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The Oarsman with Get in the Ark and Olivia Millerschin

Wednesday • MOTR Pub

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 11, 2013
The Oarsman lead singer Marcus Christopher Maloney’s voice is therapy at its cheapest. No alcohol is needed to sink into the quiet misery from which the listener ultimately lifts hope from the beautifully mundane topics about which Maloney sings.
  

Charlie Parr with Bulletville

Saturday • MOTR Pub

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Charlie Parr makes the old new. He has recorded 11 studio albums that treat traditional American music as a living, evolving musical form. On his most recent record, this year’s Barnswallow, he sings gruffly and plays banjo and two National steel guitars along with accompanists on washboard, thumb piano, harmonica, jaw-harp and stomping feet.  

Gringo Star with The Harlequins

Friday • MOTR Pub

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Gringo Star parties like it’s 1969. The latest proof can be found on the opening track on the Atlanta band’s freshly minted third album, Floating Out to See.   

Goblin with Zombi

Wednesday • Ballroom at the Taft Theatre

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Italian horror movie maestro Dario Argento’s bloody visions found a capable partner in Goblin, a five-piece band whose trippy, creeped-out soundtracks became as important as what was up on the screen.
  

The Koffin Kats with Kemper, Formally Lethargic, The Nothing and Shriek

Sunday • Thompson House

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 4, 2013
The Koffin Kats have self-described their musical vision as Gothabilly, and it’s difficult to argue with that effective compound word assessment. A few discerning listens reveal the Detroit trio also exhibits the tattoos of Punk, Metal, Surf, Garage and Psych, and while that could be considered Rock critic nitpicking, there’s no arguing the fact that the Koffin Kats are the raucous and visceral sum of a whole lot of frenetically moving parts.
  

Bare Mutants with Bummers Eve

Monday • MOTR Pub

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Former Ponys frontman Jered Gummere took an extended hiatus after the demise of his previous noisemaking unit, even going as far as to get a day job at a friend’s woodshop. When he finally felt the twitch to make music again, forming Bare Mutants with four other Windy City buddies, it was no surprise that The Velvet Underground would be at the forefront of his mind.  

!!! with Yip Deceiver

Tuesday • Ballroom at the Taft Theatre

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Coalescing in Sacramento, Calif., more than a dozen years ago, !!! (pronounced "Chk Chk Chk") is one of the prime members of the Dance Punk movement it helped usher in with such like-minded new-millennium acts as LCD Soundsystem, The Juan Maclean and The Rapture.  

Eric + Erica with Sun Country

Dec. 2 • MOTR Pub

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Eric Kuhn and Erica Fink have been making beautiful music together for a relatively short time, but the Oakland, Calif., duo’s easy rapport and creative chemistry is immediately evident in their warm, gauzy, minimalistic Indie Pop.
  

The Melodic with Vikesh Kapoor

Nov. 29 • MOTR Pub

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Naming a band The Melodic means you instantly have a lot to live up to. That’s no problem here — The Melodic are, indeed, beautifully melodic. And the new British Folk ensemble’s free local appearance Friday should be a delight.
  

Papadosio with EarthCry

Nov. 29 • Bogart's

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 26, 2013
For the past seven years, Papadosio has been bridging the gap between icy Electronic music and meandering, monolithic Jam epics by warming up Synth Pop’s brittle chill and giving Jam explorations both a concise power and a discernible destination.  

Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band with Dom Flemons

Nov. 30 • Ballroom at the Taft Theatre

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Could there be any unlikelier success story in music than the pride of Brown County, Ind., Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band?
  

Frank Turner & the Sleeping Souls

Nov. 20 • Taft Theatre (Ballroom)

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Regardless of your musical inclinations, if you’re looking for honesty and passion (and volume, in both of its contexts), Frank Turner is the man to see and hear.  

The Dustbowl Revival

Nov. 20 • MOTR Pub

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 20, 2013
The Dustbowl Revival rides a third rail. The band is true to the original Jump Blues and Swing groove, but the musicians also reserve the right to go off on any musical tangent that they deem fun and workable.  

Manchester Orchestra

Nov. 23 • Southgate House Revival

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Manchester Orchestra is loud and rattling, both from the volume the group can unleash and from the depth and emotion in its lyrics. Whether filtered through computer speakers or amplified live from the stages of some of America’s best venues, the group’s music has a way of making “all the feels” come rocketing to the surface. 
  

The Texas Guitar Women

Nov. 24 • McAuley High School Performance Center

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 20, 2013
The Texas Guitar Women are not merely a badass group of women — they are a badass group.