“Hippyhead’s Spotlight” on Crescent Hill Radio featured The Secret Kind back on September 18. You really should give this band a listen, especially given the limited audio setup available. Very tasty.
Okay, the Louisville Orchestra is not all about high-falutin’ European music written before the Twentieth Centry after all – Bob Bernhardt a sense of humor there, too. The LO Pops presentation on September 27 will feature none other than Seinfeld’s George Costanza, a.k.a. Jason Alexander. Alexander has a terrific show biz resume that includes Broadway productions of various sorts as well as his television and other comedy work. I can’t begin to describe what this is going to wind up as. It’s in Whitney Hall, Kentucky Center on September 27. Tickets start at $30.
Ohio slide guitarist Ray Fuller and his band the Bluesrockers come back to Louisville for a show at Stevie Ray’s on September 27, packing a new CD, Live at Buddy Guy’s Legends, on Blind Racoon Records. Fuller and the band have been at it a long time, having started back in 1978. Of course, that just means the music is very well marinated, pickled and utterly the blues – with some rock for sauce. They were well-received at last year’s Garvin Gate, which set them up for a series of gigs at Stevie Ray’s. Put on your dancin’ shoes and head on out to the Main Street Club for only $8.
Here’s a clip of the band at Garvin Gate:
Jukebox The Ghost has the released the video of the first single, “The Great Unknown,” from their new self-titled album, out October 21. It’s available exclusively at Esquire.com:
Tommy Womack’s Government Cheese is the band that won’t die, or, at least, hangs in there, despite everything. Wommack has made a career out of the band, either by performing in it or writing about it (Cheese Chronicles, 1985-1995). Okay, it’s greasy rock ‘n’ roll, akin to Jason and the Scorchers and Webb Wilder, but they had their sound and their place in the crowded Nashville market, even though they were from Bowling Green. They made some good records, too. Womack made a career as a singer-songwriter after the band broke up in the mid-Nineties, but they kept getting back together for reunion shows, just like the show at Headliners on September 27. Head on down – tickets are $20.
Here’s Government Cheese’s “Fish Stick Day”:
Let’s just say it: the 5th Annual Cropped Out Festival is kind of unusual, not for your ordinary Jane or Joe music fan. Oh, there might be the odd player now and then that you might relate to, like, for instance, Nathan Salsberg, but most of the music is out on the edges (hence the “cropped out” name); fundamentally, it’s the punk motif run wild. It happens at American Turners on River Road, plus a couple of other places: Dreamland and Fresh Start. The kick-off is on September 25 at Dreamland; for September 26 & 27, the main event happens. The lineup is too long to print here: head over to www.croppedoutmusic.com/landing for that. The last show is at Fresh Start on September 28. Really, you need to be fairly young and very much interested in music that pushes the boundaries, hard. However, it could well be that attendance at this event will be a considerable badge of supreme cool later in life. Get your tickets at http://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/681189/
Here’s the commercial for 2014:
Indie electronic/synthpop artist St. Lucia, born in South Africa but now living in Brooklyn, is out on the road with his first album When The Night, with a tour titled The Night Comes Again . Basically a remixer, he’s paired with the Rochester, NY, electronic indie rock band called Joywave. For this tour, he does seem to have a band. Despite the fact that Joywave has only a single album, 2012’s Koda Vista, they have scored big with “Dangerous,” a collaboration with Big Data which reached the top of the heap on the US Alternative chart in 2012. Their next one, “Tongues,” featuring KOPPS, has done fairly well, with the NSFW video snagging 150,000 views as of July. Taken together, it’s tricky to decide which act should be the headliner, though St. Lucia is, as the producer. They’re at Headliners on September 26 and tickets are $15.
Here’s St. Lucia’s “Before the Dive”:
Check out Joywave singing “Somebody New”:
A co-writer of “Honky Tonk Badonkadonk” along with Jamey Johnson and Dallas Davidson, Randy Houser has had a pretty fair start to his performing career, putting his first album, Anything Goes, at No. 1 on the US Heat Seekers chart. His best Country chart album to date is his third, How Country Feels, the title single from which was his first No. 1 on the Airplay Chart, followed by “Runnin’ Outta Moonlight.” He hasn’t yet won any country music awards, though he has been nominated. The Airplay chart will mean he’s familiar to country music fans who listen to WAMZ, so his show at the Iroquois Amphitheater on September 26 should draw a few folks. Tickets run $20-$30.
Randy sings “Like A Cowboy” at the Grand Ole Opry: