A Frontier Ruckus At Zanzabar? No, Just Some Folk-Rock

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Dec 012014

Michigan folk-rock band Frontier Ruckus, joined by Firekid, makes a stop at Zanzabar on December 4. The band was called “the perfect recipe for Gothic Americana” by Rolling Stone after a performance at Bonnaroo in 2010, while Paste Magazine had them on the “Best of What’s Next” list, which does rather put a stress on a band to perform well in their subsequent records and live appearances. At this point, the band has toured Europe extensively, appeared on “Mountain Stage” and played Lollapalooza in 2013, among other successes. They are four albums into their career, with the last one, Sitcom Afterlife, released this year. Firekid is a singer-songwriter from Muscle Shoals, Alabama. Tickets to the show are only $8 adv. /$10 DoS.

Check out “Sad Modernity” from Frontier Ruckus:


Website: www.frontierruckus.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/frontierruckus
Twitter: https://twitter.com/frontierruckus
LastFM: www.last.fm/music/Frontier+Ruckus

Communion Night: The Soil And The Sun, Count This Penny, Quiet Hollers

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Nov 082014

This month’s Communion Louisville show features The Soil And The Sun, Count This Penny and Louisville’s Quiet Hollers, at Zanzabar on November 12. From their Facebook page, this” “the Soil & the Sun is corn-fed, Michigan-made, Experiential Spiritual Orchestral Rock. Originating in 2008 as a two-piece band, the group has grown and matured into a seven-piece community of friends and musicians. Oboe, violin, guitars, accordion, percussion, piano, keys and vocals, cooperate to create complex harmonies, layered melodies, and driving rhythms.” Hokaaay. Count This Penny is also from Michigan and has ppeared on Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion as well as sharing the stage with The Head & The Heart, Shovels & Rope and Kacey Musgraves. Think the Civil Wars. Quiet Hollers handles the alt country and indie rock this Communion show, which will be a contrast to the other acts. Tickets are $10.

The Soil & The Sun sing “Are You?”:

Count This Penny – “No One Here”:

The Quiet Hollers – “Their Dark Robes”:

Get Close To JEFF The Brotherhood at Zanzabar

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Oct 172014

The two-piece rock band called JEFF The Brotherhood returns to Zanzabar for the second stop of the year on October 21. They’ve made Louisville a regular stop since played the Cropped Out Fest in 2010; they also made it onto the Forecastle Fest in 2012. These two guys are touring monsters as well as making lots of records: they’ve released seven studio albums, one live album and a number of singles since beginning back in 2001. While they’ve gotten a fair bit of media attention, including having their last album streamed on NPR, they haven’t yet had that big hit record, They nonethess have a following sufficient to finance all those records. Tickets to the Zbar are $12 adv/$15 DoS.

Watch “Leave Me Out”:


Website: www.jeffthebrotherhood.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JEFFtheBrotherhood
Twitter: https://twitter.com/JEFFbrotherhood
LastFM: www.last.fm/music/JEFF+the+Brotherhood

Enemy Planes Land At Zanzabar

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Oct 162014

“Some of Beta Lowdown, the forthcoming debut from Minneapolis band Enemy Planes, could pass for synth-heavy neo–soul. Other songs are coated in so many layers of electronic wash that they sound eerie, like the work of a band trapped in a dark studio, surrounded by too many knobs. Overall, the album projects a startlingly dystopian feel — which makes for an exciting ride, lined with sharp turns and racing energy.” – Natalie Gallagher, Pitch Music
The Minnesota sextet, “anything but pop” band Enemy Planes heads into Zanzabar on October. The band was began as a couple of members of a pop;-centric band called Pictures Of Then recorded a couple of songs that didn’t fit that prior sound. Thus, Enemy Planes. They’re touring in support of Beta Lowdown; you’ll have check the video for some sense of the band’s sound. If you like to catch they up-and-comers, they might be worth it. Only your taste will tell. Tickets are $8 adv/$10 DoS.

Check out the video for “No Strings”:


Website: www.enemyplanes.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/enemyplanes

The Seven Sense Festival On Preston Street

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Sep 162014

Because we don’t have enough street festivals, the guys at The New Vintage decided to set one up and call it the Seven Sense Festival Music. It’s scheduled for September 20, on Preston Street at The New Vintage. There will be on the outdoor stages from 12 p.m. – 10 p.m. and after that the shows will then move indoors and the all-ages event will change to 21+. Those shows will last until 3 a.m. The performers currently scheduled are Bodeco, The Brian Olive Band, The Pass, Old Baby, Woody Pines, Lamont Gillispie & 100 Proof, The Instruction, Graffitti, Local Villains, Howell Dawdy, The Moonlight Peddlers and Small Time Napoleon. The Facebook page says “will be anchored by Zanzabar, The New Vintage, Greenhaus and Purrswaytions.” Stay tuned, as details are likely to change, particularly the lineup. Tickets run $35.00 – $50.00.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sevensensefestival
Website: http://www.newvintagelouisville.com/sevensense.html

Communion Louisville: Jessica Lea Mayfield, Crash, Lydia Burrell

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Sep 062014

It’s Communion Louisville time again, boys and girls! This month, the featured artists are crash, frequent Zbar guest Jessica Lea Mayfield and Lydia Burrell. crash is a Louisiana guy with a long story (really long) to tell, which, he says, is where he gets his songs. Jessica Lea Mayfield will be making her third stop this year at Zanzabar; fans are already familiar with her. Lydia Burrell is now a three-piece plus laptap neo-rock Louisville band on Removador Records. You get all that for $9.50 adv/ $15 DoS. It happens on September 10 at Zanzabar.
Check out the videos for some samples:

Jessica Lea Mayfield: “I Wanna Love You”:

Lydia Burrell at Zanzabar:

Crash “Motion Animal”:

Broncho at Zanzabar

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Sep 052014

The Oklahoma power-pop trio BRONCHO plays bright, buzzing, preternaturally hooky retro garage rock. New single “Class Historian” is one of many tracks from the upcoming Just Enough Hip To Be Woman that remind me of some bizarrely satisfying hybrid of T. Rex and Phoenix — or is that Pavement covering Bruce Springsteen? It’s giddy, quirky stuff that also shares DNA with the Cars, the Strokes, Thin Lizzy and all kinds of other fun, forceful guitar music” – Chris DeVille, Sterogum
They come from Oklahoma, they play rock music. There’s this new record, Just Enough Hip To Be Woman, coming out right after they play Zanzabar on September 9, with Mote and Low Litas opening. So the question is, if you listen to the tune below, read what Stereogum has to say and have some sense of Oklahoma rock ‘n’ roll (Leon Russell, JJ Cale), would you go out to Zbar and check Broncho out for $8? Wadda mean, you wanna wait ‘til the next time? Just how hip are you, anyway?

Here’s “Class Historian” from the new record:


Website: bronchoband.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bronchoband
Twitter: https://twitter.com/BRONCHOBAND
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/bronchoband

The Legendary Shack Shakers At Zanzabar

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Sep 022014

“Even when the songs vent, they tell a story. These strange tales overflow with characters who are simultaneously common and larger than life. If Th’ Legendary Shack-Shakers have a genre then it’s the Land-locked Sea Chanty. Here are strange people caught in epic yet gritty circumstances. Everything may be doomed but that doesn’t mean we can’t have a good time singing along until the end. The band is at the helm of our craft, piloting us down a river bursting it’s banks, serenading us as we head at full speed toward the DAMN.” – Pandeliriuim review, SepiaChord.com
Paducah’s favorite sons (maybe) The Legendary Shack Shakers will headline a three-band bill at Zanzabar on September 4, along with the Whiskey Bent Valley Boys and Whiskey Shivers, which certainly marks the night as a “roots” show in every respect. TLSS, of course, played rockabilly to begin, with before easing into a strange combo of swamp rock, hickabilly and carnivalia, spiced with influences from Hank III. Although they don’t put records on the charts much, they have some special fans: Robert Plant personally selected them to open for a tour in 2005; they tour frequently with the Reverend Horton Heat and Jello Biafra guested on one of their albums, calling called TLSS leader J.D. Wilkes “the last great Rock and Roll frontman.” Even the GEICO gekko had a track of theirs for background in a commercial. (Ricky Feather would fit in this band – but he wouldn’t agree to do so.) Anyway, head on out for an evening of rompin’ and stompin’ and don’t forget to bring along a designated driver or take a cab or walk. Just don’t drive after the show. Tickets are $10.

Here’s “Shake Your Hips” from a 2012 show in Denmark:


Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/legendaryshackshakers
LastFM: www.last.fm/music/Th’+Legendary+Shack*Shakers

Hundred Waters Flow At Zanzabar

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Jul 132014

Here’s a band for those seeking relief from screaming guitars and/or noise rock in general: Gainesville’s Hundred Waters, which offers up electronica plus art rock, all fronted by the sometimes whispery female singer Nicole Miglis. Reviewers drop language like dreamy, shimmery and ethereal into their descriptions of the music. Some might tag it with the dreaded “new agey” label, but that might be pushing it Founded only in 2011, the group has released a pair of well-received albums, including the brand-new The Moon Rang Like a Bell on Skrillex’s OWSLA label. They’ll be playing material from that record at Zanzabar on July 16, with Mas Ysa opening. Tickets are $10 adv/ $12 DoS.

Watch “Murmurs”:


Website: www.hundred-waters.com/
LastFM: www.last.fm/music/Hundred+Waters