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A Band By Any Other Genre …

As musical genres become more fragmented, is it time to give them up completely?

{CommentsCant} · Monday, February 27, 2012
Depending on how specific you get with your generalizing, genres can be vague or finite. Generally speaking, one cannot be “in a relationship.” That relationship must be defined. Casual or serious?  Straight or homosexual? Open or monogamous? Films are Rom Coms, Thriller or Family. Nothing, though, has been more categorized than music.
Metal is no longer just Metal. It is De...  

Yonder Mountain String Band

March 1 • Madison Theater

0 Comments · Thursday, February 23, 2012
Do you ever wonder what the world would be like if members of boy bands were replaced with “boys” who could actually play and write songs? They could still be dreamy, just also, you know, talented. Yonder Mountain String Band is a perfect example of what an Utopian boy band might look and sound like. YMSB uses traditional instrumentation (mandolin, banjo, upright bass and acoustic guitar) balanced with harsher, less Appalachian-y vocals.  

Arctic Monkeys with The Black Keys

March 2 • U.S. Bank Arena

0 Comments · Thursday, February 23, 2012
As exciting as it is to have The Black Keys back in Ohio to kick off their first arena tour, you should also be stoked for opening act The Arctic Monkeys. Heralded as leaders of the U.K. Post-Punk revival, Alex Turner and Co. make a noise akin to what The Clash and Sex Pistols were doing 40 years ago. Jolting guitars and screamed, feisty lyrics make up much of The Arctic Monkeys’ four albums

The Dirty Guv'nahs

March 4 • 20th Century Theater

0 Comments · Thursday, February 23, 2012
It’s safe to say that when a band is formed to cover up a college kid’s half-baked plan, it usually doesn’t last. Dirty Guv’nahs are the exception, forming in 2006 when bassist Justin Haskins volunteered his nonexistent group for a benefit. Between roommates and random connections, the fictional band became real enough to rehearse. During that first performance, they discovered they were actually pretty good.

Review: Mike Doughty at The Redmoor

{CommentsCant} · Tuesday, February 21, 2012
There are certain musicians that have such unique, stirring voices, sometimes I want to press my fingers to their necks and feel the vibrations. Mike Doughty has one of those voices. He has a natural reverberation that makes every syllable sound like it traveled up through a canyon in his throat. That’s why Soul Coughing was such a success and, undoubtedly, a big reason for the packed-in crowd a...  

Review: Heartless Bastards at Madison Theater

Friday appearance in the now-Texas headquartered band's hometown area lacks usual specialness

{CommentsCant} · Monday, February 20, 2012
It’s been eight and a half years, four albums and an almost entirely new set of members since Heartless Bastards began performing as a new band in Cincinnati's small clubs. This time around, the Bastards came back to their breeding ground as an Austin, Tex., band and played to a packed house at Madison Theater in Covington.

For all intents and purposes, Saturday’s Heartless gig was very...  

Gaelic Storm

Feb. 23 • Bogart's

0 Comments · Friday, February 17, 2012
If you are getting anxious to see strangers hugging, hear the sound of finger rolls on a fiddle or taking a few nips of Jameson, don’t panic. You don’t have to wait for St. Patty’s Day. Just try  

Young the Giant with Walk the Moon

Feb. 24 • Bogart's

0 Comments · Friday, February 17, 2012
When it comes to Alt/Indie Rock, new bands appear on the radar almost daily. What has kept Young the Giant on the tips of everyone’s tongues is its ability to be more. The band channels its California home with a sound that is summery and playful, while its anthemic guitar sounds and danceable beats have a strange tendency to make you long for the beach. In a word: fun.   

Music: Dr. Dog

0 Comments · Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Eccentric Indie Pop friends Dr. Dog kicked off 2012 with a new album, Be The Void, 47 minutes of everything one would expect from a Dr. Dog album. The entire album (its second for the uber-cool Anti-R  

Mike Doughty

Feb. 19 • The Redmoor

0 Comments · Thursday, February 9, 2012
Mike Doughty is coming! Mike Doughty is coming!Not sure who this elusive Mike Doughty is? What about Soul Coughing, his ‘90s rock band? You know, “Circles” and “Super Bon Bon”?---  Mike