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Experience. No matter what industry you are a part of, experience is the key to finding success. This is one of the founding principles for The Counter Rhythm Group – a company whose founder has over a decade of music industry experience – and one of the reasons we are successful in the practice of developing artists.
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Brian Penick Photo Brian Penick
Brian's life is music. He has been active in the touring music scene for over a decade– from booking basements shows and festivals to negotiating licensing and record deals, there are not many aspects of the industry he has not been faced with. MORE
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What do you get when you mix an avid music lover with a tireless community organizer? You get The Counter Rhythm's second (and facially more well kept) founder, Chandler. His expertise in grassroots/community organizing comes from his background as a professional campaign manager for candidates and elected officials. MORE
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Annie Lewis is a pop culture junkie and a lover of all things tuneful. Growing up in five different states of residence, Annie was exposed to various local music scenes and observed bands that “made it” and those that didn’t, compelling her to become a part of the fascinating process and to surround herself with creative people. MORE
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Caitlin has been involved with Cincinnati's local music scene since college. She started out in college radio as the promotions director and station general manager of Bearcast Radio before becoming a DJ at WOXY.com (RIP WOXY!). After a stint in Portland as an intern at Spectre Entertainment,MORE
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Artist Roster
Alone At 3AM
Alone At 3AM
Alone At 3AM

Cut Your Gills

Tracklisting

1. Turn the Water Off
2. We Were Left Here
3. Waiting in the Dark *
4. Across State Lines
5. Your Voice is Behind the Trees *
6. My Cell
7. From Any Bed *
8. Blacktop Cracks
9. I Wrote a Verse for Her
10. Sections for Burning
11. Love Letters Lost

* Target Tracks

SofaBurn Records / Tiberius Records

Alone At 3AM
Alone At 3AM
Alone At 3AM

From an Ohio Basement

Tracklisting

1. Factory *
2. Solder *
3. Vehicle *

*Target Tracks

SofaBurn Records / Tiberius Records

Alone At 3AM
Alone At 3AM
Alone At 3AM

Midwest Mess

Tracklisting

1. Another Round
2. A Change is Coming
3. Weekends at the Cape *
4. Grown an Ocean
5. Watching Trains
6. Burn the Town
7. Walk Away *
8. Tell Me Your Lies *
9. Wolf in the Woods
10. I Know Someone in the City

* Target Tracks

Suburban Home Records / SofaBurn Records

Ampline
Ampline
Ampline

You Will Be Buried Here

Tracklisting

1. You Will Be Buried Here
2. Our Carbon Dreams*
3. He Believed in Iron
4. Passengers in Sleeping Trains*
5. Sirens
6. White Damp
7. The Dynamos Sang Dollars
8. This Vapor Tongue
9. Direct Accidents
10. Bright Seams
11. Until He Wore Out and Died
12. Third Harmonics
13. Vessels of Dead Weight
14. The Electric City
15. Petals*
16. In Chambers
17. Room and Pillar

* Target Tracks

Phratry Records / Tiberius Records

The fifth release from Ampline in twice as many years marks a stark departure from their solely instrumental beginnings. Having initially enjoyed certain liberties in regard to song structure by not having to worry about framing music around traditional verses and choruses, the band eventually began to use the subtle presence of vocal snippets to help steer listeners’ thoughts. On You Will Be Buried Here, that ‘subtle’ approach has been thrown out the window.

AUTOMAGIK
AUTOMAGIK
AUTOMAGIK

Black Sundae

Tracklisting

1. I'm Only 21*
2. Natural Disaster
3. Fashion Police*
4. Ready for the Night*
5. Moneyshot
6. Night School
7. Freak
8. Little Bit Left to Give
9. Cookie Life
10. My Girlfriend
11. Teeth
12. Starlight Rollercoaster
13. Chill Pills

*Target Tracks

http://automagik.bandcamp.com

Bad Veins
Bad Veins
Bad Veins

The Mess We’ve Made

Tracklisting

1. Don't Run *
2. Nursery Rhyme *
3. If Then
4. Chasing
5. Child
6. Doubt
7. I Turn Around
8. Dancing On TV *
9. Kindness
10. Not Like You

* = Target Tracks

Released via Modern Outsider

http://www.badveins.net

Indigo Wild
Indigo Wild
Indigo Wild

If By Sea

Tracklisting

1. When You Say
2. Steady Eye*
3. On The Hill
4. Rowboats*
5. Eager Times*


* Target Tracks

Jeremy Pinnell
Jeremy Pinnell
Jeremy Pinnell

OH/KY

Tracklisting

1. The Way Country Sounds*
2. Rodeo*
3. Loose Women
4. Big Bright World*
5. Sleep Song
6. Light Me Up
7. Outlaw Life
8. Them Days and Nights
9. Cold Cold Wind
10. Angel of Mine

* Target Tracks
© 2014 SofaBurn Records

Mad Anthony
Mad Anthony
Mad Anthony

Mad Anthony

Tracklisting

1. Forget About Us
2. Yellow Pages *
3. Man Walks Into A
4. Bear Attack *
5. Oxygen Tank
6. Fade
7. Boob
8. City *†
9. Million Miles Away
10. Bottomfeeder
11. Weekend Lover
12. Never Call

* Target Tracks
† Contains Explicit Lyrics

Phratry Records

PUBLIC
PUBLIC
PUBLIC

RED

Tracklisting

1. Red
2. I Need You *
3. Castle in the Sky *
4. Birdie *

* Target Tracks

Released June 12, 2012 via The Counter Rhythm Group

http://www.publiccrown.com

PUBLIC
PUBLIC
PUBLIC

Honeybee (Summer Single)

Tracklisting

1. Honeybee*
2. I Need You [Summer Remix]*

* Target Tracks
© 2014 Crown Music Productions, LLC; BMI

R. Ring
R. Ring
R. Ring

R. Ring

Tracklisting

TBA; debut 7" out on Misra Records in 2012.

New duo featuring Kelley Deal of The Breeders and Mike Montgomery from Ampline.
Misra Records.

Shiny and the Spoon
Shiny and the Spoon
Shiny and the Spoon

Ferris Wheel

Tracklisting

1. Snowflake*
2. Round the Corners
3. Coriander Blues*
4. Killin' the Flower
5. Black Nag
6. Ferris Wheel
7. Take On Me*
8. Run
9. Thirteen Crates
10. Bread and Butter
11. I Hear Ghosts
12. No Hole in my Head
13. Blessing

* Target Tracks

shinyandthespoon.com

State Song
State Song
State Song

Dear Hearts & Gentle People

Tracklisting

1. Blank Lake
2. Oceanaire
3. Paper Ghosts *
4. Skeleton Key
5. 4–6pm
6. Death Valley, OH
7. Highway Machine *
8. Houses
9. Dig *
10. The Concierge

* Target Tracks

Phratry Records

The Chocolate Horse
The Chocolate Horse
The Chocolate Horse

Beasts

Tracklisting

1. Escape All Responsibility*
2. Fool's Gold
3. Found Another Way
4. Lasso Lasso*
5. All About You
6. Make it up Tonight
7. The Sahara
8. Terrible Lies
9. Characters of Egypt*
10. Drive Your Stake

*Target Tracks

Stable Records

The Pinstripes
The Pinstripes
The Pinstripes

I

Tracklisting

#1. Might Be Her Fool *
#2. Alright Baby
#3. Dollar (In Our Pocket)
#4. Dollar Don't Come
#5. Mother *
#6. One Drop
#7. Money
#8. The 1070 to 1963
#9. I'll Be Waiting
#10. The Wokkabout
#11. Do What You Want *
#12. Give Some Love
#13. Water

* Target Tracks

Collective Culture

The SHANKS
The SHANKS
The SHANKS

Feel the Holes

Tracklisting

1. Feel the Holes *
2. Get Cut Tonight *
3. When We Come *


* Target Tracks

Mono Butcher Boys Records (Canada) / Broken Silence Distribution (Germany)

The Tillers
The Tillers
The Tillers

Wild Hog in the Woods

Tracklisting

1. Groundhog
2. Who Broke the Lock*
3. Old Lady and the Devil
4. Wild Hog in the Woods
5. Dance All Night with a Bottle in Your Hand
6. Moonshiner
7. Sail Away, Ladies*
8. Raleigh and Spencer
9. Rock the Cradle, Joe
10. Say Darlin' Say
11. Going Down the Lee Highway
12. William Riley
13. Sugar Hill
14. Omie Wise
15. I'm Going Across the Sea*
16. Kitty Cole

* Target Tracks

Very special release featuring the legendary Uncle Mike Carr

Walk The Moon
Walk The Moon
Walk The Moon

i want! i want!

Tracklisting

1. Anna Sun *
2. Lisa Baby *
3. Quesadilla
4. The Liftway
5. i want! i want! *
6. Blue Dress
7. Jenny
8. Me & All My Friends
9. Iscariot
10. I Can Lift a Car
* Target Tracks

Wussy
Wussy
Wussy

Strawberry

Tracklisting

1. Asteroids
2. Pulverized *
3. Waiting Room *
4. Chicken *
5. Grand Champion Steer
6. Magnolia
7. Fly Fly Fly
8. Mountain of Tires
9. Pizza King
10. Wrist Rocket
11. Little Miami

* Target Tracks

Shake It Records

Client Roster
From moment one of working with TCRG I felt that I was in good hands. Brian is tenacious, thorough, and passionate about his work. I see him and TCRG as trusted allies both during our working relationship and moving forward.

– Nicholas Petricca, Walk the Moon
 

Sep 27 2013
Midpoint Music Festival
Midway Stage (12th & Vine)
6PM
FREE
Musicians' Desk Reference Cincinnati Release
"The Counter Rhythm Group Presents" Show
Sep 28 2013
Midpoint Music Festival
Midway Stage (12th & Vine)
6PM
FREE
Musicians' Desk Reference Cincinnati Release
"The Counter Rhythm Group Presents" Show
Oct 15 2013
CMJ Music Marathon
Artist Registrant Lounge
12PM
FREE
CMJ Headquarters NYU New York City, NY
"The Counter Rhythm Group Presents" Show
Oct 16 2013
CMJ Music Marathon
Artist Registrant Lounge
12PM
FREE
CMJ Headquarters NYU New York City, NY
"The Counter Rhythm Group Presents" Show
Oct 17 2013
CMJ Music Marathon
Artist Registrant Lounge
12PM
FREE
CMJ Headquarters NYU New York City, NY
"The Counter Rhythm Group Presents" Show
Oct 17 2013
CMJ Official Showcase
Ella Lounge (NYC)
8PM
$5
feat. PUBLIC, Black Wing Halo and more!
"The Counter Rhythm Group Presents" Show
 

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