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Gregory Alan Isakov with Josh Ritter

Tuesday • Taft Theatre

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 19, 2014
It seems a little early (or maybe late) for a Gregory Alan Isakov concert. His warm voice is more on par with a concert in the grass on an Indian summer evening. Still, we should be happy to have him in town whenever we can get him.  

Heavy Adventures

Deafheaven continues to challenge and destroy the boundaries of Black Metal

0 Comments · Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Sunbather, the second album from Deafheaven, is a true listening “experience.” Clocking in at just under an hour, it moves from the epic blast-furnace riffage and jackhammer drumming of “Dream House” to the pensive, piano-laced wanderings of “Irresistible” with uncommon grace and fluidity. And that’s just the first two songs.  

8-Bits to Hold You

Anamanaguchi takes Chiptune to the next (game) level with 'Endless Fantasy'

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 11, 2013
In a field crowded with basement/bedroom Laptop Pop experimentalists, New York City quartet Anamanaguchi stands as one of the leading lights at the forefront of the Chiptune genre.  

Goblin with Zombi

Wednesday • Ballroom at the Taft Theatre

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Italian horror movie maestro Dario Argento’s bloody visions found a capable partner in Goblin, a five-piece band whose trippy, creeped-out soundtracks became as important as what was up on the screen.   

!!! with Yip Deceiver

Tuesday • Ballroom at the Taft Theatre

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Coalescing in Sacramento, Calif., more than a dozen years ago, !!! (pronounced "Chk Chk Chk") is one of the prime members of the Dance Punk movement it helped usher in with such like-minded new-millennium acts as LCD Soundsystem, The Juan Maclean and The Rapture.  

Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band with Dom Flemons

Nov. 30 • Ballroom at the Taft Theatre

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Could there be any unlikelier success story in music than the pride of Brown County, Ind., Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band?   
by Mike Breen 11.20.2013
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Music Tonight: The Dustbowl Revival, Frank Turner and More

Since Los Angeles is one of the centers of the music universe, being dubbed the “Best Live Band” in the city is an incredibly high honor. Energetic eight-member Americana ensemble The Dustbowl Revival received that exact honor this year when the city’s L.A. Weekly named the group the Best Live Band of 2013 in its Best of L.A. issue. Tonight you can see and hear for yourself when The Dustbowl Revival headlines MOTR Pub in Over-the-Rhine. Brad Loans of local greats The Sundresses opens the free show at around 10 p.m. with a solo set.  The Revival’s kitchen-sink approach touches on a bigger-than-usual array of American Roots music influences, from Western Swing, New Orleans Jazz, Dixieland and Be Bop to Blues, Gospel, Folk and numerous other styles (both expected and not). Delivered using the classic tools of the Americana trade (numerous brass instruments, fiddle, clarinet, mandolin, washboard, harmonica and kazoo, plus stand-up bass and guitars), The Dustbowl Revival’s latest release, Carry Me Back Home, was released to critical acclaim earlier this year. But, if the enthusiastic testaments online are any indication, seeing the group’s wildly entertaining live show is the best way to experience the Revival.  • Punk rockers turning to Folk and Roots music is nothing new (see: Billy Bragg, The Pogues), but it’s become a not unwelcome epidemic in the past decade. It’s easy to see the appeal — Punk and Folk are kissing cousins that share a raw purity and, often, a sense of social/political justice in the lyrics.  Another part of the appeal may just be how some of the artists who make the shift and go full Folk have found huge success after the makeover. Frank Turner, for example. The British folkie was the singer for Hardcore Punk band Million Dead in the early ’00s. The band’s run was short and relatively successful, but nothing compared to what Turner has experienced since strapping on an acoustic guitar and going solo in 2005 after the band’s split. After his debut album in 2007, Turner’s career took off and he built his now-huge fanbase by touring with bands like The Gaslight Anthem, The Offspring and Green Day, which had him open stadium shows for the band in 2010.  This year, Turner released his fifth album, Tape Deck Heart, his first recorded in the U.S. and his first under a global deal with Interscope Records. Turner comes to the Ballroom at the Taft Theatre tonight in support of the album. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Koo Koo Kanga Roo and The Smith Street Band open. Tickets are $20 at the door. Turner is touring with his full backing band, The Sleeping Souls.  Here’s the video for the new album single “Losing Days”: • Two up-and-coming Rock crews with a rising presence on the FM Rock airways cruise into Bogart’s tonight. The Classic Rock-influenced bands Taddy Porter and Jonathan Tyler & the Northern Lights play at 7 p.m. Read Amy Harris’ interview with Tyler for CityBeat here and check out Taddy Porter’s video for the single “The Gun” below: Click here for even more live music options in Greater Cincinnati tonight. 
 
 
by Mike Breen 11.15.2013
Posted In: Live Music, Local Music, Music Video at 11:55 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)
 
 
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Music Tonight: Andy McKee, Shy Guy Says and More

Acoustic guitar phenom Andy McKee performs downtown tonight at the Ballroom at Taft Theatre. Admission is $18 for the 7 p.m. show which, unlike most Ballroom performances, will be a seated affair. Though he works his magic with just wood and strings, technology played a big role in McKee’s success story. About seven years ago, McKee’s label at the time posted on YouTube a few low-production videos of the fingerstyle guitar instrumentalist showcasing his compellingly original approach, which involves a lot of rhythmic slapping, alternate tunings, unusual fret fingering and other atypical elements. Those simple videos launched McKee — who counts players like Michael Hedges and Preston Reed among his biggest influences — into the the upper echelon of viral video sensations, not because of something stupid (like most super-popular YouTube videos), but because of his gripping acoustic wizardry. The clip below, featuring his composition “Drifting,” was one of the first posted; it now has more than 48 million views (other clips have a similarly stratospheric number of views).  McKee had released two critically acclaimed albums before 2005’s Art of Motion, which featured the songs that would make him one of YouTube’s biggest musical success stories. By the time 2007’s Gates of Gnomeria was released, McKee was able to successfully tour the globe and play for large audiences everywhere he went, something that continues to this day (though he slowed down just slightly when he and his wife welcomed their first child). The Kansas native moved up to the Razor and Tie label for distribution and would go on to found the Guitar Masters Tour, sharing the spotlight with other acoustic alchemists and also helping the next generation of players with various guitar workshops. McKee’s most recent release is 2010’s Joyland; on his website in June, McKee said that he will be releasing new material gradually over several months instead of saving up material for a single album release. • Tonight in the Taft Theatre’s big room, Trampled By Turtles returns. The Minnesota band has built up a huge following by eschewing most of the traditional music biz support systems, like record labels. The DIY success story is ongoing as the progressive Americana/Bluegrass ensemble’s popularity continues to skyrocket. The band just released its live album/DVD package Live at First Avenue earlier this week.  Check out CityBeat’s preview of the show and then take a look at a clip from the new release:  Tonight’s show at the Taft starts at 9 p.m. with Nashville Indie Roots group The Apache Relay opening.Tickets are $22.50.• While it’s likely that most area fans of EDM are going to be checking out the big Ubahn Fest downtown tonight (and tomorrow; click here for details and previews), The Mad Frog in Corryville is also presenting a showcase of diverse, progressive Electronic music. Named after a mini-game within Nintendo 64’s Mario Party video games — a nod to 8-bit and gaming culture influences — Shy Guy Says is the work of rising Electronic music artist Jarrod Linne, who works out of Bloomington, Ind. Linne creatively mixes Hip Hop grooves and other elements with a multitude of EDM styles (Glitch, Trap, Electro, Downtempo House, etc.), never allowing himself to be easily pigeonholed by constantly exploring new sonic realms. The next Shy Guys Says release is the EP The Hellephant, coming out through the Rad Summer label. Look for the EP on Beatport this Monday and everywhere else Dec. 2. On Wednesday, TheUntz.com previewed the new EP track “Round 1 (They Meet).” Check it below:  Shy Guy Says will be joined by Indianapolis’ Magnetic for tonight’s Mad Frog show. Taking the same genre-blurring approach as Shy Guy, Magnetic’s DJ sets blend remixes of other people’s music with original tracks and are said to be uniquely engaging and energized. Rounding out tonight’s bill is another Indy artist, Kodama, and Cincinnati’s own Kaiten (aka Kurt Heer), who works with the label/promo group/management agency, Massive Detroit Records. Doors open at 8 p.m. and music begins at 9 p.m. Cover charge is $5.• Country music star Justin Moore pulls his tour into Bank of Kentucky Center tonight in Highland Heights, Ky. After performing in bands and writing songs for others, Moore scored a deal with Valory Music Group (part of Big Machine Records) in 2008. After a few successful singles, Moore’s self-titled debut album was released in 2009 and promptly shot to No. 3 on the Country charts and No. 10 on the overall album chart. Moore recently released his third album, Off the Beaten Path, which hit No. 2 on the album chart (and No. 1 on the Country chart). Read more about Moore in CityBeat’s preview here. And here’s the video for the new album’s single, “Point at You”: Tonight’s Bank of Kentucky Center show features openers Randy Houser and Josh Thompson. The show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets range from $26.75-$39.75. Click here for more live music options in Greater Cincinnati tonight.
 
 

Soulbird Soars Again

India.Arie resurrects her music career with a SongVersation

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 13, 2013
After a humbling tour as an opening act, Grammy-winning singer/songwriter India.Arie took a break from music before returning to the spotlight with her new album, SongVersation.  
by Mike Breen 11.05.2013
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Music Tonight: The Winery Dogs, Lotus, Black Crowes

• The Winery Dogs released their first album in July, but if you are a serious fan of Progressive Metal and Hard Rock, you were likely already familiar with the virtuosic instrumental prowess of the trio’s members — drummer Mike Portnoy (cofounder of modern Prog legends Dream Theater), singer/guitarist Richie Kotzen (Poison, Mr. Big) and masterful bassist Billy Sheehan, who has played with David Lee Roth, Mr. Big and many others. The Dogs sport a heavy, Classic Rock-influenced sound akin to Led Zeppelin but distinct due to the players’ flashy, progressive riffing and drumming.  The trio plays Corryville’s The Mad Frog tonight. Doors open at 8 p.m. and Sixxis is the opening act.  Here’s a nice review of the Dogs’ show in Cleveland over the weekend. Check out the band’s music video for the track “Time Machine” below: • The instrumental quintet Lotus is one of the leading forces in the Livetronica movement, which features artists taking an Electronic and Dance music core and turning it inside out, mixing in plenty of other influences and leaving arrangements wide open for live-show improvisation. Embraced by the “Jam Band” community, groups like Lotus (which dips into Rock, Funk, Jazz, Post Rock and beyond on its musical adventures) are helping to push the boundaries of improvisational music in a modern context.  The band’s 2013 album Monks is another great example of Lotus’s creative membership pushing forward without any genre anchors around their necks. The LP is a compelling Hip Hop record featuring numerous guest MCs, including Mr. Lif, Gift of Gab, Lyrics Born and several others. The album is available for free download here.  Lotus performs at Covington’s Madision Theater tonight with exquisitely monikered (and musically like-minded) Electro trio Cosby Sweater opening things up at 8 p.m. Admission is $20 at the door. Here’s the Monks track “Cloud 9,” featuring Philly MC Ras Arcane and Digable Planets’ Doodlebug: • After all the reported in-fighting, hiatuses and breakups they’ve been through, it seems like rockers The Black Crowes have finally realized that, both creatively and financially, they need each other. The band have become a bit like The Rolling Stones in that way — after so many years and so much chemistry, even though Mick and Keith often seem to despise each other, they keep the Stones flag flying because it’s what they do. The Crowes are in an interesting position, where they can still go out and just play their “hits” and fan favorites, continually drawing big crowds thanks to the cultishly loyal fan base they’ve built up over years of amazing live shows.  That’s just what the Crowes will be doing tonight when they return to the Taft Theatre tonight for an 8 p.m. show. There’s no new album (the most recent Crowes release was 2010’s Croweology, a retrospective consisting of mostly acoustic versions of their finest songs), so expect a fan-friendly set of Crowes faves, a cover or two (the band has been doing Fleetwood Mac’s “Oh Well” on this tour) and lots and lots of jamming. Though the continued success of the band on the road suggests this is far from the band’s last tour, the Crowes have said this will be their last jaunt for a while as they tend to other projects outside of the band. Here’s a big chunk of a Crowes’ performance in Virginia this past September:  Click here for even more live music options in Greater Cincinnati tonight.
 
 

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