You just found one: Ms. Lauryn Hill coming to town next month

Ms. Lauryn Hill, of 1998′s The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill renown and subsequent rocky road back to the live stage, will perform at Iroquois Amphitheater on Tuesday, July 22 at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets go on sale Friday, June 27, at 10 a.m. Reserved seating tickets are $55 – $65. Tickets are available via, by phone (877) 987-6487, or in person at the Iroquois Amphitheater Box Office (8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., M-F.)  Phone, internet & outlet orders subject to convenience fee.


Concert updates from Forecastle, Outskirts, Truckers and more

“Forecastle Festival” after-party with Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors, Matrimony and The 23 String Band at Headliners – Saturday, July 19 at 11:59 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 12 – Drive-By Truckers with North Mississippi All Stars at Iroquois Amphitheater (tickets on sale Friday)

New Zanzabar dates:Ha Ha Tonka (July 25)
Little Tybee (July 31)
Town Mountain (Aug. 29)
The Legendary Shack*Shakers (Sept. 4)

“Louisville Outskirts Festival” (Oct. 12 – 14, at the Cure Lounge, Dreamland and The New Vintage) first line-up announcement:
Abiyah (Cincinnati)
Absolutely Not (Chicago)
Antietam (NYC)
Bridge 19 (Louisville)
The Cell Phones (Chicago)
Cher Von (Louisville)
The Fervor (Louisville)
Juanita (Louisville)
Lady Pyramid (Louisville)
Mahogany Reign (Cincinnati)
Maiden Radio (Louisville)
Sandpaper Dolls (Louisville)
Shannon Wright (Atlanta)
Tara Jane O’Neil (Los Angeles)
Trophy Wife (Philadelphia)
Twenty First Century Fox (Louisville)
Twin Limb (Louisville)

James Mercer on the Shins and Zach Braff 10 years after “Garden State”


In this week’s issue, LEO Weekly has my profile of James Mercer and his current tour with Broken Bells. During our conversation, I also asked him about another current topic in his life – the use of a Shins song in Wish I Was Here, a new movie written and directed by Zach Braff, whose 2004 movie Garden State did much to change that band’s life a decade ago #natalieportman.

LEO: If this had been a year ago, I would never have asked you about Zach Braff. But… (we both laugh) because the trailer for his new movie has one of your songs -

James Mercer: Yeah.

LEO: Obviously, you would have to approve that.

JM: Yeah. So, Zach called me up and asked to do a song for his new movie, basically. And his music supervisor came out — this lady Mary (Ramos), who’s awesome — she came and showed me the movie, and I liked it. I guess it was a rough edit of the film? But it was really touching, and it was about having kids and all this stuff, which I can relate to now. And I set about trying … at first, I was trying to … they had in there, they had some songs they liked, but they wanted me to make something better, so they could replace it. I couldn’t handle that pressure (laughs), so I called him up and just asked him, “Man, can I just try and come up with something that, to me, feels like the movie?” And he was, like, “Sure, do it, go for it,” you know? “There’s a spot at the end of the picture when that would work.” So I set about writing lyrics about what the movie was about, and kind of came up with a song for the film. Which I haven’t done a lot – it was a real challenge to do that, you know? To just be, like, “OK, do something awesome — now! (laughs) And it can’t be about the shit you want to write about!” But it worked, and I am really stoked with the song. I think it’s one of my better songs. I can’t get enough of listening to it, actually. I’ve been enjoying it lately.

LEO: I can only imagine how many times people have asked you about Garden State. I bet Zach Braff doesn’t get asked about the Shins every single time he’s interviewed.

JM: Right? Yeah, I guess, yeah. It’s cool – for me, it’s like one of those things where … it’s always difficult when something is such a big deal that happens to you or the band. But looking back on it now, I just realize it was such a good thing for us! It’s something that will be always there, and I mean, in 20 years, I guarantee you my children aren’t going to be complaining about it (laughs)! Having too much spotlight on the Shins back in 2004. It’s just been a wonderful thing for us, and I feel like I owe Zach so much for it. I’m so grateful.

LEO: And what’s so interesting is, 10 years ago, you were both younger guys trying to find love, and now you’re both — I don’t know him personally, but at least in the movie and in your real life, there’s marriage and dealing with kids —

JM: Yeah, exactly.

LEO: So maybe 10 years from now, you guys can check in again —

JM: Right (laughs)!

Broken Bells play Friday, June 20 at Iroquois Amphitheater.

The Milk Carton Kids & Sarah Jarosz team up at the Kentucky Center

Modern indie folk stars The Milk Carton Kids and Sarah Jarosz have become one threesome for a very special tour this fall. The trio hits the Kentucky Center’s Bomhard Theater on Thursday, October 30.

Accompanied by Alex Hargreaves, Paul Kowert and Nathaniel Smith, the artists – who first joined forces at the 2013 Telluride Bluegrass Festival – unite their Grammy-nominated skills for an evening of harmony and harmonies.

Tickets go on sale Friday at 10 a.m.

“Sarah Jarosz is a multi-Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist who hails from just outside of Austin, TX and makes her home in New York City. Now 23 years old, she graduated in 2013 from New England Conservatory with a degree in contemporary improvisation in the same month her third album, Build Me Up From Bones, was released. Jarosz, who fits comfortably where contemporary folk, Americana, and roots music intersect, has long been embraced for the depth and maturity of her songwriting, her pure and nuanced vocals, and her instrumental mastery — switching between octave mandolin, banjo, guitar, and mandolin as the songs dictate. Build Me Up From Bones received two Grammy nominations and appeared on NPR’s Top Ten Folk and Americana albums for 2013.  She has appeared on “Conan,” “Austin City Limits” twice, “A Prairie Home Companion,” and the BBC series “The Transatlantic Sessions”.

Grammy-nominated flat-picking harmony duo The Milk Carton Kids have emerged in the last three years as a powerful voice defining the continuing folk tradition. An understated virtuosity defines The Milk Carton Kids to the delight of traditionalists and newcomers to the folk movement alike. Garrison Keillor has called them “absolute geniuses in close-harmony.” The Los Angeles Times lauds their latest Anti- Records release, The Ash & Clay, as displaying “absolute mastery of their craft” while Paste emphasizes the “intellectual sophistication of their songs, making The Milk Carton Kids an option for purists unsatisfied with some of the pop tendencies seeping in to the genre.” The band has appeared on “Conan,” “A Prairie Home Companion,” “Austin City Limits,” and the Coen Brothers’ & T Bone Burnett “Another Day/Another Time” concert film.

Violinist Alex Hargreaves of Corvallis, Oregon, has been mentored by some of the greats in acoustic roots music and jazz. He has toured with Jerry Douglas, David Grisman, Bela Fleck, Danilo Perez, Darol Anger, Bruce Molsky, Noam Pikelny and has shared the stage with many others including Chris Thile, Mumford & Sons, Tim O’Brien and Sam Bush. Hargreaves performs regularly with Sarah Jarosz, appearing on her three acclaimed albums, as well as being featured on her Grammy-nominated instrumental, “Mansinneedof.” In February 2010, Hargreaves’ debut album, Prelude, was released, featuring master acoustic musicians Mike Marshall, Grant Gordy and Paul Kowert, and special guests Bela Fleck and Noam Pikelny.

Bassist Paul Kowert grew up in Madison, Wisconsin. Upon graduating from The Curtis Institute of Music in 2009, he joined the band Punch Brothers and moved to Brooklyn, NY. Since then the band has made two albums and toured extensively throughout the US, UK and Europe, contributed music to “The Hunger Games,” “This is Forty,” and “Inside Llewyn Davis,” and appeared on “Conan,” “Leno,” “Letterman,” “Jools Holland,” “A Prairie Home Companion,” and “Austin City Limits”.  In addition to playing with Punch Brothers, Paul has toured with Mike Marshall’s Big Trio, Dave Rawlings Machine, and Haas Kowert Tice.

Cellist Nathaniel Smith, a native of Brandon, Mississippi, now residing in Nashville, began studying the cello at the age of five. Mr. Smith has an impressive list of artists he has toured and/or collaborated with, most recently Sarah Jarosz, renowned Cape Breton fiddler Natalie MacMaster, and Jeremy Kittel. Sought after as a teacher, he has taught at Christian Howes’s Creative Strings Workshop in Columbus, Ohio; Leahy Music Camp in Ontario, Canada; and Mark O’Connor’s String Camp at Berklee College of Music in Boston.

Jake Bugg: show preview

Jake Bugg with the Silver Palms
Tuesday, June 17
Headliners Music Hall
1386 Lexington Rd.
$20 advance/$23 at the door

With his raspy voice and wry songwriting, Jake Bugg has already made a name for himself in his native Britain, being nominated for the prestigious Mercury Prize for his acclaimed debut album and two Brit Awards. On the heels of Shangri-la, last year’s follow up produced by indie giant Rick Rubin, Bugg is fast gaining an audience stateside, and it’s easy to see why. His songs owe a great debt to his working class roots — he grew up in public housing in Nottingham — and contain musings about “getting out” and “barely scraping by.” But if all of this isn’t enough to entice you out to his show at Headliners, consider the following: he is likely to perform his song “Kentucky,” a song about what else but getting out and barely scraping by. — Jason Howard

Tweedy – concert review

June 11, 2014
The Brown Theatre

By Matthew Adams

“I’ll be extremely disappointed if the lights go up and that’s not a Muppet,” said Jeff Tweedy in response to the man cartoonish yelling “Whiskeeey!” when the audience was asked what we eat here in Louisville. Clever banter permeated the set of the particularly animated Wilco-frontman, who appeared at the Brown Theatre fronting his new project, simply titled Tweedy. Though heavy on verbosity and perhaps too light on Wilco heavyweights, the show proved to be an especially intimate and entertaining performance.

Opening for Tweedy was The Minus 5, the ever-changing pop collective led by Scott McCaughey. The band’s set drew specifically from their Down With Wilco collaborative album, and also included a cover of the Who’s “I Can’t Explain.” Despite a sparse early crowd, McCaughey and company brought the melodic tunes with a directness and ferocity that demanded attention.

The headliner’s performance was essentially two sets: Tweedy performing the bulk of their upcoming album, Sukierae, and later the frontman performing solo acoustic renditions of songs from his various other projects. Highlights from the former portion include the upcoming album’s spacey first single, “Diamond Light,” and “World Away,” which may be the funkiest track penned by the alt-rock songsmith.

While all the new material sounded great, there was an unmistakable shift in the night as the band left and Mr. Tweedy put on his harmonica holder — a communal anticipation and energy that only exists amongst a crowd so devoted to an artist of such caliber. That artist wasted no time obliging his followers, going straight into concert mainstay “Via Chicago.” And though the harmonica doesn’t quite lend itself well to the manic ballad, the transition was an affecting transition to the rest of the night. Tweedy continued, dipping into the catalogues of Uncle Tupelo, Golden Smog, and Loose Fur, and also reached back to Wilco’s debut album for the nights biggest botched sing-a-long, “Passenger Side.”

The band returned for the encore, which began with the online-most-requested(-but-why?) song, “Give Back the Key to My Heart,” a Doug Sahm cover featured on Tupelo’s “Anodyne.” This song disguised a father-son bonding exercise, as father Tweedy and son/drummer Spencer Tweedy, shared glances and smiles while harmonizing during the chorus.

Yet the show’s crowning moment came after the encore, when Jeff Tweedy again returned to the stage to sing an unmic-ed version of the career-defining “Misunderstood.” This moment held all of the stage presence, wit, and cries of drunken satisfaction that have come to make up Tweedy’s non-Wilco shows.

Sukierae will be released September 16, and Tweedy will be recovering from the disappointment of Muppetesque alcoholic indefinitely.


Skyscraper Stereo premieres new video at LEO Weekly

Scrape or Die, the third full-length album from Louisville hip-hop all-stars Skyscraper Stereo, will be released on September 2 by local label Little Heart Records, says the group in a statement.

To celebrate the new album, they are releasing its first single, “American Dollars,” here and releasing the video online here at LEO Weekly today.

The group recently released a compilation of past work, You Can’t Do That in Outer Space Because Homeboi Has Mama’s Tank for Ransom, available for download or streaming here.

Their previous album, Homebois in Outer Space, was released in 2011.

For more Skyscraper Stereo, go here.
For more Little Heart Records, go here.

And now, without further ado, is the world premiere of the video, directed by group member Chuck Deuce:

Real Estate indie rock prices rise at Zanzabar

Local promoters Shark Productions will celebrate their fourth anniversary at Zanzabar on Wednesday, September 24th with a show featuring indie rockers Real Estate.

Tickets $16 adv / $18 DOS
on sale this Friday, June 13th @ Noon

Paul McCartney’s Yum show postponed

Recent health problems have forced Paul McCartney to reschedule summer dates. What would have been a June 26th date in Louisville will now be Tuesday, October 28.

“I’m sorry, but it’s going to be a few more weeks before we get rocking in America again. I’m feeling great but taking my docs’ advice to take it easy for just a few more days.  Look forward to seeing you all soon.” — Paul McCartney


“The Out There world tour will now resume July 5 in Albany, NY, and the June 14-26 shows in Lubbock, Dallas, New Orleans, Atlanta, Jacksonville, Nashville and Louisville have been rescheduled to October.

The Out There tour, as always, features music from the most beloved catalog in popular music, as Paul performs songs spanning his entire career – as a solo artist, member of Wings and of course as a Beatle. The set list will also include material from Paul’s most recent studio album NEW, a global hit upon its release last year.

The McCartney live experience is a once in a lifetime opportunity; in just three hours some of the greatest moments from the last 50 years of music are relived; music which for many has shaped the very soundtrack of their lives. The last decade has seen Paul and his band perform in a staggeringly impressive range of venues and locations, including outside the Coliseum in Rome, in Moscow’s Red Square, Buckingham Palace, at the White House, a free show in Mexico to over 400,000 people, and even broadcast live into Space! Featuring Paul’s band of the last 10+ years–Paul “Wix” Wickens (keyboards), Brian Ray (bass/guitar), Rusty Anderson (guitar) and Abe Laboriel Jr (drums)–the show never disappoints.

The tour also uses state of the art technology and production to ensure the entire audience has the best possible experience. With massive screens, lasers, fireworks, unique video content and, of course, the best songs in the world, a Paul McCartney show is so much more than just an ordinary concert. Paul’s shows attract a multi generational audience from different backgrounds all brought together by his music.

Keep checking for further announcements.”

July 5 – Albany, NY – Times Union Center
July 7 – Pittsburgh, PA – Consol Energy Center
July 9 – Chicago, IL – United Center
July 12 – Fargo, ND – Fargodome
July 14 – Lincoln, NE – Pinnacle Bank Arena
July 16 – Kansas City, MO – Sprint Center
August 2 – Minneapolis, MN – Target Field
August 5 – Missoula, MT – Washington-Grizzly Stadium
August 7 – Salt Lake City, UT – EnergySolutions Arena
August 10 – Los Angeles, CA – Dodger Stadium
August 12 – Phoenix, AZ – US Airways Center
August 14 – San Francisco, CA – Candlestick Park
October 2 – Lubbock, TX – United Spirit Arena (re-scheduled fromJune 14)
October 11 – New Orleans, LA – Smoothie King Center (re-scheduled from June 19)
October 13 – Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center (re-scheduled fromJune 16)
October 15 – Atlanta, GA – Philips Arena (re-scheduled from June 21)
October 16 – Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena (re-scheduled from June 25)
October 25 – Jacksonville, FL – Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena (re-scheduled from June 22)
October 28 – Louisville, KY – Yum! Center (re-scheduled from June 26)

OK Go goes to Headliners, OK?

Video pioneers and popular music stars OK Go play Headliners Music Hall this September. Their new album, Hungry Ghosts, drops in October.

Tuesday, September 23 at 9 p.m. (8 p.m. doors)
$15 (18 and over)
On sale 6/13