Gaslight Anthem warms up for Forecastle

So much more than Jersey Shore punk — but that’s often been the starting place for people trying to pass the word along about The Gaslight Anthem. The quartet’s membership hasn’t changed in nearly a decade together — and because of that closeness, says drummer Benny Horowitz, “especially live, you get in sync. One of … Continued

b-sides: Jessica Hernandez

Punchy horn work. Some Latin beats. Guitars that can scratch lightly or pierce deeply. And frontwoman attitude in songs like “Sorry I Stole Your Man” and “Neck Tattoo.” But also the ability soften things with songs like the mature and wistful “Lovers First.” Keeping that blend both cohesive and powerful is what Detroit native Jessica … Continued

33 1/3

In my last article, I wrote about how much music a radio director can receive in a week. Unlike when I first started in 2000, it doesn’t all come in CDs anymore. There are still plenty of discs that do arrive via mail, but just as much is culled from the web as well as digital … Continued


TinyForest (self-released) The end of the year is a time for reflection, which is usually made manifest in the various superlative lists that litter the social media landscape. For TinyForest, the New Year is a time to ruminate on the past as evidenced by “2014,” which serves as a celebration of having survived the previous … Continued

Sacred Sphinx

Tender Mercy Dunkenstein Mark Kramer, the man behind the curtains in Tender Mercy, never fails to capture a level of intimacy in his music that would feel intimidating to a less secure musician. His newest, “Sacred Sphinx,” feels somehow even more naked than before, the ghostly guitar serving as the sole accompaniment again, but even … Continued

on remembering

Jonathan Glen Wood (self-released) That rare balance between quality and quantity is a tough one to maintain, but with the release of “on remembering,” his third in four months, Jonathan Glen Wood proves that he can deliver. Here, Wood offers two tracks (one clocking in at 31:20, the other at 28:39), both haunting ambient meditations, … Continued

Creature Island

Creature Island (self-released) Creature Island quietly came and went, due to cross-country moves and adult responsibilities. Helmed by former Follow the Train/Blue Goat War singer and guitarist Dennis Sheridan, Creature Island is a continuation of his previous efforts, tonally speaking, which explore melancholic and often-fragile pop tropes. There is an earnestness to Sheridan’s voice that … Continued

Plugged In (Mar 4 – Mar 10)

WED March 4th Brasserie Provence: Brian Curella Duo with Joey Thieman; 5 p.m. Diamond Pub (St. Matthews): PMA; 10 p.m. Gerstle’s Place: Kimmet & Doug; 9 p.m. Headliners: Dave Alvin and Phil Alvin with the Guilty Ones, Jonah Tolchin & The Lonesome Angels; 8 p.m.; $25 Jack Fry’s: Ray Johnson, Dave Wilson, Jenna Mattingly; 7 … Continued

LEO Playlist 3/3

1) “Stay Vicious” by The Gaslight Anthem, who will be at Headliners on Monday, March 9. 2) “No Place Left to Hide” by Jessica Hernandez and the Deltas, who will be at Zanzabar on Tuesday, March 10. 3) “Half Bad” by White Reaper, who will be at Zanzabar on Saturday, March 7. 4) “To The … Continued

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