Category Archives: music

Sip & Sing @ Highlands Tap Room Grill

Friday, March 7 Sip & Sing Highlands Tap Room Grill 1058 Bardstown Road • 584-5222 Free; 7:30 p.m. Karaoke, to me, is a lot like Irish Car Bombs — sometimes you’re in the mood to throw one back, but most of the time, the thought doesn’t even cross your mind to indulge. I’ve got nothing […]

Lushes @ Astro Black Records

Friday, March 7 Lushes Astro Black Records 1000 E. Oak St. facebook.com/AstroBlackRecords $5; 8:30 p.m. Their new album, What Am I Doing Here, was released this week, but the Brooklyn-based twosome Lushes won’t be asking the same question for this in-store. Singer/guitarist/synth player James Ardery (the Darryl Hall of the duo?) grew up here, and continues […]

Yvette @ Haymarket Whiskey Bar

Friday, March 7 Yvette Haymarket Whiskey Bar 331 E. Market St. haymarketwhiskeybar.com $5; 9 p.m. Brooklyn duo Yvette yields the power of many. Noah Kardos-Fein plays guitar and sings; he also controls sound on several dials and pedals, staying on cue with drummer Dale Eisinger’s heavy kicks. “At this point for me, it’s like second […]

The Cairo Gang @ Dreamland

Saturday, March 1 Dreamland 810 E. Market St. http://dreamlandislouisville.org/”dreamlandislouisville.org $10; 8 p.m. While historians and other people who know some things that happened before the invention of social media can tell you all about the history of the more famous Cairo Gang, let’s focus on the Irish-American guitar hotshot Emmett Kelly (again — the guitarist, […]

The 23 String Band @ Headliners Music Hall

Saturday, March 1 Headliners Music Hall 1386 Lexington Road http://headlinerslouisville.com/”headlinerslouisville.com $10; 9 p.m. Though Bangin’ and Clangin’, the new EP by the 23 String Band being released, is only 15-plus minutes long, you can expect plenty of big bangs from the beloved stringers tonight. Known for having friends in high places (MMJ, Houndmouth, Ben Sollee, […]

Karsten Nelson @ The New Vintage

Friday, Feb. 28 The New Vintage 2126 S. Preston St. http://newvintagelouisville.com/”newvintagelouisville.com $5; 9:30 p.m. Some folks make it easy: Instead of answering “What kind of music do you like?” with “All kinds,” Karsten Nelson replies, “Older artists: Springsteen, Van Morrison, U2; and modern: Dawes, The Lone Bellow, Mumford and Sons.” So now you should already […]

U of L Jazz Fest @ Comstock Concert Hall

Feb. 27-March 1 Comstock Concert Hall http://louisville.edu/music”louisville.edu/music $5-$15; 8 p.m. Bassist Christian McBride can bring the funk as bad as Bootsy, but stays with the classic piano trio sound on his 2013 record, Out Here, with pianist Christian Sands and drummer Ulysses Owens Jr. Their Friday concert for the 2014 U of L Jazz Fest […]

Pontiak @ Lisa’s Oak Street Lounge

Sunday, Feb. 23 Lisa’s Oak Street Lounge 1004 E. Oak St.  facebook.com/pages/Lisas-Oak-St-Lounge $TBA; 9 p.m. We all must grow up, but nothing says we have to get dull in the process. The heavy thunder trio Pontiak, farm-fresh brothers from Virginia, has taken a step forward with Innocence, their latest full-length on Thrill Jockey Records; what […]

Robyn Hitchcock @ Headliners Music Hall

Thursday, Feb. 20 Headliners Music Hall 1386 Lexington Road headlinerslouisville.com $18-$20; 8 p.m. If you own Robyn Hitchcock albums, you may not be an active participant in vinyl’s comeback. You probably, like me, bought them when records were the chief form of audio pleasure. Hitchcock fronted the Soft Boys in the 1970s, after which he […]

Chris Forsyth and the Solar Motel Band @ Dreamland

Wednesday, Feb. 19 Dreamland 810 E. Market St. dreamlandislouisville.org $10; 7 p.m. Under the guidance of the New Media Project, helmed by the power duo of industrious avant-garde ambassadors Tim Barnes and Joel Hunt, Louisville’s aptly named micro-venue Dreamland has become an oasis for some of the most exciting, forward-thinking, experimental music. Their line-up of […]

Wishgift @ Astro Black Records

Saturday, Feb. 15 Astro Black Records 1000 E. Oak St. facebook.com/AstroBlackRecords $5; 8:30 p.m. But do you have a sense of humor? Let’s find out. On their Bandcamp profile, the Chicago band Wishgift pulls quotes like these: “… will make you want to not make eye contact with any one of these guys for the […]

Hopsin @ Headliners Music Hall

Thursday, Feb. 13 Headliners Music Hall 1386 Lexington Road headlinerslouisville.com $22; 8 p.m. While the creativity of hip-hop you hear on the radio has continued to wane, a class of fresh alternative rappers has filled the void on quality, and that’s precisely the niche Hopsin fills. A rapper whose rise to fame came curiously and […]

Mind Over Mirrors @ Dreamland

Thursday, Feb. 6 Dreamland 810 E. Market St. dreamlandislouisville.org $10; 8 p.m. Mind Over Mirrors is made up of one solitary harmoniumist/electronicist, Jaime Fennelly. His fourth album, When the Rest Are Up at Four (on Immune Recordings), followed his previous releases with Digitalis, Hands in the Dark and Aguirre/Gift Tapes. Fennelly was a founding member […]

Rufus Reid @ U of L (Comstock Concert Hall)

Monday, Feb. 3 U of L (Comstock Concert Hall) louisville.edu/music/aamhi $5 (U of L students free); 8 p.m. Jazz bassist Rufus Reid returns for a presentation of his forthcoming album, Quiet Pride. Inspired by Elizabeth Catlett’s sculpture, Reid’s suite moves from overtly jazz motifs through passages that deftly blend voice and instruments. He’s the featured […]

Shilpa Ray @ Zanzabar

Monday, Feb. 3 Zanzabar 2100 S. Preston St. zanzabarlouisville.ticketfly.com $6; 10 p.m. Shilpa Ray makes music that exists in a strange pocket universe. Ray plays a harmonium, an Indian drone instrument. She has a raspy but very lovely voice, like a young, pre-’80s Grace Slick. Her band combines punk and blues in a nice, subtle […]

Feb. 27-March 1 U of L Jazz Fest Comstock Concert Hall http://louisville.edu/music”louisville.edu/music $5-$15; 8 p.m. Bassist Christian McBride can bring the funk as bad as Bootsy, but stays with the classic piano trio sound on his 2013 record, Out Here, with pianist Christian Sands and drummer Ulysses Owens Jr. Their Friday concert for the 2014 […]

Crooks on Tape @ Zanzabar

Saturday, Feb. 1 Zanzabar 2100 S. Preston St. zanzabarlouisville.ticketfly.com $6-$8; 9 p.m. Remember indie rock band Enon? Longtime fans will be thrilled to find former members John Schmersal (also ex-Braniac, now also playing with Girls Against Boys) and Rick Lee (also ex-Skeleton Key) performing with their new band, Crooks on Tape. Coming a half-decade after […]

Tiempo Libre @ Kentucky Center for the Arts

Thursday, Jan. 30 Kentucky Center for the Arts 501 W. Main St. kentuckycenter.org $25-$35; 8 p.m. “Tiempo Libre” literally means “free time,” but the band might translate better as “put on your dancing shoes.” Native Cubans, now Miamians, they primarily play timba, “a fusion of the traditional with rock, jazz and Afro-Cuban elements,” says Jorge […]

‘Green Day’s American Idiot’ @ Kentucky Center, Whitney Hall

Jan. 29-30 Kentucky Center, Whitney Hall 501 W. Main St. • 584-7777 kentuckycenter.org $25+; 7:30 p.m. In 1994, Green Day brought its snotty pop-punk to the mainstream with “Longview,” an anthem of boredom-fueled masturbation. And now Green Day has inspired a Broadway musical, which is to say that something doesn’t add up. Ah well, the […]

Califone @ Zanzabar

Tuesday, Jan. 28 Zanzabar 2100 S. Preston St. zanzabarlouisville.ticketfly.com $10-$12; 9 p.m. Califone is a band Louisville can appreciate, and not just because they carry the post-rock torch. It’s because they are a band that survives through change. Stitches, released last September, is another chapter to that story, and their first effort recorded outside of […]