This is one of those random weeks where there are so many notable events involving local bands, we could have done an all-music double issue of CityBeat and still not have room for it all. Thankfully, we do have constantly updated Staff Blogs. So here’s what’s up, lightning-round-style; check the blog throughout the week for more details.
Wednesday, one of the local music scene’s finest singer/songwriters, Jeremy Pinnell, returns with his latest project. Known for the soul-burn Indie Folk songs of former bands The Light Wires and The Great Depression, Pinnell has now teamed up with old friend Cameron Cochran (Pop Empire, The Sheds) to form Jeremy Pinnell and the 55’s. The group (also with Benjamin Franks on bass and Chris Alley on drums; Cochran plays guitar and pedal steel) makes its first public appearance Wednesday at Over-the-Rhine club MOTR Pub. The free show starts at 10 p.m.
On Thursday, Indie/Folk/Electro/Pop trio The Seedy Seeds perform a special happy-hour set (5:30 p.m. start) at downtown’s Mainstay Rock Bar. The show is billed as a send-off party for both the band and the event’s host, CincyTech, as each prepares for South By Southwest in Texas next month, part of Cincinnati music’s huge presence at the event this year. CincyTech will host “@SxCincy Haus” at the festival, an oasis where revelers from Cincinnati can rest, hang, snack and recharge their phones and tablets. CincyTech is also planning to have daily chats from the fest, with different topics and guests, and they’ll have their own a SXSW party (serving Cincinnati beer and chili, of course). Admission to Thursday’s pre-party is $10.
Indie Pop troupe The Minor Leagues have returned with a new album on Chicago’s Datawaslost called North College Hill. The release is another “concept record” for the band, this time focusing on singer/songwriter/keyboardist Ben Walpole’s upbringing in the title neighborhood, with themes of childhood wonderment and the disillusionment of growing up. The 10 songs are once again soaked in the kind of irresistible Pop melodies that you only need to hear once before you can sing along, while the music is humbly theatrical and playful. If you like Belle & Sebastian or Elephant 6 Pop, you’ll love North College Hill. The band’s free release show is Friday at MOTR.
Dementia Precox was a revolutionary force in the Dayton music scene, taking electronics and Industrial music concepts and forging its own path while inspiring others in Ohio and helping lay the groundwork for Dayton’s amazing underground music scene. Last fall, the group’s enigmatic frontman Gyn Cameron died in Florida at the age of 54. Friday at Northside Tavern, the rest of the members reunite in tribute to their fallen friend. Openers BPA — cited by many here as an early influence — were also inspired by Dementia Precox’s “inventive approach,” according to drummer Todd Witt. Music starts at 10 p.m.
After a packed homecoming show at Madison Theater late last year, AltPop group Walk the Moon returns to the venue this Friday with current tourmates (and fellow buzz band) Young the Giant for a sold out show. The band’s record deal with RCA has finally resulted in a new release. Though just three songs, the Anna Sun EP (featuring the popular title track re-recorded, plus two new ones) gives a good sense of how slick and radio-ready WTM’s RCA debut album is likely to be. On April 5, Walk the Moon performs on Jimmy Fallon’s NBC show, but no date is set for the full-length’s release (a publicist says likely late spring/early summer).
Gifted Rock crew The Upset Victory will be release-partying at The Madison Theater on Saturday night to launch its new full-length, Before the World Ends, another powerful showcase of the band’s memorable Pop, Metal and Punk blend. The album is being issued by Recover Records domestically, while the group also has deals in place with labels in Greece and Australia. The Upset Victory has built a strong support bill for the all-ages, 8 p.m. release concert: The Lions Rampant, Plastic Inevitables, Ohio Knife, AutoMagik, The Yugos and Desert Gun. (www.theupsetvictory.com)
Also unveiling new material this week is the groovy Reggae/Rock band The Ohms. The group’s nine-track Press On is being released in conjunction with The Ohms’ show Friday at MVP Sports Bar & Grille, the site once home to Metal haven Never on Sundays and, most recently, Play By Play. The event starts at 10 p.m. with guests Drew LaPlante & The Prosperity. (www.ohmsmusic.com)
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