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Residents Lose an Eye

Plus, Art Garfunkel slams Paul Simon and sensationalistic "drugs at music fests" study questioned

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 27, 2015
One of the giant eyeballs worn by pioneering art rockers The Residents has reportedly been stolen, Art Garfunkel calls Paul Simon an idiot and a jerk, but still wants a reunion and colorful "drugs at music fests" infographics making the rounds is dressed down by Electronic music site Thump.  

Marina and the Diamonds

Friday • Bogart’s

0 Comments · Tuesday, May 26, 2015
It’s oddly wonderful how sometimes two songwriters will interpret the same concept in diametrically opposed fashions. For example, consider Pharrell Williams and Marina Diamandis, both of whom have very powerful songs called “Happy.”  

Ralph Stanley with Nathan Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys

Friday • Thompson House

0 Comments · Tuesday, May 26, 2015
A little over a year ago, 88-year-old Bluegrass Hall of Famer Ralph Stanley called me as he was mourning the loss of his long-time guitarist George Shuffler. Ralph and his brother Carter made American Roots music history in the ’40s, ’50s and ’60s as The Stanley Brothers.  

Butch Walker with Jonathan Tyler and The Dove and the Wolf

Saturday • Bogart’s

0 Comments · Tuesday, May 26, 2015
No one can accuse Butch Walker of not living up to his potential.  

Shilpa Ray

Wednesday (June 3) • The Comet

0 Comments · Tuesday, May 26, 2015
Having seen Shilpa Ray play in the early morning hours after a fierce, chilling rainstorm at the outdoor Nelsonville Music Festival in East Central Ohio, this writer can testify that her tough and exciting voice can surmount any distraction around her and kick-start listeners out of any weariness and make them pay attention.   

Making New ‘Memories’

With her American Idol contract up, Jess Lamb is pushing her career forward and reveling in her independence

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 20, 2015
While Jess Lamb's journey on American Idol was short, she has been spending her post-Idol time productively and is poised to take the next step on May 30 with the release of her first official single, “Memories.”  

Over the Rhine Raises Funds to Raise a Barn

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Band Over the Rhine announce fundraising concerts this weekend at its new barn-turned-performing-arts-center, Nowhere Else. Plus, Americana/Blues/Bluegrass foursome The Goodle Boys celebrate their debut album and singer/songwriter Billy Catfish throws a musical shindig.
  

Steve Katz

Friday • Southgate House Revival

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 20, 2015
According to Publishers Weekly, Steve Katz’s new memoir Blood, Sweat, and My Rock ’n’ Roll Years: Is Steve Katz a Rock Star? has maybe the most spectacular revelation yet of any Rock memoir.  

The Charles Walker Band

Saturday • MOTR Pub

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Identifying Charles Walker’s influences doesn’t require prolonged exposure or intense examination. The Milwaukee native grew up with a love of the Blues, Funk, Pop and Motown, as evidenced by his devotion to Luther Allison, Prince and Stevie Wonder, and the sound that he’s developed with his latest outfit, appropriately tagged the Charles Walker Band.
  

Mandolin Orange

Tuesday • Madison Live

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 20, 2015
If Robert Earl Keen and Kathleen Edwards formed a Bluegrass/Americana duo and managed to retain their individual identities while combining their collective talents into a distinct third direction, they would sound a lot like Mandolin Orange.
  

The Physicist as Rock Star

Stephen Hawking does Glastonbury, Killers singer saves shaved facial hair and Pop hits aren't too bright

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Stephen Hawking ups his Rock Star credentials with a scheduled appearance at giant U.K. music fest Glastonbury, The Killers' Brandon Flowers reveals he has a bag full of seven years' worth of his facial hair and an analysis of recent chart toppers reveals that most are written at a second- or third-grade reading level.
  

More Than Blood, Sweat and Tears

Following the release of his acclaimed new memoir, ‘Rock Star’ Steve Katz comes to Newport

0 Comments · Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Veteran music man Steve Katz reflects on his rich history in music with a new memoir and an acoustic/storytelling performance Friday at Southgate House Revival.  

Rudd, Wiser

With his new multi-cultural band and new album Nanna, Xavier Rudd is ready to show the world what’s up

0 Comments · Monday, May 18, 2015
Successful Australian singer/songwriter Xavier Rudd was compelled to push his art in new and interesting directions. Long desiring to assemble an Impossible Missions Force of global musical talent with the express purpose of refracting his ideas through fresh contextual prisms, for his new album, Nanna, Rudd achieved his goal with a new band that he's appropriately dubbed the United Nations.  

The Infamous Stringdusters

Wednesday • Madison Theater

0 Comments · Monday, May 18, 2015
The Infamous Stringdusters are one of the more high-powered acts that exist on the fringes of Bluegrass music. Ten years as a band, the Stringdusters have built up an impressive following with albums and live shows that are upbeat, fun and fueled by amazing musicianship.  

Persistence of Vision

Indie Rock stalwarts Interpol’s latest album El Pintor finds the band still in peak form

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Since debuting in 2002 with the acclaimed Turn on the Bright Lights, Interpol has remained one of the leading bands on the Indie Rock circuit, recently releasing its latest full-length, El Pintor.