THE BLACK LIPS Buster’s Billiards & Backroom Tuesday, August 2nd $15 adv/$17 at the door 8pm Doors/9pm Bands 18+
It’s almost too good to be true. Come August, Lexingtonians will be able to catch not just Deerhunter but also The Black Lips, and for a reasonable price at that (given the indie “cred” and popularity both acts carry). It will be interesting to see how the boys play a venue such as Buster’s, given that their live performances have a tendency to turn quite raucous. You can buy tickets online here. Below is the first live video that I found of The Black Lips and it has Bradford Cox AND fireworks in it. Magic.
If indecision is your strong suit (like me) then you may just want to stay in tonight to avoid having to choose between the three stellar shows going on this eve. Local legend Matt Duncan and indie rock troupe Santah (Champaign, IL) will get down at Cosmic Charlie’s, followed by Bumpin’ (Cosmic’s free weekly dance party hosted by DJ John the Baptist).
The north side will be host to a gaggle of electro enthusiasts with Skeleton Hands (Cincinnati, OH) and Ellie Herring (Lex, KY) serving up a bevy of ambient / house goodness at Al’s Bar. DJ Templeton will be spinning some “minimal techno, deep house, and other sorts of music for robots” according to the facebook event for the show.
And as you already know (because Matt dropped the knowledge on yo’ ass) Oh My Me, Palisades, and Nativity Singers will be lighting up The Green Lantern.
at Cosmic Charlie’s
Friday, May 20th
9:30pm | 21+
at Al’s Bar
Friday, May 20th
10pm | 18+ | $5
The sprightly little folkster, Samantha Crain, is returning to Lexington after a bit of a (two-year) hiatus from our beloved town. Check out some of her acoustic, unplugged stylings in the video below. I believe that she will be accompanied by a band at the show tonight. Earnestly honest local singer-songwriter, Reva Williams, will open, as well as Small Houses (who seem to be internet-invisible).
Samantha Crain w/Reva Williams and Small Houses at Al’s Bar 8pm | $5
I am continually impressed by the bands and artists that Louisville’s Z-Bar keeps bringing in. This week they have a special two-night treat lined up with Jonathan Richman playing both Wednesday and Thursday night. Zanzabar hosted the former Modern Lovers’ front-man for a deuce last February as well so I assume that it went well enough that they would have him back again, and he would oblige. I’ll be there on Thursday, and you could say that I’m a little giddy about it.
Jonathan Richman w/Tommy Larkin at Zanzabar May 11th & 12th 8pm doors | 9pm show $12 | 21+
David Andrew Strackany, better known as Paleo, is perhaps most recognized for his “Song Diary” project, where he wrote a new song every day for a year (while on tour for the better part of that time too). He played at the “Old Dame” pretty frequently and I was able to catch him a couple times before the venue went kaput. I was instantly reminded of Bob Dylan with the way he strung poetic verses together over acoustic guitar dabbling, but after more listening I feel like he fits more into a Kurt Vile kinda vibe (with a little less psychedelia). Check out his new video “Holly Wood” that Matt posted over on the main YANP page.
PALEO Tuesday, May 3rd at The Green Lantern 8pm | 21+
Who needs the weekend? Two separate shows, both with supreme line-ups, are taking place early this week on Tuesday. Local pop-star, Idiot Glee will be playing with Prussia and Child Bite at Cosmic Charlie’s while The Tall Boys and Englishman throw down with Toy Soldier at Al’s Bar. Don’t miss out on some of Lexington’s finest!