CityBeat - Sound Advice http://www.citybeat.com/cincinnati/articles.sec-88-1-sound_advice.html <![CDATA[Sound Advice: Charlie Parr with Casey Campbell - Thursday • Washington Park Bandstand]]>

Three years ago, when I wrote about a Charlie Parr club appearance here, it was necessary to introduce him and his work to even those readers who followed acoustic Blues, Folk and Americana music.

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<![CDATA[Sound Advice: Yonder Mountain String Band with The Goodle Boys - Saturday • Moonlite Gardens (Coney Island) ]]>

Ever since founding member Jeff Austin left Yonder Mountain String Band in 2014, there’s been a question floating in the air among fans: How can the band be the same without Austin?

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<![CDATA[Sound Advice: Eli Cook - Sunday • Southgate House Revival]]>

For more than a half century, John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers has been the launching pad/finishing school for some of the world’s most formidable guitarists.

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<![CDATA[Sound Advice: Dale Watson with Straw Boss - Tuesday • Fountain Square]]>

If I hear another Bro Country song about a six pack, a lake, a pickup truck on a gravel road and girls who can’t get enough of all that goofy shit, my head may just implode.

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<![CDATA[Sound Advice: Heartless Bastards with Craig Finn - Thursday and Friday • Woodward Theater]]>

I have two enduring memories of singer Erika Wennerstrom and Heartless Bastards. The first unfolded in 2005 when I experienced the band’s live power for the first time at Austin, Texas’ South by Southwest festival.

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<![CDATA[Sound Advice: Tedeschi Trucks Band with Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings and Doyle Bramhall II - Friday • PNC Pavilion at Riverbend]]>

Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks, both individually and as a unit, are musicians about whom words can barely do justice.

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<![CDATA[Sound Advice: Punch Brothers with Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn - Saturday • Taft Theatre]]>

When describing concerts, — especially those of the Bluegrass variety — many would probably use words like “loud” and “rowdy.” Much more rare is a Bluegrass show that has the power to bring a hush over the crowd.

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<![CDATA[Sound Advice: Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros with The Bright Light Social Hour and Letts - Sunday • The Shoe at Horseshoe Casino]]>

The fun-loving hippies that make up Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros are coming to The Shoe. If you like good music and are great at ignoring band politics, you should definitely check ’em out. Just do yourself a favor and don’t land at the barricade.

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<![CDATA[Sound Advice: Beth Hart with Matt Andersen - Thursday • Taft Theatre]]>

Life is a series of defining moments and Blues chanteuse Beth Hart has had plenty in her nearly two-and-a-half decade career.

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<![CDATA[Sound Advice: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion with Daddy Long Legs - Friday • Woodward Theater]]>

Musical provocateur Jon Spencer chose the perfect handle for his new project when it was formed back in 1991 — Blues Explosion — and it continues to accurately reflect the visceral sound and fury emanating from his incendiary trio almost a quarter century later.

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<![CDATA[Sound Advice: The Revivalists with The Main Squeeze, Elementree Livity Project and more - Saturday • RiversEdge (Hamilton, Ohio)]]>

With New Orleans being such a saturated hub for soulful Rock & Roll, it’s a definite sign that a band has a good thing going when it breaks through the dense competition and onto the radar of fans across the country.

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<![CDATA[Sound Advice: Justin Furstenfeld with Ashleigh Stone - Tuesday • 20th Century Theater]]>

It’s been 20 years and a lot of hard times since Blue October formed, but Justin Furstenfeld and the gang aren’t done yet.

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<![CDATA[Hozier with Dawes - Sunday • The Shoe at Horsehoe Casino ]]> Every now and then a musician with immense talent reaches the upper echelon of the Billboard charts. They don’t get there because they’re so hot or because they’re dating Diplo. They didn’t wi]]> <![CDATA[Spoon with The Antlers - Saturday • Madison Theater]]> Spoon is the most reliable band on the planet, each album a slight variation on frontman Britt Daniel’s long-running love of terse, sharp-edged Rock & Roll. The Austin, Texas outfit’s eig]]> <![CDATA[Broncho with Kopecky, Coconut Milk and Near Earth Objects - Friday • Fountain Square]]>

Over the past five years, Broncho has ridden its love of ’70s Punk and ’80s Indie Rock to a press kit full of praise and the kind of fairly high-profile song placements that couldn’t help but broaden its loyal fan base.

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<![CDATA[Marina and the Diamonds - Friday • Bogart’s]]>

It’s oddly wonderful how sometimes two songwriters will interpret the same concept in diametrically opposed fashions. For example, consider Pharrell Williams and Marina Diamandis, both of whom have very powerful songs called “Happy.”

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<![CDATA[Ralph Stanley with Nathan Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys - Friday • Thompson House]]>

A little over a year ago, 88-year-old Bluegrass Hall of Famer Ralph Stanley called me as he was mourning the loss of his long-time guitarist George Shuffler. Ralph and his brother Carter made American Roots music history in the ’40s, ’50s and ’60s as The Stanley Brothers.

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<![CDATA[Butch Walker with Jonathan Tyler and The Dove and the Wolf - Saturday • Bogart’s]]>

No one can accuse Butch Walker of not living up to his potential.

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<![CDATA[Shilpa Ray - Wednesday (June 3) • The Comet]]>

Having seen Shilpa Ray play in the early morning hours after a fierce, chilling rainstorm at the outdoor Nelsonville Music Festival in East Central Ohio, this writer can testify that her tough and exciting voice can surmount any distraction around her and kick-start listeners out of any weariness and make them pay attention.

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<![CDATA[Steve Katz - Friday • Southgate House Revival ]]>

According to Publishers Weekly, Steve Katz’s new memoir Blood, Sweat, and My Rock ’n’ Roll Years: Is Steve Katz a Rock Star? has maybe the most spectacular revelation yet of any Rock memoir.

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