Barry’s moment; Hallelujah; Howe cool; rock for Hed

Saturday, June 23

Tim Barry

Tim Barry

Tim Barry should call Louisville a second home. In the mid-’90s, he and the rest of Richmond, Va.’s most celebrated export, “hickoid punk” masters Avail, developed a loyal following here through repeated touring, and that following is still here today.

The other side of Barry is his solo work. He flies the folk flag in the great tradition of singer-storytellers like Woody Guthrie and Bob Dylan. Saturday, he visits The Rudyard Kipling (422 W. Oak St., 636-1311) with Josh Small and Wading Girl to play songs from his first solo record, Rivanna Junction.

That he’s persevered is a testament to his stick-to-it-iveness, considering his first solo performance, in Asheville, N.C., was a disaster. “I was so nervous, I could barely stand up. It was embarrassing,” he said. “I thought if I was gonna continue to go in that direction, I needed to learn to do it a lot better.”

This tour features a full backing band, including his sister, Caitlin, a violinist. The group’s mission is to always put honest music and storytelling at the forefront. “I’m trying to do away with the farce that a lot of music has become devoid of personality and is 100 percent image-based,” he said. Doors open at 9 p.m. Cost is TBA.
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Friday, June 22
Boston’s Hallelujah The Hills has a knack for product slogans and sideways humor. In coming up with the name for its latest release, Collective Psychosis Begone, Ryan Walsh said the band looks at it as a bit of a joke, “as if there is some product that claims to rid society of a collective psychosis. We thought that would be nice, but also horrifying. We all liked it.” Adding to the hyperbole is the absurd claim on the band’s Web site that it promises to make 33 albums before it breaks up. “We included, that was sort of joke, too; being overly specific about something that no one can ever really plan.”

Walsh, who manages a box office at a theater company, said HTH is making its first trip outside the Northeast when it visits The Rud Friday. Foreign Oranges also joins the bill. Showtime is 10 p.m., door is $5.
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Saturday-Sunday, June 23-24
Actors Theatre of Louisville is holding open auditions for musicians for its production of the cult off-Broadway rock musical “Hedwig and the Angry Inch,” which runs Sept. 11-30. The professional stage company needs rock musicians who can sing and play bass, guitar, keyboard or drums. Auditions are Saturday and Sunday by appointment only at the theater’s downtown complex (316 W. Main St., 584-1265).

“Those auditioning should prepare any rock song and bring their instrument as accompaniment. Because the band appears as part of the acting company, they will have lines and assigned characters. An acting exercise will be given at the audition,” the company stated in a news release.

Rehearsals begin Aug. 18. The musical, by John Cameron Mitchell with music by Stephen Trask, will have eight performances a week during its three-week run in the 159-seat Victor Jory Theatre.

To schedule an audition, e-mail Emily Ruddock at [email protected] no later than Friday. Include details about music skill and style, and attach a photo if you have one.
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Friday, June 22

Heidi Howe

Heidi Howe

“Of all the people in the world who get judged, by me included, she’s one of them,” said Heidi Howe of the title subject of her new record, I Love Britney Spears, her first since coming off a year-and-a-half-long hiatus. “How much would it suck to go through your 20s in front of everybody?”

Howe wrote the songs over a two-year period, and said the title of her new record has taken friends by surprise. “Their first instinct is to laugh,” she said. “‘What? You love Britney Spears?’ But they want to know more.”
Howe, who says her audience has a healthy appreciation for “Star Trek,” plays at the Pour Haus (1481 S. Shelby St., 637-9611) on Friday. Dallas Alice opens. “I have a crush on all of them,” Howe says of her opener. Showtime is 8 p.m., and admssion is $5.
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Thursday, June 21
Nu-grassers Arnett Hollow’s Thursday appearance at Gerstle’s (3801 Frankfort Ave., 899-3609) will be taped for a TV show called “The Player’s Spot,” which features sets by local bands. The show starts at 8:45 p.m., and it’s free.

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