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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.  

Braid with Pity Sex and Signals Midwest

Thursday • Southgate House Revival

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Somehow, it seems we’ve ripped the pages out of 21 calendars since Braid roared out of Champaign, Ill., with a Post Punk/Emo sound that deftly combined dissonance and melodicism, thundering heaviness and lightning heat, stuttering time signatures and straightforward riffage.
  

Scott Miller

Thursday • Ballroom at the Taft Theatre

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Anyone that has driven on Route 11 through northwestern Virginia has encountered the beauty and history that is the Shenandoah Valley.   

Will Kimbrough with Brigitte DeMeyer

Saturday • Southgate House Revival

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Will Kimbrough is one of those multi-talented artists that nearly anyone could build a band around, a diverse musician who has devoted his life to his craft since an early age.
  

Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires

Monday • MOTR Pub

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 9, 2014
It’s easy enough to describe Lee Bains III & the Glory Fires in strictly musical terms. Hailing from Birmingham, Ala., former Dexateens guitarist Bains and his rip-roaring band of Dixie brothers scream through their sophomore album, Dereconstructed, with the ferocity of a Punk-fueled Drive-By Truckers, informed by early Rolling Stones, snotty ’60s Garage dervishes like The Standells and The Shadows of Knight and ’70s swaggermeisters like The Dictators, with a healthy dash of Southern Gospel passion.  

Patrick Sweany

Thursday • Southgate House Revival

0 Comments · Tuesday, July 1, 2014
If fame and fortune were merely by-products of well-placed connections, Blues guitarist Patrick Sweany would have a kidney-shaped pool filled with Dom Pérignon and he’d be ducking the paparazzi every time he walked out the front door.  

Local H with Mad Anthony, New Strange and One Day Steady

Friday • Fountain Square

0 Comments · Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Next year will mark the 25th anniversary of the founding of Local H by dual-purpose guitarist/vocalist Scott Lucas and original drummer Joe Daniels in their hometown of Zion, Ill.
  

Protomartyr with Jaill, The Sidekicks, Mardou and more

Saturday • Hoffner Park (Northside)

0 Comments · Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Joe Casey is agitated. The frontman and chief word slinger for Detroit’s Protomartyr opens the quartet’s second full-length record, the stellar Under Color of Official Right, with this recurring statement: “There’s just a clack in the brain now.”  

Treasure Fingers with Millennium Robots, Disco Joe & Friends, Aviators and more

Saturday • Fountain Square

0 Comments · Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Producer/musician/DJ/remix-specialist Ashley Jones first came to the attention of the Dance music universe under the stage name The Enemy, part of the innovative Drum ’n Bass trio Evol Intent, which released club and critical favorites on its own Evol Intent Records, as well as Dieselboy’s Human Imprint label.   

Sherbert with Paul Collins Beat and The Cry

Wednesday • The Comet

0 Comments · Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Michelle Sullivan made a name for herself as a teenager in the Cincinnati music scene during the mid-’00s, playing in bands like Slant and Pieces of People.  

Sarah Jarosz

Thursday • 20th Century Theater

0 Comments · Tuesday, June 24, 2014
The last time Sarah Jarosz showed up in Cincinnati was during the MidPoint Music Festival last year. And I’d wager that the vast majority of people who should have seen her probably missed out.