Issue February 12, 2013

The science of heartbreak

Breaking up is one of life’s painful slaps across the face. Most everyone has endured it at least once, and it’s never pleasant, whether you were together for two years or two weeks. It sucks as the dumper and equally as the dumpee — most of us have dabbled in both roles. As someone who … Continued

All This Useless Beauty/Lost in Space

In my capacity as a counselor to fictional characters, I have heard some pretty crazy stories. I wish I could share all of them with you, but confidentiality is a cruel mistress, and I don’t want to lose my license. Sometimes I will try to create metaphorical interpretations, twist the details into a narrative that … Continued

My night to cook

Damn. My night to cook. I love cooking. It’s deciding what to cook that I hate. I’m so tired of everything. And there’s nothing interesting in the fridge, so I guess I’ve got to go shopping. I could swing by Kroger, but that is such a nightmare. It’ll take me an hour to pick up … Continued

Apt pupil

Louisville native, journalist and author Sarah Garland’s new book chronicles the lengthy legal battle waged by black parents and activists against Jefferson County Public Schools that culminated in a 2007 Supreme Court opinion ending voluntary desegregation in classrooms across the nation. LEO caught up with Garland in advance of her appearance at Carmichael’s Bookstore on … Continued

Sex, love & videotape

Do saccharine sweet Hallmark tidings and things dipped in chocolate leave an off taste in your mouth? Do the words “Valentine’s Prix Fixe” trigger a Pavlovian craving for instant Ramen? Do you just like to watch? If so, we’ve assembled a panel of movie aficionados to discuss the hottest rom-coms and love stories to snuggle … Continued

Experimenting with chocolate

When the New Year dawned, many of us dared ourselves to try something new. Whether that means brushing our teeth with the left hand instead of the right, frequenting different restaurants, or walking a new route to work, the turn of the calendar always brings with it the promise of discovery. It is in this … Continued

Who is your sugar daddy?

It is often said that romance, as we know it, is dead. As is often the case — and especially in matters of love, sex and everything in between — what we know as a society is quite a relative thing. Our collective fall from the chaste graces of Arthurian courtly love is, in actuality, … Continued

Video TapeWorm

THIS WEEK’S TWIN PEEKS: ARGO 2012; $14.99-$35.99; R Nominated for seven Oscars, this is a movie that Hollywood would have turned into a serio-comic “caper movie” a generation ago, but director/star Ben Affleck wisely drops us squarely into the real world, with real people in real peril for their lives. It details the insane-sounding secret … Continued

Inbox — Feb. 13, 2013

Finance a Listen Did Damien McPherson listen to same album I did? I doubt it. If he did, I think his CD review of Cphr Dvn would be entirely different than the one in the Jan. 30 LEO. He says the vocals are all over the place. The album is about their love for each … Continued

Plugged In

Readers are strongly encouraged to call ahead to verify these listings. To get your musical act listed, send email to with PLUGGED IN in the subject line. The deadline is FRIDAY at NOON the week before the show happens. We do not accept listings via social networking sites.   Wed FEB 13 Air Devils … Continued


<MUSIC> Wednesday, Feb. 13 Erin McKeown Uncle Slayton’s 1017 E. Broadway $12-$15; 8:30 p.m. This singer-songwriter’s seventh album, Manifestra, is self-released with recordings based around her touring band — but if you think that sounds like the formula for comfortable, familiar folk-pop, you don’t know Erin McKeown. There’s plenty of compelling intimacy in her … Continued

In Worse News…

A series of grim news befell the Louisville music scene late last week. The Courier-Journal reported on Saturday that Guitar Emporium (1610 Bardstown Road) will close on March 9 after 38 years of selling instruments to countless Louisvillians as well as international legends like the Rolling Stones, Neil Young and ZZ Top. Owners Jimmy Brown … Continued

Refugee sounds

Jared Zarantonello is volunteer coordinator and research developer for the Americana Community Center, which provides services to immigrants and refugees. The Bardstown native also deejays, as Yared Sound, every other Wednesday at the Haymarket Whiskey Bar. Zarantonello combines both his occupations in the Americana Digital Music Project, a weekly class where he teaches refugee children … Continued

Theater: Singing, dancing and sillyness shine in ‘No Punchbacks’

‘No Punchbacks’ Presented by Le Petomane Theatre Ensemble. Written and designed by Gregory Maupin, Abigail Bailey Maupin and Kristie Rolape. Continues through Feb. 17 at the Bard’s Town. For reservations or info, email or call 609-2520. It’s a Punch and Judy puppet show come to life. It’s the couple’s anniversary, so, of course, Judy wants to … Continued

Nerves Junior: The Sequel

Nerves Junior’s 2011 debut album, As Bright As Your Night Light, hit a sweet spot with bloggers, bookers and fans around the country, earning the young Louisville band a spot at New York’s CMJ festival. But problems inside the band were starting to tear them apart, and within a year, half the band was gone. … Continued

Completely Obsessed

What’s wrong with silly love songs? Chuck Berry once said that when he decided to start writing songs, there were only two subjects worth writing about: girls and cars. Sure, they had been written about before, but in the dawn of the age of rock ’n’ roll, these were the two subjects that not only … Continued

Advice: Savage Love

Q: I’m a 37-year-old single father with a 14-year-old son. I’ve raised him on my own basically since birth, with help from some good friends and nearby family. Overall he’s a good kid: gets decent grades, rarely gets in trouble. Our relationship isn’t perfect — I work a lot and he’s a teenager, but no … Continued

Opera: Sexual conquest, in shades of black and white

Mozart wrote the opera “Don Giovanni” in 1787 and set the story in 17th century Spain. But it won’t look anything like that when Kentucky Opera presents the opera Friday and Sunday at the Brown Theatre. Look for smooth guys in sharp suits and fast girls in high-fashion. But it’ll still be the old Don … Continued


Tunes on the town Rockers The Tunesmiths keep an active schedule, and their next gig is headlining a mini-festival Friday night. Guitarist Bryce Gill told us their story. LEO: Tell me about what’s coming up. Bryce Gill: On Feb. 15, we’re headlining the “Music is Love” showcase at Phoenix Hill Tavern … High Hat Entertainment … Continued

Theory of Relativity is demonstrated at Exchange Pub

NA Exchange got a new name when it moved down the New Albany hill: Now it’s The Exchange Pub + Kitchen. It got a new look, which is actually an old look, as it makes creative use of a historic building in New Albany’s rapidly gentrifying downtown. But it didn’t get new food, insists Chef … Continued

Bar Belle: Suck it, Valentine’s Day

Nothing says “eat a dick” like a holiday for straight people in love. But I suspect even straight people find Valentine’s Day and all its sticky sweet nonsense a bit nauseating. I’m not saying V-D Day is only for the straights, but try finding a card for your favorite bear in the 99-cent section. Try … Continued

Comedy: The Silence of the Carneys

It’s award season, and in the midst of all the Grammy, Golden Globes and Oscar buzz, one award show rules them all — The Carneys. And no, for once, Louisville native Jennifer Lawrence is not up for one of these. So everyone’s got a chance — or do they? The emcee and founder of The … Continued

Art: LVAA illuminates its new downtown gallery

While change is inevitable, that doesn’t mean we don’t hate it, with plans to go kicking and screaming into the night. When the Louisville Visual Art Association announced last year that they had to move out of the Water Tower building, their home for 32 years, there was a collective sigh and sympathy for Kentucky’s … Continued

When the dust settles

It was 5:40 in the evening, and Mike Lehn was on break. The Carbide Industries maintenance worker grabbed a Mountain Dew and sat down to relax for a moment during a day that, so far, was like any other. He sipped his soda, sinking into the soft chair in the middle of second-shift, taking the … Continued

Fourth Corner

The daughter of blues-and-more guitarist Chris Whitley held her own as singer/keyboardist for the Daniel Lanois-led ensemble Black Dub. Now, her own full-length debut maintains a distinct and very personal focus that complements her powerful voice. The tracklist slinks around some folk-pop variations, but Whitley makes her name when she puts torch song traditions through … Continued

Mercurial Balm

Thomas Strønen (drums) and Iain Ballamy (saxophones) are the primary chefs whose offerings may bring to mind the brownies made famous by Alice B. Toklas. They, with supporting musicians, double on electronics, creating music that is spare, haunting at times, and evocative of oceans and outer space. Aural references include ambient music such as that … Continued

Dark Party

What we have here is a spotless portrayal of constant screwball vocals (not unlike a mixture of David Johansen and early Red Cross) that time-travel to the iridescent days of yore. Each track possesses a steady beat and has much more to offer than so-called bum rock ’n’ roll. In fact, if Dark Party demonstrates … Continued

General Dome

Buke and Gase have set the bar impossibly high for 2013 indie rock. Comprised of a Buke, a baritone ukulele, and a Gase, a guitar-bass hybrid, the duo of Arone Dyer and Aron Sanchez combine to make angular and staccato music that remains eminently listenable and relatively pop-friendly despite its otherwise odd description. Opener “Houdini … Continued