Friday, September 12, 2014

Stream Farm Aid Live This Weekend [Willie Nelson, Neil Young, Jack White and More]

Posted By on Fri, Sep 12, 2014 at 4:44 PM

Seeing as how it’s an eight-plus-hour, 545-mile drive from Nashville to Raleigh, NC, you better leave now if you wanna make it to tomorrow’s Farm Aid show at the City of Oaks’ Walnut Creek Amphitheatre, which — in addition to the inevitable Willie Nelson performance — will feature sets from Neil Young, Jack White, John Mellencamp, Jamey Johnson, Carlene Carter, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Dave Matthews and others.

Or, if you’re just all about the music — like, just the music — and not the festival experience, and you happen to be a SiriusXM subscriber looking for a cool way to kill time this weekend, you can tune in to The Red Headed Stranger’s satellite radio channel, Willie’s Roadhouse (on channel 59), where the show — along with backstage interviews and the like — will broadcast live tomorrow, starting at 11 a.m. And if you don't have Sirius, but you still wanna check it out — with video to boot — Farm Aid's also broadcasting on AXS TV tomorrow at 6 p.m.

Remember, magical things happen when Willie, Neil, Jack and Jamey get in a room together. And in case you didn’t know: Nelson, Young and Mellencamp launched Farm Aid — a recurring, star-studded benefit concert and non-profit organization to raise funds and awareness for America’s family farms — in 1985.

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Starlito's 'Mood Swings and Mrs.' [Fresh Vid]

Posted By on Fri, Sep 12, 2014 at 4:39 PM

Starlito is back, and he’s “new and improved.” At least that’s what he raps on his newest single, “Mood Swings and Mrs.,” the first taste of his upcoming mixtape Black Sheep Don’t Grin. The McCain Merren-directed music video finds Starlito in Las Vegas on the 18th anniversary of the day Tupac was fatally shot. 'Lito does his thing in Vegas, checking out an NBA Summer League game between the Lakers and the Nuggets, and even falling asleep at a Japanese hibachi grill.

Starlito’s been relatively quiet this year, not counting a few features, and he seems to have put on a few pounds in his time away. Still, he sounds as comfortable as ever. Still no word on a release date for Black Sheep Don’t Grin. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see what he does next.

Stay tuned.


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Rock 'n' Roll Sports Classic, 1978

Posted By on Fri, Sep 12, 2014 at 4:23 PM

The Alessi Brothers, Boston, The Commodores, Seals and Crofts, Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis, ELO, Freddy Fender, Earth Wind & Fire, Leif Garrett, The Jacksons, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Kenny Loggins, Anne Murray, The Runaways, Helen Schneider, Sha Na Na, Rod Stewart, Tanya Tucker.

Related: Joan Jett and the Blackhearts open for Journey tonight at Bridgestone Arena.


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Free Show Alert: Deluxin', Fox Fun, Ben Spinks Supermelt and Churchyard Tonight at Little Harpeth Brewing

Posted By on Fri, Sep 12, 2014 at 11:11 AM

The folks at local brewery Little Harpeth have some good lager beers — if you couldn't tell, that's not a paid endorsement, but I did buy one the other day, and I was mightily refreshed. (This is an appropriate time to talk real beer science: paging home brewer/freelance shutterbug Steve Cross!) Little Harpeth also has a pretty sweet spot just over the river from downtown with a swell view of the skyline, which you see in yonder picture. So, nice location, good beer, evenings on which it isn't gross to be outside: I'm thinking conditions are optimum for an outdoor concert.

Great minds must think alike, because that's exactly what Little Harpeth is doing. Around 7 p.m. tonight at their headquarters at 30 Oldham St., the second installment in their Backyard Jam series will commence with a DJ set, followed by bands at 8. You've got nimble twin-guitar pop from Churchyard (dig those deceptively complex harmonies), pedal-to-the-heavy-metal garage punk from Ben Spinks Supermelt, righteous jangle from Fox Fun and extra-gnarly introspective post-punk from Deluxin' (the local band I could most genuinely describe as sharing DNA with Pere Ubu).

If you need juuuust a little more to tempt you, the Delta Bound mobile kitchen will be on hand with fine Southern comfort food to anchor that beer. The show is free, beer and eats are cash-only. Keep track of the show on Facebook here or here. C'mon out and be neighborly!

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Jack White's 'Would You Fight for My Love?' [Fresh Vid]

Posted By on Fri, Sep 12, 2014 at 10:12 AM

Well, if Jack White's new haircut (which some labeled "the Jacklemore") and Jack White looking glum at a baseball game both made headlines (they did, here and here), then certainly a new video featuring both Jack White's new haircut and Jack White looking glum ought to do the same. Above you can see the brand-spanking-new clip for "Would You Fight for My Love?" from this year's Lazaretto. "Fight" was directed by Robert Hales and shot in The Cruise Room, a beautiful, Art Deco-era bar in Denver's Oxford Hotel. The bar — which I think has at least a touch of The Shining to it — fits quite naturally White's ornate, monochromatic, stripe-featuring aesthetic, wouldn't you say?

Anyhow, the vid is an exercise in style, mostly just featuring shots of White drinking at the bar, kneeling at a jukebox and turning into a ghost (?) while various members of his band — Fats Kaplin, Lily Mae Rische and others — sit near him in booths. It's pretty sharp-looking, but then, when was the last time White made a video that wasn't sharp-looking?

Look back at my June interview with White here.


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Philadelphia's Left & Right: Four Dudes Making Guitar Rock for Infinity Cat

Posted By on Fri, Sep 12, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Left & Right's 5 Year Plan is out now via Infinity Cat Records. Hear it below, and catch them Saturday, Sept. 13, at The Stone Fox with Bully and JP5.

If you're a touring rock band in need of some nonsense to pass the time, here's how you play the Odds Game: Person A asks, "What are the odds you'll [insert obnoxious stunt here]?" Person B gives a number between 1 and 100, adding "straight-up" (if they don't, their number gets sliced in half), and then, on the count of three, Persons A and B simultaneously say a number between 1 and B's number, and if they match, Person B has to complete said stunt.

It's loads of fun, a great time-waster, and it's the reason why Andrew Abbott, bassist for Philadelphia-via-Charlottesville band Left & Right, drank a gallon of milk in his band's Honda Odyssey as they drove from Detroit to Chicago in August.

Left & Right picked up the game, perhaps unsurprisingly, from Nashville's own Diarrhea Planet (who learned it from Australia's Dune Rats), but the two bands' relationship goes far beyond prank games: On Sept. 9, DP's label Infinity Cat released Left & Right's new album, 5 Year Plan, as part of their cassette series. The series is curated by DP drummer Casey Weissbuch. A few days after Abbott completed his gallon challenge, Left & Right were back in Nashville to prep for the tape's release and play a show at FooBar — but also eat some hot chicken, shoot empty beer cans with BB guns and bowl a few frames.

On a despicably hot Wednesday afternoon, I joined the Left & Right bros — Abbott, drummer Zak Krone and guitarists/co-frontmen Philip Dameron and Daniel Merchant — as they took shelter at the practically deserted Strike and Spare bowling alley, after chatting about 5 Year Plan at Prince's (specifically whether the emotional depths explored on the album were more painful than the chicken itself). The band offered their spare change to the overpriced jukebox, while Krone destroyed everyone at bowling. His 6-foot-6 frame probably helped, though as he pointed out, you're bound to gain some upper-arm strength from scooping ice cream.

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Weekend Round-Up: Cash Style

Posted By on Fri, Sep 12, 2014 at 7:30 AM

Aw, sad note: Nashville's patron saint of redemption and song, Johnny Cash, died 11 years ago today. Here is a picture of Johnny holding a kitten. Here is another picture of him holding the same kitten. Here he is with Miss Piggy. Here he is eating cake.

So, here and now, it's a pretty full weekend for shows. Tonight you've got: Music Band's 7-inch release at The Basement; Journey and Joan Jett at Bridgestone; a pretty rad Harpeth Brewery event featuring Deluxin', Fox Fun, Ben Spinks Supermelt and Churchyard; The Grey A's album release at The Stone Fox with Shoot the Mountain and Glossary's Joey and Kelly; the return of How I Became the Bomb at Mercy Lounge; and plenty more. Tomorrow you're looking at: Kris Kristofferson at the Ryman; Pokey LaFarge with Dom Flemons at Mercy (Dom is also early at Grimey's); Left and Right with Bully and JP5 at The Stone Fox; Penicillin Baby and others at The 5 Spot; and way more. Have a look at the rest — compiled by Adam "Man in Black" Gold — after the jump. Let us know what we missed, and have yourselves a legendary weekend.

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Daniel Ellsworth and the Great Lakes' 'Phantoms' [Fresh Vid]

Posted By on Thu, Sep 11, 2014 at 5:07 PM

A few months back, dancy pop-rock outfit Daniel Ellsworth and the Great Lakes unleashed their LP Kid Tiger, celebrating with a release show at Exit/In and a 24-hour Livestream. They also dropped a video for the Kid Tiger tune "Sun Goes Out" — the clip featured a young lady wearing inline skates, listening to music (presumably Daniel Ellsworth and the Great Lakes) via headphones.

Anyway, Ellsworth and his Lakes are back with another video for a Kid Tiger song, which they debuted earlier this week via Conan O'Brien's Team Coco site. The "Phantoms" vid, which you can watch above, features clips of the band playing interspersed with footage of a pair of woman engaging in a rather brutal food fight. The twist: IT'S IN REVERSE. Give it a look above, and if you like what you hear, get more Daniel Ellsworth and the Great Lakes tunes via their Bandcamp page.


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Book Swap Feat. Kelly Ruth, RI¢HIE and Meth Dad Sept. 17 at The East Room

Posted By on Thu, Sep 11, 2014 at 1:32 PM

"Book people are book people and rock show people are rock show people, and never the twain shall meet." Whoever said that is downright silly, I say. If there's one thing we learned from Ghostbusters — besides always answering "yes" when someone asks if you're a god — it's that sometimes you gotta cross the streams if you're going to save the universe.

Well how's this for crossing some streams? On Wednesday, Sept. 17, the bands on the bill at The East Room give you reason enough to come out: You've got some meaty, adept indie folk from recent transplant Kelly Ruth and her band, some wide-grinning party-rock from RI¢HIE (the state fair starts this weekend, so the timing is perfect if they play "Gravitron") and some fizzy, sparkly posi-vibes from dance maestro Meth Dad (who is kind of the opposite of a Sad Dad, if you think about it).

But on top of that, there's a book swap. It's pretty self-explanatory: Bring a book you're done with, pick up a new one from the stack, and get one greenback dollar off the cover charge. It's also a cool way to make new friends, because you're going to be hanging out all night with the person who picked up your old book and the person who brought the one that's new to you.

Stumped for ideas on what to bring? Look for some inspiration on our arts and culture blog, Country Life, where I've been checking in with the Nashville Public Library and Parnassus Books to find out which titles have flown off their shelves in the last two months (July, August).

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Watch Super-Cool Clips of Diarrhea Planet and Those Darlins From 'Live on KEXP'

Posted By on Thu, Sep 11, 2014 at 12:49 PM

Always wanted to know what it’s like to watch Diarrhea Planet play without a pesky, beer-hoisting, fist-pumping, stage-diving crowd getting in the way? Well then check out this 23-minute clip of the band performing live on Seattle’s KEXP. Marvel at how ridiculously fucking tight they are. Especially considering how keeping four guitars in tune, let alone in time, with each other is an impressive feat unto itself.

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