Jade Bird Saturday, Sept. 7 Mercury Ballroom British singer-songwriter Jade Bird can turn contemplative folk into soaring rock and roll, with versatile musicianship, sharp lyrics and powerful vocals.
Strand of Oaks Wednesday, Sept. 11 Zanzabar Strand of Oaks is the indie-rock project of Tim Showalter, who has managed to combine the atmospheric, experimental fuzz of Philadelphia (where he lives) with the no-frills sounds of the Midwest (where hes from). On Eraserland, his latest record, hes backed by My Morning Jacket (except Jim James), and the result is a patient and honest record.
Lung Friday, Sept. 13 Kaiju The cello-and-drums duo Lung is one of the most explosive bands out there, mixing early Velvet Underground explorations with a White Stripes level of heart.
Jordan Jetson Saturday, Sept. 14 Galaxie Jordan Jetson is one of the best hip-hop artists in Louisville. He blends a clever cadence with strong ideas and top-notch production. This is the release party for his latest album, Deva, which you should pull up on Spotify and start listening to right now.
Drive-By Truckers Saturday, Sept. 14 Old Foresters Paristown Hall As alt-country trailblazers, Drive-By Truckers have melted together a heavy dose of Southern rock and roots music, plus a dash of punk. That, combined with working-class stories and progressive ideologies, has allowed them to establish themselves as one of the leading voices in underground Americana. Freakwater opens.
Bourbon & Beyond Friday, Sept. 20-22 Kentucky Expo Center This year, the three-day, classic-rock-leaning festival features Foo Fighters, Robert Plant, Hall & Oates, The Flaming Lips, Joan Jett, Margo Price, Leon Bridges, Kurt Vile, White Reaper and many more.
Josh Ritter, Amanda Shires, Shake Anderson Wednesday, Sept. 25 Big Four Lawn The final installment of this years WFPK Waterfront Wednesday series features folk artists Josh Ritter and Amanda Shires, as well as the soulful Shake Anderson. Shires 2018 album To The Sunset which blends a roots base, War On Drugs-style soundscape building and pop sensibilities is one of the best albums from that year.
Ian Noe Thursday, Sept. 26 Zanzabar A singer-songwriter from Kentucky who builds evocative stories of rural desperation, Ian Noe is an up-and-coming artist from the land of Sturgill Simpson and Tyler Childers.
Louder Than Life Friday, Sept. 27-29 Kentucky Expo Center In 2019, the all-things-heavy festival Louder Than Life features Guns N Roses, Ice Cube, Slipknot, Rob Zombie, Marilyn Manson, Melvins, White Reaper, Knocked Loose, GWAR and many more.
Pup Saturday, Sept. 28 Headliners Music Hall The Canadian, hook-heavy, pop-punk-adjacent band Pup got a lot of buzz last spring with their album Morbid Stuff, a fuzzed-out, angst-driven release that puzzles together the safer aspects of early 90s distant grunge and late-90s radio rock aggression, with a little Green Day splashed in the middle.