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Musicians Pay Tribute to Influential, Gone-to-Soon Singer/Songwriters

Remembering Elliott Smith and Jason Molina as they get the full-album tribute treatment on a pair of recent releases

{CommentsCant} · Friday, May 1, 2015
Tribute albums are typically divided into three categories. They’re either a) bankable artists covering high profile subjects (or, infrequently, famously known cult figures); b) cool/respected artists covering cool/respected artists; or c) some weird hybrid of the first two.  Two recently released tributes fall squarely in the second category, with Avett Brothers frontman Seth Avett and ris...  

Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers with Us Elevator

Wednesday • Taft Theatre (Ballroom)

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 29, 2015
When I was getting into music as a teenager, I took a genealogical approach to discovery. If I liked a particular band, then presumably I’d like the bands its members had played with previously or would play with subsequently. If you applied that same connective logic to Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers, you would a) experience a healthy degree of corollary success, and b) collect a backbreaking amount of material in a hurry.

Peelander-Z with Sweet Ray Laurel and Twin Guns

Tuesday • Southgate House Revival

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Japanese music culture has always been adept at absorbing Western musical forms and translating them into familiar but distinctly new concepts. Shonen Knife may have begun as a de facto Ramones tribute, but the band has grown into a unique sonic entity that embraces all genres and reconfigures them into its own singular sound. Given that, what can we make of Peelander-Z?

Music: Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers

0 Comments · Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers bring their Country/Roots/Pop/Rock maelstrom to the Taft Theatre.  

Music: Peelander-Z

0 Comments · Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Japanese music culture has always been adept at absorbing Western musical forms and translating them into familiar but distinctly new concepts.   

Barrence Whitfield & the Savages with The Sonics

Thursday • Woodward Theater

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Barrence Whitfield is the rare vocalist that comes around as infrequently as a December hurricane, with the same power and surprise. But Whitfield will tell you himself that a frontman is nothing without the right backing, and the best foil for the frenetic vocalist has always been guitarist Peter Greenberg.  

Strung Out with Red City Radio, La Armada and The Lockland Brakes

Saturday • Thompson House

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Punk was always intended to be fast, loose and fleeting; The Ramones didn’t have a pension plan. Neil Young wasn’t wrong when he noted that it’s better to burn out than to fade away and yet, for every band like The Sex Pistols that existed for a moment in the sun, there’s a band like SoCal’s Strung Out, with an amazingly long history and a potent catalog to back it up.  

The Falcons and the Snow, Man

David Rhodes Brown and the Warsaw Falcons prove there's no time like the present for a blast from the past.

{CommentsCant} · Wednesday, April 15, 2015
The first time I saw the Warsaw Falcons, my Cincinnati experience was only slightly longer than the band's existence. I'd moved here in January 1982 on the heels of a failed and miserable marriage. I was working for (and living out of) a record store in North College Hill run by my friends/saviors Rick and Karen (aka Cook...  

In a Galaxy 'Faraway'

Rusty Burge and Steve Allee take the vibes/piano concept to a quietly powerful new place with Faraway

0 Comments · Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Cincinnati vibraphonist Rusty Burge has amassed an impressive curriculum vitae over the past 20-plus years, including four album releases. His latest, Faraway, is a collaboration with Indiana-based pianist Steve Allee.

Guster with Kishi Bashi

Wednesday • Bogart’s

0 Comments · Tuesday, April 14, 2015
It hardly seems possible that next year marks the 25th anniversary of the meeting of guitarists Ryan Miller and Adam Gardner and percussionist Brian Rosenworcel, freshmen at Tufts University who turned their dorm room songwriting hobby into a quarter century of Alt Rock/Folk Pop wonder as Guster.