ryan’s forecast

by Ryan Snyder

upcoming shows you should check out


Running 12 years strong, Joe G’s Cover Band Explosion has been a chance to get to know local musicians a little better via interpretations of some of their favorite music. The irrepressible charm of it lays with the unconventionality of the bands chosen to be covered. How often do you get to hear live covers of artists like Wire, Descendents and Joe Jackson? The undercurrent of the event has long been to support the local animal shelter because of the devotion to furry friends by the event’s co-creator Lee Wallace, but this Friday’s installment at the Blind Tiger arrives with a far more urgent cause. Lee is in dire need of two lungs. He’s currently residing in Pittsburgh awaiting the transplant, and this event is one of many by the local music community to make that happen. This year’s lineup is a fantastic mélange of hard rock with a notable outlier (Ronnie Levels & His Genius band playing the part of Huey Lewis & the News) that features established bands and local players who just want to rock out. Also on the bill is Crystal Bright & the Silver Hands playing PJ Harvey (can we get “The Letter”?) and the Raving Knaves as the Jam, while others are playing the part of Hüsker Dü, the Dead Milkmen, the Minutemen, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, T Rex, and the Buzzcocks. All proceeds will go to support Lee Wallace’s transplant. The show starts at 8 p.m. and tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door.


Like all things in this universe, you have to break down a band to its molecules before you really understand its makeup. Isolate the predominant influences of the songwriting duo of Amy Ray and Emily Saliers, and the ionic bonds that support the Indigo Girls’ signature folk-rock sound become clear. While Saliers’ personal musical aesthetic is derived from a passion for folk instrumentation and theology, Ray is a punk rocker at heart. Her brief solo catalog is decidedly more aggressive with a funky edge rarely found in the Indigo Girls’ discography outside of the tracks she was most responsible for. When she comes to Durham’s Motorco Music Hall, she’ll be backed once again by the rebooted Durham punk trio the Butchies, the band found on her albums and also therefore her solo tours. There’s some new solo music on tap by Amy Ray & the Butchies that’s to be released in February, and their Motorco show on Saturday will undoubtedly be the launching point for much of it. Tickets are $12 in advance and the Shadowboxers open the show at 9 p.m.


Right after bourbon, My Morning Jacket might just be Louisville’s greatest export. With a catalog that extends from the reverb-soaked The Tennessee Fire to the beautifully possessed alt-country of It Still Moves to the aggressively rocking Evil Urges, the Kentucky psych-rock quintet nonetheless wanted to do something drastically different with their 2011 album Circuital. It was recorded almost entirely live, and in the expanse of a church gym in their hometown; a markedly different direction from heavy-post production of Evil Urges and as of a few days ago, both albums are Grammy-nominated. When My Morning Jack arrive at the War Memorial Coliseum on Dec. 12, they will be bringing a band in support whose unconventional approach echoes the earlier days of MMJ in the fantastic San Diego quintet Delta Spirit. Tickets for the show are $47 and the music starts at 8 p.m.