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”“:


Website: www.coheedandcambria.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/coheedandcambria
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Coheed
LastFM: www.last.fm/music/Coheed+and+Cambria

Oct 012014

“Already known for their musical precision, this album [Ruining Lives] is another step up for the New York three-piece, with every chord, beat and vocal landing exactly where it should, no mean feat for a band that inject[s] a raw thrash element into nearly every track. Prong have a knack for getting you pumped up, with over twenty years experience they know just where to place the pinch harmonics and drum rolls to get your fists pumping. Ruining Lives shines a light on their post-metal side, embracing the clatter of the double bass pedal and thundering downtuned chords in an impressively disciplined display of harmonic aggression.” – Jeremy Daniel, Altsounds.com
A lot of metal bands these days have some pretty obscure names that often don’t communicate much beyond their connotation. Prong, on the other hand, is quite the loaded name for a masculine metal band – it just speaks volumes. It’s also a New York City band, much also accounts somewhat for the name. They’ve been around since 1986 and have four times as many ex-members as current members. They have had their impact on other musicians as well, with Korn’s Jonathan Davis and Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nail – among others – claiming their influence. With eight studio albums, one live, four EPs and a remix, they have a solid catalog to draw from, with their latest being Ruining Lives. It’s the driver for the current tour, which stops at the Diamond Pub Concert Hall on October 5, with Krosjoint, Luther and Popkiss Chainsaw opening. Tickets are $12.

See if you agree with this sentiment – “Revenge Best Served Cold”:


Website: prongmusic.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/prongmusic
Twitter: https://twitter.com/prongmusic
LastFM: www.last.fm/music/Prong

Sep 302014

We have a special treat in store for us this fall: we finally get a show that we deserve. I have bitched for years about all the big shows not coming to Louisville, and that all we seem to get are watered-down commercial concerts that the big venues deem safe and worthy (lame), which isn’t saying much.

But do we get shows with balls? Very rarely. Do we ever get huge cool national outdoor concerts that kick ass? Once in a very blue moon. Yeah, our city seems scared to death to have anything with any kind of balls to it playing our beloved city. Fortunately an out-of-town promoter has come to the rescue. I could kiss this promoter, and I’m not even gay! Two days of live music! The Louder Than Life Festival! October 4 and 5 at Champions Park down on the river. I know not many of you know about Champions Park, so I’ll tell you where it is: It’s at the old River Road Country Club property on River Road near the Water Tower. If you take Zorn Ave to the river, you will turn left on River Road, and there is Champions Park on your left. I’m extremely happy because my favorite metal band, Judas Priest, is headlining, and that is just unbelieveable. As uptight/scared as this city is, this is a miracle and just what our city needs. To be competitive with other cities. To not be scared to death of a rock/metal show with grit. To give us rockers a show that we can have fun at. Saturday and Sunday, October 4 and 5, we will get our chance to rock.
It’s a two-day festival that features quite a lineup:
Saturday: Judas Priest, Korn, Limp Bizkit, Stone Temple Pilots, Alterbridge, Steel Panther, Mastodon, Theory Of A Deadman, Pop Evil, Memphis May Fire, Otherwise, Fuel, Thousand Foot Crutch, Miss May I, Nonpoint, Wilson and local rockers Flaw.
Sunday: Kid Rock, Five Finger Death Punch, Volbeat, Papa Roach, A Day To Remember, Buck Cherry, Bring Me The Horizon, Hellyeah, In This Moment, Chiodos, Motionless In White, Nothing More, Butcher Babies, Avatar, Crobot, Monster Truck and Islander.
On top of all this music, the festival promises plenty of fine bourbon and gourmet “man food. “
So make your plans now, because this is going to be off-the-hook. Get your tickets A. S. A. P. I will have more info as the show approaches. My personal faves on this Festival are; Judas Priest (duh), Steel Panther, Flaw, Five Finger Death Punch, Hellyeah and Volbeat.
Tickets are for both days: $79.50 adv/ $109.50 DoS Single Day: $59.Single

Tickets are available at http://www.ticketmaster.com/Louder-Than-Life-tickets/artist/2002985

—-Eddy Metal

Here is some classic (and obscure) Judas Priest for ya!

More info:
Website: www.louderthanlifefestival.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/louderthanlifefestival

Sep 292014

Deadly serious whimsy might be the best label for the collective called Of Montreal, which rolls into Headliners October 3. Supposedly named after a failed romance with a woman “of Montreal,” the band has moved from a peculiar mix of vaudeville, late-Sixties era Beatles and Kinks-style psychedelic pop to a (perhaps) equally odd mix of funk, glam, electronica and Afrobeat, with sides of folk rock and disco. They come by their eclectic tastes naturally, as the group comes from a larger collective called Elephant 6 (The Elephant 6 Recording Company), bound together by a shared admiration of Sixties pop. This also means that the bands tend to promiscuously share members, as well as exhibit a tendency to lyrical weirdness. They are on tour with Pillar Point, supporting their most recent record, Lousy With Sylvianbriar, and, presumably, their new DVD, a documentary called “The Past Is A Grotesque Animal.” The Deloreans will open. Tickets are $17 adv / $20 DoS.

Watch the official video for “She Ain’t Speakin’ Now”:


Website: www.ofmontreal.net/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ofmontreal
Twitter: https://twitter.com/xxofMontrealxx
LastFM: www.last.fm/music/of+Montreal

Sep 282014

Sometimes the plugs for a band comes from the strangest of places; a few days back, I was in my dentist’s office for a routine bit of teeth cleaning. The dental hygenist was chatting about spending the weekend on her houseboat once when a male friend called and said that The Paul Thorn Band was in town and he thought they should go, immediately, which she did, leaving weekend boat trip dead in the water, at least until the next day. With fans like that, you have to assume that a performer was something real going on. I expect my dental hygenist to be at Headliners Music Hall on October 2, when singer-songwriter and former boxer Paul Thorn brings both his bands, acoustic and electric, to town, supporting his latest, Too Blessed To Be Stressed, an album of songs he wrote to “make people feel good” rather than writing songs from his past. This, from a guy who wrote a song called “It’s a Great Day To Whup Somebody’s Ass.” Tickets are $20 Adv/$23 DoS.

Here’s the official video for “Everybody Needs Somebody” from the new record:


Website: www.paulthorn.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thornpage

Sep 222014

Tommy Womack’s Government Cheese is the band that won’t die, or, at least, hangs in there, despite everything. Wommack has made a career out of the band, either by performing in it or writing about it (Cheese Chronicles, 1985-1995). Okay, it’s greasy rock ‘n’ roll, akin to Jason and the Scorchers and Webb Wilder, but they had their sound and their place in the crowded Nashville market, even though they were from Bowling Green. They made some good records, too. Womack made a career as a singer-songwriter after the band broke up in the mid-Nineties, but they kept getting back together for reunion shows, just like the show at Headliners on September 27. Head on down – tickets are $20.

Here’s Government Cheese’s “Fish Stick Day”:


Website: www.tommywomack.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Government-Cheese/119447428106114
Reverbnation: www.reverbnation.com/governmentcheeseofficialbandsite

Sep 222014

Let’s just say it: the 5th Annual Cropped Out Festival is kind of unusual, not for your ordinary Jane or Joe music fan. Oh, there might be the odd player now and then that you might relate to, like, for instance, Nathan Salsberg, but most of the music is out on the edges (hence the “cropped out” name); fundamentally, it’s the punk motif run wild. It happens at American Turners on River Road, plus a couple of other places: Dreamland and Fresh Start. The kick-off is on September 25 at Dreamland; for September 26 & 27, the main event happens. The lineup is too long to print here: head over to www.croppedoutmusic.com/landing for that. The last show is at Fresh Start on September 28. Really, you need to be fairly young and very much interested in music that pushes the boundaries, hard. However, it could well be that attendance at this event will be a considerable badge of supreme cool later in life.  Get your tickets at http://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/681189/

Here’s the commercial for 2014:


Website: www.croppedoutmusic.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CroppedOut