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JJ Grey & Mofro with The London Souls

Friday • Taft Theatre

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Coming from a former family chicken farm and pecan tree grove in Jacksonville, Fla., you’d expect JJ Grey to exude the flavor of the South, and that’s just what he does.  

The Contortionist with Revocation, Fallujah, Toothgrinder, The Requiem and Sea of Treachery

Saturday • Thompson House

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Although hints of growled dirty vocals sometimes form an undercurrent to the proceedings and even push to the forefront, The Contortionist seems detached from the Deathcore/Death Metal proponents with which it is often grouped.  

The Main Squeeze with Benchwood Wyse and Nevele

Saturday • Madison Theater

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 18, 2015
If any old fogey tries to tell you there is no soul left in modern music, sit him (or her) down in his favorite reclining chair and tell him to shut up and listen while you give him a juicy taste of The Main Squeeze.
  

Into It. Over It. with Kevin Devine and Laura Stevenson

Wednesday • Southgate House Revival

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 18, 2015
The Into It. Over It. frontman (often only man) has been a music fan since elementary school, falling hard for Emo in seventh grade after getting a taste of Sunny Day Real Estate.
  

Nikki Lane with Young Heirlooms

Friday • Woodward Theater

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Nikki Lane twangs and bangs with the ferocity of a roadhouse Rock band churning out amped up Country covers behind the sturdiest chicken wire known to man.  

Crazy & the Brains with Coconut Milk

Friday • MOTR Pub

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Any band nervy enough to christen themselves Crazy & the Brains automatically gets a pass on anything resembling the rules.  

Jukebox the Ghost with Little Daylight

Wednesday • Taft Theatre (Ballroom)

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 11, 2015
If you trim a two-year evolutionary period from its timeline, 2015 represents Jukebox the Ghost’s 10th year of operation, and such milestones are always prime opportunities for reflection.   

Jeff Austin with Pert Near Sandstone

Thursday • Madison Theater

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Some musicians simply exhibit (and thereby inspire) total madness through their music, creating an unspoken dialogue in the gray area between audience and performer.  

Datsik with Kennedy Jones, Trolley Snatcha and Barely Alive

Thursday • Bogart’s

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 11, 2015
With a birth name like Troy Beetles, a career in music would seem to be a given. But the Canadian artist/producer/label honcho has no interest in letting it be or going on a magical mystery tour with Sgt. Pepper down Abbey Road.   

O.T. Genasis

Sunday • Inner Circle

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Remember last week when I asked Facebook why O.T. Genasis was so stoked about having baking soda? No? OK. Awesome.
  

Dave Mason’s Traffic Jam

Thursday • 20th Century Theater

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 4, 2015
Life is a circle and it’s come back around full force for Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Dave Mason, who began his legendary career nearly 50 years ago as co-founder of Traffic and now revisits those halcyon days with his latest touring concept/project, Traffic Jam.
  

Frontier Ruckus with River Whyless

Thursday • MOTR Pub

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 4, 2015
Frontier Ruckus lives up to the latter half of its name in the live context, as evidenced by Rolling Stone once calling them out as one of the must-see acts at Bonnaroo.   

Joanne Shaw Taylor

Saturday • The Phoenix

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 4, 2015
A cursory spin of Joanne Shaw Taylor’s debut album, 2009’s White Sugar, reveals an artist with a soulful understanding of the Blues and possessed of a husky vocal instrument that perfectly exemplifies the genre’s weary joy and therapeutic exuberance.
  

Cole Swindell

Sunday • Cincinnati Gardens

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 4, 2015
Swindell’s story is the epitome of the American Dream. He went from selling merch at concerts to nabbing a songwriting contract and opening up for some of the biggest names on the radio.  

Shooter Jennings & Waymore Outlaws with Travis Meadows and Josh Morning Star

Wednesday • Madison Theater

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Following a father’s musical footsteps is hard enough, but boots don’t come harder to match than those of Country icon Waylon Jennings.