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.

My Morning Jacket playing May show at the Louisville Palace!

Wow. Even though it makes perfect sense, this was a bit unexpected. My Morning Jacket have ANOTHER Kentucky show; this time it’s at the Louisville Palace at the end of May. They’re having the Circuital record release show in their hometown.

My Morning Jacket
at the Louisville Palace
May 31, 2011

Tickets on sale to Roll Call members April 26 12pm EST. American Express cardholder pre-sale is Wed April 27 at 10am. General public sale starts Fri April 29.
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The band asks that audience members bring a pre-loved backpack to donate to Blessings in a Backpack.

Full MMJ tour dates after the break.

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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.

Grails playing Zanzabar Tuesday April 19

Grails: “Almost Grew My Hair”

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

Though their albums have been filed into the metal playbox at WRFL in the past, Grails doesn’t fit easily into any category – I guess you could describe their sound as psychedelic post rock with a heavy surf-metal/spaghetti western flair, if you were so inclined. This band has been one of my favorite musical discoveries of the past five years – I was sold the moment I came home one night a few years ago to find my boyfriend blasting their 2007 masterpiece Burning Off Impurities whilst projecting the epic, sparse and visually stunning Jim Jarmusch western Dead Man (with its Neil Young-scored volume turned off) on our living room wall.

Likely due in part to the fact that guitarist Zak Riles now lives in Louisville, the primarily-Portland based group (which also features Emil Amos of Holy Sons and OM) will make a stop at the super intimate and accessible L-ville venue Zanzabar before embarking on nine dates with guitar virtuoso James Blackshaw. Louisville gems Softcheque, who have a new album out themselves, and Nathan Salsburg open. Big props to new Louisville production team OK Productions for helping make this happen.

[WIN] tickets to Margot and the Nuclear So & So’s show at Buster’s this Friday

Now we finally get to the fun part of the local section: giving away tickets to just about every local show I can. Up first is a fun one, Margot and the Nuclear So & So’s. I’ll keep this one simple — just reply with your full name and I’ll pick a winner on Thursday. Fill out your email address so I can get in touch with you to tell you that you’ve won.

Margot & The Nuclear So and So’s
at Buster’s in Lexington
Friday April 15
Doors 8; Show 9
$12adv; $14dos

Don’t forget to check back here for more local freebies!

Two Two Tuesdays: Idiot Glee, The Tall Boys, and Englishman play out tomorrow

The Gleeful Idiot (Photo by Coleman Guyon)
The Gleeful Idiot (Photo by Coleman Guyon)

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!

Idiot Glee / Prussia / Child Bite
at Cosmic Charlie’s
Tuesday, 4/12
$5 | 18+ | 9pm


The Tall Boys / Englishman / Toy Soldier
at Al’s Bar
Tuesday, 4/12
$5 | 18+ | 8pm

Idiot Glee: “Deep Descent”