Issue December 3, 2013


When she decided to come out of the closet at the age of 16, Ana Ruiz wasn’t worried about getting kicked out or disowned. Back in their native Havana, all of her mother’s hairdressers had been gay, and she’d had no problem with any of them. Plus, Ruiz knew her mother to be a sane, … Continued

Cass McCombs is always right

“There are only two genres,” says Cass McCombs, “country and western.” The singer-songwriter is completely sincere when he says this, but his catalog of seven albums speaks otherwise. Big Wheel & Others is his latest and longest to date. He’s been blowin’ in the wind for years, living a gypsy lifestyle within the perimeters of … Continued

You’re a good pianist, David Benoit

He knows, OK? David Benoit’s been around for a while. He’s been doing all kinds of stuff since 1977, and he knows you’re coming to this show to hear the Christmas music you love from the “Peanuts” TV specials. He knows his real music — what some call smooth jazz — isn’t the hippest trip, … Continued


Drop it Up-and-coming house DJ Vancington isn’t too happy with Louisville’s dance music scene. “Honestly, I hate most of it,” admits 21-year-old Alan Vance. “I’ve been to a few parties where the music, people, vibe — everything was awful. It’s saturated with music I really hate. The whole EDM thing makes my skin crawl.” Fortunately … 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 DEC 4 Air Devils … Continued

Glow and Behold

Glow and Behold is full of perfectly enjoyable songs. The guitar riffs crawl along, and there’s a pleasant, nonchalant buzz echoing underneath solid melodies and occasional harmonies. It feels effortlessly chill. But it’s relatively forgettable. This is Yuck’s second full-length, and the first since original frontman Daniel Blumberg left. Long instrumental sections bookend the album, … Continued

Video TapeWorm

THIS WEEK’S TWIN PEEKS: BILL COSBY FAR FROM FINISHED 2013; $14.98-$22.98; UR It’s been 30 years since the Cos’ stand-up graced our TVs, but he hasn’t lost one iota of his edge, his warmth or his inimitable eye on human foibles. Filmed live during his 2013 tour, this video contains only about an hour of … Continued

Psych out?

A planning group created by KentuckyOne Health began meeting last month to develop a new plan for its psychiatric services in the Louisville market, which includes representatives from University Hospital — which KentuckyOne began managing this year — the University of Louisville Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Our Lady of Peace and Jewish Hospital. … Continued

The Unrequited

I love Childish Gambino, Donald Glover’s rap alter-ego. Equally emo, clever, smart and poignant, there is not a rapper out touching on the subjects of race, relationships, familial politics and the balance of fame and sanity like Glover. His retail debut, Camp, is among this decade’s best work. Local Kaejo clearly loves Gambino as much … Continued

Gay Disco

The spiritual heirs to Arab On Radar, Guerilla Toss make a gleefully heinous noise that somehow manages to remain catchy despite its best efforts. Ever prolific, Gay Disco is one of numerous records this year, including releases on Tzadik and local champions Sophomore Lounge. They’re an elusive lot, both in defining their sound and in … Continued

Cupid’s Head

Anyone familiar with the work of Swedish minimal techno producer Axel Willner, aka The Field, could tell you: The man has a formula, but damn, does it work. And though Cupid’s Head, his fourth on Kompakt, isn’t a significant deviation from previous efforts, the subtle differences are powerful. All the same elements remain in place … Continued

On forgiveness and murder

The first death row inmates Sister Helen Prejean spiritually advised were, without a doubt, guilty of heinous crimes. They’d raped and murdered. Hating them was easy. This is what was so compelling about the nun’s relationships with the men and her ultimate desire to keep them out of the electric chair, all of which she … Continued

Truth in advertising

I was walking around downtown America the other night when I caught the tantalizing aroma of locally sourced, all-natural, food-truck hot dogs. I couldn’t be certain, but I suspected the buns were gluten-free. I wandered over for a closer look. “Hot dog, buddy?” asked the vendor. “Depends — are they sustainable?” I asked. “Sure thing, … Continued

I was made to love magic

After suffering from a series of headaches that increased in severity over the course of a few months one summer, I took the old man to the hospital, and he was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor. They said he had as little as two weeks to live. The doctors were not prepared for his … Continued


<MUSIC> Wednesday, Dec. 4 Suzuki Junzo Modern Cult Records 2001 Frankfort Ave. $5; 9 p.m. We’ll save the spiel about how record stores aren’t dead, vinyl isn’t dead … you know, the usual trend-piece filler meant to educate (or confuse) those who stopped buying records after the first Coldplay CD gave them something new … Continued

Advice: Savage Love

Q: I’m a bi woman in my mid-20s in a great monogamish relationship with my straight boyfriend. We occasionally invite other women into our sex life, which is really enjoyable for both of us. He isn’t threatened by other women, only by other men, which isn’t an issue since I’m not interested in any other … Continued

Inbox — Dec. 4, 2013

Black Friday Humbug These assholes standing out in the cold and dark for days waiting to save a few dollars on the magical Black Friday amaze me. First off, most people have to actually work for a living and do not have the luxury of fucking off for days or weeks living in a tent … Continued

Is Eiderdown German? Is Germantown German?

Ah, Germantown, that lovable little urban neighborhood. Who can drive, stroll or bike through its tidy streets of shotgun houses and sturdy brick storefronts without feeling connected with our city’s German heritage? Don’t look too closely, though. Back in the day — way back in the day, the 1840s — a tide of German immigrants … Continued

Bar Belle: Long live the Parrotheads!

Two questions arose Saturday night as I found myself in the mix of 15,000 self-proclaimed Parrotheads worshipping at the feet of Parrot Master Jimmy Buffett: 1) These people are onto something — how have they kept the secret of a happy life for so long? 2) Was anyone at Jim Porter’s? Of course I’m kidding … Continued

Film: Capturing Medora

By Rebecca Berfanger On Nov. 28, 2009, The New York Times printed a 1,370-word article that left many people in Medora, Ind., seeing red. While the article was factual, occupants of the town about 60 miles north of Louisville felt the writer only focused on the negative aspects of the town of fewer than 700 … Continued

Culture: Poetry and tea

Poetry readings and coffee shops go hand in hand, so it makes sense that java’s healthier cousin wants in on some of the action. Last month, Spalding University’s Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Writing program launched The Literary Salon, a monthly reading series and open-mic session hosted by Hillbilly Tea. The inaugural event drew … Continued

Comedy: Just another night of laughs

When I tell you you need to see America’s hottest up-and-coming Lebanese-Palestinian-Syrian-Italian-American comedian, would you believe me? Because that’s exactly who Sammy Obeid is, and he’s making his Louisville debut this week at The Bard’s Town. Hailing from Oakland, Calif., Obeid has been featured on “The Coexist Comedy Tour,” “Axis of Evil: The New Generation” … Continued

Art: Deck your walls

We fooled around and fell in love with all the holiday offerings by local galleries, museums and studios. Most hold special exhibitions this time of year to help you check off the hard-to-please on your list. The Arts Association of Oldham County/Gallery 104 (104 E. Main St. in La Grange, presents its “Holiday Artistique” … Continued