Photos by Scott Preston
Amy Helm (opening for Anders Osborne)
Taft Theatre, 317 E 5th St, Cincinnati, OH
7pm doors, 8pm show, Buy Tickets
Last summer, Amy Helm released her critically-acclaimed solo debut Didn’t It Rainvia Entertainment One Music. The album was embraced by the likes of The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Relix, Rolling Stone and firmly established her as a solo artist.
While Didn’t It Rain was her first official album as a solo artist, Helm has been making music most of her life. She’s already won widespread praise as a singer, songwriter and live performer, first as a member of the celebrated alt-country collectiveOllabelle and subsequently for her extensive work with her father, musical iconLevon Helm, who passed away in 2012. Read more
photo Kurt Godhe
Southgate House Revival, 111 E 6th St, Newport, KY
$10 ADV / $12 DOS; 7:30 P.M. DOORS / 8 P.M. SHOW
Three weeks away from the release of The Wild Mercury, Vandaveer are debuting a captivating new animated video, directed by Michael Lloyd, via NPR.
“A Little Time Off Ahead” is an upbeat number off the fifth, and career-defining LP for the band. The video’s “storybook” aesthetic, coupled with the syrup-sweet doubled vocal delivery of the song, could have easily touched on saccharine with many other collaborators, but predictably, with the earnest talents of both frontman Mark Charles Heidinger, and director Michael Lloyd, the end result dovetails as well as fans might hope. Read more
Larry Keel Brings New Album ‘Experienced’ (Ft. Sam Bush, Del McCoury) On the Road – Plain Folk Cafe on 3/30
Plain Folk Cafe, Pleasant Plain, OH
Flatpicking guitar phenom Larry Keel is set to release a his 15th album, Experienced, onFebruary 26, 2016. Keel has a variety of musical formats swirling around the calendar each year: look out for his core band, The Larry Keel Experience (featuring Will Lee on 5 string banjo and vocals and Jenny Keel on upright bass and vocal harmonies). Read more
MOTR Pub, 1345 Main St, Cincinnati, OH
Free, 21, 10pm
The Roomsounds play old-school rock n’ roll reminiscent of Big Star and The Faces and will release their new album, Elm St. on March 25.
The Dallas Observer thought the band’s 2012 self-titled debut was “consistent with their Keith Richards and Tom Petty worship, an unpretentious album of purist rock ‘n’ roll riffs.” Rodney Hall, owner of FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, AL heard the album through a friend and dug their sound so much he invited them to FAME to record their sophomore album. Read more
Celebrating 10 years of playing together, The Werks have put together one of their most exciting Werk Out Music & Arts Festival to date. Held at Legend Valley (just east of Columbus) on August 4-6, this seventh annual event features three nights of The Werks, along with STS9, Lettuce, two nights of Dopapod, two nights of Twiddle and many more.
The end of 2015 and beginning of 2016 was a very trying time for The Werks. They marked their 10th anniversary with the release their new album, Inside a Dream. They played one of the most talked about sets from Jam Cruise. Then tragedy struck. Read more
Ohio-bred rock ’n rollers, The Skulx (members of Foxy Shazam and Cadaver Dogs) are headed to SXSW in early March on the You Must Experience tour, hitting a few new cities and states along the way. Stops include Columbus, Nashville, Oklahoma City, and of course, Cincinnati.
Touring alongside the gritty rockers is newcomer, Flannel Mouth (SwitchBitch Records), from Peoria, Illinois. The Midwestern avant-garde group is releasing their debut full-length, The Prisoner’s Cinema, on March 11. “It’s been a dream of ours to be pushing a new record on a tour to South By,” says drummer, Tyler Owen, “but worlds cooler to be hooking up with a band like The Skulx on the way. True nit-and-grit rock ’n roll is art and soul, and they have both in droves.” Read more
World Music/Reggae: The Cliftones
Jazz: Cincinnati Contemporary Jazz Orchestra
Singer/Songwriter: Kate Wakefield
Country: Taylor Shannon
Punk/Pop Punk: Tweens
Indie/Alternative: Us, Today Read more