Issue May 6, 2014

Finding a third eye and a mouthpiece

When LaNia Roberts started high school, her confidence was at an all-time low. Whenever she looked in the mirror, the words “ugly” and “fat” were the first that came to mind, with “beautiful” the last. Yet it was looking in the mirror to create self-portraits that led Roberts, 17, toward self-acceptance and profoundly changed her … Continued

Segrest personified Louisville’s best

Jim Segrest, Louisville’s premier preservationist and neighborhood revitalizer, has died, but a lifetime of mentoring and inspiring others to sustain his vocation lights a candle as we curse the darkness. I’ve interviewed celebrities and governors without trepidation, but the prospect of parading my ignorance in the course of scavenging Jim’s wisdom gave me pause. Nevertheless, … Continued

When you’re strange

Famed American showman and the first show-business millionaire, P.T. Barnum, once said, “Without promotion, something terrible happens … nothing!” Please indulge me, dear readers, as I engage in a little shameless self-promotion. For the last two years, I have co-hosted a social justice-themed podcast for WFPL-FM, 89.3 on the dial, Louisville’s NPR affiliate. My show … Continued

The life and death of Young Widows

Evan Patterson reinvents Young Widows each time. “It’s intentional. The idea of a band releasing the same record over and over again, I’ve always tried to stray from.” Easy Pain, which comes out May 13, is the third Young Widows studio album guitarist/vocalist Patterson, bassist/vocalist Nick Thieneman and drummer Jeremy McMonigle have made for label … 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 7 Baxter’s 942 Bar … Continued

Bar Belle: Saving face

Have you ever known someone who did it? They just up and quit without telling a soul? Oh, I’ve seen the ones who announce they’re going to do it, and then they’re back to it within a month. I’m not talking about sobriety, nor giving up smokes. I’m talking about saying goodbye to Facebook and … Continued


Just the two of us Vocalist Carly Johnson cites Ella Fitzgerald as among her influences, and guitarist Craig Wagner mentions Joe Pass. The pairing is significant, as It’s Pretty Standard, the new release of their takes on classic jazz and American Songbook material, immediately calls to mind the classic 1970s releases by Fitzgerald and Pass. … Continued

Video TapeWorm

THIS WEEK’S TWIN PEEKS: HER 2013; $16.99-$35.99; R Despite the highly praised performance of Joaquin Phoenix in this “falling in love with Siri” experiment, the real star is director Spike Jonze, who makes us give a damn about Phoenix’s wimpy, whiny, sad-sack lost soul whose lonely longing is so great that he develops an intimate … Continued


 <MUSIC> Wednesday, May 7 Gigan Haymarket Whiskey Bar 331 E. Market St. $8; 6 p.m. In the world of death metal, anti-religion and gore reign supreme, but every so often, a band like Gigan comes along with a different focus and atmosphere. Their science-fiction and horror-fueled aura resides within the unknown dimensions and god-like … Continued

No meat, no booze, no matter at Roots

Roots, with its next-door companion Heart & Soy, is coming up on its third anniversary this summer, and both spots appear to be going strong, filled with happy diners nightly. So how does that work, when neither upscale Roots nor street-food Heart & Soy offer so much as a bite of meat or a sip … Continued

Fostering a new perception

A lot of articles begin with an anecdote. Look here at this young teenage boy, a victim of circumstances beyond his control, with no permanent place to call his own. Feel sympathy for him; then breathe a sigh of relief as a loving, supportive family adopts him at age 14. Rejoice as we flash forward … Continued

Making waves

The FM dial in Louisville is about to get a little more crowded. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is in the process of reviewing applications for Low Power FM (LPFM) stations. A LPFM license allows a nonprofit organization to broadcast on the FM band at 100 watts or less. That is only good enough for … Continued

Inbox — May 7, 2014

The Bible Changes Inbox writer M. Sanders maintains you can’t change the Bible, but you most certainly can (LEO Weekly, April 23). The Hebrew Bible and the New Testament both started as oral stories handed down and most certainly altered for decades before they were written. Once in writing and in the absence of photocopiers, … Continued

Advice: Savage Love

Q: I’m a 26-year-old lesbian 18 months out of an eight-year relationship. She was my first girlfriend. I do not want to be in another monogamous relationship. I want to have a couple of sex buddies or, preferably, a couple of friends with benefits. In the last 18 months, I have had three FWB “arrangements” … Continued

Comedy: Grooms with a view

Kyle Grooms is a comedian with a well-formed point of view, with a certain indefinable commentary about pop culture, his family and the African-American experience — but it’s not the kind of commentary that beats you over the head; there’s a quiet subtlety to his material. Grooms starred in a Comedy Central special, appeared on … Continued

Book: Oh, the guilt

‘The Jewish Daughter Diaries: True Stories of Being Loved Too Much by Our Moms’ Edited by Rachel Ament. Sourcebooks; 208 pgs., $14.99. First, a few ground rules. If she’s cold, bring a sweater. Always keep your first-aid cabinet well stocked … with matzoh ball soup, preferably a batch she made from scratch, froze and dated … Continued

Dream Sequins®

Like any product of deep REM sleep, Dream Sequins® operates with its own internal logic that doesn’t necessarily bear any resemblance to the waking world. Tracks such as “KΞΞP/////THIS/////” and “DΞΞP COMΛ™ SKKY Diving” play out like Pure Moods for the Tumblr crowd, but while that late-’90s New Age compilation used its ubiquitous infomercials as … Continued

Love and Hate

Joan Osborne has one of those voices, the kind that only come around every once in a while. From the beginning, even with her massive hit “One of Us,” she has aimed for a lifetime career in music à la Tom Waits, and her albums have reflected this aesthetic. Love and Hate continues that trajectory. … Continued

Be Good

Heidi Howe is an earnest songwriter who lays her memories on the floor. Broken and hopeful, when she sings, it rings with yearning. She neither strains her chords nor shies away from melodizing “I love you” more than once. Her voice still is young and contained; not big, but more acute. It all comes from … Continued

Strange Journey, Volume 3

At this point in their career, CunninLynguists have proven themselves as highly consistent hip-hop connoisseurs, with a fondness for dissecting and discussing humanity and society. Their latest, Strange Journey, Volume 3, is a smooth, relaxing ride, formed around sparse rock and blues-embedded beats that exude a peaceful feeling amid the serious lyrics. Their introspective approach … Continued