Hard Working Americans At Headliners

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Dec 112014

Back in 2013, singer Todd Snider put together a band he calls Hard Working Americans, which is bassist Dave Schools from Widespread Panic, Neal Casal of Chris Robinson Brotherhood on guitar and vocals, Chad Staehly of Great American Taxi on keyboards and Duane Trucks, younger brother to Derek on drums: that is  to say, rather of a rock supergroup. They’ve mostly been touring but stopped long enough to put out a self-title debut album at the beginning of this year. Snider, of course, has a long history as a singer-songwriter with a more-or-less cult following: he’s been here a bunch of times. The band also has a rockumentary called “The First Waltz,” which was just released. It’s available at the website plus all the usual places. The new band will be at Headliners Music Hall on December 14. Tickets are $25. Should be interesting.
Here’s a live version of “Wrecking Ball”:


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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.

Paul Jolley at Jim Porter s

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Dec 042014

American Idol runner-up Paul Jolley, who was eliminated and wound up a ninth-place for the 12th season (2013), will come to Jim Porter’s on Friday, December 5, to determine how much the publicity from the show is worth in Louisville. His singing style is tagged as the male version of Carrie Underwood. Mad Luck is along to help him out. Tickets are $10 adv/$12 Dos.

Here’s Jolley singing “Amazed”:


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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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Glass Animals At Headliners

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Nov 302014

From Oxford, England comes Glass Animals, billing themselves as an idie rock, psychedelic pop, trip hop band. They’re a brand new outfit, with one album, Zaba, to their credit and plenty of balls, as they’ve headed to the States in the middle of an European tour, booking shows as they tour. They’ll stop at Headliners on Tuesday, December 2 for a show, which, if it strikes your fancy, will cost only $12 adv/$15 Dos. To help you decide, check out the video or Soundcloud link below:

Black Veil Brides Headlines Four-Band Show At Expo 5

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Nov 302014

Terry Harper kicks off your glam metal, hard rock, metalcore December with a show at Expo 5, featuring Black Veil Brides, Setting It Off, Falling In Reverse and Drama Club, on December 2. Originally from Cincinnati, BVB has relocated to Hollyweird and revamped the costuming to be more in line with what’s current there. They’ve been working since 2009, have released four albums, including the most recent, Black Veil Brides IV, out this last October. Along the way, they’ve picked up a few awards, mostly from various metal publications, but enough to demonstrate that they are not just a flash-forward KISS ripoff.
Falling in Reverse is a post-hardcore act from Las Vegas; their touring in support of the second album, Fashionably Late. Tampa’s Set It Off is supporting their brand-new effort, Duality Tickets are $25.

Check out Black Veil Brides new music (and looks) with Goodbye Agony>


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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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