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Bigots Begat Boycotts

Plus, the 2016 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony was kind of a mess and Axl takes his throne

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 13, 2016
In response to new blatantly anti-LGBT laws in certain states, artists have begun cancelling concerts; this year's Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony was a hot mess; and Axl Rose thrills fans on opening Guns N' Roses "reunion" dates … by sitting down the entire show.

Sound Advice: First Jason

Friday • Backstage Cafe

0 Comments · Thursday, April 7, 2016
I’ve got some surprising news for you: Jason Voorhees is real. Luckily those of us who prefer to have our heads attached to our necks, he’s more interested in keytars and Rock n’ Roll nowadays than he is about machetes. On Friday, the band First Jason will be gracing the stage of Covington’s Backstage Café. Fronting First Jason is Ari Lehman who, if the band name didn’t already tip you off, was the first man to play Jason Voorhees in the Friday the 13th films.   

Guts and Glory

Thao Nguyen gets more adventurous and vulnerable on triumphant latest album, A Man Alive

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 6, 2016
It’s clear from the opening moments of “Astonished Man,” the first song on Thao & the Get Down Stay Down’s excellent new album A Man Alive, that something has changed.   

Leggy in the UK

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 6, 2016
Independent British record label Damnably is issuing the first full-length release by Cincinnati “Lush Punk” trio Leggy later this month. Plus, Ethicist's album II is getting a vinyl release through locally based label Phratry Records; springtime brings the return of the Cincinnati Zoo's free Tunes & Blooms concert series; and Southgate House hosts a showcase of some area artists who performed at the 2016 International Blues Challenge in January.

Sound Advice: Bobaflex

Thursday • Bogart’s

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 6, 2016
There are certain immutable laws in the world — the seasons will change, the sun will rise and set and Bobaflex will rock your ass clean off.

Sound Advice: Jethro Tull – Written and Performed by Ian Anderson

Tuesday • Aronoff Center for the Arts

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 6, 2016
Ian Anderson has come up with a new, potentially clever way to showcase his old material. The show is called Jethro Tull and it celebrates the old band’s namesake — an 18th-century English agriculturalist who invented the horse-drawn seed drill.  

Sound Advice: The Roomsounds

Friday • MOTR Pub

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 6, 2016
The past five years have been fairly auspicious for The Roomsounds. The Connecticut quartet began its musical life as a full-bore Punk band under a different name, which earned the group a slot on the Warped Tour and scored it a Warner Bros. contract.  

Rules of will.i.am Engagement

Plus, a viola player sues the Royal Opera House after hearing damage and The Rolling Stones are still getting banned

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 6, 2016
A reporter reveals the crazy list of demands journalists must allegedly follow when interviewing "Hip Hop artist" will.i.am; after having his hearing blasted by the brass section during rehearsals for Die Walküre, a viola player is suing the Royal Opera House for the loss of his career; and The Rolling Stones are still getting "banned" after all these years.

Six Strings for Solace

Guitars for Vets and others provide music for therapy throughout Greater Cincinnati

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 30, 2016
Throughout the centuries, music has been both a tool of war and a remedy for the mental trauma and physical injuries sustained in battle. In Greater Cincinnati, numerous musicians are helping those in need through music.  

Frontier Folk Nebraska Goes Live on New Album

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 30, 2016
Featuring songs from all three of Frontier Folk Nebraska’s self-released full-lengths (beginning with 2009’s Pearls and focusing fairly heavily on 2014’s jaw-dropper, Frontier F**k Nebraska), This One’s for the Kid in the Back: Live at the Southgate House Revival should help put the band’s music in front of a much wider audience thanks to distribution through Old Flame Records.   

Sound Advice: Black Tusk with The Well and Cephalocoitus

Saturday • Southgate House Revival

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 30, 2016
One of Savannah’s lesser-known points of interest is its healthy crop of Stoner Metal bands, including Kylesa, Baroness, Circle Takes the Square and Black Tusk.  

Sound Advice: Fred Hersch

Sunday • Gallagher Student Center Theater (Xavier University)

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 30, 2016
Cincinnati native Fred Hersch is one of the most respected and celebrated artists in Jazz today.   

Sound Advice: Pure Bathing Culture with Pillar Point

Monday • Woodward Theater

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 30, 2016
On the surface, Pure Bathing Culture has had a relatively brief but potent existence, with three well-received releases in four years, including its last album, 2015’s diverse and somewhat atypical Pray for Rain.  

Sound Advice: Ani DiFranco with Chastity Brown

Tuesday • Bogart’s

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 30, 2016
It should come as no surprise that Ani DiFranco is keenly interested in the upcoming U.S. elections — her music, which has appeared on more than 20 albums since her self-released, self-titled debut surfaced in 1990, has long been preoccupied with politics.  

R.I.P. Phife Dawg

Plus, Dave Grohl continues

0 Comments · Tuesday, March 29, 2016
A Tribe Called Quest rapper Phife Dawg's death brought tributes from a variety of mourners, showing his (and the group's) far-reaching influence on culture; Dave Grohl stands up for teenage Metal band barred from rehearsing, offers sound-proofing tips; a Beatles fan (or perhaps real estate opportunist) adds "Ringo Starr" to her collection of Beatles' childhood homes.