Greater Cincinnati’s South By Southwest Takeover

If you were to use Cincinnati’s representation at this year’s South By Southwest festival as an indicator of the health of our local music scene at the moment, then Cincinnati music circa 2012 is in top physical condition. Never has Cincinnati had such a

If you were to use Cincinnati’s representation at this year’s South By Southwest festival as an indicator of the health of our local music scene at the moment, then Cincinnati music circa 2012 is in top physical condition. Never has Cincinnati had such a presence at America’s premier fan/industry showcase and conference in Austin, Tex. (which starts this Tuesday). 

And it’s not just performers. Representatives from local promo group The Counter Rhythm Group will be on hand in force, venture development group CincyTech is hosting regular chats as well as a Cincinnati hospitality headquarters and party in Austin and the progressive promotional/licensing machine The All Night Party is sponsoring both a tour centered around the Texas festival and its own showcase night at the event, a first for a local organization. 

Here’s an overview of just some of the Cincy-centric happenings related to SXSW 2012:

• The All Night Party presents the Midwest by Southwest tour (also sponsored by this summer’s Bunbury Music Festival and assisted by Counter Rhythm and Reveal Concepts) featuring, as the tagline reads, “Four Midwestern Bands — On A Mission to Rock.” The tour has Cincinnati bands The Sundresses (repeat visitors to SXSW) and Wussy, as well as Cleveland rockers The Whiskey Daredevils and Lexington’s Oh My Me. The jaunt begins Thursday at Mount Lookout’s The Redmoor. (Doors open at 6 p.m., showtime is 8 p.m. and tickets are $10.) MWXSW will hit several other cities before and after the ANP SXSW showcase Tuesday at the Soho Lounge (with special Cincinnatian guests The Lions Rampant). Visit for more details. 

R. Ring, the acoustic duo featuring local musician/engineer Mike Montgomery (thistle, Ampline) and Dayton, Ohio’s Kelley Deal (Breeders), will perform at a showcase hosted by the Misra label on March 15. Misra is releasing the twosome’s first single in a few months, with a full-length to follow.

Ohio Knife, a new duo project from The Chocolate Horse’s Jason Snell, Andrew Higley and Joe Suer, is also headed to Austin, and the local branch of branding agency Landor is tagging along. The company is hosting a travelogue at so you can follow along at home. Ohio Knife plays a tour kickoff show Friday at The Comet in Northside. The band will hit other clubs in Tennessee and Texas along its way to SXSW. 

• Local Indie Pop faves Pomegranates are now labelmates (on the Modern Outsider imprint) with fellow Cincy band Bad Veins. While the Veins won’t be performing in Texas (they’re preparing their own tour launch), the Poms will play the official Modern Outsider SXSW showcase on March 14 at Trinity Hall. 

• Indie/Folk/Electro/Pop powerhouse The Seedy Seeds took part in a SXSW launch party a couple of weeks ago. The band performs at the All Night Party showcase Tuesday. 

• Eccentric breakout rockers Foxy Shazam are one of the headliners of a showcase presented by the huge booking company The Agency Group on March 15 at Latitude 30; they’ll also play an afternoon party on the 14th. 

• Cincy RCA Records recording artists Walk the Moon aren’t technically “showcasing” for SXSW, but they will be in Austin for the MTVu Woodie Awards ceremony and festival during SXSW, where they’ll be performing and hoping to score the Breaking Woodie award they’re competing for against acts like Tuneyards and Lana Del Rey. Vote for the hometown boys at, where you can also watch a live stream from the March 15 festival.

Check the blogs at for regular reports from SXSW beginning next week. 

More Local Notes

• Northside’s Mayday club is starting a new monthly live music night called “Unsong,” featuring brand new local bands. The event — recurring the first Wednesday of each month — kicks off this Wednesday with newcomers Formerly Ghosts and ADM. Show starts at 9 p.m. (

Roger Klug and his band return to the local club front Friday at 10 p.m., playing two sets at Northside Tavern. Catch up with Klug and Co. before the show on Thursday as the group appears on WNKU (89.7 FM; at noon to discuss what’s been up and debut a few new tunes. ( 

• Like it a little harder? Then head to Bangarang’s of Covington (at the old Mad Hatter spot) this Saturday for the daylong Death Fest 2012 concert (presented by local promoter Live Loud Industries). The event is begin headlined by national acts like Dying Fetus, The Faceless and Goatwhore, but it also features several local Metal acts, including Behold the Legend, Hail to the King, The Few The Fallen, Fenrir and many others. The all-ages event begins at 1 p.m. Tickets are $12 in advance (through or $15 at the door if any are left. (

CONTACT MIKE BREEN: [email protected]

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