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Sound Advice: Torres with Brandi Carlile

Wednesday (Sept. 30) • Taft Theatre

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 23, 2015
When it came time to pick a producer for the follow-up to her 2013 self-titled debut, Mackenzie Scott (aka Torres) decided to enlist PJ Harvey’s longtime drummer Rob Ellis, who in turn recruited several of his buddies, including Portishead guitarist Adrian Utley.   

Sound Advice: Death Cab for Cutie with Twin Shadow

Friday • PNC Pavilion at Riverbend

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 16, 2015
My three favorite band names inspired by unlikely sources would be: a) Steely Dan, after the chrome-plated dildo in William S. Burroughs’ Naked Lunch; b) Toad the Wet Sprocket, a band name concocted by Monty Python for one of its sketches; and c) Death Cab for Cutie, taken from a song by the critically underappreciated (in the U.S., at least) Bonzo Dog Band from its 1967 debut album, Gorilla.
  

Sound Advice: Beach House with Jessica Pratt

Friday • Bogart’s

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Now more than a decade into its artistic lifespan, Baltimore’s Beach House wanted a shift in approach when
it came time to write songs for what would become its fifth record, Depression Cherry.
  

Sound Advice: Marcia Ball

Friday • Southgate House Revival

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Boogie Woogie/Swamp Rock piano pounder Marcia Ball is the poster child for the phrase “born to the craft.”   

Sound Advice: alt-J with San Fermin

Monday • PNC Pavilion at Riverbend

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 16, 2015
When asked in a recent interview with Rolling Stone, the famously opinionated Liam Gallagher (formerly of Brit Rock stars Oasis) said this about music he was digging lately: “Do you know that track by alt-J, ‘Left Hand Free’? That is a great track. But alt-J can fuck right off as far as I’m concerned. It’s a great tune, and I paid 79 pence for it, but I am in no way a fan of alt-J.”   

Sound Advice: The Damned

Friday • Bogart’s

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 9, 2015
For anyone who would doubt the legitimacy of The Damned’s place in Punk history, the group’s early credentials speak for themselves.   

Sound Advice: Fishbone with Downtown Brown

Saturday • Madison Live

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 9, 2015
Fishbone’s debut EP only had seven songs, but the kitchen-sink diversity and hyperactive performances made it feel like a dizzying, kooky epic. When I finally saw the band live, I was blown away by the relentless energy — all six members of the group never stopped moving.  

Sound Advice: Los Lobos

Sunday • Taft Theatre

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 9, 2015
Los Lobos began making music back when Richard Nixon was still in office. For the historically illiterate, that’s more than 40 years, during which the Los Angeles crew has put forth its distinctive sounds — from slanted Tex-Mex and Folk to straight-up Country and Rock — via more than a dozen studio albums and a variety of EPs, live records and side projects.
  

Sound Advice: Babes in Toyland with FEA

Tuesday • Madison Live

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 9, 2015
Kat Bjelland’s banshee voice, primal guitar playing and uncommonly intense presence infected anyone who was lucky enough to catch Babes in Toyland’s searing live shows in the early 1990s.  

Sound Advice: Barrence Whitfield & the Savages with All-Seeing Eyes

Friday • MOTR Pub

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 2, 2015
Barrence Whitfield & the Savages have had more lives than a Buddhist cat. They recorded two brilliant albums in the early ’80s, broke up in 1986 and reunited in 2010, resulting in three exceptional albums — 2011’s Savage Kings (on Cincinnati’s Shake It label), 2013’s acclaimed Dig Thy Savage Soul and their latest, Under the Savage Sky (both on Bloodshot Records).  

Sound Advice: Nashville Pussy with Valient Thorr and Moonbow

Tuesday • Southgate House Revival

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 2, 2015
Nashville: the capital of Tennessee and the state’s second-largest city, which is widely and deservedly known as Music City. Pussy: a cat, a willow, a desired destination. 
  

Sound Advice: Tribal Seeds with The Expanders and Arise Roots

Wednesday (Sept. 9) • 20th Century Theater

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 2, 2015
Live Reggae music still exists in the U.S. and in Cincinnati, though it is not as prevalent as it once was. In the ’70s and ’80s, live music schedules in town were rife with rub-a-dub jams by both locally and regionally based groups, as well as bands straight out of Jamaica.  

Sound Advice: Jackson Browne

Wednesday (Sept. 9) • PNC Pavilion at Riverbend

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 2, 2015
Conventional wisdom, which is always a dangerous thing, says that Jackson Browne lost his command of the zeitgeist — and his status as a Top-40 hitmaker and album-oriented Rock hero — with 1983’s Lawyers in Love album (and its single of the same name).
  

Sound Advice: 7 Seconds with Bishops Green and Knife the Symphony

Wednesday • Southgate House Revival

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Given the fact that 7 Seconds has been around for the past 35 years, the Hardcore/Pop/Punk quartet might not be on the radar of younger fans. It’s the safest bet that 7 Seconds — anchored from the start by the Marvelli brothers, aka vocalist Kevin Seconds and bassist Steve Youth — was a major influence on a significant chunk of those younger fans’ music collection.  

Sound Advice: Lily & Madeleine with Shannon Hayden and The Mitchells

Friday • Madison Live

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Lily & Madeleine might be considered Indianapolis’ answer to Over the Rhine. Though there is an obvious age and experience difference  — Lily & Madeleine were just teenage sisters when their first records, the EP Weight of the Globe and a self-titled album, came out in 2013 — there is striking similarity in other ways.