36 Seasons

Perhaps the Wu-Tang vet with the most durable career, Ghostface comes out swinging again on “36 Seasons,” his latest banger which happens to coincide with the release of the newest Wu-Tang Clan album. Ghostface brings a sense of classiness to all of his music — at least from a production level, which, while he may … Continued

A Better Tomorrow

People love to hate on anything post-”36 Chambers” Wu-Tang, as if the band has had diminishing returns with each subsequent record. To a degree, that’s accurate. Part of the charm with their debut was how dirty and gritty it was, something that’s lost now, scrapped in favor of their newer and slicker (and often RZA-led) … Continued

Alone

Seldom is an album so appropriately named, as it is here, with “Alone,” the newest EP by ambient country wizard Jonathan Glen Wood. The music here has that same classic country charm as with “The Ballad of Jon,” his first solo record release earlier this year, albeit as filtered through a particularly bleak and simmering … Continued

Head Cleaner Volume 3, 4, 5, & 6 Compilation

I could use every word in my brief count just naming the bands that comprise the 103 songs on this all-louisville compilation. To say that this is an uneven assortment of music is an understatement, but one that misses the point; there is no hierarchy here, just a catalog of the willing and able. And, … Continued

Ready for More: A Q&A with Nikki Lane

Nikki Lane wants some more control. She knows how to get it, too: first figure out what you want, then leverage your talents while working hard as hell. This formula might seem simply enterprising, but Lane wouldn’t be the first female artist tagged as a “bad girl” for following a path of self-determination. That attitude … Continued

Grand National Dreamer

Born James Lindsey Jr., Jalin Roze is a rising star that has played all over town, from Rye to Forecastle to the Yum Center Plaza. Not only has Roze cultivated contemporaries in some of the best that hip-hop has to offer in Louisville, but he leads that pack, with a southern-tinged style that is as … Continued

Plugged In (Dec. 17 – Dec. 23)

To get your musical act listed, send email to pluggedin@leoweekly.com or leoweekly.com/submissions with PLUGGED IN in the subject line. Readers are strongly encouraged to call ahead to verify these listings. The deadline is FRIDAY at NOON the week before the show happens. We do not accept listings via social networking sites. WED Dec 17th Brasserie … Continued

b-sides: Jamaican Queens

Sounding like a band whose members were raised on equal parts The Smiths, New Order and Nine Inch Nails, this Detroit trio has an unapologetic electro-pop sensibility that bears absolutely zero sarcasm or cynicism. Started as an experimental music project between Adam Pressley and Ryan Spencer — with the addition of drummer Ryan Clancy coming … Continued

Time and Time Again

If there was justice in the music world, this all-star jazz band would need no introduction: saxophonists Billy Harper (tenor) and Donald Harrison (alto), trumpeters Eddie Henderson and (leader) David Weiss, pianist George Cables, bassist Cecil McBee, and drummer Billy Hart. Hart’s CV alone would run this review over its allotted space. They play nine … Continued