Issue May 22, 2012

The star next door

Peter Searcy started singing in Squirrel Bait — his first “real band” — at about 16. “I remember having to get a note to get out of school so we could play CBGB’s in New York City,” he says. With numerous bands and as a solo artist, Searcy is well traveled in the music business, … Continued

The gay menace is coming for you!

Barack Obama is an incredibly careful and calculating fellow. In many ways, it seems that almost every decision in his adult life has been politically motivated and sometimes ruthlessly pragmatic. This is not necessarily a criticism. Let’s face it, Obama’s approach to the world has worked. Put mildly, the man has been a bit successful. … Continued

Ask a veteran Thunder-goer about gay marriage

As a public service, Summary of My Discontent frequently invites longtime Thunder-goer Buck Dallas to answer readers’ questions. Mr. Dallas has gone to Thunder Over Louisville every year since 1990 and has a unique perspective on a variety of issues. This week, he answers your questions about gay marriage. Dear Buck: Some people say that … Continued

Whatever happened to watchdog journalism?

The mainstream media, particularly the electronic arm, loves to identify slight differences of approach to issues by the two major political parties and inflate these differences into what purports to be “news.” Meanwhile, the real political news that is fundamental to a properly functioning democracy and an informed citizenry goes unreported, and we the people … Continued

Blood in the streets

Keisha Harper’s cell phone rings around 2 p.m. on Thursday, May 17. “Did you hear what’s going on at 32nd Street?” a familiar female voice asks. It’s her former co-worker at the Parkland Boys and Girls Club, which closed its doors last fall. “Yeah, I’m watching it on the news,” says Harper, a 30-year-old who’s … Continued

B-sides

Tasting the future Progressive space rockers Karass release their new EP, Imponderable Bloom, this week, with a show Friday at Zanzabar. Drummer Greg Ward shared his thoughts with LEO. LEO: If I said you sounded like the ComicCon house band at NASA, would you be flattered, insulted or just confused? Greg Ward: Umm … high-five? … Continued

Inbox — May 23, 2012

Got God Bill Maher is a proud atheist (LEO Weekly, May 16). I got that. It’s a free country. As for me, I want to keep my imagination in play. Physicist and author Brian Greene put it like this. “The universe is incredibly wondrous, incredibly beautiful, and it fills me with a sense that there … Continued

Plugged In

Readers are strongly encouraged to call ahead to verify these listings. To get your musical act or comedian listed, send email to pberkowitz@leoweekly.com 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 may 23 Beef … Continued

Alejandro Escovedo and his friends

At 61, Alejandro Escovedo still looks and moves like a young rocker with something to prove, but he’s been kicking around for 35 years. From early punks The Nuns to the groundbreaking roots-rock bands Rank and File and True Believers, followed by two decades of influential solo work, Escovedo still seeks out new experiences. For … Continued

The Taste Bud: Traveling Kitchen mixes it up — Korean style

My girlfriend raved about the Traveling Kitchen. I heard the legend from others as well. And then one day, I stumbled upon this rolling contradiction, which specializes in — no kidding — Korean tacos and burritos. OK, before I say anything else, let me say this: What? Korean tacos? Isn’t that like saying you specialize … Continued

Staffpicks

<MUSIC> Wednesday, May 23 Dry the River Uncle Slayton’s 1017 E. Broadway • 657-9555 uncleslaytons.com $5; 8:30 p.m. In the UK, new buzz bands are hyped every day, and lately, everyone wants to find the new Mumford & Sons. Though Dry the River can’t seem to find their way into a write-up that doesn’t compare … Continued

Instant Restaurant Row in Cardinal Towne

People talk about “restaurant rows” all the time in this food-crazed town. We’ve been marking them with highlighters on the city map for the last 25 years or so, since Bardstown Road started to solidify as the city’s first such culinary concatenation with the arrival of the Bristol, Jack Fry’s and their neighbors in the … Continued

Video TapeWorm

THIS WEEK’S TWIN PEEKS: GONE 2012; $19.98-$30.98; PG-13 This dramatic Amanda Seyfried vehicle suffers from its PG-13 limitations, but there’s still a lot to like. She plays a young woman struggling to rebuild her life after escaping from a mysterious serial killer whom police don’t fully believe exists. Then the killer returns, this time taking … Continued

Culture: Louisville artist returns to WonderFest

Enthusiasts of science fiction and fantasy will gather to feast on Hollywood actors and special effects masters, artists, authors, displays, lectures and behind-the-scenes movie features as WonderFest, the nation’s largest sci-fi hobbyist expo, returns for its 23rd year this weekend at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. Attendees can hobnob with a “Blade Runner” actor, a star … Continued

Comedy: Orlando Jones takes a stance

An original cast member of “Mad TV,” a memorable big screen presence, and star of the “Make 7 Up yours” campaign, Orlando Jones took a few minutes to talk about where he comes from (Alabama and South Carolina) and where we’re all going. LEO: Do you think growing up in the South had an effect … Continued

Book: Plenty of new stories from Tania James

Tolstoy succinctly captured the essence of so much great fiction with the observation, “All happy families resemble one another; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” And though the families in Tania James’ fiction can often find similar capacities for tender connectedness, they are their own people, often enduring some novel oddities that … Continued

Appetite for Dysfunction

Now a couple albums back into independence, Villebillies’ latest is a self-assured record that may not garner many new fans, but will certainly satisfy longtime listeners. All the trademarks are there — the Southern rock-flavored tracks mixed with breakbeats and synths, with the guys trading sing-song hooks. “Talk to Me” is tailor-made for radio, if … Continued

Harmonic

Philm achieve something rare: They are a supergroup that doesn’t seem like a composite of its members’ prior bands. Their spotlight is due to the involvement of Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo, though, ironically, the only reminder of Slayer comes on lone thrash attack, “Sex Amp.” Guitarist and vocalist Gerry Nestler, previously in Civil Defiance, sounds … Continued

The Only Place

Well, folks, she’s all grown up. Bethany Cosentino, the California-based, sun-loving songwriter best known for songs about cats, boys and weed, is taking her sophomore release to the next level of maturity — except she’s still singing about mood swings and gossip (“Better Girl”) and goofing off at the beach (“The Only Place”). OK, so … Continued

Bloom

In concept, there’s nothing here that isn’t being attempted by a dozen other groups of note. But, as was the case for their last two full-length efforts, nobody does it near as well as this duo. Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally are masters of a dreampop that’s playful in arrangement even as it maintains a … Continued