Apr 182014

Phantom Family Halo’s return to Louisville for a record release show tonight (April 18) at the New Vintage was a subject of great interest among the Louisville music blogosphere, including this one. Peter Berkowitz got an interview what ran in Wednesday’s LEO in his B-Sides column. Over at the Never Nervous blog, Phillip Olympia also talked to Dahm Cippola.

Apr 182014

They have a new lead singer and some of a new album, so fans of Three Days Grace will be very interested in hearing them when they head into Mercury Ballroom on April 22. The Juno Award-winning Canadian rock band has had a solidly successful career since forming in 1997, releasing four studio albums, the most recent being 2012’s Transit of Venus.Nashville’s Framing Hanley is also on the bill, touring in support of the just-released The Sum Of Who We Are, making it a solid show for mainstream rock fans. Tickets are $35 plus a $12 ticket fee for a total of $47.

Watch the new video for “Painkiller:”:


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Apr 152014

Dom Cipolla’s Phantom Family Halo comes back to town for a show at The New Vintage, which is tagged a “record release” show for Raven Town Witch, on Sophomore Lounge Records. Based on the current bio photos, PFH seems to be a trio, but that could change once they get to town, given the PFH alumna who live here. Also on the bill are Jaye Jayle and Dane Waters, both of whom are inclined to do interesting things with their music. Ticket for the April 18 show are $6.

Here’s “Hard Apple Moon Stomp” from the new record:


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Apr 142014

Sometimes, it’s best to let the publicist handle the description: “Watter is a new trio made up of close friends and collaborators whose collective pedigree reads like a desert island list of must-haves in experimental rock musicians. Multi-instrumentalists Zak Riles (Grails) and Tyler Trotter are anchored by legendary drummer Britt Walford (Slint, Evergreen) on six genre-defying pieces of monolithic mood music. For Riles and Trotter, it’s a chance to dig deeper into the sandbox in which Grails have sculpted many mercurial masterpieces in recent years; for Walford, it’s the opportunity to play a substantial role in a new active band for the first time in nearly twenty years. Written, recorded, and produced entirely in the group’s collective studios in Louisville, KY, This World is a stunning combination of heady psychedelic rock, vintage cinematic New Age explorations, and sinister Krautrock, performed with seemingly endless stamina. Born out of many late-night jam sessions, many songs also feature fellow Louisville icons - Rachel Grimes (Rachel’s) provides several of the album’s most sublime moments, and The For Carnation’s Todd Cook lays the heavy, bass-driven foundation for the penultimate epic, “Seawater.” This World is the kind of album that inspires renewed wonder in the mysterious powers of Louisville’s water supply. It draws impossibly broad inspiration from decades of Eastern and Western folk, rock, ambient, film score, library music, and neoclassical, and masterfully emerges with an ever-enveloping suite perfectly befitting its constantly curious composers.”
The track is called “Small Business”:

Apr 132014

Quebec’s The Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra, generally referred to be the band as SMZ, appears to be quite the curious assemblage of players. For instance, it began when Efrim Menuck, a guitarist with Godspeed You! Black Emperor, decided he wanted to learn to score music, an idea he abandoned upon realizing that he’d rather “fumble” around than write charts. The first recording happened when he was inspired as a result of his dog Wanda dying while he was on tour. It goes on like that, more or less, with the band describing what they do as “free jazz, community sight-singing, Minimalism and American folkways – still anchored to a punk-rock take on neo-classical and modern music tropes.” They are also fans of Fairport Convention and Led Zeppelin. Got that? They will be at Headliners on April 17. Check out the video below for a sample of their stuff. Tickets are $12 adv/ $15 DoS.

Here’s “F**k Off Get Free We Pour Light on Everything”:


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Apr 112014

Ask somebody from Dallas what good things have come out of Ft. Worth and you won’t hear about much, with the exception of the rock band The Toadies. It’s interesting to realize that they started back in 1989 and yet are still best known for the 1995 single, “Possum Kingdom,” which shares its name with a state park and which, during the video of the song, was mistaken for a snuff film. They broke up in 2002, reunited in 2006 and went back at it. They have five studio albums, including 2012’s Play.Rock.Music., plus three live albums. We’re talking Texas roots rock, friends, just the kind of thing you can hear most nights in clubs all over the state. They’ll be at the Mercury Ballroom on April 15. Tickets are $20.

Here’s “Possum Kingdom”:


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