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Richard Thompson with Bob Dylan, Wilco and My Morning Jacket

July 6 • Riverbend

1 Comments · Tuesday, July 2, 2013
Thompson has done shows with Wilco in the past and played a Spanish festival with Dylan, and his style is fluid enough to work in any context. The challenge is in trimming his marathon live set down to a fourth-band-on-the-bill configuration.  

The Beard Whisperers

Six years in, the Whispering Beard Folk Festival takes a grassroots approach to down-home music

0 Comments · Tuesday, July 2, 2013
 For fans (known affectionately as Beardos), WBFF has grown well beyond its original local-showcase format and become a regional/national talent draw. This year’s headliners include former Drive-By Truckers guitarist Jason Isbell and Trampled by Turtles side project Dead Man Winter, impressive names on any marquee.   

Slaid Cleaves

June 26 • Southgate House Revival

0 Comments · Tuesday, June 25, 2013
When it comes to the struggles of the wandering troubadour, Slaid Cleaves knows the perils of that life from top to bottom. He's sung on the street for his supper in Ireland and Boston, played in Punk and Roots Rock bands for little or no return and fixed his own van on the road.
  

Rush

July 2 • Riverbend Music Center

0 Comments · Tuesday, June 25, 2013
The trio has survived shifting trends and natural creative lulls to become a consistently powerful Prog/Rock entity, confident enough in their skills and their fans to take appropriate risks and reap appropriate rewards.
  

Dan Tedesco

June 21 • Southgate House Revival

0 Comments · Monday, June 17, 2013
Whether he's banging away on an acoustic or spinning sinewy sounds on guitar or keyboards with the assistance of a nearby outlet and an appropriately volumed amp, Dan Tedesco writes and plays with the heart-sleeved sensitivity of the best Folk troubadours. 
  

The Hussy

June 24 • The Chameleon

0 Comments · Monday, June 17, 2013
 One minute the Hussy is thundering like the bastard twin of The Stooges and The Nomads and the next it bops around like The B-52s if they'd envisioned "Rock Lobster" as a brutal, lo-fi Punk manifesto.
  
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Happy Me Day

The basic, rewarding, maddening and beautiful simplicity in being — and having — a father

{CommentsCant} · Friday, June 14, 2013
I¹ve been celebrating Father's Day for well over 50 years now. In its earliest incarnations, I'm sure gifts and cards were bought on my behalf, but eventually it was time to take the reins and handle the responsibility myself.

For a long stretch, my go-to present for my father was the lastest Bill Cosby record, partly because he truly enjoyed Cosby's work, but mostly because I wanted to h...  
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Long List of Pryors

A new box set celebrates the incendiary genius that was and continues to be Richard Pryor

{CommentsCant} · Thursday, June 13, 2013
In the beginning, there was Lenny Bruce. And Lenny Bruce said the word "fuck" and the word was good.  Unfortunately, the word killed his career, and heroin killed his body, but he softened the ground for the Holy Trinity of comedy to follow; Robert Klein (keen observationalist with a social/cultural conscience), George Carlin (an acrobatic magician's use of language in the service of ever...  

What Would Seabird Do?

Seabird breaks free from a label-created pigeonhole with self-released Troubled Days

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 12, 2013
After leaving the label that, against its wishes, promoted it as solely a “Christian band,” Cincinnati’s Seabird flies on its own with the new self-released album, Troubled Days.
  

Music: Portugal. The Man with Skaters

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 12, 2013
After a handful of consistently diverse indie albums that found them directly or tangentially referencing The Beatles, Radiohead and Brian Eno, Portugal. The Man got the call from the big leagues and