Issue July 9, 2013

Music Issue 2013: Musical warriors

That our city has such a rich musical history is at times undercut by the incestuous nature of our bands; it can seem less like we have so many talented individuals and more like we have just a few willing to play musical chairs. As a musician, I’ve at times found myself with an inability … Continued

Write your own obit

I was already agonized, de-cluttering my living space, when I learned that friends were mourning the unofficial death of Burrell Farnsley. For hours, Facebook blazed with sorrowful praise for the occasional candidate, a son of legendary Mayor Charles Farnsley. Mercifully, the rumor died after Burrell surfaced alive near City Hall. But not everyone there was … Continued

Music Issue 2013: Reagan Youth: In Trey we trust

Formed in 1980, Reagan Youth are a political hardcore punk band that, like many bands from that era, suffered their fair share of ups and downs. In 1990, Reagan Youth disbanded, paving the way for the psychedelic rock band House of God, a group comprised of three of the original members of the band. In … Continued

Music Issue 2013: Where is ‘Burn to Shine: Louisville’?

In November of 2005, filmmaker Brendan Canty and curator and then-Lucky Pineapple guitarist William Benton helped put together the fourth volume of the popular “Burn to Shine” DVD series. With the exception of one showing in May of 2010, a fundraiser for musician Jason Noble’s medical bills, the Louisville edition of “Burn to Shine” has … Continued

Music Issue 2013: Old and new again

Hunter Embry and Dave Chale aren’t quite veterans of the music scene yet. In fact, Embry, a 25-year-old booker and promoter, is surely one of the youngest club owners around, now that his New Vintage partnership with soundman/engineer Chale has gone from a regular showcase at other clubs to a fixed-address business with monthly bills … Continued

Music Issue 2013: The Debauchees: BFFs learning in reverse

If there’s one thing The Debauchees want you to associate with them, it’s this: fucking bitches and getting money. “That’s really what it’s all about,” Sydney Chadwick says. The guitarist/lead singer for Louisville’s most buzzed-about band of 2013 says this in a serious deadpan, as bandmates Cameron Lowe and Ashley Bowen heartily agree. It’s clear … Continued

Music Issue 2013: TMI (Tour Manager Information)

You’ve met the four musicians who perform as Houndmouth. Now, meet their tour manager. “You would think being in a band is as simple as showing up to a venue, setting up your instruments and playing a gig,” says Jason Gwin, “but that is only scratching the surface of what goes into these huge productions.” … Continued

Music Issue 2013: In Sync’s sweet sounds

Big Macs and McFlurries hardly seem to be the stuff of music history. But it was over a plastic table under those famed golden arches, on a wintry Ohio evening, that In Sync was formed. Before you get your panties in a twist — no, that is not a typo. These aren’t the ’90s pop … 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 JUL 10 Air Devils Inn: … Continued

Music Issue 2013: Cry Uncle

Rebecca and Bill Kessler are exhausted. Bookers, promoters, bartenders, greeters, bouncers, announcers and even housekeepers, the pair have done it all, pouring their blood, sweat and tears into music venue Uncle Slayton’s. Opened in March 2011, Uncle Slayton’s has a long history, from its previous incarnation as Skull Alley to the 19th-century brickwork peeking through … Continued

Music Issue 2013: Forecastle feast

Ahoy, maties, it’s Forecastle Festival time once again on the good ship Waterfront Park and … man, it’s hard to talk like a pirate for too long. How did Johnny Depp do it? Something else that’s hard to do: keep up with all the music being presented over three relatively quick days. With a couple … Continued

Video TapeWorm

THIS WEEK’S TWIN PEEKS: REGULAR SHOW: THE COMPLETE FIRST & SECOND SEASONS 2013; $24.98-$29.96; UR Now available in a money-saving two-season combo pack, DVD or Blu-ray, this Cartoon Network series is a waking hallucination of cultural touchstones, plus some completely off-the-wall shit that defies description. It’s also damn funny. A badly drawn blue jay with … Continued


<MONKS> July 10-13 Tibetan monks Carnegie Center 201 E. Spring St., New Albany Free; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. (Wed.-Thu.), noon-1:30 p.m. (Fri.) Spending days painstakingly working on something only to see it destroyed sounds like my worst nightmare. This is one of the many reasons I’m not a Tibetan monk. This week, seven touring monks … Continued

Portland renaissance

On the corner of a quiet, working-class neighborhood at 25th Street and Montgomery, the orange brick of the two-story former Portland Christian School bakes in the heat of the afternoon sun. Inside, the air is humid, musty, as if unbreathed for years; indeed, the school moved its operations to Westport Road a few years ago, … Continued

Take a bite out of Grimes

With Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes’ announcement last week that she will challenge Sen. Mitch McConnell for his seat next year — in what could be the highest profile and most expensive race in the country — the impending 16 months of political carnage kicked off with 24 hours that were more strange than … Continued

Advice: Savage Love

Q: I’m a 26-year-old straight female. I’m writing because I need to ask someone what to think right now. I just fucked a guy while on holiday in Costa Rica. I thought I was sex-positive and adventurous, so why do I feel so ashamed? I’m dating a boy back in the U.S. who I absolutely … Continued

Inbox — July 10, 2013

God and Guns Am I the only writer who has actively read what the Founding Fathers wrote? In order to properly access the written word of the Constitution, you have to understand the spirit of it. The Founders wrote about freedom, gun ownership, tyrants and God, just to name a few subjects. The Constitution follows … Continued

Taste Bud: Grilled cheese sandwiches (with meat)

When I was a kid, my mom would often make grilled cheese sandwiches, and they were the simplest of concoctions — two slices of white bread, buttered, surrounding a single slice of cheese (sometimes American, sometimes Velveeta), and heated in a frying pan until browned. Man, you combine that with some grape Kool-Aid, and maybe … Continued

Nine out of nine chaplains say yes to Austin’s

Nine chaplains walked into a bar … which sounds like the lead-in to a really bad joke. It’s a true story, though. I’ve been hanging out with hospital chaplains this summer, and when a bunch of us wanted to find an affordable, decent lunch in relaxing surroundings after a long morning meeting in the East … Continued

Culture: Man of ‘Man of God’

Jon Swinney always had dreams of working in the comic-book industry, and it seems he is rapidly making that dream come true. Swinney, along with creative team Craig Partin, Yvel Guichet, Warren Martineck and Anthony Koch, have brought “Man of God” to the masses (note: there is nothing religious about this story). This graphically violent, … Continued

Art: Shock and numb

Eleven years, nine months and three days. That’s how long the United States has been at war, ever since George W. Bush declared a war on terror in October 2001. From TV and movies to video games and the media, we are surrounded by images of war, a global assault numbing in its sheer volume … Continued