Aug 272014
 

The Befuddled Fest, set for August 29 – 31 at the Rustic Frog (“A Gentlemen’s Club”) in New Albany, looks like it will live up to its name in some respects, with a focus on Nineties (and earlier) bands and a rather overt 420 theme running through the whole thing. It’ll be wise not to be holding if you go (or at least not when you leave), just because the New Albany police might be lurking on Hwy. 111, looking for drunks coming back from the casino, plus other impaired drivers. Having said all that, the lineup looks like this, in part: Days of the New, Quiet Riot, Bullet Boys, Faster Pussycat, Tantric, Psychostick, PoP Kiss Chainsaw, Vintage VooDoo, Stone The Crow, Nova Red, The Mad Taxpayers, Dirty Cheese & The Hoodie Thieves and Year of the Gun. Days Of The New will feature the original lineup: Travis Meeks (vocals/ guitar), Todd Whitener (guitar), Jesse Vest (bass) and Matt Tau (drums). If you can’t find something in there to like, you weren’t listening to music in the Nineties. With all the other stuff that’s being touted – Magicians, Dancers, Exotic Animals, Fire Breathers, Hula Girls, Dwarf Tossing, Illusionists, Contortionists, Stripper Dunk Tank, Clowns, Mascots – this promises to be a real fustercluck – but a fun one. Tickets are $25 a day or $45 for the whole three days.

Here’s Days Of The New singing “Touch, Peel and Stand” from back in the day:

Website: http://rusticfrog.com/

Aug 272014
 

Look what Guided By Voices have done for the world since reforming in 2010. Six high-quality, full-length albums in less than four years. And that’s not counting EPs, singles, tours, or solo records. If the sorry state of the present day indie- alt- or just plain rock landscape is the disease, GBV is the cure! Do not take in moderation.” – Contactmusic.com
What makes a true Guided By Voices fan? Someone who has all the albums? Knows all the various players? Thinks the band lost its way in 1997 by signing with Capitol Records? Mourned the “disbanding” in 2004 and celebrated the return in 2010? Who the hell knows? You do, if one of those fans; the rest of us might have a passing familiar with one or another of the many, many records or even have heard the early lo-fi stuff and thought it was cool – or not. They’re coming back to town to play Headlienrs on August 30, with Bobby Bare Jr. on the tour. The latest (as of this writing) is Cool Planet. Tickets are $23 adv/ $25 DoS.

Listen to “Ticket To Hide” from Cool Planet:


MORE ARTIST INFORMATION

Website: www.gbv.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GuidedByVoicesOfficial
LastFM: www.last.fm/music/Guided+by+Voices

Aug 212014
 

“Since their debut in 2001, GRAMMY®-nominated, American Music Award and multiple Dove Award winners MercyMe have sold over 6 million units in CD and DVD sales, garnered 25 No. 1 multi-format Christian radio singles and four consecutive mainstream radio hits with “I Can Only Imagine,” (No. 4 AC/Top 25 on Top 40/Hot AC), “Here With Me” (No. 4 AC), “Homesick” (Top 10 AC), and “So Long Self.” In 2009, Billboard named MercyMe’s “Word Of God Speak” the No. 1 Song of The Decade and the group the No. 1 Christian Songs Artist of the Decade, with an additional No. 1 as the Christian AC Song Artist of The Decade as one of the industry’s most notable talents. MercyMe made history as “I Can Only Imagine” surpassed 1 million digital downloads, making it the first song in Christian music to go platinum in the digital domain. MercyMe has sold out venues across the nation, including Radio City Music Hall, and has appeared on The Tonight Show, CNN, Fox New Channel’s Fox & Friends, ABC News, CBS This Morning and in the pages of Entertainment Weekly, The New York Times, USA Today, Billboard and more.” – jesusfreakhideout.com
August 24 is a Sunday and at the 2014 Kentucky State Fair, that means it’s time for a free Christian music concert. On the bill for this show is Greenville, Texas Crhistian rock band MercyMe, a band with a long string of hits on the Christian music charts and awards to match, including having the Billboard’s No. 1 No. 1 Christian song of the Decade: “Word of God Speak.” For this show, they have a brand-new record, Welcome To The New,” which was released in April. The show is at Cardinal Stadium and it’s free, of course.

Watch the official video for “Shake” from the new record:


MORE ARTIST INFORMATION

Website: mercyme.org/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mercyme
LastFM: www.last.fm/music/MercyMe

Aug 212014
 

Louisville hardcore band Xerxes has released the first track from an upcoming album, Collision Blonde. The track is titled “Exit 123,” which is the first exit on I-64 after crossing the river into Indiana from Kentucky. Head over to Brooklyn Vegan to hear the track and get a bit more of the story.

Aug 202014
 

JOAN JETT is a Swiss watch, A German Train schedule, the Energizer Bunny. In a word: dependable.” – Kurt B. Reighley/The Stranger
“I Love Rock & Roll” singer Joan Jett & the Blackhearts come back to Cardinal Stadium on August 23, after an absence of four years. It’s been thirty-plus years since that iconic first hit and twenty-plus years since she had a Top Ten hit, but that hasn’t kept her from staying busy, writing, recording, produciing and touring. Her most recent album is 2013’s Unvarnished, which peaked at #47 on the Billboard 200 chart. Jett and the Blackhearts play straight-up rock ‘n’ roll, which still works perfectly well in the hearts of rock fans everywhere. Devour The Day opens. It’s a free show.

Here’s “Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap”:


MORE ARTIST INFORMATION

Website: www.joanjett.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/joanjettandtheblackhearts
Twitter: https://twitter.com/joanjett

Aug 192014
 

The now-defunct Straight A’s have released their final EP, Pity Party. From their Facebook page: “In the wake of our recent combustion, we’ve released one final EP. It’s free to download. Consider it a requiem. Help us spread it around the cosmos.”

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.