Music This Saturday: Two very high quality Cincinnati acts — Brian Olive and The Sweep (pictured) — host release parties for their latest full-lengths this weekend. Olive, the former Greenhorne and Soledad Brother, is celebrating his sophomore solo effort, the dazzling, wildly diverse Two of Everything, while The Sweep throw a party for its third full-length, the impressive, passionate and marvelously addictive |||. Read Brian Baker's interview with Olive about the album here and read my thoughts on the new Sweep release here. —-
Olive’s shindig is at Newport’s Southgate House (in the Ballroom) with special guests You, You’re Awesome and Clovers (tickets are $8 in advance here or $10 at the door), and The Sweep’s throwdown is a freebie at MOTR Pub in Over-the-Rhine. Below, enjoy a music video for a track on Olive' first album, as well as an apparently fan-made clip for The Sweep's "Concentration," a track from the band's new one.
Elsewhere, legendary local Hip Hop turntablists Animal Crackers headline the Saturday Slam night on Fountain Square. The event — which has been drawing big crowds every Saturday this summer — also features The Forties, DJ D-Lo, Nemo and Dave Raps. The free concert kicks off at 7 p.m. Check the Crackers below, rehearsing their set for the 2006 DMC Championships. which helped them earn the prize for "US Team Champions."
Finally, if you wanna do a little energetic Swing dancing and play some slots while you’re enjoying your tunes Saturday night, head to the Belterra Casino Resort in Florence, Ind. One of the lone survivors of the ’90s Swing revival, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, is still swingin’ after all these years, pulling into the casino Saturday for a 7 p.m. performance that will also include dancers Alec Mazo and Edyta Sliwinska from the TV show Dancing With the Stars. Tickets are $30 (get 'em here). The DWTS isn't as odd as non-viewers might think — the group has appeared on the program in the past (see below).
Music This Sunday: After church, start drinkin’ to get ready for the big Taking Back Sunday/Thursday concert at Bogart’s Sunday at 6:30 p.m. TSB has reactivated its original lineup, while Thursday has continued to show they’ve got a lot left in the creative tank, as each successive album continues to get better and more adventurous. Check out Thursday's clip for "Circuits of Fever" below. Tickets (available here) are $34.50 (which includes all the extra fees).
Miami, Fla.’s Sludge Metal faves Torche bring their stony sound to the Southgate House Sunday night for a 9 p.m. show. Torche is joined by labelmates Big Business and Helms Alee. Dig Torche's clip for "Healer" below. Tickets to the 9 p.m. all-ages show are $12 in advance (here) or $15 day of show.