Brian Curella of Flying Hands Music got a nice write-up in the business section of today’s C-J. Read it here.
The latest release in The Pass’s ongoing series of 7” inchers is “The Same.” For an explanation of that series, if you haven’t been following the band, is here.
Monday, March 3 was very cold and the sidewalk between Zanzabar and The New Vintage was quite icy and treacherous. That not withstanding, there was a sold-out house at the New Vintage for Lake Street Dive, on tour promoting their new CD, Bad Self Portraits. My companion and I didn’t get there in time to get close to stage. This was not all that bad, given that The New Vintage is mostly festival seating, i.e., stand up for the show. We did find a table to sit with some friends in the back, where the sound was perfectly fine.
Things got going with a female vocal group called Midnight Moxie, who got a respectable response from the audience, but the use of a unfortunately programmed drum machine got in the way of enjoying their performance. The audience was definitely there for LSD, who came on without much delay after Midnight Moxie wrapped.
Lead singer Rachel Price took charge immediately, noting that they had only played Louisville once before and there “weren’t as many of you there, then.” She also declared that they would be back – given the enthusiastic crowd – before launching into tunes from their new CD. They delivered as promised, with a sound that mixed soul, pop and not a little jazz influence. The tunes were/are not instantly accessible, even with Price’s gorgeous trained voice leading the way – the arrangements were complex and interesting and the harmonies tight. With a sparse setup on the drums, one guitar (most of the time) and a double bass, everything was right to showcase the vocals, and not just Price’s. Given that they have been a group for ten years and have six studio records, it’s not a surprise that they know how to pace a show.
The only problems with the show were 1.) a guitar with a ground fault hum 2.) the length, which was too short. They also didn’t sing “I Want You Back,” the tune they covered in the video of them that went viral and which certainly drew a number of the people who there to the show. Nevertheless, the general agreement was that the next time they came through town, they would be in a bigger room.
Will Oldham gets the role of Elise DuRant’s father in her new autobiographical drama, Eden. The film was screened at the Rotterdam Film Festival on January 25. Read a review here.
Ghost – The Musical begins its six-day run at Whitney Hall in the Kentucky Center on March 11. Based on the 1990 romantic drama film, it’s the story of lovers Sam and Molly, who are attacked as they are returning to their apartment. When Sam dies, he becomes caught between the real world and the next. Molly is in danger and Sam cannot leave her. A medium, Oda Mae Brown, helps Sam to get in touch with Molly to warn her. The original pop score was written by multiple Grammy Award-winners Dave Stewart, one half of the 80s pop duo the Eurythmics, and Glen Ballard, co-writer with Alanis Morissette on the multi-platinum album Jagged Little Pill. The Broadway production ran for 136 regular performances before closing. The English production did very well in London’s West End theater district. Tickets start at $25. Through March 16.