Don’t be fooled by the Mapquest location above — Slow Claw rose up from the ashes of Cincinnati’s own Junior Revolution and reconfigured into its current trio status (guitarist Rob Barnes, bassist Brian Miller, drummer Chris Denholm). The band’s debut album, last year’s Grandfather Clocks, received glowing praise for its juddering rhythms, quirky melodicism, subtly powerful arrangements and raw emotionalism, just as they were relocating to Music City. The prodigal Claw returns … welcome home, guys. Now get out there and shake what Cincinnati gave you. We’ll shake back.
You’ll Dig It If You Dig: Ryan Adams and Thom Yorke sit up front at a National show and take copious notes. (Brian Baker)