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Friday, April 18, 2014

Rebelution calls themselves a Cali-reggae band, because they're they play reggae and are from California (which is not exactly known for great reggae, but hey! Things change.) The guys in the group met in college (of course) and set about building a following, releasing an independent EP. Since that modest beginning, they have released four studio albums, including 2014's Count Me In, which is the album they are supporting on the current tour. They'll make their third trip to town with a show at The Mercury Ballroom, along with Common Kings, on  April 18. Tickets are $17.50 adv. $20 DoS.

Watch the official video for "Sky Is The Limit":

--Paul Moffett

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The Let It Ride tour, featuring Brantley Gilbert, Eric Paslay and Thomas Rhett, rolls into the  KFC Yum! Center on April 18, for a big country music show sure to fire up the locals for Derby Week(s). It's definitely a testosterone-fueled, looking for dirt roads and pretty girls with short shorts kind of event. Let It Ride is the title of Gilbert's latest. He currently has three number one hits, including last year's "Bottoms Up," plus several "New Artist" awards.Thomas Rhett's debut album, It Goes Like This, peaked at number 2 on the US charts, with the title single hitting number1 on the US Country Airplay chart. Pasley is just out of the chute, with a brand-new, self-titled album. Tickets run  $21.75 to $34.00

--Paul Moffett

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You've seen and heard them on television (The O.C., One Tree Hill, Ugly Betty, 90210, Letterman) and in commercials (Ice Breakers, AT&T), not so many films(yet) and back in '08 at Headliners. They're the husband-and-wife team called Mates Of State, who do "not normal" things with their music. which is pop with some EDM and dance overtones/undertones. They're currently on an April tour, which will end at Headliners on April 18. Watch the video below for a sense of what these two are about, which is still promoting their last record, Mountaintops. Tickets to the show are $15.

Here's the official video for "Palomino":

--Paul Moffett

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Dom Cipolla's Phantom Family Halo comes back to town for a show at The New Vintage, which is tagged a "record release" show for Raven Town Witch, on Sophomore Lounge Records. Based on the current bio photos, PFH seems to be a trio, but that could change once they get to town, given the PFH alumna who live here. Also on the bill are Jaye Jayle and Dane Waters, both of whom are inclined to do interesting things with their music. Ticket for the April 18 show are $6.

Here's "Hard Apple Moon Stomp" from the new record:

--Paul Moffett

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Louisville rock legends Flaw will be heading out on a short tour in mid April to stretch their legs and will be taking Signal The Revolution with them. But before they go, they will be having a kick off bash right here in Louisville at Diamond Pub on Friday, April 18, so you should all come out and support those guys before they enter a new chapter in their lives by going for broke one more time. I swear, these guys have more lives than a cat on crack! Other talented bands on this tour kickoff bill are Centerfold, Year Of The Gun & Hello Agony. So be sure to get up to the show early to support these great Louisville original bands.

--Eddy Metal

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Saturday, April 19, 2014

This show has been rescheduled to August 9.Miiii-leeee, Miiii-leee! Yep, Miley Cyrus will perform at the KFC Yum! Center on Saturday, April 19, heading up the Bangerz Tour, along with Sky Ferreira and Icona Pop. The truth is, this is not a show that needs plugging - you (or your children) are already fans enough to be willing to spend the dollars it takes to see her or you think she's a circus sideshow that long ago jumped the shark. The show is pretty racy (duh!), with Cyrus long ago having dumped the Hannah Montana persona in favor of a sexpot singing sex pop. Tickets range from the binoculars-needed seats at $19.50 to  US $89.50.

Here's "Wrecking Bell":

--Paul Moffett

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Country singer Justin Moore has made stops in Louisville a number of times over the past five years, but generally in the center of town. For this stop, he's across the river at the Horseshoe Casino, which is a bit of a curious place for a rising country star to play. (Usually, the casino shows are on the way down.) He's doing pretty well of late, too, having won the award for New Artist Of The Year 2104 at the Academy Of Country Music Awards. His most recent album, Off The Beaten Path, hit No. 1 on the US Country chart and #2 on the Billboard 200. His No. 1 hit singles include "Small Town USA", "If Heaven Wasn't So Far Away," and "Till My Last Day," so he's got staying power. Maybe his next stop will be headlining a tour at the Yum! Center. Tickets for the show on the 19th are $42.50 and $47.50.

Here's "Lettin' The Night Roll" from his latest album:

--Paul Moffett

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Miss Shevaughn And Yuma Wray, who could be billed Mr. and Mrs Shevaughn and Yuma Wray (or as Erin and Chris Stelloh) on account of their recent marriage on March 1, are honeymooning by going on tour in support of a new record, Lean Into The Wind. Musical partners getting hitched isn't exactly a new phenomenon (just ask the Civil Wars - or then again, maybe don't) but it is certainly a statement of hope in the face of reality, because being road musicians is hard on the soles, the soul and the state of most relationships. As for the new record, one reviewer wrote that they "go all Flying Burrito Brothers with a SoCal-influenced set of new songs." That should give you a hint; you can check out the video, too.  Tickets to the April 19 at the New Vintage are $5.

Watch Bleed Me":

--Paul Moffett

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Saturday, April 19 is Record Store Day around the country and, of course, Louisville record stores are participating. The biggest event seems to be the Record Store Block Party staged by Astro Black Records, Fat Rabbit and Lisa's Oak Street Lounge in the 1000 Block of East Oak Street. It's an all-day event, set to run from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and will feature - among others - Scott Carney of Wax Fang, Anwar Sadat, Chicago's Animal City, Billy Petot of Whistle Peak and a couple more out-of-town bands, Kal Marks from Boston and Microwaves from Pittsburgh. Cropped Out, Karate Body, Sophomore Lounge and Cavalcade Magazine are co-sponsoring the event.                                             

--Paul Moffett

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

They have a new lead singer and some of a new album, so fans of Three Days Grace will be very interested in hearing them when they head into Mercury Ballroom on April 22. The Juno Award-winning Canadian rock band has had a solidly successful career since forming in 1997, releasing four studio albums, the most recent being 2012's Transit of Venus.Nashville's Framing Hanley is also on the bill, touring in support of the just-released The Sum Of Who We Are, making it a solid show for mainstream rock fans.  Tickets are $35 plus a $12 ticket fee for a total of $47.

Watch the new video for "Painkiller:":

--Paul Moffett

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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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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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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 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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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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