Hibernation Ends for Cincinnati Bands

While mindlessly stumbling down the information superhighway (which means MySpace Music if you’re a lazy rock writer) this afternoon, I came to a sudden realization (which means a blog idea): There’s a bunch of record release shows and parties coming up in the not-too-distant future. —-And while I fully appreciate the ADD-friendly nature of the format in which you’re currently reading these words—thus is the indomitable spirit of the blog—I would still like to give you kind readers and local music aficionados an opportunity to mark your calendars in advance. Because believe me, if you care anything about the increasingly impressive Indie Rock scene of modern-day Cincinnati, you’d be sore at missing the shit that’s about to go down in the next month and beyond. So now that I’ve got both your attention span and your love of local bands on lockdown, I invite you to put your summer vacation plans on hold as I present you with a hopefully-not-quite-exhaustive list of upcoming record release shows, starting with one this very week.

May 22: Eat Sugar unleashes their seven-song CD EP, which sounds like Duran Duran gone disco-punky and desperate with synth noise. The Sleeps and Okay Lindon will also be on hand to ensure that all asses are shaking. 10 p.m. at the Northside Tavern. Free.

June 6: Moody goth-metal rockers Chakras’ debut EP release party goes down. The Host, Vertigo, Riley and Bastion will be along for the ride. 8 p.m. in the Southgate House Ballroom. $10.

June 12: Arms Exploding and Caterpillar Tracks hold court on all things spasmodic, sweaty and loud as they celebrate their split 7” release on Phratry. Jared Grabb and Tina Sparkle get loud, sweaty and spastic too. 9 p.m. in the Southgate House Parlor. $5 for 21 and up; $8 for ages 18-20.

June 13: Get down with the Read’s politicized, jittery post-punk. They party in honor of their 7” single (also on Phratry), which drops everywhere on June 23. The Dopamines and more are also playing. 8 p.m. at the Bikehaus (1308 Clay Street). $5.

July 24: We've already been blogging about it, but the Queen City’s indie golden boys the Bad Veins release their debut full-length on Dangerbird. You say you want more bands? Well I say it’s too early to know whether there will or won’t be more bands. 10 p.m. on Fountain Square. Presumably free.

July 27: Cincy alt-rockers July for Kings use their new CD as an excuse to throw a release party at Covington’s Madison Theater. Cavashawn and Smalltown Sleeper open. The show starts at 8:30 p.m. and costs $8.

July 31: Nineties-style-lo-fi-inspired psych-pop unit the Harlequins put out a CD and play a set with some other bands, probably. 9 p.m. in the Southgate House Ballroom. Cost TBA.

Wow. That’s, like, almost a whole summer of hot new records and bangin’ parties! By this time next year at least one of these bands will be rich and living high on the hog in Hollywood, blowing an advance they’ve bilked out of some big-money major label honcho after their indie record has fallen into his grubby little hands. Will it be the Bad Veins? Chakras, perhaps? Don’t chance it by staying home and missing your opportunity to party with all of ‘em while they’re still mere mortals and good, wholesome, self-effacing Midwestern boys and girls.

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