Friday, Dec. 7
A venerable Louisville instrumental band, Parlour builds rich, sonic textures with ominous guitars, swirling synths and a wide-ranging, continuously-changing series of ideas that create hypnotic atmospheres. Memory Gloss and Copiers open.
Saturday, Dec. 8
The Care Less Lounge
With sludgy psych-rock that carries a punk undercurrent, Stuyedeyed makes loud, fuzzed-out songs that aim to address the concerns of the marginalized. Kids Born Wrong and Sweatermeat open.
The Watson Twins (WFPK Winter Wednesday)
Wednesday, Dec. 12
Holy Trinity Clifton Campus
Through ethereal, soulful indie, The Watson Twins create dense, pop-leaning gems with golden hooks and meticulous vocals. Mark Charles Heidinger opens.
Otis Junior & Dr. Dundiff
Saturday, Dec. 15
Headliners Music Hall
Otis Junior & Dr. Dundiff continue to make waves with their velvety R&B, with this show being the release for their latest record, Cool.
Saturday, Dec. 15
Harpy — the solo project of musician/visual artist Yoko Molotov — is a sharp, eccentric and visceral dive into noise-punk and other experimental ideas. The bands wet and 38 Barbies open.
Friday, Dec. 28-29
A local hip-hop wunderkind, Jack Harlow has a cool and calculated flow, with a rhythmic, versatile style.
A Louisville For Lovers Tribute to Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars
Saturday, Dec. 29
On Dec. 1, Louisville Is For Lovers reissued TRAFOZSATSFM: A Louisville Is For Lovers Tribute To Ziggy Stardust, a compilation of Louisville bands covering songs from David Bowie’s The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders from Mars. This is the corresponding album release show at Zanzabar, featuring Phantom Family Halo and Whistle Peak.
By The Grace Of God
Sunday, Dec. 30
Early this year, By The Grace Of God frontman Rob Pennington moved to North Carolina to accept a job as an endowed chair in the Department of Special Education and Child Development at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. The Louisville punk and hardcore veteran has thankfully continued By The Grace Of God, which will perform a show around the holidays in town this year. Fotocrime and Prayer Line open.
The Louisville Palace
Saturday, Dec. 29-31
About a year ago, the alt-country musician Tyler Childers played a 400-cap room in Louisville. Right now, his late-December three-night stand at the Louisville Palace, a 2,600-person theater, is completely sold out. They are always ways to get tickets though. It’s just about how much you’re willing to pay.
Monday, Dec. 31
On New Year’s Eve, the funk band Sexjuice will play the Pulp Fiction Soundtrack, as well as Tammy, their own album, which is a “soundtrack” that they made for a movie that doesn’t exist. You might have questions. Most of those can probably be answered by reading this interview.