Queen City Music Spotlight: Catch These 10 Cincinnati Concerts Featuring Local Acts in September

Whether you prefer nostalgic emo tunes or ethereal pop, September promises a local show for every sort of music lover.

click to enlarge Cincinnati band The Harlequins - Photo: Michael Wilson
Photo: Michael Wilson
Cincinnati band The Harlequins

As summer fades into fall, there is no shortage of music events taking place in the city. From album release parties and tour sendoffs to bohemian happenings, here are 10 chances to catch multiple generations of Cincinnati music all month long.

Whited Sepulchre Records Festival at Urban Artifact and Hexagon House

Cincinnati-based ambient and experimental record label Whited Sepulchre Records put together its first festival stretched across three nights at two different Northside venues. Local ambient musicians Pete Fosco and Andrew Eleban, along with experimental drone composer Fritz Pape, perform at Urban Artifact Sept. 1, while multi-instrumentalist singer/songwriter Bailey Miller performs at Hexagon House Sept. 3. Bedroom folk artist Breanna Kelley appears at Hexagon House on Sept. 4. Each night will feature different national acts from the label spanning a range of genres. There will also be a record fair at the Hexagon House featuring national and local independent labels with hard-to-find records for sale. Sept. 1-4. Prices vary per event. Urban Artifact, 1660 Blue Rock St., Northside. Hexagon House, 1590 Glen Armand Ave., Northside. eventbrite.com/urbanartifact, eventbrite.com/hexagon-house-2day.

Strobobean, Radderall (Cleveland) and Shuteye (Columbus) at MOTR Pub

Idiosyncratic Cincinnati art rock band Strobobean make an appearance at MOTR Sept. 2. The three-piece headed up by singer/guitarist Katrina Eresman offer up stylish and well-formed songs that create an ethereal atmosphere. Also on the bill are Cleveland dream pop band Radderall and moody Columbus fuzz pop from Shuteye. 10 p.m. Sept. 2. Free. MOTR Pub, 1345 Main St., Over-the-Rhine. motrpub.com.

The Harlequins, Tweens, Electric Citizen and DJ Quotah at Northside Tavern

Cincinnati psych garage band The Harlequins celebrate their eighth release at Northside Tavern on Saturday, Sept. 3. The album is called “Time” and the release show is sure to be a time, with a party featuring some of the city’s most acclaimed acts including CEA-winning trash pop group Tweens and proto metal band Electric Citizen, who head out on a European tour later in the month. In addition, the show will open with a set by DJ Quotah. 7 p.m. Sept. 3. $15. Northside Tavern, 4163 Hamilton Ave., Northside. facebook.com/events.

Muwosi and Freedom Nicole Moore at Hexagon House

Local R&B artist Muwosi sounds at once nostalgic and futuristic, creating dreamy and evocative-sounding songs that go down like a glass of refreshing lemonade under a clear blue sky. She appears under the colorful lights of Hexagon House with dream pop neo-soul artist Freedom Nicole Moore in this rescheduled show. 8 p.m. Sept. 9. $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Hexagon House, 1590 Glen Armand Ave., Northside. eventbrite.com.

Spoils, Fairmount Girls and Earthly Delights at MOTR Pub

Spoils, who released their debut earlier this year appear with local alt-pop luminaries Fairmount Girls and newcomers The Earthly Delights at this MOTR Pub show. That’s right: two generations of Cincinnati female-fronted acts in one night. 10 p.m. Sept. 9. Free. MOTR Pub, 1345 Main St., Over-the-Rhine. motrpub.com.

Vacation, Tweens, Leggy and more at Ohio is For Lovers Festival at Riverbend

Local bands Tweens, Vacation, Leggy, Dopamines, and Raging Nathans make a rare appearance at the same venue you may have seen Willie Nelson or Rod Stewart this summer, Riverbend Music Center, for the Ohio is For Lovers Festival. They will be on one of three stages at the all-day festival presented by and featuring Dayton’s Hawthorne Heights, along with a laundry list of other names that have adorned Hot Topic t-shirts like New Found Glory, Motion City Soundtrack and Descendents. 12 p.m. Sept. 10. $83.75. Riverbend Music Center, 6295 Kellogg Ave., California. riverbend.org.

The Afghan Whigs with Pink Mountaintops at Bogart's

The Afghan Whigs formed in Cincinnati in the late ‘80s and signed to legendary alternative label Sub Pop before a major label deal that led the band to even greater commercial success. Despite splitting in 2001 and later reforming, the band has managed to remain a consistent force in the indie music world, delivering loose but direct arrangements layered with emotional complexity and force. They appear Sept. 11 at storied Vine Street venue, Bogart's. 8 p.m. Sept. 11. Ticket prices vary. Bogart's, 2621 Vine St., Corryville. bogarts.com.

Lung (LP Release), Blights (MO) and Knife the Symphony at MOTR Pub

Lung, a two-piece driving art rock band, release their new album, Let It Be Gone, at MOTR Pub Friday, Sept. 16. The show also serves a sendoff to to Lung, who is set to embark on a tour that stretches several weeks. Joining them will be moody punk band Blights (Missouri) and longtime local heavy punk band Knife The Symphony. 10 p.m. Sept. 16. Free. MOTR Pub, 1345 Main St., Over-the-Rhine. motrpub.com.

Vacation, Leopardo (Switzerland) and Willie & the Cigs at MOTR Pub

Essential Cincinnati rock n’ roll group Vacation leave for a west coast fall tour with a sure-to-be-memorable sendoff at MOTR Pub featuring the country-tinged protopunk of Willie & the Cigs (fresh off the release of their debut album Loaded With Hits) and delightfully odd art-punk band Leopardo, on tour from Fribourg, Switzerland. 8:30 p.m. Sept. 18. $8 in advance and $10 at the door. MOTR Pub, 1345 Main St., Over-the-Rhine. motrpub.com.

Stallone N’ Roses and Sick Thoughts (New Orleans) at MOTR Pub

Cincinnati garage punks Stallone N’ Roses make no-nonsense garage rock performed with just a touch of showmanship. They’ll do it up in style with New Orleans punks Sick Thoughts during a lively upcoming show at MOTR Pub. 9 p.m. Sept. 28. Free. MOTR Pub, 1345 Main St., Over-the-Rhine. motrpub.com.

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