I used to be a radio DJ back in the ’80s and ’90s, focusing mostly on punk and comedy. In a way, I guess my whole life continues to focus on punk and comedy…
One of my favorite Louisville singers, Joan Shelley, just made the LA Times’ Best Albums of 2015 list.
And Houndmouth just made David “World Cafe” Dye’s Top Ten Albums of 2015.
Here are some local bands that I like, organized vaguely by genre:
- Debauchees, girl punk band with a nerdy bent
- Adventure, punk-pop with a twist of wry
- Julie of the Wolves, hard energetic girl punk
- Ritchie White Orchestra, serious rockers telling stories
- Revenge of Ricky Williams, fast and fun, featuring Punk Rock Pam
- The Workers, angry for a cause
- Sonic Epitaph, goth-punk instrumental
- ALT POP
- Jim James, best known for fronting My Morning Jacket, but I prefer his solo stuff
- You’re My Density, indie garage band funk
- Houndmouth, light-pop rising star
- Wax Fang, effervescent prog rock
- Stonewheel, acoustic pop reminiscent of R.E.M.
- Dave Moisan, community-minded and energetic
- Quiet Hollers, post-hardcore garage band
- Matt Duncan, disco throwback
- King Kong, conceptual humorous rock
Here are some likely radio stations where you might hear some of these groups:
- WFPK, the NPR king of indie radio
- WNAS, broadcast from a high school for 75 years
- ARTxFM, online station with a radio frequency forthcoming
- Crescent Hill Radio, all local all the time
- Ville TV, online TV that also covers the local music scene
The blog Backseat Sandbar keeps an extensive list of local talent, venues, shops, etc.
Read the blog series Dave Mattingly: The Musical