CityBeat - Sound Advice http://www.citybeat.com/cincinnati/articles.sec-88-1-sound_advice.html <![CDATA[The Twilight Sad with We Were Promised Jetpacks - Thursday • Bogart’s]]>

The Scottish trio specialize in mood-altering music that ranges from hushed melancholia to swirling, rhythmically dynamic rave-ups.

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<![CDATA[Carolina Chocolate Drops - Friday • Parrish Auditorium (Miami University Hamilton)]]> A truly talented group of artists, Carolina Chocolate Drops meld Celtic, Hip Hop and other influences with fiddle and banjo tunes.
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<![CDATA[The Werks with Zoogma and Peridoni - Saturday • Madison Theater]]>

Officially formed in 2007 just up the road in Dayton, these eclectic musicians have been refining a sound that’s hard to pin down, like someone took all kinds of musical vegetables and made a harmonious stew.

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<![CDATA[Busdriver with Clipping, Milo, Counterfeit Money Machine, Eugenius and Kenny Segal - Saturday • Thompson House]]>

Regan Farquhar’s Hip Hop nom de plume is the rather prosaic Busdriver, but we’re not talking Ralph Kramden’s city vehicle here — more like Ken Kesey’s Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test Metro.

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<![CDATA[Burger Records Caravan of Stars with The Coathangers, together PANGEA, Cherry Glazerr, AJ Davila & Terror Amor and Mozes & the Firstborn - Saturday • Southgate House Revival]]>

Burger has released music at an alarming rate from bands like Cherry Glazerr, whose lo-fi Garage Pop is reminiscent of Rock & Roll’s unpretentious roots.

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<![CDATA[Surfer Blood with Eternal Summers - Wednesday • Southgate House Revival]]>

Surfer Blood is now a well-oiled live unit, delivering its reverb-laden tunes with the dexterity they deserve.

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<![CDATA[Ruthie Foster with Kim Taylor - Thursday • 20th Century Theater]]>

Foster’s brand new album, Promise of a Brand New Day, moves her forward — it’s as much accomplished R&B, mixed with strains of Rock, Pop and Folk, as it is straightforward Blues.

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<![CDATA[Richard Thompson with Amanda Shires - Saturday • Dave Finkelman Auditorium (Miami University Middletown)]]> Richard Thompson has been playing guitar since our current president was in diapers. For the mathematically challenged, that’s more than five decades, a career in which the English-born Thomps]]> <![CDATA[Ben Frost - Sunday • Contemporary Arts Center]]>

You can count on the Contemporary Arts Center’s Performance Series to bring in the best cutting-edge musicians right when their latest albums are accumulating Best of the Year accolades.

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<![CDATA[Cherub with Ghost Beach and Gibbz - Wednesday • 20th Century Theater]]>

Don’t let the band’s angelically chubby name throw you off. Cherub is slinky, kinky sex on a synth and they want to show you their … show

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<![CDATA[Zebrahead with MxPx, Allister and Survay Says! - Thursday • Southgate House Revival ]]>

Born in the late 1990s and hitting its cultural peak in the early 2000s, the La Habra, Calif., Zebrahead emerged when Rap Rock was the sound du jour.

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<![CDATA[mewithoutYou with The Appleseed Cast and Hop Along - Friday • Southgate House Revival]]>

A spin through Foxes today reveals a slightly more complex and lyrically esoteric group, but mewithoutYou’s relevance and visceral impact remain intact on its recent work.

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<![CDATA[Cloud Nothings with Tyvek - Wednesday • Southgate House Revival]]>

The music Baldi makes with his band has moved from a lo-fi, one-man bedroom project in his native Cleveland to a world-touring unit produced by the likes of Steve Albini and John Congleton.

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<![CDATA[Tyvek with Cloud Nothings - Wednesday • Southgate House Revival]]>

If you recognize the name “Tyvek,” chances are it’s not because of music.

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<![CDATA[Heaven’s Jail with The Hiders - Friday • MOTR Pub]]>

Heaven’s Jail boasts an impressive sonic spectrum on its debut album, the just-released Ace Called Zero, from ethereal quiet to squalling racket and from emotional darkness to blasts of light.

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<![CDATA[The Fauntleroys - Friday • Taft Theatre Ballroom]]>

The Fauntleroys are not your typical supergroup.

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<![CDATA[The Quebe Sisters with Tim Shelton - Saturday • Miami University Hamilton’s Parrish Auditorium]]> The Quebe Sisters are singing sweetness personified. A lot of what works for Hulda, Grace and Sophia Quebe is the same thing that has made sister (or brother) acts shine over the years — close sibling harmonies.
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<![CDATA[The Wood Brothers with Chris Kasper - Monday • 20th Century Theater]]>

Over the past decade, the Wood Brothers (which also features Jano Rix on a variety of instruments) have recorded two live albums, an EP and five studio records, including last year’s acclaimed The Muse.

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<![CDATA[Chvrches with The Range - Monday • Madison Theater]]>

This is the kind of band whose appeal is clear from first blush, with its crisp, sleek synths, go-for-broke choruses and Mayberry’s unassumingly powerful vocals making an addictive combo.

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<![CDATA[Matisyahu with Radical Something - Friday • Bogart’s]]>

When you come on the scene as a young man who performs Dancehall Reggae mixed with Rap and other genres, and do it as a bearded, Orthodox Hasidic Jew who touts his spirituality in his grooves, you will be noticed by believers and non-believers alike.

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