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Houndmouth with Rayland Baxter

Friday • Southgate House Revival

1 Comment · Monday, March 17, 2014
On Houndmouth’s full-length debut, 2013’s From the Hills Below the City, you can tell the quartet is smitten with the majestic charm of Americana masters The Band. “Penitentiary,” the calling-card tune that triggered Internet buzz and eventually drew the interest of famed indie label Rough Trade, could be mistaken for a Music from Big Pink bonus track.  

Grouplove

Thursday • Bogart’s

0 Comments · Monday, March 17, 2014
The story of Grouplove is like something straight out of the ’60s. The band members met at an artist commune on the Greek island of Crete. All struggling to pay their bills with their various forms of art, they each stumbled upon the right people at the right time. Eventually they found themselves living in a basement in Crete, able to focus on art instead of working to pay rent.   

Blind Boys of Alabama

Friday • Greaves Hall (Northern Kentucky University)

0 Comments · Monday, March 17, 2014
The legendary five-time Grammy winners Blind Boys of Alabama have steadily brought inspired grooves to the stage since the group’s beginnings in the 1930s. Greater Cincinnati has witnessed some special shows by the group, especially their gig at the2006  Tall Stacks Festival, when lead singer Jimmy Carter was led into the  crowd with a mic where he proceeded to lift up the audience with goodness and light and soul.  

Vic and Gab

Monday • MOTR Pub

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Vic and Gab’s first full-length, last year’s Love of Mine, is even more assured, the sound of a band coming into its own. Album opener “Love of Mine” sets the tone, a dreamily atmospheric Pop tune that’s almost impossible to eradicate once it enters your ears.  

Dex Romweber Duo with Grotesque Brooms

Thursday • MOTR Pub

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 12, 2014
The Dex Romweber Duo's Images 13 drops next month, and it’s an amalgam of everything that has erupted from Romweber’s fevered creative genius from the start — twisted ’50s Rockabilly and romantic Pop, high-octane ’60s Surf, raw, electric Blues and even strains of Jazz and Exotica.  

The Tossers with Continental and Mill Creek Revelry

Thursday • Southgate House Revival

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 12, 2014
There are dozens of thriving “Celtic Punk” bands, but the Holy Drunken Trinity is clearly the triad of Boston’s Dropkick Murphys, Los Angeles’ Flogging Molly and Chicago's The Tossers. Of that trio, The Tossers are both the longest tenured and the least well known, and yet the sextet has amassed a slavishly loyal following and maintained a constant studio/stage presence over the past 21 years.  

Chris Knight with Ben Knight & the Well Diggers

Friday • Taft Theatre (Ballroom)

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Chris Knight is a singer/songwriter who goes against the grain when it comes to what passes for talent in Nashville these days. A songsmith on par with the Darrell Scotts and Jeff Blacks of the world, Knight has little use for mainstream Country music dreck or stereotypical Americana fare.   

Jesse Dee with Honey & Houston

Saturday • Northside Tavern

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 12, 2014
It’s one thing to find inspiration in such Soul legends, but Jesse Dee’s honest, genuine songwriting and soul-drenched vocals give his tunes the same spirit and emotional heft as those originators.  

Connie Men

NYC’s Low Cut Connie has established a healthy Cincinnati following with perseverance and great shows

0 Comments · Tuesday, March 4, 2014
A decade ago, years before American keyboardist Adam Weiner and British drummer/guitarist Dan Finnemore realized their vision of incendiary Piano Rock as Low Cut Connie, Weiner made his Greater Cincinnati solo debut. Booked at the original Southgate House, Weiner found an audience unimpressed with his offerings.  

ScHoolboy Q with Isaiah Rashad

Monday • Bogart’s

0 Comments · Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Oxymoron, ScHoolboy Q’s incendiary, just-released Interscope debut, has been incredibly well received by critics for its raw musical presentation and distinctive lyrics and delivery. At press time, chart pundits were predicting it would debut high on the next Billboard album chart, if not hit No. 1.   

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