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Altered Zones: Artist Profile on Woodsman

After spreading the gospel within the Rhinoceropolis DIY scene of their native Denver, Woodsman unleashed a steady torrent of brain burning 7”s and cassettes throughout last year with the help of trusted sources like Mexican Summer and Lefse. On their new full length, Rare Forms, Woodsman takes full advantage of one of Germany’s finest exports – the mechanical apache beat. …

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Altered Zones: Artist Profile on Leyland Kirby

Under The Caretaker moniker, Berlin-based British sound artist James Leyland Kirby has taken on the heady (no pun intended) subject of memory and mental illness. His 2005 effort Theoretically Pure Anterograde Amnesia— originally released as a downloadable collection of 72 free mp3s– was a journey into the unimaginable confusion of short-term memory disintegration. While Kirby says his primary inspiration was the ballroom scene in …

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Intel: Tech driving craft and home brewing

This weekend is the sold-out Great American Beer Festival in Denver, a celebration of craft beer and the delicious results offered when the mighty quartet of hops, grains, yeast and water collide. Though humans have brewed beer since the time of Mesopotamia, it wasn’t until recently that beer moved from a populist elixir to a gourmet beverage via the microbrewery …

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LEO Weekly: Live Forecastle Festival Recaps

FRIDAY JULY 17 The good: Alvvays, People Under the Stairs, JEFF the Brotherhood, Forecastle staff, rad artist dude at the Heineken tent, free water The bad: Big K.R.I.T., ZZ Ward, beer prices The ugly: weather, the “Camel Tour” Forecastle 2015 kicked off early on Friday, before office minions (not the yellow kind) expunge themselves from their cubicles, with a steady …

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LEO Weekly: Dan Deacon and Prince Rama

Photos by Nik Vechery Early into his late Sunday evening set, Dan Deacon remarked on his peculiar touring history with Louisville. An excellently curated but unsuccessfully executed street party in 2012 (the Monday of Labor Day weekend is a really tough sell) marked his first trip. His second didn’t even come to fruition after Avey Tare, of tour mates Animal …

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LEO Weekly’s WELP!: To-go turkey go-tos for lazy turkeys like you

Shout-outs to Thanksgiving next week, an illustrious celebration of manifest destiny and your garbage disposal of a body’s acrobatic digestion. In theory, Thanksgiving sees millions travel home for polite familial conversation about your lack of job and relationship prospects. In reality, it means collapsing across those musty, torturous benches in your local airport, bodying a greasy, grody box of Popeye’s, …

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Intel: The Good and Bad of Feds with Big Data

Countless powerful private sector organizations wrangle the power of big data regularly to collect a vast array of consumer information. The federal government has long understood the extensive mining capability of such information and its potential impact, as outlined by the most recent report from the White House. And the June 25 Supreme Court ruling in Riley v. California demonstrates that …

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American Songwriter: Vandaveer “Dig Down Deep”

An indie rock troubadour of sorts, Sir Mark Charles Heidinger spent many years in raucous Guided By Voices-inspired bands like The Apparitions and The Hub in his native Lexington. For the past few years, Heidinger found that the acoustic guitar is a bit more powerful. Thus, Vandaveer was born. Equal parts folk and pop, towing a line where Nick Drake …

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LEO Weekly: Readers’ Choice Best Twitter @lydiaburrell

In August, shortly after receiving a management contract, popular Twitter personality Josh Ostrovsky., a.k.a. @FATJEW, was outed as a joke stealer, mining content and profiting from funnier everyday folks. It became a high-profile victory for the unsung creative minds online. Louisville mirrors the larger Twitterverse on a local scale, and some might find the crowning of Lydia Burrell a similar …

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LEO Weekly’s WELP!: Me vs. The Volcano at 610 Magnolia’s Inferno Dinner

Pictured above: menu, the “wimp” white flag for tapping out, and L-R Carolina Reaper, Lemon Drop, another Carolina Reaper, Trinidad Scorpion  Tuesday night marked the 7th annual Inferno Dinner at 610 Magnolia. A four-course prix fixe that travels up the Scoville scale with each dish, Inferno Dinner provides a home for the masochist gourmand. You know the people who say, …