Friday, October 31, 2014

Weekend Round-up: EverGold Style

Posted By on Fri, Oct 31, 2014 at 7:15 AM

Happy Halloween, Creamsters! Did you score legit tickets to tonight's Foo Fighters gig at the Ryman? Give yourself a hand. A big hand. A giant, Dave Grohl's horror-movie-nightmare-sized hand.

If you're not in that boat, alternative options abound for communing with the spooks this All Hallows Eve, including: Nude Beach and a swell bunch of locals at Exit/In; Slammers and friends kicking it OG Zombie Shop style in the A.B. Collier warehouse, courtesy of Fort Houston; Cale Tyson & Co. honky-tonkin' at Tin Dog Tavern; Kyle Andrews and RI¢HIE topping a monster local rock bill at Silver Point Studios' Monster Bash; Charles "Wigg" Walker and Magnolia Sons at the newly revived Sutler; Steelism and friends haunting Acme Feed & Seed; The Devil Makes Three at Marathon Music Works; Taj Mahal at City Winery and more. Lots of happening hangs for El Dia de los Muertos tomorrow, too: Medicine King with Kristen Cothron and the Darkside at Douglas Corner; Seth Moore and more at Phat Bites; Jake Leg Stompers celebrating their 10th anniversary at The Station Inn and more.

Looking into the crystal ball that lets me see more than two days out, I also recommend you check out Reigning Sound at Mercy Lounge on Sunday, Death from Above 1979 at Marathon Music Works on Tuesday and Grant-Lee Phillips at City Winery on Wednesday. Have a look at the rest after the jump, take a page from music editor Adam Gold and have yourselves THE BEST THE BEST THE BEST weekend.

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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Buying Foo Fighters Ryman Tickets on Secondary Market Probably a Bad Idea

Posted By on Thu, Oct 30, 2014 at 5:01 PM

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Many Music City rock fans are super stoked about tomorrow night’s sure-to-be-one-of-a-kind Foo Fighters show at the Ryman. And many more Foo enthusiasts are uber mega bummed they’re gonna miss it as, inevitably, the gig sold out in a matter of minutes when tickets went on sale yesterday. As such, many hopeful concertgoers are resorting to Craigslist and secondary market sites like Ticket Liquidator, where the best, the best, the best, the best seats are currently listed on sale for prices as high as $657.

Don’t buy them! Or rather, buy at your own risk.

In an attempt to thwart scalpers and ticket brokers (i.e. glorified scalpers), Foo Fighters sold non-transferable, paperless, credit-card-and-photo-ID-requiring, ostensibly resale-proof tickets. But brokers apparently bought them up and are attempting to gouge fans anyway.

But according to a statement dispatched by the Ryman, non-transferable tickets are still, well, non-transferable.

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Hear Antarctigo Vespucci's New EP and See Them at Cafe Coco Next Week!

Posted By on Thu, Oct 30, 2014 at 1:34 PM

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Breaking news: In the Critics' Picks section of this week's Scene, I excitedly suggest you go see Antarctigo Vespucci at Cafe Coco next Wednesday. I don't want to be too cocky, but you should definitely listen to me. I am right on this one. Sometimes I'm wrong, I know. I prefer "Party in the U.S.A." to "Welcome To New York" and I like that emo Face to Face record no one else seems to like, but this time, in this specific instance, I am a source you can trust.

To quote myself:

[Antarctigo Vespucci's] new EP Soulmate Stuff is perfect for fall listening — it has a good amount of bright pop paired with just a tinge of bittersweetness. “I’m Giving Up on U2” is a terrific fuck-you anthem loaded with Weezer-y guitar riffs, while “Bang” is more reminiscent of The Rentals, with blasts of catchy synth bits. It’s a mostly poppy, slightly punky wonderland of songs that are great for singing along to, as loudly as possible.

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Paul Simon Plays House Show at Belle Meade Mansion

Posted By on Thu, Oct 30, 2014 at 1:21 PM

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Wednesday night, in the grand hall of a multimillion-dollar mansion in Belle Meade that serves as Rayna Jaymes’ house on TV’s Nashville, The Spin watched as Paul Simon played “Hear Comes the Sun” and “The Sound of Silence” to a small crowd that included Mayor Karl Dean, Brenda Lee and much of the Nashville cast. That sounds like the description of a dream we might have had, the result of falling asleep drunk, our synapses firing randomly and recklessly. But it really happened. We know it really happened, because we have the notes and the photos to prove it.

Simon, who was joined by sideman Mark Stewart, was playing as part of a benefit for the COPD Foundation at the $19 million home of philanthropist and socialite Sylvia Roberts. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease claimed the life of Phil Everly earlier this year, and the evening was a tribute to Everly and his legacy, with the cheapest tickets going for $500. The Spin, however, somehow managed to find our way onto the press list.

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An Inside Look Into Nashville's Secret Cabal of Queen Superfans

Posted By on Thu, Oct 30, 2014 at 1:02 PM

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Perhaps you've heard the commercials on all the local radio stations talking about an upcoming show at the Nashville Symphony that promises to be the ultimate celebration of one of the best bands ever!

Duh, of course they're talking about QUEEN.

At the risk of getting into a massive debate over what the best band ever is (THERE IS NO DEBATE — IT'S QUEEN), I am super psyched about this show, which runs at the Schermerhorn Oct. 30, 31 and Nov. 1. As a founding member of the local chapter of the Queen Breakfast Club, I'm practically peeing my pants out of excitement at the chance to hear songs from Queen's massive repertoire played by my beloved symphony.

What is the Queen Breakfast Club, you ask? OK, maybe you didn't ask, but I'm telling you anyway. Two years ago, a group of Nashvillians — some old friends, some mere acquaintances — met at Fido for a breakfast. This was not a business breakfast or a birthday celebration or a baby shower or anything like that. The breakfast, which turned into the very first meeting of the Queen Breakfast Club (QBC), resulted from a series of email chains, Facebook comments, and other conversations revolving around the fact that each person invited to the table was a massive Queen fan. Like, the kind of Queen fan who knows the answers to questions such as:

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Lunchtime Poll: Do You Have a Band Tattoo?

Posted By on Thu, Oct 30, 2014 at 12:00 PM

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Last week I asked "Do you like seeing bands play full albums live?" and nearly everyone who voted loved it or, at least, was open to the idea so long as it was a good band playing a favorite album. So today I want to find out just how deep your love for certain bands will go.

Let's talk about band tattoos.

The majority of my friends have tattoos, and several of them have at least some kind of music-related ink on them — lyrics, band logos, and, in the rare instance, a portrait of a musician's face. I know nearly a dozen people with Jawbreaker-related tattoos alone (my friends are so emo). I've got a buddy or two with a Misfits tattoo; I have a friend with a subtle 311 logo tattoo, and every couple of years I seriously contemplate getting whatever lyric I'm obsessed with at the time inked onto my arm (then I remember tattoos hurt).

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So, Sharon Van Etten's 'Your Love Is Killing Me' Is Curiously Similar to Natalie Prass' 'Violently'

Posted By on Thu, Oct 30, 2014 at 9:30 AM

I was pleased to find the latest promo video from renowned singer-songwriter and one-time Murfreesboroan Sharon Van Etten in my inbox yesterday. I admit that as a long-time Bucket City resident I'm a little biased (though I'm too young by a semester or two for her to have served me a coffee at The Red Rose), but Van Etten comes by her praise honestly. She's great at writing about heavy feelings without getting weighed down by them: as The Spin recently mused, "she makes compelling art out of her angst."

The same could be said about the video for "Your Love is Killing Me," from her latest LP, Are We There. Directed by Sean Durkin of Martha Marcy May Marlene fame, the clip follows a young woman played by Carla Juri (who you'll recognize as Helen Memel if you caught "German gross-out comedy" Wetlands at the Nashville Film Festival this spring) coming up with a clever if somewhat disturbing way to give her ex the ol' kiss-off. However, the song's soaring pre-chorus, Van Etten's delivery of which reminds me of Grace Slick's best work, rang a bell:

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Taylor Swift, Grant-Lee Phillips, Death From Above 1979, Reigning Sound and More: Inside This Week's Music Section

Posted By on Thu, Oct 30, 2014 at 7:15 AM

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The Town Troubadour: Grant-Lee Phillips looks back on Gilmore Girls

Partying Like It's 1989: Taylor Swift goes pop, returns to singing about living in a big ol' city

Back to Life: On The Physical Life, a reunited Death From Above 1979 finish what they started

What Becomes of the Brokenhearted: Greg Cartwright's Reigning Sound brings Shattered songs to Nashville

In The Spin: JEFF the Brotherhood at The End; Jason Isbell, Sturgill Simpson at the Ryman; K.Flay at 12th & Porter

Plus Critics’ Picks on Olivia Jean, Drive-By Truckers, Leo Kottke, The Budos Band, Cale Tyson, Taj Mahal, The Devil Makes Three, Nude Beach, Jake Leg Stompers, Robyn Hitchcock, New Pornographers, Coliseum, Natural Child, The Pizza Underground and more.

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Dee Snider Doesn't Think Taylor Swift Should Be Ambassador of New York City

Posted By on Wed, Oct 29, 2014 at 4:53 PM

Surely you've heard the news: Taylor Swift has been named the new Global Welcome Ambassador of New York City, timing perfectly with the release of her new album, 1989, which opens with a track called "Welcome to New York." Is pop music ever not an advertisement these days? (Related: Read this great piece about pop music and advertising.)

Of course there's some backlash. What does Swift have to do with NYC? She was born in Pennsylvania, she grew up here in Tennessee and I've got a two-year-old MetroCard with $0.75 left on it that says she'll never step foot on the subway or even leave Manhattan without a camera crew urging her to do so. Does she know the politics of the city? Has she ever watched someone die in the East River? Is she going to do anything other than tell people to go to Times Square and shop at Target? Urinary tract infections have lasted longer than that woman has lived in the city!

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A Primer on Metal Legends Carcass, Playing Exit/In Nov. 7

Posted By on Wed, Oct 29, 2014 at 3:58 PM

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Holy crap, y'all, Carcass is coming to Exit/In in LESS THAN TWO WEEKS! I don't even live in town anymore and I'm stoked for this.

Nashville missed out on the band's first major stateside tour in decades when Carcass headlined the Decibel Magazine tour earlier this year, but a bill with Exhumed, Obituary and Noisem is a sweet consolation prize. (Noisem played that Decibel tour, too.)

But my gut tells me that there might be some of you who aren't properly pumped about this show. If you have even a passing interest in metal, you need to cancel all other plans for Nov. 7. Don't have $25? Sell some plasma.

For the uninitiated, here's a Carcass primer:

Three dudes in Liverpool, England, started what would become Carcass in 1985. Bill Steer also played in Napalm Death (Scum, side 2), and Jeff Walker was in Electro Hippies. Early on, they were grindcore pioneers, putting out records with gory art and short songs with ridiculous titles. But we're gonna jump right into their finest hour.

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