CityBeat - Sound Advice http://www.citybeat.com/cincinnati/articles.sec-88-1-sound_advice.html <![CDATA[Ben Miller Band with Daniel Romano & the Trilliums - Friday • MOTR Pub]]>

Ben Miller Band would be a perfect fit for a public goat ropin’. Along with some more traditional instrumentation, like a drum kit or acoustic guitar, the Ben Miller Band members will play a harmonica through a 1960s home phone receiver with its cord still attached. Or flush a washboard through a wah-wah pedal.

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<![CDATA[Carbon Leaf - Thursday • Southgate House Revival ]]>

If, as the old saying goes, success is the best revenge, whoever Carbon Leaf had a beef with has been served with a righteous vengeance beatdown.

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<![CDATA[Edward David Anderson with Slick Willy & the Kentucky Jellies - Thursday • Southgate House Revival (Lounge)]]>

Many will remember Edward David Anderson from the rootsy Rock band Backyard Tire Fire, in which he wrote virtually every song the band performed and recorded. When the group opened for Los Lobos a few years ago, Steve Berlin was listening backstage and was instantly impressed. That led to Berlin producing Anderson’s excellent new album, Lies & Wishes.

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<![CDATA[Elliott Brood with Young Heirlooms - Saturday • MOTR Pub]]>

When a band’s sound gets tagged as “Death Country,” you know something special is afoot. And Canadian trio Elliott Brood lives up to its advance billing in every conceivable way.

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<![CDATA[Goodbye June with Mamadrones - Friday • MOTR Pub]]>

There’s a distinctively rootsy Americana vibe that snakes its way through the Hard Rock volume of Goodbye June, like a lazy southern river.

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<![CDATA[Drive-By Truckers with Eric Church - Saturday • U.S. Bank Arena]]>

English Oceans has become one of Drive-By Truckers’ most distinctive albums in a discography full of them.

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<![CDATA[Red with Islander, 3 Years Hollow and Seven Circle Sunrise - Saturday • Thompson House]]>

Since its 2004 formation, Red has had a rather chameleonic presence.

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<![CDATA[Galactic with The Record Company - Tuesday • 20th Century Theatre]]>

New Orleans is of course known for its musical history and for producing funky jams amidst the joyous chaos of the city.

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<![CDATA[Perfume Genius with The Lone Bellow and Mina Tindle - Sunday • Memorial Hall]]>

The cover of Perfume Genius’ third album, 2014’s Too Bright, features frontman/creative ringleader Mike Hadreas clad in a shiny, sleeveless gold-and-silver top that hugs his slight frame.

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<![CDATA[Chatham County Line with Sam Lewis - Sunday • Southgate House Revival]]>

Chatham County Line has always played Bluegrass music its own way.

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<![CDATA[Lucero with Ryan Bingham and Twin Forks - Sunday • Taft Theatre ]]>

Tom Waits doesn’t necessarily leap to mind when listening to Lucero’s raucous brand of Memphis-fueled Rock & Roll.

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<![CDATA[Swervedriver with Gateway Drugs - Monday • Woodward Theater]]>

From the opening salvo of “Autodidact” on I Wasn’t Born to Lose You, Swervedriver’s first album of new material in 17 years, the listener is transported back to the mid-’90s.

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<![CDATA[Iris DeMent with Pieta Brown - Thursday • 20th Century Theater]]>

In the Folk/Gospel/Country realm, few singer/songwriters are as acclaimed, respected and beloved as Iris DeMent by devoted fans as well as her adoring peer group.

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<![CDATA[The Life and Times with Ashes and Iron - Thursday • MOTR Pub]]>

Indie Rock power trios are as common as crime, but the ones that rise to the top of the form defy the limitations of their numbers by sounding more expansive than the standard guitar/bass/drums set-up.

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<![CDATA[The Church with The Sharp Things - Sunday • Woodward Theater]]>

In the late ’70s, Australia exported a fair amount of bracingly unique Alternative Rock that rivaled anything produced by America or Great Britain.

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<![CDATA[Justin Townes Earle with Gill Landry - Tuesday • Southgate House Revival]]>

When you are Justin Townes Earle and you are the son of the famous musician Steve Earle, the bonus of name recognition soon gives way to overt scrutiny.

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<![CDATA[The Bunny The Bear with Released by Prayer and Time and Distance - Thursday • Southgate House Revival (Sanctuary)]]>

The Bunny The Bear has plied its progressive Post Hardcore/Synthcore/Indiecore trade for the past seven years to a rabidly loyal and consistently expanding fan base.

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<![CDATA[American Aquarium with Ben Knight & the Well Diggers and Rod Hamdallah - Thursday • Southgate House Revival (Revival Room)]]>

The cool thing about American Aquarium is that they have always been really good.

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<![CDATA[JJ Grey & Mofro with The London Souls - Friday • Taft Theatre]]>

Coming from a former family chicken farm and pecan tree grove in Jacksonville, Fla., you’d expect JJ Grey to exude the flavor of the South, and that’s just what he does.

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<![CDATA[The Contortionist with Revocation, Fallujah, Toothgrinder, The Requiem and Sea of Treachery - Saturday • Thompson House]]>

Although hints of growled dirty vocals sometimes form an undercurrent to the proceedings and even push to the forefront, The Contortionist seems detached from the Deathcore/Death Metal proponents with which it is often grouped.

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