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Forecastle Festival 2012: Sleeper Agent talks about their influences, their thoughts on fellow Kentucky musicians, and their new album.

Leading up to their Forecastle Festival performance on Friday the 13th, founding members of Kentucky’s Sleeper Agent, Alex Kandel (vocals) and Tony Smith (lead guitar) chatted with me on a few things like their influences, what they think of other Kentucky musicians, Alex’s recent nomination into the latest Rolling Stone readers poll, and what their new album holds. Jason Ashcraft: I’m here with Kentucky’s own Sleeper Agent, Tony and Alex, how are you all doing today?  Tony Smith: Pretty good  Alex Kandel: Yeah, we’re doing good.  Excellent. So here we are at Forecastle Festival 2012, and it’s Friday the 13th….

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Forecastle X: Interview with Rachel Grimes

Straight-up Louisville post-rock but with a dash of wooded folk and oft-haunting dual vocals, King’s Daughters and Sons are just one of two avenues for checking out the stylings of Rachel Grimes this weekend.’s Forecastle X preview coverage continues as Louisville-native Rachel Grimes speaks to the differences between solo and collaborative efforts, whether or not a city can have a “sound” and her favorite places to perform.

Forecastle X: Interview with Wax Fang’s Scott Carney

Wax Fang’s relatively angst-free, smile-on-your-face jams are exceedingly refreshing in an age dominated by either the stripped-down or overly digitized.’s Forecastle X preview coverage continues with singer/guitarist/songwriter Scott Carney speaking of “quadraphonic love affairs”, the power of the local music scene, forthcoming Wax Fang releases and much more.

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Forecastle Festival preview: An interview with Kentucky’s Sleeper Agent is forthcoming

Well we’re only a few days out from Forecastle Festival X right here in good ole’ Louisville, Kentucky. The midwest’s music, art and activism mecca will be going down on Louisville’s Waterfront Park, and you can bet your ass I’ll be going gonzo all weekend long. So, I’m sitting here assembling my little hit list for the festival so I can recap what I think ought to be recapped about the who, the what and the why. Of course, on that list are Kentucky-based bands out the ass. Why? Because that’s just what I seem to obsess over in my little so-called music journalistic endeavors. Ken-fuckin-tucky…

Forecastle X: Holly Weyler talks of Local Love and Killer Jams continues its Forecastle X preview coverage today via an extended chat with ‘She-Captain of the boat’ Holly Weyler. Wearer of an untold number of hats, Weyler talks My Morning Jacket, the festival’s 10-year-long progression towards big-boy-pants territory, the art of sharing our hometown and other nautical nonsense.

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My Morning Jacket’s Two-Tone Tommy talks about curating Louisville’s Forecastle Festival, band members’ solo projects, Grammy nods and what’s next for MMJ.

Two-Tone Tommy Blankenship – Photo by Paul Wellman There’s a lot going on these days in the life of My Morning Jacket bassist Two-Tone Tommy Blankenship. When you’re a member of one of the music industry’s most popular live alternative rock-n-roll bands, you tend to not have too much time for things other than music and your career. With MMJ’s focus on curating Louisville’s Forecastle Festival, the boys are looking at music with a different focus; through their Louisville-lenses, so to speak, more so than other shows they play. It’s hard to believe that back in 2002 Forecastle Festival started…

Memorial Weekend Bash and Fundraiser Helps MIA/POW’S Find Their Way Home

  The Marcus Lindsey – 801 E. Main St. Sunday, May 27th 7pm-10pm Silent Auction 7pm-9:30pm Live Auction by Mallory and Lamb Chop – 8pm Mallory Lewis and Lamb Chop will be hosting a unique event in support of the Bentstar Project – an organization helping bring POW/MIAs back home to their families.  Music by local artist Patrick Henry Hughes, Heavy hors d’oevres, grab bags, Kentucky Ale and Helwig wine as well as Street performers. Admission is free but 100% of all donations and proceeds from the event go to . Live auction items include: 2012 Fiat 500 courtesy…

Reggae Festival this Weekend at the Water Tower

By: Brittany Nance * Check out the, Pulse of the City Facebook page for a chance to win tickets to the Festival. Water Tower Music Series Kicks Off Memorial Day Weekend KY Reggae Festival has brought flavor of the islands to Louisville Water Tower since 1991 For the past 22 years the Kentucky Reggae Festival has been one of the region’s most unique and enduring festivals, and it will be back and better than ever this Memorial Day Weekend, starting Saturday, May 26 through Monday, May 28. As the kick-off festival for the ever-popular Water Tower Music Series, the Kentucky…

Forecastle’s After Party/Kickoff will be on the Belle

Here’s an official release from Forecastle: FORECASTLE ANNOUNCES EXCLUSIVE AFTER PARTY AND KICKOFF EVENT Preservation Hall Jazz Band to perform on the historic Belle of Louisville, with special appearances by members of My Morning Jacket  Official Forecastle kickoff party features performances by Dean & Britta and Purity Ring TICKETS ON SALE SATURDAY AT FORECASTLEFEST.COM   LOUISVILLE, KY – AC Entertainment and The Forecastle Festival are excited to announce details of a one-of-a-kind after-party for the 10th anniversary of the festival, set to take place during July 13-15, 2012. A special pre-party will serve as the kickoff to Forecastle on June 12. Following…

Derby Pleasures Are More Than a Two Minute Horse Race

Note From Rick: I’ve taken lots of guests to the track Derby Week, but spending Oaks Day with John Gilderbloom was among the most entertaining. I made him write a story about the experience, and here it is. by J. “Hans” Gilderbloom Ph.D. I have now lived in Louisville longer than my hometown, San Francisco, but my knowledge of horse racing is about as shallow as knowing the Golden Gate Bridge is really orang,e not gold. However, I do know statistical odds; that is why I have a Ph.D. after my name. Based on a host of factors, I can…