Monday, October 12, 2015

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis to Make Nashville Debut at Grand Ole Opry House

Posted By on Mon, Oct 12, 2015 at 7:13 PM

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While it remains to be seen whether or not hip-hop fans will give Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' much-anticipated, as-yet-untitled 2016 album the same love they gave their Grammy-winning breakout LP The Heist,  we can at least exhale and stop wondering when the Seattle duo will make their long-awaited Music City debut. (Were we even wondering that? Is this news fucking awesome?)

The wait ends Jan. 30. That's when Macklemore and Teller to his Penn Lewis park their mopeds at the 4,400-cap Grand Ole Opry House. The show is one of 16 on a month-long U.S. theater run, the duo's first outing in two years, pretentiously dubbed the An Evening With Macklemore and Ryan Lewis Tour.

Will they play new material (like the recent single "Downtown," which you can check out after the jump)? Probably. See the show for yourself and prognosticate over whether the band is headed for a sophomore slump or second commercial triumph.

Tickets go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. (right here) for prices TBA. 

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Yautja Streams Songs of Lament, Perfectly Captures the Spirit of Monday [Fresh Tracks]

Posted By on Mon, Oct 12, 2015 at 4:00 PM

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Mondays, amiright? If you’re reading this now, you’re most likely chained to your desk, fed up with the holiday-havin’ assholes in your newsfeed and ready to crush enough beers to sink a small flotilla. Right there with you, dudes.

Today’s just been a parade of weird news, from Craig Havighurst's essential but ultimately dispiriting analysis  on "The Devaluation of Music" to the sale of venerable alt-weekly Village Voice. Plus there’s a controversial holiday which has every two-bit half-wit pundit saying something stupid. It’s just so tedious.

So very tedious. So very Monday.

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Emolicious Brand New Show Ends in Tears, Singer Suggests Band's End Is Near

Posted By on Mon, Oct 12, 2015 at 3:36 PM

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Mics are for singing, not crying into. That is, unless you’re Brand New frontman Jesse Lacey.

After the reclusive emo-rockers barnstormed through a bloodletting 13-song set (that ended with Lacey tearing out the flowers adorning his mic stand during a grand-finale “Degausser”) at the Ryman Sunday night, the singer stepped back onstage after the customary encore break and addressed the crowd.

“It’s hard to be unhappy about anything," Lacey began, thanking the crowd, opening bands and crew. "Because being in this band has been such a unique experience. It’s just this room, and playing every night in front of an audience that loves us from the front to the back."

But then things took a turn, as a glassy-eyed Lacey confessed feelings of inadequacy and ominously suggested the end is near for the emo-rock stalwarts.

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Watch Justin Collins Have a Steamy Slow-Motion Make-out Sesh in 'Catching Bones on a Saturday Night' [Fresh Vid]

Posted By on Mon, Oct 12, 2015 at 12:15 PM

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Justin Collins has had a busy 2015, which included touring with Diamond Rugs and Deer Tick, starting a record label (Cosmic Thug) with local producer Adam Landry and Pony Boy's Marchelle Bradanini, and playing around town on with his group, The Cosmics. He even found time to dodge some stuff thrown by T. Hardy Morris' band. Dude's due for a break.

In the new Chip McCracken-directed vid for "Catching Bones on a Saturday Night," from his 2014 solo EP Home, Boy, Collins and pals take it easy in a rare daylight visit to local karaoke institution Fran's East Side. Not unlike McCracken's previous Collins video for "Hey Dude," there are some slightly surreal breaks; watch for the cast stopping to do a slow-motion Peanuts dance midway through, just before some serious making out. Check it out after the jump.

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Leon Bridges to Play the Ryman in March

Posted By on Mon, Oct 12, 2015 at 11:41 AM

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Maybe now all of my friends will stop asking for my plus-one to tomorrow's show.

Texas neo-soul crooner Leon Bridges will play mid-size venue Marathon Music Works tomorrow night (see my Critic's Pick on that here), but many fans of the up-and-coming songster were bummed to find that the show sold out not long after tickets went on sale. Well, great news for Bridges fans who snoozed and lost: He's just announced that he'll come back to Nashville just five months down the road, when he'll play the Mother Church of Country Music. Tickets for Bridges' March 2 show at the Ryman will go on sale for $30-$50 right here on Friday, Oct. 16, at noon.

If you're not hip to Bridges' debut long-player Coming Home, which was released in June, it's a record that features (to quote myself) "songs that, despite sounding like they could’ve been featured on a Stax or Motown record from half-a-century ago, are never more derivative than they are unique." In other words, good shit. Very good.

After the jump, watch Bridges' video for "Smooth Sailin'." Don't sleep on those tickets this time.

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Ben Sollee Tonight at City Winery

Posted By on Mon, Oct 12, 2015 at 7:50 AM

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In Sollee’s hands, the cello is a remarkably flexible instrument — chugging and growling like over-amped rhythm guitar one moment, slowing to a dirty deep-bass grind the next.

Fans were bummed when the Lexington, Ky., artist’s 2015 release Steeples, Part One consisted of only three songs — until they actually heard those songs, which again showed his range from Left Banke-style chamber pop to blue-eyed R&B to haunting indie balladry.

And as good as he is on album, he’s a knockout live performer: At a 2011 SoundLand showcase, he locked into the wicked Afro-Brazilian groove of Paul Simon’s “The Obvious Child” so hard The Station Inn’s walls seemed to wobble. Austin classical-pop orchestra Mother Falcon opens, perhaps playing some of their reworking of Radiohead’s OK Computer.

Tonight's show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15-$20.

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Friday, October 9, 2015

Don't Miss The Decline of Western Civilization Parts I & II with Director Penelope Spheeris, Tonight at The Belcourt

Posted By on Fri, Oct 9, 2015 at 3:09 PM

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Several of Vulture's 50 Best Music Documentaries of All Time (as picked by Scene contributor Noel Murray) have screened at The Belcourt, but the opportunity you have tonight is something extra special: Catch not one but two of those top-shelf docs, plus discussion with the director.

Part I of The Decline of Western Civilization features interviews with and performances by Black Flag, X, The Germs and other now-legendary figures; it was released in 1981, as the general public's fear and loathing of all things "punk" headed for its peak. Part II, released in 1988 and subtitled "The Metal Years," features Megadeth, Poison and others, and covers the rise of metal as the mainstream youth's anti-authority soundtrack of choice and the fallout from its subsequent commercialization, with all the numbing debauchery that entails. One infamous interview features W.A.S.P. guitarist Chris Holmes floating in a pool, so drunk he can barely speak; his inability to articulate his feelings about his career says volumes about what was happening to youth culture at the time.

Restored editions of Parts I, II and III (a follow-up released in 1998, which never found a distributor) screen at The Belcourt throughout this weekend as part of Doctober. Following tonight's 7:30 p.m. screening of Part I, director Penelope Spheeris will participate in a Q&A with punk photographer Theresa Kereakes; Spheeris will also be on hand to introduce the 10 p.m. screening of Part II. If you're so inclined, the trifecta is complete with a screening of the late Wes Craven's New Nightmare; more on that from contributor Jason Shawhan. 

Also noteworthy: Shout Factory released a special boxed set of all three Decline films this summer, which includes a wealth of extended interview footage curated by Spheeris' daughter, Anna Fox. Spheeris is also one of the 47 female directors profiled in Turner Classic Movies' Trailblazing Women series this month, which includes a screening of the trilogy (though they're late at night, so you may want to set your DVR): Part I on Friday, Oct. 16 at 2:45 a.m., Part II on Sunday, Oct. 18 at 2:30 a.m. and Part III on Sunday, Oct. 25 at 2:45 a.m. 

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Hear Amerigo Gazaway Mashup B.B. King and UGK in 'Make Love to My Car' [Fresh Track]

Posted By on Fri, Oct 9, 2015 at 2:26 PM

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If your stride needs some glide, you've come to the right place! Following last month's "The Trill is Gone," the title track from a forthcoming entry in his Soul Mates mashup series featuring B.B. King and the Underground Kingz, Amerigo Gazaway brings us "Make Love to My Car."

The tune pairs UGK's "Fuck My Car," an old-school Dirty South cut about the tribulations of dudes getting upstaged by their whips, with B.B.'s cooly funkified 1977 take on the Willie Dixon classic "I Just Want to Make Love to You." As in the rest of the Soul Mates series, the track does an outstanding job of capitalizing on things the two original works have in common, both technically and thematically, which a less-sensitive ear might miss; though the originals sound very different on the surface, they're both winking responses to discovering that your swagger isn't as effective as you thought it was. And as you'd expect, the detail work is impeccable, down to the sound effects used to cover up the curses in the clean version. 

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Cream Premiere: Hear Tim Easton Sing Ted Hawkins' 'One Hundred Miles'

Posted By on Fri, Oct 9, 2015 at 1:15 PM

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If you haven't been astonished in a while, go down an Internet rabbit hole on the subject of Ted Hawkins. Born in Lakeshore, Miss. in 1936, the singer-guitarist didn't exactly toil in obscurity, but he never seemed able to fully enjoy the fruits of his labors, spending substantial portions of his life in jail or struggling with substance abuse. Hawkins is remembered by many as a fixture on Venice Beach Boardwalk, despite having cut a handful of much-loved records for Rounder and Geffen. Whether performing for passersby with a camcorder or a packed house of kids who look like they wandered in from a Fine Young Cannibals show, Hawkins' nuanced, soulful intensity was transfixing.

Twenty years after his death from a stroke, a group of artists inspired by Hawkins' work is paying tribute with Cold and Bitter Tears, a compilation slated for an Oct. 23 release on Austin's Eight 30 Records. We're very pleased to premiere a rendition of "One Hundred Miles" performed by Music City's Tim Easton, who honed his own considerable chops as a busker. 

"Like a lot of his songs, 'One Hundred Miles' is deceptively simple," says Easton. "Ted already nailed it, so it's our turn now to hopefully bring his music to other people by doing it our way. I was really happy with the way the band really leaned into it and put a dance beat behind it. When he plays it, it sounds like a dance song, too, but you just hear his foot tapping. That's his beat.” Give it a listen after the jump.

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Chris Crofton and Daniel Pujol Collaborate on Benevolent Billionaires [Fresh Track]

Posted By on Fri, Oct 9, 2015 at 12:44 PM

If you weren't aware, here's a quick reminder the third annual International Cassette Store Day is coming up next Saturday, Oct. 17. Few details have emerged so far regarding the happenings, but Grimey's, The Groove, Fond Object and Two Boots are all slated to participate. It was a pretty happening hang last year, so we'll bet this year's shows and parties will be alright, too.

At any rate, among a healthy slate of releases is a cool Burger Records tape featuring music, poetry and monologues by Chris "Advice King" Crofton and PUJOL frontman Daniel Pujol, with help from Nick Davis and Greg Crofton. After the jump, get a little taste of Benevolent Billionaires: A Cassette of Hapless Fools’ Phantom Haircuts by streaming the acoustic demo of "Sleepy Doni" (the first track to emerge from PUJOL's forthcoming Kisses EP) which fades into a Crofton monologue called "Benevolent Billionaires," in which parties at the Parthenon get slightly out of hand.

Stick around for a little bonus, as well: Stream an extended full-band version of the super thoughtful and super catchy "Sleepy Doni," during the last half of which Pujol reads his poem "Funky Magus." It'll appear on Kisses, which comes out on Black Friday.

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