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The Charles Walker Band

Saturday • MOTR Pub

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Identifying Charles Walker’s influences doesn’t require prolonged exposure or intense examination. The Milwaukee native grew up with a love of the Blues, Funk, Pop and Motown, as evidenced by his devotion to Luther Allison, Prince and Stevie Wonder, and the sound that he’s developed with his latest outfit, appropriately tagged the Charles Walker Band.   

The Donkeys with Ben Knight & the Welldiggers

Saturday • MOTR Pub

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 6, 2015
If you’re a Donkeys fan, you know the San Diego quartet from its decade-plus history, three exemplary albums on Dead Oceans and 2014 debut with new label Easy Sound Recording Co., Ride the Black Wave. You know they haven’t had a lineup change since forming in 2004 and that they’ve been nominated twice (winning once) for Best Rock Band at the San Diego Music Awards.   

The Utley Truth

Cincinnati’s Mark Utley releases his second solo effort, Bulletville, and resurrects Magnolia Mountain

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Prolific singer/songwriter Mark Utley has released a single album’s worth of songs. And that’s all. Bulletville, Utley’s excellent sophomore solo album, is not a double-set on a single CD or accompanied by a new release from his band Magnolia Mountain or another musical vessel for the songs that pour endlessly from his head, heart and hands.  

Elliott Brood with Young Heirlooms

Saturday • MOTR Pub

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 25, 2015
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.   

Ben Miller Band with Daniel Romano & the Trilliums

Friday • MOTR Pub

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 25, 2015
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.  

Goodbye June with Mamadrones

Friday • MOTR Pub

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 18, 2015
There’s a distinctively rootsy Americana vibe that snakes its way through the Hard Rock volume of Goodbye June, like a lazy southern river.  

Buffalo Killer Goes Truly Solo on New LP

Plus, new release news about Bad Veins, Ronnie Verl & the Wallbangers and Sean Geil

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Buffalo Killers' Andy Gabbard gets set to release his debut solo effort, Fluff. Plus, Bad Veins remake their second album as The Mess Remade (releasing next week), Ronnie Verl & the Wallbangers celebrate their new album, Mostly Drinking Songs, and The Tillers' Sean Geil is on schedule to release four albums this month.   

The Life and Times with Ashes and Iron

Thursday • MOTR Pub

0 Comments · Tuesday, March 3, 2015
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.   

Crazy & the Brains with Coconut Milk

Friday • MOTR Pub

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Any band nervy enough to christen themselves Crazy & the Brains automatically gets a pass on anything resembling the rules.  

Frontier Ruckus with River Whyless

Thursday • MOTR Pub

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 4, 2015
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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