Issue August 6, 2013

The state of fairness

On an unseasonably cool afternoon in late July, a group of 75 people gather at Memorial Park on the edge of Berea, Ky.’s quaint, old-town area. Around the shelter house, painted in glossy shades of hunter green and cream, children are playing, running back and forth across the grass. Rows of plump hot dogs and … Continued

B-Sides: New Bravado

Stew beef New Bravado recorded their debut EP, Unconscious Afternoon, at Veggie Beef Stewdio, a facility singer/guitarist Ben Lally describes as “the shaggy green-carpeted den in my shotgun house that my wife — best ever — was kind enough to allow me to turn into a recording studio.” It’s an apt setting for the thick … Continued

Disemboweling ‘The McConstipator’

Give me 15 more months and I might die a happy political junkie. Of course it’s too early to authoritatively call the U.S. Senate race that everybody‘s talking about. But I’ll struggle to survive a protracted carpet-bombing of political ads for the chance to see Democratic Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes retire Republican Minority … Continued

Completely Obsessed

The Ballad of Arch McDowell  Rock ’n’ roll is based off of two subjects: love and hardship. Which, I guess, is one in the same. This isn’t a story of rock ’n’ roll, but it is a story of hardship, and one arguably based on love. This is the story of me, or at least … Continued

Musical Avengers

Decline Effect begins For more than 30 years, the Abromavage brothers, bassist Chris and guitarist Mark, have made some of the most renowned punk and metal music to come out of this city — first, as members of Malignant Growth, which morphed eventually into Fading Out. Later, Kinghorse showcased younger brother Mark’s chops. Post-Kinghorse, Mark … 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 AUG 7 Air Devils Inn: … Continued

Fancy, brutish and short

There aren’t many circumstances in which an elected official at a church picnic can open a speech with a dick joke directed at the father of an opponent who is sitting paces away with her sweet old grandmother, yet fail to shock most attendees with the rudeness of the act. But then again, there just … Continued

Video TapeWorm

THIS WEEK’S TWIN PEEKS: OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN 2013; $18.98-$40.98; R Gerard Butler plays this silly actioner completely over-the-top, as it should be. He’s a former White House guard, now disgraced, whom fate picks as the president’s only hope of rescue when a sinister terror mastermind (Rick Yune) takes the White House. From there on, this … Continued


<MUSIC> Thursday, Aug. 8 Tim Barry Haymarket Whiskey Bar 331 E. Market St. $10; 8 p.m. Jamie Prott, the beloved former owner of the beloved former Skull Alley, believes in the power of Tim Barry’s songs so much that he is coming out of promoter retirement for one night only to bring this legendary-in-certain-circles … Continued

Advice: Savage Love

Q: I’m a 25-year-old male. After a tragic set of circumstances, I am now the legal guardian of my 15-year-old brother. He’s gay. Fortunately, our parents took care of “the talk” and taught him how to use condoms. Unfortunately, he has started dating a senior at his school who is about to turn 18 and … Continued

Inbox — Aug. 7, 2013

Bravo, Catherine! Catherine Irwin’s July 24 column needs to be printed in every newspaper in America! What a great piece of writing. No, let me rephrase, what a great piece of truth! When will we wake up, people? I agree with Catherine that racism is passed down from FUWP (fucked-up white people, i.e. Fox News) … Continued

Taste Bud: Rick’s White Light does it right in Frankfort

Even though I think Guy Fieri can be downright annoying, I do covet his job and, when I find time to catch his show “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives,” I find myself coveting the places he visits and the food he samples. One such destination that keenly interested me happened to be within easy driving distance: … Continued

Bazo’s shows off the fine art of the fish taco

Gather ’round, youngsters, and I’ll tell you about a time when fish tacos were unknown in our town. It wasn’t all that long ago, really — as recently as the ’90s — when the idea of putting fish on a taco pretty much struck everyone as weird and unappetizing. Or so it seemed to everyone … Continued

Comedy: No place for a lady

April Macie looks more like an old-fashioned pin-up than a feisty comedian with a hip pocket full of wiener jokes — but that’s exactly what she is. She’s got a quick wit, a sharp tongue and some of the funniest stories you’ve ever heard out of a former cheerleader. The Pennsylvania native got her big … Continued

Art: It takes a crane to lift a feather

Have you been on Main Street lately? Notice anything missing? On July 13, the Alexander Calder sculpture in front of the Kentucky Center was disassembled. Puzzle pieces of steel — like a favorite origami animal unfolded — were laid flat on the ground. Each shape was lifted individually, by crane, and secured for the move … Continued

Nu.wav Hallucinations

Vaporwave: the latest unholy micro-genre currently oozing from the detritus piled up in forgotten corners of the Internet. Its mission statement: Repurpose fragments of commercial Muzak and recontextualize them into something that both reflects and skewers pop culture. But where other purveyors of vapor emphasize the cold, lifeless nature of their samples, Nmesh operates from … Continued

Fresh Squeezed

Can you say “straightahead jazz”? Pianist and professor Jerry Tolson says it 11 different ways, featuring his working group of David Clark (alto), Doug Elmore (bass) and Dwight Dozier (drums), with guests on several tracks. All but the blazing opener, Horace Silver’s “Split Kick,” are originals. On this, “Sweet Cakes and Honey” and the loping, … Continued

Truth Serum

A family affair, producer Paul “Finlism” Finley built the tracks while his 14-year-old son Damian mixed and mastered a Whitman’s sampler of the city’s nicest emcees for the excellent Truth Serum. Truth hearkens back to the great producer albums of the 1990s, Pete Rock’s Soul Survivor and Muggs’ Soul Assassins. The comparison works, with the … Continued

But Beautiful

If you’re seeking a guitarist who will turn it up to 11, look elsewhere. Jazz guitarist Brandon Bernstein’s first album is a tasteful collection of standards, featuring Bernstein’s mellow tone and sensitive touch, primarily on archtop (bassist Putter Smith and drummer Kendall Kay offer subtle support). Many of the songs are played at a slow … Continued