CityBeat - Sound Advice http://www.citybeat.com/cincinnati/articles.sec-88-1-sound_advice.html <![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. ]]>
<![CDATA[Lucius with Sara Bareilles - Tuesday • PNC Pavilion at Riverbend]]>

Like Tegan & Sara (with whom they’ve toured), Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig of Brooklyn Indie Pop band Lucius wrap their vocals around each other, both in harmony and unison, with the impressive precision of two vocalists who’ve sung together their entire lives.

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<![CDATA[Billy Joe Shaver - Thursday • Southgate House Revival]]>

Even the Outlaw Country community considers Billy Joe Shaver to be an outlaw. The Texas native learned to play guitar at 11 and dropped out of school in the eighth grade to pick cotton but returned sporadically to play sports. After a Navy hitch, Shaver married Brenda Tindell in 1960; she divorced him six years later when he pursued a songwriting career (they subsequently remarried, divorced and remarried).

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<![CDATA[Black Label Society with Wovenwar - Thursday • Bogart’s]]>

Though the concept of a musician becoming a “guitar god” — a guitarist who not only has a strong fan base, but is also almost universally revered by his or her peers -— may seem like something that only happened decades ago, with players like Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan rightfully earning such distinction, there are plenty of contemporary players that have attained “god-like” status in the music community. One of today’s indisputable guitar gods is Zakk Wylde, the hard-rocking, Jersey-born six-string slinger who’s been in the spotlight for more than a quarter century now.

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<![CDATA[ Bailiff with Near Earth Objects - Friday • MOTR Pub]]>

Legend has it that Josh Siegel, frontman for dynamic Chicago Post Punk trio Bailiff, left behind his studies at Berklee College of Music and returned to his Chicago home to form a Rock band, immediately posting a Craigslist ad looking for other musicians that asked, “Do you consider Radiohead to be soul music? Do you hear Muddy Waters in between the notes on the White Album?”

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

Although Soul singer Maxwell has enjoyed stratospheric success as a silky and powerful R&B artist since the mid-’90s, there’s an argument that his career has suffered from classic mismanagement and a slight case of squandered potential. Since ’96, his output has consisted of just four studio albums and a live EP. In fairness, that catalog has generated 12 Grammy nominations and two wins.

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<![CDATA[Braid with Pity Sex and Signals Midwest - Thursday • Southgate House Revival]]>

Somehow, it seems we’ve ripped the pages out of 21 calendars since Braid roared out of Champaign, Ill., with a Post Punk/Emo sound that deftly combined dissonance and melodicism, thundering heaviness and lightning heat, stuttering time signatures and straightforward riffage.

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<![CDATA[Scott Miller - Thursday • Ballroom at the Taft Theatre]]>

Anyone that has driven on Route 11 through northwestern Virginia has encountered the beauty and history that is the Shenandoah Valley.

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<![CDATA[Will Kimbrough with Brigitte DeMeyer - Saturday • Southgate House Revival]]>

Will Kimbrough is one of those multi-talented artists that nearly anyone could build a band around, a diverse musician who has devoted his life to his craft since an early age.

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<![CDATA[Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires - Monday • MOTR Pub]]>

It’s easy enough to describe Lee Bains III & the Glory Fires in strictly musical terms. Hailing from Birmingham, Ala., former Dexateens guitarist Bains and his rip-roaring band of Dixie brothers scream through their sophomore album, Dereconstructed, with the ferocity of a Punk-fueled Drive-By Truckers, informed by early Rolling Stones, snotty ’60s Garage dervishes like The Standells and The Shadows of Knight and ’70s swaggermeisters like The Dictators, with a healthy dash of Southern Gospel passion.

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<![CDATA[Patrick Sweany - Thursday • Southgate House Revival]]>

If fame and fortune were merely by-products of well-placed connections, Blues guitarist Patrick Sweany would have a kidney-shaped pool filled with Dom Pérignon and he’d be ducking the paparazzi every time he walked out the front door.

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<![CDATA[ Local H with Mad Anthony, New Strange and One Day Steady - Friday • Fountain Square ]]>

Next year will mark the 25th anniversary of the founding of Local H by dual-purpose guitarist/vocalist Scott Lucas and original drummer Joe Daniels in their hometown of Zion, Ill.

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<![CDATA[Protomartyr with Jaill, The Sidekicks, Mardou and more - Saturday • Hoffner Park (Northside)]]>

Joe Casey is agitated. The frontman and chief word slinger for Detroit’s Protomartyr opens the quartet’s second full-length record, the stellar Under Color of Official Right, with this recurring statement: “There’s just a clack in the brain now.”

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<![CDATA[Treasure Fingers with Millennium Robots, Disco Joe & Friends, Aviators and more - Saturday • Fountain Square]]>

Producer/musician/DJ/remix-specialist Ashley Jones first came to the attention of the Dance music universe under the stage name The Enemy, part of the innovative Drum ’n Bass trio Evol Intent, which released club and critical favorites on its own Evol Intent Records, as well as Dieselboy’s Human Imprint label.

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