Friday, December 26, 2014

Weekend Round-Up: Baby New Year Style

Posted By on Fri, Dec 26, 2014 at 10:30 AM

Salutations, Creamsters! No, you didn't sleep all the way through New Year's — it's only the day after Christmas, aka the first day of Kwanzaa, aka Boxing Day for Brits and Canadians. But it is the last Weekend Round-Up of 2014, so we're gonna take a minute to bask in the radiant glow of the new year that's on its way. We've been checking out 2015 in our crystal ball, and it looks so good that we could just pinch its little cheeks. But we'll get to that in the Jan. 1 issue, hitting your newsstands next week.

It's a lighter-than-usual weekend for shows, but what's there is quality stuff. Tonight you've got: The Running's reunion show at Exit/In; David Olney at The 5 Spot with a full band; Once the Fallen and more at The End; jazz guitarist John Richards at the Frist; Don Schlitz and Jill Sobule starting a two-night stand at The Bluebird; Donna Ulisse and the Poor Mountain Boys at The Station Inn; and more. Saturday, you're looking at: Dave Cloud with Lone Official and Bad Friend at The Stone Fox; a Mashville Reunion feat. Wick-It and more for KDSML's monthly Revue at Exit/In; Billy Burnette at The Sutler; #SimplyStandards, the new Saturday brunch hang with Stefan Forbus' combo at The Stone Fox; The Long Players performing Van Morrison's Moondance with John Hiatt, Mike Farris and more special guests at 3rd & Lindsley; Jason Isbell and Amanda Shires starting their sold-out three-nighter at City Winery; Philadelphia's Lil Dave guesting at The Boom Bap at The 5 Spot; and more.

Be sure to save up some energy for New Year's Eve — maybe you've got plans to get your bounce on at Bassnectar's 360-degree mega-EDM spectacular at Bridgestone Arena, but if you're not sure what to do, consult our all-knowing flowchart. Have a look at the rest after the jump, and resolve yourself to have a good weekend.

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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

In Memoriam 2014: Remembering Some of the Talented Musicians We Lost This Year

Posted By on Tue, Dec 23, 2014 at 2:00 PM

Randolph Isaiah Ikey Owens
  • Photo: David James Swanson
  • Randolph Isaiah "Ikey" Owens
In this week's issue of the Scene (out two days early — Merry Christmas!), we dedicated our paper to remembering some of the great Nashvillians we lost in 2014, including John Seigenthaler, Rob Bironas and Gail Kerr, among many, many others. The music world took a big hit, too, losing Ikey Owens, Phil Everly and Brian "Brain" Harrison. You can read about their lives and legacies below.

See the full In Memoriam issue, which also features Billy Adair, Ann Soyars, John Larry "J.L." Allison and Jimmy C. Newman, here.

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Breaking: Mike Curb, Chuck Elcan Join Deal to Save RCA Studio A

Posted By on Tue, Dec 23, 2014 at 1:37 PM

(L to R): Mike Curb, Aubrey Preston, Charles Chuck Elcan
  • (L to R): Mike Curb, Aubrey Preston, Charles "Chuck" Elcan
RCA Studio A has been saved — with two of the biggest names in Nashville philanthropy joining the effort.

The sale of 30 Music Square West, the building housing the legendary RCA Studio A, was finalized today, nearly three months after Leiper's Fork philanthropist and preservationist Aubrey Preston made an 11th-hour, $5.6 million bid to save the embattled facility. Preston bought the property from Brentwood developer Tim Reynolds, whose Bravo Development planned to raze the building, studio and all, and replace it with a five-story condominium complex and restaurant.

Preston won't be the sole proprietor of the building and famed studio, where five decades of artists from Elvis, Waylon and Dolly to Kacey Musgraves, Jamey Johnson and Miranda Lambert have recorded. Immediately following the sale, Preston announced he's partnered with Nashville healthcare executive Charles "Chuck" Elcan and artist, record executive and former politician Mike Curb. The trio will split ownership of the property equally.

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Chris Crofton, Advice King: How to Get Through Christmas Alone

Posted By on Tue, Dec 23, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Comedian, musician, host of The Chris Crofton Show and former Nashvillian Chris Crofton asked the Scene for an advice column, so we gave him one. Crowning himself the “Advice King,” Crofton will share his hard-won wisdom with whosoever seeks it.

Follow Crofton on Facebook and Twitter, and to submit a question for the Advice King, email editor[at]nashvillescene[dot]com.

Dear Advice King,

My girlfriend broke up with me, I don't have enough money to fly home and see my parents, and all of my friends are going out of town. I'm all alone for Christmas. What should I do?

-Blue Christmas in South Nashville

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Bassnectar, New Year's Eve 2015 Flowchart and More: Inside This Week's Music Section

Posted By on Tue, Dec 23, 2014 at 7:15 AM

  • Bassnectar
Go With the Flow: The only New Year's Eve 2015 flowchart you need (See full-scale flow chart image here)

Night of the Living Bassheads
: What do Bassnectar's arena-sized New Year's Eve blowouts say about EDM in Nashville? Absolutely nothing. (Playing Wednesday, Dec. 31, at Bridgestone Arena)

In The Spin: Justin Timberlake at Bridgestone Arena

Plus Critic's Picks on The Running, The Long Players perform Van Morrison, Billy Burnette, Dave Cloud w/Lone Official and Bad Friend, KDSML Revue, Nikki Lane, Old Crow Medicine Show, Ween's Aaron Freeman, Diarrhea Planet, Marty Stuart, 4D NYE, Moon Taxi, St. Paul and the Broken Bones, My So-Called Band and more.

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Monday, December 22, 2014

The Week in Piney-Fresh Tracks: Hear Holiday Cheer From Tristen, Nikki Lane, Sexx, Sol Cat and more

Posted By on Mon, Dec 22, 2014 at 3:55 PM

Good tidings, 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 — spike that 'nog, kick back in your favorite office chair and feast your ears, because we've got a heap of happening holiday tracks. As always, send submissions to cream[at]nashvillescene[dot]com, and look back at past weeks in fresh tracks here.

Battlepod 8 feat. Tristen and Hands Down Eugene

I always look forward to the semi-annual holiday missive from Jeremy Ferguson and the folks at Battle Tapes Recording (Also: shout-out to Jeremy and his wife, Candace, who gave birth to their little girl this weekend. Welcome to the planet, wee one!). This time out, maestro songstress Tristen drops by for a lush, synth-powered take on "It Came Upon a Midnight Clear," with a thrilling guest appearance by ... well, you'll hear it. No spoilers. Last month, we heard a new Hands Down Eugene EP, uncovered while going through old demos for a new album. "Xmas List" is a taste of what's to come from Matt Moody & Co., which consists of Matt "Mr. Jimmy" Rowland, Buddy Hughen and Matt Martin on this track.

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Jam on With John Belushi in the Great Beyond, Joe Cocker [RIP]

Posted By on Mon, Dec 22, 2014 at 2:11 PM

It's a pretty damn hackneyed cliche to blather on about superjams in rock 'n' roll heaven whenever a music legend dies (as Joe Cocker did today). But an afterlife reunion of these two doing this classic shtick is worth fantasizing about.


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From #milfmafia to Garth Brooks: 10 Swoon-Worthy Moments From Justin Timberlake's Bridgestone Arena Show

Posted By on Mon, Dec 22, 2014 at 1:34 PM

Justin Timberlake strikes an Elvis Pose at Bridgestone Arena

When Justin Timberlake and his Tennessee Kids lit up Bridgestone Arena back in November 2013, The Spin went home utterly exhausted after being “beaten into submission” by three hours of dazzling production and relentless dancing.

A little more than a year later, JT elicited a similar response Friday night, when he brought his 20/20 Experience back to Bridgestone for the third-to-last date on the hella-long world tour. Once again, as 32-year-old pop icon sang his pretty little heart out, danced his ass off and flashed his photo-ready sexy motherfucker grin, a sold-out crowd of way-too-dressed up women clinging to bow-tied boyfriends shook the stands as they bumped and grinded to heaping hours-long helping of the former NSYNC guy's hits.

Rather than rehashing more or less what The Spin covered in 2013, we come to you with an easily digestible listicle, perfect for nursing post-Mousketeer-induced hangover.

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New Venue Alert: The Basement to Open East Nashville Location

Posted By on Mon, Dec 22, 2014 at 1:04 PM

Metallica playing The Basement in 2008
According to a tweet sent out today by local venue The Basement, the longtime hole-in-the-wall will be expanding its operation in March to include a second location on Woodland Street in East Nashville. The tweet deets:

It's official!! Lease signed for 2nd location, 917 Woodland St, East Nash. Basement East comin in March. YEAH!!

The Basement East, eh? Not bad. This news comes roughly two years after Grimey's — the record store above The Basement, which is co-owned by Basement proprietor Mike "Grimey" Grimes — also expanded into a second location.

More details to come. Stay tuned.

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Chris Crofton Tonight at The Basement

Posted By on Mon, Dec 22, 2014 at 8:45 AM

Chris Crofton
I was lucky enough to screen an early-early-early cut of local documentarian and DMX impersonator Seth Pomeroy’s new project Chris Crofton: Nashville Famous. Yep, that’s right: Somebody is crazy enough to make a movie about Chris Crofton, the man who built a reputation on dropping his pants and staring into the stage lights for minutes at a time.

What’s most impressive about the project is that Pomeroy seems able to capture the pensive, serious side of Crofton amid the blur of porn jokes and Glenn Frey references. So far, Pomeroy has managed to turn Crofton’s unruly career in music, comedy, podcasting and advice columning (see the Scene’s very own recurring series Advice King) into a cogent, compassionate story of one of the brightest and most bizarre characters to ever call Music City home. But for this all-acoustic show, Crofton comes to town with new songs from his forthcoming solo album, as well as classics by his outfit The Alcohol Stuntband.

Tonight's show costs $5 and kicks off at 7 p.m. Whisperer opens. And tomorrow night at Logue’s Black Raven Emporium, Crofton will perform a stand-up set that, as of press time, is the last performance scheduled at the venue.

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