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Sound Advice: Vanessa Carlton with Joshua Hyslop

Thursday • Live at the Ludlow Garage

0 Comments · Tuesday, October 27, 2015
Loving Vanessa Carlton comes with baggage. Not as much as if you were a Hanson fan. But there’s still something people find scoffable about the “A Thousand Miles” songstress.   

Sound Advice: Circa Survive with RX Bandits and Citizen

Friday • Bogart’s

0 Comments · Tuesday, October 27, 2015
There is much wisdom that can be gleaned from the Toms. Tom Petty taught us long ago to listen to our hearts, because “it’s gonna tell (us) what to do. And Tom Cruise reminded us eloquently and succinctly, “Sometimes you’ve just gotta say, ‘What the fuck, make your move.’ ” 

Sound Advice: Nicholas David with Dawg Yawp

Thursday • Woodward Theater

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 21, 2015
The third season of The Voice boasted a strong slate of contenders, but none were as accomplished or as singularly unusual as Saint Paul, Minn.’s Nicholas Mrozinski.   

Sound Advice: Bronze Radio Return with The Roosevelts

Thursday • Southgate House Revival

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 21, 2015
It’s so easy to wind up jaded by new music. In a world where even the “influencers” have blatant and utterly trite influences, where can we find new music that isn’t already tired and played out? Bronze Radio Return hopes to turn up in your search.  

Sound Advice: Cherub with Hippie Sabotage

Thursday • 20th Century Theater

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Someone needs to check Nashville, Tenn.’s water supply, because the only explanation for the incredible diversity within the city’s current music scene might be some sort of hallucinogenic creativity drug delivered straight through everybody’s taps.

Sound Advice: Meat Wave with The Dirty Nil

Sunday • MOTR Pub

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Chicago threesome Meat Wave’s name apparently causes giggles and results in a lot of questions. But the group’s name isn’t (or at least shouldn’t be) as head-turning as its vibrant take on modern Post Punk.

Sound Advice: Joey Bada$$ with Nyck Caution, Denzel Curry and Bishop Nehru

Saturday • Bogart’s

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 14, 2015
It’s one thing to call yourself a badass; it’s quite another to back that shit up.

Sound Advice: Maiden Radio with Daniel Martin Moore

Saturday • Woodward Theater

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Maiden Radio is a collaboration between Julia Purcell, Cheyenne Mize and Joan Shelley that began in 2009 as a means for the three accomplished Louisville, Ky. musicians to explore the old-time Folk and Appalachian sound they all loved.

Sound Advice: Vacationer with Great Good Fine Ok

Saturday • The Drinkery

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Vacationer emits a slinky World Music groove that blends elements of Tropicalia, Pop and Trip Hop with atmospheric Ambient music shades.

Sound Advice: Meg Myers with Jarryd James

Tuesday • Taft Theatre Ballroom

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 14, 2015
The old creative adage that great art results from great pain is no mere cliché. One look at Meg Myers’ hardscrabble childhood and it’s hardly a stretch to hear Myers’ therapeutic use of cleansing volume and soul-searing lyrical examination as a way to exorcise those emotional demons.

Sound Advice: Rod Picott with Mark Becknell

Wednesday • Southgate House Revival (Revival Room)

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 7, 2015
One spin through Fortune, Rod Picott’s latest album, will inspire any number of referential name-checks and stylistic comparisons, from the storytelling prowess of Townes Van Zandt and Guy Clark to the passionate-soul reflection of Tom Waits and Bob Dylan. 

Sound Advice: Futurebirds with Harpooner and Wilder

Wednesday • Southgate House Revival (Sanctuary)

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 7, 2015
Futurebirds are the first to admit that their six members offer up an array of influences — from ’80s Pop to Country of every stripe to Psych-infused Indie Rock — that coalesce around one common thread: Athens, Ga. and its rich musical heritage.  

Sound Advice: Hopsin with SwizZz, Dizzy Wright, Jarren Benton and DJ Hoppa

Thursday • Bogart’s

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 7, 2015
At 30, Hopsin is one of second-generation Hip Hop’s old guard, a genre veteran for nearly half his life who has used devices both fresh (white contact lenses that give him the appearance of an extra in Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” video, YouTube promotion, a positive spin in his lyrical message) and time-tested (artist feuds, label conflicts, a fake retirement announcement, run-ins with the law, an acting career) to widen his exposure.  

Sound Advice: William Fitzsimmons with Jake Phillips

Friday • Madison Live

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 7, 2015
With a voice like a choirboy and a beard like a lumberjack, acoustic-oriented multi-instrumentalist and singer/songwriter William Fitzsimmons is a striking visual and aural presence.

Sound Advice: Grooms with A Place to Bury Strangers and Leggy

Thursday • Madison Live

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 30, 2015
In a realization similar to my ex-wife’s, Travis Johnson concluded back in 2009 he’d made a terrible mistake and had to do something to correct it.