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

Surfer Blood is now a well-oiled live unit, delivering its reverb-laden tunes with the dexterity they deserve.

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<![CDATA[Ruthie Foster with Kim Taylor - Thursday • 20th Century Theater]]>

Foster’s brand new album, Promise of a Brand New Day, moves her forward — it’s as much accomplished R&B, mixed with strains of Rock, Pop and Folk, as it is straightforward Blues.

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<![CDATA[Richard Thompson with Amanda Shires - Saturday • Dave Finkelman Auditorium (Miami University Middletown)]]> Richard Thompson has been playing guitar since our current president was in diapers. For the mathematically challenged, that’s more than five decades, a career in which the English-born Thomps]]> <![CDATA[Ben Frost - Sunday • Contemporary Arts Center]]>

You can count on the Contemporary Arts Center’s Performance Series to bring in the best cutting-edge musicians right when their latest albums are accumulating Best of the Year accolades.

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<![CDATA[Cherub with Ghost Beach and Gibbz - Wednesday • 20th Century Theater]]>

Don’t let the band’s angelically chubby name throw you off. Cherub is slinky, kinky sex on a synth and they want to show you their … show

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<![CDATA[Zebrahead with MxPx, Allister and Survay Says! - Thursday • Southgate House Revival ]]>

Born in the late 1990s and hitting its cultural peak in the early 2000s, the La Habra, Calif., Zebrahead emerged when Rap Rock was the sound du jour.

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<![CDATA[mewithoutYou with The Appleseed Cast and Hop Along - Friday • Southgate House Revival]]>

A spin through Foxes today reveals a slightly more complex and lyrically esoteric group, but mewithoutYou’s relevance and visceral impact remain intact on its recent work.

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<![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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