WEEKLY NEWS & NOTES: NuLu Fest is back, Axel Roley has new music & LMPD has a robot?!?

Catch up on the week that was in Louisville by taking in a collection of hand picked happenings pertaining to the music community, the restaurant scene, our sports teams, etc. Every Friday, we’ll put together a list consisting of news tidbits that we either hadn’t had a chance to cover or news that we’d already written about but figured you might have missed. In other words, this is all of the weekly news that matters to us.

Got a tip on something you think should be on next week’s Weekly News & Notes? Let us know at nevernervousblog@gmail.com.


  • This week’s featured album has been the new split 7inch between hometown death metal band Surgikill and Chicago-bred facemelters Cardiac Arrest. Stream Surgikill’s track “Embodiment Of Sin And Obscenity” below via Bandcamp, then read my thoughts on the split here.

  • For the tenth year, NuLu Fest is set to happen this Saturday 9/29 in Louisville’s East Market District. Come enjoy live music by sonaBLAST! Records (including performances from James Lindsay, Zach Longoria Project & more), regional micro brews, and lots of food + retail booths. The event is free, family-friendly and open to the public. Go here for more info.

  • Tender Mercy (aka Mark Kramer) just put his brilliant album Leave Little Room (released earlier this year) on Spotify and other streaming services! Read our review of the record here, then stream it below:

  • Is your band looking for a place to record your next single or album? The fine folks at Deadbird Studios in Louisville have teamed up with us for a pretty sweet deal on recording. Mention Never Nervous when booking studio time and get a free hour for every 8 hours booked! Call them at (502) 974-6289 to get the ball rolling.

  • As I’m sure you’ve heard by now, Louder Than Life was cancelled to a bunch of shitty weather and unsafe festival conditions. But Asking Alexandria wants to make it up to you with a super short-notice, super cheap show at Diamond Pub this Sunday.

  • With the release of a new book of lyrics and companion LP, Bonnie “Prince” Billy looks back on a quarter century of uncanny, engrossing music in a new feature with Rolling Stone called Will Oldham: My Life in 15 Songs. My favorite part of the feature is where he talks about working with Johnny Cash on his cover of BPB’s “I See A Darkness”.

  • In case you haven’t registered to vote, White Reaper is here to remind you that midterms are coming up! REGISTER NOW!

  • Earlier this week, Jake interviewed Julie Gross about her show Ohmanyes! (Tuesdays from 12-1p on WXOX 97.1 FM), live music and more. It’s a fun read, for sure, as she emanates a genuine, fun loving energy that radiates throughout the conversation.

  • The 2018 Glitter Gala is tonight! Get your ass out to Mercury Ballroom to see GRLwood, Quiet Hollers, DJ Yuri Bae & more! The event is a fundraiser for LYG and aims to raise awareness around the needs of our LGBTQIA+ youth. Go here for more details.

  • Master beat maker Axel Roley returns with a new album called 1nceagain…tha EP which features 10 hip hop instrumentals– some of them gritty, some smooth, all of them been top quality — all of the usual qualities with for an Axel Roley production. My highest recommendation. Listen below via Bandcamp:

  • Help settle an argument between Jake and I — Hole or Nirvana? I’m more of a Hole guy myself these days. Vote in our Twitter poll below:


  • After getting embarrassed by Virginia last weekend, how will Louisville respond against a severely down Florida State team on Saturday? The spread favors FSU by 6.

  • Tonight is the debut of Louisville Live, a UofL basketball event which will happen 7-9 p.m. at Fourth Street Live!. The free, outdoor event will include team activities on a portable court placed on the covered area of the street, surrounded by fan viewing opportunities of the stage, court and video screens.

  • The final hour of UofL’s Louisville Live event Friday will be televised on ACC Network Extra (stream it on ESPN.com) from 8-9 p.m. ET. The event will include a dunk contest, a 3-point contest and a fan shootout with the women’s basketball team.

  • Check out this cool video featuring the Louisville Basketball team going through some offseason skills workouts:

  • Katina Powell is back in the news, and SURPRISE! — It’s not good news. According to WDRB, Powell, whose sex parties for University of Louisville basketball players and recruits ultimately led to NCAA sanctions, is under investigation for allegedly taking part in a violent robbery of a local dentist over the weekend.

  • Maybe it’s because Louisville Football is in such a slump, and that my NFL team (the Vikings) have underachieved, but I’m really excited for the upcoming basketball season. Not just college, but NBA too if not only to watch all of the ex-Cards do their thing at the next level.


  • Yes, yes yes. I will absolutely take part in this awesome deal at Against The Grain which lasts through October 7th.

  • In case you’re looking to fatten up for the upcoming chilly weather, look no further than Mac’s Dough House in J-Town. I recently had their Buff Chick Pizza and Fire Starter Mac & Cheese and left happy and full, ready to take on whatever Mother Nature has in store for me. Read my review here.

  • Bring your dog to Apocalypse Brew Works for tonight’s Yappy Hour! Proceeds will be donated to the Kentucky Humane Society. Lexie Lu’s food truck will be on hand, along with special beers from the Lagers Homebrew Club and ABW.


  • Louisville Slugger Museum wants to help cure your Louder Than Life cancellation woes with some classic rock memorabilia. 

  • LMPD has unveiled the SWAT team’s new tactical robot. Via Insider Louisville, LMPD SWAT officer Scott Walker was quoted as saying “It allows us to safely get information on barricaded, dangerous situations and allows us to get information without putting our officers at risk, which is a huge thing for us.” Suuure, but how long until you release an ED-209 onto the streets?

  • And lastly, in case you can’t make it to their Main Street location, Caufield’s Novelty has opened a second location on Hurstbourne Lane for all of your Halloween shopping needs!