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FIDLAR with The Slippery Lips

Saturday • Thompson House

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 13, 2015
The first time I heard FIDLAR, I was parked on my couch holding my cellphone over my head and smiling like a massive dork up at the screen. Some cute boy from OKCupid was sending me links to YouTube videos from his favorite bands. The Skate Punk/Surf Rock sounds of FIDLAR made up most of the list.  

Pixies

Saturday • The Shoe at Horseshoe Casino

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 13, 2015
History will always chiefly remember Kurt Cobain as a creator of music, not a consumer. But the Nirvana leader was also an avid advocate for his favorite groups and most cherished influences. In the posthumously released Journals, he documented his 50 favorite records. Most telling of all was his inclusion of Pixies’ Surfer Rosa in spot No. 2. That’s significant because Nirvana’s biggest hit owes a great debt to the group.
  

Agent Orange with In the Whale and Bearer of Bad News

Tuesday • The Drinkery

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 13, 2015
In a world where Punk has become a commodity on a par with soy lattes and $500 tennis shoes, it’s comforting to know that Agent Orange is still prowling the wastelands and kicking the universe in its rapidly descending ballsack.
  

Death of the Country Guitar Solo?

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Billboard reports that due to radio/attention-span restraints, guitar solos are being cut more and more from Country singles, a new Jimi Hendrix biopic is announced, this time with the guitarist's estate's blessing and a data analyst has compiled a curious collection of musical genres and the words most distinct to the genre's song titles.
  

Howard Brothers 'Go a Li'l Faster' on First Release in Seven Years

Plus, MusicLi project hosts happy hour, Tunes & Blooms dates rescheduled, Salsa on the Square returns and the Applachian Festival showcases area Bluegrass acts

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Rock trio Howard Brothers Band release first new album in seven years this week, new MusicLi project (which will benefit local businesses and local musicians) hosts an introductory happy hour, the Tunes & Blooms concerts at the Cincinnati Zoo begin rescheduled dates this week, Salsa on the Square heats up Fountain Square starting Thursday and the 46th annual Appalachian Festival showcases numerous local Bluegrass artists.
  

Marc Cohn

Wednesday • 20th Century Theater

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Marc Cohn isn’t particularly prolific, but when he lays hands on a piano or guitar, something extraordinary happens. Witness the ubiquitous platinum success of “Walking in Memphis” from Cohn’s eponymous 1991 debut, which earned him a Best New Artist Grammy. Neither 1993’s The Rainy Season nor 1998’s Burning the Daze matched his debut’s immediacy, and it was nearly eight years before Cohn wrote new original music.  

Metro Station with Saywecanfly, 7 Minutes in Heaven, Satellite Flight and Lullaby Crash

Thursday • Thompson House

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 6, 2015
The hit Disney show Hannah Montana not only launched Miley Cyrus' career, but it was also tangentially responsible for Metro Station, an energetic Pop/Rock outfit that hit enviable heights in spite of significant internal tensions. During Hannah Montana’s first season, Trace Cyrus and Mason Musso, brothers of the show’s co-stars, met on set and formed Metro Station based on their mutual musical interests.
  

Tyler, the Creator with Taco

Friday • Bogart’s

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 6, 2015
About halfway through “Deathcamp,” the lead track on Tyler, the Creator’s new album Cherry Bomb, the dense, hard-charging music takes a breather so the controversial California-bred rapper can declare, “I don’t like to follow the rules/And that’s just who I am/I hope you understand.” No doubt many don’t understand, which seems to suit Tyler just fine  

The Donkeys with Ben Knight & the Welldiggers

Saturday • MOTR Pub

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 6, 2015
If you’re a Donkeys fan, you know the San Diego quartet from its decade-plus history, three exemplary albums on Dead Oceans and 2014 debut with new label Easy Sound Recording Co., Ride the Black Wave. You know they haven’t had a lineup change since forming in 2004 and that they’ve been nominated twice (winning once) for Best Rock Band at the San Diego Music Awards.
  

“Uptown Funk” Credits Grow

Plus, Ben Carson cops an Eminem song for campaign launch (with a Gospel twist!) and a Russian politician says U2 violated Russian law with its homosexual propaganda

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 6, 2015
The Funk-copping hit "Uptown Funk" sounds a lot like a lot of other songs, including a hit by The Gap Band, who were recently added to "Uptown"'s songwriting credits due to the similarities. Plus, anti-gay, anti-Hip Hop Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson had a Gospel choir sing an Eminem song during his campaign announcement and a Russian politician wants Apple and U2 investigated for free album giveaway, saying it was "gay propaganda" (and, therefore, illegal in Russia).
  

Poet Aureate

Kevin Barnes takes of Montreal to new Glam/Dance heights with Aureate Gloom

0 Comments · Tuesday, May 5, 2015
There is an odd circularity in the work of Kevin Barnes. Back in 2005, of Montreal’s amazingly prolific and profoundly talented frontman was pursuing an Electronic/AfroBeat direction on The Sunlandic Twins and celebrating the arrival of his daughter Alabee. Ten years and five albums later, Alabee is a 10-year-old tween and Barnes and his wife Nina are navigating the stormy seas of separation and divorce.  

Gunn’s Range

After critical acclaim for his uniquely textural, broadly influenced sound, Steve Gunn hits the road with Wilco

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 29, 2015
When Wilco plays Cincinnati this week, the opening act will be a singer/songwriter and guitarist whose textured, ethereal, slightly dazed and bluesy Rock sound is earning him comparisons to The War on Drugs and Kurt Vile. He is Steve Gunn.  

Wilder Celebrates Debut Release, Derby Day

Plus, Plastic Ants release vinyl version of their debut, Ellery play book launch concert and Automagik delay EP

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Country/Americana group Wilder issue its debut EP with a Kentucky Derby-themed release party, Plastic Ants celebrate the vinyl release of their debut album, Ellery hosts a book launch party in honor of singer Tasha Golden's poetry collection and Automagik premiere a new single/video but delay planned EP release.
  

Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers with Us Elevator

Wednesday • Taft Theatre (Ballroom)

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 29, 2015
When I was getting into music as a teenager, I took a genealogical approach to discovery. If I liked a particular band, then presumably I’d like the bands its members had played with previously or would play with subsequently. If you applied that same connective logic to Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers, you would a) experience a healthy degree of corollary success, and b) collect a backbreaking amount of material in a hurry.
  

Peelander-Z with Sweet Ray Laurel and Twin Guns

Tuesday • Southgate House Revival

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Japanese music culture has always been adept at absorbing Western musical forms and translating them into familiar but distinctly new concepts. Shonen Knife may have begun as a de facto Ramones tribute, but the band has grown into a unique sonic entity that embraces all genres and reconfigures them into its own singular sound. Given that, what can we make of Peelander-Z?