Nov 242014
 

Is there an unending appetite for jambands in Louisville? Promoters and club bookers seem to think so, as there is a pretty steady stream of said bands through town. For the Friday after Thanksgiving, you can headband it over to Headliners for an evening of genre-hopping improvization from Dayton’s own The Werks, which is all-you-can-dance, musical cafe style. Now, back in the olden days (the Aughts), bands were measured in part by the chart action of their records. The Werks big claim to fame is that in 2011, they were the number 2 top searched aritsts on Jam Magazine, behind only Phish. In 2012, they were Number 1. Well, take your plaudits where you may. They have a couple of new records: The Mr. Smalls Sessions, released in September and Dark Side OF The Moon, a co-performance with Dopapod and Papdosio. They have all the right markers, see? Getzy and Derek LaFountain open. Tickets are $12 Adv/$15 DoS.

Here’s a 9:44 jam on “Heading South”:


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Website: thewerksmusic.com/
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Bandcamp: thewerks.bandcamp.com/

Nov 242014
 

The name is Purling Hiss, the meaning – who knows? Its’s a Philadelphia outfit assembled by Mike Polizze (Birds of Maya) and now a touring group. The Other Side Of Life is promoting this show and they have a distinct, if overblown, description which might help: “Purling Hiss became a full-fledged touring unit in 2010, revealing themselves to not only be purveyors of Rallizes Denudes/Vermonster-style guitar jams, but to have a serious 90’s grunge/pop ethic not too far removed from bits of Bleach-era Nirvana.” PH also has a new record, Weirdon, on Drag City. Louisville’s State Champion is also on the bill, promoting their second Sophomore Lounge release, Deep Sh*t. The whole shebang-bang-band goes down at the New Vintage on Thanksgiving Night, November 27. You can get your turkey-stuffed body in for some kind of calorie-burning movement for FREE! What’s not to like? Well, some folks might not like the music but we’re not talking to them. Move it on down.

Here’s “Mercujry Retrograde”:


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Website: purlinghiss.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PurlingHiss
Twitter: https://twitter.com/purlinghiss
Bandcamp: purlinghiss.bandcamp.com/

Nov 232014
 

The New Basement Tapes, a.k.a. the T-Bone Burnettassembled supergroup that features Elvis Costello and members of My Morning Jacket, Mumford & Sons, Dawes and Carolina Chocolate Drops, were on The Jimmy Kimmel show, performing “Nothing To It,” from the new album Lost On The River , which features songs written by the various players, with lyrics from Bob Dylan’s The Basement Tapes period. How it all happened and how the group was assembled is along story: Read the Guardian’s version T

Nov 222014
 

Louisville’s synth-punk sci-fi rap trio Ultra Pulverize will recreate the entire soundtrack from the 1987 film, Robocop, at Headliners Music Hall on Wednesday, November 26; It will be a LIVE, full-length, electronic re-score, complete with with dialogue and sound effect samples from the film, and, as a statement against talking during movies, they will not be rapping. The reason for the tribute is simple – the band members were strongly effected by the film, which might have something to do with why they are referred to as ” A musical outfit with outfits” – they dress in costumes for their shows. Night Visions DJ will perform after the tribute.Tickets are only $10.

Here’s a video from Ultra Pulverize, but not abot Robocop:


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Website: ultrapulverize.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/ULTRA-PULVERIZE/97919652015
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ultrapulverize

Nov 212014
 

There’s something about a solid power trio that seems to anchor a band – noting the specification of “solid.” For the alt-rock trio Better Than Ezra, that solidlity might well have come from the shock of their lead guitarist’s suicide back in 1990, which cemented the band as a trio. Their first major release, Deluxe, hit No. 1 in 1995, after which came the usual churning of labels, followed by being dropped and winding up on a small label, which closed shortly after the release of their fourth album, Closer, which wound up not being released for seven years. More recently, Taylor Swift covered one of their tunes on a TV performance, which gave them a much-needed boost. Heading into the Mercury Ballroom on Saturday, November 22, they have a just-released album, All Together Now, on The End Records, making their output total seven studio albums. An outfit called Seven Handle Circus will open. Tickets are $25.

Nov 212014
 

“The horn section is in crisp shirts and ties, and front man Paul Janeway wears a suit jacket and pocket square. But then Janeway’s thunderous voice takes over: a raspy, rafter-rattling soul powerhouse that propels him to shimmy his way across the stage like Mick Jagger at a backwoods tent revival.” – Matt Hendrickson, gardenandgun.com
I have a friend from Cincinnati, a former Public Radio DJ turned nurse and Flamenco dancer who is just crazy, I mean crazy, for St. Paul And the Broken Bones, who’ll be at Headliners on Saturday, November 22. The only thing keeping her from trekking down to Louisville tomorrow is her mother’s Ninetieth birthady, which is sufficient reason to keep most people close to home. The rest of us here in Derby City have to come up with our own excuses to miss the most authentic, non-imitative Southern soul band to come along since before we thought Alabama Shakes might somehow slide into that slot. The leader, vocalist Paul Janeway, manages to deliver the soul without getting lost in the surrounding fog of years of prior vocalists; in short, it ain’t fakery. They’ve been through town several times this year, so they seem to being building an audience. Thye’ve only got two EPs and a just releaed full-length, Half The City, so far, which isn’t bad, considering that they put this thing together in 2012. Tickets are $20 adv/ $22 DoS.

Here’s the official video for Call Me>

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Website: stpaulandthebrokenbones.com/?
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Nov 212014
 

Jambands come in all sizes and genres these days, with a particular flavor initiated by Newgrass Revival, to wit, jamgrass, which features as practitioners such bands as String Cheese Incident, Greensky Bluegrass, The Infamous Stringdusters and Diamond Pub’s featured act on Saturday, November 22, Cornmeal. Cornmeal is a Chicago quintet-plus which began in 2000 and has proven themselves festival warriors, indeed, with stints at Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Magnolia Fest, Wakarusa Music Festival and Summer Camp Music Festival as well as having performed on multiple stages at Bonnaroo, All Good Music Festival, High Sierra Music Festival and 10K Lakes over the past fourteen years. They’ve released four albums, the last two “live” records. They’ve changed personnel a time or two or three but still crank out that new old-fashioned, highspeed jamgrass. The Rumpke Mountain Boys will open. Tickets are $12 adv/ $15 DoS.

Here’s a set from the Yonder Harvest Festival from 2013:


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Website: http://www.cornmealinthekitchen.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CornmealInTheKitchen
LastFM: www.last.fm/music/Cornmeal

Nov 202014
 

Steepwater
Chicago’s Steepwater Band is your Friday night concert band at Jim Porter’s on November 21. What started as Chicago-style blues band (named after a Lake Michigan cargo ship) in 1999 turned into a blues-rock band, then rock ‘n’ roll band with a heavy blues feel. They were regulars at the Chicago Blues Festival in the early part of the last decade, then took to touring, having released a number of records of mostly original material. They’re now up to ten albums, the last 2013’s Live & Humble. They’ve also scored some solid television and movie synchronizations. Should be a good show, especially if you are a fan of the Allmans, the Stones and the like. Tickets are $10 adv/ $12 DoS

Here’s “Come On Down”:


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Website: www.steepwater.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thesteepwaterband

Nov 202014
 

the_ataris
How often do you get to call the shots? Well, how about for The Ataris, who are stopping in at Headliners on the You Call The Shots Tour, along with Teenage Kicks, Fast Friends and Blacklist Royals, on November 21. The Ataris a band that began in Anderson, Indiana, who’ve been punkin’ and rollin’ for nearly a decade. As these things happen, the personnel changes have been frequent enough that the band is like the old farmer’s axe: hey, it’s the same axe/band. There’s one original member left, actually, They’ve got five studio albums, includng one certified gold (So Long, Astoria) back in 2009. They’ve managed one chart single, “The Boys Of Summer,” in 2003. In short, it’s a journeyman rock band. For this tour, the fans will pick the songs, as advertised. Tickets are $15. It’s an 18-and-over show.

Watch the “So Long, Astoria” video:


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Nov 192014
 

ChrisForsythsolarmotel
“Forsyth has been slashing through and then reconnecting strands of American music for a decade now, whether it be in the unclassifiable WTF that is Peeesseye or in the solo guitar records that rip pages out of the American Primitive songbook. With the Solar Motel Band, Forsyth seeks the endless jam at the intersection of Television and The Grateful Dead. Or at least that’s where it begins.” – Lars Gotrich, NPR
The stretch of Preston Street bookended by Zanzabar and The New Vintage (well, it’s a short stretch) is pretty much ground zero for shows with some of the possible up-and-comers (or on-the-way-downers) in the indie rock / new music in Louisville – while noting that Dreamland and The Tim Faulkner Gallery have their place, too. That said, the show for Thursday, November 19, at the New Vinage, which features Chris Forsyth And The Solar Motel Band, Sparks.Moore and Ma Turner’s Fatufairfe, falls into one of those categories. Forsyth is not an unknown factor on the scene, having been at it for a decade, and has gotten some attention on the national level as well (Note the quote). The band has a new record, Intensity Ghost, just released on No Quarter Records, and which has been named one of the year’s best releases by the New Yorker, Uncut, Aquarium Drunkard and others. Sparks.Moore is the duo of Jason Sparks and McKinley Moore, who also play in The Wrists, wile Ma Turner is an experimental musician and artist from Lexington who comes to town occasionally, usually with something unexpected. Tickets to the show are $15.

Watch the new video for “I Ain’t Waitin’” from CFTSM:


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Website: http://thechrisforsyth.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Chris-Forsyth/131555540199988