Issue October 15, 2013

Snap chats

“A photograph is usually looked at — seldom looked into.” —Ansel Adams There should be plenty of “looking into” photographs since the Louisville Photo Biennial is back in town, with a guarantee of excellent exhibitions, artists and events. What began in 1999 with a handful of shows at Swanson Cralle East Market (now Swanson Contemporary), … Continued

Songs of the traveling couple

Banjo artist and singer Abigail Washburn is excited about many things in her life now: her baby Juno, touring with her husband Béla Fleck and returning to Louisville, a city with special meaning for her and Fleck. “I’m pretty blissed-out with Juno; he’s so sweet,” says Washburn. He responds “really well” to the sound of … Continued

Thao goes behind bars

Thao Nguyen stepped away from the music business a couple of years ago, and it was the best thing she could have done for her career. After five years and three full-length albums, the San Francisco resident put her numerous instruments down and went to prison. She wasn’t in trouble. Nguyen had as much, if … Continued

Ready for launch

As the federal government shut down two weeks ago over Congressional Republicans’ attempt to gut the Affordable Care Act, the centerpiece of the landmark health care law launched in Kentucky. It sparked a rush of interested customers and shined a national spotlight on the only Southern state to fully commit to an expansion of Medicaid … 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 OCT 16 Air Devils … Continued


Gender benders Indie rock band Violet Knives will release their album, Woman, on Saturday with a show at the Highlands Diamond Pub. LEO went inside the minds of Shawn Steele (guitar/keys/vocals) and Eric Condon (bass) to learn more. LEO: This is your first album. Why? Shawn Steele: Certain songs thrive on headphones, as opposed to … Continued

Endangered handshake, sick nation

As Americans clamored to buy affordable health insurance early this month, the need was underscored by a sickening shutdown of the federal government. The 800,000 furloughed federal workers included about half of the Health and Human Services staff. As a result, the National Institutes of Health has delayed potentially life-saving clinical trials. The absence of … Continued

Kiss Land

From the start, The Weeknd has fit into the oddly specific niche of darkly seductive R&B, as filtered through some of the smoothest production around. The stage name of Abel Tesfaye, the Weeknd sounds like Off the Wall-era Michael Jackson as filtered through Portishead or Boards of Canada. This comparison is especially apt on the … Continued

You See Us

If we’re honest, most jazz-anything hybrids suck. By and large, it’s a genre best used as a base with smatterings of influence-as-flavoring, and not a jambalaya with noticeable chunks of “other.” Brooklyn’s PitchBlak Brass Band is a 10-piece group (eight horns!) that is as refreshing as it gets. Though none of the emcees hold a … Continued


On the beautiful Nepenthe, ambient vocalist Julianna Barwick trades the introverted, lonely quality of her excellent 2011 album The Magic Place for warmth and openness. Her method of looping wordless, ethereal vocal melodies atop one another remains unchanged — and remains as hauntingly beautiful as ever — but this time around her voice, though fortunately … Continued

Live Today

While the name may not sound alarms, his bass notes are likely already in your collection. From backing up both Maxwell and Jill Scott, setting foundations for Common and playing anchor to the Robert Glasper Experiment, Hodge’s solo debut is a stellar coming-out party. Live Today features all the Experiment players while still maintaining a … Continued


<FILM> Oct. 16-17 ‘The Trials of Muhammad Ali’ Village 8 Theaters 4014 Dutchmans Lane $5; various times From the folks who brought you great films like “The Weather Underground” and “Hoop Dreams,” it’s another documentary about the G.O.A.T. (Greatest of All Time, don’t you know). This one focuses on his literal and metaphorical trials … Continued

Advice: Savage Love

Q: My boyfriend and I have been together for two years and we live together. Recently, his ex was killed in a car accident. They were not on good terms, and he often made scathing statements about her. I made the mistake of saying the following several days after her death (after offering him my … Continued

Inbox — Oct. 16, 2013

Raising the PFLAG Your dedicated coverage may have unintentionally harmed many people. Your article about the Louisville chapter of PFLAG (LEO Weekly, Oct. 2) is both accurate and misleading. While it is true (fortunately) that increasing numbers of Americans are becoming more accepting of LGBTQ folks becoming “out and proud,” it is also true that … Continued

Video TapeWorm

THIS WEEK’S TWIN PEEKS: THE CONJURING 2013; $16.98-$35.98; R Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga star as famous married paranormal investigators in this based-on-real-events spooker from the director of “Saw” and “Insidious,” resulting in one of the most entertaining haunted house films of recent years. It starts with the usual clichés: creaks, moans, scary dolls and … Continued

Film: Rainbow raid

If I told you there was a new documentary about an awful police-led raid of a gay bar, you’d probably place it somewhere in the ’50s or ’60s — maybe even the ’70s or early ’80s. Perhaps you would think of the Stonewall Rebellion that took place in New York in 1969, which is flagged … Continued

Taste Bud: Rewind to Rich O’s

Many years ago, my good buddy Ben asked me, “Have you ever been to Rich O’s?” I hadn’t. So he took me. And while it is now better known as New Albanian Brewing Company, Rich O’s will always be dear to me, for many reasons. And the truth is, even though the name has officially … Continued

Theater: It’s good to be King

‘The Mountaintop’ An Actors Theatre production. Directed by Giovanna Sardelli. Continues through Oct. 27 at Actors Theatre, 316 W. Main St. For tickets or more info, go to or call 584-1205. Martin Luther King Jr. has been dead for more years than he lived. The visionary language and soaring rhythms of his speeches are … Continued

Comedy: A roasted history

As is the case with at least one other epic tale, the story of how “The Roasts” came to be begins with Jesus. “In December of 2011, I got a text from Will Hardesty,” Raanan Hershberg recalls, reflecting as he approaches the two-year anniversary of what has become one of the most popular comedy shows … Continued

Art: Exhibit brings rock royalty to Louisville Library

Rock ’n’ roll royalty has come to Louisville by way of a collection of original Rolling Stone magazine photographs. “Backstage Pass: The Photographs of Baron Wolman” features 25 iconic photos by the magazine’s first chief photographer and will be on display through Oct. 30 at the Louisville Free Public Library. Included in the exhibit are … Continued