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Sound Advice: Dale Watson with Straw Boss

Tuesday • Fountain Square

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 1, 2015
If I hear another Bro Country song about a six pack, a lake, a pickup truck on a gravel road and girls who can’t get enough of all that goofy shit, my head may just implode.  

Sound Advice: Heartless Bastards with Craig Finn

Thursday and Friday • Woodward Theater

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 24, 2015
I have two enduring memories of singer Erika Wennerstrom and Heartless Bastards. The first unfolded in 2005 when I experienced the band’s live power for the first time at Austin, Texas’ South by Southwest festival.  

Sound Advice: Tedeschi Trucks Band with Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings and Doyle Bramhall II

Friday • PNC Pavilion at Riverbend

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks, both individually and as a unit, are musicians about whom words can barely do justice.   

Sound Advice: Punch Brothers with Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn

Saturday • Taft Theatre

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 24, 2015
When describing concerts, — especially those of the Bluegrass variety — many would probably use words like “loud” and “rowdy.” Much more rare is a Bluegrass show that has the power to bring a hush over the crowd.   

Sound Advice: Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros with The Bright Light Social Hour and Letts

Sunday • The Shoe at Horseshoe Casino

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 24, 2015
The fun-loving hippies that make up Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros are coming to The Shoe. If you like good music and are great at ignoring band politics, you should definitely check ’em out. Just do yourself a favor and don’t land at the barricade.  

Sound Advice: Beth Hart with Matt Andersen

Thursday • Taft Theatre

0 Comments · Tuesday, June 16, 2015
Life is a series of defining moments and Blues chanteuse Beth Hart has had plenty in her nearly two-and-a-half decade career.

Sound Advice: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion with Daddy Long Legs

Friday • Woodward Theater

0 Comments · Tuesday, June 16, 2015
Musical provocateur Jon Spencer chose the perfect handle for his new project when it was formed back in 1991 — Blues Explosion — and it continues to accurately reflect the visceral sound and fury emanating from his incendiary trio almost a quarter century later.

Sound Advice: The Revivalists with The Main Squeeze, Elementree Livity Project and more

Saturday • RiversEdge (Hamilton, Ohio)

0 Comments · Tuesday, June 16, 2015
With New Orleans being such a saturated hub for soulful Rock & Roll, it’s a definite sign that a band has a good thing going when it breaks through the dense competition and onto the radar of fans across the country.   

Sound Advice: Justin Furstenfeld with Ashleigh Stone

Tuesday • 20th Century Theater

0 Comments · Tuesday, June 16, 2015
It’s been 20 years and a lot of hard times since Blue October formed, but Justin Furstenfeld and the gang aren’t done yet.  

Hozier with Dawes

Sunday • The Shoe at Horsehoe Casino

0 Comments · Thursday, June 11, 2015
Every now and then a musician with immense talent reaches the upper echelon of the Billboard charts. They don’t get there because they’re so hot or because they’re dating Diplo. They didn’t wi  

Spoon with The Antlers

Saturday • Madison Theater

0 Comments · Thursday, June 11, 2015
Spoon is the most reliable band on the planet, each album a slight variation on frontman Britt Daniel’s long-running love of terse, sharp-edged Rock & Roll. The Austin, Texas outfit’s eig  

Broncho with Kopecky, Coconut Milk and Near Earth Objects

Friday • Fountain Square

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 10, 2015
Over the past five years, Broncho has ridden its love of ’70s Punk and ’80s Indie Rock to a press kit full of praise and the kind of fairly high-profile song placements that couldn’t help but broaden its loyal fan base.  

Marina and the Diamonds

Friday • Bogart’s

0 Comments · Tuesday, May 26, 2015
It’s oddly wonderful how sometimes two songwriters will interpret the same concept in diametrically opposed fashions. For example, consider Pharrell Williams and Marina Diamandis, both of whom have very powerful songs called “Happy.”  

Ralph Stanley with Nathan Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys

Friday • Thompson House

0 Comments · Tuesday, May 26, 2015
A little over a year ago, 88-year-old Bluegrass Hall of Famer Ralph Stanley called me as he was mourning the loss of his long-time guitarist George Shuffler. Ralph and his brother Carter made American Roots music history in the ’40s, ’50s and ’60s as The Stanley Brothers.  

Butch Walker with Jonathan Tyler and The Dove and the Wolf

Saturday • Bogart’s

0 Comments · Tuesday, May 26, 2015
No one can accuse Butch Walker of not living up to his potential.