MOTR Pub, in addition to bringing in up-and-coming musicians, has presented a fair number of beloved veteran cult figures (some pretty eccentric) to town. Jon Langford, Tav Falco, Kid Congo Powers, Charlie Parr come immediately to mind. Now comes the fairest of all — Jad Fair.
Guitarist/vocalist Becky Black plays with
my-fist-your-face intensity and sings with a Rock-blackened rasp that
reinforces her physical swagger, while drummer Maya Miller keeps the
frenetic beat with the unhinged energy of an amphetamine-soaked octopus.
Virginia native Kishi Bashi (aka Kaoru
Ishibashi) is an ace violinist who’s lent his talents to Regina Spektor,
of Montreal and Sondre Lerche. He’s also a founding member of Electro
Pop outfit Jupiter One, but more recently he has stepped out as a solo
As interest in Reggae-flavored Punk rose
exponentially in the mid-’90s, Sublime’s Brad Nowell went out on a
sturdy limb and founded Skunk Records in order to find and nurture bands
that mined a similarly groovy vein. One of Nowell’s signings was Slightly
Family in general and brothers in
particular can screw up a band like walnuts in lime Jell-O. The Kinks.
The Black Crowes. Oasis. The Blasters could qualify in that spotty
sweepstakes, at least to a certain extent.
You have one last
chance to catch a free MidPoint Indie Summer show on Fountain Square this year and it’s a doozy. Joining
Louisville, Ky.’s great Indie/ElectroPop band The Pass, plus excellent
locals The Yugos and newer crew Joey Cook and the Keepers of the Secret
(one of the Pomegranates member’s new projects), are acclaimed eclectic
Indie Pop rockers Islands.
Gin Blossoms blew up and deflated quickly, going from mondo-selling MTV staples behind the relentlessly catchy single "Hey Jealousy" — an era-defying Power Pop oasis in a desert of Grunge — to extinct by 1997.