Issue June 4, 2013

Shoot me out the sky

a fire in its heart will not let it die it roars and fumes and cries all day shoot me out the sky —From “Shiner” Fifteen Quiet Years ended up taking 19 years. The album, a reissue of early material by Rodan, one of the defining bands of the Louisville scene, made it out despite … Continued

Guilt by association

My great-grandfather, Johann Gerhard Welp, was a German immigrant and a busy man. He was born in 1857 in Lengerich, Westphalia, Germany, which at that time was the kingdom of Prussia. He emigrated with his family from the war-torn Teutoburg Forest at age 13 to the lush Hoosier hills of Dubois County, Indiana, in 1870. … Continued

Spreading Roots

In the past, when Shawnee resident Mary Montgomery wanted fresh cucumbers, lettuce or onions, she crossed the bridge into New Albany or drove to the East End to buy it. She had mostly given up on the grocers nearest her, frustrated by produce she describes as rotten or close to it. “I don’t think that’s … Continued

Summer Guide 2013: Festival express

Greater Louisville JUNE 7-8 — Lyndon Summer Festival: Robison Park (behind the Lyndon Post Office), Fri. 4-10 p.m., Sat. noon-10 p.m., features rides, fireworks, arts and crafts, live music and more, 7-9 — Louisville’s Greek Festival: Belvedere, Fri. 4-10 p.m., Sat. 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Sun. noon-7 p.m., celebrates Greek culture with music, arts and … Continued

Summer Guide 2013: Vegging out

EAST DOWNTOWN Gray Street Farmers Market? 400 E. Gray St. Thursdays, 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. May 16-Oct. 31 Phoenix Hill/NuLu Farmers Market? Fresh Start Growers Supply, 1007 E. Market St. Tuesdays, 3-6:30 p.m. May 7-Oct. 29   HIGHLANDS/CRESCENT HILL Bardstown Road Farmers Market Bardstown Road Presbyterian Church, 1722 Bardstown Road Saturdays, 8 a.m.-noon year-round? Crescent Hill … Continued

Completely Obsessed

The soundtrack made my life I feel like I owe it all to soundtracks. If I were to really think about the damn question we all get about our all-time favorite albums, mine would include just as many soundtracks as anything else. In my formative days, these were the compilations that introduced me to new … Continued

Summer Guide 2013: Not-so-hot-spots

Louisville Mega Cavern 1841 Taylor Ave. After 42 years of blasting massive amounts of rock out of a limestone quarry, this is the result: a man-made cavern that spans 100 acres, including 17 miles of corridors beneath the city streets. Year-round tram tours offer lessons in geology, mining and green-building technology, but if you’re … Continued

Video TapeWorm

THIS WEEK’S TWIN PEEKS: HANSEL & GRETEL: WITCH HUNTERS 2012; $16.98-$54.98; R/UR This is one silly-assed movie — and that’s a good thing! Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton are the titular fairytale sibs, here re-imagined as blood-sport action heroes who rain hell down upon evil witches wherever they find them. Expect to see some nice … Continued

Summer Guide 2013: A creek runs through it

Leaving work, singing the Vogues song: It’s a five o’clock world when the whistle blows; No one owns a piece of my time. Heading for the country, and soon it’ll be “5:30 world” on Floyds Fork, the pretty little creek that’s less than half an hour from downtown Louisville — half an hour from the … Continued


Highs and lows Last week, the five young ladies who have performed together over the last nine years as The Hi-Tops came to the LEO office. It’s not every day a quintet of girls, all wearing coordinated Chucks, shows up here, and they’re certainly the only quintet this music department has watched actually grow up. … Continued

Jason Isbell’s new interests

Jason Isbell is well on his way to becoming recognized as one of the best songwriters today, but for a while, the writer couldn’t find his way past the biggest cliché. Drinking to excess is such an easy trap to fall into when one spends enough time on the road, driving countless hours to play … Continued


For two hours every Friday, the Park Hill Community Center features a video game night that starts right after the school bell rings at 3 p.m. In lieu of tutoring, students can sharpen the skills that seem to matter most in the midst of one’s blossoming youth: hand-eye coordination. In community centers across the city, … Continued


<SEXY> Thursday June 6 Mavens of Mischief The Bard’s Town 1801 Bardstown Road $10; 8:30 p.m. These mavens are back at it to tease and please Louisville. The Mavens of Mischief, a vintage burlesque troupe, will perform a bigger and “more bedazzled” show than ever before. The troupe brings the best in historic costuming, … 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 JUN 5 Air … Continued

Advice: Savage Love

Q: I love my husband of 20 years, but our sexual differences are putting a strain on our marriage. Ten years ago, he asked me to talk dirty to him about having sex with other men. It has progressed to him wanting to be a cuckold. I only want to be with him, but he … Continued

Inbox — June 5, 2013

Carry On the Bambi Dear Bar Belle, I can understand why the Bambi Walk must seem an apparition in the night to a neophyte drinker such as yourself (LEO Weekly, May 22). All those beers and so little time! It was achievable once upon a time — and that time was 1973 when the route … Continued

Bar Belle: Wastin’ away again in Louisville

Oh, money. Who needs it? Apparently I do, according to my bank account. Looks like I might need to revamp my escort service or scale back on happy hours. It also means no extravagant vacations for me this summer — no jaunts to the French Quarter, no Vegas adventures, no visiting my brother in San … Continued

Theater: Bad role models make good stories

Two years ago, after branching out from journalism and creative writing, Polly Frost decided there was an important aspect of storytelling she hadn’t yet explored: live, personal storytelling, on par and directly connected with her audience. Her first one-woman show, “How to Survive Your Adult Relationship with Your Family,” was widely praised for its startling … Continued

Film: Funny girl

‘Frances Ha’ Starring Greta Gerwig, Mickey Sumner and Adam Driver. Directed by Noah Baumbach. Rated R; 1:26. LEO Report Card: A New York girls acting New Yorky (drinking too much on fire escapes, wearing giant eyeglasses, playing ukulele in the park — that type of thing) is starting to seem like a genre unto itself. … Continued

Comedy: Graham Elwood on a roll

It‘s hard to imagine a room where Graham Elwood is not the funniest guy in it, and he’s spent more than two decades to get himself there. As with all true comedians, the road has been his home for years. You’ve seen him in “Super High Me,” and he’ll be in the upcoming “The Greatest … Continued

Trouble Will Find Me

This is not a band that has matured — it’s a band that is mature. A quality often associated with boring has actually never sounded more vibrant and alive. The slow burn of Matt Berninger’s baritone, the tension he conveys with one-liners that sting and then stick, could easily be overlooked. But the gravity of … Continued


Pianist Hilton is more prolific than her name recognition might suggest. Indeed, jazz fans may be more familiar with her longstanding trio members, bassist Larry Grenadier and drummer Nasheet Waits, who display a superb feel for the changing dynamics demanded by Hilton’s work. She is a distinctive composer and player, as displayed on this, her … Continued

I Can’t Not Go Hard

The introductory mixtape from Island Earth’s newest signing is a collection of largely industry production, but plays like his own. The 19-year-old emcee is a clever writer, if largely influenced by the punchlines of the post-Wayne rap world, showing a more refined talent than most of the syrup-based progeny of the little gremlin. Woods has … Continued

From the Hills Below the City

Since the release of last summer’s acclaimed, eponymous EP, Houndmouth has seen anticipation skyrocket for a full-length. Fans of the local farmland folk-rock band need to wait no more. Hills builds upon the bourbon-soaked lyrics and vocals of the EP, offering up visions of coal miners, trains and small-time crooks and drifters doing time. But … Continued