First up, The Melvins have been going strong for three decades and counting, pulling apart heavy music and reshaping it according to their own design like grungy Picassos. Third Man Records announced this week that the Pacific Northwest giants will be dropping by The Blue Room on Thursday, May 30, with local OG-minded punks Cy Barkley and the Way Outsiders on hand to warm up the crowd. The last couple of visits The Melvins have made to Music City have been pretty epic hangs at Exit/In; feast yer peepers on Adam Gold's conversation with frontman Buzz Osborne prior to last May's rager. You'll probably want to jump on tickets for this intimate show with a quickness.
For those of you who like to think long-term and/or have a taste for testing the boundaries of soul, Exit/In's calendar holds a treat: Psychedelic soul pioneer Shuggie Otis will grace their stage on Oct. 10. The son of R&B bandleader Johnny Otis, Shuggie's skill at composition and with a variety of instruments earned him the praise of fellow musicians and the attention of record labels when he was still in his teens. One notable early professional adventure: handling the low notes on the zany and complex Frank Zappa composition "Peaches en Regalia." The younger Otis released a trio of albums on Epic in the early '70s, featuring an infectious and way-out amalgam of pop, soul and funk that you'll be right at home with if you're into Prince. Despite critical and popular success of varying degrees, Otis vanished from view in the later '70s, leaving a 1977 Brothers Johnson cover of his biggest hit to date, "Strawberry Letter 23," as his most public document for decades. Shuggie began recording and touring again in the late '90s, and Luaka Bop turned a cult classic into a popular icon by reissuing his last complete album, Inspiration Information, in 2001, and a new reissue includes previously unreleased tracks. Tickets go on sale at 10 p.m. tonight via the Exit/In site.
Yesterday, local rock 'n' rollers Ultras S/C brought us a music video featuring footage of some literal Kamikazes. Today, Plastic Visions bring us a song and video about a figurative Kamikaze. Plastic Visions is the outfit featuring Kane Stewart and Cage the Elephant's Brad Shultz, and when they first debuted the tune in question — titled, naturally, "Kamikaze" — I called it "a snotty, blown-out, three-minute fuzz-pop burner that lands somewhere in the vicinity of Flaming Lips' psychedelic art rock." The Visions will drop their debut EP next week, but for now, you can see the video (directed by Stewart himself) above.
“'Kamikaze' depicts the femme fatale character," Plastic Visions tell Antiquiet. "Showing the ups and downs of battling with substance abuse and a fascination with the manipulation of seduction.” The video is simple enough: There's some in-mirror preening, some hanging out, some hookah smoke bubbles ... and then, hey surprise, murder! Spoiler alert? My apologies.
Hellbender, Second Sight
Middle Tennessean psych-metal wizards Hellbender will release their Second Sight LP and embark on tour June 6, but that doesn't mean we can't already dive in. Sight consists of of extended, mid-tempo, groove-centric instrumental jams that alternate between dreamy sonic landscapes rife with Eastern-sounding lead parts and heavy, sludgy blasts of distortion. You can catch Hellbender May 31 at The Owl Farm, celebrating their release June 6 at The Groove, or July 6 at Springwater. Stream all of Second Sight above or via the 'Bender's Bandcamp page, or download the whole thing for free at their website.
Watch out kids, I've gone crowd-funding ca-raaaazy! While I'm usually averse to digital spanging, it seems like this week there's a lot of good stuff that I can't just ignore like a Contributor on a Brentwood street corner. You guys heard about Trespass, the new street art gallery that's trying to open downtown, right? And you donated, right? Excellent. Now it's time to bust out those check cards again! The fine folks at G.E.D Soul Records in Murfreesboro — one of my favorite local labels, obvs, who DPR mentioned recently — are raising money via a Kickstarter campaign to press not one, not two, but three — Tres! Trois! Drei! — albums. As a proud owner of the complete G.E.D. catalog — including the new extra-dope Sky Hi Reality Check EP — I feel pretty confident in saying that it is worth the investment. G.E.D. is offering a ton of "fabulous prizes" including test pressings, T-shirts and more, so slide them a few clams and maybe the world a funkier place. Goal is $15,000, deadline is June 24.
Now it's time for more pa-har-tay and buh-hull-shiiiit ...
It isn't exactly a jam-packed weekend here in Music City, but there's a little bit of action if you hunt around. Tonight you've got: James Wallace and the Naked Light at The Stone Fox; Kyle Andrews for free at The High Watt; QDP at The 5 Spot; Scorpion Child at The End; and more. Tomorrow you're looking at: The Avett Brothers at Bridgestone; Lamb of God at Marathon; Bobby Bare Jr. with Birdcloud at The Basement; East Side Hootenanny with El El, COIN and more at East Park; The Long Players doing A Hard Day's Night at Mercy; and more. Have a look at the rest after the jump. Let us know what we missed, and may your weekend be long and prosperous.
It's been a while since we've heard anything out of hard-boozin', dirty-bloozin' rock 'n' roll power trio Ultras S/C. Perhaps that's because two-thirds of the band are awaiting the arrival of their hard-ass progeny. Nevertheless, the outfit — fronted by inimitable former Be Your Own Pet howler Jemina Pearl — has a brand-new Michael Carter-directed video for their tune "1417 Roberts Ave.," and it debuted earlier today via Noisey.
Ultras S/C utilize about as much artifice and pretense as precursors like, say, Wire, Rocket From the Tombs or MC5 (which is to say, none), instead opting to sloppily squall and squeal away on their respective instruments, punishing the eardrums of anyone who comes along for the ride. Shit, drummer Ben Swank doesn't even use hi-hats. Anyhow, the video is similarly unapologetic, Carter having spliced in clips of warships being Kamikaze dive-bombed amid VHS footage of the Ultras clamoring away in a basement. Enjoy the video above. You can also stream the track itself below or purchase it at Ultras S/C's Bandcamp page, or order the single via Cass Records.
It's Episode 133 of The Chris Crofton Show, and you know what that means: weird questions coming at you from a very plush studio at the top of a very tall building in Nashville, Tennessee. Don your wrestling-singlet-style bathing costumes and dip in after the jump.
Oh shit, how'd this one slip past us? Sometimes there are just to many good shows for us to process them all in a timely manner. No reason to cry over unprinted milk — Big K.R.I.T. is in town, and it's time to get the fuck down! The Mississippi rapper/producer — who just released the stellar King Remembered in Time mixtape last month — is one of the best live performers in contemporary hip-hop, and tonight he'll grace Limelight's stage. He hasn't been through town in a minute and probably won't be back for, like, an hour, so get off your couch and get in on one of the most blazing hip-hop shows you will ever see. (If you caught his sold-out show at Mercy a while back or his set at Soundland back in '11, you know what I'm talking about. Or you can just watch the Break on a Cloud-shot video above.)
Tonight's show is being put on by our friends over at The Smoking Section and the crew over at Phatkaps — two co-signs that mean quality. Locals Openmic (who's been under the radar for a little while finishing up his college degree) and Petty (who is responsible for one of this year's best local albums) open.
Tickets are $30, doors are 9:30 p.m. Purchase tickets here.
Turns out, there’s a lot of overlap between my favorite contenders and those of my colleagues. That’s only natural, as a good portion of us are peers, but it did mean that my list got whittled down pretty damn quick. As has been accurately pointed out, the Aughts are far from the only time that we’ve had a strong non-country scene; several of our entries have reached back to the ‘60s, ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s, and today’s the day I join in with some striking cuts from the Mid-State of Yesteryear(s), even if they weren’t so very long ago.
If It Ain’t Got That Swing: The Avett Brothers are still the best at making folk-rock fun (Playing Saturday, 18th at Bridgestone Arena)
Pop Priestess in Sneakers: Brit sensation Ellie Goulding's magical run continues (Playing Monday, 20th at the Ryman)
It’s Not the Years: The Features grow up, not old, on their self-titled full-length (The Features out now via Serpents and Snakes)
Dancin’ in the Street: Dancin' in the District returns to Riverfront Park as Nashville Dancin’ (See the full lineup)
Stranger Blues: Randall Bramblett creates self-examining R&B grooves on his new The Bright Spots (The Bright Spots out now via New West)
In The Spin: Blank Range, T. Rust, The Switchblade Kid and Shy Guy at The End, Rodriguez w/Jenny O. at the Ryman
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Anything cool going on this weekend though? Seems bleak out there
Porky and the Meat Beaters