If you make it to mid-week and need a little something to get you over the hump, you might try a freewheeling summer night at Skull Alley, a cool little venue at Broadway and Barrett (roughly) this Wednesday, June 9. These United States, a band with connections to both Lexington, KY and Washington D.C., are headlining a night that also features local bands Yardsale and The Genius File.
These United States (TUS) is a popular band on the festival circuit, including last year's Forecastle, South by Southwest, and the big daddy of all European rocks fests, Glastonbury in the UK. The band has members that seem to rotate on and off, but the central figure is lead singer and songwriter Jesse Elliott (current members listed on the MySpace page are guitarist Colin Kellogg, bassist Justin Craig, drummer Robby Cosenza, and J. Tom Hnatow on guitar and pedal steel). They are also prolific, having put out two albums in 2008, one more in 2009, and have at least one planned for this year. TUS has been featured on NPR, which described their sound as "novelistic songs packed with dense narratives and loose, ragged-edged folk, rock and Americana."
I checked out some of the songs on their MySpace page and was intrigued enough to consider going out on a "school-night" -- something considerably harder to do than when I actually was a student. If I'm not too old for it, neither are you!
Also, Yardsale is playing one of its final shows as a band at Skull Alley, so if you're already a fan, see them while you can.
Skull Alley is located at 1017 East Broadway. Tickets for the show are $7 at the door.
(Photo Credit: Sarah Law)