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Greater Cincinnati Gets the Blues This Weekend

0 Comments · Tuesday, July 29, 2014
It’s Christmas in August this weekend for local Blues fans. The big event is the 22nd annual Cincy Blues Fest, presented Friday and Saturday at the riverfront’s Sawyer Point by the Cincy Blues Society.   

Cheers Elephant with The Ready Stance

Thursday • MOTR Pub

0 Comments · Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Cheers Elephant is a blatantly hook-laden AltPop band that brings a sense of humor and 1960s-era verve to their sound. With reverb-a-plenty and blue-sky harmony vocals, the up-tempo band keeps its big beats front and center.   

The Iguanas

Friday • Southgate House Revival

0 Comments · Tuesday, July 29, 2014
These days, it’s an accomplishment to find something that lasts 25 months, let alone 25 years. And yet The Iguanas are still making vital music and crisscrossing the country to present it in its most elementally satisfying live fashion, a quarter century after the band’s formation in New Orleans.
  

The Casket Girls with Dreamend

Sunday • MOTR Pub

0 Comments · Tuesday, July 29, 2014
The original derivation of a casket (or casquette) girl referred to an early 18th century female who had been repatriated from France to the French colonial South in order to marry; “casket” referred to the small chest that held their belongings.  

Eric Johnson

Tuesday • Ballroom at the Taft Theatre

0 Comments · Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Coming on the scene in the late ’80s/early ’90s as a new guitar hot shot, Eric Johnson lit up the frets and the music world with a Grammy Award win for his original instrumental, “Cliffs of Dover,” in 1991. Though a multi-instrumentalist of the highest order, he is mostly known for his fluid guitar pyrotechnics.  

No Filter

Up-and-comer K. Michelle uses reality TV and intimate, honest songwriting to build her audience

0 Comments · Tuesday, July 22, 2014
While most R&B and Dance Pop artists keep things light lyrically, singing playful songs about the opposite sex, going to clubs, partying and other just-for-fun subjects, there’s not much sweetness and light on K. Michelle’s debut album, Rebellious Soul. And don’t look for any typical heartbroken anthems, either.   

The KillTones Go Wild on ‘Raw. Animals. Dance’

0 Comments · Tuesday, July 22, 2014
This Friday, superb Cincinnati rockers The KillTones host an album release party in honor of their new nine-track effort, Raw. Animals. Dance. The band will be joined by locals Lemon Sky and Philly-based Soraia for the free, 9 p.m. event at Over-the-Rhine club The Drinkery (drinkeryotr.com).   

Richard Buckner

Wednesday • MOTR Pub

0 Comments · Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Richard Buckner’s obscurity is partly due to the fickle music business, but also due to his decidedly different approach to songwriting and performance.
  

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah with Public, Dream Tiger and Danny & His Fantasy

Friday • Fountain Square

0 Comments · Tuesday, July 22, 2014
It hardly seems possible that a decade has gone by since the original formation of Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, although given the band’s current status, there’s an argument to be made that the quintet didn’t actually make it to the 10-year mark.   

Royal Blood with Valley of the Sun

Saturday • Ballroom at the Taft Theatre

0 Comments · Tuesday, July 22, 2014
What if they threw a band party and only the rhythm section showed up? That’s the oddly conceived question that has been answered by vocalist/bassist Mike Kerr and drummer Ben Thatcher, doing business as the Garage/Psych/Blues duo Royal Blood.   

Lucius with Sara Bareilles

Tuesday • PNC Pavilion at Riverbend

0 Comments · Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Like Tegan & Sara (with whom they’ve toured), Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig of Brooklyn Indie Pop band Lucius wrap their vocals around each other, both in harmony and unison, with the impressive precision of two vocalists who’ve sung together their entire lives.   

Panic! Counter-Attack

Panic! at the Disco fights hate, 'Punk Starter Kit' sells out and using DJs for crowd control

0 Comments · Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Panic! at the Disco counters hate group's protest by donating $20 to the Human Rights Campaign for every protester that shows up, the handmade 'Punk Starter Kit' brings some Hot Topic flavor to Etsy and a Belgian mayor hires a DJ to chase away loitering 'gypsies.'  

Bond of Brothers

Dave and Phil Alvin find 'Common Ground' in Big Bill Broonzy

0 Comments · Monday, July 21, 2014
Dave and Phil Alvin hadn't made an album together since Dave left The Blasters in the mid-’80s. But their longtime mutual love for Blues icon Big Bill Broonzy recently brought them back together for a new full-length, Common Ground.
  

Record Dealz for Kidz

Plus, Robin Thicke's now selling flowers and that Jimi Hendrix movie might suck

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Sony reportedly offers tween Metal band contract potentially worth $1.7 million, Robin Thicke's Paula is a massive flop, but you can still buy Thicke-approved flower bouquets named after songs from it and the upcoming Jimi Hendrix biopic apparently has some truthiness issues.
  

You Meta, You Bet

Sturgill Simpson gives cosmic context to Metamodern Sounds in Country Music

0 Comments · Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Last spring, singer/songwriter Sturgill Simpson was overly anxious about the arrival of his debut album, High Top Mountain. He’s spent this year simultaneously anticipating the birth of his debut child and the reception of his just-released sophomore album, Metamodern Sounds in Country Music.