CityBeat - Sound Advice http://www.citybeat.com/cincinnati/articles.sec-88-1-sound_advice.html <![CDATA[Cloud Nothings with Tyvek - Wednesday • Southgate House Revival]]>

The music Baldi makes with his band has moved from a lo-fi, one-man bedroom project in his native Cleveland to a world-touring unit produced by the likes of Steve Albini and John Congleton.

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<![CDATA[Tyvek with Cloud Nothings - Wednesday • Southgate House Revival]]>

If you recognize the name “Tyvek,” chances are it’s not because of music.

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<![CDATA[Heaven’s Jail with The Hiders - Friday • MOTR Pub]]>

Heaven’s Jail boasts an impressive sonic spectrum on its debut album, the just-released Ace Called Zero, from ethereal quiet to squalling racket and from emotional darkness to blasts of light.

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<![CDATA[The Fauntleroys - Friday • Taft Theatre Ballroom]]>

The Fauntleroys are not your typical supergroup.

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<![CDATA[The Quebe Sisters with Tim Shelton - Saturday • Miami University Hamilton’s Parrish Auditorium]]> The Quebe Sisters are singing sweetness personified. A lot of what works for Hulda, Grace and Sophia Quebe is the same thing that has made sister (or brother) acts shine over the years — close sibling harmonies.
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<![CDATA[The Wood Brothers with Chris Kasper - Monday • 20th Century Theater]]>

Over the past decade, the Wood Brothers (which also features Jano Rix on a variety of instruments) have recorded two live albums, an EP and five studio records, including last year’s acclaimed The Muse.

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<![CDATA[Chvrches with The Range - Monday • Madison Theater]]>

This is the kind of band whose appeal is clear from first blush, with its crisp, sleek synths, go-for-broke choruses and Mayberry’s unassumingly powerful vocals making an addictive combo.

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<![CDATA[Matisyahu with Radical Something - Friday • Bogart’s]]>

When you come on the scene as a young man who performs Dancehall Reggae mixed with Rap and other genres, and do it as a bearded, Orthodox Hasidic Jew who touts his spirituality in his grooves, you will be noticed by believers and non-believers alike.

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<![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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<![CDATA[Music: Paul Weller - ]]>

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.]]>