Monday, May 16, 2016

5/25 The Gallery Singers & Big Mama Thorazine @ Haymarket FREE

The Gallery Singers At The Electric Church Of The Tambourine and Big Momma Thorazine will be playing on Wednesday May 25th at Haymarket Whiskey Bar. It is the 2nd in a new monthly series called Turkey Trot, sponsored by Wild Turkey, in which 2 bands play for FREE. The first was last month with Bungalow Betty.
Also included in this month's event is a FREE album download by The Gallery Singers in honor of Louisville Is For Lovers 15th Anniversary.


Wednesday, May 11, 2016

5/13-14 Lower Town Arts & Music Festival (Paducah)

This weekend May 13-14 will be the Lower Town Arts & Music Festival in Paducah, KY featuring Ben Sollee, Diane Coffee, Vandaver, and many others including the Paducah Symphony Orchestra, and it is FREE to the public. More info here.


Saturday, April 30, 2016

Review: Robbie Fulks at The New Vintage

By: Spooky Fitzgerald

We caught Fulks at the New Vintage in Louisville, KY, where he played an intimate set early and without an opening band. A woman seated in the front knew all the words, even the ones from his new album, Upland Stories. Though Fulks is a "Chicago-area alt-country genius," to quote Tina Fey, for this event, Fulks was accompanied by several Tennesseans-- including the bassist Todd Phillips and fiddler Shad Cobb, who both played on the Albini-produced record. 

The set began with Never Come Home, a new song relating the narrative of a man displaced from his recollected place back home with his family, who ruminates on the animosity encountered there. The album, described by NPR as "mongrel", does go lighter. "Try Leaving" was jokey, listing all the things a woman had tried to change him that did not include finally going away. Another that got a good crowd response was "Baby Rocked her Dolly," originally written by Merle Kilgore. Perhaps to keep an even keel, Fulks chose not to perform the high lonesome "America is a Hard Religion," which is a shame.


Fulks seemed to be a considerate showman, making space for each player to elaborate and play apart. Steel guitarist Pete Finney got some special acknowledgement and gave a shout out to his lovely partner Carol, who came in from Nashville with him. As a whole, the band seemed to have weathered their earlier performance for WFPK's Live Lunch admirably. Fulks worked his own merchandise booth, and stayed to visit with attendees, one of whom had him sign her copy.

Monday, April 25, 2016

4/29 Robbie Fulks @ New Vintage

On Friday 4/29 Robbie Fulks will be at the  New Vintage  supporting his new album Upland Stories,  just out on 4/1, recorded by Chicago's Steve Albini.


 8 pm show | $20

Friday, April 15, 2016

5/6 Trampled By Turtles and The Devil Makes Three @ Iroquois Amphitheater

String thumpers Trampled by Turtles and Santa Cruz string trio The Devil Makes Three will be playing Iroquois Amphitheater on May 6th.


Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Free Tix Give-A-Way: Imarhan @ Zanzabar 5/2

Algerian pop group Imarhan will be playing Zanzabar on May 2nd in support of their upcoming debut Self Titled album (release date 4/29) and we have 2 tickets to give away!
Leave a comment below or email us at louisvilleisforlovers@gmail.com by Friday April 24th and winner will be picked at random the following Monday.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

4/8 The Kills @ Headliners

In support of their upcoming LP Ash & Ice (June 3rd), The Kills will be playing Headliners on April 8th with Kim & The Created.

$25 ADV/$28DOOR 18+ 9pm.

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Review: Black Mountain 'IV'


British Columbia's Black Mountain is set to release their 4th album, IV, on April 1st.
Black Mountain Consists of front man Stephen McBean, Amber Webber, Matt Camirand, Jeremy Schmidt and Joshua Wells. Many of these members also consist of mcBean's alternate reality band Pink Mountiantops. Both bands have released music since 2004, Pink Mountaintops having 4 LPs, and Black Mountain will just be reaching 4 next week, but Black Mountain is largely considered the main act. Both bands employ Heavy sludge metal and stoner rock overtones; Black Mountain having a more epic sound, while Pink mountaintops fields the more emotional side, with Outside Love LP (2009) being their magnum opus.
 Keyboardist Jeremy Schmidt said of the new release "We were toying with the idea of calling the album Our Strongest Material To Date" which is a tall order when comparing it to 2008's double LP "In The Future" (which included a bonus EP) filled from start to finish with epic metal triumphs such as "Wucan" and "Set Us Free"; but "IV" delivers; the first track "Mothers of the Sun" being an eight and half minute rock battle led by Amber Webber's soulful voice.
"IV" contains the dark Metal riffs we have come to expect from Black Mountain (the video of 'Mothers of the Sun' even having McBean black robed and in the midst of some mystic ritual involving a large knife), but 'IV' also employs the pop sounds and experimental vibe we expect from Pink Mountiantops; McBean finally merging his coinciding projects into one dramatic and worthwhile LP. The whole of 'IV' sounds as if the soundtracks to films Heavy Metal (1981) and Tron (1982)  got together to decide what music would sound like in the future. 'Florian Saucer Attack" is filled with pop synth sounds, chanting background vocals and Amber Webber on full blast. Webber's soul scorching vocals led a friend to exclaim (without knowing anything about her, or ever seeing her) that he loved her. What's not to love really, Webber has taken the reigns on 'IV' -where she belongs- this especially noticeable on the ballad "Line Them All Up", leaving McBean to back her up as well as pick up lead vocals when needed such as on the tracks "Cemetery Breeding" and "Constellations."
IV is to be officially released on April 1st, but the album has been fully leaked throughout the internet, causing much anticipation for their upcoming world tour  (closest dates to Louisville include 6/16/16  Bloomington IN,  6/17/16 in St. Louis MO, and  6/18/16 in Nashville, TN).

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

3/24 Kal Marks & Dry Summers @ Kaiju

As part of Cropped Out's "March Badness" Boston garage punk rockers Kal Marks will be playing in  Louisville with Garage/death rockers Dry Summers  at Kaiju on March 24th. Kal Marks has just released the LP "Life is Alright, Everybody Dies" on Midnight Werewolf records, and could be on course to be one of the best garage punk albums of the year.



Boston's Kal Marks

Monday, March 14, 2016

3/16 R.Ring at Haymarket

Kelley Deal is one half of the identical twin super group The Breeders and is a wool scarf maker (see store here). All her scarves cost $84.95 and sell out immediately.  She is also one half of the group R.Ring with  Mike Montgomery (of Ampline).  R.Ring will be playing at Haymarket Whiskey Bar on Wednesday March 16th.