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The Copyrights with Elway and The Vains

Sunday • Southgate House Revival

0 Comments · Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Since forming in Carbondale, Ill., a dozen years ago as a response to the woeful lack of Punk bands in the local scene, The Copyrights have earned a potent reputation with five acclaimed studio albums, a quartet of EPs and a handful of split 7-inch singles.  

Har Mar Superstar

Saturday • MOTR Pub

0 Comments · Tuesday, March 4, 2014
The mayor of Minneapolis declared Sept. 13, 2013 as “Har Mar Superstar Day,” in honor of a man whose soulful, hyper-sexual R&B stylings have been overshadowed by his resemblance to porn star Ron Jeremy and a stage show that includes the singer clothed in nothing more than a pair of tighty-whities.  

The Ragbirds with Box Truck Rescue and Evan Ray

Friday • Thompson House

0 Comments · Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Ann Arbor, Mich., is the nexus for a lot of weird, wonderful musical behavior, and The Ragbirds are another brilliant reminder of that odd harmonic paradigm. Combining elements from a variety of sources — Gypsy Jazz, Celtic Folk, Bluegrass and Rock filtered through Middle Eastern, African and Latin rhythms — the band creates a groove-laden global Roots gumbo.  

Amos Lee with Chris Kasper

Friday • Taft Theatre

0 Comments · Tuesday, March 4, 2014
It’s been a decade since Blue Note Records signed Amos Lee and put out his self-titled EP. Since then, the Folk/Soul singer/songwriter has yet to disappoint. With a voice that could cut through any venue’s rattle-and-rush, and lyrics and stories that seem just right coming from a former teacher, Lee hooks a finger into the listener’s shirt collar and pulls them closer.
  

ScHoolboy Q with Isaiah Rashad

Monday • Bogart’s

0 Comments · Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Oxymoron, ScHoolboy Q’s incendiary, just-released Interscope debut, has been incredibly well received by critics for its raw musical presentation and distinctive lyrics and delivery. At press time, chart pundits were predicting it would debut high on the next Billboard album chart, if not hit No. 1.   

Marshall Crenshaw and The Bottle Rockets

Wednesday • Southgate House Revival

0 Comments · Monday, February 24, 2014
The show occurring at Southgate House Revival Wednesday night is more than just a Roots Rock/Americana marriage made in heaven. It’s downright Rock & Roll nirvana. The Bottle Rockets, a great American band finally getting its due, opens the show and then serves as backup for Marshall Crenshaw, singer/songwriter and melodic rocker par excellence.  

Empires

Sunday • MOTR Pub

0 Comments · Monday, February 24, 2014
Every show Empires has played in Cincinnati, it has been memorable. The Chicago quintet’s Queen City debut was at 2010’s MidPoint festival, which guitarist Tom Conrad recalls thusly: “I remember everyone being extremely wasted and playing really late, and walking away thinking, ‘I don’t know what this was but I’d love to come back.’”
  

Flogging Molly

Monday • Bogart’s

0 Comments · Monday, February 24, 2014
Flogging Molly is returning to Bogart’s yet again, but it will be a little bit bittersweet this time. The jarringly wonderful Celtic Punk band says its current “Green 17” tour — an annual countdown to St. Patrick’s Day — will be its last. The group says it’s the 10th and final round of this specific raucous road venture.
  

Bunbury Lineup Launch with The Ready Stance, The Yugos and Heavy Hinges

Thursday • Southgate House Revival

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Just a few acts — including Fall Out Boy and Paramore — have been announced for this summer’s Bunbury Music Festival, but Thursday is your first chance to hear about the next round of artists via a special free “Lineup Launch” event at the Southgate House Revival, one of four regional events held on the same night.   

Snoop Lion/Dogg

Friday • Bogart’s

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 19, 2014
With so much drama in the 5-1-3, it’s kinda nice hosting Snoop D-O-double-G who, somehow, some way, claims he smokes 81 blunts, like, every single day.
  

Sebadoh with Octagrape

Friday • MOTR Pub

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Last fall, Sebadoh released the comeback full-length Defend Yourself, the band’s first album in 14 years. The album recaptured some of the dizzying sonic diversity of Sebadoh’s early Sub Pop recordings, but also finds Barlow and Loewenstein’s songwriting skills as sharp as ever.
  

Willie Sugarcapps with Brigitte DeMeyer

Friday • Southgate House Revival

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 19, 2014
For the past couple of years, the Blue Moon Farm in Silverhill, Ala., has hosted a musical genre stew dubbed The Frog Pond, a house concert comprised of whoever happens to be in the house. A few Frog Pond regulars — singer/songwriters Will Kimbrough and Grayson Capps, guitarist Corky Hughes and Folk duo Anthony Crawford and Savanna Lee (aka Sugarcane Jane) — felt a particular creative kinship at their very first impromptu gig, which morphed into Willie Sugarcapps.
  

Gregory Alan Isakov with Josh Ritter

Tuesday • Taft Theatre

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 19, 2014
It seems a little early (or maybe late) for a Gregory Alan Isakov concert. His warm voice is more on par with a concert in the grass on an Indian summer evening. Still, we should be happy to have him in town whenever we can get him.  

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.