Deerhunter coming to Cosmic in August!

Cosmic Charlie’s
Thursday, August 25
$15 adv/$18 at the door. On sale Monday, May 23.

I won’t go into the number of backstage attempts and frustrating (borderline heartbreaking) misfires that have occurred in attempt to bring Deerhunter to Lexington over the past couple of years. Let’s focus instead on the fact that it’s actually happening; that their live show is even better than their increasingly amazing albums; and that getting to see these dudes in an intimate, accessible and kickass local venue such as Cosmic Chuck’s at this point in their career will be undoubtedly be one of our fair city’s biggest treats this fall. Halcyon Digest continues to get better with each listen, in case ya didn’t know. And if you sleep on this one, we’re not friends anymore.

Deerhunter: “Revival”

MAN MAN at Cosmic, June 9

Cosmic Charlie’s
Thursday, June 9
$12 adv | $15 d.o.s.

(Buy tickets here)

If you’ve ever read this blog, chances are you’re familiar with Man Man, so I won’t waste anyone’s time trying to describe the high energy, gypsy-pirate-punk-cabaret spectacle that is a Man Man show. Just know that it’s thoroughly entertaining, and while I haven’t heard the new album, the handful of new songs I heard previewed at South by Southwest this year were some of the most complex and fleshed out songs I’ve heard from the group.

Tatsuya Nakatani and an orchestra of gongs

Outside the Spotlight presents
Tatsuya Nakatani & the Nakatani Gong Orchestra
at Collexion (111 1/2 Loudon Ave.)
Saturday, May 21
$5 suggested donation/all ages

Japanese-born avant garde percussionst Tatsuya Nakatani regularly collaborates with local musicians at his tour stops; however, the Nakatani Gong Orchestra (N.G.O.) is a relatively new project, in which he conducts an orchestra of five musicians (most of whom he has never met prior to that day) as they play gongs from his personal collection (many of which are 40 inches large), using stands, mallets and bows that are hand-made by Nakatani himself.

The show, presented by long-running avant garde, jazz and improv series Outside the Spotlight (aka Sir Ross Compton), will feature a solo performance by Nakatani followed by a group performance featuring members of local groups Everyone Lives, Everyone Wins, Merkaba, and Angelmaker. Nakatani has made a handful of appearances in Lexington over the past few years, and his performances are reportedly quite raw, visceral and unforgettable.

JEFF the Brotherhood to do 2 KY shows in June

Saturday, June 18
Cosmic Charlie’s

Sunday, June 19
Mag Bar (Louisville)
with Coiseum, State Champion and Cy Barkley
$7 ADV/$10 DOS

There’s a pretty decent chance that you missed Nashville garage punk duo JEFF the Brotherhood at the criminally under-attended Louisville festival Cropped Out last year. Fortunately for you, the gods of sweaty mosh pits are giving you the opportunity to redeem that fact, with back-to-back Lex/Lou shows in June. Their new LP, We Are the Champions, is set for release a couple days after these shows, and this very well may your last chance to see them in a small venue at this price, considering dudes just got signed by Warner Brothers (!?). Anyway, don’t sleep on one of the rowdiest shows lined up for this summer.

Gang Gang Dance coming to Louisville in July

Shark Productions presents
at Zanzabar in Louisville
Wednesday, July 13
Doors @ 8/ Show @ 9
21+; $12 in advance / $15 @ the door – get tix here

In support of their forthcoming album ‘Eye Contact’ (out May 10 via 4AD), Gang Gang Dance will be swinging through Louisville on their way back from Chicago’s Pitchfork Festival this summer, potentially summoning one of the raddest, sweatiest dance parties on this side of the Ohio in recent memory.

Using human words to describe GGD does the band more harm than good….the first words that come to mind are “tribal-electro,” which isn’t doing anyone favors. If you’re not familiar, it might help you to know they are endorsed by both Animal Collective (who invited them to play the AC-curated All Tomorrow’s Parties in London later this month) and Boredoms (with whom they reportedly played on a Russian ferry during a solar eclipse last summer). But you’re probably better off just exploring their catalog, perhaps starting with the single from the forthcoming album:

Big ups to Shark Productions – the team that brought the super great Phantogram show to Z-Bar earlier this year – for keeping their standards high and their shows solid!

Get yr experimental electro fix at Al’s on Thurs.

Attempt/Ed Sunspot/Driphouse at Al’s Bar
Thursday, April 28
9 p.m./$5

Just got news on the major bummer that Lexington>Chicago transplants Caboladies will no longer be able to play this gig, as member Eric Lanham (Carl Calm) apparently had his gear stolen in Chicago (ahem, MOVE BACK FROM THAT CRUEL CITY TO LEXINGTON’S OPEN ARMS) (just joshin’, I got nothin’ but love for Chicago).

Attempt was requested to play in their place, and NYC experimental electro act Driphouse, the new moniker of former Raccoo-oo-oon member Daren Ho, will still be shredding as well.

Descriptions from ze Facebook, from people who know better than I how to describe their music:

  • Attempt- Solo guitar/drum machine pop rock.
  • Driphouse- (NYC, ex Racoo-oo-oon) Experiments in modern electronics.
  • Ed Sunspot- Resonant Hole janitor playing cleanup electro.

Sometimes YANP-contributor Jaime Lazich and Lexington newbie Michelle Gonji will be holding down the tunes next door at Sidecar, which is always free.

Jon Spencer set to explode his blues all over Buster’s Thursday

Jon Spencer Blues Explosion with Arcane Rifles
Thursday, April 28
9 p.m., $15 adv/$18 DOS

With roots that go back to the early ’90s, The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion took a hiatus circa 2005, after a relatively long and prolific career that involved working with a diverse and completely nonlinear collection of artists, including R.L. Burnside, Beck, Steve Albini, Elliott Smith and Dan the Automator. In 2010, they embarked on a rebound tour (and subsequently landed deal doing a Volkswagon Super Bowl commercial).

Their sound has accurately been described as “taking cues from rock, punk, r&b, garage, hardcore, and hip hop idioms, while transcending the limitations of each,” and they have headlined a number of premiere boutique U.S. festivals, including Pitchfork and All Tomorrow’s Parties – seeing them at Buster’s will be a treat for veteran fans and curious newcomers alike. Local up-and-comers Arcane Rifles (new trio featuring Ben Allen, J. Marinelli and Phillip Farmer) open.

Why are the Meat Puppets opening for Slightly Stoopid?

Slightly Stoopid with Meat Puppets
Wednesday, April 27
9 p.m., $20 adv./$25 DOS, 18+

Let me ask the same question in a slightly different way: why is a band that Nirvana made famous opening for a band that Sublime made famous? It’s a really great question, and one I don’t know how to answer, but the Puppets are touring in support of their new release Lollipop and I guess Slightly Stoopid is still riding off the success of their 2008 collection Slightly Not Stoned Enough to Eat Breakfast Yet Stoopid. Regardless of how much sense this makes, Meat Puppets (who got their big break more than a decade into their career, when Nirvana covered three of their songs for the classic 1993 MTV Unplugged album – “Plateau,” “Lake of Fire” and “Oh Me”) still know how to write great songs and put on a killer show, and are worth the 20-spot cover charge in their own rite.

Thursday night psych-out with the NEC and Jovontaes

A great 4/20 hangover bill coming to town this Thursday, featuring highly energetic Atlanta psych rockers The N.E.C.; Lexington stoner rock trio Jovontaes, who are sounding better than ever these days; and 30th Century Men, a relatively new local group featuring members of Candy, Street Gnar and The Butchers.

The NEC/Jovontaes/30th Century Men
Thursday, April 21
Al’s Bar
9 p.m. $5/ 18+