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.

Louisville Is For Lovers starts new 7″ series, monthly shows

Louisville Is For Lovers has announced a cool summer project that involves two of my favorite things: records and live shows. When you buy your $10 ticket to any of their four shows, you’ll get a limited edition free 7″ thrown in. Super cool, right?

You can buy tickets or a $33.33 season pass at If you’re feeling creative, you can enter to win a free season pass by writing a 50-1500-word essay on the theme “Best summer ever” and send it to (deadline: May 15).

The schedule of shows is after the jump.

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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+

Beach Fossils, Lightning Bolt and Low, oh my!

Lightning Bolt

While I’m a huge proponent of supporting Lexington’s music scene, the ‘ville is killing it this week, with at least four shows I really want to attend (of which I will likely attend approximately zero, seeing as how I somehow left my voice at the Ween show in Nashville last week).

In their debut production week, new Louisville promotion company OK Productions is presenting not one but three great shows:

Grails/Softcheque/Nathan Salsburg
at Zanzabar in Louisville
Tuesday, April 19 (tonight!)
$5 | 21+ | 9 p.m.

Beach Fossils/Craft Spells/Nzambi
at Zanzabar in Louisville
Friday, April 22
$7 | 21+ | 8 p.m.

Lightning Bolt/Natives/Straight As/Ed Shrader’s Music Beat (regular Dan Deacon collaborators)
at Cahoots in Louisville
Easter Sunday, April 24
$5 | 21+ | 9 p.m.

Also, champions of the slowest, loudest, most heartwrenchingingly beautiful songs you’ve ever heard, LOW will be performing at Headliner’s this Friday in support of their freshly release LP “C’Mon.” Reclusive Louisville post-rock collective King’s Daughters and Sons, featuring members of Shipping News, Rachel’s and Dead Child, will open.

Low/King’s Daughters and Sons
at Headliner’s in Louisville
Friday, April 22
$12 adv/$15 DOS | 18+ | 8 p.m.

CD Central’s Record Store Day events

Record Store Day is tomorrow and there’s a great chance there’s a store near you that’s celebrating. If you live in Lexington, KY then there’s a certainty that a store near you will be putting on RSD festivities. I work at CD Central and we’ve spent the past few months shaping together our plans for tomorrow. Here’s a quick outline of what you can expect.

We’ve got some of our favorite local bands to rock you from early to late. We’d love to have this show outside, but we’re pretty sure the rain will drive us indoors. Oh well. Who doesn’t love to shop for limited edition vinyl in the middle of a great rock concert? That might actually be what heaven is like.

Noon: Arcane Rifles
1 pm: High Water Marks
2 pm: Matt Duncan
3 pm: They Yearn For What They Fear
4 pm: Fifth on the Floor
5 pm: Palisades

My Morning Jacket will be stopping by mid-afternoon to sign a few things and take over our stereo for a bit. They won’t be playing live, but they have ordered up 600 limited-edition 12″ of “Circuital” to be split just between Ear X-Tacy and CD Central. So thank them for that (after you’ve snagged one, of course) and maybe ask ’em to sign it.

I’ve seen the boxes. We have a ton of stuff this year. We might not have everything (last I was there we still didn’t have any White Stripes stuff — major bummer), but we’ve got pretty close to it. Get there early because lines formed over an hour before we opened last year. Seriously, people were at the store before I was. We open at 10am and close at 8pm — regular hours.

10% off storewide (excludes some obvious things like tickets and gift certificates). There are also mountains of $1 CDs and discount records.

[WIN] tickets to Wax Fang this Saturday in Lexington!

Wax Fang are playing at Cosmic Charlie’s this Saturday April 16 and I want you to be there! To celebrate the Louisville four-piece’s voyage to Lexington I’m giving away two tickets to the show.

To enter to win a pair of tickets to the Wax Fang show this Saturday, leave a comment with your first and last name as well as your email address.

I’ll pick a winner at random Friday night and will contact them to give them the good news. Best of luck!

Wax Fang: “Bi Polar Bear” live at the old Dame