Monthly Archives: October 2011

ear X-tacy update, Monday morning

LEO music editor/reporter Peter Berkowitz was at the store this morning, between 9:50 and 10:15, waiting to see if anything was going on. Nothing has changed there – there is no activity or notice. A source close to the story is scheduled to give us an update later today. LEO send their best wishes to […]

album review – Trombone Shorty

Trombone Shorty For True (VERVE) In easily one of the best Headliners’ shows in recent memory, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue seamlessly blended jazz, funk, and rock in a balls-out, sweat-drenched two hour set with expert playing, insane stamina, and near-perfect crowd control. It was a great show from a great band. Their Verve debut, […]

BREAKING: ear X-tacy closed

Corrected ear X-tacy is closed without notice or explanation. Lights are off and there is no signage detailing the reason for today’s closure. Their Twitter and Tumblr profiles have disappeared. More details to come … 5:45 p.m. I posted on their Facebook wall, “Why are you closed?” at 5:26. It’s the first comment on their […]

album review – Jeff Lederer

Jeff Lederer Sunwatcher ( For his solo debut, saxophonist/clarinetist Jeff Lederer has chosen a top-notch group of musicians: Jamie Saft (keyboards), Matt Wilson (drums), and Buster Williams (bass). Wilson has included Lederer in his own bands, and proves simpatico in this role reversal. Saft’s work ranges from rich gospel organ undertones to seemingly channeling McCoy […]

book review – “The Karaoke Singer’s Guide to Self-Defense”

By Brandon Stettenbenz The Karaoke Singer’s Guide to Self-Defense is a novel fractured into vignettes that serve both to capitalize on a modern reader’s attention deficit and the results of our overexposure to media, and to show that each scene effectively carries its own emotional weight. With obsessive attention to their respective neuroses, author […]

album review – Totimoshi

Totimoshi Avenger (AT A LOSS) These days the problem with rock music is, many times, it simply doesn’t rock. On their new album, Avenger, Cali rockers Totimoshi certainly bring that fire and groove missing in today’s rock scene back with an album full of eclectic experimentation. The trio mixes up a sonic cocktail of sounds, […]

album review – Modeselektor

Modeselektor Monkeytown (MONKEYTOWN) We should skip all pretense and just steer into the skid that is Thom Yorke featuring on two songs on this album. It’ll save you the wonder of why you’re listening to a bunch of random beeps and bloops for half a record (the Yorke songs are on opposite ends of the […]

album review – Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks

Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks Mirror Traffic (MATADOR) Stephen Malkmus is best known for serving as the frontman of influential 1990s indie rock band Pavement, and easily has one of the most recognizable voices in the game. To turn his swagger up to a zillion on Mirror Traffic, Malkmus recruited celebrity producer Beck. Beck seems […]

album review – Buffalo Killers

Buffalo Killers 3 (ALIVE) With their heavy metal Jesus appearance, one wouldn’t expect Buffalo Killers to sound like a chilled out band of Heartbreakers fronted by Tom Petty twins. But that’s not an illusion; those twins are actually Andrew and Zachary Gabbard, whose semi-hearty voices lead this band of brothers. They are, in fact, peaceful […]

The LEO interview: Man or Astro-man?

By Aaron Chadwell The inventive and punky surf band Man or Astro-Man? returns to Louisville on Wednesday, October 12th for a show at Headliners Music Hall. Locals Natives and Anwar Sadat open. But what does MOA? leader Brian Teasley have to say about this turn of events? LEO: For folks unfamiliar with your stage […]