Plugged In (Feb. 25 – Mar. 3)

WED Feb 25th Brasserie Provence: Brian Currella Duo; 5 p.m. Diamond Pub (St. Matthews): Devereaux Trio; 10 p.m. Gerstle’s: Kimmet & Doug; 9 p.m. Jack Fry’s: Ray Johnson, Dave Wilson, Jenna Mattingly; 7 p.m. Jim Porters: Mixed Bag Wednesday From DJ’s to Country, Rock to Jazz, Comedy to Blues, Rockabilly and everything in between KFC … Continued

Futuristic fusion: Talking with Sidewalk Chalk

There is something incredibly celebratory about the music of Chicago’s Sidewalk Chalk. They function as a unit, as one cohesive whole that work together or not at all. That manifests itself into their sound, a brand of socially-conscious hip-hop fused with numerous other genres, cleverly rhymed and assembled with great care. An octet, Sidewalk Chalk … Continued

Band of Brothers: A Q&A with Johnny Kongos

Hailing originally from South Africa, Kongos (also the last name of the four brothers who makeup the band) found their way to the United States to be near their mother’s family in Arizona. During that time they followed in their father’s musical footsteps. LEO spoke to Johnny Kongos about kwaito, their latest album and what … Continued

bsides: littledidweknow

littledidweknow has been terrorizing Louisville with their unique brand of technical and chaotic metal for a number of years now. Their hard work has certainly paid off, resulting in getting signed to Subliminal Groove Records after the release of their first full-length in 2013. Leo spoke with vocalist Sully to get the scoop on their … Continued

Balancing both worlds: A talk with David Grubbs

Louisville icon David Grubbs visits his hometown again this Friday for a performance with the fuzzed-out alt-rock of Wussy and the high concept art-hop of 1200, as part of the after party for the International Association for the Study of Popular Music, which is happening this weekend on the U of L campus. A veteran … Continued

b-sides: Greensky Bluegrass

Greensky Bluegrass has developed its fanbase the old-fashioned way — one gig at a time. They started in Kalamazoo, Mich., in 2000 playing rock and funk covers on bluegrass instruments, but with time, they’ve carved out their own distinct original material. Their latest album, “If Sorrows Swim,” demonstrates not only musical dexterity, but mature songwriting. … Continued

Be The Change

There are so many songs. So many songs in this world. And every day, thousands more are released. Not just written, but pressed up and put out into the world. It’s bewildering. It never stops. People spend countless amounts of dollars to record their music and then turn around and pay just as much to press it up. If you want … Continued

Plugged In (Feb. 18 – Feb 24)

WED Feb 18th Brasserie Provence: Brian Curella Duo, Joey Thieman; 7 p.m. Diamond Pub (St. Matthews): John Hager; 10 p.m. Gerstle’s: Kimmet & Doug; 9 p.m. Jack Fry’s: Ray Johnson, Dave Wilson, Jenna Mattingly; 7 p.m. Jim Porters: Mixed Bag Wednesday From DJ’s to Country, Rock to Jazz, Comedy to Blues, Rockabilly and everything in … Continued

Paperwolf

A collaboration between Bird Zoo producer TinyForest and Ohio sound wizard Paperwolf, Lofts is a lush and mellow affair that has more than a little hip-hop influence, filtered through the precepts of chillwave or like genres. There is a calming kind of haze that permeates the album, imbuing each track with an ethereal glaze, perfect … Continued

APTSONATMIX

With the release of “APTSONATMIX,” A7A composer JC Denison somehow manages to balance the mechanical minimalism of Steve Reich or Terry Riley with the hyper-maximalism of Flying Lotus or Rustie. While A7A have a clear indebtedness to both, the end result is beholden to neither; Denison forges his own very distinct path that clearly shows … Continued