and Well in Ohio, the eighth album by one of Southwestern Ohio’s finest (and most widely acclaimed) Rock bands of the past decade, Buffalo Killers, is being released nationally by the Alive Natural Sound label this Friday. The album’s lively, organic sound was concocted by the band at its Howler Hills Farm analog studio (located between Dayton and Cincinnati) and includes some of singers/songwriters/brothers Zachary and Andy Gabbard’s best work to date. The end result is a particularly potent strain of vintage-styled Rock & Roll that is strikingly melodic and warmly psychedelic.

Buffalo Killers are promoting the release of Alive and Well in Ohio (available to stream or in digital, CD and vinyl formats) with free appearances at a trio of Ohio independent record stores this weekend. Before Saturday performances at Columbus, Ohio’s Used Kids Records (1 p.m.) and Dayton, Ohio’s Omega Music (7 p.m.), the quartet will play a little closer to its Cincinnati fan-base. On Friday, the band plays Loveland, Ohio’s Plaid Room Records (120 Karl Brown Way, at 7 p.m.

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