Coheed & Cambria Lands at Mercury Ballroom, October 6

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Oct 022014

“Sonically, Coheed has been called the Gen Y answer to Rush—particularly in light of Mr. Sanchez’s soaring vocal style—while also being compared to emo bands. “Descension” boasts a range of styles from epic progressive (“Pretelethal”) to crushing alt-rock (“The Hard Sell”) to something resembling ‘70s art-pop (“Away We Go”).” – Scott Mervis, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
The New York prog rock band Coheed & Cambria has an interesting twist to their musical career – all of their albums are concept albums built around a science fiction story called The Amory Wars, which was written by the lead singer, Claudio Sanchez. The story has also been developed into a series of comic books and a full-length novel. Their discography now stretches to seven studio albums, three live albums and a number of special-edition releases, which testifies to either the complexities inherent in the story or the willingness of the band to repeat themselves a bunch. (Bet on “A.”) Ther latest is The Afterman: Descension. The tour they’re on is called Neverender IKSSE:3 and they will spin you a few tales when it lands at the Mercury Ballroom on October 6, with Thank You Scientist opening. Tickets are $32.50+$6.50.

Watch the demo of a new tune “Atlas”“:



Dirty Bitch Releases “Death Is In You”

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Aug 192014

Louisville’s Dirty Bitch released the nine-song Death Is In You project. You can listen at their Bandcamp site or check out “Take It Away” below:

Syd Bishop at Never Nervous also has a brief review.

Jul 292014

Now that Forecastle Fest (and Kentucky Music Weekend) is behind us, it’s time to plug the next cool festival (ignoring da state faya, of course). That would be the Cropped Out Festival at the end of September. (But what about Worldfest on Aug. 29 – Sept. 1; the Kentucky Bluegrass & Bourbon Fest at the Water Tower; the Jug Band Jubilee on September 20? Silly man, those aren’t events the cool kids go to.) Anyway, the Bluegrass Catastrophe blog has a piece on Cropped Out organizer Ryan Davis’s choice of the three bands you shouldn’t miss. Read it here.
Here’s Juanita playing “The Night Time Is The Right Time” from last year’s festival:

Yes at the Palace, July 29

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Jul 252014

Yes, Yes , one of the greatest of prog rock bands from the 70s, is back at the Louisville Palace on July 29. They’ve settled into a steady habit of playing their oldies, of which there is certainly a goodly number. If you remember them, like them and/or have those LPs (What’s that?) with the really cool cover art, this is the show for you. Tickets range from $25 to $75.

The Yes story Part 1:

The Yes story Part 2:

Here are some Additional interviews with members of you that you might find interestings as well:
Steve Howe:

Chris Shire:

Jon Anderson:

Rick Wakeman:htt

Keith Emerson:

Check out this live performance from 2013:



Beacons Offer Home

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Jun 032014

Phillip Olympia at Never Nervous has a short write-up about Beacons, a “progressive” Louisville band that just released a new record titled Home. They’re playing a Sunday release show at Headliners, in advance of Dopapod. Read Olymia’s article here.
Here’s a sample of their music:

Weekly Ink, May 29

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May 292014

This week’s ink-stained wretches have scribbled a bit more than usual:
J. L. Puckett has a feature piece in the C-J about Louisville native and jazz musician Don Braden, along with his Organix Trio, featuring Vanessa Rubin, scheduled to play a show in Bird Hall at the University of Louisville School of Music tonight. Tickets are $15.
Over at LEO, Peter Berkowitz writes about This World, the new record from Watter, and, along the way, how the band came to be. Of primary focus is former Slint band member Britt Walford, plus founders Tyler Trotter and Zak Riles and their connection to Tony Levin, former bassist for King Crimson. It’s an interesting read.
Berkowitz also has a piece on New Mother Nature, with former Louisvillian Axel Cooper. They’re playing at Zanzabar on Friday.

Animals As Leaders Headline At Diamond Pub

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May 212014

Were you not in touch, you might think Animals As Leaders would be a thrashing, screaming around the stage, balls-to-the-wall metal band. On the metal part, you would be right and you could be forgiven if you were not in touch with exactly who or what Animals As Leaders is. The short answer is a suddenly hot progressive instrumental band that mines the metal genre but which some might think was jazz/rock fusion. Bandleader Tosin Abasi, who came out of the defunct metal band Reflux, spent a year studying guitar before forming AAL in 2007. Just shows you what a little education will do. AAL is the leading a pack of bands, including Littledidweknow, Chon and Conquering Dystopia, into Diamond Pub on May 25. There’s a new AAL album, The Joy Of Motion – only the band’s third release, on Sumerian Records – which debuted at No. 23 on Billboard. Along the way, there has been a lot of touring, including in the 2010 Summer Slaughter Tour and a couple of European tours. Altogether, this looks like a show to see for metal fans. Tickets are $18.

Watch this video for “Lippincott” from Joy Of Motion. (The graphics would not be out of place at any prog rock show since the Seventies.)



Coheed and Cambria At Mercury Ballroom

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May 132014

The Mercury Ballroom has announced that the progressive rock Coheed and Cambria will play the Fourth Street venue on October 6, touring in of their second record, In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3. The tour is entitled NEVERENDER IKSSE:3. Thank You Scientist will open. Tickets will go on sale Friday, May 16 but – per the press release – ” one can find tickets sooner by visiting for more details.

Portugal. The Man At The Brown

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May 112014

The 2012 Republican candidate for Vice-President of the United States is not the only famous person from Wasilla, Alaska – Portugal.The Man calls it home as well. (Wasilla was also the starting point of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race until 2002, when the dwindling snow pack forced a change.) Apparently, life in Alaska has its impact on the heads of those living there: P.TM’s album titles are a testament: The Satanic Satanist, Church Mouth, Waiter: You Vultures!. Founder John Gourley has said that “So much of Alaska is about… getting away from everything — about being on your own and doing your own thing,” which seems to fit a band that plays prog and psychedelic rock and which has churned through a long list of personnel – only founders John Gourley and Zach Carothers remain in the band. The new record, Evil Friends, was heavily influenced by Dark Side Of The Moon, so their show at the Lyons Brown Theatre on May 15 should have a familiar feel to a particular bunch of fans of Louisville’s Dark Side Of the Wall. Portland’s folk-rock country band Quiet Life, supporting Wild Pack, will open. Tickets are $25.75 adv./$28.00 DoS.

Watch “Purple Yellow Red & Blue” from Evil Friends: