Monday, May 4, 2015

Kiya Lacey Steps Into the Spotlight on Debut EP, Appears on BLKSUNCHILD Track

Posted By on Mon, May 4, 2015 at 4:13 PM

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After racking up a slew of captivating collaborations with a host of local hip-hop and R&B notables, budding golden-voiced Nashville soul singer Kiya Lacey is stepping out of the shadows with Fail in Love, her debut EP. Years in the making, the release is a thoughtfully conceived set of well-crafted cuts smoothed out by Murfreesboro production duo The Wonder Twins (actual identical twins), who produced four of the EPs six tracks. Though typically known for helming hip-hop productions, the duo's dreamy, neo-soul stylings translate naturally here, partly because Lacey draws as much influence from hip-hop as the twins do from R&B.

As the EP's title suggests, Fail cycles through different perspectives on love and romance, focusing on childlike innocence, serendipity, jaded experiences, regret and loss, taken from Lacey's own relationship ups and downs. Smart, catchy hooks reflect Lacey's expressive, intimate lyrics. Cases in point include lead single "I Know" — which features a guest spot from local rapper Petty — and "Illusions," a wrenching gut-punch that features fellow Music City R&B/hip-hop scenester Ro Marquez.

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Watch Ashley Monroe Hang Around Town in 'On to Something Good,' See Her Record Live to Acetate at Third Man May 12 [Fresh Vid]

Posted By on Mon, May 4, 2015 at 3:45 PM

As 2013 played out, Ashley Monroe's Like a Rose positioned her as one of a cadre of top-notch up-and-coming female country artists (along with Kacey Musgraves and Brandy Clark) who infused substance back into a mainstream dominated by party anthems. "On to Something Good," the first track from her forthcoming, as-yet-untitled LP due July 24, shows Monroe at the top of her game, serving up wisdom about handling disappointment and the passage of time with a side of pop polish. In the accompanying Rachel McDonald-directed video for the song, which premiered today at NPR, Monroe cruises some familiar hangouts, browsing the racks at Fond Object and bowling at Pinewood Social.

As that release rolls around, Monroe will head out on the road with Rascal Flatts and Little Big Town, but she has a very special one-off performance coming up even sooner. On May 12, Monroe will play a special set in Third Man Records' Blue Room, which will be recorded for release as part of their live-to-acetate series. The show starts at 8:30 p.m., and tickets are $30.

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Cream Premiere: New Band Broken Bats Features Members of The Pink Spiders, Future Unlimited, Desaparecidos and Sleeper Agent

Posted By on Mon, May 4, 2015 at 1:25 PM

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Don't get me wrong: I love the spring weather, but I'm well and truly ready to embrace summer jam season with open arms. Today, we have the pleasure of premiering "Leather," a track from the forthcoming self-titled EP by Broken Bats, a brand new band led by former Pink Spiders frontman Matt "Friction" Bell that also features Future Unlimited drummer Gabe Pigg, Tony Smith from Bowling Green rockers Sleeper Agent and Denver Dalley from the Conor Oberst-led punk outfit Desaparecidos. "Leather" is a grooving number with big-harmony hooks and snarly guitars. Recorded at The Bomb Shelter studio in East Nashville, the four-pack o' tracks was recorded is exactly the crunchy, riffy good time you'd expect from these four dudes.

The EP hits digital outlets on tomorrow, and you've got a couple chances to see the band in the flesh this month: First is May 14, opening up Mercy Lounge for FIDLAR and Metz; the show starts at 9 p.m. and tickets are $15. They're also part of Mayday 2015, the Memorial Day weekend blowout at The Beast.

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Kopecky Plays the Dating Game in 'Quarterback' [Fresh Vid]

Posted By on Mon, May 4, 2015 at 12:01 PM

Nashville's feel-goody pop ensemble and ATO Records signees Kopecky — formerly known as Kopecky Family Band — recently dropped the track "Quarterback" in advance of their forthcoming long-player Drug for the Modern Age (out May 19). It's a slick and catchy number about telling tall tales in order to get your would-be bae to notice you, and now, the Kopecks have a video to match.

Today, Kopecky debuted their video for "Quarterback" via Nerdist, the site of the podcast of the dude who hosts all of the shows (i.e., Chris Hardwick). As you can see above, the Jeff Venable-directed video is an homage to The Dating Game, centering on a truncated episode of a fictional dating show called Totally Single. Will our contestant (portrayed by Kopecky member Kelsey Kopecky) go with one of the two hunks, or rather the industrious dweeb? Will the host (portrayed by Kopecky frontman Gabe Simon) be extremely hammy? You'll have to watch to find out.

Pre-order Drug for the Modern Age here.

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Holy Crap! Kraftwerk Is Coming to the Ryman!

Posted By on Mon, May 4, 2015 at 11:18 AM

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Belly ache all you want about condos and smoke-free dive bars, you can't deny that life in New Nashville has its saving graces. For example, I like living in town that krautrock cornerstone-cobblers Kraftwerk might come to. And as of this morning, I (you, we all) are living in a town Kraftwerk actually is coming to, as the Düsseldorf-hailing electro pioneers just announced a Sept. 27 Ryman show. That's right! Kraftwerk! At The Mother Church of Country Music! It's a thing that's happening! Fucking for real, y'all.

According to Rolling Stone, the synthesizer-wielding, stone-faced, matching-outfit-inclined electro legends' upcoming dates are part of an ongoing "multimedia 3-D concert tour." Did someone say 3-D? Does that make this jaunt krautrock's answer to KISS' Psycho Circus Tour? Find out this fall, y'all! Tickets to see the current incarnation of Kraftwerk (which, it should be noted, only features one founding member, Ralf Hütter) are a kinda-steep-but-probably-worth-it $61.50-$81.50. They go on sale this Friday at 10 a.m., right here.

As Scene listings editor Stephen Trageser points out, this gives us a great excuse to to post the excellent 2009 BBC special Synth Britannia (after the jump). "Welcome to a time when machines ruled the world!"

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Friday, May 1, 2015

John Fogerty: The Cream Interview

Posted By on Fri, May 1, 2015 at 3:51 PM

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On Sunday, John Fogerty comes to Nashville's Carl Black Chevy Woods Amphitheater (formerly The Woods at Fontanel), where the rock icon will crank out a set list mostly drawing from Creedence Clearwater Revival's most prolific year: 1969. CCR released three (count ‘em, three!) albums that year — Bayou Country, Green River and Willy and the Poor Boys. Those albums outpaced The Beatles in sales that year and yielded era-defining classics including “Proud Mary,” “Lodi,” “Bad Moon Rising,” “Green River” and “Fortunate Son.”

In this Q&A (below), Fogerty regales the Cream with memories from that magical year, the three Creedence albums released during it and how, in 1997, he embraced his Creedence catalog after more than a decade of refusing to play those songs live.

Let’s talk about the 1969 tour. How did the idea for this happen?

The actual idea comes from my wife, Julie. Even though, how can I say it, I’ve been dancing around that for years and years because people would make note of the three albums in 1969, and sometimes I’ve gone out and done shows that presented this album or that album in its entirety. It’s funny that it was staring me in the face. I never thought of it. Julie, finally one day said, "Why don’t we focus on that one year?" ... I think at the time I thought it was a pretty cool thing. But now, as a concept for a show, I think it’s just a really great idea.

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Watch kidDEAD Wrestle With Personal Demons in New 'Patrick Swayze' Clip [Fresh Vid]

Posted By on Fri, May 1, 2015 at 1:46 PM

From the Department of Things That Are Kinda Weird: I don't know if it's just me or it's a system-wide thing, but YouTube's auto-play feature keeps playing Mariah Carey songs after I watch the excellent new video from local alt-rap tour de force kidDead. It's not what I would play after some kidDead — I'd probably opt for Sage Francis or Atmosphere — but somewhere in the cloud there's an algorithm that thinks kidDead and Mariah are like peanut butter and chocolate. I'm okay with this and have no problem acquiescing control of the cosmic jukebox to our robot overlords. Also, "Infinity" is kind of awesome. It works as a nice rainbow chaser after the profound and unflinching existential dread of KD's addiction-exploration.

The "Patrick Swayze" video is a haunting, intense experience — it even comes with a warning that the video could "potentially trigger seizures for people with photosensitive epilepsy." With a stark, brooding beat from Phantom Farmer and video production from the gang at Villain Place, "Patrick Swayze" is a horror story plain and simple. "Patrick Swayze" takes drug-glamour — a trope so essential to much of modern hip-hop — and flips the script, humanizing the experience of addiction in an honest manner that we don't hear very often. The track appears on KD's excellent Rap and Destroy album and stands as another example of why the dude is one of the most interesting characters in the Music City rap underground.

You can catch kidDead kick off the No Genres, No Masters tour with Floridian punk-duo Mainstream Filth and sorta-local electro weirdo Taco Supreme at The Stone Fox tonight. Show starts at 10 p.m., tickets are five clams.

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Weekend Round-up: Force-Awakening Style

Posted By on Fri, May 1, 2015 at 7:43 AM

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Greetings, Creamsters, and a happy Friday to you. Today is May 1, which makes Monday May 4, and to explain how that ties into our round-up, travel with me a little, to a place not so long ago or far away: On April 16, the second teaser trailer for Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens hit the Internet, unleashing a barrage of commentary. Excitement! Rage! Vehement indifference! The web was full of it. I'm a Star Wars fan, not a superfan, but in case you haven't seen the trailer, let me briefly take the place of the dozen or more people in your social media feed who have: Based on the limited amount of intel the teaser offers, I'm cautiously optimistic about the next set. It doesn't feel as slick and calculated as Episodes I-III, though the teaser snippets don't really give helmsman J.J. Abrams and his team much opportunity to reveal a shark-jumping goof like, say, the eminently hateable Jar Jar Binks. (You wouldn't happen to be Rachel or Thomas, by any chance?) At the very least, Han Solo and Chewbacca, the Rick Blaine and Louis Renault of this franchise, make an appearance. See for yourself.

So, let's talk about shows! Tonight, you've got Larry Collins and many more at the Nashville Boogie Weekender at the Opryland Hotel; Zac Brown Band at Bridgestone; The Lacs at Exit/In; kidDEAD at The Stone Fox; Bobby Osborne and the Rocky Top X-Press at The Station Inn; The Weeks at Mercy Lounge; Mike Tramp at The Basement; Johnnyswim at Night 1 of Sevier Park Fest; Night 2 of the International Pop Overthrow at The End and more. Saturday, you've got Steelism at The Basement East; Desire/Desire/Desire's first anniversary at The East Room; Kansas Bible Company and many more for a NORML event at Mercy Lounge; Vinyl Thief at Night 2 of Sevier Park Fest; Churchyard and Idle Bloom's 7-inch release at FooBar; Night 3 of the International Pop Overthrow at The End and more.

Looking out into next week, look out for Torres making her return to The Stone Fox on Wednesday. Have a look at the rest after the jump, and May the Fourth Be With You this Monday.

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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Death Cab for Cutie Is Born Again at the Ryman

Posted By on Thu, Apr 30, 2015 at 3:28 PM

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We only caught the last half of The Antlers' short opening set at last night's Death Cab for Cutie show at the Ryman, but we liked what we heard enough to buy their latest album, Familiars, this morning. The Brooklyn trio’s pretty, sleepy tunes were a bit more nuanced than the generic indie-rock label would suggest, and the fact that they’ve taken their name from a Microphones song gives them extra cool cred while also nodding to the dreamy, experimental side of their sound. It’s music that would quite possibly be playing through the atmosphere should we ever technologically advance enough to float around on clouds. Here’s hoping we get there soon. We’d like to take a nap.

Now, despite having seen Death Cab somewhere between 30 and 800 times, we were very much looking forward to yet one more performance because a) the Ryman is such an incredible venue, and b) it’s a brand new era for the band. Earlier this year founding guitarist and longtime producer Chris Walla left the band after they finished recording their latest album Kintsugi. Admittedly, it was strange to not see him juggling guitar and keyboard duties on stage left, but sonically the band has adapted well to their new form. Onstage, Death Cab now includes guitarist Dave Depper and Zac Rae, who has played for everyone from Miley Cyrus to a Beatle, and also has a man bun.

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Joy Williams Unveils Her Revealing 'Woman (Oh Mama)' [Fresh Vid]

Posted By on Thu, Apr 30, 2015 at 2:53 PM

Exactly one month ago, we shared with you "Woman (Oh Mama)," the first single from former Civil War Joy Williams' forthcoming solo album — it's a song I described as "Afro-Beat-influenced pop" that "sounds a bit more like Yeasayer than Graceland."

Today, Williams unveiled her video for "Woman (Oh Mama)," which was co-directed by Sanji and Ben Redmond. It features interpretive dancing, big hand gestures, cosmic rays, some sort of fire dancer and a rather literal interpretation of the lyric "I am the universe wrapped in skin." Not to mention a disrobed Williams — so, you know, it might be a touch NSFW, depending on where you work. Give the video a look above.

Between this video, the lyrics of the song and the title of the record (Venus, due out this summer), it sounds like Williams is really digging into themes of womanhood and empowerment here. Right on.

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