Issue July 17, 2012

In the wake

Rachel Grimes, the contemporary classical pianist and Louisvillian, took a moment during her sunny mid-Sunday afternoon slot at the Forecastle Festival to greet the out-of-towners who had traveled here for the 10th annual fest. Though numerous local musicians, friends and family were also in attendance, cheering her on as she undertook the unenviable task of … Continued

We’re having much more fun

Good evening. Wow, I’m really excited to see so many people here tonight. Our little series has never had such a good turnout. I don’t have exact figures; we will have to check with our secretary and get back to you on that, but I can tell, just by scanning the crowd, that we are … Continued

Fire them all

The latest bombs in the ongoing Penn State and Florida A&M scandals have dropped. The headliner case, of course, is Penn State, Joe Paterno, and their handling of former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky’s molestation of children. Sandusky was recently convicted of abusing 10 boys over 15 years and will, most likely, die in prison. … Continued

This plane can fly

I once sat on an airplane next to a jittery fellow who’d never flown before. He was clearly terrified and ordered two of those tiny airplane bottles of vodka while sheepishly confessing that he expected us all to die in a fiery crash. I assured him that everyone else on the plane expected a safe … 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 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 18 Billiards … Continued

Mucca Pazza abides

Last week, My Morning Jacket played their first Forecastle. This week, Mucca Pazza finally plays Lebowski Fest. It’s the other most perfect marriage of spirit, soul and sound to be found around these parts. For those who have somehow missed the Chicago-based marching big-band with the circus-punk attitude, this setting is the most appropriately absurd, … Continued

Truckin’ down a two-way street

Both husband Derek Trucks and wife Susan Tedeschi have played in Louisville several times, fronting their own bands and, for the first time last year, together as the new Tedeschi Trucks Band. Last year also saw the release of their first album, the acclaimed Revelator. In May, they released the live set Everybody’s Talkin’. LEO … Continued

The shuffle board

A new chapter for the KFC Yum! Center began last week, as AEG — the national entertainment company that has helped book concerts since the arena’s opening — finalized its contract to take over operating duties at the arena from the Kentucky State Fair Board. The move was first put in motion this winter, as … Continued

Inbox — July 18, 2012

Suckered I read with interest what our non-action governor was doing with the religious theme parks in Kentucky in light of the recent debacle with the Fair Board, Kentucky Kingdom, the Koch family and the Creation Park (LEO Weekly’s Fake Issue, June 20). I thought again, as I have many times in the past, “What’s … Continued

Zone press

Natalie Hofer, who has owned Highland Coffee Company on Bardstown Road with her husband Greg for 13 years, appreciates the sudden outpouring of support from loyal customers. Following LEO Weekly’s recent story about the loss of their sign to the new neighbors next door — global trendy retail giant Urban Outfitters — much of the … Continued


<LECTURE> Thursday, July 19 Dan Cassaro The Green Building 737 E. Market St. $5-$10 (free for members); 6 p.m. Dan Cassaro has a way with words. The Brooklyn-based graphic designer has created logos, illustrations and other custom typography and art for MTV, VH1 and publications such as Fortune, Nylon and The New York Times … Continued

Me Vs. Music

Quite contrary I’ve never been late on a deadline, but I damn near missed this one because I’ve been chasing butterflies and relaxing in my yard. I am categorically against the existence of insects. Let me rephrase that: I was categorically against insects, but then I took the extra time I had this summer to … Continued


Post-punk poets She Might Bite’s first, self-titled EP was a visceral, fresh update of punk-era bands like the Slits and Gang of Four, with sharp, jagged guitars flying into pounding drums. They call it “punk-surf-garage-rock poetry.” Though they even threw a ballad into that first collection, fiery songs like “Dead Weight” and “Sinister Device” left … Continued

Video TapeWorm

THIS WEEK’S TWIN PEEKS: BOSS: SEASON 1 2011; $26.98-$39.98; UR Kelsey “Frasier” Grammer makes a chilling good-guy-going-bad in this Starz series, playing a ruthless mayor of Chicago who secretly suffers from a brain disorder that’s driving him mad, corrupting his memory, and making him unable to trust himself or anyone around him. His loyal lackeys … Continued

Film: Head games

‘Headhunters’  Starring Aksel Hennie, Synnøve Macody Lund, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Eivind Sander. Directed by Morten Tyldum. Rated R; 1:40. Starts Friday at Village 8 Cinemas. LEO Report Card: B+ Are you down with Scandi-crime yet? Probably yes, if you’ve enjoyed any of Sweden’s “Dragon Tattoo” books and film adaptations, or TV shows like AMC’s “The … Continued

The Taste Bud: 1,001 ways to eat bacon

I made a bacon sandwich a couple of weeks ago. Wanna know what was on it? Bacon. Eight crispy slices, if I remember correctly. And some cheddar cheese. On whole grain wheat toast (for good health). My dog was understandably envious, so I let a tiny bit of the grease drip onto his Nature’s Balance … Continued

Varanese keeps up its tradition

It’s hard to believe Varanese has been around for five years now, particularly when we consider that Azalea, the popular Brownsboro Road eatery that was Chef John Varanese’s culinary home before he moved into these quarters in 2007, still remains vacant and, frankly, is looking more than a little shabby. (I’m told that new tenants … Continued

Culture: Goodbye to Goodwill

June Leffler created and ran the youth-based arts and culture Goodwill Zine (GWZ) for 11 issues. Now, after a final “end of the world” issue, the end has arrived. Leffler told LEO about her experience becoming part of Louisville’s do-it-yourself underground culture. LEO: How did you discover zines? June Leffler: When I was 13, I … Continued

Book: Poet offers up advice in a self-help memoir

‘The 6.5 Practices of Moderately Successful Poets: A Self-Help Memoir’ By Jeffrey Skinner. Sarabande Books; 184 pgs., $15.95. You don’t need to consider yourself a poet to gain from reading this book, because Jeffrey Skinner is a teacher (a professor at U of L). He’s practiced at listening, giving advice and re-wording the most important … Continued

Art: Exhibit examines 200 years of art in Portland

In the buzzing pre-Derby season of 1989, Florence and Hunter Hooe showed up on the doorstep of the Portland Museum with photographs of some heirloom portraits. Residents of Athens, Ohio, the visitors had paid a visit to the Filson Historical Society, where they discovered they were descendents of Squire Earick, one of the founders and … Continued

There’s No Leaving Now

Kristian Matsson may not really be the Tallest Man, but he may be close to the man catching the most hearts. His songcraft here is intricate and undoubtedly heart-wrenching. It’s impossible to ignore his vocals’ roughness, which comes off as a desperate attempt to convey emotion through one three-minute acoustic gem after another. But it’s … Continued

Before the Wheels Freeze

Hardcore heaven Louisville has gotten poppier lately, with intricate yet light-hearted sounds coming from the Deloreans, Murals, and Several Hundred People. The latter’s second album, Before the Wheels Freeze, comes as a watermelon-fresh summer treat, filled with wit, surprises and hooks for days. Fans of somewhat disparate (yet public radio-friendly) bands — Destroyer, the Pixies, … Continued

Rotten Thing to Say

Burning Songs for Lovers was an energetic but ultimately one-dimensional debut to Burning Love’s distorted brand of bluesy punk ’n’ roll. Even the thick snarl of Chris Colohan of Cursed couldn’t save an album full of too-similar songs. This time around they’re pissed off and rabid, firmly anchored in an angry hardcore shell previously absent. … Continued

Live From the Underground

After three mixtapes better than most emcees’ entire catalogs, K.R.I.T. ventures into the retail market. K.R.I.T. is his own producer and had to re-evaluate his common practice of using well-known samples. Fear not, as Underground is a picture-perfect example of transitioning from the “anything goes” mixtape world to the confines of the major label world … Continued