CityBeat - Sound Advice http://www.citybeat.com/cincinnati/articles.sec-88-1-sound_advice.html <![CDATA[Steve Katz - Friday • Southgate House Revival ]]>

According to Publishers Weekly, Steve Katz’s new memoir Blood, Sweat, and My Rock ’n’ Roll Years: Is Steve Katz a Rock Star? has maybe the most spectacular revelation yet of any Rock memoir.

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<![CDATA[The Charles Walker Band - Saturday • MOTR Pub]]>

Identifying Charles Walker’s influences doesn’t require prolonged exposure or intense examination. The Milwaukee native grew up with a love of the Blues, Funk, Pop and Motown, as evidenced by his devotion to Luther Allison, Prince and Stevie Wonder, and the sound that he’s developed with his latest outfit, appropriately tagged the Charles Walker Band.

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<![CDATA[Mandolin Orange - Tuesday • Madison Live]]>

If Robert Earl Keen and Kathleen Edwards formed a Bluegrass/Americana duo and managed to retain their individual identities while combining their collective talents into a distinct third direction, they would sound a lot like Mandolin Orange.

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<![CDATA[The Infamous Stringdusters - Wednesday • Madison Theater]]>

The Infamous Stringdusters are one of the more high-powered acts that exist on the fringes of Bluegrass music. Ten years as a band, the Stringdusters have built up an impressive following with albums and live shows that are upbeat, fun and fueled by amazing musicianship.

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<![CDATA[The Antlers with Mutual Benefit - Thursday • Woodward Theater]]>

There is a sense of desolation and edgy calm in The Antlers’ expansively compelling soundscapes. If you were freezing to death on an Antarctic ice shelf, this is the music your brain would spontaneously create to distract you from your imminent popsicle-hood.

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<![CDATA[FIDLAR with The Slippery Lips - Saturday • Thompson House]]>

The first time I heard FIDLAR, I was parked on my couch holding my cellphone over my head and smiling like a massive dork up at the screen. Some cute boy from OKCupid was sending me links to YouTube videos from his favorite bands. The Skate Punk/Surf Rock sounds of FIDLAR made up most of the list.

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<![CDATA[Pixies - Saturday • The Shoe at Horseshoe Casino]]>

History will always chiefly remember Kurt Cobain as a creator of music, not a consumer. But the Nirvana leader was also an avid advocate for his favorite groups and most cherished influences. In the posthumously released Journals, he documented his 50 favorite records. Most telling of all was his inclusion of Pixies’ Surfer Rosa in spot No. 2. That’s significant because Nirvana’s biggest hit owes a great debt to the group.

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<![CDATA[Agent Orange with In the Whale and Bearer of Bad News - Tuesday • The Drinkery]]>

In a world where Punk has become a commodity on a par with soy lattes and $500 tennis shoes, it’s comforting to know that Agent Orange is still prowling the wastelands and kicking the universe in its rapidly descending ballsack.

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<![CDATA[Marc Cohn - Wednesday • 20th Century Theater]]>

Marc Cohn isn’t particularly prolific, but when he lays hands on a piano or guitar, something extraordinary happens. Witness the ubiquitous platinum success of “Walking in Memphis” from Cohn’s eponymous 1991 debut, which earned him a Best New Artist Grammy. Neither 1993’s The Rainy Season nor 1998’s Burning the Daze matched his debut’s immediacy, and it was nearly eight years before Cohn wrote new original music.

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<![CDATA[Metro Station with Saywecanfly, 7 Minutes in Heaven, Satellite Flight and Lullaby Crash - Thursday • Thompson House]]> The hit Disney show Hannah Montana not only launched Miley Cyrus' career, but it was also tangentially responsible for Metro Station, an energetic Pop/Rock outfit that hit enviable heights in spite of significant internal tensions. During Hannah Montana’s first season, Trace Cyrus and Mason Musso, brothers of the show’s co-stars, met on set and formed Metro Station based on their mutual musical interests.
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<![CDATA[Tyler, the Creator with Taco - Friday • Bogart’s]]>

About halfway through “Deathcamp,” the lead track on Tyler, the Creator’s new album Cherry Bomb, the dense, hard-charging music takes a breather so the controversial California-bred rapper can declare, “I don’t like to follow the rules/And that’s just who I am/I hope you understand.” No doubt many don’t understand, which seems to suit Tyler just fine

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<![CDATA[The Donkeys with Ben Knight & the Welldiggers - Saturday • MOTR Pub]]>

If you’re a Donkeys fan, you know the San Diego quartet from its decade-plus history, three exemplary albums on Dead Oceans and 2014 debut with new label Easy Sound Recording Co., Ride the Black Wave. You know they haven’t had a lineup change since forming in 2004 and that they’ve been nominated twice (winning once) for Best Rock Band at the San Diego Music Awards.

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<![CDATA[Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers with Us Elevator - Wednesday • Taft Theatre (Ballroom)]]>

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.


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<![CDATA[Peelander-Z with Sweet Ray Laurel and Twin Guns - Tuesday • Southgate House Revival ]]>

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?

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<![CDATA[Jayme Stone’s Lomax Project - Tuesday • Southgate House Revival (Sanctuary) ]]>

The idea behind Jayme Stone’s all-star group, Lomax Project, is so brilliant it leads one to wonder why no one has thought of it before. Alan Lomax was the legendary song-catcher and in-the-field recorder who went out into rural areas, wrong sides of the tracks and the outskirts of America in the ’30s, ’40s and ’50s to collect obscure ethnic Folk music. Lomax took along a portable reel-to-reel tape recorder and captured the music of many unknown artists who would go on to be recognized by the larger population.

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<![CDATA[Wilco with Steve Gunn - Tuesday • Taft Theatre]]>

Chicago has given us many things over the years. Awesome pizza. Billy Corgan. The Cubs, who will always do worse than the Reds. And each winter a chance to look at the weather report and not feel quite as downtrodden about “all the snow” that we get. Chicago’s greatest gift to the world, however, came in 1994 with the birth of a little band called Wilco.


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<![CDATA[Barrence Whitfield & the Savages with The Sonics - Thursday • Woodward Theater]]>

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.

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<![CDATA[Sphynx with Multimagic - Friday • Woodward Theater]]>

Austin, Texas, Electro Pop trio Sphynx makes magnetic, jubilant noise — ’80s-tinted but also rooted in contemporary sounds like EDM and Indie Pop. Like a mix of Chromeo and MGMT at their grooviest, Sphynx’s music is a call to the cool kids to put down their phones and get on the dance floor. And the heartfelt and non-mechanical vibe makes it infectious and accessible enough to actually work.

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<![CDATA[Strung Out with Red City Radio, La Armada and The Lockland Brakes - Saturday • Thompson House]]>

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.

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<![CDATA[Peter Hook & the Light: A Joy Division Celebration - Monday • Bogart’s]]>

Joy Division was indisputably one of the finest names to emerge as a hugely influential entity in Post Punk and, retroactively, Indie Rock, but the group’s stellar run only lasted only four years. In that first project’s wake, Joy Division’s remaining personnel formed New Order, but hearing a full-on Joy Division set from an authentic source wasn’t particularly viable.That is until Joy Division bassist (and former New Order member) Peter Hook started plotting Joy Division tribute shows.

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