Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Paul McCartney to Play Bridgestone Arena June 25

Posted by on Wed, Apr 16, 2014 at 10:48 AM

Paul McCartney at Bonnaroo 2013
In June of last year, Sir Paul McCartney headlined the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Fest in Manchester, Tenn., with an explosive, career-spanning, life-affirming, fireworks- and hit-riddled set. From full-band renditions of “Eight Days a Week,” "Band on the Run" and "Live and Let Die" to a solo "Blackbird" and a heartfelt cover George Harrison's "Something," it was enough to knock the cynical old socks off of all the music snobs I know. Well, all the music snobs I care to know. If you were there and the show-closing Abbey Road medley of “Golden Slumbers,” “Carry That Weight” and “The End” didn't give you goosebumps, I'm not entirely sure I want to know you.

So. Here's what you want to know: Sir Paul has confirmed another half-dozen dates on his Out There Tour, which will bring the Cute Beatle to Nashville's own Bridgestone Arena (he was last there in July of 2010) on June 25. Tickets will run you anywhere from $29.50 to $254.50, and those go on sale Friday, April 25, at 10 a.m. via this link. A press release tells us that "American Express® Card Members can purchase tickets before the general public beginning Monday, April 21 at 10 a.m. through Thursday, April 24 at 10 p.m."

What else? Well, since some of you Beatlemaniacs may be interested in catching Macca in more than one city this summer, see the rest of his U.S. dates after the jump — other freshly announced stops include: Lubbock, Texas' United Spirit Arena; Dallas, Texas' American Airlines Center; Atlanta's Philips Arena; Jacksonville, Fla.'s Veterans Memorial Arena; and Salt Lake City's EnergySolutions Arena. Also after the jump: a bunch of live Beatles and Wings and McCartney solo clips, because he's the greatest living songwriter, and if you can't get stoked about seeing a Beatle live, there's something wrong with your heart or ears. You know there is, you know there is, you know there is.

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Wednesday Night Round-Up: Mac DeMarco (Sold Out), Violent Reaction and The Flex, Music City Roots, More

Posted by on Wed, Apr 16, 2014 at 7:25 AM

Mac DeMarco
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It's true. Moderately endowed Canadian rock 'n' roller Mac DeMarco's show tonight at Exit/In is sold out. If you snoozed and lost on tickets, that's too bad, as DeMarco's brand-new Salad Days is pretty groovy. As a matter of fact, contributor Jordan Lawrence wrote a little something about it for us. Here's an excerpt:

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Cowboy Jack Clement’s Posthumous For Once and for All out July 15; Hear 'Let the Chips Fall'

Posted by on Tue, Apr 15, 2014 at 5:25 PM

Anyone who attended Cowboy Jack Clement's tribute show at War Memorial Auditorium in January of last year will likely agree that it was a fitting send-off for the legendary Nashvillian songster, producer, entertainer and behind-the-scenes man. Cowboy — who was of course known for his work with Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Jerry Lee Lewis, U2 and countless others — died just six months after the tribute, and was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame not long after that.

Well, news comes to us now that there's more to Cowboy's story after all. On July 15, John Grady's new IRS Records will issue For Once and for All, Clement's "last musical work," co-produced by Dave "Fergie" Ferguson and Matt Sweeney with the ubiquitous T Bone Burnett as executive producer. According to a release, Cowboy "finished this song set with help from friends including John Prine, Emmylou Harris, Bobby Bare, Duane Eddy, T Bone Burnett, Vince Gill, Marty Stuart, Rodney Crowell, Buddy Miller, Dan Auerbach, Leon Russell, Gillian Welch, Dave Rawlings, Dickie Lee, Shawn Camp, Dierks Bentley, Jim Rooney, Jim Lauderdale, Will Oldham, daughter Allison Clement and a bunch of others."

IRS has unveiled the first single from the record — a stirring, lush, three-minute rendition of "Let the Chips Fall" — and you can hear it after the jump. Dive in.

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Tristen's 'Gold Star' [Fresh Vid]

Posted by on Tue, Apr 15, 2014 at 3:01 PM

Remember when local chanteuse extraordinaire Tristen asked fans to make their own music videos for "Gold Star"? The propulsive, sunny track happens to be the tune we included in the Best Local Rock of 2013 Winter Mix to rep C A V E S, our favorite local album from last year. You may also recall that the fan videos were a fun promo game that Tristen and pal Caitlin Rose even got into for themselves.

Today, Tristen debuted the above official video via Impose. Produced by Josh Duensing, it builds on Tristen's original self-made vid, adding guest appearances by Cortney Tidwell, Birdcloud's Makenzie Green, Jonny Fritz, and a host of other familiar faces enjoying the superhero life, hoping to catch the cast of Nashville in their secret meeting place on the pedestrian bridge, and choogling down at karaoke hotspot Santa's Pub. It also includes the lyrics, cleverly woven into the kaleidoscopic imagery. This is sure to be a boon to folks who rarely catch all the lyrics the first time through a song; this aww-inspiring tiny dancer sure did a better job than me (HT to Cap'n Cream, aka D. Patrick Rodgers, for that). Beat this acriptid cold and give it a spin.


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Spurgeon’s General Warning: Up in the Air

Posted by on Tue, Apr 15, 2014 at 10:56 AM

I’ve been up in the air a few times this past week, traveling to and from Los Angeles. There were no dream-like encounters with attractive people falling asleep on me like our good fictional frienemy Don Draper had over the weekend, but I did sit next to a guy who worked for True Religion. Their male customers are looking for “more skinny options,” I learned. Ah, the glory and glamor of flight!

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Numbah 4,080: Chancellor Warhol's Paris Is Burning, BLKSUNCHILD's Hii on the Lows EP

Posted by on Tue, Apr 15, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Chancellor Warhol, Paris Is Burning

If you remember my review of Chancellor Warhol’s listening party for Paris Is Burning, then you’ll remember me calling it the local hip-hop event of the year for 2013. Last month, Chancellor Warhol finally dropped the much-anticipated Paris Is Burning, albeit after a few delays. Paris Is Burning is Warhol’s fourth project to date. It builds on his continued focus on making pop art within the context of hip-hop, a theme that’s been a recurring one in Chance’s career since his 2010 debut, Japanese Lunchbox.

Warhol describes the record as the “soundtrack to the last two years of my life.” Indeed, this new album is his first release since 2012’s Playlist for Edie mixtape. And it seems to show. Paris Is Burning is a meticulous and balanced record with much attention to detail. And on it, Chancellor Warhol shows the most ease he’s displayed behind the mic to date.

Warhol’s new album also shows his growing understand of pop. Seven out of the 10 songs here contain at least one guest artist. But instead of making for a lazy record, each featured guest is memorable, well-timed, and ultimately only adds to Chance’s vision. Whether it’s Minnesota rapper and frequent Nashville collaborator ThatGuySoda’s standout performance on “South of France” or Cherub’s unforgettable falsetto on “Marlon Brando,” you never forget that Paris Is Burning is Warhol’s world. By choosing a bevy of collaborators who all add their indelible touch, Chancellor Warhol only further establishes himself as the grandmaster and center of the unique universe he’s created. Paris Is Burning is available for purchase via iTunes.

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Deleted Scenes w/T. Rust and Photo Ops Tonight at The Stone Fox

Posted by on Tue, Apr 15, 2014 at 7:35 AM


An album-release day is a big milestone for a band, so it’s quite gracious of Deleted Scenes to join us on theirs. Today marks the release of the D.C. quartet’s Lithium Burn, a collection that oscillates between nervy, up-tempo post-punk songs with occasionally mathy flourishes (it wouldn’t be a D.C. band if there weren’t traces of math rock!) and thoughtful ballads. NPR’s Bob Boilen recently called the Scenes’ style “hard to label,” noting that Lithium standout track “Stutter” “mixes grating vocals with sporadic bursts of guitar, those abrasive sounds morphing into a likable, memorable track.” It’s true: “Stutter” is a touch manic, punctuated with pitch-shifted guitars and chopped, screwed, half-shouted vocals. And then there’s a track like the piano-heavy “Landfall,” which, honest to God, you just might think was a Ben Folds deep cut if you didn’t know better. Locals T. Rust and Photo Ops — both pretty damn good themselves — will appear in support. So turn up and wish the Scenes a happy release day.

Tonight's show at The Stone Fox starts at 9 p.m. and costs $7.


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Monday, April 14, 2014

Recap: Notes on Circuit Benders' Ball 2014

Posted by on Mon, Apr 14, 2014 at 4:57 PM

One of Tim Kaisers homemade music boxes
The third installment of Nashville's Circuit Benders' Ball, held Friday through Sunday at Fort Houston, was remarkably like an old-school folk festival in the best possible way. Part science fair, part marathon showcase concert, this biennial event was all about sharing and spreading ideas. Instead of passing on old traditions, guests and participants sampled new or lesser-known ideas about performing music (or what even constitutes music), and took the opportunity to learn about them firsthand from the practitioners, lining up after every set to ask "How did you do that?" Or, just as often, "What did you just do?"

Frequently, the performers improvised, and there was often a visual component, whether projected video, interpretive dance or smashing equipment as part of the show. Ranging from glitches to drones and pulling in a little bit of everything in between, the music wasn't necessarily something you'd put on to relax on a Sunday afternoon, though some of it was quite pleasant. Methods of making sound ran the gamut from tweaking electronic toys to rearranging blocks of data from digital pictures, with all of them united by the common desire to tear down the walls that technology can build between the performer and his or her instrument, to make music a more active experience for everyone involved. I got to visit on Friday and Saturday. I've posted some photos and observations after the jump.

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Tour de Fun at Fond Object, FooBar, The East Room and More, 4/12/14

Posted by on Mon, Apr 14, 2014 at 2:46 PM

East Nashville has a reputation as The New Colossus of the hipster glitterati, welcoming with silent lips the languid and scruffy, the trust-fund bohemian elite, the huddled masses yearning for green tea. While The Spin doesn’t doubt that those folks exist, we saw way fewer of them than ordinary families getting a head start on their yard work as we puffed our way across South Inglewood on Saturday morning. That makes the potential housing crisis all the more disconcerting — besides reasonable rent, this mix of creatives living cheek-by-jowl with regular folks is what made the district an attractive place for artists and artisans to put down roots over the last 15 years. If the gloomy outlook inspired by this line of thinking had any effect on Tour de Fun, we didn’t notice, and that’s exactly how it should be: No matter what may or may not happen to the neighborhood in the future, it’s the people who live there that make it what it is, and on this pitch-perfect sunny Saturday, they made it pretty great.

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Steely Dan, Jason Isbell, Ed Sheeran, Failure Announce Nashville Shows

Posted by on Mon, Apr 14, 2014 at 1:10 PM


So, what do airy jazz-rock legends Steely Dan, Alabamian Americana star Jason Isbell, pumpkin-headed limey pop troubadour Ed Sheeran and reunited ’90s space rockers Failure have in common? Well, aside from being white guys with guitars and stuff, not a whole lot. Save for the fact that each of them announced upcoming Nashville appearances today.

Let’s start with Steely Dan dudes Walter Becker and Donald Fagan, who will reel their strident voiced, minor-seventh-chord-replete smooth sounds of the ’70s in at the Ryman for a two-night stand Aug. 1-2. The Dan’s upcoming outing is dubbed the Jamalot Ever After Tour, and a press release promises that fans can expect “an evening of high-level musical excellence.” Indeed. Tickets go on sale Friday, April 25, right here.

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