Heartworn Highways: Catching up with Houndmouth

Relaxing on a day off in Austin, Texas before their performances as part of the SXSW Festival, Matt Myers, guitarist and vocalist for Houndmouth, was relaxed and frank in everything asked of him, and more than willing to share. You get the sense in talking with him that he and the rest of the band … Continued

b-sides: Ryley Walker

Folk music’s a living thing, forever bending to not just new lyrical conceits, but sundry musical influences. And The New Vintage is set to host a handful of players plying the genre, adjusting it as they see fit. Ryley Walker’s work, though, might just be as malleable as anyone else’s. “It’s the history of Chicago … Continued

Plugged In (Mar. 25 – Mar. 31)

WED March 25th Diamond Pub (St. Matthews): Devereaux; 10 p.m. Gerstle’s: Kimmet & Doug; 9 p.m. Haymarket: Cam Meekins, Cato Matt; 8 p.m. Headliners: Kevin Devine & The Goddamn Band, Dads, Field Mouse; 8 p.m.; $13 Jack Fry’s: Ray Johnson, Dave Wilson, Jenna Mattingly; 7 p.m. Louisville Palace: Sing-Off Live Tour; 7:30 p.m. Majid’s: Barb … Continued

Shawn Sleeps Naked – Voided

Shawn Sleeps Naked Voided (self-released) With “Voided,” the second album by Shawn Sleeps Naked, the band offers subtle improvements on their stripped down alt-rock sound. The songs are mellow, but not necessarily melancholy, like a punchier Pavement with a bit more David Berman in the vocals. The guitars jangle and the rhythm section produces, at … Continued

Marc Adams – Dead Poet 2: Season 2

Marc Adams Dead Poet 2: Season 2 (self-released) Marc Adams came onto my radar via his recent collaboration with Kogan Dumb on the track “Oscar.” Little did I know that Adams had just dropped the trap-heavy “Dead Poet 2: Season 2” at the very tail end of 2014. What Adams offers is a traditional kind … Continued

Twenty First Century Fox – Pet Rounds

Twenty First Century Fox Pet Rounds (self-released) What started as a The B-52’s cover band has evolved into a punchy indie vehicle. A continuation of their previous themes, “Pet Rounds” is as danceable as ever — the same energy that informed their earlier work is present, tempered here by a sort of twinkling classic indie … Continued

Houndsmouth – Little Neon Limelights

Houndmouth Little Neon Limelights (Rough Trade) As they jump off the sugary Americana train that they initially rode to success (before that corner of the genre inevitably crashes), in favor of becoming a full-fledged pop band, Houndmouth, on their second full-length, vividly show their strengths — glistening harmonies, infectious melodies — as well as their … Continued

Be patient and listen: 
The evolution of Helmet

Busting onto the scene in the late ‘80s, Helmet was a band that oozed humility, with a musical style that privileged chunky, distorted riffs and noise solos over complex leads and slick guitar chops. They proved to an entire generation that you could just be yourself and eschew whatever expectations there are, which they’ve continued … Continued

The road goes on forever: 
Talking with Desert Noises

It’s an incredible accomplishment to keep a band together for seven years, especially when that band was started when most of its members were teenagers and has continued the same grueling tour circuit. The Desert Noises have always had a captivating energy about them, but through the years they’ve been able to continuously evolve, shaping … Continued

b-sides: Galactic

Galactic has been spreading the New Orleans funk since 1994, infusing it with a rock edge and hip-hop influences. Rich Vogel, the band’s keyboard player, squeezed in an interview just hours before Galactic’s sold-out Lundi Gras (Mardi Gras Eve) show at Tipitina’s, which was scheduled to go until daylight. “Tip’s has become an annual tradition,” … Continued