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Animal Collective with Dan Deacon

March 12 • Madison Theater

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 6, 2013
The garish, densely layered cover art for Animal Collective’s latest album, Centipede Hz, is just the first sign that the Baltimore-bred Psych Pop crew was intent on shifting creative gears this time out.  


Feb. 28 • Mayday

0 Comments · Monday, February 25, 2013
In cinematic terms — and Mountains is as cinematic as any musical outfit currently crafting soundscapes — it’s as if David Lynch and his longtime composer Angelo Badalamenti wrestled the eternally ethereal Tree of Life away from Terence Malick and injected a serious dose of mood-altering menace into its penultimate scene.

Jahman Brahman

March 2 • The Mad Frog

0 Comments · Monday, February 25, 2013
Once again, our state capital has thoughtfully provided us with a little ass-shaking musical joy rather than the usual fist-shaking political anger, this time in the wondrous form of Jahman Brahman.    

Ex Cops

March 3 • MOTR Pub

0 Comments · Monday, February 25, 2013
Brian Harding and Amalie Bruun have fairly lengthy Indie Rock genealogies between them, but none of their earlier affiliations would have indicated the sonic territory staked out on True Hallucinations, their debut together as Ex Cops.    

Indigo Girls

March 5 • Madison Theater

0 Comments · Monday, February 25, 2013
After a 25-plus year-run, with periods of inactivity for recharging and solo projects, business ventures and a variety of causes (LGBT and political issues, the environment, among others), Amy Ray and Emily Saliers are still finding ways to make Indigo Girls relevant in the new millennium.

Aesop Rock

Feb. 20 Thompson House

0 Comments · Monday, February 18, 2013
Aesop’s Indie style is reminiscent of early Beck while his rumbling vocal rasp and brilliant sense of wordplay leans in the direction of Mike Doughty, not to mention the MC’s numerous Hip Hop heroes.  

Testament with Overkill

Feb. 20 • Bogart's

0 Comments · Monday, February 18, 2013
 Even though Testament may have not been considered a part of “The Big Four” at the height of Thrash, with guitarists Alex Skolnick and Eric Peterson becoming, once again, the formidable tag-team they were in the ’80s, they are indisputably one of the elite Thrash bands of yesterday and today.

Florida Georgia Line

Feb. 20 • Brick Street Bar (Oxford)

0 Comments · Monday, February 18, 2013
Florida Georgia Line’s first single, “Cruise,” might be a love song, but if you have any imagination at all, chances are you’re picturing “every little farm town” that runs along the states’ border. That song made the boys of Florida Georgia Line blow up practically overnight.   


Feb. 21 • Bogart's

0 Comments · Monday, February 18, 2013
For a Metal band more taken with exploring the heavenward than wreaking destruction on Earth, Habitual Levitations (Instilling Words with Tones) makes an especially sound title for an Intronaut album.   

Animals as Leaders

Feb. 21 • Bogart's

0 Comments · Monday, February 18, 2013
Animals As Leaders display their talent through complex, well-thought-out musical melodies and movements, never making it feel like you’re being forced to simply admire their abilities but encouraging listeners to experience them instead.  

Old 97's

Feb. 15 • Southgate House Revival

0 Comments · Monday, February 11, 2013
The photos included within the liner notes for 1997’s Too Far to Care, the Old 97’s’ third album, make the band members look like fresh-faced geeks, but the opening guitar riff to “Timebomb,” a jolt of jagged, countrified Rockabilly, obliterates whatever image the photos might conjure almost immediately.  

Tumbleweed Wanderers

Feb. 15 • 20th Century Theatre

0 Comments · Monday, February 11, 2013
If you've been hunting for a young band that plays music associated with decades before the members’ births and have a fine go at it, step up and retrieve your prize with Tumbleweed Wanderers.    

Mod Sun

Feb. 19 • 20th Century Theatre

0 Comments · Monday, February 11, 2013
Mod Sun works a feel-good genre angle he’s dubbed Hippy Hop that runs on sunshine, positive vibrations and righteous herb. His infectious positivity and zest for living makes him Hip Hop’s Andrew WK.  

Dierks Bentley with Miranda Lambert

Feb. 15 • Nutter Center (Dayton)

2 Comments · Monday, February 11, 2013
While some musicians seem to think no one wants to listen to old school Country anymore (ahem … Blake Shelton), Dierks Bentley has always embraced the past.  

Astronautalis with Why?

Feb. 8 • Ballroom at the Taft Theatre

0 Comments · Monday, February 4, 2013
Typically, a musician's choice of touring partners says much about him or her. Exhibit A: Astronautalis. The Virginia-born, Seattle-via-Minneapolis rapper, born Andy Bothwell, has shared bills with Tegan and Sara, k-os, Flobots, Bleubird, Sims and Busdriver.