Wednesday, July 22, 2009


"Build the stage, and we all shall see" fundraiser
and LATIN HEAT @ Al's (corner of 6th and Limestone) > 9pm > all ages >$5

Door money goes to help build a new (taller) stage at Al's.
Hooray! We all shall see!

Matt Duncan = Lexington's prince of pop -

Randy Tuesday & The Two Two Tuesdays = skate punks with acoustic instruments playing 50's doo wop and early rock n' roll -

Latin Heat = new Lex band bearing the influence of heavy, intricate rockers such as Don Caballero and Fugazi -

Come out! Come out!

Friday, June 19, 2009


tONIGHT! Gallery Hop - "Swap" at the Downtown Arts Center, "Hide and Seek" at the Miller House

Awight, peeps.
Final Hop of the season tonight. I haven't been out to a Hop in awhile but I'm heading out to two spots (at least) tonight. First, tripping down to the Downtown Arts Center (141 E. Main St) to catch (and p'haps participate) in Bill Santen & Bruce Burris's collaborative exhibition "SWAP." Click over to for the full scoop. (5-8pm, all ages, FREE)

After that, leaving the downtown area to check out the group exhibit/happening, "Hide and Seek," assembled by recent UK grad Laura Holt, at the Miller House (832 Lochmere Place - directions below). With a slate of 22 young Lexington artists and four bands (including one of my favorites, Bedtime), I expect great things from the exhibit. However, the Miller House itself, a hidden gem of modern architecture, will be a big part of show. Check out and for the scoop on the House. Here are driving directions ...

* take outbound Richmond Rd. (5 miles)
* turn left on Hays Blvd (0.5 miles)
* turn left on Chilesburg Rd (0.5 miles)
* turn left on Lochmere Place/ the Miller House

Hope to see you there.

Monday, June 15, 2009


tONIGHT! Nana Grizol @ Gumbo Ya Ya - aLL aGES!

TONIGHT! Tuesday > June 16th
Nana Grizol w/Asstricks* and Little Noodles
@ Gumbo Ya Ya restaurant, 1080 S. Broadway, Lexington, KY
9pm > all ages > $3 > sponsored by and

Yup, big fun in a small place. Athens, GA's Nana Grizol stole my heart when they performed as part of the Elephant 6 Holiday Surprise show at The Red Mile Round Barn last October. Ever since, their record "Love It Love It" has been on heavy rotation on my turntable and in my earbuds. Don't know if I can properly describe the sound ... ecstatic, emotionally resonant, ramshackle indie pop/rock ... ah, that makes 'em sound like douches (or, rather, makes me sound like a douche). Anyway, click over to and listen to a couple tunes. Asstricks* is a new project featuring members of Big Fresh and the Dialectics. Little Noodles is Lex Pro contributor and all around swell gal, Eli Riveire, whom some of you that don't know her directly might at least recognize as the cute ukelele player from the short-lived, but well-loved girl group Laloux. She and her capable cohort Nick Warner will charm us with a few uke pop songs (yes, they are planning a double uke attack). I expect it'll be a relatively short show (both the locals are planning short sets), so show up on the early side. I think Little Noodles will probably start by 9:30 and things will roll quickly from there.

If you're familiar with Ya Ya, you might be thinking, 'where are they gonna put the band?" We're gonna clear out the tables and chairs at the front of the shop and set the band up against the front window. It'll likely still be tight, but it's meant to be more house party than rock show. Come Come Come! Great inexpensive cajun grub (if you show up early) and cheap beers ($2 Abita & Budweiser/Bud Light, $3 Sam Adams & Red Stripe) for those of age.

Tuesday, June 02, 2009


Bonnie 'Prince' Billy w/Bachelorette - Saturday, June 13th @ The Red Mile Round Barn !!!

Saturday, June 13th
Bullhorn presents
Bonnie Prince Billy w/ Bachelorette
@ The Red Mile Round Barn, 1200 Red Mile Rd, Lexington, KY (map)
doors open at 8pm, show starts at 9pm > all ages welcome
tickets: $10 in advance/$12 at the door

In Lexington, advance tickets are available at CD Central (377 S. Limestone, Lexington, KY - ph. 859/233-3472)

Beginning Friday advance tickets will be available in Louisville at Underground Sounds (2003 Highland Ave).

If you can't make it to either spot, but wanna make sure you get a ticket. Call CD Central (859/233-3472). They'll sell you tix over the phone and you can pick them up at will call on the night of the show.

Some notes ...

* The show is open to all ages, but there will be a full bar available for peeps interested in imbibing.

* There is tons of free, secure parking directly adjacent to the venue.

* The Red Mile Round Barn holds around 600 people. It's an intimate, odd, and completely charming spot. The people at the track are working hard to make it a fun place to see a concert. If you've been to any of the recent shows at the space, you may have had trouble seeing the band. Rest assured, there will be a stage for this show. Should dramatically improve visibility.

Have a question about anything else relating to the show? Hit me with an email at prcompton(at)gmail(dot)com and I'll do my best to answer promptly.

> How about some fun stuff? Cool? Cool.

Kelefa Sanneh's piece on Bonnie 'Prince' Billy in The New Yorker

A couple tracks from BPB's lovely collaboration with Cheyenne Mize, "Among the Gold" and commentary from our pal Michael Powell of This collection of turn of the 20th Century tunes was just released as a 10" record by Louisville's Karate Body Records. You can purchase a very high quality digital download of the rec exclusively via (go through the CD Central download site).

Thursday, May 14, 2009


TLP May 14, 2009 {Blue Picks by Saraya}

No hiding it - I'm burnt. Luckily, Saraya isn't, and she compiled some Blue Picks to share with y'all. [Head over to for more of her keen goodness.]
Read up and go out.
Love, Ross


At first glance, I was thinking there wasn't a whole lot going on this week, so I was going to do a much condensed version of Blue Picks....but alas, once again, oodles to check out in town....starting with checking out Terry' Gross' interview with Erik Reese online if you didn't catch it Wednesday on Fresh Air. Muchos kudos for positive national media coverage about our dear state.

Thurs., 5/14:

* Bicycle Commuter Breakfast at Third Street Stuff (7:30 a.m.)~visit for more information.
* Trivial Thursdays with Mick Jeffries will feature "UK Special Collections and Digital Urber-Archivist, photographer, mommie, and photobooth fetishist Deirdre Scaggs." Tune into 88.1 WRFL FM from 7 - 9 a.m.
* Soft Pain / Noisycrane / Speech Boys at C.P.R. - ALL AGES, $3, 9 p.m.
* Jovontaes, US Band and DJs John the Baptist and Brocktologist @ the Boiler Room. Check out Jovontaes' ever-changing line-up and sound (I believe drummer/vocalist Reid Small described the current state of their sound as being more "chilled out" than usual); up-and-coming hip-hop/party music of US Band; and Lexington's leading party DJs at the city's newest dive. (I checked out the Boiler Room last weekend and it's pretty rad...kinda makes you feel like you're in the Black Lodge, only less Lynch, more punk rock undertones.) 9:30ish.

Fri., 5/15:

* Renowned Appalachian poet Frank X. Walker will be the featured guest on Katerina Stoyklova Klemer's Accents Radio Show. WRFL, 88.1 FM, 2 p.m.
* RC Pro Am Reunion Tour: So far the only date I know of is this Friday, at Sidecar (next door to Al's on N. Limestone near Sixth St.) The best punk & "I don't give a shit" -inspired rock/whatever band to hit the Lexington scene in recent history. And they haven't even hit the Lexington scene at all in recent history. Weird how that works... Cheap beer, FREE entry, 21+
* Drive to Louisville to get your frantic awesome heavy rock on with Big Business (feat. members of the Melvins) at Headliner's.

Sat., 5/16:

* Lexington Craft Beer Festival at the Red Mile. Featuring a homebrew contest, over 200 different commercial craft beers from 70 different breweries, and food & live music.
* Peace & Global citizenship Fair @ BCTC campus.
* dorkBot @ C.P.R. - People are doing "strange things with electricity" in Lexington ~ they want to tell you about it and you want to hear about it. Feat. an audio/visual installment by Clint Davis; PhonoGraffiti by Jason Corder and more. At C.P.R. (near 6th and Limestone) from 4 p.m. - 6 p.m., Free.
* Tiny Fights/ Jovontaes @ Al's. $5, all ages

Sun., 5/17:

* Some Things You Need to Know Before the End of the World: A Final Evening with The Illuminati at Natasha's Bistro. Directed by Natasha herself, this two-person satirical play about religion runs Sun., Mon., and Wed. of this week. Great chance to enjoy Natasha's newly expanded restaurant/bar/stage setting ... one of the best venues in town if you ask me....Tickets are $15, or if you feel like gambling, you can pay $21 minus the throw of 2 dice (the odds are 50/50 that you will end up paying more/less than $15).

Mon., 5/18:

* LinkSI KAHN @ WoodSongs Old Time Radio Hour (Kentucky Theatre) From the WoodSongs newsletter: Aside from being a brilliant songwriter, [Kahn] has worked for over 40 years as a civil rights labor, and community organizer, and musician in the Southern United States. His songs of family, community, work and freedom such as "Aragon Mill" "Gone, Gonna Rise Again" and "Wild Rose of the Mountain" have been recorded by over 100 artists. Si has released 14 albums of his original songs, plus a collection of traditional labor, civil rights, and women's songs, with Pete Seeger and Jane Sapp.

Tues., 5/19:

* Bicycle Commuter Breakfast at Sunrise Bakery (7:30 a.m.)
* Black Moth Super Rainbow w/ Tiny Fights; Bedtime @ Red Mile Round Barn. The lastest installment of absolutely-don't-miss WRFL sponsored shows. BMSR = bubbly, experimental analog electronic psych-pop. Tiny Fights & Bedtime = two of Lex's finest. The show is ALL AGES and only $5...
* Afterwards, as on every Tuesday, DJs Reid Small and Mark Murray will be spinning dance jams at the Fisthank (2 for 1 drinks). 21+, FREE.

Wednesday, May 06, 2009


TLP May 6, 2009


It's all about Sa-Riot this issue. Or rather, it's all 'by' Sa-Riot this ish. I'm stuck braindead, basking in the afterglow/burnout of the Brotzmann/Revis/Waits Trio gig at the Round Barn (you can check miraculous Mick Jeffries' pics of the show here). Saraya saves the day with her Blueline Picks. (Thanks, 'riot.)

A few quick additions to Saraya's list ... Peep the new exhibit at Land of Tomorrow on Friday, then make the quick drive (or drive quickly) to the vile 'ville to see Chain and the Gang (Ian Sevonius of Make Up/Nation of Ulysses) w/The Hive Dwellers (Calvin Johnson of Beat Happening/Dub Narcotic Sound System accompanied by our buddy Fred Thomas of Saturday Looks Good To Me/Citycenter) at Skull Alley ('We pride ourselves by our motto, "D.I.Y. doesn't mean it has to suck.'" - all ages). Saturday, consider trippin' down to Lower 48 for the Cincy hip hop/out-jazz duo ISWHAT?!. Sunday, hug your mama.

And, to double down on a couple of Saraya's picks ... Get your azz to the Sidecar (next to Al's - corner of 6th and Limestone) on Thursday night to catch the dj set by two of my favorite mens, Will 'The Burch' Burchard and Brian 'BLT' Turner. And, do not miss the heavy scene with OFFONOFF and Rafael Toral at Land of Tomorrow on Tuesday.

Get out. Have fun.
Love, Ross

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by Saraya Brewer

{ More stuff from sa-riot ~ including an inclusive list of upcoming shows and links to various Lexington music & culture resources ~ available on blueline ~ }
Be sure you check out Bike Lexington's great calendar of events for May and don't forget that Sunday is Mother's Day!

Tues., 5/5: Cinco de Mayo!

* Shemale de Mayo @ Fishtank. Mustache music that claims to "celebrate the glorification of the bastardization of Hispanic culture" a satirical sort of way.

Wed., 5/6:

* Warren Byrom (of The Swells) & Friends @ Green Lantern.

Thurs., 5/7:

* Donna Thorndale on Trivial Thursdays (WRFL 88.1 fm or ~ 7-9 a.m.) ~ Thorndale is WRFL's 2nd General Manager, and a founding member of the station. A career actress living in Los Angeles, CA, she is currently a member of the celebrated Actor's Gang theatre group. In addition, her political satire and cooking persona, Jewell Rae Jeffers has achieved widespread acclaim both IRL and on the internet as the host of "Tastes Like Home," which appears on the influential blog "The Huffington Post." (Jewell Rae is expected to make an appearance on Trivial Thursdays according to host Mick Jeffries.)
* Del the Funky Homosapien @ The Dame. You might know him from his collaboration with the Gorillaz...or through his cousin Ice Cube
* Lollipop Factory @ Green Lantern. "Over the top, rock opera stuff in the vein of Queen, Sparks, Rocky horror." ~ in the words of yr favorite Green Lantern bartender/booking agent Mike Sullivan
* Brian Turner and Will Burchard will be spinning the jamz at the bar formerly known as Cheater's...currently known as Sidecar-formerly-known-as-Cheater's... it's a new Thursday night DJ series curated by Brian Ronk & friends; starts aroun 9:30.
* The Swells @ Thursday Night Live
* Bike Lexington Progressive Dinner: from "Join fellow cyclists on a pedal-powered tour of Lexington restaurants. The event will begin with a tour of the KY Ale Brewery and an appetizer featuring their delicious beer cheese. From there we will head to Mia’s for dinner and finally to Natasha’s for dessert and coffee. The progressive will begin at 6pm at the Kentucky Ale Brewery, 401 Cross Street and should conclude by 9pm.There will be an optional early start at 5:30pm at Cheapside Park to celebrate the kick-off of the 2009 Thursday Night Live Season. To register, go to and search for “Lexington Progressive Dinner”. Questions may be directed to Shane Tedder at"

Fri., 5/8:

* Bike Lexington - Go Car Free All Day! Pledge your intention to and you could win a Bike Lexington t-shirt.
* The Swells / The Big Maracas @ Al's Bar
* Bedtime/a ghost is dancing/Broadfield Marchers/Genius File @ Derby City Espresso (Louisville)

Sat., 5/9:

* Mayfest: spring festival in and around the Gratz Park area. Make sure you stop by the Kentucky Writer's Showcase (lots of discounted books by Kentuckians, brought to you by Carnegie Center) and the Backyard Bazaar at Third Street Stuff - "local DIY arts and crafts street fair extraordinaire." Buy something for your mom.
* Bedtime/ the ghost is dancing / Idaho, Alaska @ C.P.R.
* The Other Brothers @ Green Lantern It's Green Lantern owner Harry’s b-day party...a good time is pretty much guaranteed. P.S. check out this article about Harry in Business Lexington written by my dear colleage and friend Robo Clark.

Mon., 5/11:

* George Clinton & P-Funk @ Kentucky Theatre (Lex). The mothership will be landing. Make sure you're there to greet the funkers who get out of it. (Dancing your ass off will ensue.)

Tues., 5/12:

* OFFONOFF / Rafael Toral / Trevor Tremaine / C. Spenser Yeh @ Land of Tomorrow (527 W. 3rd St.) Should be an awe-inspiring evening of weirdo jazz/avant rock/noise and whatnot. OFFONOFF features dudes who used to jam with Jim O'Rourke and Thurston Moore. Another great show brought to you by the Outside the Spotlight the Series.
* TV on the Radio @ Headliner's (Lou).
* And the Moneynotes/ Orange Opera @ Green Lantern. (Double bill of cool Indie Rock stuff...)

:: Soon Soon ::
Tues/May 19 BLACK MOTH SUPER RAINBOW w/TINY FIGHTS @ The Red Mile Round Barn, 1200 Red Mile Rd – all ages, sponsored by WRFL 88.1FM
Sat/June 13 BONNIE PRINCE BILLY w/BACHELORETTE @ The Red Mile Round Barn, 1200 Red Mile Rd – all ages, more info TBA soon

:: Pertinent Resources ::

AL’S BAR, corner of 6th and Limestone, Lexington –
C.P.R. (Cultural Preservation Resources), behind Al’s at the corner of 6th and Limestone, Lexington –
THE GREEN LANTERN, corner of 3rd and Jefferson, Lexington -
LOWER 48, inside Victorian Square (near the corner of Short and Broadway), Lexington –
THE BOILER ROOM, behind Tolly Ho & The Awkward Moose (near the corner of Euclid and Limestone, Lexington
THE DAME, 381 E.Main St, Lexington -
THE VOID, 518 E. High St, Lexington –
NATASHA'S CAFE, 112 Esplanade -
CHARLES MANSION (no longer a venue, but the website's a good spot to find out about shows) -
MECCA dance studio/gallery, 451 Chair Avenue, off S.Broadway near Bolivar -
THIRD STREET STUFF COFFEE, corner of Limestone and 3rd Street - ph. 859/255-5301
THE FISHTANK, corner of Woodland and Euclid Ave -
SINGLETARY CENTER FOR THE ARTS, corner of Euclid and Rose Sts -
CRICKET PRESS (amazing local poster art) -
WRFL 88.1FM (UK's student-run radio station) -
BLUELINE (Cultural picks from our pal Saraya Brewer) –
YOU AIN’T NO PICASSO (great locally-produced music blog) -

HEADLINERS MUSIC HALL, 1386 Lexington Road, Louisville - ph. 502/584-8088 -
SKULL ALLEY, 1017 E Broadway, Louisville – 502/749-9541 –
UNCLE PLEASANTS, 2126 S. Preston, Louisville - p.502/634-4147
THE POUR HAUS, 1481 S. Shelby Street (corner of Shelby and Burnett), Louisville
THE RUDYARD KIPLING, 422 West Oak Street, Louisville -
OLD LOUISVILLE COFFEHOUSE, 1489 S. Fourth St, Louisville - ph. 502/635-6660
PRODUCTION SIMPLE (produce many of the events at Headliners and Uncle Pleasants) -
BACKSEAT SANDBAR (good blog spreading the word about regional events) –

__Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky__
ART DAMAGE LODGE, 4120 Hamilton Ave, Cincinnati, OH –
THE COMET, 4579 Hamilton Avenue, Cincinnati, OH -
BOGART'S, 2621 Vine St, Cincinnati, OH -
NORTHSIDE TAVERN, 4163 Hamilton Ave, Cincinnati, OH -

Know of an upcoming event that others should get hip to? Let us know - email All Picks by Ross Compton unless otherwise noted.

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Sunday, May 03, 2009


TOMORROW! Monday, May 4 - Peter Brotzmann / Eric Revis / Nasheet Waits Trio @ The Red Mile Round Barn - FREE!

Outside the Spotlight / Event 104
Peter Brotzmann / Eric Revis / Nasheet Waits Trio
Monday, May 4th @ The Red Mile Round Barn
1200 Red Mile Rd, Lexington, KY
doors 7:30pm / two sets beginning at 8pm
all ages welcome / FREE!
sponsored by WRFL 88.1FM
and the Jazz Arts Foundation

This one's gonna be hot. Come out! Come out! Plenty of free, secure parking directly adjacent to the venue.

Check out Walter Tunis' preview of the show at

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