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Old Monk with Little Lights

Saturday • MOTR Pub

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 6, 2014
Brooklyn, N.Y., band Old Monk has referred to its music as “Prog Punk,” an interesting descriptor considering the two genres were diametrically opposed back in the day. It reminds me of a scene from the excellent documentary movie New York Doll, about bassist Arthur “Killer” Kane of the Proto Punk band New York Dolls, where Chrissie Hynde and Morrissey are sitting around railing against the excesses of Prog Rock and how it actually birthed Punk.  

“A Tribute to Walter Trout” with The Walter Trout Band, Danny Bryant and Jon Trout

Tuesday • Legends Nightclub

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 6, 2014
With internationally renowned Blues/Rock guitarist Walter Trout recovering from a liver transplant, his bandmates in The Walter Trout Band are touring with U.K. guitarist Danny Bryant and Walter's son Jon in a celebration of his music and to raise awareness about the importance of organ donation.  
  

United Nations with Frameworks

Tuesday • Southgate House Revival

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 6, 2014
At first blush, United Nations is a thrilling, adrenalized Punk band with the sonic markers that define the genre — political lyrics that range from personal to global; double-clutched drumming; riffs that careen wildly from oddly melodic to lethally brutal; vocals that run the gamut from singing in a normal register to shrieking like a panther caught in a leg trap to the guttural growl of a Babylonian misery demon.   

Cheers Elephant with The Ready Stance

Thursday • MOTR Pub

0 Comments · Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Cheers Elephant is a blatantly hook-laden AltPop band that brings a sense of humor and 1960s-era verve to their sound. With reverb-a-plenty and blue-sky harmony vocals, the up-tempo band keeps its big beats front and center.   

The Iguanas

Friday • Southgate House Revival

0 Comments · Tuesday, July 29, 2014
These days, it’s an accomplishment to find something that lasts 25 months, let alone 25 years. And yet The Iguanas are still making vital music and crisscrossing the country to present it in its most elementally satisfying live fashion, a quarter century after the band’s formation in New Orleans.
  

The Casket Girls with Dreamend

Sunday • MOTR Pub

0 Comments · Tuesday, July 29, 2014
The original derivation of a casket (or casquette) girl referred to an early 18th century female who had been repatriated from France to the French colonial South in order to marry; “casket” referred to the small chest that held their belongings.  

Eric Johnson

Tuesday • Ballroom at the Taft Theatre

0 Comments · Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Coming on the scene in the late ’80s/early ’90s as a new guitar hot shot, Eric Johnson lit up the frets and the music world with a Grammy Award win for his original instrumental, “Cliffs of Dover,” in 1991. Though a multi-instrumentalist of the highest order, he is mostly known for his fluid guitar pyrotechnics.  

Richard Buckner

Wednesday • MOTR Pub

0 Comments · Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Richard Buckner’s obscurity is partly due to the fickle music business, but also due to his decidedly different approach to songwriting and performance.
  

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah with Public, Dream Tiger and Danny & His Fantasy

Friday • Fountain Square

0 Comments · Tuesday, July 22, 2014
It hardly seems possible that a decade has gone by since the original formation of Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, although given the band’s current status, there’s an argument to be made that the quintet didn’t actually make it to the 10-year mark.   

Royal Blood with Valley of the Sun

Saturday • Ballroom at the Taft Theatre

0 Comments · Tuesday, July 22, 2014
What if they threw a band party and only the rhythm section showed up? That’s the oddly conceived question that has been answered by vocalist/bassist Mike Kerr and drummer Ben Thatcher, doing business as the Garage/Psych/Blues duo Royal Blood.   

Lucius with Sara Bareilles

Tuesday • PNC Pavilion at Riverbend

0 Comments · Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Like Tegan & Sara (with whom they’ve toured), Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig of Brooklyn Indie Pop band Lucius wrap their vocals around each other, both in harmony and unison, with the impressive precision of two vocalists who’ve sung together their entire lives.   

Billy Joe Shaver

Thursday • Southgate House Revival

0 Comments · Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Even the Outlaw Country community considers Billy Joe Shaver to be an outlaw. The Texas native learned to play guitar at 11 and dropped out of school in the eighth grade to pick cotton but returned sporadically to play sports. After a Navy hitch, Shaver married Brenda Tindell in 1960; she divorced him six years later when he pursued a songwriting career (they subsequently remarried, divorced and remarried).
  

Black Label Society with Wovenwar

Thursday • Bogart’s

0 Comments · Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Though the concept of a musician becoming a “guitar god” — a guitarist who not only has a strong fan base, but is also almost universally revered by his or her peers -— may seem like something that only happened decades ago, with players like Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan rightfully earning such distinction, there are plenty of contemporary players that have attained “god-like” status in the music community. One of today’s indisputable guitar gods is Zakk Wylde, the hard-rocking, Jersey-born six-string slinger who’s been in the spotlight for more than a quarter century now.
  

Bailiff with Near Earth Objects

Friday • MOTR Pub

0 Comments · Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Legend has it that Josh Siegel, frontman for dynamic Chicago Post Punk trio Bailiff, left behind his studies at Berklee College of Music and returned to his Chicago home to form a Rock band, immediately posting a Craigslist ad looking for other musicians that asked, “Do you consider Radiohead to be soul music? Do you hear Muddy Waters in between the notes on the White Album?”  

Maxwell

Saturday • The Shoe at Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati

0 Comments · Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Although Soul singer Maxwell has enjoyed stratospheric success as a silky and powerful R&B artist since the mid-’90s, there’s an argument that his career has suffered from classic mismanagement and a slight case of squandered potential. Since ’96, his output has consisted of just four studio albums and a live EP. In fairness, that catalog has generated 12 Grammy nominations and two wins.