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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Danish superstars Volbeat are heading this way in April. I don't know what it is about this band that drives people so crazy for them, but no matter what, you have to admire their success. They will be at Louisville Palace on Wednesday, April 23 with Trivium. I remember seeing Trivium several years ago at Jillian's before they were famous, and I must say, those guys were very cool. Such polite fellas and very down to earth back then. I would like to check out this show. Hopefully I will be able to cover this event and see what all the hubbub is about Volbeat, and see some serious shredding by Trivium. Those guys have come a long way since that night at Jillian's. I've been itching for a good show at the Palace and this is it! This will sell out, so if I were you, I would get my tickets asap before its too late.

--Eddy Metal

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It's true that Expo 5 has All Time Low, but that's a good thing if you are a pop punk fan. The Maryland quartet headlines a Terry Harper show at the 7th Street Road club on April 23, with Handguns and Man Overboard sharing the bill. They're a hard-working, hard-touring bunch of guys, still supporting their 2012 album , Don't Panic. You're as likely to see them on the Warped Tour as in a club, so catch them in a club where the acoustics are better. Tickets for the show are $20.

Here's the official video for "A Love Like War":

--Paul Moffett

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Waterfront Wednesday for April will feature Moon Taxi, House Ghost and The Apache Relay. It's a free event, of course. On the Big Four Lawn, Waterfront Park, April 23.

--Paul Moffett

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Thursday, April 24, 2014

The self-proclaimed Screaming Eagle of Soul, Charles Bradley, brings his Extraordinaires to Headliners on April 24. Having done a stint as a James Brown impersonator in the Nineties, Bradley learned all the necessary chops to be a serious funk/R&B singer. He was discovered by a co-founder of Dap Records, who signed him following a session with his future producer Tom Brenneck, during which he asked Brenneck's band to play while he made up lyrics on the spot. Following the release of a string of singles from 2002 to 2010, his debut album, No Time For Dreaming, was released in 2011, his second, Victim Of Love, dropped in 2013. He's been through town a couple of times before, so there should be some fans. If his style still isn't clear to you, watch the video below. Tickets to the show are $18 adv/ $20 DoS.

Check out this live performance "Live At Bumbershoot" on  KEXP:

--Paul Moffett

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April 24 will be Latin music night at the Waterfront, with the Salsa All-Stars and Appalatin providing the music for the Kroger Fest-A-Ville stage. Admission is a Pegasus Pin.

--Paul Moffett

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Put together a pair of Berklee College Of Music students, mix in a generous dose of modern pop and rap covers and simmer with a series of daytime TV appearances and you get Karmin, scheduled to play The Mercury Ballroom on April 24.  Their music is self-described as "left-of-center, hip-hop-influenced pop-rock sound.  They employ the services of a team of current pop writers and producers, resulting in a thoroughly state-of-the-heart pop sound. Their current album is Pulses, released in late March as a digital download only. Bonnie McKee opens. Tickets for the show are $19.50 plus $5.00 fee

Watch the official video for "I Want It All":

--Paul Moffett

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Friday, April 25, 2014

The two-time and reigning IBMA Instrumental Group Of The Year band The Boxcars, who rocked a Kentucky Homefront crowd a while back, will appear the IUS' Ogle Center on April 25, out on the road promoting their third CD. It's Just A Road, which was created in under four days in the studio. Besides bluegrass, the group understands and incorporates swing, old time and gospel influences into their sound. All together, the Boxcars appeal to old and new fans alike. Tickets to the show are $26.50.

Watch The Boxcars On KET's Jubilee, singing "Head Over Heels in Love with You":

--Paul Moffett

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The first announced act for the Mercury Ballroom, Christina Perri, makes a stop at the new concert hall on April 25, with a tour titled "Head Or Heart," which is also the title of her second album, released on April 1. Perri's single, "Jar Of Hearts," which was featured on the TV show "So You Think You Can Dance," sold three million copies following its release in 2010. It also scored her a record deal with Atlantic Records, which released her debut album, Lovestrong, in May 2011. She subsequently recorded "A Thousand Years" for The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn.  That single sold four million copies. So it's clear the gal has marketing clout and an ability to write a monster hit pop song. Birdy opens. Go hear her for yourself at the Mercury Ballroom for $22.50 + $10 ticketing fee,  in advance or $25 DoS

"Here's "Jar Of Hearts":

--Paul Moffett

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The Japanese instrumental rock band Mono made Louisville a regular stop for three years in a row back in 2006 -'08, then didn't come back until now. They've recorded two albums since, Hymn To The Immortal Wind and For My Parents, with For My Parents being their first record in eight years not recorded by Steve Albini. As they are primarily a live band, dedicated to creating an unforgettable experience, the recording seems like a photo outtake of a movie - one tiny chunk of the live show.  They're playing Headliners on April 25, with Young Widows opening. Tickets are

Here's "Follow The Map":

--Paul Moffett

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Cirque du Soleil's production of Michael Jackson, THE IMMORTAL World Tour, comes to  KFC Yum! Center on April 25 and 26. It's not actually live music, but it's sure to be one hell of a spectacle. Tickets start at $50 and go way up from there.

--Paul Moffett

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Diamond Pub will bring in The Terrapin Flyers with Melvin Seals and The Allmanacs with Johnny Neel on April 25 for a Tribute to The Grateful Dead and The Allman Brothers It's a kind of musical genetic implant, adding former members of each defunct band to a tribute band, layering on a veneer of genuineness. It's kind of like making love to a Marilyn Monroe look-alike who's wearing one of Marilyn's wigs and maybe a pair of her hose. If you are fan of either or both, then you know what you'll get - the most famous tunes plus a large swath of lesser-known ones plus a surprise or two.  Tickets are $12 adv./ $15 DoS.

Watch Terrapin Flyer with Melvin Seals:
Here are the Allmanacs at Stevie Ray's:

--Paul Moffett

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The Waddy Spring Fest 2014 kicks off on April 25 in Waddy, Kentucky. On the roster for the weekend are Mananabango, Lame, Aby Laby Land, Redstone Band, Threads Of Sorrow and Mike Grever s One Man Band. The festival runs through Sunday, April 27. Details and directions are at https://www.facebook.com/events/132271913608406/‎.  Tickets are $10 for all three days.

--Paul Moffett

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Saturday, April 26, 2014

Fans are happy that Katie Herzig  got over her bad case of stage fright and took the lead role in her first band; otherwise, of course, she wouldn't be a singer-songwriter on tour. Louisvillians have gotten familiar with her, as she's been through town a lot, at least until a couple of years back. Her last show here was in 2012, so there'll be some real interest, particularly since there's a new album, Walk Through Walls, that she's promoting. She'll be at Headliners on April 26. Noah Gundersen will open. Tickets for the show are $15.

Here's the official video for "Walk Through Walls":

--Paul Moffett

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The new battle in Louisville between Headliners and The Mercury Ballroom has only just begun; at the moment, the interesting score to keep is which performers who have played Headliners will now play The Mercury. The Devil Makes Three will be the latest when they bring their mix of bluegrass, old-time and acoustic rock and romp into the Mercury on April 26. While they made their first score with "Old Number 7," they've released seven albums, including the latest, I'm A Stranger Here on New West Records. The lack of seating won't matter that much, given that DM3 will get dancing. Joe Fletcher and The Wrong Reasons will open the show. Tickets are $17.50 plus a $5 fee.

Check out the video to their newest, "Stranger":

--Paul Moffett

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Jagjaguwar artist and former backup singer for Bonnie "Prince" Billy Angel Olsen joins the stampede of artists coming through town during Derby Week when she stops in at Zanzabar on April 26 for a show with The Promised Land Sound. She's touring in support of her first full-band release, Burn Your Fire For No Witness, which was released in February. Hey, maybe Will Oldham will show up, too. Tickets are $10 adv/ $12 DoS.

Watch the official video for "Forgive/Forgotten":

--Paul Moffett

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In case you haven't been paying attention and/or have been staying away from downtown, the Kentucky Derby Two-Week Festival is well underway, with various events happening in Waterfront Park, under the title of Kroger Fest-A-Ville, which some of us would call the Chow Wagon. On Saturday, April 26, the Portland alt rock band Everclear , which has been on the scene since 1993's World Of Noise, will be the headliner for a Pegasus Pin-entry show. They're pretty well into the Nostalgia tour phase of their career these days, with only one original member, lead singer Art Alexakis, left.  Remember when?

Here's "Wonderful":

--Paul Moffett

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The Mighty Kindness Earth Day Hoot 2014 happens on Saturday, April 26, with a full roster of musicians, arts, crafts and various activist booths. On the music side, scheduled are Sylvia Walters & Groove City, John Gage, The Rumpke Mountain Boys, Small Time Napolean, Squeeze-bot, Tristen Brooke & Griffytown and John Paul Wright.  It all happens in the Brown-Forman Amphitheater on the Waterfront Lawn, Noon to 6 p.m. and it's FREE.

--Paul Moffett

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Sunday, April 27, 2014

The Kroger Fest-A-Ville event on Sunday, April 27 at the Waterfront will be a big Christian music show, courtesy of 88.5 WJIE. Scheduled to play are Audio Adrenaline, Finding Favor, Shine Bright Baby, Carrollton and Kutless. Audio Adrenaline, which began at Kentucky Christian University in Grayson, Kentucky in the mid-Eighties and went on two win two Grammy Awards and numerous Dove Awards. The band broke up 2006, due to lead singer Mark Stuart's voice problems, then reformed in 2012 with Kevin Max of DC Talk as lead singer. The subsequently released Kings & Queens in 2013. Kutless has also been in the game since 1989, with seven albums to their credit.

Here's Audio Adrenaline's "Kings And Queens":

--Paul Moffett

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