CityBeat - Sound Advice http://www.citybeat.com/cincinnati/articles.sec-88-1-sound_advice.html <![CDATA[Sarah Jaffe with Astronautalis and Transit - Tuesday • Taft Theatre]]>

 The music bug bit Sarah Jaffe early. And hard.

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<![CDATA[Black Lips with the King Khan and BBQ Show - Tuesday • Southgate House Revival]]>

 “Drive-By Buddy,” the opening track on the Black Lips’ recently minted Underneath the Rainbow, sounds like Faces by way of The Monkees, its Honky-Tonk guitar riff and galloping beat leavened by the quartet’s usual assortment of lyrical goofiness: “Well brother, what’s the matter/Do you hate the life you’ve chose/Well I hope it doesn’t flatter, when you’re bathing with a hose/But as long as your butt’s clean, then it’s all good.”

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<![CDATA[The Dandy Warhols with Bonfire Beach - Wednesday • Southgate House Revival]]>

Did anyone believe that the decadent clan known as The Dandy Warhols would be around two decades after their formation in Portland, Ore.? Frontman Courtney Taylor-Taylor will be the first to say, "No way."

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<![CDATA[Chris Smither - Wednesday • 20th Century Theater]]>

So great and vast was the singer-songwriter revolution of the 1960s that we take for granted the long, steadily productive careers of many of its practitioners. That is the case with Chris Smither, who has put out 16 studio-recorded albums since 1970’s I’m a Stranger Too! 


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The Jam/Style Council frontman had a potent run with his former bands before going the solo route with his jazzy eponymous 1992 album, and his subsequent 20-plus-year stint under his own name has been illustrious in its own right, both critically and commercially.

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<![CDATA[Jad Fair and Danielson with Darlene - Wednesday • MOTR Pub]]>

Jad Fair and Danielson have just released a terrific album, Solid Gold Heart, full of strong melodies and a Rock & Roll enthusiasm that is as ageless as Fair himself.

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<![CDATA[Califone with S. Carey - Thursday • Southgate House Revival]]>

In the late ’90s, guitarist/keyboardist/vocalist/songwriter Tim Rutili shuttered his noisy skronk Blues outfit Red Red Meat and launched Califone as an outlet for his Electronic/Folk/Pop experiments.

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<![CDATA[The Features with Seabird - Friday • The Ballroom at Taft Theatre]]>

 While The Features have always successfully translated their visceral energy in the studio, it’s their live presentation that seals the deal. Get Featured in person.

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<![CDATA[John Cowan with John McFee and Friends - Saturday • Miami University Hamilton’s Parrish Auditorium]]>

Cowan has always had one of the most powerful voices in the business, one not only capable of singing Progressive Roots music but also able to bring dynamic Rock vocals to the microphone as well.

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<![CDATA[Pokey LaFarge with Dom Flemons, The Tillers and more - Tuesday • Miami University Middletown’s Dave Finkelman Auditorium]]>

 What is cool about LaFarge is that if he were alive and playing music in 1936, he would be just as successful as he is now.

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<![CDATA[Jad Fair with Danielson and Darlene - Wednesday • MOTR Pub]]>

MOTR Pub, in addition to bringing in up-and-coming musicians, has presented a fair number of beloved veteran cult figures (some pretty eccentric) to town. Jon Langford, Tav Falco, Kid Congo Powers, Charlie Parr come immediately to mind. Now comes the fairest of all — Jad Fair.

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<![CDATA[The Pack A.D. with Man or Astro-Man? and Wray - Wednesday • Ballroom at the Taft Theatre]]> Guitarist/vocalist Becky Black plays with my-fist-your-face intensity and sings with a Rock-blackened rasp that reinforces her physical swagger, while drummer Maya Miller keeps the frenetic beat with the unhinged energy of an amphetamine-soaked octopus.]]> <![CDATA[Ellis Paul with Rebecca Loebe - Thursday • 20th Century Theater]]> Ellis Paul is a musician who has hung in there over the years despite the ups and downs of the music business.
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<![CDATA[Grouplove with Portugal. The Man - Friday • Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati]]> Assembled in 2009, Grouplove was quickly called out as an energetic and engaging live act.]]> <![CDATA[Legendary Shack Shakers with Whiskey 
Shivers and Whiskey Bent Valley Boys - Friday • Southgate House Revival]]> Legendary Shack Shakers has been described as everything from Southern Gothic Rock and Rockabilly/Cowpunk to Sideshow Carnival Music and a group that “don’t do murder ballads, they do murder boogie.”  
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<![CDATA[Kishi Bashi with The Ridges - Thursday • 20th Century Theater]]>

Virginia native Kishi Bashi (aka Kaoru Ishibashi) is an ace violinist who’s lent his talents to Regina Spektor, of Montreal and Sondre Lerche. He’s also a founding member of Electro Pop outfit Jupiter One, but more recently he has stepped out as a solo artist.

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<![CDATA[Slightly Stoopid with Zach Deputy - Friday • Madison Theater]]>

As interest in Reggae-flavored Punk rose exponentially in the mid-’90s, Sublime’s Brad Nowell went out on a sturdy limb and founded Skunk Records in order to find and nurture bands that mined a similarly groovy vein. 
One of Nowell’s signings was Slightly Stoopid.

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<![CDATA[Grace & Tony with Misty Mountain String Band - Saturday • Maudie’s]]>

Grace & Tony (White), a husband-and-wife duo from Loretto, Tenn., are both stringed-instrument players and have released one well-received album, November.

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<![CDATA[The Blasters - Sunday • Southgate House Revival]]>

Family in general and brothers in particular can screw up a band like walnuts in lime Jell-O. The Kinks. The Black Crowes. Oasis. The Blasters could qualify in that spotty sweepstakes, at least to a certain extent.

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<![CDATA[MidPoint Indie Summer Finale with Islands and More - Friday • Fountain Square]]>

You have one last chance to catch a free MidPoint Indie Summer show on Fountain Square this year and it’s a doozy. Joining Louisville, Ky.’s great Indie/ElectroPop band The Pass, plus excellent locals The Yugos and newer crew Joey Cook and the Keepers of the Secret (one of the Pomegranates member’s new projects), are acclaimed eclectic Indie Pop rockers Islands.

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