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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.  

Disappears

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.    

Pentatonix

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.   

Akron/Family

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.  

Victor Wooten

April 19 • Madison Theater

0 Comments · Monday, April 15, 2013
Victor Wooten is the apex four-stringer, the DaVincian model for the guitar half of a rhythm section; he is the bassist’s bassist. Wooten is a success in more than mere esoteric terms; the Idaho native has won five Grammys and was named Bass Player of the Year by Bass Player magazine three consecutive years.
   

Jon Dee Graham

April 23 • Southgate House Revival

0 Comments · Monday, April 15, 2013
Like former bandmate Alejandro Escovedo, Jon Dee Graham has also developed another side, another strength, in the eight solo albums he’s been releasing since 1997’s Escape From Monster Island. He’s a forcefully evocative singer/songwriter whose deeply gruff, soulful voice is reminiscent of Tom Waits.   

Green Jellÿ

April 13 • Madison Theater

0 Comments · Monday, April 8, 2013
In 1981, 17-year-old Bill Manspeaker and three friends formed the novelty Punk band Green Jellö with the express intent of being the world’s worst band; their name reflected the notion that lime Jell-O was terrible.    

My Gold Mask

April 13 • MOTR Pub

0 Comments · Monday, April 8, 2013
It comes as no surprise to learn that My Gold Mask’s Gretta Rochelle and Jack Armondo are fans of giallo, a genre of Italian cinema saturated by garish colors and melodrama galore that was at it  

Susan Werner

April 13 • Parish Auditorium at Miami University Hamilton

0 Comments · Monday, April 8, 2013
National Public Radio christened Susan Werner with the revered title of “Empress of the Unpredictable,” and the Iowa native/Chicago resident has clearly earned the complimentary sobriquet.   

Richard Thompson Electric Trio

April 11 • 20th Century Theater

0 Comments · Monday, April 8, 2013
If there is a buzz on the concert circuit this spring, part of it centers on the shows currently being performed by Richard Thompson. The London, U.K.-born musician is a legend in many eyes, with Rolling Stone magazine listing Thompson as one of the “Top 20 Guitarists of All Time.”  

Warm Soda

April 3 • The Comet

0 Comments · Tuesday, April 2, 2013
If brevity is a virtue, Warm Soda should be up for some sort of musical sainthood. The Oakland, Calif., quartet’s debut album, the recently released Someone Like You, clocks in at just more than 27 minutes but its 12 tracks quiver with unbridled Pop/Punk intensity.    

Bobby Long

April 5 • 20th Century Theater

1 Comment · Tuesday, April 2, 2013
 Long before his first album, Bobby Long acquired a following due to his friendship with a certain sparkling vampire and writing a song for one very popular soundtrack. Soon after, he released A Winter Tale.