Apr 212014

The Japanese instrumental rock band Mono made Louisville a regular stop for three years in a row back in 2006 -’08, then didn’t come back until now. They’ve recorded two albums since, Hymn To The Immortal Wind and For My Parents, with For My Parents being their first record in eight years not recorded by Steve Albini. As they are primarily a live band, dedicated to creating an unforgettable experience, the recording seems like a photo outtake of a movie – one tiny chunk of the live show. They’re playing Headliners on April 25, with Young Widows opening. Tickets are $10 plus $2.25 fee.

Here’s “Follow The Map”:


Website: http://monoofjapan.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/monoofjapan?
LastFM: www.last.fm/music/Mono+Band/mono+band?

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:”:


Website: www.threedaysgrace.com/?
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/threedaysgrace?
Twitter: https://twitter.com/threedaysgrace?
LastFM: www.last.fm/music/Three+Days+Grace?

Apr 072014

Violinists are not all that often part of alternative rock bands, though when one is the leader, then, well, yeah. The Virginia alt.rock / post grunge / art rock band Hurt is the premier example of that: lead singer J./ Wince was trained as a classical violinist before becoming a rock musician. His reason? As a composer, rock was “the only feasible method of getting honest compositions to the public without being an “’A’ list writer.” Like most bands currently at work, Hurt has experienced turmoil with personnel and more turmoil with their record labels – Capitol axed them back in 2008, which resulted in the production and subsequent release of Goodbye To The Machine and the hit single “Wars.” Their newest is The Crux and they’ll be playing tunes from that as well as their older catalog when they play Jim Porter’s on April 11. Tickets will set you back $12 adv / $15 day of show.

Watch “How We End Up Alone:”


Website: www.hurtband.com/?
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hurt??
LastFM: www.last.fm/music/Hurt?

Oct 182013

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.

Oct 172013

Steve Winwood
You might remember Steve Winwood as as guitarist with The Spencer Davis Group, Traffic and Blind Faith, though he also plays keys, bass, drums, mandolin, violin and sings. He was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 2004, as a member of Traffic. Rolling Stone ranked him #33 in it’s 100 Greatest Singers Of All Time. He has won two Grammy awards. With a record like that, you might assume he would be napping regularly on his laurels but no, not Steve (he’s 65, after all) Winwood; he continues to record and tour, frequently collaborating with other players in different genres. Haul yourself down to The Palace on October 21 to hear a legend who was there with all the other great legends of the British Invasion era. Tickets will set you back $29.50-$69.50.

Winwood is “Back In The High Life Again”


Website: www.stevewinwood.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/stevewinwood
YouTube: www.youtube.com/artist/steve-winwood

Aug 222013

Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros

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.