American music underground icon Dex Romweber returns to MOTR Pub on Thursday, March 13

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Dex Romweber
Dex Romweber

Photo by Meg Wachter

DEX ROMWEBER with GROTESQUE BROOMS
Thursday, March 13, 2014
MOTR Pub, 1345 Main St., Over-the-Rhine, Cincinnati, Ohio; 513-381-6687
free, ages 21-up, 10pm
www.motrpub.com

Dexter Romweber is nothing less than an icon of the American music underground. Pioneering the template for the stripped to-the-essentials guitar/drums duo format in the (should be) world famous psycho-surf-rockabilly-garage-punk combo Flat Duo Jets—so often emulated, so rarely duplicated— he released his first of nine albums in 1990 to rave reviews worldwide. He starred alongside R.E.M. and The B-52s in the 1987 cult classic film “Athens, GA Inside Out”. His first national tour in 1990 was as opening act for The Cramps. He was showcased on MTV’s The Cutting Edge and 120 Minutes, starred in the Flat Duo Jets videos “Wild Wild Lover” and “Radioactive Man”, made a stunning performance on Late Night with David Letterman, and has shared the stage with dozens of other rock icons including Iggy Pop, Wanda Jackson, Cat Power, Neko Case and the White Stripes.

The Dex Romweber Duo also features Dex’s celebrated sibling SaraRomweber (Mitch Easter, Lets Active, Snatches of Pink) on drums.  Don’t be fooled by her slight frame or affable demeanor, she smacks the shit out her kit.  How someone with wrists so tiny can make the snare CRACK like that is beyond us.

The DEX ROMWEBER DUO is a potent combo that’ll get your leg twitching with the beat and your heart racing -and sometimes breaking- with the feral excitement of music. If it don’t, you might want to consider turning in your “I Heart Rock n Roll” badge.

Seriously.

Guitar fans take note.  Dex ain’t one of those guys who needs series of effects pedals the size of a table top to destroy a room;  all that noise, that beautiful beautiful noise he makes just comes his guitar, his fingers and his brain.   If only 10% of guitarists played with HALF his conviction, the world would be a much better, and wilder, place.

Look out.

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