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NINNIE, R. KEENAN LAWLER, and JOE DUTKIEWICZ with Special Guests at DREAMLAND, Saturday, May 24th

The Other Side of Life is proud to present:

NINNIE (Louisville, KY)

R. KEENAN LAWLER (Louisville, KY)

JOE DUTKIEWICZ with Special Guests (Louisville, KY)

Saturday, May 24th

810 E. Market Street (in the alley behind Decca Restaurant)
Doors open at 8 PM, $7
Advance tickets available here: https://www.ticketfly.com/event/585167-ninnie-r-keenan-lawler-louisville/.


Cynthia Norton is a contemporary artist who lives and works in Louisville, Kentucky. Influenced by folk aesthetics and the history of her surroundings, Norton’s work employs music, video, mixed media, and performance as her country-music alter ego NINNIE, in a manner that combines feminist thought with local and vernacular imagery inspired by the cultural traditions of the rural South, specifically of her native Kentucky. While often combining these mediums, Norton uses the portrayal of the traditions, readymade sculpture, storytelling, and technology. Her works often have a “homespun” quality — from self-made musical instruments, constructed from suitcases and tennis rackets, to liquor stills that consist of buckets, copper tubing, and pressure cookers — while her music ranges across blues and country classics sung in a warbling voice, to haunting dirges that recall the mysteries of mountain culture. These makeshift elements combined with her quirky persona — complete with old-timey Southern costumes fit for the country music star — all attest to Norton’s creativity and inventiveness. Fascinated by the culture of fictional celebrity that pervades amateur Country Music contests in the South, Norton employs NINNIE as a surrogate to address the struggle for women to be seen and heard while her ingenuity transcends ordinariness and revels her to be the Everywoman of Country and Blues. Norton’s most recent solo project opened at PAFA on March 2, 2012 in the Historic Landmark Building using paintings in the collection as sounding boards for a group of four video/song works, two installations, and four prints, which reflect variously on issues like the historic portrayal of women in art, paternalism and colonialism, and the vernacular forms of folk culture. Mixing high and low art, the exhibition creates a counterpoint between PAFA and its fine art collection and the cultural and musical history of the artist’s Kentucky home. Much like her performances of altered country and blues songs, the project is not an attempt to satirize these histories but, instead, to critically-and sometimes humorously- engage with ideas about myth, power, and identity. Cynthia Norton received a BFA from the University of Kentucky and an MFA in Time Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Over the past decade, Norton has exhibited and performed extensively in the USA, Europe, and Asia. In 2005 she was included in the exhibition Nowhere during the Styrian Autumn Festival in Graz, Austria, and in 2008 her work was featured in the exhibition The Old, Weird America: Folk Themes in Contemporary Art, organized by the Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston.

Watch “Ninnie Naive Documentary 1994” here:

R. KEENAN LAWLER is a guitarist who has collaborated or performed with a wide range of forward-thinking musicians and mavericks including Rhys Chatham, John Butcher, Eliott Sharp, Charalambides, Ignaz Schick/Perlonex, Kaffe Matthews, Burning Star Core, Jason Kahn, Ut Gret, Kevin Drumm, Helena Espvall, Ian Nagoski, Alan Licht, Taksuya Nakatani, Bhob Rainey, Eric Carbonara and Joseph Suchy.

Watch a performance by R. KEENAN LAWLER here:

Check out the Facebook invitation here: https://www.facebook.com/events/509162655879919.

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Sic Alps and CROSS at the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft, Friday, October 19th

LEO Weekly ran my preview today of Friday’s upcoming Sic Alps and CROSS show at the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft (scroll down to Friday’s entry):

Friday, Oct. 19
Sic Alps
Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft
715 W. Main St.
$6-$8; 8 p.m.

Sic Alps have a not-unpleasant tendency to sound like scraps of an overheard conversation interrupted by a 10-car pileup. To perhaps understand the stops and starts, the utterly lo-fi, heavily fragmented style, know that frontman (and only constant) Mike Donovan drives a cab in San Francisco when he’s not touring. On their new album, the new lineup ditches noisy home recording techniques in favor of a clear, crisp style (including some string arrangements), and the result is like graduating from The Crying of Lot 49 to Gravity’s Rainbow. While former versions have been mystifying, enjoyable and unique, this new recorded version is more cohesive, expansive and epic — without being yawnsome “epic rock.” However, expect a white-hot live performance — their set at the 2010 Cropped Out festival was one of the more blazing moments. —Joel Hunt

Not sure why mention of Lexington’s excellent CROSS was excised, but they’ll be opening the show. Their new album, Die Forever, is now available from Sophomore Lounge.

Also, you can stream Sic Alps’ new self-titled album here: http://www.spin.com/articles/hear-sic-alps-fantastic-studio-recorded-self-titled-lp.

PUJOL, ANIMAL CITY, and MOTE at ZANZABAR, Friday, June 29th

Cropped Out and The Other Side of Life are proud to present:

PUJOL (from Nashville, on Saddle Creek/Infinity Cat/Third Man, etc.)
ANIMAL CITY (from Chicago, on Sophomore Lounge)
MOTE (from Louisville)

Friday, June 29th
2100 S. Preston
9 PM doors, $5, 21-and-over

PUJOL’s new album United States of Being was released on June 5th.  PUJOL formed in 2009 as a last ditch effort to appease the Sarlacc Pit of Life with adeptly crafted songs based firmly in meaningful lyrical content. It’s these motives and songs that have taken PUJOL from the basements of Middle Tennessee to stages across the country and have garnered notice from more than just those with their ear to the ground. Following a plethora of singles and cassettes, PUJOL finally has an official debut full-length ready for unveiling. United States of Being continues on with PUJOL’s doctrine of trying hard everyday and ventures lyrically to a place that most contemporaries fail to reach. Addressing the current status of twenty-somethings in America’s present and capturing their shared dispositions, the album throws the brakes on “catharsis,” and begs the listener to decide for themselves how to answer the robot’s last question, “What is love?” With riff-oriented guitar playing reminiscent of greats like The Replacements and Beetlejuice-esque earworms, PUJOL now sits atop the fringes of the rock and roll and DIY vernacular.

ANIMAL CITY is finally a full band. After adding two of the funniest Jewish cousins that the music world has had to deal with, the longtime two-piece is an upbeat and funky version of itself, without ever abandoning its long-loved, lo-fi aesthetic. New adaptations of older songs make the old songs seem new and the new songs sound newer (because they are newer, duh). Transcending film, music, and social-chameleonism, the prolific four-piece is starting a creative parade on the streets of ANIMAL CITY. Won’t you join them?

MOTE are a rather mysterious, relatively new, totally rockin’ new band from Louisville. What more do you need to know?

CHECK IT OUT: Our friends at Backseat Sandbar are giving away tickets + merch for the show, but ya gotta get in by tomorrow, June 27th! Click here for details: http://backseatsandbar.com/2012/06/25/win-tix-media-bundle-pujol-animal-city-mote-zanzabar-629/.

And of course, here’s the Facebook invite: http://www.facebook.com/events/212685365519622.

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Lots of Shows This Weekend!

So we’re gonna tell you about a few things going on in Louisville over the next few days that are worth your attention. First, on Saturday night at Harley’s Main Street Tavern, Michigan’s Child Bite performs with locals Opposable Thumbs and Friends & Relatives. Here’s the flier:

Harley’s is located at 122 W. Main between 1st and 2nd Streets. Music gets underway around 10 PM and costs five bucks.

On Sunday our favorites PARLOUR play at the Chestnut House (714 East Chestnut Street, between Clay and Shelby) with Dischord recording artists Edie Sedgwick, Julie of the Wolves (a new band consisting of members of Venus Trap, Second Story Man, Minnow, The Frequent Sea, and Madame Machine) and Life at Home (Don’t know anything about them, unfortunately). Here’s another flier:

Also on Sunday at RYE (900 E. Market at the corner of Market and Campbell), Bro. Stephen plays with Joan Shelley. Cost for that one is $15, which includes food, and it starts at 7 PM.

Last but not least, on Monday Brooklyn noise merchants VAZ play Cahoot’s with Trophy Wives, Alcohol Party, and Neighbor. We’re seriously considering breaking our no-Cahoot’s rule for this one. Maybe we’ll see you there?

UPDATE: We knew we forgot something! There’s also another show on Sunday at Zanzabar with SOFTCHEQUE, Y/Y, and the Ecstatic Girth Survival Sextet. Or something. Info on the flier:

Rumor has it one band is TROPICAL TRASH-related, who killed it last Tuesday at Harley’s. So there’s that. Enjoy!

Two Good Shows Tomorrow!

It’s going to be tough to decide on which of these to go to — that is, if we end up not having to work tomorrow night!

The Web
Brett Ralph’s Kentucky Chrome Revue
David Grubbs
Rude Weirdo
Straight A’s
at the Bard’s Town, 1801 Bardstown Road. 9 PM, $6, apparently now it’s all ages. This show, presented by Louisville’s excellent Noise Pollution label, should be a good one as it’s well-stocked with artists that (should) need no introduction. If you need more info, you might find it at the Facebook event here: http://www.facebook.com/events/145355115567233.

Also, over at Zanzabar (which is at 2100 S. Preston, of course), Natural Child and State Champion are playing (here’s the event invite: http://www.facebook.com/events/255787627819138). Natural Child played an excellent set at this year’s Cropped Out, so if you missed it, don’t sleep on this show! It’s $5, 21-and-over, and starts at 9 PM.

No matter what you end up doing, have a fantastic New Year!

Two Good Shows This Weekend!

To be honest, we’re not huge fans of Halloween cover band shows. With the exception of the fantastic Jesus Lizard cover band show from a couple years back (R.I.P. Tony Bailey), usually it seems like most bands take the easy route and just do the same Misfits set or whatever. Yawn.

However, an exception to that rule is Louisville’s WAX FANG, which apparently pulled off Prince’s Purple Rain like it was no big deal. This year, they’re paying tribute to the Velvet Underground, one of our faves of all time! No word on which eras of VU will be represented, but I’m assuming it’s not gonna be just Doug Yule stuff from Squeeze or somethin’.

Another highlight of that same show will be THE BAD REEDS as the Plastic Ono Band (though again, it’s not clear entirely if they’ll be playing Yoko or John material). The show’s at ZANZABAR, which of course is at 2100 S. Preston. 9 PM, 21+, $10.

Also tomorrow night brings NYC post-hardcore chugga-chugg purveyors HELMET. If you’re like me, Meantime was one of your favorite albums at 16, mainly because it sounded like Sabbath played at 45 (with Ozzy’s vocals pitched down to 16 RPM)! TROPHY WIVES are the only opener we know of, but they pretty much rule, so that’s that. At the ridiculously still-chooglin’ PHOENIX HILL TAVERN, 7 PM, 21+ $15.

OBITS, BOTTOMLESS PIT, and STATE CHAMPION at Club 21, Thursday, October 20th

Our friends at CROPPED OUT are bringin’ it tomorrow night! Three great bands at Club 21 (formerly the Pour Haus, where you saw Pere Ubu, remember?). Here’s the details:

Cropped Out Presents
A very special evening of rock’n’roll music with:

OBITS (ex-Hot Snakes/Drive Like Jehu — from Brooklyn)


BOTTOMLESS PIT (ex-Silkworm — from Chicago)


STATE CHAMPION (“Deep Shit” record release show — from Louisville)

Thursday, October 20th
Club 21 (formerly the Pour Haus)
Doors at 8. Show at 9.
$10. 21+.

Advance tickets available at:

Be there! We will.