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Ellie Goulding

Wednesday • Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Goodness gracious, I can’t seem to stop listening to Ellie Goulding. The day-glow princess released her second album, Halcyon, more than a year ago. It quickly became an obsession for tons of Synth Pop and Dance music fans — and plenty of less synth-obsessed music lovers, too.  

Tegan and Sara with The Courtneys and Lucius

Thursday • Madison Theater

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Tegan and Sara’s seventh full-length, last year’s Heartthrob, is a sleek, synth-driven affair rife with the twins’ interweaving vocals and enough hooks to power a dozen less-accomplished albums. It represents the culmination of an evolution that has seen the raven-haired Canadians move from Lilith Fair-nurtured, Indie Folk upstarts to masters of perpetually heartsick Pop Rock.
  

Holy Ghost Tent Revival with Wonky Tonk & The Holiday Ramblers

Thursday • Southgate House Revival

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Seven years ago, six like-minded residents of Greensboro, N.C., assembled around the concept of wanting to channel their classic Rock & Roll influences into an acoustic Folk/Jazz/Soul stompathon. The sextet christened its newly minted aggregation Holy Ghost Tent Revival.  

Jessica Hernandez and the Deltas with The Yugos

Thursday • Northside Tavern

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Jessica Hernandez and the Deltas' latest release, the EP Demons, is perhaps the group’s most impactful effort yet, seamlessly blending classic Soul, slanted AltRock and dark and shadowy gypsy/cabaret sounds into an aural mélange that suggests a supergroup starring Janelle Monáe, Dap-Kings, ZZ Ward and Gogol Bordello.   

Leo Kottke

Thursday • 20th Century Theater

1 Comment · Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Leo Kottke is just supremely talented, fingerpicking his way around 6- and 12-string guitars with flawless dexterity, infinite grace and mind-boggling invention.  

Robben Ford with Kelly Richey

Tuesday • 20th Century Theater

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Ace guitarist Robben Ford has always had the chops. The California native has a resume that includes five Grammy Award nominations, as well as music made with a list of artists ranging from George Harrison, Miles Davis and Phil Lesh to Joni Mitchell, Bonnie Raitt and Susan Tedeschi.  

Nickel Creek with The Secret Sisters

Tuesday • Taft Theatre

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Nickel Creek is back. The Bluegrass-y trio first arrived in 1993 and quickly became a well-loved band. In 2007, they embarked on their “Farewell (For Now)” tour. Now, they’ve teamed up once again for the release of A Dotted Line.  

Protomartyr with Whatever Brains

Thursday • MOTR Pub

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 23, 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.”
  

Lab Partners with Darlene and The Stealth Pastille

Friday • Northside Tavern

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 23, 2014
One of the finest bands to emerge from the Dayton, Ohio, music scene over the last 15 years, Lab Partners continue to carry on Gem City’s reputation as a hot-bed for Indie Rock. The band also has direct ties to some of the artists who helped bring international attention to the city’s music in the first place.
  

Papadosio with Peridoni and Random Rab

Saturday • Madison Theater

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 23, 2014
There is a fair amount of evidence that Jam/Psych bands are primarily interested in mindless noodling on a musical bridge to nowhere, Electronic bands are satisfied to “unce-unce-unce” on varying themes with no discernible point and Prog bands have a tendency to disappear up their own asses with Classical suites and Middle Earth imagery. Papadosio understands all of those stereotypical paradigms and assiduously avoids falling prey to any of them.
  

Noah Gundersen with Armon Jay

Tuesday • Southgate House Revival

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Given his raspy delivery, spare acoustic guitar accompaniment, erudite wordplay and numerous Tom Waits videos posted on his Tumblr page, it’s easy to draw a line between Seattle singer/songwriter Noah Gundersen and the world’s most famous boho troubadour. Too easy, perhaps.  

Sidewalk Chalk with The Almighty Get Down

Friday • MOTR Pub

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Sidewalk Chalk's just-released second album, Leaves, opens with a live clip in which frontdude/rapper Rico Sisney and frontlady/singer Maggie Vagle ask a crowd to shout out the Hip Hop crew's name on the count of three. It's a fitting intro, for this Chicago octet is, first and foremost, interested in interaction, about stirring minds and moving asses. 
  

Jimbo Mathus with Lonesome Jared and The Heart Attacks

Tuesday • Southgate House Revival

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Ex-Squirrel Nut Zipper Jimbo Mathus returns to his electric guitar-driven Mississippi Rock & Roll roots on his latest Fat Possum Records album called Dark Night of the Soul.  

Miss Shevaughn & Yuma Wray with Shoot Out the Lights and Quiet Hollers

Friday • Southgate House Revival

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 16, 2014
The fan base that Miss Shevaughn & Yuma Wray have accumulated over the past three years must look like a random demographic sampling from the U.S. census.    

Sol Cat

Tuesday • The Drinkery

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 16, 2014
On the final night of last year’s MidPoint Music Festival extravaganza, an old man dropped into The Drinkery to grab a beer, catch his breath and absorb a few minutes of Sol Cat’s soulful Psych/Dance/Pop, which had reminded him at least a little of Walk the Moon’s similarly adrenalized output. He’d expected an out-of-town show to be sparsely attended, which would theoretically allow him a seat at the bar and a chance to recharge for the remainder of the night.