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Heavy Adventures

Deafheaven continues to challenge and destroy the boundaries of Black Metal

0 Comments · Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Sunbather, the second album from Deafheaven, is a true listening “experience.” Clocking in at just under an hour, it moves from the epic blast-furnace riffage and jackhammer drumming of “Dream House” to the pensive, piano-laced wanderings of “Irresistible” with uncommon grace and fluidity. And that’s just the first two songs.  

Past and Presence

Chad Valley’s eclectic Electronic Pop looks to history for inspiration

0 Comments · Tuesday, February 11, 2014
In 2010, Hugo Manuel debuted Chad Valley — a project named after a British brand of toys and an area in Birmingham — with a self-titled EP. A year later, he issued another EP, Equatorial Ultravox, and in 2012 his first full-length, Young Hunger, landed. Young Hunger demonstrates the warmth of Caribou shining through, even though that inspiration stands in the shadow of the pronounced influence of 1980s Pop.  

Love Is All Around (Local Venues)

Valentine's Day brings some cool musical events to Greater Cincinnati this weekend

0 Comments · Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Over a dozen area musicians will gather on Valentine's Day to perform the acclaimed (and massive) 69 Love Songs album by The Magnetic Fields. Plus, the Valentine's Day Rebound Show brings an eclectic lineup to Covington and Cincinnati once again participates in the World Sound Healing Day with a big event on Valentine's Day.
  

Cheap Time with Cha-Cha-Chachi

Monday • MOTR Pub

0 Comments · Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Eight years ago, ex-Rat Traps vocalist/guitarist/keyboardist Jeffrey Novak envisioned a Garage-stained band that would nod toward Glam Rock and Power Pop influences, fueled by the Punk he’d been playing since his teenage years. The Nashville native formed Cheap Time and released the well-received self-titled debut full-length in 2008.  

Mayer Hawthorne with Quadron

Saturday • Madison Theater

1 Comment · Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Stones Throw label honcho Peanut Butter Wolf heard some of Mayer Hawthorne’s early songs and was convinced they were real Soul deals from the ’60s/’70s, retooled from a modern mindset. When the truth was revealed, Wolf signed Hawthorne instantly.  

Quadron with Mayer Hawthorne

Saturday • Madison Theater

1 Comment · Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Denmark has yielded a number of intriguing artists over the years, none more compelling of late than Lars von Trier, a provocative filmmaker whose latest effort, Nymphomaniac, is as graphic and emotionally caustic as its title would suggest. Yet Quadron, an Electro Soul outfit from Copenhagen, comes from the opposite end of the artistic spectrum, delivering sleek slow-jams with titles like “Favorite Star,” “Hey Love” and “Crush.”
  

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. with Chad Valley

Friday • 20th Century Theater

0 Comments · Tuesday, February 11, 2014
The Detroit Electronic duo Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., which brings its counter-intuitive name and fun Quirk Groove jams to the 20th Century Theater this week, insists on keeping its music light and breezy, infectious and upbeat. EDM this is not, as the band takes more cues from 1960s Beatles-esque Pop and New Wave than Skrillex.  

Sneaky Sneaker Drop

Plus, Pop music at the Olympics and, spoiler alert, sometimes musicians mime on TV

0 Comments · Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Nike releases Kanye West's new shoe like Beyonce releases a new album, Russia scrambles to find relevant Russian pop cultural touchstones for the Olympics' opening ceremonies and the social media world freaks out because the Red Hot Chili Peppers didn't plug their instruments in during the Super Bowl halftime show.
  

Versatile Beauty

With current tour, Julianna Barwick takes her acclaimed ambient sound from bars to synagogues

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 5, 2014
Julianna Barwick, whose music consists of ethereal and largely wordless vocals looped and otherwise layered to achieve a haunting choral effect as she plays keyboards, has booked some unusual venues for the tour that brings her to Cincinnati this week.
  

It’s the Most Winter Blues-iest Time of the Year

Winter Blues Fest returns and local artists and more unite to raise awareness for austism

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 5, 2014
The Cincy Blues Society's Winter Blues Fest returns this weekend with two strong national headliners and oodles of top-notch local talent. Plus, Prizoner, Sonny Moorman, Stagger Lee and more unite to raise autism awareness at the fifth annual Autism Rocks benefit concert.
  

G. Love & Special Sauce with Kristy Lee

Wednesday • 20th Century Theater

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 5, 2014
G. Love & Special Sauce return to Cincinnati to promote the upcoming album Sugar and celebrate the 20th anniversary of their breakthrough self-titled debut album, featuring hits like “Cold Beverage.” The band’s first set will be that debut LP in its entirety.
  

Blackberry Smoke with The Delta Saints

Thursday • Bogart’s

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 5, 2014
Blackberry Smoke isn’t a stereotypical Southern Rock band, in that they don’t tend to stretch out solos for half an hour. But along with a fresh batch of good original songs, they do bring that basic Southern Rock/Outlaw Country groove that fills the need for down-to-earth, blue collar Rock & Roll.  

The Black Angels and Roky Erickson & the Hounds of Baskerville with Golden Animals

Friday • The Southgate House Revival

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 5, 2014
The Black Angels’ tag-team with Roky Erickson for something called the Winter Psych Storm Tour is almost too obvious. The five-piece Psych Rock crew has long adored the era in which Erickson was a trailblazing figure with The 13th Floor Elevators.  

Janiva Magness at Winter Blues Fest

Saturday • The Phoenix

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 5, 2014
Blues chanteuse Janiva Magness has channeled her tragedies into an impressive body of work that stands with the best the genre has to offer.
  

Moment of Clarity

Sobriety and a more relaxed approach help make Southeastern Jason Isbell’s finest album yet

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 29, 2014
“Cover Me Up,” the somber opening song on Jason Isbell’s latest album, Southeastern, includes this revealing lyric: “I sobered up and I swore off that stuff, forever this time.”