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Social Distortion with The Strangers and Middle Class Rut

Sept. 30 • Bogart's

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 30, 2009
With music such a commodity these days, it's no surprise that former bands, once popular, are now reuniting in waves. Why not sharpen your chops, comb over the gray hair and hit the lucrative tour circuit again? That's why it's unique to see a band like Social Distortion, who, after 25 years plus in the club trenches, is still taking no prisoners in concert.   

Sonny Landreth

Oct. 3 • St. Xavier High School Performance Center

0 Comments · Monday, September 28, 2009
Sonny Landreth has been plying his trade as "the king of Slydeco" for the better part of three decades, and his singular guitar sound has graced recordings and performances by Bonnie Raitt, John Hiatt, Jimmy Buffett, Little Feat, John Mayall, Gov't Mule, Buddy Guy and a good many others, including a certain British string strangler (who has been variously identified as Slowhand and God), who once referred to Landreth as "the most underestimated musician on the planet and also probably one of the most advanced."  

Sea Wolf with Port O'Brien and Sara Lov

Oct. 4 • Southgate House

0 Comments · Monday, September 28, 2009
Alex Brown Church Church is Sea Wolf, but recently he welcomed drummer Joey Ficken, bassist Ted Liscinski (onetime member of Cincy band Moth during that band's major label tenure) and keyboardist Lisa Fendelander to the permanent fold. Touring newbie Joyce Lee takes up the cello, while Nathan Anderson helms electric guitar, something he also handles for Indie Folk luminary M. Ward. I leave it at that, because I don’t want to   

Buckethead with Wolff and Kan-Dee

Sept. 20 • Madison Theater

0 Comments · Friday, September 11, 2009
Since picking up the guitar at age 12, Brian Patrick Carroll has been voted one of the 20 greatest and/or weirdest guitarists by various Rock magazines. If you don't recognize the name, it's because he doesn't use it. And you wouldn't recognize his face because he doesn't show it. That is the mystique of the blistering guitarist known as Buckethead.  

Over the Rhine

Sept. 11 • Moonlite Gardens

0 Comments · Thursday, September 10, 2009
Like fine wine, local legends Over the Rhine have gotten better with age. From their first show at Sudsy Malone's (about 20 folks showed up to see it) to their various record deals (I.R.S. and Virgin/Backporch) and back to their DIY roots (which has given them some of their biggest successes yet), OtR is marking two decades of gorgeous, soulful music-making. A live recording of their reunion with original members Ric Hordinski and Brian Kelley last December at the Taft Theatre is out now on two CDs.  

Silversun Pickups with Cage the Elephant and Manchester Orchestra

Sept. 14 • Bogart's

0 Comments · Friday, September 4, 2009
The Silversun Pickups have had an exciting 2009, and their CD 'Swoon' might be the year's pinnacle, showcasing the band's pulse-pounding combination of visceral Indie Rock finesse and Shoegaze thunder. The year has also included opening for Metallica at South By Southwest, playing Coachella and lighting up London, but there's just one thing enquiring minds want to know: Have they attempted to play their own songs on 'Guitar Hero?'  

The Whiskey Daredevils

Sept. 12 • Northside Tavern

0 Comments · Friday, September 4, 2009
There aren't many guarantees in life, but whatever the time or circumstance one thing is dead solid certain: If Greg Miller and the Whiskey Daredevils are in town, a good time will be had by them. And if you've got any sense at all, you'll join them — it's always best to be behind the Daredevils' headlights rather than in front of them where the roadkill stands.  

Ninja Gun with The Gaslight Anthem, The Loved Ones and Murder by Death

Sept. 9 • Bogart's

0 Comments · Friday, September 4, 2009
"With seclusion comes originality," asserts Jonathan Coody, guitarist/vocalist of Ninja Gun. If it's seclusion you're looking for, then Valdosta, Ga., isn't a bad place to start. It's the city where the Cowpunk foursome formed some eight years ago and has resided ever since.  

Peter Rowan, The Hackensaw Boys, The Tillers, Buffalo Killers and More

Aug. 28-30 • Whispering Beard Folk Festival

0 Comments · Tuesday, August 25, 2009
The tranquil lakeside pastures of Thorn Hill Farm, 30 minutes south of Cincinnati, will be pulsating with fresh Folk vibes and dancing feet as more than 25 bands perform an entire weekend's worth of tunes. Musical acts include local favorites like The Tillers, Buffalo Killers, Jake Speed and the Freddies, Rumpke Mountain Boys and Wonky Tonk, plus national headliners Peter Rowan (pictured, Saturday) and The Hackensaw Boys (Friday).  

Three Dog Night, Kansas, Commodores and More

Aug. 28-30 • Taste of Blue Ash

0 Comments · Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Blue Ash tastes ... good! Savor the flavor of summer for one last time with a visit to the 24th annual Taste of Blue Ash featuring free performances from local and national acts, including Three Dog Night (pictured) on Friday, Kansas on Saturday, Commodores on Sunday and others.