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Sound Advice: Dream Theater

Wednesday • Taft Theatre

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 27, 2016
It seems impossible that 31 years have passed since guitarist John Petrucci, bassist John Myung and drummer Mike Portnoy assembled as Berklee College of Music students and formed the Prog Metal band Majesty.   

Sound Advice: The Honeycutters

Friday • Live! at the Ludlow Garage

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 27, 2016
One of the best current acts to come out of Asheville is The Honeycutters, a great band ready to be discovered by the rest of America.   

Sound Advice: Charlie Hunter and Scott Amendola

Saturday • Live! at the Ludlow Garage

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 27, 2016
While it’s a fair conclusion that Charlie Hunter’s recorded output should be filed in a record store’s Jazz section, there is an equally compelling argument that it should be in the Charlie Hunter section.   

Sound Advice: Little Green Cars with John Mark Nelson

Sunday • Woodward Theater

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 27, 2016
We live in a curious Pop music era. Bands can go from playing small rooms one day to massive festivals the next — then back to the clubs again just as quickly.   

Sound Advice: Killswitch Engage with Memphis May Fire, 36 Crazyfists and Toothgrinder

Thursday • Bogart’s

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Killswitch Engage has been cited as one of the foundational architects of modern Metalcore — a melodic, clean/dirty blend of Hardcore and Extreme Metal, with influential elements of Thrash and Gothenburg Metal.   

Sound Advice: Sarah Borges

Thursday • Southgate House Revival

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Sarah Borges jumped out of the gate with three well-received AltCountry records — 2005’s Silver City, 2007’s Diamonds in the Dark and 2009’s The Stars Are Out — each indebted to her broad array of influences, from Dolly Parton to X.   

Sound Advice: Generation Axe featuring Steve Vai, Zakk Wylde, Yngwie Malmsteen, Nuno Bettencourt and Tosin Abasi

Monday • Taft Theatre

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 20, 2016
If reputations can be set aside and egos assuaged for a month or so, this could be one of the most stunning evenings of guitar performances ever mounted on a single stage.  

Sound Advice: The Darkness with RavenEye

Tuesday • Bogart’s

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 20, 2016
When The Darkness burst into the public consciousness back in 2003, the first sonic reference point for most critics was Queen, and it was hardly a stretch to connect those dots.   

Sound Advice: DTCV with Coconut Milk

Wednesday • MOTR Pub

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Singer/bassist Guylaine Vivarat (aka Lola G) sings in her native French throughout DTCV’s latest full-length album, Confusion Moderne, a decision that lends an extra layer of mystery to a band whose origins and rapid evolution have already been sources of curiosity.
  

Sound Advice: George Winston

Friday • Live! at the Ludlow Garage

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Consistent success and longevity are both rarities in the music industry, but the almost unhittable trifecta would be adding “genre architect” to that already improbable set of career accomplishments.
  

Sound Advice: Tommy Castro & The Painkillers

Sunday • 20th Century Theater

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Castro made his bones playing in a succession of San Francisco cover bands in the ’70s, which set the stage for his successful stint with The Dynatones in the ’80s.  

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.   

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.