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This fall is shaping up to be the season of the great local band reunion.

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click to enlarge Pomegranites at the 2012 MidPoint Music Festival
Pomegranites at the 2012 MidPoint Music Festival

This fall is shaping up to be the season of the great local band reunion. We recently told you about Ass Ponys’ two-night return to the stage on Nov. 6-7 at Over-the-Rhine’s Woodward Theater (visit for tickets/details). Also recently announced at the Woodward, popular Fusion crew Ray’s Music Exchange will present another reunion show on Oct. 30. And that’s not all …

• The biggest Cincinnati Metal band of the ’80s was CJSS, which formed in 1984 and featured guitar virtuoso David T. Chastain, singer Russell Jinkens, bassist Mike Skimmerhorn and drummer Les Sharp. The band was a huge draw right out of the gate, particularly at longtime Coryville venue Bogart’s, which the group packed on a regular basis. 

The band, which released a pair of highly regarded albums in its brief lifespan, split before the end of the decade as the musicians went off to other projects. Chastain moved to Georgia, where he runs his Leviathan Records label, putting out albums and touring under the band name Chastain, among other projects. (CJSS has reunited occasionally in the intervening years.) A new Chastain album (featuring band regular Skimmerhorn on bass), We Bleed Metal, is set for release on Nov. 6. (Visit for details.)

But before then, CJSS will perform a one-off reunion show, returning to the scene of some of its most massive gigs — Bogart’s — on Oct. 9. Promotions for the show are trumpeting the phrase “one last time,” so old-school fans of the band would be wise to get tickets now, as there may never be another chance to see CJSS. 

Visit for ticket information. 

• A couple of years ago, popular local Indie Dream Pop foursome Pomegranates (which toured regularly and had built up a national following) changed its name to Healing Power and, not long after, played what was described as the group’s final show in November of 2013. In conjunction with that last show, the band issued a four-song release, which included a pair of songs intended for a planned full-length.

Now a new full-length will finally see the light of day on Oct. 17, when the group — which has gone back to the Pomegranates name — plays an all-ages show at Newport’s Southgate House Revival. On the band’s Facebook page, the group says it may do occasional shows and releases, so this isn’t a “full-time” comeback. 

Like the CJSS show, the Pomegranates’ concert has a good chance of selling out. Get your tickets in advance now through 

More Local Notes

• Cincinnati Rock greats The Tigerlilies are kicking off a 10-date Midwestern tour Thursday at The Drinkery (1150 Main St., Over-the-Rhine, Joining the group at the free 10 p.m. show are The Ready Stance and Stallone N’ Roses. 

The tour is in honor of the cassette release of the band’s most recent full-length, In the Dark. The tape version is being issued by Sir Gregory Records, the indie label run by former local musician Gregory Mills, who now plays with Minneapolis rockers Fuck Knights. 

Leading up to the tour, the group has released four great new tracks online. You can hear newer songs like “Bowie,” “Some Me, Some You” and “Easy as it Seems” at Find more on The Tigerlilies at

• Alt Hip Hop/Electronic artist Juan Cosby of the Counterfeit Money Machine crew is a participant in two new releases due out this weekend. Friday, Cosby and fellow CMM member AP’s side-project Night Bees will celebrate the release of their new EP, Donald Rump, with a free 10 p.m. CMM show at MOTR Pub (1345 Main St., Over-the-Rhine, The show also serves as the launch of a CMM tour that will take the group throughout the Midwest, East Coast and South this summer. 

On Saturday, Cosby and Supa of Electronic music collective Cinthesizer issue their new EP, Submersibles, on cassette in conjunction with the monthly #Freshlist dance party at Chamelelon (4114 Hamilton Ave., Northside, Supa kicks off the event at 9 p.m. and Bit Flip, Firecat 451 and others are set to perform throughout the night.

For more on Night Bees, visit You can hear other CMM projects at And to check out audio and video from the Cinthesizer crew, go to

CONTACT MIKE BREEN: [email protected]

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