Dec 112014
 

Back in 2013, singer Todd Snider put together a band he calls Hard Working Americans, which is bassist Dave Schools from Widespread Panic, Neal Casal of Chris Robinson Brotherhood on guitar and vocals, Chad Staehly of Great American Taxi on keyboards and Duane Trucks, younger brother to Derek on drums: that is  to say, rather of a rock supergroup. They’ve mostly been touring but stopped long enough to put out a self-title debut album at the beginning of this year. Snider, of course, has a long history as a singer-songwriter with a more-or-less cult following: he’s been here a bunch of times. The band also has a rockumentary called “The First Waltz,” which was just released. It’s available at the website plus all the usual places. The new band will be at Headliners Music Hall on December 14. Tickets are $25. Should be interesting.
Here’s a live version of “Wrecking Ball”:

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Dec 092014
 

:Pop Evil has made Louisville a favorite stop since at least 2008, when they played a Phoenix Hill show; they repeated that stop nearly ten times, before playing the Louder Than Life Festival in September. Now they’re back, but at the Mercury Ballroom this time, on December 12. They’ve got a fan base and they’re still supporting their latest record, Onyx, which also lends its name to the tour – Oynx Set In Stone Tour, so expect a nice turn-out. Islander and Red Sun Rising are supporting the show. Tickets are $15.

Check out “Deal With The Devil” for a taste fo the new record:


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Website: www.popevil.com/
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LastFM: www.last.fm/music/Pop+Evil

Dec 092014
 

Modern Cult Records was the site for Gubby RecordsHead Cleaner Volumes 3, 4, 5&6 on Friday, December 5. Here’s a video of one of the artists, rapper 1200, performing a piece from his newest record, Symphony I, available here. For more on the event, head over to Never Nervous.

Dec 082014
 

Louisville jazz fans constantly complain that national jazz acts don’t come here nearly often enough, so the news that saxophonist Boney James will appear with jazz fusion guitarist Stanley Jordan at the Louisville Palace on December 12, should make them take a break from bitching. Of course, that would suppose that jazz fans weren’t as hard-nosed as bluegrass fans can be about their favorites, which, unfortunately, they are are: James is a contemporary jazz musician, so he gets counted in as a smooth jazz player with the likes of Kenny G. The Boston Globe has a comment about that: “Let’s make something perfectly clear: James is not a smooth jazz player. Yeah, he is often grouped with people like Kenny G and Najee, but his music is muscular and gritty, whereas most smooth jazz has all the texture and complexity of a cue ball…James swaggered across the stage like a blacktop hero draining treys on an overmatched opponent. He even weaved his way through the audience, never missing a beat and all but daring the crowd not to have a good time.” Besides, he’s playing with Stanley Jordan and if that’s not enough to stop them from cooking up a bitches brew of complaints, then they’re just too damn picky. Tickets range from $39.99 to $75, plus fees.

Here’s a clip from the Montreux Jazz Festival with James


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Dec 082014
 

It comes as no surprise to Corvus fans that the collective term for a crowd of same is a murder, but to others, well, a murder of crows is just a geeky term to use in a bar contest or, as in this case, a way of playfully hiding the name of the band playing at the Palace, to wit, Counting Crows, on December 10. Okay, it’s not original, but any reference to a popular performing act with a slightly odd name isn likely to be well-used. This very well-known group rock band is touring in support of their new record, Somewhere Under Wonderful, which also is also referential, in this case, to a stage musical co-authored by frontman Adam Duritz and playwright Stephen Beiber. With twenty million copies of their seven studio records sold in the twenty-three years of their existence, there’s not a lot to prove, so head on down an enjoy a very professional band rocking out. Tickets are $29-$85. Twin Forks will open.

Watch “Palisades Park” from the new record:


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LastFM: www.last.fm/music/Counting+Crows

Dec 042014
 

Blues fans, Mike Milligan & Steamshovel will be back to  Stevie Ray’s on December 5 for a show! What? You say that the Kentuckiana Blues Society already told you about this show? Well, what about those blues fans who aren’t members of the KBS? They need to know about this show. The band is from Kokomo, Indiana and has been gigging forsome years now and has played with a great many of the best blues players in town. He’s got some chops and six albums to his credit. Besides that, he puts on a solid show. Tickets are a minimal $5.

Dec 042014
 

American Idol runner-up Paul Jolley, who was eliminated and wound up a ninth-place for the 12th season (2013), will come to Jim Porter’s on Friday, December 5, to determine how much the publicity from the show is worth in Louisville. His singing style is tagged as the male version of Carrie Underwood. Mad Luck is along to help him out. Tickets are $10 adv/$12 Dos.

Here’s Jolley singing “Amazed”:


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Dec 042014
 

Cherokee rapper Yelawolf will perform at the Mercury Ballroom on December 7, in advance of the release of his second album on Eminem’s Shady Records, Love Story, which has been in the works since 2012. Although his earliest success was as a contract artist painting murals, he subsequently took up the microphone to rap, releasing a couple of mixtapes, which went generally unnoticed, other than getting him some interest from a label. He wound up on Eminem’s label and was involved in a number of collaborations, including with Ed Sheeran, Travis Barker of Blink-182 and Eminem. His albums to this point are Trunk Muzik 0-60, Radioactive and Psycho White, which will provide some of the material for the show, plus whatever he’s trying out for the new record. Tickets to the show are $20.

Watch “Till It’s Gone”:


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Website: www.yelawolf.com/
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Dec 022014
 

The Forecastle Festival will host a special presale on Friday, December 5 at noon EST through ForecastleFest.com, with a limited number of general admission weekend passes available for $129.50 plus applicable fess. Forecastle Fest is scheduled for July 17-19, 2015 at Louisville’s Waterfront Park.

James Kottack is back with the Scorpions, following treatment for alcohol abuse. The Louisville native spent a month in a Dubai prison after drinking five glasses of wine on an inbound flight, then allegedly engaging in rowdy and insulting behavior at the Dubai airport.

My Morning Jacket has released their August 15, 2008 show at the Riverfront Park in Nashville, Tennessee as a part of their MMJ Archival Series. The show is now available to download via LiveDownloads.

Luke Bryan has cancelled his appearance at the Coyote Acoustic Concert due to the death of his brother-in-law.

Dec 022014
 

The Nashville incognito R&B/Funk band Here Come The Mummies return again to Louisville for the second time this year, on December 5, at the Mercury Ballroom. As has been noted here before, there is not much known about this band, other than their refusal to reveal much. The rumors are rampant – it’s a band of Nashville pros, including Grammy winners, who are avoiding conflicts with record labels by appearing under wraps. That’s the main one. Not that it really matters, since they are a tight, funky band of pros, regardless of their legal entanglements. They do have a new album, Cryptic, for your listening pleasure. For $20 adv,/$22 Dos, you can go hear them play and wonder how they manage under all that costuming. I mean, imagine the sweating!
Watch “Kinda Lingers”:


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Website: http://www.herecomethemummies.com/
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MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/herecomethemummies