Fireball of Sulk, the new EP from Cincy Rock foursome Buffalo Killers, is set for release this Monday through Sun Pedal Recordings. On Wednesday, Nov. 26 (aka “The Busiest Bar Night of the Year”), the band will perform a homecoming show in honor of the new release at Northside Tavern (4163 Hamilton Ave., Northside, northside-tavern.com) alongside the reconstituted Soledad Brothers and Dayton, Ohio’s Good English.
The six-track Fireball of Sulk comes on the heels of the spring release of Heavy Reverie, the band’s finest work to date (leading to the group’s network television debut on NBC’s Last Call with Carson Daly). The EP continues in the vein of Reverie, providing a potent fusion of Rock & Roll classicism and powerfully memorable melodies. The band’s songwriting strength is in prime form, so getting two releases from Buffalo Killers in one year is a real treat.
The EP kicks off with the fuzzy, driving rocker “Blankets on the Sun,” which is buoyed by sweetly psychedelic melodies and lyrics. The track was recently featured on Guitar World’s website in the form of a guitar tutorial starring the band’s Andy Gabbard and Sven Kahns. Other highlights on the EP include the heavy Psych Rock of “Marshmallow Mouth”; the jaunty “Don’t Cry to Me,” which has the bounce and verve of an early Beatles song (nicely dirtied up with grungier guitars, of course); and “In a Number,” a slow-burning slab of hypnotic Rock that seems to nod to Pink Floyd in parts.
For more information on Fireball of Sulk and Buffalo Killers, visit buffalokillers.com.
More Local Notes
• The third annual Cincy Groove Music Festival goes down this Saturday at the Southgate House Revival (111 E. Sixth St., Newport, Ky., southgatehouse.com). The event is put on by Scott Preston and his great local music website, cincygroove.com, which has featured concert photography, local concert news, artist interviews and more for the past seven years.
This year’s lineup showcases three of the city’s finest Folk/Americana acts — Hickory Robot, Shiny and the Spoon and The Tillers. Those artists will be joined by out-of-towner Chicago Farmer for the 8 p.m. event. Tickets are available in advance for $10 through ticketfly.com or you can get them at the door for $12.
For complete info on Cincy Groove Music Fest, visit cincygroovefestival.com.
• The annual Bonesfest, memorial musical events in honor of late local musician David “Bones” Hebert, takes over Northside Tavern on Friday and Saturday nights. Bones, a drummer for various Rock and Punk bands over the years, was shot and killed by a Cincinnati police officer in April 2011. The killing was deemed “justified” by an internal investigation, but friends and other people with brains disagree. You can read an extensive account of the incident at friendsofbones.org (the site also sells T-shirts, which benefit the estate of Herbert, as do proceeds from raffles at Bonesfest, which is presented by the Friends of Bones organization).
Friday night’s lineup features performances by Kill City, Subsets and Bummers Eve; DJ BAD will play Rock and Punk tunes throughout the night. On Saturday, SS-20, Jackass and Everyday Objects perform, while DJ Gerald spins.
Bonesfest begins at 9 p.m. both nights and there is no admission fee.
• Cincy “Bubblegum Punk” trio Leggy are set to go international in a few weeks, taking their winter tour to the East Coast and then traveling to play Canada for the first time. The band, which issued its debut release, the excellent, infectious six-song Cavity Castle, earlier this year (listen to/purchase it at leggy.bandcamp.com), will kick off its tour with a hometown show Saturday at MOTR Pub (1345 Main St., Over-the-Rhine, motrpub.com). Detroit’s Palaces kick off the free show at 10 p.m.
• Saturday morning/afternoon, the Northside Record Fair returns. Kicking off at 11 a.m. (with a $5 admission charge; it’s $10 if you want to get an early crack at the inventory at 10 a.m.), the fair takes places at the Northside Presbyterian Church (4222 Hamilton Ave., Northside) and will feature thousands of records, cassettes and CDs for sale by area collectors, retailers and labels. Posters, shirts and other memorabilia will also be for sale at the event. The Fair runs until 4 p.m. and will feature guest DJs like Why?’s Yoni Wolf and John Rich, former DJ on the influential Art Damage radio program, throughout the day.
For full info on the Northside Record Fair (including details on how to become a vendor), visit northsiderecordfair.com.