Recommended Greater Cincinnati concerts for April 4-10

Great live music options this week include of Montreal, Blockhead, Mothers, The Claudettes, Wyclef Jean, Hagfest and much more.

Apr 4, 2018 at 9:48 am

click to enlarge Of Montreal - Photo: Ebru Yildiz
Photo: Ebru Yildiz
Of Montreal


MADISON LIVE - SunSquabi with Exmag. 8 p.m. Electronic Hydro Funk. $12, $15 day of show.

MOTR PUB - Mothers with Soften. 9 p.m. Indie Rock. Free. (Read CityBeat’s 2016 feature on Mothers here


LIVE! AT THE LUDLOW GARAGE - Thompson Square with Noah Smith. 8 p.m. Country. Cover. (Read more here)

SOUTHGATE HOUSE REVIVAL (REVIVAL ROOM) - Jason Eady. 8 p.m. Country. $10.

URBAN ARTIFACT - Bumpin' Uglies with Rockstead and Joey Harkum Band. 9 p.m. Ska/Punk/Reggae. $8, $12 day of show.


ARNOLD'S BAR AND GRILL - Buffalo Wabs and the Price Hill Hustle. 9 p.m. Americana. Free.

NORTHSIDE TAVERN - Dark Harbor, Darkroom Ignite and American Summer. 10 p.m. Indie/Rock/Various. Free.

OCTAVE - Blockhead with Funk You, Eugenius, CJ the Cynic, AP and Haskell x WILLIS. 9 p.m. Hip Hop. $10, $12 day of show.

click to enlarge The Claudettes - Photo: Marisa Klug-Morataya
Photo: Marisa Klug-Morataya
The Claudettes

SOUTHGATE HOUSE REVIVAL (SANCTUARY) - Hagfest 2018 with Bill Kirchen, Justin Wells, The Comet Bluegrass All-Stars, Arlo Mckinley and The Lonesome Sound, Senora May, Billie Gant, Harold Kennedy and The Honky Tonk 3, Joe's Truck Stop, Maria Carelli, Magnolia Mountain, Warrick and Lowell, John Clay and Luke Bell. 6 p.m. Country/Americana/Various. $15, $20 day of show. (Read more here

WOODWARD THEATER - Over the course of its 22-year history, Austin, Ga.’s of Montreal’s music has always reflected the iconic musical influences of mastermind Kevin Barnes, from the Kinks and The Beatles to David Bowie and Prince. But the way Barnes interprets and reinterprets those influences changes with nearly every album, making of Montreal’s discography one of the more fascinating artistic arcs to examine in modern Indie Rock. The band’s earliest work fit into the vintage, guitar-based Indie Pop aesthetic of Elephant 6 (with which the group was loosely associated), but by the mid-’00s, Barnes was interjecting Electronic and Dance music sounds into his music. The albums in which those hook-laden songs are presented are built around imaginative concepts and storylines (with Barnes often using things from his personal life as inspiration), another aspect of the band that keeps it constantly evolving. Barnes’ latest musical art project is White Is Relic/Irrealis Mood, another top-notch entry into the of Montreal canon and also the perfect example of the group’s ever-changing creativity. Musically, Barnes was inspired by the 12-inch dance remixes of the ’80s, while his latest personal events (getting over a divorce and falling in love again) informed the lyrics, as did the most recent presidential election cycle, which Barnes says created a paranoia that he soothed by reading books by big-picture thinkers like Angela Davis, Noam Chomsky and Ta-Nehisi Coates. With Mega Bog. 9 p.m. $17, $20 day of show.


THE COMET - Harlot and Me or the Moon. 10 p.m. Folk/Americana. Free.

MOTR PUB - The Claudettes. 10 p.m. Blues/Soul/Roots/Various. Free.

NORTHSIDE TAVERN - Sexy Time Live Band Karaoke. 8 p.m. Various. Free. (Read more here)

URBAN ARTIFACT - Oids, Wolfmen and Future Renaissance. 9 p.m. Alt/Rock/Pop/Various. Free.

click to enlarge Wyclef Jean
Wyclef Jean


OTR LIVE - Wyclef Jean. 8 p.m. Hip Hop/Various. $35-$75.

SOUTHGATE HOUSE REVIVAL (REVIVAL ROOM) - Jim Lauderdale. 7 p.m. Americana. $25.


THE GREENWICH - Baron Von Ohlen & the Flying Circus Big Band. 7:30 p.m. Jazz. $5 donation or two canned goods.


20TH CENTURY THEATER - JD McPherson with Jake La Botz. 8 p.m. Rock & Roll. $20, $25 day of show. (Read more here

SOUTHGATE HOUSE REVIVAL (SANCTUARY) - The Slackers with The Newport Secret Six. 8 p.m. Ska. $13.