CityBeat - Sound Advice http://www.citybeat.com/cincinnati/articles.sec-88-1-sound_advice.html <![CDATA[Gin Blossoms - Wednesday • Ballroom at the Taft Theatre]]> Gin Blossoms blew up and deflated quickly, going from mondo-selling MTV staples behind the relentlessly catchy single "Hey Jealousy" — an era-defying Power Pop oasis in a desert of Grunge — to extinct by 1997. ]]> <![CDATA[The Polyphonic Spree - Thursday • Ballroom at the Taft Theatre]]>

In these mean and vulnerable times, a little light is a rare and welcomed event. The Polyphonic Spree is more than happy to break up the clouds and provide a few glorious patches of musical sunshine.

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<![CDATA[Kongos - Friday • Bogart’s]]>

From father to sons, Kongos is no mere family name, it’s a sound that moves your feet and soul. Come with them now, indeed.

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<![CDATA[Bob Log III with Pop Goes the Evil - Friday • MOTR Pub]]>

If Bob Log III didn’t exist, no one would invent him because no one is bat-shit crazy enough to think his psychotronic one-man-band concept could actually work.

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<![CDATA[Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper - Friday • Whispering Beard Folk Festival]]>

Michael Cleveland is simply one of the best fiddlers in the world. Cleveland will be a part of a big three-day lineup (Friday-Sunday) at the Whispering Beard Folk Festival in Friendship, Ind., which also includes The Fairfield Four.

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<![CDATA[The Black Dahlia Murder with Goatwhore, Beverly Hellfire and Apex - Thursday • Thompson House]]>

Trying to pin a sound on The Black Dahlia Murder (BDM) is almost as tricky as tracking the band’s membership over the course of its 13-year history.

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<![CDATA[Nashville Pussy with Fifth on the Floor - Thursday • Southgate House Revival]]>

There can’t be too many people in Rock’s vast audience who are scratching their heads and wondering why Nashville Pussy isn’t a household name. For those who may be baffled by Nashville Pussy’s lack of hot-and-cold-running-champagne success, allow me to paraphrase James Carville: It’s the Pussy, stupid.


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<![CDATA[Strand of Oaks with Christopher Denny - Thursday • MOTR Pub]]>

Like many good singer/songwriters, Timothy Showalter harnesses his personal dramas and setbacks into potent songs about growing up in Goshen, Ind., and wrestling his demons. On his fourth record, HEAL, the now Philly-based Showalter, aka Strand of Oaks, sheds some of the minimal Folk Rock from his previous endeavors and delves into a world of warm, synth-driven beats and guitar Rock.


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<![CDATA[Drake with Lil Wayne - Friday • Riverbend]]>

Canadian-born Aubrey Drake Graham, better known as simply Drake, has proven to be a talented triple threat — a dramatic and comedic actor, a rapper with R&B authenticity and a songwriter for himself and others.

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<![CDATA[Man Man with Injecting Strangers, Ohio Knife and Skeleton Hands - Friday • Fountain Square]]>

Man Man’s greatest sonic attributes could also be considered its most significant liabilities, particularly by labels looking to hitch their wagons to a commercial cash cow. And although Man Man has somehow managed to infiltrate the mainstream to a small degree with adjustments to their core sound, the band (which fluctuates from duo to trio to beyond) has retreated only slightly from its home on the musical fringe.

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<![CDATA[Old Monk with Little Lights - Saturday • MOTR Pub]]>

Brooklyn, N.Y., band Old Monk has referred to its music as “Prog Punk,” an interesting descriptor considering the two genres were diametrically opposed back in the day. It reminds me of a scene from the excellent documentary movie New York Doll, about bassist Arthur “Killer” Kane of the Proto Punk band New York Dolls, where Chrissie Hynde and Morrissey are sitting around railing against the excesses of Prog Rock and how it actually birthed Punk.

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<![CDATA[“A Tribute to Walter Trout” with The Walter Trout Band, Danny Bryant and Jon Trout - Tuesday • Legends Nightclub]]>

With internationally renowned Blues/Rock guitarist Walter Trout recovering from a liver transplant, his bandmates in The Walter Trout Band are touring with U.K. guitarist Danny Bryant and Walter's son Jon in a celebration of his music and to raise awareness about the importance of organ donation.  

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<![CDATA[United Nations with Frameworks - Tuesday • Southgate House Revival]]>

At first blush, United Nations is a thrilling, adrenalized Punk band with the sonic markers that define the genre — political lyrics that range from personal to global; double-clutched drumming; riffs that careen wildly from oddly melodic to lethally brutal; vocals that run the gamut from singing in a normal register to shrieking like a panther caught in a leg trap to the guttural growl of a Babylonian misery demon.

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<![CDATA[Cheers Elephant with The Ready Stance - Thursday • MOTR Pub]]>

Cheers Elephant is a blatantly hook-laden AltPop band that brings a sense of humor and 1960s-era verve to their sound. With reverb-a-plenty and blue-sky harmony vocals, the up-tempo band keeps its big beats front and center.

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<![CDATA[The Iguanas - Friday • Southgate House Revival]]>

These days, it’s an accomplishment to find something that lasts 25 months, let alone 25 years. And yet The Iguanas are still making vital music and crisscrossing the country to present it in its most elementally satisfying live fashion, a quarter century after the band’s formation in New Orleans.

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<![CDATA[The Casket Girls with Dreamend - Sunday • MOTR Pub]]>

The original derivation of a casket (or casquette) girl referred to an early 18th century female who had been repatriated from France to the French colonial South in order to marry; “casket” referred to the small chest that held their belongings.

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<![CDATA[Eric Johnson - Tuesday • Ballroom at the Taft Theatre]]>

Coming on the scene in the late ’80s/early ’90s as a new guitar hot shot, Eric Johnson lit up the frets and the music world with a Grammy Award win for his original instrumental, “Cliffs of Dover,” in 1991. Though a multi-instrumentalist of the highest order, he is mostly known for his fluid guitar pyrotechnics.

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<![CDATA[Richard Buckner - Wednesday • MOTR Pub ]]>

Richard Buckner’s obscurity is partly due to the fickle music business, but also due to his decidedly different approach to songwriting and performance.

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<![CDATA[Clap Your Hands Say Yeah with Public, Dream Tiger and Danny & His Fantasy - Friday • Fountain Square]]>

It hardly seems possible that a decade has gone by since the original formation of Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, although given the band’s current status, there’s an argument to be made that the quintet didn’t actually make it to the 10-year mark.

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<![CDATA[Royal Blood with Valley of the Sun - Saturday • Ballroom at the Taft Theatre]]>

What if they threw a band party and only the rhythm section showed up?

That’s the oddly conceived question that has been answered by vocalist/bassist Mike Kerr and drummer Ben Thatcher, doing business as the Garage/Psych/Blues duo Royal Blood. ]]>