Nov 222014
 

Louisville’s synth-punk sci-fi rap trio Ultra Pulverize will recreate the entire soundtrack from the 1987 film, Robocop, at Headliners Music Hall on Wednesday, November 26; It will be a LIVE, full-length, electronic re-score, complete with with dialogue and sound effect samples from the film, and, as a statement against talking during movies, they will not be rapping. The reason for the tribute is simple – the band members were strongly effected by the film, which might have something to do with why they are referred to as ” A musical outfit with outfits” – they dress in costumes for their shows. Night Visions DJ will perform after the tribute.Tickets are only $10.

Here’s a video from Ultra Pulverize, but not abot Robocop:


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Website: ultrapulverize.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/ULTRA-PULVERIZE/97919652015
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ultrapulverize

Nov 212014
 

There’s something about a solid power trio that seems to anchor a band – noting the specification of “solid.” For the alt-rock trio Better Than Ezra, that solidlity might well have come from the shock of their lead guitarist’s suicide back in 1990, which cemented the band as a trio. Their first major release, Deluxe, hit No. 1 in 1995, after which came the usual churning of labels, followed by being dropped and winding up on a small label, which closed shortly after the release of their fourth album, Closer, which wound up not being released for seven years. More recently, Taylor Swift covered one of their tunes on a TV performance, which gave them a much-needed boost. Heading into the Mercury Ballroom on Saturday, November 22, they have a just-released album, All Together Now, on The End Records, making their output total seven studio albums. An outfit called Seven Handle Circus will open. Tickets are $25.

Nov 212014
 

“The horn section is in crisp shirts and ties, and front man Paul Janeway wears a suit jacket and pocket square. But then Janeway’s thunderous voice takes over: a raspy, rafter-rattling soul powerhouse that propels him to shimmy his way across the stage like Mick Jagger at a backwoods tent revival.” – Matt Hendrickson, gardenandgun.com
I have a friend from Cincinnati, a former Public Radio DJ turned nurse and Flamenco dancer who is just crazy, I mean crazy, for St. Paul And the Broken Bones, who’ll be at Headliners on Saturday, November 22. The only thing keeping her from trekking down to Louisville tomorrow is her mother’s Ninetieth birthady, which is sufficient reason to keep most people close to home. The rest of us here in Derby City have to come up with our own excuses to miss the most authentic, non-imitative Southern soul band to come along since before we thought Alabama Shakes might somehow slide into that slot. The leader, vocalist Paul Janeway, manages to deliver the soul without getting lost in the surrounding fog of years of prior vocalists; in short, it ain’t fakery. They’ve been through town several times this year, so they seem to being building an audience. Thye’ve only got two EPs and a just releaed full-length, Half The City, so far, which isn’t bad, considering that they put this thing together in 2012. Tickets are $20 adv/ $22 DoS.

Here’s the official video for Call Me>

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Website: stpaulandthebrokenbones.com/?
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/St.PaulandTheBrokenBones?
Bandcamp: stpaulandthebrokenbones.bandcamp.com/?

Nov 212014
 

Jambands come in all sizes and genres these days, with a particular flavor initiated by Newgrass Revival, to wit, jamgrass, which features as practitioners such bands as String Cheese Incident, Greensky Bluegrass, The Infamous Stringdusters and Diamond Pub’s featured act on Saturday, November 22, Cornmeal. Cornmeal is a Chicago quintet-plus which began in 2000 and has proven themselves festival warriors, indeed, with stints at Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Magnolia Fest, Wakarusa Music Festival and Summer Camp Music Festival as well as having performed on multiple stages at Bonnaroo, All Good Music Festival, High Sierra Music Festival and 10K Lakes over the past fourteen years. They’ve released four albums, the last two “live” records. They’ve changed personnel a time or two or three but still crank out that new old-fashioned, highspeed jamgrass. The Rumpke Mountain Boys will open. Tickets are $12 adv/ $15 DoS.

Here’s a set from the Yonder Harvest Festival from 2013:


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Website: http://www.cornmealinthekitchen.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CornmealInTheKitchen
LastFM: www.last.fm/music/Cornmeal

Nov 202014
 

Steepwater
Chicago’s Steepwater Band is your Friday night concert band at Jim Porter’s on November 21. What started as Chicago-style blues band (named after a Lake Michigan cargo ship) in 1999 turned into a blues-rock band, then rock ‘n’ roll band with a heavy blues feel. They were regulars at the Chicago Blues Festival in the early part of the last decade, then took to touring, having released a number of records of mostly original material. They’re now up to ten albums, the last 2013’s Live & Humble. They’ve also scored some solid television and movie synchronizations. Should be a good show, especially if you are a fan of the Allmans, the Stones and the like. Tickets are $10 adv/ $12 DoS

Here’s “Come On Down”:


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Website: www.steepwater.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thesteepwaterband

Nov 202014
 

the_ataris
How often do you get to call the shots? Well, how about for The Ataris, who are stopping in at Headliners on the You Call The Shots Tour, along with Teenage Kicks, Fast Friends and Blacklist Royals, on November 21. The Ataris a band that began in Anderson, Indiana, who’ve been punkin’ and rollin’ for nearly a decade. As these things happen, the personnel changes have been frequent enough that the band is like the old farmer’s axe: hey, it’s the same axe/band. There’s one original member left, actually, They’ve got five studio albums, includng one certified gold (So Long, Astoria) back in 2009. They’ve managed one chart single, “The Boys Of Summer,” in 2003. In short, it’s a journeyman rock band. For this tour, the fans will pick the songs, as advertised. Tickets are $15. It’s an 18-and-over show.

Watch the “So Long, Astoria” video:


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Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theataris
Twitter: https://twitter.com/theataris

Nov 192014
 

ChrisForsythsolarmotel
“Forsyth has been slashing through and then reconnecting strands of American music for a decade now, whether it be in the unclassifiable WTF that is Peeesseye or in the solo guitar records that rip pages out of the American Primitive songbook. With the Solar Motel Band, Forsyth seeks the endless jam at the intersection of Television and The Grateful Dead. Or at least that’s where it begins.” – Lars Gotrich, NPR
The stretch of Preston Street bookended by Zanzabar and The New Vintage (well, it’s a short stretch) is pretty much ground zero for shows with some of the possible up-and-comers (or on-the-way-downers) in the indie rock / new music in Louisville – while noting that Dreamland and The Tim Faulkner Gallery have their place, too. That said, the show for Thursday, November 19, at the New Vinage, which features Chris Forsyth And The Solar Motel Band, Sparks.Moore and Ma Turner’s Fatufairfe, falls into one of those categories. Forsyth is not an unknown factor on the scene, having been at it for a decade, and has gotten some attention on the national level as well (Note the quote). The band has a new record, Intensity Ghost, just released on No Quarter Records, and which has been named one of the year’s best releases by the New Yorker, Uncut, Aquarium Drunkard and others. Sparks.Moore is the duo of Jason Sparks and McKinley Moore, who also play in The Wrists, wile Ma Turner is an experimental musician and artist from Lexington who comes to town occasionally, usually with something unexpected. Tickets to the show are $15.

Watch the new video for “I Ain’t Waitin’” from CFTSM:


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Website: http://thechrisforsyth.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Chris-Forsyth/131555540199988

Nov 192014
 

ChrisWebby
Dance-rock not to your taste? How about a five-act hip-hop show  at the Vernon Club with Chris Webby, Jitta On The Track, Mixed Magic, Johnny Spanish and Odd Man Out. Chris Webby is the headliner, touring in support of his debut studio album, Chemically Imbalanced. He has already released a bunch of other mixetapes, EPs and such, some of which have charted on Billboard, so he’s got game. Tickets are $15.

Here’s the brand-new video for “Let’s Do It Again”:


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Website: listentowebby.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/chriswebby
Twitter: https://twitter.com/chriswebby

Nov 182014
 

Halestorm
Halestorm – fronted by the red-headed Lzzy Hale – returns to town for the fourth (or fifth) time, this one tonight (November 18)at Mercury Ballroom, a slight sidestep and, perhaps, step up, from Headliners. Of course, this is a hard-working touring band, doing as many as 250 shows a year, so they have their shows down solidly. The single “Freak Like Me” hit the top of Billboard’s Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks in April 2012, but they haven’t had a serious chart record since. They appear to be working on a new record, though information is hard to come by. Look for new tunes at this show. New Medicine opens. The ticket prices also reflect their success – $25+$5.25.

Watch the video for “Mz. Hyde”:


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Website: www.halestormrocks.com/?
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/halestormrocks?
LastFM: www.last.fm/music/Halestorm?
MySpace: https://myspace.com/halestorm?
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Halestorm

Nov 182014
 

PhillipPhillps
There are many conflicting opinions about American Idol, good and bad, but one thing is for certain: the winner leaves with the prize of a large fanbase, ready to attend shows, which, upon consideration, is the best prize and the perhaps real purpose of the show. Case in point: the winner of the Eleventh Season, singer-songwriter Phillip Phillips, who will be at the Louisville Palace tonight, November 18. Phillips has released two records since winning the show, 2012’s The World from the Side of the Moon and this year’s Behind The Light, plus he has picked up a few award nominations here and there. If you’re a fan, this is the night to see. Tickets are $49.50 / $59.50.