Deer Meet, Spirit & Dust, The Parade Schedule & The Olympia Three are performing at Skull Alley tonight, July 28th.  Philly’s Spirit & Dust, the moniker of Kristen Sylvester, have just released their debut “Delight” which is available at the show and they describe the sound as “a warm [feeling] in your ears while on the stay or on the go. It is and mask for storytelling. It is our personal mystical fist in the nose of capitalism, fascism, injustice and fear. It is one of the tools we have discovered for connecting with the world.”  Supported by three very solid local bands, this should be  a great show and priced just right to give you no excuse but to attend.

One of our absolute favorite local bands, The Instruction, will be performing on 91.9 WFPK’s Live Lunch on July 31st at noon.  The Instruction have been having a deservedly good year, having been signed by local record label sonaBLAST! Records for the release of their debut Failure to Launch, as well as performing at this year’s Forecastle Music Festival, getting airtime on 91.9 WFPK and now getting a Live Lunch spot.  Expect to hear some incredible talent and if you’ve not heard these guys yet, expect to be ashamed of yourself.

If you’re stuck in-doors, you can listen to the show on 91.9 WFPK, or you can stream the show HERE. Otherwise, 70 people people can get in to catch the performance with the doors opening at 11:30.  WFPK members can reserve their spots and potentially get free lunch by calling (502) 814-6565

The Instruction -Mayday
The Instruction – Hello Darlin’
The Instruction – Into the Tomorrow

Below is a press release for the debut album.  Look out for their official album release party tentatively scheduled for Glassworks.

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Mike Doughty, once of Soul Coughing, is coming back to Louisville thanks to the crew over at Production Simple. The show is a part of his resurrected tour series referred to as “The Question Jar Show” wherein Doughty is playing an acoustic set as a duo with cellist Andrew “Scrap” Livingston and will be playing requests yelled from the audience and answer questions fans drop into a jar. No question will be considered too weird and no topic taboo, so I guess they’re telling you to run with it…it’s 21+ so that eliminates the need to censor yourself for the sake of children.

We caught Doughty at Lebowski Fest ’08 where he dominated the festival with an incredibly good set and his loyal fanbase in full effect.  Check out Dr. Matt Satterly’s review of the performance HERE.

Tickets are $15 & go on sale for the 21+ers on August 7th at 10a at Ticketweb and ear X-tacy. Additionally, if the appeal of this show isn’t enough on its own, it’s worth checking out the new upcoming Zanzabar (2100 S Preston St) as a venue.  It’s only just reopened and already it’s bringing in some of the best shows to the Louisville area including an upcoming show with Iran, Fruit Bats and Kevin Barker (although to those interested in this show…Joanna Newsom will not be there, but it’s nevertheless going to be an incredible show).

Posted by: Cory | July 28, 2009

Faust, OS Mutantes @ WRFL Fest – 10/9-11

Faust_(band)_May2007 CONFIRMED! Faust is Touring the Eastern U.S. This Fall

WRFL is going pysch this year. First up, Faust is coming to Lexington’s WRFL Fest on 10/11. The wildly influential krautrockers performance comes on the heels of C’est Com…Com…Complique, release date as of yet TBA, although projected for 2009.  You can’t help but wonder whether the band, as influential as they’ve become, took a few notes from the storyline from which they’ve taken their name (one of my favorite stories of all time), and sold their souls to the devil in exchange for musical brilliance.  If you don’t know them…Faust influenced the bands that influenced the bands you listen to.  Although only half the size of the original band, they’ve stayed true to their fans.

If that wasn’t good enough, Os Mutantes are coming in for the festival as well on that Sunday. After a nearly 30 year hiatus, the band began touring again in 2006 and three years later we get them in Lexington. Although not seemingly as widely influential, artists such as Kurt Cobain, Kevin Barnes (Of Montreal), David Byrne, Beck, Super Furry Animals, Devendra Banhardt and others have claimed influence, and further have each actively tried to promote the band by sending a plea requesting a reunion tour (Cobain) and publishing (Byrne). Although Kurt’s wish didn’t come in time for him, we are fortunate enough for that wish to come true for us. The tour comes just in time to hear the new album, Haih, the band’s first release in 35 years, to be released on September 8, by ANTI- Records.

With these two bands already announced, we’re excited to see what other kind of treats WRFL Fest is going to bring us!

Faust – It’s a Bit of Pain

Os Mutantes – Teclar

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Old Crow Medicine Show has booked a show at Waterfront Park on August 12. Not just any show, this one features a lineup of some of the best Americana groups working today: Dave Rawlings Machine (f/t Gillian Welch), The Felice Brothers and Justin Townes Earle.

Not only that, but the boys are going to put out their first live album Live at the Orange Peel and Tennessee Theatre. That’ll be out August 18.


Waterfront Park -The Big Surprise Tourwebsite
129 River Rd
Louisville, KY 40202
Phone: 502-574-3768
Showtime: 7:00 PM
Price: $35
On Sale Date: 6/19
Where to Buy Tickets: Venue website or

Here’s a taste:

Posted by: Nick | July 27, 2009

PHOTOS: Lexington’s Busters is Looking Good

If you didn’t already know, BUSTER’S is going to be back in Lexington.  Once leveled with The Dame for a big ass hotel/corporate building, both venues are now back up and running, only in different locations.  The new Buster’s is located in the Old Tarr Distillery and will be able to host shows with about a 1,000 person capacity.  It will be interesting in how it turns out, but it is definately a void that Lexington needed filled. Best of luck to Buster’s.  Headliner’s may need to step it up with the new competition.

From BizLex…

Buster’s Billiards and Backroom will open this August in the Distillery District’s Old Tarr Distillery. The design, by architect and interior designer Rebecca Burnworth, sets aside one third of the floor plan to recreate Buster’s in the style that was known and loved by loyal patrons of its previous spot on the southwest corner of Main and Upper, with the remaining two-thirds, the “Backroom,” to become a 1,000-plus capacity rock hall, featuring all the amenities required to attract top touring bands and accommodate the crowds they are expected to draw.

…[the] concept evolved, blending a regular bar and a rock hall and creating a missing link in the chain of mid-sized music venues that agents for up-and-coming national acts look for as they plot the routing of their touring clients — bands currently bypassing Lexington to play Louisville’s Headliners and Cincinnati’s Bogart’s.

From VIP Loft From Front Corner by LaptopHeaven

From VIP Loft #3 by LaptopHeaven From Back Bar by LaptopHeaven

From Front Door by LaptopHeaven From VIP Loft #2 by LaptopHeaven

Mural Outside Busters by LaptopHeaven From Stage by LaptopHeaven


There is a good chance that you have stumbled into a set by The Parade Schedule somewhere around town because frontman Matt Kinder has been setting up shop all over town for the past few years.  Kinder falls under the tutelage of great masters of indie-folk like  Damien Jurado, David Bazan or J. Tillman.  His sepia-folk style sets him apart from a lot of his contemporaries and his songwriting constantly captures loss, love, duty, and honor like few can.  The arrangements are lush and his blue-collar delivery is complemented greatly by the harmonies of Jenn Feikert.  The band is, more or less, completely the product of Matt Kinder, but is rounded out by a slew of talented musicians.  You might even catch the wonderful Brooks Ritter playing guitar and singing with him.  On another night you might just catch Matt singing by himself.  Either way, you’re in luck.  I have been waiting for a proper release of theirs since I first caught a set of Matt’s about 3 years ago at Lisa’s Oak St. Lounge.  Even though they haven’t had a full-length out yet, there are already some classic Parade Schedule songs that I sing constantly.  Songs like “Backyard” and “Dye Your Hair” are songs that I really wish I would have written and others like “The Repentant Backstabber”, “Old”, or “Wolf Skin” are so good I could listen to them all day long and never get sick of them.  The Parade Schedule makes beautiful music that will stick with you like a familiar memory.

Recently, the band was just signed to the incredible record label out of Kansas City entitled The Record Machine.  They have been known for slinging great releases by bands like State Bird and The Winston Jazz Routine and even local instrumental band Interstates.  The Record Machine will be putting out The Parade Schedule debut full-length Seeds To Be Planted, Trees To Be Cut in September.  Any time a local band gets picked up by a label of this caliber, it is a great thing for our music community.  It couldn’t have happened to a nicer group of hard-working folks than The Parade Schedule.  I tracked down The Record Machine’s co-owner and main-dude Nathan Reusch and got him to answer some questions about The Parade Schedule and The Record Machine in case some of you aren’t familiar yet. (Interview and video after the jump.)

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The Decibell Tolls have put together a great show, with performances by Marmoset, Invaders, who released their debut on Karate Body, and Cincinnati’s The Harlequins.  The show is going down at Skull Alley, on Sept. 18th for $7

Marmoset – I Love My Things
Marmoset – Peace in the Valley

Posted by: Cory | July 24, 2009

One Hour Fantasy Girl @ Vernon Club – 7/31

On July 31st Writer/Director Edgar Michael Bravo, is kicking off his screenings for One Hour Fantasy Girl which is based on a true story of survival, empowerment, and hope.  The screening is going down at The Vernon Club at 8p. The screening is $5, but you should RSVP to confirm your spot.  The synopsis after the break, and it looks like a great film…

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I first became aware of the pop-perfection that is Matt Duncan through another Matt (Jordan of You Ain’t No Picasso) when he put a few songs up which you can find here.  I have been really hoping to catch him in the live setting doing his solo work (he also plays keys in the wonderful Englishman).  If you’re a fan of Richard Swift or anyone else who can throw down on a pop song and make it something memorable, then you will want to catch Matt Duncan in action.

Thankfully, he is playing this weekend in Lexington at Al’s Bar (corner of 6th and Limestone).  Al’s Bar Ris one of my favorite venues in the region.  It is a great place to get a drink and watch some tunes.  Lexington has a lot of great stuff going on these days so get in on the ground floor and become a fan of Matt’s before he is playing to sold out crowds all over the country.

Show also features Randy Tuesday and The Two Two Tuesdays, and new Lexington band Latin Heat.

Saturday, July 25th

@ Al’s Bar (corner of 6th and Limestone)




Be there!

Posted by: noellebailey | July 24, 2009

Show: Bobby Long @ The 930 December 14th

Backseat Sandbar and The 930 Listening Room are excited to bring London (England) native Bobby Long to Louisville for one of his final stops in his American tour that kicks off in NYC in just a couple of days.  We had the chance to see Bobby in Nashville in April and were blown away.  You can see our review of the show here and a sample of his music below.  Bobby’s acoustic folk style tracks are reminiscent of and were inspired by some of his favorite musicians: Elliott Smith, Tom Waits, and Mississippi John Hurt, just to name a few.  One reviewer described his music as this:

“He’s got the soul of Van Morrison, Jeff Buckley and Ray Charles, the storytelling ability of Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, and Tom Waits, all of whom are listed as his musical influences.  But…he doesn’t copy them or try to be them, he effortlessly fits with them.”  source

Tickets will be $12.00 in advance and $15.00 at the door.  They can be purchased at Ear X-tacy or online at

For more information on the show and his music visit The 930 Listening Room or see Bobby’s Facebook and Myspace.


Posted by: Scott | July 24, 2009

Rodeo Ruby Love back in Louisville 07/28!!


Anyone who knows me, knows how much I love the Indiana band Rodeo Ruby Love.  You might even remember a little blurb I put about them not too long ago.  They are, without a doubt, one of the most fun bands out there and they are relentlessly on the road playing shows to anyone who will listen.  It will just be a matter of time before somebody with a lot of money takes notice of these sweet dudes and throws tons of greenbacks their way.  This time they will be stopping back by Derby City Espresso to kick out the jams and the show starts at 8pm.  Also on the bill is local hunks Chemic and Rodeo’s tour-mates Traveling By Sea.  Check out a TbS video here. I tried to embed it, but for some reason it isn’t working at the moment. The cover for the show is a measly $3 or something so you have NO excuse not to come.  You won’t regret it.  You might even buy me a beer just for telling you about it. (Videos and tourdates after the jump)

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Posted by: hankwillenbrink | July 23, 2009

REVIEW: Handsome Furs @ Skull Alley – 7/16

O Canada indeed.  The funny thing about our northern neighbors is that unlike bands down here, they’re perfectly happy with mates breaking out and joining their wives for electro-ish side projects.  Hence Handsome Furs traveling to Louisville last week.  If you don’t know already, the Furs are husband/wife duo Dan Boeckner (see also Wolf Parade and Atlas Stragtegic) and Alexei Perry.  Not only was it the duo’s first trip to Louisville, it was also the first show at Skull Alley put on by our other buddies over at Production Simple.  So, your average night at Louisville’s best all ages venue, it was not.  We’ve gone on several times here about how great Skull Alley is, and I have to continue to say, that it is the best venue in Louisville.  Without Skull Alley, the Handsome Furs may have been trotted out to the cavernous, bar feeding frenzy that is Headliners, ruining the intimate broke-down atmosphere that their electro-punk thrives on.  The pairing of Skull Alley and Production Simple, in this case, was a wonderful one and one that I hope continues.

Now, for my caveats:

1.  I’m always a little hesitant about husband/wife duos, mostly because it always feels a little too lovey on stage.  I don’t have any problems with people being in love, it’s just not necessarily what I want to see when I go to a show.  So, there was a bit of the cutesy smiles tossed around, but these were outweighed by the headbutts and shoving doled out by both Dan and Alexei.

2.  I’m not a big fan of the Handsome Furs.

Not being a fan at a show always puts you in a different position.  For starters, you don’t know the lyrics.  Secondly, you’re not waiting for “your song” to be played.  If you’re not a fan of a band that you see live, then, you’re looking for something different.  The best way I can describe it is that you’re looking to be converted into a fan or at least brought into the fold with the people who mouth the lyrics and wait for their favorite song to be played.

I was brought into the fold, but I wasn’t fully converted.

Here’s why.  For all the bluster of the music, the songs weren’t always exciting.  The last three were my personal favorites but the grouping before then were overwrought punk-dance duds that seemed to drone and bang without ever going past droning and banging.  The setup was pretty simple — Dan on guitar and vocals, Alexei on drum machine, synth, and partying.  Alexei’s flurry of arm movements and insane jumping were entertaining as all hell and passed into the audience’s fervor, but it still seemed to be flapping wings for no real reason.  Yes, the energy was electric, but the substance was wanting.  Substance is probably the wrong word here.  I don’t mean to imply that there wasn’t substance to the music but there wasn’t enough to keep me interested.  For fans (and those who had enough PBRs to turn their feet into dancing shoes) the beats and hammering were more than enough.  And, honestly, there’s a lot to like about this band and this band in this context.  Dan’s obviously an amazing musician and Alexei (though what she was doing was hidden behind knobs and keys) has a fantastic connection to the music.  But, in the end the whole thing didn’t add up for me.  Maybe it was the songwriting, maybe my semi-unfamiliarity with the tunes, maybe my taste made it this way.  But I’m sure I wasn’t the only one.  I wanted desperately to get converted, to have this show succeed.  However, all I could muster to the other Sandbarbarians was a lackadaisical “it was alright.”

Of course you have to go past what one person feels about something to judge whether or not a show succeeds.  Those of us who have or write for blogs are in the (un)fortunate position of seeing a lot of things.  And, sometimes we try to drum them up or to turn you onto what we like or refute what everyone else says is cool.  Beyond my critique or my non-comprehension of the Handsome Furs show, look at it like this:  a lot of people had fun and we’ve finally got two of the best organizations in town working together in a positive way to bring some great music to the city.

So what if I wasn’t totally into the show.  Maybe next time it’ll happen.

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Louisville’s Jim James will be playing a show at the Louisville Palace on Halloween this year, but it wont be with MMJ or solo.  He will be joined by M.Ward, Conor Oberst and Mike Mogis who are collectively known as the Monsters of Folk (ala Kings of Comedy?).  Tickets go on sale July 31st, but there is no price up yet.  We’ll let you know when we find out. $1 dollar from every ticket sold will go to a local charity!  Production Simple is putting this one on.  MoF has a S/T album coming out September 22nd, so we all will have ample opportunity to check it out before the show.

UPDATE: Tickets will be $43 / $33.  Tickets can be purchased at The Louisville Palace Box Office, Monday – Friday Noon – 5pm, or at or by phone 877-598-8698.

Monsters of Folk – Say Please



2009 North America

10-13 Vancouver, BC Orpheum CA
10-14 Portland, OR Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall US
10-15 Seattle, WA Paramount Theatre US
10-17 Oakland, CA Fox Theater US
10-18 Los Angeles, CA The Greek Theater US
10-20 San Diego, CA Spreckels Theatre US
10-21 Phoenix, AZ Orpheum Theater US
10-22 Santa Barbara, CA Santa Barbara Bowl US
10-28 Omaha, NE Holland Center US
10-29 Minneapolis, MN Orpheum Theatre US
10-30 Chicago, IL Auditorium Theatre US
10-31 Louisville, KY – Louisville Palace Theatre US
11-02 Toronto, ON Massey Hall CA
11-03 Boston, MA The Orpheum US
11-06 New York, NY United Palace US
11-08 New York, NY Beacon Theater US
11-09 Philadelphia, PA Academy of Music US

2009 Europe

11-12 Stockholm Philadelphia Church SE
11-14 Berlin Huxleys Neue Welt DE
11-15 Copenhagen Vega DK
11-17 London Troxy UK
11-18 Paris Elysee Montmartre FR
11-19 Koln E-Werk DE
11-21 The Hague Crossing Border NL
11-22 Antwerp Crossing Border BE

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