The Decemberists “Your Girl/Your Ghost” World Tour 2018 [Concert Review]
Sep24

The Decemberists “Your Girl/Your Ghost” World Tour 2018 [Concert Review]

The Decemberists “Your Girl/Your Ghost” World Tour w/ Kacy & Clayton; Taft Theatre, Cincinnati, OH – Thursday, September 20, 2018 Thursday night’s concert by The Decemberists was one whole day late for “International Talk Like a Pirate Day” but, while no one said anything close to an “Arrgh, Matey,” fans of the Portland, Ore., band that packed the intimate confines of the Taft were obviously up for an old world sea shanty, folk...

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Counting Crows: “25 Years And Counting” Tour 2018 [Concert Review]
Sep06

Counting Crows: “25 Years And Counting” Tour 2018 [Concert Review]

Counting Crows w/ Special Guest Live: “25 Years And Counting” Tour 2018; Riverbend Music Center, Cincinnati, OH – Saturday, September 1, 2018 It was a hot, muggy night on the Saturday of Labor Day weekend when the Counting Crows brought their 25th anniversary tour to the Ohio River valley. Earlier in the day we’d seen lightning against dark skies, there was a full rainbow arc in the sky as we crossed the bridge in Cincinnati to get to...

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David Byrne: “American Utopia” Tour 2018 [Concert Review]
Aug20

David Byrne: “American Utopia” Tour 2018 [Concert Review]

David Byrne w/ Special Guest Benjamin Clemetine: “American Utopia” Tour 2018; Rose Music Center, Dayton, OH – Saturday, August 11, 2018 The English language is not particularly helpful when one sets out to describe the music and artistry of David Byrne, words like unique and quirky tend to carry a pejorative connotation, while intended as an expression of positive attributes. Perhaps, unconventional and artful better serve the...

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Radiohead “A Moon Shaped Pool” Tour 2018 [Concert Review]
Jul27

Radiohead “A Moon Shaped Pool” Tour 2018 [Concert Review]

Radiohead w/ Special Guest Junun: “A Moon Shaped Pool” Tour 2018; US Bank Arena; Cincinnati, OH – Wednesday, July 27, 2018 British band Radiohead’s mercurial leader and frontman, Thom Yorke may have had a love/hate relationship with the mechanisms and expectations that come with an arena rock tour across America, but at Wednesday night’s concert performance he appeared to be more at ease with his fans, and more willing to delve into...

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Weezer & Pixies Summer Tour [Concert Review]
Jul10

Weezer & Pixies Summer Tour [Concert Review]

Weezer & Pixies w/ Special Guest The Wombats: North American Summer Tour 2018; Riverbend Music Center; Cincinnati, OH – Friday, July 6, 2018 As if giving alternative rock fans a gift, temperatures dropped overnight Thursday, so that after a blistering 4th of July holiday in the mid-90’s, Friday night’s weather was perfect for a night of live music at Riverbend. Add to that the wise pairing of the iconic indie rock band, the...

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U2: eXPERIENCE + iNNOCENCE Tour [Concert Review]
May29

U2: eXPERIENCE + iNNOCENCE Tour [Concert Review]

U2: “eXPERIENCE + iNNOCENCE Tour”; United Center; Chicago, IL – Wednesday, May 23, 2018 Much like our political affiliations in these profoundly partisan days, we often wear our musical preferences as a flag about our own preferences and values. When I wear my tour t-shirts, whether it’s Wilco, Steve Earle, or Lollapalooza ’92, it’s often a statement of what I’m into, what I care about, and what I think it is cool, what matters....

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