New Albany rock band Ranger got a lengthy writeup by Michael Tierney at Insiderlouisville, on the occasion of the release of their new album, The Bard, engineered by Kevin Ratterman. With audio clips. Take a look.
Wax Fang’s latest rock opera, The Astronaut, got a positive review at Todayonline.com, scoring 3.5 out of a possible 5. The record will be released on January 28.
Kevin Sedelmeier at Louisville.com has a review of the recent Bare Naked Ladies show at the Palace. His first paragraph – “Going to a Barenaked Ladies concert is a little like going to a really good high school reunion. You see old friends, reminisce, talk about what you’ve been doing lately, share some laughs, and forget your worries for a while. For those thirty- and forty-somethings in the crowd Saturday night at the Louisville Palace where BNL played in support of their latest record Grinning Streak, it was both a trip back to high school and college and well as a glimpse into a bright future.” – perfectly validates commercial radio’s segmentation-by-decade strategy. It was Music of the Nineties at the Palace.
UPDATED [This preview was originally posted incorrectly on August 12. We apologize for the error.]Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros have been making many waves in the ionosphere of late, primarily in the FM frequency. They’ve also been garnering more and more attention at the national level, helped along by the Grammy win for BeEst Long Form Music Video for the documentary film Big Easy Express, which was about the tour the group was on with Mumford and Sons and Old Crow Medicine Show in 2011. They have a just-released, self-titled CD, featuring the tune “Better Days,” already getting airplay on WFPK. They’ll return to the Iroquois Amphitheatre along with Willy Mason on August 26. Tickets are $30.
The kick-off for the free Kentucky State Fair concerts features Vertical Horizon and Blind Melon, in Cardinal Stadium on August 15. Vertical Horizon, for those of you not into the last Nineties post-punk, alt rock scene, their hits included “You’re a God”, “Everything You Want”, and “Best I Ever Had (Grey Sky Morning).” They’ve been working on a new record, now set for a fall release, titled Echoes From The Underground. In the meantime, their last record was 2009’s Burning The Days. Blind Melon, on the other hand, has risen, fallen apart following the overdose of their lead singer, Shannon Hoon, disbanded, reunited, disbanded again and finally reunited in 2010 to perform but not record again. The rock and roll life is hard on folks. You can see both bands for the price of admission to the Fair.
Jason John Bonham, son of original Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham and a Led Zeppelin drummer in his right, will bring his take on Led Zeppelin, dubbed Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience, to the Brown Theatre on August 2. Rolling Stone had this to say about the group back in 2010: “This was much more than just another tribute band: the Bonham bloodline carries its own responsibilities. With state-of-the-art lighting and effects, dazzling video treatments and a crisp, thundering sound, the JBLZE offered a set of Led Zep gems that were strikingly faithful to the originals. The band tore through a set that included “I Can’t Quit You Baby,” “Dazed and Confused,” “Kashmir,” “The Lemon Song,” “When the Levee Breaks,” “Moby Dick” (which featured a video of father and son pounding out the drum solo) and, of course, “Stairway to Heaven.” The encore of “Whole Lotta Love” coupled with “Rock and Roll” earned a standing ovation.” That pretty much sums what the show offers to Led Zeppelin fans. Tickets are $35 and up.
Chattanooga’s The Bohannons roll into The New Vintage on Friday, July 19, as part of their tour to preview songs from their upcoming CD, Black Cross / Black Shield. They’re pretty serious about recording: ChattanoogaPulse detailed their output as of last year “The Bohannons have three album releases under their belt so far – 2006’s “Songs for the Disenfranchised,” 2008’s “Bright White Light,” and the critically acclaimed “Days of Echo,” released via thisisamericanmusic.com in 2010. And, this year promises the release of not one, but two complete albums – “Unaka Rising” in July and “Buzz Me” later this year.” Certainly a hard-working band. Vessel will open and the event is tagged as an Official Michael Franti After-Party. Check with the club for ticket information.
Of course, it would take a couple of college students from Canada to decide to name their indie noise rock duo Japandroids, and that was a compromise. Be that as it may, their 2009 debut, Post-Nothing, which followed a period of frustrating DIY efforts to get some attention, was picked by Pitchfork for the Best New Music category and they were off and running. Their 2012 record, Celebration Rock, caused quite a bit of press hipsteria. Join the raving when the duo plays Headliners on June 15. Crocodiles will open and we’ll skip the jaws comments. Tickets are $15.
Take a gander at “The House That Heaven Built”: