Last Friday, CityBeat launched a new blog hub at blogs.citybeat.com, meaning you can now read daily news updates and commentary (including our trademark "leftist rantings," as one local blogger put it). Among the new family of blogs is "Spill It: A Music Blog," featuring local music updates as we get them and daily features and blurbs about national music happenings as well (similar to CityBeat's Minimum Gauge column), including MP3 and video posts, so you can experience what we're talking about directly. Hell, I'll probably rant leftist-ly, too, on occasion (with a musical bent, of course). Recent posts have included news on the illness and recent death of local musician Mark Chenault, an MP3 sample from the upcoming new album by Cincy-bred Indie heroes The National and an update about Jack White's ongoing hostage situation with The Greenhornes' rhythm section in The Raconteurs.
Check out the new "Spill It" site at blogs.citybeat.com/spill_it and feel free to chime in.
More Local Notes
· Creative young Indie Rock crew All the Day Holiday release their new album, We'll Be Walking On Air, this Saturday at all-ages club The Underground in Forest Park (where they won the top honors during the club's "Fall Brawl" battle of the bands contest in January). The band teams with Seabird, Pomegranates (see below) and The Ampros for the 8 p.m. show. ATDH has a sweeping, majestic sound full of urgency, but less "bleeding heart" than some of their peers (and much more crafty than most of them, too). Check some samples of the new record at myspace.com/allthedayholiday.
· Erlanger-based Metal crew Pulse8 unveil their powerful new anvil-heavy album this Friday at Covington's Madison Theater.
The band is joined by fellow local rockers American Hardcore, Neutral Shock and Detached for the all-ages, 8:30 p.m. show. Hear two new songs from the album at uwillpulse8.com.
· The annual "American Indian College Fund Benefit," put on by local musician Jeff Albers, the guitarist and vocalist for Knife the Symphony, returns this Saturday. Last year's two-day benefit at Covington's Mad Hatter was a smashing success, as Albers presented an impressively diverse lineup of local Indie/Punk acts, which drew an equally diverse crowd. Since 2004, the benefits have raised around $2,400 for the charity. This year's event — moved to Newport's Southgate House — is equally exciting. Music runs on all three floors of the Southgate and kicks off in the Parlour at 9:45 p.m. with Knife the Symphony. Also in the Parlour: Covington and 1,000 Arms. In the Ballroom, Viva La Foxx, The Messengers, The Sweep and View-Finder perform. Kyle Knap plays in Junie's Lounge. All of your $7 cover charge goes directly to the AICF. For full details, go to myspace.com/indianfund.
· In other benefit show news, the Rivertown Music Club is gearing up for the distribution of this year's RTMC Recording Grants, given to local artists for recording budget purposes annually. This year, $500 grants will be awarded to three acts in the name and memory of late local musicians Sam Nation, Brad Andress and Red MacCormack. Winners will be announced in September. Nicely tied to prom season, Saturday at The Poison Room the RTMC presents its "Spring Cotillion" concert to raise money for the grants. The event utilizes both floors of the Poison Room — downstairs, the theme is "Punk Rock Prom," while upstairs it's "The Enchantment Under the Sea." The rootsier artists playing upstairs include Straw Boss, Kelly Thomas and the Fabulous Pickups, The Wastewheelers and Jared Schaedle & Shawn Henley. Downstairs, catch Pike, Northern Whiskey Syndicate, The Starkweathers, Lost Hands, Found Fingers and Blacklight Barbarian. Past grant winners include G. Burton, Kristen Key, Turnbull ACs, The Sundresses, 500 Miles to Memphis and The Catalog Cowboys. More about the grants can be found at myspace.com/therivertownmusicclub.
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