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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.    

Mixtapes Play Hometown Warped Show, Announce Hiatus

0 Comments · Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Cincinnati Pop rockers Mixtapes have been playing numerous dates on this year’s Warped Tour, including the local stop at Riverbend Music Center (riverbend.org) on Wednesday. The band’s hometown fans should probably make plans to attend the all-day show, as it will be one of the last chances to catch the group locally for some time.   

Billy Joe Shaver

Thursday • Southgate House Revival

0 Comments · Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Even the Outlaw Country community considers Billy Joe Shaver to be an outlaw. The Texas native learned to play guitar at 11 and dropped out of school in the eighth grade to pick cotton but returned sporadically to play sports. After a Navy hitch, Shaver married Brenda Tindell in 1960; she divorced him six years later when he pursued a songwriting career (they subsequently remarried, divorced and remarried).
  

Black Label Society with Wovenwar

Thursday • Bogart’s

0 Comments · Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Though the concept of a musician becoming a “guitar god” — a guitarist who not only has a strong fan base, but is also almost universally revered by his or her peers -— may seem like something that only happened decades ago, with players like Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan rightfully earning such distinction, there are plenty of contemporary players that have attained “god-like” status in the music community. One of today’s indisputable guitar gods is Zakk Wylde, the hard-rocking, Jersey-born six-string slinger who’s been in the spotlight for more than a quarter century now.
  

Bailiff with Near Earth Objects

Friday • MOTR Pub

0 Comments · Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Legend has it that Josh Siegel, frontman for dynamic Chicago Post Punk trio Bailiff, left behind his studies at Berklee College of Music and returned to his Chicago home to form a Rock band, immediately posting a Craigslist ad looking for other musicians that asked, “Do you consider Radiohead to be soul music? Do you hear Muddy Waters in between the notes on the White Album?”  

Maxwell

Saturday • The Shoe at Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati

0 Comments · Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Although Soul singer Maxwell has enjoyed stratospheric success as a silky and powerful R&B artist since the mid-’90s, there’s an argument that his career has suffered from classic mismanagement and a slight case of squandered potential. Since ’96, his output has consisted of just four studio albums and a live EP. In fairness, that catalog has generated 12 Grammy nominations and two wins.  

Turn the Cage

After showcasing its influences on previous albums, Cage the Elephant finds its voice with Melophobia

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Brad Shultz has had a good deal of time to live with Melophobia, the latest album from his band, Cage The Elephant. And some six months after its release, he’s still feeling more at home with Melophobia than the band’s first two albums.   

Missy Werner Shines on Collaborative New Album

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Gifted local Bluegrass singer/mandolin player Missy Werner’s latest album, Turn This Heart Around, was released July 1 through iTunes, Amazon and most other online stores. The album — which has already been garnering airplay and positive reviews nationally — gets the hometown release party treatment this Saturday at the Baker Hunt Art & Cultural Center (620 Greenup St., Covington, 859-431-0020).   

Braid with Pity Sex and Signals Midwest

Thursday • Southgate House Revival

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Somehow, it seems we’ve ripped the pages out of 21 calendars since Braid roared out of Champaign, Ill., with a Post Punk/Emo sound that deftly combined dissonance and melodicism, thundering heaviness and lightning heat, stuttering time signatures and straightforward riffage.
  

Scott Miller

Thursday • Ballroom at the Taft Theatre

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Anyone that has driven on Route 11 through northwestern Virginia has encountered the beauty and history that is the Shenandoah Valley.