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Saturday, April 19, 2014

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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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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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 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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