TENNIS w/ Pure Bathing Culture @ Headliners — Sep 19

Tennis is Denver-based husband-and-wife duo Alaina Moore and Patrick Riley, who will visit Louisville to perform at Headliners on September 19 in support of the September release of their newest full-length album, Ritual in Repeat.

Ever since releasing their debut LP Cape Dory and follow-up album Young & Old, Tennis has emboldened the leisurely surf-pop of their early days with more introspective themes of a band (and a couple) that seems to grow more confident, yet also more uncertain, about their future.  But they still inject levity into their sound, so come ready to dance.



I’m particularly looking forward to hearing Tennis play their newest album Ritual in Repeat because they enlisted several well-known producers to work with them, including Patrick Carney of The Black Keys (who produced Young & Old), Jim Eno (Spoon), and Richard Swift (The Shins).  All of those guys are great in the studio when it comes to pulling out just the right tones to keep the song’s strongest elements in the foreground while subtly working in each supporting layer in a way that balances the final mix nicely.



Tennis played Zanzabar in November, and received well-deserved acclaim for playing a great set.  Now they’re ready to return to Louisville and beyond, carrying on the momentum of their recent sold-out tour in support of HAIM.

Not to mention, Tennis themselves will be supported by Pure Bathing Culture, who are Sarah Versprille and Daniel Hindman of Vetiver.  If you enjoy dream-pop, take a listen to “Pendulum” the first single released off PBC’s debut album Moon Tides:



Anyone lucky enough to score a ticket to this show will have a unique opportunity to enjoy a talented band on the leading edge of indie rock, at an intimate Louisville venue.  And on a Friday night for $10, that’s a no-brainer.

More Details:

Holy Carp Productions presents Tennis, with Pure Bathing Culture

Headliners Music Hall

September 19, 2014

$10 Adv / $12 DOS

Ages 18+

Tickets (or purchase at Headliners box office)


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NORMA JEAN @ Diamond Pub Concert Hall – 8/1


It was some time in the early aughts when I was walking with a buddy of mine to our cars in a school parking lot in rural North Carolina. He told me to wait up and handed me a CD case with a statue of a cherub or something on the album cover. “Bless the Martyr and Kiss the Child, you need to have this”, he said. He was right, and the ensuing 12 years since have seen an interesting evolution for Norma Jean. I’d be doing them a disservice if I didn’t mention their latest album, “Wrongdoers”, which came out last year. I really respect seeing a band take chances and change from album to album, and although there are some pretty drastic changes in their recent offering, there are some pretty solid hits and interesting work in the music. On a couple occasions the typically melodic post-hardcore arrangement sounds more like doom metal, and the sludgy bass harkens Sleep-esque stoner rock at times. The band’s current roster has only one thing remaining in common with that first album that got me hooked – guitarist, Chris Day. The other positions have been somewhat of a game of musical chairs, however the musical composition has that distinctive Chris Day style, from the unique guitar tuning and tone to the clever arrangements of riffs. Anyway, you can tell I’m a total nerd for this band. Norma Jean is er, was one of my all-time favorite bands. I haven’t seen them in their current manifestation but my hopes are pretty high after seeing a sneak peak of their setlist. Here’s a classic oldie to get you in the mood.

Joining Norma Jean are Night Verses, Gravemouth, Johari, and Great Floods. It’s been a while since I’ve gushed over Great Floods so here’s a refresher course: in a nutshell, they’re one of my current favorite bands, period (you can read a fuller account of my first impression here). They’re everything I hope rock to sound like, and they’re right on my wavelength lately as I’ve seriously lost patience for a lot of music that doesn’t instantly grab me. Good news on that front, their “long” songs clock in at just over two minutes. And they’ll grab you. Nice and mean like. Check out their latest music video for “Limbs”. Also they have free downloads linked from their Facebook page so don’t snooze on that.

Who: Norma Jean, Night Verses, Gravemouth, Johari, Great Floods
Friday, August 1, 7PM
Diamond Pub Concert Hall
$15, available in advance through Ticketweb

*This is an 18 and over show!

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CROPPED OUT 2014 – September 26-27



WE’RE BACK. Mark your calendars. Water your plants. Buy a top hat for your newborn. Cropped Out 2014 is upon us, and with artists ranging from the Marshall Allen (born Louisvillian)-led Sun Ra Arkestra — also known as one of the greatest musical groups to have ever walked this planet, or any other for that matter — to the raw-nerve nuances of LA’s minimalist punk legends, the Urinals…there’s just really no way of turning back now.

Cropped Out is a 100% DIY, independently-developed gathering of musicians occurring annually in Louisville, KY, USA. Now in its fifth straight year (time flies when you’re lacking funds), this charmingly strange and truly unique event highlights the creative efforts of Louisville natives and fellow thinkers from the backwoods of Kentucky to neon glow of international metropolises.

Since the earliest baby-breaths of punk from within the walls of the now-defunct Louisville School of Art, recalling echoes of late-’70s proto-punks like No Fun, Babylon Dance Band, and our very own Cropped Out veterans The Endtables (not to mention the embryonic Squirrel Baits, Bastros, and Slints to come), it’s no secret that Louisville’s cultural contributions have long served as a significant influence on national underground art and music scenes.
What our “festival” (for lack of a better word) intends to define is a renewed sense of enthusiasm about Kentucky’s cultural offerings by pairing some of our favorite acts in the Bluegrass State with similarly progressive and expressive examples from alternate alleys of the world. The result? Well, one wild, wonderful weekend on the banks of the Ohio River, filled with food trucks, cheap drinks, vinyl vendors, art installations, merchant booths, tattoo artists, horseshoes, basketball, an idyllic backdrop of birds, boats, and barges, all while witnessing one-of-a-kind, intimate performances from artists like Jandek, Scratch Acid, Neil Hamburger, Lil B, Pissed Jeans, Wolf Eyes, Angel Olsen, Endless Boogie, Bonnie “Prince” Billy, Mayo Thompson & so many more.
Cropped Out exists solely as a celebration of contemporary musicians, artists, and artisans whom we feel reflect a greater undercurrent of sonic, visual, and conceptual exploration. These are the minds most interesting to us, the minds most capable of emerging from and quickly returning to their lightlessness, to be briefly met by a niche appreciation if not a decade-spanning career. We’re the ones who are listening. We’ll be waiting on the boat dock with open beers, open ears, and open arms. Now you know where to find us…
Friday & Saturday, September 26th and 27th 2014
American Turners River Road
3125 River Road
Louisville, KY 40207
Sunday, September 28th 2014
Closing Party w/ White Reaper, Protomartyr, Tropical Trash, and Wishgift

at Fresh Start Growers’ Supply
1007 E. Jefferson St
Louisville, KY 40206
See you in the fall…



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