Issue May 7, 2013

Forging a path

When Ryan Patterson met his wife, he screamed in her ear. His band, Coliseum, was on tour, playing this night at an all-ages youth center in Birmingham, Ala., called Cave 9. As the hardcore punks tore through their blistering set, Patterson — the band’s founder, leader, songwriter, singer and guitarist — kept getting shocked. The … Continued

Mellow my mind

As a writer, I recognize the importance of clarity. I try to use the simplest words to express my ideas. A recent survey of my vernacular revealed that I use the same 487 words almost exclusively. I suppose that makes it easier for you, the reader, to figure out what I am getting at; if … Continued

I will write for you

Besides my own mom, who was an excellent mom, I had plenty of other moms when I was growing up. Across the alley, there was Tommy’s mom. At the end of the block, there was Howard’s mom and, later, Bassam’s mom. In the next block was Danny’s mom. And over by the park, there was … 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 may 8 Air Devils … Continued

Video TapeWorm

THIS WEEK’S TWIN PEEKS: CRIMEWAVE 1985; $19.98; PG-13 Nicely cleaned up Blu-ray release of a bloody, all-but-lost slapstick comedy from Sam Raimi. In his follow-up to “Evil Dead” — written by the Coen Brothers! — a pair of dim exterminators quit the bug business and set themselves up as professional hitmen, leading to all manner … Continued


<THEATER> May 9-12, 16-18 ‘Things We Want’ The Bard’s Town 1801 Bardstown Road • 749-5275 $15 ($12 students/seniors); 7:30 p.m. This weekend and next, The Bard’s Town Theatre is putting on Jonathan Marc Sherman’s “Things We Want,” which debuted off-Broadway in 2007 and was directed by Ethan Hawke. Sherman is best known for writing … Continued

Inbox — May 8, 2013

Gay Bar Rebuttal What writer Sara Havens and others see as confining and stratifying about gay bars, many of us embrace as comforting sacred space (LEO Weekly, May 1). Gay bars satisfy cultural, historical and social needs. They tie a group together more tightly and bind it to a specific locale and its atmosphere. The … Continued

Advice: Savage Love

Q: I’m a 24-year-old straight, married female. I have been religiously reading your column in the Portland Mercury since I was 16. Thank you for explaining things my parents wouldn’t and for helping me clear the hurdles of adolescence! I turn to you now for advice. Five months ago, I married the man of my … Continued

Film: Hollywood’s curve ball

The story of what Jackie Robinson endured to integrate major-league baseball in 1947 doesn’t need any embellishment from Hollywood. The facts are more than enough. Unfortunately, the movie industry just can’t help itself. As usually is the case with movies based on real events, the people who produced “42” played just fast and loose enough … Continued

Bar Belle: To all the parties I’ve loved before

It was a cruel joke that Cinco de Mayo fell on the day after Derby. No rest for the weary liver, I suppose. And that makes Monday the official detox day — a day replete with shaky anxiety, a pinch of depression and perhaps an ounce of regret as we dig out the receipts from … Continued

We brunch and booze it up at Hillbilly Tea

Thomas Jefferson said it best: Government should “make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof, thus building a wall of separation between Church & State.” This great American tradition, enshrined in the Constitution, would seem to protect us from governmental intrusion in such deeply personal matters as, for example, … Continued

Culture: Live and learn

It’s true that people love to learn. But it’s also true that in today’s world, we rarely carve time out of our busy schedules to do so. Based on this premise, the Louisville Free Public Library set out last year to make learning easy, fun, free and convenient — and so the How-To Festival was … Continued

Completely Obsessed

Blame Hootie Don’t blame Mumford & Sons. Marcus Mumford didn’t single-handedly cause all of those new bands to sound the same. It’s not like the British foursome went into a studio some years back to record their debut, Sigh No More, and said, “Gents, let’s make a record that will blow up so big that … Continued

METZ works hard, plays hard

Rock ’n’ roll curmudgeons have called the genre “just noise” since its 1950s inception, but few bands embrace that description by creating tightly crafted post-punk quite like METZ. Originating from the sleepy government town of Toronto, Canada, Hayden Menzies, Chris Slorach and Alex Edkins have been playing music together for more than four years but … Continued

Slash and burn

As the deadline for the deep federal budget cuts known as sequestration passed in early March, Sen. Mitch McConnell stood before reporters at the Louisville International Airport and literally chuckled at the notion of such cuts having a negative impact on Americans. “This is really quite a modest reduction,” McConnell said. “We ought to be … Continued


Workingman Southern Indiana-based Americana singer/songwriter Nick Dittmeier has been playing music professionally for almost half his life, and now he has an EP, Extra Better, to show for it. While it’s the first release under his given name, he led the band Slithering Beast for several years, so he’s no newborn. WFPK has been playing … Continued

Liberation Prophecy loves you

Liberation Prophecy has been on hiatus for a few years, but saxophonist/composer/leader Jacob Duncan is ready to move the eclectic band forward again. Their first record, 2006’s Last Exit Angel, evoked comparisons to a wide range of mostly jazz musicians, from Charles Mingus to Carla Bley, with Frank Zappa thrown in for good measure. The … Continued

In the SPOT Light

It’s a shame the LLPs (who are between 7 and 12 years old) weren’t aren’t around for 1970s game shows, because their millions o’ mallets and sticks approach to jazz (and often, by accident, swingin’ bachelor pad lounge music) would have been perfect for those leisure suit-wearing hosts. For their fourth studio album, the collective … Continued

Physical Education

Like a half-remembered episode of “Pete & Pete,” House Ghost’s Physical Education EP is a breezy and innocent helping of comfort food, bursting with the same oddball charm that made that TV show a cult favorite. And though steeped in the lineage of ’90s alt-rock radio, the group’s sense of mass-appeal melody recalls the music … Continued

Permanent Circus

Born in Scotland, raised in Australia, currently residing in Louisville, bassist McIntosh is a strong and captivating player with far-reaching influences. Permanent Circus was recorded live last September at the venerable Rudyard Kipling with an international cast of musicians. A download-only version of Miles Davis’ “Jean Pierre” takes the 61-minute CD excursion to 81 minutes … Continued