Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Craig Robinson and the Nasty Delicious, Taran Killam, Hannibal Buress, Neal Brennan and More Top Bonnaroo 2014 Comedy Lineup

Posted by on Wed, Apr 16, 2014 at 6:34 PM


Oh shit! Looks like Bonnaroo announced its comedy lineup today! The bad news: Still no Prince. The good news: Co-writer of the funniest ever sketch about Prince, Chappelle’s Show co-creator Neal Brennan, is among the Comedy Theatre headliners. Motherfucker will be joined in the mercifully air-conditioned circus tent by Office bro Craig Robinson (and the Nasty Delicious) SNL’s Taran Killam and Sasheer Zamata, Sillicon Valley’s TJ Miller and Broad City breakout LOL-harbinger Hannibal Buress.

Also on the bill are Rory Scovel, Bridget Everett and the Tender Moments, Grizzly Man director (JK!) Seth Herzog, Emily Heller and Brad Williams, with more Bonnaroo-bound funnypeople still TBA.

As always, surf to the festival’s main site for tickets and other deets. Lineup in list form after the jump.

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Decoding the Festival Poster Pecking Order: After the Headline Acts, Big Event Promotions Are a Font Size Free-for-All

Posted by on Wed, Apr 16, 2014 at 2:17 PM

Willy Mason is a 29-year-old singer-songwriter who’s always garnered more press in Britain than in his native New York. Anna Lunoe cut her teeth DJ-ing in Australian dance clubs before opening for M.I.A. in 2006. And Nashville’s own Plastic Visions are an up-and-coming noise-rock band pushing a debut EP. What do they have in common? For lack of a better term, “product placement.” All three acts are currently bottom-liners — the smallest font sizes on the promo posters of three major American music festivals (Bonnaroo, Coachella and Lollapalooza, respectively). And while it’d be absurd to judge any musician by their position on a marketing team’s totem pole, it’s also hard not to wonder how they got there.

Coinciding nicely with the collapse of the traditional record industry around the early Aughts, the rise of the non-touring, super-giant music festival brought with it the Internet’s annual guessing game of, “Who’s gonna headline where?!” It’s sort of like the festival circuit’s answer to fantasy sports. Long before official lineups start leaking out in the early spring, eager beavers start tracking the tour schedules and rumored reunion plans of A-list bands — Nate Silver-ing the logistics into astute predictions of which acts will top all the bills of the various mega-fests. It’s how the “surprise” return of OutKast at this year’s Coachella turned into a foregone conclusion.

Spoiler alerts aside, though, there’s actually a far more interesting brand of “festival poster analytics” that exists beneath the much-ballyhooed first row. The stylistic arrangement of the remaining 50 or 60 performers, the subtle cascading assessment of their relative worth to the marketability of the event — it’s a high school “who’s cutest” list full of endless intrigue. The pecking order of the almost-theres and the also-rans; the fading greats and the next big things — the seemingly arbitrary and yet weirdly scientific system that decides whose name will catch your eye first on the side of a bus or an Internet banner ad.

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Get Well Soon, Miley Cyrus!

Posted by on Wed, Apr 16, 2014 at 1:26 PM

So much for "can’t stop, won’t stop," AMIRITE!

As it turns out, all twerk and no play makes Miley Cyrus a sick girl. A “severe reaction to antibiotics” forced America’s sweetheart (“Party in the U.S.A.,” y’all!) to cancel concerts last night in Kansas City and tonight in St. Louis, putting a (hopefully temporary) halt to her photo-friendly Bangerz Tour and leaving Miley in the hospital and many in Music City to wonder if she’ll be forced to cancel Friday night’s hometown homecoming at Bridgestone Arena. Well, at least press time, fear not: Cyrus’ camp released a statement saying the show is still a go.

Still, even the remote threat of a cancellation has us here in Creamsville fretting something fierce. The thought of thousands of Miley fans (Creamsters included) stuck in Music City, rolling on molly with nowhere to go on a Friday night ... well, it hits harder than a wrecking ball to the gut. It would achingly break our fucking hearts.

So, with that in mind, and with the utmost sincerity, get well soon, Miley! Nashville loves you!

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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
  • Mac DeMarco

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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