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Freedy Johnston

Oct. 30 • MOTR Pub

0 Comments · Monday, October 28, 2013
 There are few better examples of the injustice of the term “one-hit wonder” than Freedy Johnston. Although he fits the description with his lone hit single, 1994’s “Bad Reputation,” his output before and after his one ubiquitous smash has been every bit as deserving of commercial acceptance.
  

Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion

Nov. 1 • MOTR Pub

0 Comments · Monday, October 28, 2013
Sarah Lee Guthrie did not begin to take music seriously until she met her now-husband, Irion, whose own lineage includes literary giant John Steinbeck, his great uncle. The duo has been touring and recording music since 1999. 
  

Matt Wertz

Nov. 3 • 20th Century Theater

0 Comments · Monday, October 28, 2013
 Wertz’s music can be described in two words: Mom Rock. He falls in line with guys like Matt Nathanson and Gavin Degraw (both former tour mates). It’s the kind of Lite FM sound that only works on people in love or people who are waiting for their rom-com moment.
  

Distant Correspondent

Nov. 4 • Mayday

0 Comments · Monday, October 28, 2013
 Distant Correspondent has been described as “wintery,” “moody,” and “Joy Division if Ian Curtis had been on antidepressants,” all of which are appropriately applicable to the band’s darkly cinematic ‘70s-to-now soundscapes.
  

Valerie June

Oct. 24 • Southgate House Revival

0 Comments · Monday, October 21, 2013
 If you think of Americana music as a delicious home-cooked stew of Blues, Soul, Country, Folk, Gospel, acoustic-guitar meditation and funky Rock reverie, then you’ll have an idea of what to expect from Valerie June.    

Dopapod

Oct. 25 • Madison Theater

0 Comments · Monday, October 21, 2013
 The quartet has apparently never met an influence they didn’t like or couldn’t use; a Dopapod set careens wildly from Afro Funk groove to Metal volume to Prog complexity to Electro bounce.  

Tech N9ne

Oct. 27 • Bogart's

0 Comments · Monday, October 21, 2013
Rolling Stone recently dubbed Tech N9ne “the hardest-working rapper,” and this calendar year is potent proof of that assertion.  
  

Rusko

Oct. 30 • Bogart's

0 Comments · Monday, October 21, 2013
 With his shorn sides/unkempt mop top haircut and defiantly Punk energy, Rusko has the period look of one of Ian Dury’s Blockheads circa New Boots and Panties. But his birth in 1985 places him in a different musical context entirely.    

The Spits

Oct. 17 • Mayday

0 Comments · Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Now based in Seattle, The Spits roared out of Kalamazoo, Mich., in 2000 with a self-appointed mission to make “Punk for the People,” a slogan they’ve made into their rallying cry.   

Les Claypool’s Duo de Twang

Oct. 19 • Madison Theater

0 Comments · Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Les Claypool is primarily known for fronting his band Primus, but he has also proven to be a diverse, intelligent and unique bass player who can throw down with a variety of other artists in a wide array of genres.  

Jaill

0 Comments · Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Jaill’s band name conjures something hard and uncompromising, an outfit that might relish the opportunity to cover Nine Inch Nails’ “Happiness in Slavery” or to emit some Lower East Side scuzz.   

The Fleshtones

Oct. 19 • Southgate House Revival

0 Comments · Tuesday, October 15, 2013
For the past 40 years, Kiss and AC/DC have largely been churning out the same general sound with minor tweaks and filling arenas and stadiums in the process. That’s a fairly impressive feat, b  

Built to Spill

Oct. 22 • Southgate House Revival

0 Comments · Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Now comes word that Built to Spill is working on what will be its eighth full-length studio effort, which we’re told will probably drop in late 2014. Until then, the band has embarked on an extensive tour, which is good news for those of us who like to get lost in sound — Built to Spill’s epic guitar reveries are even more immersive in a live setting.
  

David Bromberg Band

Oct. 10 • 20th Century Theater

0 Comments · Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Bromberg may be the most famous nobody in music, but he’s somebody you can’t afford to miss.  

The SteelDrivers

Oct. 11 • Southgate House Revival

0 Comments · Tuesday, October 8, 2013
The band is made up of various Bluegrass and Country music veterans who are out to bring intensity in sound, great musicianship, solid songwriting and an open mind to the Bluegrass genre.