Friday, April 24, 2015

Dan Auerbach Announces 'Extra Weird' Solo Project

Posted By on Fri, Apr 24, 2015 at 3:17 PM

Heads-up for fans of The Black Keys in general and Dan Auerbach in particular: The duo's frontman announced his first solo album since 2009's low-key Keep It Hid. Auerbach tells Rolling Stone's Patrick Doyle that the debut LP from his forthcoming project, The Arcs, is on its way. The rocker cut the album in a brisk two weeks of sessions in rehearsal studios and in a Brooklyn studio with Leon Michaels, with whom he worked on two of the most-notable albums he's produced — Dr. John's Locked Down and Lana Del Rey's Ultraviolence. Auerbach also had help from "a whole bunch of different people — my favorites," whose identities remain undisclosed for now.

Auerbach is tying his love of boxing into The Arcs' first release. The LP isn't due from Nonesuch until late summer, but two pugilism-themed songs, "Stay In My Corner" and "Tomato Can," will appear on a 7-inch which hits independent record stores next Saturday, May 2 — the same day as the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight in Las Vegas. Above, see some art associated with the single (possibly the sleeve), via The Arcs' Facebook.

No music is available from The Arcs yet, but another of Auerbach's goals with the project, he says, is to explore music he loves which doesn't fit into the Keys' frame of reference, e.g. Grateful Dead albums where tracks morph into other tracks. One of my favorites of that oeuvre is Anthem of the Sun; stream that after the jump. And if that whets your appetite, head out to The Stone Fox on Saturday for a Dead covers night featuring Scene contributing editor Jack Silverman, Hags Haggerty, William Tyler and a host of other ringers.

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A Reunited Sleater-Kinney Rocks Out at Marathon Music Works

Posted By on Fri, Apr 24, 2015 at 2:40 PM

So, last night at Marathon Music Works The Spin took in an hour-and-change-long set of consistently ferocious post-punk- and vintage-pop-influenced golden-era indie-rock constructions courtesy of Sleater-Kinney, who communicated complex ideas in short, shoutabe blasts. Jealous much?

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Killer Mayday 2015 Lineup Takes Over The Beast Memorial Day Weekend

Posted By on Fri, Apr 24, 2015 at 1:09 PM


Between news of the emerging (and rather impressive looking) Pilgrimage Festival Music and Culture Festival, the Bonnaroo 2015 schedule dropping and yesterday's Ascend Amphitheater name and calendar unveiling, it's been an exhausting week for multi-artist show announcements ... and it's not over yet.

Now for something a little more parochial: Nashville's annual Mayday Festival just posted its 2015 lineup. This year, the local-rock-centric Memorial Day-weekend blowout boasts a sundry, well-balanced breadth of Music City bands and singers the likes of Caitlin Rose, Los Colognes, Fly Golden Eagle, Chrome Pony, Sol Cat, How I Became the Bomb, A.J. and the Jigawatts and others (full lineup after the jump).

What's more, the three-day mini-fest — running May 22-25 — will all go down at Nashville's hottest new spot: The Basement East (already colloquially known as "The Beast"). Single-day tickets cost $12-$15 and three-day passes will run you $25-$30 — buy both right here.

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Weekend Round-up: Pacino Style

Posted By on Fri, Apr 24, 2015 at 7:15 AM

Ciao, there, Creamsters, and happy Friday to you. Indulge us in a little trivia, if you will: Do you know what happened in the Bronx on April 25, 1940? Al Pacino, one of the finest actors to grace stage and screen, was born. The man who's carried off every nuance of complex characters like The Godfather's Michael Corleone and added rich subtlety to hard-boiled hoods like Scarface's Tony Montana can play either side of the law, as the lone uncorrupted cop on the beat in one of the finest police films ever, Serpico (above). While we're talking subtlety and the law, Pacino even played Shylock in the 2004 film of The Merchant of Venice. Happy birthday, Al!

How 'bout them shows? Tonight, you've got Ten out of Tenn at the Ryman; Night of the Living Cover Bands (a benefit for YEAH, the organization that brings you Southern Girls' Rock and Roll Camp) at Mercy Lounge; Spoken Nerd at Queen Ave Art Collective; Sheriff Scott and the Deputies' album release at The Basement; Alanna Royale at The Basement East; Roadkill Ghost Choir at The Stone Fox; JD Wilkes opening for Bawn in the Mash at The Station Inn and more. Saturday, you've got Joan Armatrading at City Winery; Marathon Village Block Party feat. All Them Witches and more; The Greatful [sic] Goddamn Dead Ordeal at The Stone Fox; The Boom Bap with special guest DJ Eddie George at The 5 Spot; Hans Condor at The Basement; Natural Child at The Basement East; Martina McBride at Bridgestone (tied to the Country Music Marathon); the Nashville Jazz Orchestra with Victor Wooten and Futureman at Ingram Hall and much more (seriously, go look at that list, it's bonkers).

Looking out into the week, you've got Ryan Adams' sold-out Ryman dates with Natalie Prass Monday and Tuesday, plus two chances to see Prass on her own (an evening in-store at Grimey's and later at The High Watt) on Wednesday. See the rest after the jump, let us know what we missed in the comments and wash your own laundry this weekend.

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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Meet Lennon and Maisy at This Saturday at Harding Academy's Henderson Theatre

Posted By on Thu, Apr 23, 2015 at 3:49 PM

Maybe you know Lennon and Maisy Stella for the phenomenal harmonies they show off in their so-viral-they're-epidemic cover videos of contemporary pop songs ("Ho Hey," "Call Your Girlfriend," "Boom Clap" etc.). Perhaps you know them as Rayna Jaymes' daughters (a #teen and "the one girl who disappeared from Family Matters," respectively) on ABC's Nashville. Very soon, you (and your young'uns) will know them as children's authors.

In the Waves, a picture book based on a song the sisters began writing about six years ago, hits shelves next Tues., April 28, the same day a recording of the song drops. You can get the book a little earlier, however: Lennon and Maisy will be at Parnassus Books (3900 Hillsboro Pike) the Henderson Theatre at Harding Academy (170 Windsor Drive) this Saturday, April 25, at 2 p.m. for a reading and signing.

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Slideshow: Chuck Mead, Beatle Bob and More Party at The Basement East's Opening-Night Blowout

Posted By on Thu, Apr 23, 2015 at 2:30 PM

Chuck Mead at The Basement East

Last night, The Basement East co-proprietors Mike "Grimey" Grimes and Dave Brown celebrated the opening of their new East Side venue with a 10-band bill including Chuck Mead, The Apache Relay, Sadler Vaden and more. St. Louis' own festival-circuit sorta-celeb Beatle Bob was there! As was The Spin. So what does The Basement East feature? Well, among other things, a solid smoking porch, very good (and very loud) sound, and a print of the first photograph of a woman.

As noted by Scene managing editor D. Patrick Rodgers in his Critic's Pick, the Beast's opening-week haps will keep on rolling with 10 more bands tonight (Margo and the Pricetags, Kansas Bible Company, RI¢HIE, Cory Chisel and more), plus weekend performances from Alanna Royale, Natural Child and more. For now, check out some shots of the 400-cap venue by Cream photog Jamie Hernandez by clicking here or heading after the jump.

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Riverfront Park Amphitheater Announces Name, Eric Church Show and More

Posted By on Thu, Apr 23, 2015 at 12:48 PM

Ever since Mayor Karl Dean announced plans to open an amphitheater in Riverfront Park, we've all been standing by, waiting to hear what the joint would be named. We already heard that Steely Dan and Elvis Costello will be playing there, as well as Phish. That's all well and good, but what's the damn place called? Today, we have our answer.

Ascend Amphitheater. The venue will be named for Tennessee's own Ascend Federal Credit Union.

Also announced today at a press conference — from which our man on the street, music editor Adam Gold, is currently live-tweeting right here — was Ascend's opening show: Eric Church on July 30. Other artists announced to play the venue include Chicago with Earth, Wind & Fire, Smashing Pumpkins with Marilyn Manson (what!), ZZ Top and Blackberry Smoke, Hall and Oates, Peter Frampton and Cheap Trick, Old Crow Medicine Show, Widespread Panic (two nights), Lynyrd Skynyrd, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals with Lake Street Dive, and many more. Click on through to the other side of the jump to see a calendar featuring of Ascend Amphitheater's upcoming shows and on-sale dates, and stay tuned for further deets.

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Sam Lewis: The Cream Interview

Posted By on Thu, Apr 23, 2015 at 11:42 AM

Sam Lewis
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Sam Lewis could just as easily have talked to the Scene while sitting on his couch, but he decided to drive over to Shelby Bottoms Park instead.

“I was like, ‘I don’t want to do this in front of a computer or in my house,’ ” the country-soul singer-songwriter says. “‘I want to go outside to do this.’”

That’s the way his mind works — when you’re about to field a bunch of questions, you might as well go somewhere you’ll feel free enough to do your best thinking.

Musically, too, Lewis is always chasing the right feel. He recorded his latest album, Waiting On You (which he celebrates with a record release show tonight at The 5 Spot), with Oliver Wood, whose own singularly groove-driven roots-pop outfit the Wood Brothers shares a bassist with the world-class jazz fusion trio Medeski, Martin & Wood. That would be Oliver’s brother Chris Wood, who Oliver offered to hire for the Waiting sessions.

“I said, ‘Man, that’s fucking great,’ ” Lewis recalls sheepishly. “ ‘However, I’ve already got a guy, and I love my guy, and my guy has to be on the project.’ And that’s J.T. Cure. ... I told a couple people that and they were like, ‘I don’t know anybody that’s ever turned down Chris Wood.’ Well I didn’t turn him down. I just pretended that I didn’t hear what Oliver said.”

Lewis didn’t take for granted the fact that his band — rounded out by master picker Kenny Vaughan and drummer Derek Mixon — had already dialed in a supple, sauntering sound. It’s hard to imagine a combo better suited to Lewis’s singing. During his half-dozen years in Nashville, he’s perfected his mellow, woolen tone and casually virtuosic phrasing, and done it at his own, freewheeling pace. He talks with the Scene about that and more after the jump.

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Watch Jessie Baylin Play 'Creepers (Young Love)' on Seth Meyers

Posted By on Thu, Apr 23, 2015 at 10:50 AM

Just a couple of weeks ago, Nashvillian singer-songwriter and Queen of Leon Jessie Baylin released her fourth studio album, Dark Place. It's a record that, according to Scene contributor Jon Freeman, "wraps Baylin's smoky, jazz-tinged vocals and deeply personal reflections in settings that blend lush, melodically complex pop with the gauzy atmosphere and noise of early shoegaze." That's high praise.

Last night, Baylin brought the sensuous groovin' of album standout "Creepers (Young Love)" to Late Night With Seth Meyers, and you can watch the performance above. As you might notice, Baylin's band features some fellow locals, including multi-instrumentalist Ian Fitchuck back there behind the kit and killer-songstress-in-her-own-right Courtney Jaye on rhythm guitar and backing vocals. Silky-smooth performance. Give it a look, and if you still want more, revisit the "Creepers" video.


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Sleater-Kinney, Ten out of Tenn, The Body and More: Inside This Week's Music Section

Posted By on Thu, Apr 23, 2015 at 7:20 AM

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The Number System: Ten years after launching with laughable ambitions, Ten out of Tenn reunites for a Ryman revue (Playing Friday, April24, at The Ryman)

Let's Call it Love: An appreciation for Sleater-Kinney's lovey-dovey side (Playing Thurs., April 23, at Marathon Music Works)

Rock The Body: Not a metal fan? Well, The Body is the one metal band you might like (Playing Thursday, April 23, at The End)

In The Spin: Record Store Day 2015

Plus Critics' Picks on The Basement East, She the Killer, Cassandra Wilson, Benefit for YEAH: Night of the Living Cover Bands, Spoken Nerd, Marathon Village Block Party, The Grateful Goddamn Dead Ordeal, Robert Glasper Experiment, Bob Dylan, Ryan Adams, The Offspring, Death Cab for Cutie, Robert Ellis and Jonny Fritz and more

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