Squeeze the Day for 11/18

Local release parties for Kelly Thomas, Messerly & Ewing, The Cincy Brass and Serenity Fisher, plus This Day in Music with Michael Jackson and Metallica

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The Cincy Brass release debut album at MOTR tonight
The Cincy Brass release debut album at MOTR tonight

Music Tonight: A week from tomorrow, the folks behind the national "Record Store Day" celebration of independent brick-n-mortar music stores are presenting an offshoot "holiday," encouraging people to shop local indie record retailers on Black Friday (the day the tryptophan in turkey from the day before turns millions of consumers into money-bleeding zombies). Record Store Day, proper, is coming up next year on April 21. But is Nov. 18 "Record Release Day" in Cincinnati? It's not totally unheard of for several local acts to hold parties to launch new recording projects in the same week or even weekend, but I can't remember the last time so many did so on the same exact day. Click below for a rundown (and click the artists' name for a preview of their latest release and more show details). —-

• Thoroughly entertaining (and talented) brass ensemble The Cincy Brass take over MOTR Pub in Over-the-Rhine tonight for a shindig in honor of its debut album, Ain't Nuttin' Louder. Though well known for their groovy arrangements of popular music tunes, the new album primarily showcases the group's original compositions. Showtime is 10 p.m. and the show is totally free.

• Local folksy duo turned rockin' band Messerly & Ewing celebrate the new full-length Every Bitter Thing with a free show at The Comet in Northside with guests Shiny and the Spoon. Things get rollin' around 10 p.m. Read our review of the new album here and check out the cool mini-documentary about the band below.

• Known ’round these parts as a playwright and favorite at the annual Cincy Fringe Fest, Serenity Fisher is also a gifted singer/songwriter who makes endearing, folksy Indie Pop in the realm of Regina Spektor and Fiona Apple. Tonight at The Monastery performance space in Walnut Hills, Fisher celebrates her latest recording effort, Rogue Strawberry.  Fisher performs at 7:30 p.m. in a trio format. Admission is $10.

Kelly Thomas and the Fabulous Pickups' 10-years-in-the-making debut release, Fly, will be celebrated tonight at Newport's York Street Cafe. The talented Roots/Country act has a big blow-out planned for tonight's 8 p.m. show, with a mini-Lollapalooza-worthy support bill. Openers slated to appear include The Rubber Knife Gang, Sleepin' Dogs, Kristen Kreft, Josh Eagle and the Harvest City, G. Burton and Veronica Grimm. Admission is just $7. Read Nick Grever's profile of Kelly and the Pickups from last week's issue here.

(Note: Local Pop Rock band Let It Happen had planned to hold a release party at The Mad Hatter tonight for its EP, It Hurts, But It's Worth It. The release show is now slated for Dec. 17 at the Madison Theater. Check out some of the band's music from the new release here.)

• The great local music website Cincy Groove is celebrating its fourth anniversary in style with a big show at Covington's Madison Theater tonight. The show is headlined by central Ohio jam-band heroes Ekoostik Hookah, while singer/songwriter Carole Walker and crafty Bluegrass crew Hickory Robot open. The all-ages show kicks off at 8 p.m. and admission is $15 at the door. Cincy Groove founder Scott Preston is asking those attending to bring food, toiletry and clothing items to the show, which we'll be donated to local charities. Check out Cincy Groove here for more info (and some great photos, reviews, podcasts and much more local music goodness).

Momentous Happenings in Music History for November 18
On this day in 2003, Michael Jackson's home (modestly and not-creepily-at-all called Neverland Ranch) was raided by cops who were searching for evidence after a 12-year-old boy accused Jackson of getting a little too Jerry Sandusky with him. The molestation accusations came a decade after the former child star was investigated on similar charges (including the infamous strip search) … and on the same exact day as Jackson's Number Ones collection was released. Dude knew how to get publicity!

In the 1994 case, Jackson settled out of court with the alleged victim's family (reports put the total dollar number Jackson had to pay out at around $23 million). In 2009, the father (and spokesperson) of Jacko's alleged victim in the ’93 case committed suicide. The 2003 case did make it to trial; in 2005, a jury found Jackson not guilt on all of the charges stemming from accusations of molestation by a young man who was 13 at the time of the alleged incident. Like Jackson doing the moonwalk dance for the first on national TV (and the pic of him dancing in a Pepsi commercial with his hair engulfed in flames), the 2003 case resulted in one of the most lasting images of the "King of Pop" — Jackson wearing pajamas and seemingly barely able to walk, entering the courthouse after his attempts to call in sick to the day's hearing failed.

Whatever happened to that guy anyway?

Born This Day: Musical movers and shakers sharing a Nov. 18 birthday include: ’80s Pop Rock star ("Kids in America") Kim Wilde (1960); Polyphonic Spree leader (and former Tripping Daisy frontdude) Tim DeLaughter (1965) and ’90s
Pop star and current Broadway sensation (co-creating the smash musical Spring Awakening) Duncan Sheik (1969).

Also, a happy 50th birthday to Kirk Hammett, lead guitarist for Metal legends Metallica. In lieu of cake and ice cream, we'll simply post a short and sweet career retrospective below — from his first demo recordings with Exodus, the Bay Area Thrash band he founded in 1980, to Metallica's career peak, to a sampling of the group's broad influence … on the comedy world. (Last clip features NSFW language.)

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