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.

My Morning Jacket taking Neko Case on tour, including a stop in Cinci!

MP3: My Morning Jacket – Holdin On to Black Metal

Well hot damn! I was feeling all bad about missing Neko Case in Louisville this upcoming Monday, but it turns out that she’ll be accompanying My Morning jacket all around this summer — including an August 17 stop in Cincinnati!

My Morning Jacket Tour Dates
05-20 Gulf Shores, AL – Hangout Festival
05-31 Louisville, KY – Louisville Palace Theatre
06-03 Ozark, AR – Wakarusa Festival
06-05 Hunter, NY – Mountain Jam
06-09-12 Manchester, TN – Bonnaroo Festival
06-16 Milwaukee, WI – Riverside Theater
06-17 Chicago, IL – Auditorium Theatre
06-18 Minneapolis, MN – Walker Art Center
06-22 Los Angeles, CA – Pantages Theatre
06-24 Oakland, CA – Fox Theater
06-26 Seattle, WA – Paramount Theatre
06-28 Portland, OR – Edgefield
06-29 Vancouver, British Columbia – Orpheum
06-30-07-03 Quincy, CA – High Sierra Music Festival
07-02 Santa Barbara, CA – Santa Barbara Bowl
07-11 Toronto, Ontario – Kool Haus
07-12 Montreal, Quebec – Metropolis
07-13 Ottawa, Ontario – Ottawa Bluesfest
07-16 Southwold, England – Latitude Festival
07-17 London, England – Somerset House
08-02 St. Louis, MO – The Pageant
08-03 Kansas City, MO – Uptown Theater
08-04 Morrison, CO – Red Rocks
08-05-07 Chicago, IL – Lollapalooza
08-05-13 Bangor, ME – Kahbang Festival
08-07 Indianapolis, IN – The Lawn at White River State Park *
08-08 Columbus, OH – LC Pavilion *
08-10 Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE *
08-12 Columbia, MD – Merriweather Post Pavilion *
08-14 Boston, MA – Bank of America Pavilion *
08-16 Rochester Hills, MI – Meadow Brook *
08-17 Cincinnati, OH – PNC Pavilion at Riverbend Music Center *
08-20 Alpharetta, GA – Verizon Wireless Amphitheater *
08-21 Charlotte, NC – Time Warner Cable Uptown Amphitheater *

* with Neko Case

Samantha Crain playing at Al’s Bar tonight

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

Special two-night Jonathan Richman gig at Louisville’s Zanzabar

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+


Big Boi, Pretty Lights to headline Halfway to Forecastle

After teaming up with AC Entertainment (the minds behind Bonnaroo), Forecastle decided to have a year off in order to really knock it out of the park for next year. In its place we get the Halfway to Forecastle festival moved up into the summer. Big Boi and Pretty Lights are headlining with RJD2, BoomBox and VHS or Beta (first Lville show in 3 years) rounding it out.

Halfway to Forecastle will take place July 15 at Waterfront Park.

$29.50 early bird tickets go on sale Friday at 10am through eTix, ear-X-tacy in Louisville or charge by phone (1 800 514 3849). After those are sold out, advance tickets are $35 and day-of show tickets costing $45.

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.

[stream] Poison Control Center: “Seagull”

I’ve always felt bad about how little I cover Poison Control Center. I really like the band, they’re great live and lead singer Patrick is a great guy. So consider this step one in making amends to you guys for not making sure you’re aware of these guys.

Poison Control Center: “Seagull” from Stranger Ballet out 6/7 on Afternoon Records

Love this new song of theirs. It sounds like Patrick really loved on Bright Eyes during the Lifted… period, but took that into an even more pop direction. Can’t wait to hear the rest of the album!

PCC tour dates after the break. Thanks to MFR for reminding me that they shared this new song yesterday!

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