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Black Owls

Sept. 28 • Main Event

1 Comments · Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Over the course of three excellent albums, including their new eponymous double-disc set, Black Owls have incorporated vintage influences into their singular sound.  

JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound

Sept. 28 • The Hanke Building

0 Comments · Tuesday, September 25, 2012
JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound’s sophomore album, Want More, might sound like some lost artifact from Otis Redding’s archive, but the Chicago quartet is young enough to be Redding’s grandchildren and have only been working their Indie Rock corner of Chicago Soul since 2007. 


Sept. 13 • Bogart's

0 Comments · Monday, September 10, 2012
One of Rock & Roll’s prime directives is to raise the shock tolerance of the general population. Remember Elvis Presley’s hip ban on The Ed Sullivan Show? Jim Morrison showing the Lizard Prince to a Miami audience? GWAR makes all of them combined seem like a kindergarten macaroni art project.  

Antibalas with The Pinstripes

Sept. 15 • Ballroom at the Taft Theatre

0 Comments · Monday, September 10, 2012
In 1998, Brooklynite Martin Perna assembled a group of musicians to play at a Harlem poetry gathering, christening the band Antibalas, the Spanish word for bulletproof.  

Two Gallants with Papa

Sept. 17 • MOTR Pub

0 Comments · Monday, September 10, 2012
 When Adam Stephens and Tyson Vogel began playing San Francisco street corners and house parties a decade ago under the banner of Two Gallants they were just 21 years old, but by then, the Folk rockers were childhood friends that had already been playing together for nearly 10 years.  

Eilen Jewell

Sept. 6 • The Redmoor

0 Comments · Tuesday, September 4, 2012
To her infinite credit, Eilen Jewell has never been tempted to churn out a sanitized and commercially viable version of Country with a view toward success and fame.  


Sept. 7 • Bogart's

0 Comments · Tuesday, September 4, 2012
This year has already been a huge one for Halestorm. In February, the song “Here’s to Us” was performed on Glee and the band’s sophomore album, The Strange Case of... was released in April, hitting Billboard’s Top 20 in its first week.   

Whatever Will Be, Will Be

Kelley Deal and Mike Montgomery try not to make too many plans for R. Ring

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 29, 2012
In musical parlance, "organic" describes a process free from self-conscious overthinking and blueprinted deliberation, resulting in a pure, unplanned outcome. That is exactly how Ampline/thistle guitarist Mike Montgomery and Breeders guitarist/vocalist Kelley Deal formed their powerful acoustic-based duo R. Ring.

Leslie West

Aug. 29 • Fraze Pavilion (Kettering)

0 Comments · Monday, August 27, 2012
As the innovative guitarist and imposing 300-pound frontman for Mountain, Leslie West was the king of power and tone in the ’70s, inspiring successive generations with his thunderous riffs.

Why Steve Earle & John Hiatt Make Ideal Tourmates

Hiatt and Earle (plus his Dukes) perform together at the Taft Theatre tonight

{CommentsCant} · Thursday, August 23, 2012
There isn't a huge stylistic gap between Steve Earle and John Hiatt, so it makes sense that they would make a good tour package (one that hits the Taft Theatre tonight for an 8 p.m. show). They're both moderately successful Americana artists with slavishly loyal fan bases and solid bodies of work over long careers (Hiatt having the earlier ...