CityBeat - Sound Advice http://www.citybeat.com/cincinnati/articles.sec-88-1-sound_advice.html <![CDATA[Barrence Whitfield & the Savages with The Sonics - Thursday • Woodward Theater]]>

Barrence Whitfield is the rare vocalist that comes around as infrequently as a December hurricane, with the same power and surprise. But Whitfield will tell you himself that a frontman is nothing without the right backing, and the best foil for the frenetic vocalist has always been guitarist Peter Greenberg.

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<![CDATA[Sphynx with Multimagic - Friday • Woodward Theater]]>

Austin, Texas, Electro Pop trio Sphynx makes magnetic, jubilant noise — ’80s-tinted but also rooted in contemporary sounds like EDM and Indie Pop. Like a mix of Chromeo and MGMT at their grooviest, Sphynx’s music is a call to the cool kids to put down their phones and get on the dance floor. And the heartfelt and non-mechanical vibe makes it infectious and accessible enough to actually work.

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<![CDATA[Strung Out with Red City Radio, La Armada and The Lockland Brakes - Saturday • Thompson House]]>

Punk was always intended to be fast, loose and fleeting; The Ramones didn’t have a pension plan. Neil Young wasn’t wrong when he noted that it’s better to burn out than to fade away and yet, for every band like The Sex Pistols that existed for a moment in the sun, there’s a band like SoCal’s Strung Out, with an amazingly long history and a potent catalog to back it up.

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<![CDATA[Peter Hook & the Light: A Joy Division Celebration - Monday • Bogart’s]]>

Joy Division was indisputably one of the finest names to emerge as a hugely influential entity in Post Punk and, retroactively, Indie Rock, but the group’s stellar run only lasted only four years. In that first project’s wake, Joy Division’s remaining personnel formed New Order, but hearing a full-on Joy Division set from an authentic source wasn’t particularly viable.That is until Joy Division bassist (and former New Order member) Peter Hook started plotting Joy Division tribute shows.

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<![CDATA[Cory Branan with Tim Easton - Wednesday • Taft Theater (Ballroom)]]>

As invigoratingly honest Americana continues to blossom amid the musical banalities of Modern Country like a desert rose, it brings with it a new phenomenon: the “No-Hit Wonder,” those troubadours whose grittily propulsive, slyly smart songs just can’t get commercial Country airplay. It is to them that Cory Branan has dedicated the title song of his latest album, The No-Hit Wonder.

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<![CDATA[Guster with Kishi Bashi - Wednesday • Bogart’s]]>

It hardly seems possible that next year marks the 25th anniversary of the meeting of guitarists Ryan Miller and Adam Gardner and percussionist Brian Rosenworcel, freshmen at Tufts University who turned their dorm room songwriting hobby into a quarter century of Alt Rock/Folk Pop wonder as Guster.

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<![CDATA[The Suicide Machines with Break Anchor, Bastardous, Derek Grant and Loudmouth - Thursday • Thompson House ]]>

In the Ska/Punk canon, no titan stands mightier than 1989’s Energy, the only album from Operation Ivy. But in 1996, Detroit outfit The Suicide Machines came close to matching that shooting star’s power and prowess with their first album, Destruction By Definition.

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<![CDATA[Lucy Wainwright Roche with Cheryl Wheeler - Thursday • The Redmoor]]>

If my family should ever disown me and I’m forced to find a new one, I would start by begging Loudon Wainwright III to adopt me. Talent seems to spew from his every orifice and I want a piece of it. He already gave his envy-worthy genes to three incredibly talented musicians — Rufus and Martha Wainwright and Lucy Wainwright Roche. Roche, in my estimate, got the lion’s share of that talent, though.

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<![CDATA[Liz Longley with Brian Wright - Wednesday • Southgate House Revival]]>

While there is now a genre of music officially called Americana — a category that can either be characterized as full of diverse artists who aren’t afraid of mixing Roots music in with their sound or as a way to promote and market artists who can’t get on Country radio — there is still an unfortunate desire to drag artists like Liz Longley into the Country music miasma.

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<![CDATA[Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors with Humming House - Thursday • 20th Century Theater]]>

You could glean a great deal about singer/songwriter Drew Holcomb and his wife/bandmate/occasional co-writer Ellie from the fact that they named their first child Emmylou. The Holcombs’ daughter arrived almost simultaneously with Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors’ 2013 album Good Light, a set that was ecstatically received by the band’s zealous fan base and positively reviewed by an increasingly jaded coterie of music critics.

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<![CDATA[Colleen Green with Upset and Leggy - Sunday • Woodward Theater]]>

Colleen Green’s third full-length (and first album recorded in an actual recording studio) is titled I Want to Grow Up, which is no coincidence. Well, that is if you equate a glossier sound and trying to kick coffee and weed as growing up.

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<![CDATA[Lotus - Tuesday • Madison Theater]]>

Very few bands have successfully incorporated as many genres and directions into their groovy, improvisation-heavy Jam Band presentation as Lotus. For the past 16 years, the Philadelphia-based quintet has carved out a niche within the admittedly open and accepting Jam community with a fascinating combination of late ’90s Pop Rock, gadgety Electronica, noodly Fusion, raise-the-roof Funk, reflective Chillwave and positive Hip Hop.

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<![CDATA[Rubblebucket with Vacationer - Saturday • Woodward Theater]]>

Born in Burlington, Vt., and headquartered in New York City, Rubblebucket is a perfect storm of Pop precision, Soul passion, Art Rock quirk and Ska bob-and-weave choreography.

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<![CDATA[Somebody’s Darling with The Whiskey Shambles - Friday • Southgate House Revival ]]>

It’s hard to stand out in the crowded Blues/Roots Rock field but Dallas-based Somebody’s Darling is a stacked deck of secret weapons.

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<![CDATA[The Whiskey Charmers with Straw Boss - Thursday • Southgate House Revival (Lounge)]]>

If it’s possible to get drunk on sound alone, The Whiskey Charmers’ intoxicating self-titled debut album will do it. And it’s utterly unfathomable for me to comprehend how something that sounds like a soundtrack to a spaghetti western’s most sexy boudoir scene could possibly come from Detroit. And yet …

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<![CDATA[6 String Drag with Hannah Aldridge - Thursday • Southgate House Revival ]]>

Band reunions can be joyful, fist-pumping celebrations or dismal funeral services for long deceased entities that should never have been exhumed. If you’re scoring at home, Roots Rock ‘N’ Roll, the first new 6 String Drag album in 18 years, belongs deliriously in the celebratory category.

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<![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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