CityBeat - Sound Advice http://www.citybeat.com/cincinnati/articles.sec-88-1-sound_advice.html <![CDATA[Protomartyr with Whatever Brains - Thursday • MOTR Pub]]>

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[Lab Partners with Darlene and The Stealth Pastille - Friday • Northside Tavern]]>

One of the finest bands to emerge from the Dayton, Ohio, music scene over the last 15 years, Lab Partners continue to carry on Gem City’s reputation as a hot-bed for Indie Rock. The band also has direct ties to some of the artists who helped bring international attention to the city’s music in the first place.

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<![CDATA[Papadosio with Peridoni and Random Rab - Saturday • Madison Theater]]>

There is a fair amount of evidence that Jam/Psych bands are primarily interested in mindless noodling on a musical bridge to nowhere, Electronic bands are satisfied to “unce-unce-unce” on varying themes with no discernible point and Prog bands have a tendency to disappear up their own asses with Classical suites and Middle Earth imagery. Papadosio understands all of those stereotypical paradigms and assiduously avoids falling prey to any of them.

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<![CDATA[Noah Gundersen with Armon Jay - Tuesday • Southgate House Revival ]]>

Given his raspy delivery, spare acoustic guitar accompaniment, erudite wordplay and numerous Tom Waits videos posted on his Tumblr page, it’s easy to draw a line between Seattle singer/songwriter Noah Gundersen and the world’s most famous boho troubadour. Too easy, perhaps.

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<![CDATA[Sidewalk Chalk with The Almighty Get Down - Friday • MOTR Pub]]>

Sidewalk Chalk's just-released second album, Leaves, opens with a live clip in which frontdude/rapper Rico Sisney and frontlady/singer Maggie Vagle ask a crowd to shout out the Hip Hop crew's name on the count of three. It's a fitting intro, for this Chicago octet is, first and foremost, interested in interaction, about stirring minds and moving asses. 


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<![CDATA[Jimbo Mathus with Lonesome Jared and The Heart Attacks - Tuesday • Southgate House Revival]]> Ex-Squirrel Nut Zipper Jimbo Mathus returns to his electric guitar-driven Mississippi Rock & Roll roots on his latest Fat Possum Records album called Dark Night of the Soul.]]> <![CDATA[Miss Shevaughn & Yuma Wray with Shoot Out the Lights and Quiet Hollers - Friday • Southgate House Revival]]>

The fan base that Miss Shevaughn & Yuma Wray have accumulated over the past three years must look like a random demographic sampling from the U.S. census. 

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<![CDATA[Sol Cat - Tuesday • The Drinkery]]>

On the final night of last year’s MidPoint Music Festival extravaganza, an old man dropped into The Drinkery to grab a beer, catch his breath and absorb a few minutes of Sol Cat’s soulful Psych/Dance/Pop, which had reminded him at least a little of Walk the Moon’s similarly adrenalized output. He’d expected an out-of-town show to be sparsely attended, which would theoretically allow him a seat at the bar and a chance to recharge for the remainder of the night.

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<![CDATA[Deer Tick with The Hold Steady - Tuesday • Bogart’s]]>

Deer Tick frontman John McCauley is a notorious rabble-rouser, the kind of guy who uses The Replacements’ Bob Stinson-era hijinks as a guide to making drunken, ramshackle Rock & Roll.

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<![CDATA[The David Mayfield Parade - Thursday • Southgate House Revival]]>

There’s a party rolling across the country and setting up shop in various venues across the land called The David Mayfield Parade. Next stop: Newport, Ky.

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<![CDATA[The War on Drugs with White Laces - Friday • 20th Century Theater]]>

The cover for The War on Drugs’ latest album, Lost in the Dream, finds frontman Adam Granduciel looking down pensively, his fuzzy, mop-headed silhouette semi-obscured by light flowing through a window. The gauzy image is the perfect encapsulation of the Philadelphia band’s brand of melancholic Psych Pop, a sound at once familiar and tough to entirely pin down.

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<![CDATA[Keb' Mo' - Saturday • Dave Finkelman Auditorium (Miami University Middletown)]]>

When Keb’ Mo’ comes to our area this weekend, he does so 10 days before the release of his first solo recording in three years. Titled BLUESAmericana, the album’s name captures the multi-genre lines that Mo’ has crossed throughout his career.


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<![CDATA[Guttermouth - Monday • Southgate House Revival]]>

Punk Rock covers a lot of serious, meaty topics — individualism, anger, materialism, rebellion. But as Guttermouth has proven, Punk Rock can also be about spitting in the face of propriety for the sheer pleasure of it: They are reportedly banned in Canada and have a song about a donkey sex show.

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<![CDATA[Twenty One Pilots with Juicy J, NONONO and Hunter Hunted - Saturday • Fifth Third Arena ]]>

Twenty One Pilots’ fervent fan base radiates outward from their Columbus headquarters, so it’s no surprise that the faithful showed up in full force for 2012 Bunbury Music Festival in Cincinnati like a mellow Mongol hoard.

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<![CDATA[Bobaflex - Saturday • Northern Kentucky Convention Center]]> Metallers Bobaflex's most recent recording is last fall’s self-released and short but shredding Charlatan’s Web, featuring the leering Kiss-meets-Van Halen “School for Young Ladies” and the my-fist-your-cold-face dirge/anthem “I’m Glad You’re Dead.”]]> <![CDATA[Dom Flemons with Buffalo Wabs & the Price Hill Hustle - Monday • Southgate House Revival ]]>

For eight years, Dom Flemons was a part of the retro-yet-groundbreaking Carolina Chocolate Drops. After a great run that included a Grammy and wide-spread critical acclaim, Flemons decided to break away last year and strike out on his own.

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<![CDATA[St. Vincent - Tuesday • Bogart’s]]>

Annie Clark, aka St. Vincent, is a mysterious lady whose increasingly impressive musical output is informed by her expressive guitar playing and catchy, intricately crafted songs. St. Vincent’s just-released, self-titled fourth album is rife with contradiction, syncopated rhythms and surreal flourishes, the work of an artist who continues to expand her horizons.

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<![CDATA[New Bums with Pete Fosco - Thursday • MOTR Pub]]>

Ben Chasny and Donovan Quinn, doing business as New Bums, are the sound of Bob Dylan and Neil Young raised as brothers on the mean streets of New York, singing dark songs of contemporary survival and busking for change with a cardboard sign that reads “Paul Westerberg Relief Fund,” although they’re spending the money on 40s and weed.

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<![CDATA[Johnette Napolitano - Thursday • Southgate House Revival (Sanctuary)]]>

It seems almost unfathomable, but Johnette Napolitano has been a musical fixture for over three decades, with her pummeling bass style, distinctive and alluring dusky vocal rasp and an almost Zelig-like knack for aligning herself with some of Rock’s more prominent personalities.

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<![CDATA[Corina Corina and Abiyah - Friday • Northside Tavern]]>

Veteran, multifaceted Cincinnati Hip Hop artist/promoter Abiyah has teamed up with Brooklyn, N.Y.’s R&B/Hip Hop vocalist Corina Corina (whose latest album, The Free Way, was just released) for a two-week jaunt through the East Coast and Midwest, which began on Corina’s turf in mid-March and comes to Abiyah’s home base this week.

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