CincyPunk Fest XII

CINCYPUNK FEST XII: A benefit for Save Our Shelter Dogs
Cincypunk Fest, a beloved annual tradition in the Cincinnati music scene, is back for its twelfth installment. The whole-house benefit concert will feature more than 30 national, regional, and local acts over two nights on three stages; it is literally an entire house party! The event, which has raised more than $50,000 for local charities since 2005, will benefit and raise awareness for Save Our Shelter Dogs rescue. The volunteer run, no kill rescue has saved, rehabilitated, and found forever homes for more than 125 dogs that were up for euthanasia since 2009.

The Seedy Seeds were formed on the spot at a party in December 2005 when Mike Ingram and Margaret Darling first met and nearly shot someone's eye out playing bootlegged video game ping pong. What started as a modest challenge to learn somewhat unconventional instruments the obvious way—by bypassing any formal study and jumping straight into playing them in a band—grew almost overnight into a demanding and demanded musical project.

Known for combining seemingly mismatched musical genres into a surprisingly cohesive and upbeat sound, as well as for their impeccable vocal harmonies and powerfully addictive pop melodies, The Seedy Seeds have gained themselves a fiercely loyal and very diverse following (despite still having trouble succinctly describing what type of music they play).

Though The Seedy Seeds have welcomed collaborators both on the road and in the studio, the band has remained, at its core, two good friends—Mike and Margaret—writing together and obsessing together through the release of three full-length albums, two EPs, countless shows on the road, awards, accolades and other accomplishments, and some major life changes too. As if completely unable to do anything else, Mike and Margaret continue to work on new ideas and new material, and are grateful as always for open and eager ears with which to share.

"For all the whirling bits and pieces… the band generates a surprisingly cohesive sound… It’s dizzying, perplexing and wonderfully fun."
—Claire Blaustein, NPR (Song of the Day)

"It’s always a feat when a band decides to go beyond something that can be put into a simple genre. …Thankfully, we still have groups around like The Seedy Seeds"
— Colby Markwell, Fearless Radio

"I assumed that a band using an iPod, accordion, kazoo, guitar and banjo had to be kitschy and, well, not too great. I was humbled. They tore it up."
— Sean Cannon, BUZZGRINDER

The Lions Rampant

Letting your freak flag fly at more than half-mast is a way of life for The Lions Rampant. This edgy, blues infused, garage rock, pseudo pop three-piece sings their way through a storybook of life's ups and downs with unfettered energy, mauling the Midwestern music scene and dragging it right back where it belongs: in your face. It's Fun To Do Bad Things, their full-length debut, is a testament to what it's like to be youthful, adventurous and carefree...without sparing any of the gritty details. With the spice and drive of 60's guitar licks and lyrics not unlike those of The Clash, The Lions Rampant breathe new life into the scene with a collection of crisp and wildly soulful melodies that will whisk your rock-ready ears back a few decades.

“Stormy, husky, brawling, City of Big Shoulders.” – from “Chicago” by Carl Sandburg

Al Scorch grew up in Chicago, with its storied history of corrupt power at the top and righteous fighters and big dreamers at the bottom. From the town that gave the world characters like Studs Terkel, Upton Sinclair, and the anarchists in Bughouse Square, Scorch adds his voice to the choir with the enthusiasm and charisma of a Maxwell Street preacher. He eyes the prize of that ever-elusive promised land that’s worth scrapping for, wherever or whatever it may be. With a stentorian bullhorn of a voice, he exhorts, not with a holy book in his hand, but a banjo and guitar. He’s a messenger and a conduit, a believer that a soul-stirring song will march you forward.

Balanced on wedges of punk, old-time string band, American and European folk, and soulful balladry, Al is an entertainer, road warrior, storyteller, and one helluva musician. His second album and Bloodshot debut Circle Round the Signs is built on a sonic framework sharing an intersection with the Bad Livers’ lawless next-gen take on traditional country & bluegrass, and Black Flag’s burn-it-all-down revolt and breakneck tempos. From the train-hopping tale of “Pennsylvania Turnpike” – updating steel rails to concrete ribbons – to the shout-along, late-night lament of “Insomnia” (“I toss and I turn in my bed every night/ I’m sober but my mind’s as high as a kite”), the aural dexterity is thrilling.

Woody Guthrie’s “Slipknot” gets a complex, Western swing cum prog-grass treatment, led by the angular fiddling of Felipe Tobar, that would make acoustic thrash godfathers Split Lip Rayfield grin demonically. And “Want One” blazes down the dirt track with a Stanley Brothers fireball energy driven by Scorch’s clawhammer banjoing, and the it’s-safe-to-laugh-now adventure of meeting an intensely inebriated fan while busking across the country.

But Scorch is far more than lightning for lightning’s sake. Through 10 songs of high wire musicianship, debilitating despair, wild-eyed hope, and sharpelbowed views of social (in)justice, he deftly maintains a balance of precise touch and texture, pop catchiness and frenetic intensity. That Minutemen inspired “jam econo” vibe embracing the freedom of art and community as long as you’re working hard and bringing your friends along for the ride?… Yeah, that’s here too.

He shows a keen ear for the Mekons’ trans-Atlantic roots and marries it to the Avett Brothers’ big stage sound on “Lost At Sea.” Likewise, there is depth in the song’s lyrics during the cliffhanging, reallife narrative of a best friend almost dying when the HMS Bounty sank in Hurricane Sandy:

“When I heard of the wreck my heart left my chest/ tears came rolling down/ the same sun shone through the window/ I thought of a world without you around”

DIY show shakedowns parallel a down-and-out-on-Clout-Street message (“Every bossman is on another bossman’s take/ There ain’t no free man except the one you make”) on the vaudeville-via-Eastern European klezmer door-kicker “Everybody Out.” With its bittersweet imagery and mournful harmonies, “Lonesome Low” goes beyond the blue grass and into the deep woods. While the elegiac french horn in “Poverty Draft” wouldn’t sound out of place if it was played in a WWI trench, nor would its message of the poor being the tools of war (“The fight for freedom pays more than minimum wage”).

A punk rock banjo-wielding John Prine or Billy Bragg, Al Scorch writes for the everyperson. Through his acrobatically poetic politics, hopeful tales of love lost (“Love After Death”), or cathartic takes on urban chaos (“City Lullaby”), he pens rowdy campfire stories, calls for action, and draws the epic from the ordinary. Celebrate, right a wrong, or find your path and go for it. It’s heavy shit, but so is life.

Mad Anthony has been detonating their brand of loud, Garage/Punk Rock since 2007. “So what does Mad Anthony play exactly? From its volume and breakneck vigor, it’s Punk, pure and simple, but there is so much more at work here. Vocalist/guitarist Ringo Jones is like Iggy Pop channeling the spirit of Mississippi John Hurt in a Dead Boys tribute, screaming until the veins in his neck stand out like bridge cable under his skin. When Jones and guitarist/vocalist Adam Flaig start trading riffs, there’s a galloping rhythm that suggests Dave Alvin in his seminal Blasters days with a live power line down his trousers. And the rhythm section of power bassist Dave Markey and new drummer Marc Sherlock is thunder personified… If you see the name Mad Anthony on a telephone pole, get the information and get there. It will change you.”

State Song

Started in november 2008 by cousins Scot Torres and Matt Hemingway along with good friend George Jesse. All bandless at the time came together to turn their shared passion for music into a fruitful outlet.

January 30th 2010 marked the last live performance with Jesse. Soon after came the first performance with new drummer Justine Sheldon. An album/cd/digital was released with 10 swimmingly beautiful songs of music and voice. Now new songs are being written and saturday hats are sometimes being worn on wednesdays. More to with new drummer Drew Bogner state song is preparing to hit the road and spread the gospel of "Dear Hearts and Gentle People" their debute full length released in late 2010 by Phratry records.

Frontier Folk Nebraska

“Frontier Folk Nebraska believes in the continuing relevance of a classic‐era kind of alt‐rock that flirts with occasional messiness in order to let its organically electric sound come together without too much art‐think or conceptualism. Faith is put in the music’s energy as the right conduit to showcase interesting songwriting… Neither from Nebraska nor a folk group, Frontier Folk Nebraska is instead a Cincinnati band that sounds like the Replacements attacking power pop with their thrashing guitar‐and‐drum energy kept in check by their love for melody and appealing song structure.”

After nearly two years and almost a dozen skillful musicians, Cincinnatiʼs The Pinstripes release their pop/reggae/soul masterpiece I, an album that breaks down genre barriers from a band that has been said to “change your perception.” {Cincinnati Citybeat}

The band, led by multi-instrumentalist Michael Sarason (lead vocals, tenor saxophone, organ, piano, flute, percussion), is literally a whoʼs-who of the bountiful Cincinnati music scene. Showcasing an unparalleled group of musicians that are astonishingly skilled beyond their years (most members are in their early to mid 20s), The Pinstripes have been actively performing and touring since 2003. Although the band has seen some positive adjustments, there is no denying that the current lineup, featuring Chris Grannen (Bass + Stick Bass), Matt Kursmark (Electric + Acoustic Guitar), Leonardo Murcia (Trombone + Vocals), John Bertke (Drums + Percussion) and Sam White (Trumpet + Vocals), is undeniably the best to date.

I is the third full-length studio album from The Pinstripes, and is by far the best at showcasing the bandʼs flexibility of dynamics and songwriting. This multi-genre masterpiece encompasses every wave of ska and reggae, all while floating seamlessly into the worlds of pop and soul, providing a feast of musical styles that will surely captivate any open-minded appreciator of quality music. Highlighted tracks include the incredibly catchy “Might Be Her Fool” (#1), the hook-laden “Mother” (#5), or the harmoniously soulful “Do What You Want” (#11). Guest appearances on the recording include Anthony Abbinanti, Diedrich Jones, Casey Weissbuch and Benjamin Pitz.

“Throw out all the standard Rock crit hoohah; the Cincinnati sextet takes the raw ingredients of Studio One Reggae, first-, second- and third-generation Ska and an absolute flawless sense of Soul, seeds it, stems it and rolls it into an enormous spliff thatʼs nothing short of pure, unadulterated exhilaration.” {Brian Baker, Cincinnati Citybeat}

"The eight instrumentals that make up Ampline's debut disc The Choir have more in common with Mission Of Burma than the standard amorphous post-rock. The Cincinnati group plays passages of complex, chiming beauty, but most of its songs begin and end in a compressed rush so intense that it's easy to forget the lack of vocals..." - The Onion

"Ampline's guitar isn't droning for the sake of holding up the entire song, the way Emo bands typically do...the drums could be a band unto themselves, as the bass rolls along tactfully, never going Flea-like on the listener." - 2Walls

"Really good amped up instrumental guitar rock. The guys in Ampline never even considered having a singer...which is just as well, because they obviously don't need vocals in order to make their music work. These four gentlemen have a great big adrenaline-fueled sound that is characterized by charging rhythms and heavy guitars. These guys can rock, that's for sure...but even more impressive is the fact that they also venture into some heady progressive areas that are most appealing. These guys are doing all the right things the right way." - Babysue

Billy Catfish

Billy Catfish is a country-folk singer-songwriter and performance artist. He performs this sort of material solo under various names, most notably Billy Catfish Orchestra. He currently leads songwriter/country rock animals The Fabulous Byurd Brains.

He's been performing as Billy Catfish for more than 20 years, first leading the two-piece punk/blues unit Little Billy Catfish & The Sodapops, then heading up the Billy Catfish 3trio. After a short stint on the fringes of Chicago’s experimental rock scene, he formed psych rock band Lonesome Tumblers. He’s more recently performed with songwriter-folk outfits Painwater and The Pteradactyls, punk stallions Public Venom, noise outfit PINK TEEF, and indie rock group The Chauncers.

Billy Catfish has performed throughout Ohio and Kentucky, up to Detroit and Chicago, down into Nashville and Memphis, over to New York, Jersey and into Philly, and plenty of other spots in-between. He’s released a string of cassettes, records and CDs all the way.

“(Billy’s) music became more personal, deeper and full of honesty. It developed a serrated edge that tore at the very essences of all that ‘real’ surrounding him, varied in every approach to his music … like a lost document from Gram Parsons, Neil Young or Willie Nelson.” - Shawn Abnoxious, CityBeat

“Dude, you fucking rock.” (Nick Oliveri, from Queens of the Stone Age and Kyuss said that while shaking my hand)

Army Coach

Mala In Se is a frenzied detour from the normal world of rock and metal. The band de-constructs concepts from a large cache of musical genres, yet they’ve concocted a truly unique sound and vision. The foundation of the band’s sound is the (un)usual combination of guitar, bass, and drums, then it becomes dense with layers of samples, feedback, and auxiliary percussion. The band’s playing often shifts from enormous amounts of physical energy to teardrops of minimalist soundscapes. Tempos go from blindingly-fast to a sluggish crawl before you can even count the meter. This band is a genre-bursting amalgamation of post-punk/thrash/avant-garde/nosie/math-rock and new age, with a little nod to free jazz in a live setting.

Mala in se: wrongs in themselves; acts morally wrong; offenses against conscience.

This band crawls inside of you and lays it's eggs....

We Are Snapdragon

"We Are Snapdragon later graced a packed Lounge with a bowed guitar, the drummer wearing a Bill Murray t-shirt, vocal effects and a song about an Internet pervert that started slow then burst into joyous noise. It’s difficult to find a lot of info about this local band, which is frustrating because they were one of the best discoveries of the night." -

Goddamn Gravity

Chad Wolary - drums
Dan Graham - bass
Jon Weidenbacher - guitar/vocals

Loud. Drowning in hot star-matter.

Dessa Sons

Animal Circles

kp - baritone ukulele, sequencer, live looping

$10.00 - $15.00


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