Pop Evil at The Mercury Ballroom

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Dec 092014

:Pop Evil has made Louisville a favorite stop since at least 2008, when they played a Phoenix Hill show; they repeated that stop nearly ten times, before playing the Louder Than Life Festival in September. Now they’re back, but at the Mercury Ballroom this time, on December 12. They’ve got a fan base and they’re still supporting their latest record, Onyx, which also lends its name to the tour – Oynx Set In Stone Tour, so expect a nice turn-out. Islander and Red Sun Rising are supporting the show. Tickets are $15.

Check out “Deal With The Devil” for a taste fo the new record:


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Boney James and Stanley Jordan at the Palace

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Dec 082014

Louisville jazz fans constantly complain that national jazz acts don’t come here nearly often enough, so the news that saxophonist Boney James will appear with jazz fusion guitarist Stanley Jordan at the Louisville Palace on December 12, should make them take a break from bitching. Of course, that would suppose that jazz fans weren’t as hard-nosed as bluegrass fans can be about their favorites, which, unfortunately, they are are: James is a contemporary jazz musician, so he gets counted in as a smooth jazz player with the likes of Kenny G. The Boston Globe has a comment about that: “Let’s make something perfectly clear: James is not a smooth jazz player. Yeah, he is often grouped with people like Kenny G and Najee, but his music is muscular and gritty, whereas most smooth jazz has all the texture and complexity of a cue ball…James swaggered across the stage like a blacktop hero draining treys on an overmatched opponent. He even weaved his way through the audience, never missing a beat and all but daring the crowd not to have a good time.” Besides, he’s playing with Stanley Jordan and if that’s not enough to stop them from cooking up a bitches brew of complaints, then they’re just too damn picky. Tickets range from $39.99 to $75, plus fees.

Here’s a clip from the Montreux Jazz Festival with James


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Enumeration Of A Murder At The Louisville Palace

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Dec 082014

It comes as no surprise to Corvus fans that the collective term for a crowd of same is a murder, but to others, well, a murder of crows is just a geeky term to use in a bar contest or, as in this case, a way of playfully hiding the name of the band playing at the Palace, to wit, Counting Crows, on December 10. Okay, it’s not original, but any reference to a popular performing act with a slightly odd name isn likely to be well-used. This very well-known group rock band is touring in support of their new record, Somewhere Under Wonderful, which also is also referential, in this case, to a stage musical co-authored by frontman Adam Duritz and playwright Stephen Beiber. With twenty million copies of their seven studio records sold in the twenty-three years of their existence, there’s not a lot to prove, so head on down an enjoy a very professional band rocking out. Tickets are $29-$85. Twin Forks will open.

Watch “Palisades Park” from the new record:


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Mike Milligan and Steam Shovel at Stevie Ray s

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Dec 042014

Blues fans, Mike Milligan & Steamshovel will be back to  Stevie Ray’s on December 5 for a show! What? You say that the Kentuckiana Blues Society already told you about this show? Well, what about those blues fans who aren’t members of the KBS? They need to know about this show. The band is from Kokomo, Indiana and has been gigging forsome years now and has played with a great many of the best blues players in town. He’s got some chops and six albums to his credit. Besides that, he puts on a solid show. Tickets are a minimal $5.

Yelawolf Raps at Mercury

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Dec 042014

Cherokee rapper Yelawolf will perform at the Mercury Ballroom on December 7, in advance of the release of his second album on Eminem’s Shady Records, Love Story, which has been in the works since 2012. Although his earliest success was as a contract artist painting murals, he subsequently took up the microphone to rap, releasing a couple of mixtapes, which went generally unnoticed, other than getting him some interest from a label. He wound up on Eminem’s label and was involved in a number of collaborations, including with Ed Sheeran, Travis Barker of Blink-182 and Eminem. His albums to this point are Trunk Muzik 0-60, Radioactive and Psycho White, which will provide some of the material for the show, plus whatever he’s trying out for the new record. Tickets to the show are $20.

Watch “Till It’s Gone”:


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Chase Rice at Mercury Ballroom

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Nov 252014

If jambands and screaming rockers aren’t to your taste, then perhaps a bit of bro-country (which is just to the right of rock), courtesy of singer-songwriter Chase Rice will suit you. Rice has not quite achieved the level of fame that he clearly seeks (he was a contestant on Survivor: Nicaragua, where was a runner-up.), though he’s made a pretty good start at it: he scored a bit of songwriting success with “Cruise,” which Georgia-Florida Line released and the first single, “Ready Set Roll” from his new record, Ignite The Night, reeleased this August, went gold, while Ignite the Night debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top Country Album Chart. It’s also the name of the tour. He’s now three albums into a country music career, with Country As Me and Dirt Road Communion released in 2011 and 2012, respectively. Should he be able to continue the string, he might be playing Yum! next, so if you’re a fan, head on down to the Mercury Ballroom on Saturday, November 28 and see what you think of his live show. Tickets are $20 adv plus fees.

Watch “Ready Set Roll”:


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Better Than Ezra at Headliners

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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.

New Politics + Bad Suns + Somekindawonderful at Mercury Ballroom = Dance!?

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Nov 192014

The show tonight (November 19) at the Mercury Ballroom is for those folks excited to find a Danish dance-rock band on the bill – in this case New Politics – plus indie rock with a measure of neo-soul, all brought to you by the management company Ones To Watch, which also handles The Devil Makes Three, Iggy Azelea and Kongos. They are not limited to the Northern Hemisphere in their roster. Anyway, also on the bill are Southern California rock band Bad Suns and South Africa’s Somekindawonderful, which brings the neo-soul to the mix. All three bands are relatively new to the scene and are on this tour to expand their fan base, of course. Check below for a sample of the music you will hear. Tickets are $18 adv/ $20 DoS. Enjoy,

Here’s the just-released “Everyone I Go” from New Politics:

Halestorm On Mercury? Not Quite But Close

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Nov 182014

Halestorm – fronted by the red-headed Lzzy Hale – returns to town for the fourth (or fifth) time, this one tonight (November 18)at Mercury Ballroom, a slight sidestep and, perhaps, step up, from Headliners. Of course, this is a hard-working touring band, doing as many as 250 shows a year, so they have their shows down solidly. The single “Freak Like Me” hit the top of Billboard’s Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks in April 2012, but they haven’t had a serious chart record since. They appear to be working on a new record, though information is hard to come by. Look for new tunes at this show. New Medicine opens. The ticket prices also reflect their success – $25+$5.25.

Watch the video for “Mz. Hyde”:


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American Idol Winner Phillip Phillips At The Palace

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Nov 182014

There are many conflicting opinions about American Idol, good and bad, but one thing is for certain: the winner leaves with the prize of a large fanbase, ready to attend shows, which, upon consideration, is the best prize and the perhaps real purpose of the show. Case in point: the winner of the Eleventh Season, singer-songwriter Phillip Phillips, who will be at the Louisville Palace tonight, November 18. Phillips has released two records since winning the show, 2012’s The World from the Side of the Moon and this year’s Behind The Light, plus he has picked up a few award nominations here and there. If you’re a fan, this is the night to see. Tickets are $49.50 / $59.50.