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Lyle Lovett and His Acoustic Group

May 9 • Taft Theatre

0 Comments · Tuesday, May 7, 2013
While his music is uniquely stylized, Lyle Lovett was Americana before Americana music was cool. When he appears at the Taft Theater this week, he will be with his all-star Acoustic Group, playing cuts off his new album, Release Me, and more.

Justin Furstenfeld

May 13 • 20th Century Theatre

0 Comments · Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Justin Furstenfeld may not have invented the concept of “living out loud,” but he certainly embodies it with an enviable zeal. The Blue October frontman has never hesitated to identify his long struggle with a bipolar condition as the main grist for his songwriting mill.    

The Lonely Wild

0 Comments · Tuesday, May 7, 2013
The image on the front of The Lonely Wild's first full-length is a sepia photo collage of skulls, rocks and mountainous scenery. Before you even catch a note from the Los Angeles five-piece, that cover's color scheme suggests that pensiveness and nostalgia will probably be on the menu.


May 14 • Bogart's

0 Comments · Tuesday, May 7, 2013
The six-piece band’s music, though recently taking on a slightly darker tone, is raucous and rousing. Their concerts aren’t meant for the people that stand and stare, but for the sneaker-wearing, arm flailing, synth-loving people of the world.


May 2 • Southgate House Revival

0 Comments · Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Lucero frontman Ben Nichols seems destined to be a Rock & Roll lifer, a guy who revels in playing 200 shows a year for a relatively small but passionate fan base.


May 4 • Stanley's Pub

0 Comments · Tuesday, April 30, 2013
MilkDrive’s latest album is called Waves and it swings with a fun, light and breezy mid-1960s feel. The band brings mostly original music to the table, but they will also put a jazzy twist on songs by The Beatles and others along the way.  

Olly Murs

May 4 • Bogart's

0 Comments · Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Olly Murs makes pure Pop gold. His third No. 1 single, “Dance with Me Tonight,” is as perky and dance-ready as music can be. (Expect to hear it on Cincinnati radio sometime in 2014.)  


May 6 • Thompson House

0 Comments · Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Goatwhore's fifth album, the brutally thunderous Blood for the Master, was released early last year to overwhelmingly positive response, including an 8/10 review from Metal bible, Decibel Magazine. If you like your Death Metal with a side of Motörhead, a splash of Jägermeister and more than a touch of evil, Goatwhore is your cup of black tar tea.

Machine Gun Kelly

April 25 • Bogart's

0 Comments · Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Hip Hop sensation Richard Colson Baker, better known as Machine Gun Kelly (or MGK), announced his current Lace Up tour in novel fashion; he became his own street team.

Ivan & Alyosha

April 25 • Mayday

0 Comments · Tuesday, April 23, 2013
It is always a fun endeavor to go to a smaller venue and see a band on the rise, to take in a group that has the potential for bigger and better things. That is the scenario for this week’s concert by Ivan & Alyosha at the Mayday in Northside.  


April 27 • MOTR Pub

0 Comments · Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Billed as primer for the Chicago quartet Disappears’ fourth full-length, to be released later this year, the freshly minted three-song EP Kone is a hypnotic dose of psyched-out Post Punk, an ominous soundtrack to a world that seems as dangerous and disturbing as ever.    


April 27 • Bogart's

0 Comments · Tuesday, April 23, 2013
 Forget “love at first sight.” A cappella group Pentatonix had harmony at first sight. Recently, they found viral-video success with “Evolution of Music,” a medley of music from Gregorian Chants to contemporary Pop. Now, let them wow you.   

Billy Bragg

April 30 • Southgate House Revival

0 Comments · Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Billy Bragg has been proffering his brand of topical Folk Rock for more than 30 years now. Curiously, Bragg’s first album in five years, Tooth & Nail, is a wistful, less politically inclined affair anchored by the tasteful production work of Joe Henry.   


April 17 • MOTR Pub

0 Comments · Monday, April 15, 2013
Everything Akron/Family does is patently fascinating, wildly evocative and compellingly mysterious. The Brooklyn, N.Y., collective assembled more than a decade ago and quickly became a central element of the Williamsburg scene.

Chuck Mead and the Grassy Knoll Boys

April 17 • Southgate House Revival

0 Comments · Monday, April 15, 2013
Chuck Mead had a hell of a run with the band BR549 in the 1990s. The AltCountry outfit, named after the phone number Junior Samples would give out as part of a regular skit on that great American TV show Hee Haw, was one of the premier Rockabilly-band-with-a-Punk-edge groups of the day.