Friday, February 5, 2016

See The Dead Weather's Traveling Freak Show in 'Impossible Winner' [Fresh Vid]

Posted By on Fri, Feb 5, 2016 at 11:11 AM

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As Nashville-centered supergroup The Dead Weather pointed out around the time they released Dodge and Burn back in September, the four members' schedules precluded them from being able to tour behind their third record. Vocalist Alison Mosshart is busy with The Kills, multi-instrumentalist Dean Fertita is busy with Queens of the Stone Age, bassist Jack Lawrence is busy with City and Colour, and drummer Jack White is … well, you know that dude. He's a real never-not-busy type.

So instead of bringing The Dead Weather to a venue near you, White & Co. are keeping their music-video game on point — that means cinematic visual treatments and live-performance vids alike. Yesterday, the group unveiled their black-and-white video for "Impossible Winner" exclusively via streaming site TIDAL. Today, the video (directed by Sophie Muller and Ross McDowell) went live on YouTube, and you can watch it after the jump. 

The video depicts Mosshart, White, Fertita and Lawrence as, shall we say, genetically abnormal characters, imprisoned on a train — presumably a traveling freak show — and mistreated by a gaggle of creepy handlers. And hey! Looks like we finally get to see why "Little" Jack Lawrence has that spare digit on the Dodge and Burn album cover. The song is something of a step in a different direction for the DW. No guitars, no fuzzed-out bass lines, but a lot of impassioned vocals from Mosshart.

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Weekend Round-Up: The Gold Bambino Style

Posted By on Fri, Feb 5, 2016 at 7:40 AM

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Howdy, there, Creamsters, and a happy Friday to you. Today, we'll salute George Herman "Babe" Ruth, one of the great heroes of baseball (also not bad on camera), born Feb. 6, 1895. His career record of home runs, set at 714 when he retired in 1935, remained unbroken until Hank Aaron, unfazed by a torrent of gross racist vitriol, smashed it on his very first at-bat of the 1974 season. Aaron, by the way, turns 82 today — hats off to Hammerin' Hank!

Let's talk shows. Tonight, you've got The B52s wrapping up their two-nighter with the Nashville Symphony; Thelma and the Sleaze continuing their show-a-day Kandyland Tour (which hits a different spot every day in February); 12th & Porter's Grand Reopening with Chuck Mead; Diane Coffee at The Basement East; This Is Art at Exit/In; The Blind Boys of Alabama at Franklin Theatre; Volume 5 (part of SPBGMA weekend) at The Station Inn and more.

Saturday, you've got Jenny Lewis at the Ryman (also Monday at a benefit for Candice Ferguson at The Basement East); Ttotals recording a set live to tape at Fond Object; Elias Goldstein playing Paganini's Caprices at Blair's Turner Hall; Graham Nash at City Winery (at press time, Saturday was sold out, but tickets were still available for the Sunday show); Sun Seeker's single release at Grimey's; The Grascals at The Station Inn and more.

Looking out a little later, rowdy country persona Wheeler Walker Jr. hits Exit/In on Wednesday; Lucinda Williams' haunting new full-length Ghosts of Highway 20 is out today, so make time to check that out, as well. Have a look at the rest after the jump, let us know what we missed in the comments, and be careful with your balls this weekend.

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Thursday, February 4, 2016

Kanye's Yeezy Season 3 Listening Party to Stream Live at Green Hills

Posted By on Thu, Feb 4, 2016 at 5:45 PM

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A heavily-publicized Twitter beef with Wiz Kalifa? A self-styled Rolling Stone cover? The inability to pick a title for his forthcoming seventh studio album? If producer, rapper, fashion designer and pop culture’s most notorious heel Kanye West hasn’t spent enough time on your radar this week, well, then you're in for a treat! 

Accompanying the release of this at-least-temporarily-titled Waves (due out Feb. 11), and also because it'll be New York Fashion Week, Yeezy is putting on a sold-out art-rap bash at Madison Square Garden, and streaming the event as part of a listening party and preview of his latest fashion line. The whole to-do — which will also feature a performance from Italian Kanye collaborator and contemporary artist Vanessa Beecroft — is called Yeezy Season 3 and it'll live-stream to select theaters across the globe, including our own Regal Green Hills Stadium 16 at 3:15 p.m. 

Tickets start at $25 for general admission, but packages that include the album, T-shirts, hoodies and jean jackets range in price all the way up to $581. You can order 'em here

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The Week in Fresh Tracks [Loretta Lynn, Vince Gill, Kiya Lacey, Wick-It and more]

Posted By on Thu, Feb 4, 2016 at 3:22 PM

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Greetings, Cream readers! Are you in the mood to get your stream on? Here's a virtual buffet of fresh tracks from some of your favorite local artists — prepare to feast your ears!

This time, we've got two living country legends, some choice hip-hop cuts, ace pop presentations, some righteous surf shagging and even dance music with a smidge of metal squeezed in. Let's get to it!

As always, send submissions to cream[at]nashvillescene[dot]com, and look back at past weeks in fresh tracks here.

Loretta Lynn, "Who's Gonna Miss Me"
While we might not agree with her on her every opinion these days, the Coal Miner's Daughter's musical choices are something we can get behind. "Who's Gonna Miss Me" is a poignant Carter Family-inspired cut from her forthcoming album Full Circle, which is out March 4 (which features guest appearances from Willie Nelson, Elvis Costello and more). The song finds Lynn in robust voice as she contemplates a world without her, which would be a sad place indeed.

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The B-52s Rock With the Nashville Symphony Tonight and Tomorrow Night at the Schermerhorn

Posted By on Thu, Feb 4, 2016 at 2:40 PM

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For going on 40 years now, Athens, Ga., idiosyncratic art-pop New Wavers The B-52s — perhaps the least Southern-sounding Southern rock band in rock history — have blazed a trail of cosmic camp across theater stages the world over. And founders Kate Pierson, Fred Schneider and Cindy Wilson still clearly have whale-sized ambitions when it comes to challenging musical conventions, as the trio teams up with the Nashville Symphony for this pair of sure-to-be-special-and-unique shows at the Schermerhorn.

It’s pretty impossible to imagine how oddball chimerical classics like “Rock Lobster,” “Roam,” “Love Shack” and “Legal Tender” will sound with a dedicated symphonic treatment, which is all the more reason to turn up and hear it for yourself — not to mention the market price for these rock shows is a beyond-reasonable $29-$79. Tonight's show starts at 7:30 p.m. and tomorrow night's starts at 8 p.m.

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Did Drake's OVO Sound Label Rip Off Jensen Sportag?

Posted By on Thu, Feb 4, 2016 at 1:26 PM

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With his much-anticipated Views From the 6 slated for release in April, Canadian hip-hop golden boy Drake’s runaway train of superstar momentum — which has been building since he surprise-dropped last year’s platinum-selling If You’re Reading This it’s Too Late — doesn’t look like it’s slowing down anytime soon. This weekend, you’ll probably spot him more than a few times in a Super Bowl ad for T-Mobile riffing on his ubiquitous 2015 hit “Hotline Bling."

Moreover, the rapper's Warner-distributed label OVO Sound has made him a bona-fide mogul, with a roster of acts like PartyNextDoor and a murderers row of in-house producers like Noah “40” Shebib, Future the Prince, Boi-1da and Nineteen85, who have crafted a smooth, murky and minimal trademark fusion of rap and R&B that’s inundating the airwaves and inspiring a fleet of DIY producers to flood Soundcloud with copycat beats.

But a tipster has brought to our attention a pair of OVO tracks that hint the label might be up to their own copycat shenanigans.

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See Cage the Elephant on Conan, Kopecky on Kimmel [Vidsy Bits]

Posted By on Thu, Feb 4, 2016 at 12:57 PM

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It's been a busy season for locals on the late-night TV circuit: Chris Stapleton dominated SNL, Margo Price and Aubrie Sellers both recently made their network debuts on Colbert (by the way, maybe he's not a local, but Tulsa troubadour John Moreland's debut on Colbert on Monday is absolutely worth your time),  and now Cage the Elephant and Kopecky are getting in on the action.

Bowling Green transplants CTE made a return visit to Conan, playing the wistful "Trouble" from their Dan Auerbach-produced Tell Me I'm Pretty. While frontman Matt Schultz didn't rush the crowd this time (like he did on Fallon a couple weeks back), the band's pro chops mean they hold up fine when put in the spotlight.

Kopecky, meanwhile, followed up some ace music vids (1, 2) for their latest LP Drug for the Modern Age with a pair of high-energy performances on Jimmy Kimmel Live. The six-member-strong group, formerly Kopecky Family Band, swapped instruments all around between performances of "Talk to Me" and "Quarterback." 

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Jenny Lewis, Lucinda Williams, Wheeler Walker Jr. and More: Inside This Week's Music Section

Posted By on Thu, Feb 4, 2016 at 7:50 AM

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2 Cool 2 B Forgotten: Lucinda Williams revisits The Ghosts of Highway 20 (The Ghosts of Highway 20
out Friday, Feb. 5, on Highway 20 Records)

Rabbit Redux: Jenny Lewis brings Rabbit Fur Coat, the album that made indie rock safe for country, to the Ryman (Playing Saturday, Feb. 6, at the Ryman, and Monday, Feb. 8, at The Basement East)

Redneck Bit: Is lecherous newcomer Wheeler Walker Jr. the Tony Clifton of country? Does it matter? (Playing Wednesday, Feb. 10, at Exit/In; Redneck Shit out Friday, Feb. 12)

In The Spin: Those Darlins Take a Bow at The Basement East

Plus Critic's Picks on The B-52s, Thelma and the Sleaze, This is Art, Blind Boys of Alabama, Graham Nash, Sun Seeker, Diet Cig, Dr. John, Big Eyes and more 

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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Legends of Southern Hip-Hop Lineup Actually Is Pretty Legendary

Posted By on Wed, Feb 3, 2016 at 1:40 PM

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Usually when a tour starts throwing around the word “legendary” to describe its bill, you can expect that they’re using a pretty liberal definition of “legend.” More often than not, it’s an anti-climactic parade of one-hit wonders putting in just enough effort to pull a paycheck.

Not this time, son! Municipal Auditorium will host “The Legends of Southern Hip-Hop” on March 25, featuring a stacked lineup of legitimate hip-hop royalty: Bun B, 8Ball & MJG, Mystikal, Juvenile (not, as the Facebook event claims, French synth-pop group Juveniles), Trick Daddy, and Project Pat.

Alright, maybe it’s a stretch to call Project Pat, who’s mostly known for being Juicy J’s brother, a legend — but look at the rest of that lineup! Although Bun B hasn’t been hustling as hard since the death of his partner Pimp C (and the subsequent dissolution of UGK), he’s one of the finest rappers in the game and a huge part of the reason why the South continues to reign over what hip-hop is in 2016. And that’s without mentioning prolific Memphis duo 8Ball & MJG, who have toiled in the underground for decades, or Mystikal, who has been circling a comeback since his funky 2013 cut “Hit Me.”

Tickets go on sale this Friday, Feb. 5, through Ticketmaster and are priced between $45 and $75. Or, you could take that money and catch the “I Love the 90’s” tour featuring Salt N Pepa, Vanilla Ice, and Coolio. Your call, I guess.

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Ned's Atomic Link Bin: Phil Anselmo's Nazi Salute, Death Stalks Jefferson Airplane, A Def Leppard Cruise Gets Weird and More

Posted By on Wed, Feb 3, 2016 at 1:10 PM

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Writer's note: Greetings! My name’s Ned Raggett, occasional music writer for a variety of spots. The Cream approached me to talk a bit about interesting music news, think pieces, longreads and more from the previous week. And some actual music too, strangely enough. You can thank a huge range of friends for suggesting things to their own circles as much as anyone else. Maybe I just like to be my own aggregator. Welcome to the column, and hope you enjoy!

For this week, the continuing roll call of departed musicians grew with the deaths of not one but two Jefferson Airplane members, Paul Kantner and original singer Signe Anderson, on the same day. But there were plenty of other items to note throughout the week — not always pleasantly, given Phil Anselmo’s latest outburst of racist drivel or continuing evidence of musicians getting the short end of the stick economically or legally. But whether it was learning how Toni Tennille discovered the Smiths and Morrissey or a celebration of a famed ZZ Top gatefold photo of one indulgent meal, there were highlights still to be found.

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