CityBeat - Sound Advice http://www.citybeat.com/cincinnati/articles.sec-88-1-sound_advice.html <![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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<![CDATA[The Main Squeeze with Benchwood Wyse and Nevele - Saturday • Madison Theater ]]>

If any old fogey tries to tell you there is no soul left in modern music, sit him (or her) down in his favorite reclining chair and tell him to shut up and listen while you give him a juicy taste of The Main Squeeze.

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<![CDATA[Into It. Over It. with Kevin Devine and Laura Stevenson - Wednesday • Southgate House Revival]]>

The Into It. Over It. frontman (often only man) has been a music fan since elementary school, falling hard for Emo in seventh grade after getting a taste of Sunny Day Real Estate.

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<![CDATA[Nikki Lane with Young Heirlooms - Friday • Woodward Theater]]>

Nikki Lane twangs and bangs with the ferocity of a roadhouse Rock band churning out amped up Country covers behind the sturdiest chicken wire known to man.

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<![CDATA[Crazy & the Brains with Coconut Milk - Friday • MOTR Pub]]>

Any band nervy enough to christen themselves Crazy & the Brains automatically gets a pass on anything resembling the rules.

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<![CDATA[Jukebox the Ghost with Little Daylight - Wednesday • Taft Theatre (Ballroom)]]>

If you trim a two-year evolutionary period from its timeline, 2015 represents Jukebox the Ghost’s 10th year of operation, and such milestones are always prime opportunities for reflection.

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<![CDATA[Jeff Austin with Pert Near Sandstone - Thursday • Madison Theater]]>

Some musicians simply exhibit (and thereby inspire) total madness through their music, creating an unspoken dialogue in the gray area between audience and performer.

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<![CDATA[Datsik with Kennedy Jones, Trolley Snatcha and Barely Alive - Thursday • Bogart’s]]>

With a birth name like Troy Beetles, a career in music would seem to be a given. But the Canadian artist/producer/label honcho has no interest in letting it be or going on a magical mystery tour with Sgt. Pepper down Abbey Road.

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<![CDATA[O.T. Genasis - Sunday • Inner Circle]]>

Remember last week when I asked Facebook why O.T. Genasis was so stoked about having baking soda? No? OK. Awesome.

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<![CDATA[Dave Mason’s Traffic Jam - Thursday • 20th Century Theater]]>

Life is a circle and it’s come back around full force for Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Dave Mason, who began his legendary career nearly 50 years ago as co-founder of Traffic and now revisits those halcyon days with his latest touring concept/project, Traffic Jam.

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<![CDATA[Frontier Ruckus with River Whyless - Thursday • MOTR Pub]]>

Frontier Ruckus lives up to the latter half of its name in the live context, as evidenced by Rolling Stone once calling them out as one of the must-see acts at Bonnaroo.

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<![CDATA[Joanne Shaw Taylor - Saturday • The Phoenix]]>

A cursory spin of Joanne Shaw Taylor’s debut album, 2009’s White Sugar, reveals an artist with a soulful understanding of the Blues and possessed of a husky vocal instrument that perfectly exemplifies the genre’s weary joy and therapeutic exuberance.

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<![CDATA[Cole Swindell - Sunday • Cincinnati Gardens]]>

Swindell’s story is the epitome of the American Dream. He went from selling merch at concerts to nabbing a songwriting contract and opening up for some of the biggest names on the radio.

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