Shows at the Ryman tend to run pretty early (this one starts at 8 p.m., to be exact), meaning you’ll likely have to cry “More! More! More!” well before the midnight hour. Nevertheless, will Idol convert the Mother Church of Country Music into a veritable cradle of love? Are you bringing a date or you dancing with yourself? Are you coming to sing along, or just stand their like eyes without a face? Marinate on that while enjoying the gem from 1993’s oft-overlooked Cyberpunk that you'll find after the jump.
Tickets cost $39.50-$75, and you'll be able to get them here.
During the March music melee in Austin, Birdcloud sat down for a chat with MTV News' John Norris, filmed for SXSW's SXSWON Web series, and it might just be the best introduction to the band yet. You might expect someone who has a decades-long association with the news department of a media outlet that's spent the past several years churning out reality shows to be a bit out of touch, but that's not the case at all. Watch above as Norris asks the Cream's favorite blue country duo some solid questions about how they use their gut-busting, often gross, finely crafted tunes to call out hypocrisy and more.
Birdcloud also drops the news that they're preparing a new EP and vinyl LP compiling their greatest hits — is there a Pantone swatch for that color? — and a corresponding suite of videos. You can also catch them in person during the inaugural weekend following the grand opening at The Basement East. The club's grand opening is April 22 and 23, and Birdcloud plays Saturday, April 25, with Natural Child and Faux Ferocious. The show starts at 9 p.m., and the cover is $7.
Let's talk shows! Tonight, you've got the Nashville Symphony premiering work by Michael Daugherty at the Schermerhorn; Chance the Rapper and T-Pain headlining the first night of Rites of Spring; Seth Timbs and Friends doing Elvis Costello/Paul McCartney co-writes early and Blackfoot Gypsies' album release feat. Cheetah Chrome late at The Basement; a reggae show with Amerigo Gazaway and friends at The Stone Fox; Delbert McClinton at City Winery; AL-D's Meant for the Milk Crate hip-hop revue at FooBar and more. Saturday, you've got: Record Store Day shows at Fond Object, Grimey's, The Groove, McKay's and Third Man; Turbo Fruits' album release at The Basement; Rites of Spring feat. Young the Giant, Portugal. the Man headlining the last night of Rites of Spring; Jon Spencer Blues Explosion at Mercy Lounge; Jeff White and Friends at The Station Inn; one of two FMRL shows at Portland Brew this weekend, this one with Sir Richard Bishop headlining (only this weekend could that get less than top billing); Leo "Bud" Welch at Kimbro's Pickin' Parlor and more.
Have a look at the rest after the jump, and don't tell anyone you don't own Blonde on Blonde this weekend.
Just before Valentine's Day, Stone Jack Jones and friends passed us a video valentine in the form of a live performance of Love & Torture track "Q&K," staged in the middle of a supernatural ritual. In this video postcard, shot and edited by Jeffrey Stanfill, Kyle Hamlett and Elle Long join Jones in an abandoned building to play "Burn," a meditative deep cut from Jones' 2002 album Narcotic Lollipop. The audio in these live pieces can get a little rough, but I like them as an alternative to the traditional music video or live performance clip. The feel you get for the place as the camera wanders around during the performance more than makes up for the detail you lose. Says the singer's note:
This is when i find myself moving into nothing.
Disappearing. Letting go and being led into a room
that smells of coal. Call it a simple loop,
a meditation, a drone of door opening. Of putting
our hands in other hands.
Stone Jack Jones plays The Groove's Record Store Day party this weekend, closing out the festivities at 6:15 p.m. During his set, look out for Ms. Long, who is set to perform an escape act. And see more in our Record Store Day Rundown.
This week, our first three tracks are from releases that hit the racks on Record Store Day, some official exclusives and some not. There are important conversations to be had about the culture of buying and sharing music, which is what Record Store Day is supposed to be all about. Some feel as though, for a variety reasons, there's too much focus on how much a limited pressing will appreciate in value instead of how much you’ll appreciate listening to it. Major labels are in the mix, and flippers are posting auctions for special releases weeks before the day; there are also still lots of small and medium labels in the game — what feels like a better balance than last year — and many stores have a one-copy-per-title-per-customer rule to curb the flippers.
Despite the high emotions and complicated economics, local folks are releasing some tunes I'd definitely like to have on my turntable. Let's dig in, shall we?
PUJOL, "June Bug"
Daniel Pujol & Co. kick this thing off right with a live recording of "June Bug." If you've seen the band live recently, you've probably heard this life-affirming blast of rock 'n' roll, but Record Store Day marks its first appearance in a physical format, on a self-released split 5-inch with Meth Dad. Pujol tells us that putting the project together was a relatively straightforward process, as it should be, but major overflow at vinyl pressing plants continues to be a big hurdle, resulting in all 500 copies of the single being hand-cut by Funky Frankenstein's Ethan Rose; see our story for more on that. If you're out and about on Saturday, you can catch PUJOL at Third Man and at an all-ages release show at Queen Ave. Art Collective, which also features Meth Dad, BZRK and Jawws. (Also see our rundown of all the RSD happenings in town.)
For the uninitiated, Tom Scharpling is the longtime host of cult hit The Best Show, the rock-centric, laugh-a-minute program that aired for 13 years on New Jersey's independent radio station WFMU before moving to a podcast format (stream it here). Jon Wurster (who also happens to drum for indie-rock giants Superchunk, Bob Mould and The Mountain Goats, among others), has long been an integral part of The Best Show, portraying an array of outlandish characters who all seem to enjoy referring to Scharpling as things like "munch," "dip" or simply "host." The pair also releases collections of their greatest laffs, most recently The Best of The Best Show via Numero Group.
Scharpling and Wurster's TMR gig is set for May 16, and tickets are already available for $20 a pop via this link. What can fans expect at the show? "Special guests," for one, not to mention "their friends from Newbridge and beyond."
Speaking of Newbridge, see a message from that fine New Jersey town's tourism board after the jump. You munch.
Breathing Room: Presses step up to the plate as Record Store Day highlights need for increased production capacity
The Record Store Day Rundown: A roundup of local RSD happenings (Record Store Day is Saturday, Apr. 18, at various participating locations)
Festicle Express: We're about to be waist-deep in festival season, and I'm already over it
Made in America: Composer Michael Daugherty and the Nashville Symphony pay heartfelt tribute to American icons Ernest Hemingway and Grant Wood (Nashville Symphony performs the music of Michael Daugherty Friday, April 17, and Saturday, April 18, at the Schermerhorn)
In The Spin: Hank Jr. Plays for the NRA
Plus Critics' Picks on William Tyler's Corduroy Roads, Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers, Rites of Spring, McCartney Costello Co-writes Show, Blackfoot Gypsies, Delbert McClinton, The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Sir Richard Bishop, A Love Supreme: The Legacy Lives On, Blitzen Trapper, Testament w/Exodus, The Mowgli's, Eliot Lipp and more.
Isbell will play the Ryman Oct. 23-26, and tickets for all four shows go on sale Friday, April 24, at 10 a.m. via this link. Tickets will cost you $35, unless you want to go all four nights — a four-day package will be available for $140. Any hardcore Isbell fans (aka "Bellheads") thinking about squeezing in a quadruple dose of the 'Bell?
As is custom for Isbell's Ryman shows, he'll be joined by a different act each night: his wife Amanda Shires Oct. 23, Parker Milsap Oct. 24, Hurray for the Riff Raff Oct. 25 and Chris Stapleton Oct. 26. No support from Sturgill Simpson in this batch of shows — he crushed it on the last go-round — but I've got a sneaking suspicion that next time Simpson plays the Ryman, it won't be in an opening slot.
God willing, it'll be done by next Wednesday. That's when the first of a fully loaded pair of grand opening shows, featuring the likes of Chuck Mead, Margo and the Pricetags, Ranch Ghost, Cory Chisel, Ri¢hie, My Morning Jacket's Carl Broemal and more, is slated to christen the new club. You heard it here first, folks! Doors open at 7 p.m. both nights, music starts at 8 p.m., and there's no cover. The two-night stand kicks off a week of killer bills boasting local faves like Natural Child, Alanna Royale, Faux Ferocious, Birdcloud, Derek Hoke, Slick and others.
Peep the full grand opening lineups after the jump. And keep an eye on our calendar for the lowdown on more shows at The Beast.
They say misery needs company, and in the fresh vid for Villz' "By Myself" — a standout from the local MC's stellar 2014 effort Til the End of Summer — the rapper and his multiple alter-egos get together for a drunken gathering in the woods. The result is a trippy and lucid visual experience, highlighted by visions of Villz running over himself with a car. Check it out above.
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