Diamond Rugs — that's the supergroup (as awkward as it is to use that word) featuring Deer Tick's John McCauley and Robbie Crowell, former Black Lip Ian Saint Pé, Los Lobos' Steve Berlin, Six Finger Satellite's Bryan Dufresne and Dead Confederate's T. Hardy Morris — is a damn great live rock 'n' roll band. Just ask The Spin. Hot on the heels of their sophomore LP, Cosmetics, recorded here with Adam Landry an Justin Collins at Playground Sound, they're careening across the country. The tour stops at Mercy Lounge this Thursday, May 7, with New Madrid and Collins on the undercard.
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So, it should come as a surprise to absolutely no one that tickets for Jason Isbell's forthcoming four-night fall-time stand at the Ryman sold out within 72 hours of going on sale Friday. If anything, it's a surprise it even took that long. Keeping such popular demand in mind, undoubtedly faithful fans of the Unequivocally Beloved Reigning King of Americana (like David Letterman, who drafted the singer and his band The 400 Unit to play his birthday party years before legions of followers jumped on board the J-Bell bandwagon) will be beyond pleased to learn that Something More Than Free — the long-awaited, long-playing follow-up to Isbell's critically acclaimed 2013 triumph Southeastern — now has a July 17 release date.
Aforementioned Isbelliebers will inevitably also double over themselves with joy at the opportunity to stream a first taste of the album in the form of the jangly Southern-rock gem "24 Frames," which the singer posted on his own Southeastern Records' Soundcloud, and which I'm embedding for your listening pleasure below. ... And which you can also secure an instant download of when you pre-order Something More here.
As the EP's title suggests, Fail cycles through different perspectives on love and romance, focusing on childlike innocence, serendipity, jaded experiences, regret and loss, taken from Lacey's own relationship ups and downs. Smart, catchy hooks reflect Lacey's expressive, intimate lyrics. Cases in point include lead single "I Know" — which features a guest spot from local rapper Petty — and "Illusions," a wrenching gut-punch that features fellow Music City R&B/hip-hop scenester Ro Marquez.
As 2013 played out, Ashley Monroe's Like a Rose positioned her as one of a cadre of top-notch up-and-coming female country artists (along with Kacey Musgraves and Brandy Clark) who infused substance back into a mainstream dominated by party anthems. "On to Something Good," the first track from her forthcoming, as-yet-untitled LP due July 24, shows Monroe at the top of her game, serving up wisdom about handling disappointment and the passage of time with a side of pop polish. In the accompanying Rachel McDonald-directed video for the song, which premiered today at NPR, Monroe cruises some familiar hangouts, browsing the racks at Fond Object and bowling at Pinewood Social.
As that release rolls around, Monroe will head out on the road with Rascal Flatts and Little Big Town, but she has a very special one-off performance coming up even sooner. On May 12, Monroe will play a special set in Third Man Records' Blue Room, which will be recorded for release as part of their live-to-acetate series. The show starts at 8:30 p.m., and tickets are $30.
The EP hits digital outlets on tomorrow, and you've got a couple chances to see the band in the flesh this month: First is May 14, opening up Mercy Lounge for FIDLAR and Metz; the show starts at 9 p.m. and tickets are $15. They're also part of Mayday 2015, the Memorial Day weekend blowout at The Beast.
Nashville's feel-goody pop ensemble and ATO Records signees Kopecky — formerly known as Kopecky Family Band — recently dropped the track "Quarterback" in advance of their forthcoming long-player Drug for the Modern Age (out May 19). It's a slick and catchy number about telling tall tales in order to get your would-be bae to notice you, and now, the Kopecks have a video to match.
Today, Kopecky debuted their video for "Quarterback" via Nerdist, the site of the podcast of the dude who hosts all of the shows (i.e., Chris Hardwick). As you can see above, the Jeff Venable-directed video is an homage to The Dating Game, centering on a truncated episode of a fictional dating show called Totally Single. Will our contestant (portrayed by Kopecky member Kelsey Kopecky) go with one of the two hunks, or rather the industrious dweeb? Will the host (portrayed by Kopecky frontman Gabe Simon) be extremely hammy? You'll have to watch to find out.
Pre-order Drug for the Modern Age here.
According to Rolling Stone, the synthesizer-wielding, stone-faced, matching-outfit-inclined electro legends' upcoming dates are part of an ongoing "multimedia 3-D concert tour." Did someone say 3-D? Does that make this jaunt krautrock's answer to KISS' Psycho Circus Tour? Find out this fall, y'all! Tickets to see the current incarnation of Kraftwerk (which, it should be noted, only features one founding member, Ralf Hütter) are a kinda-steep-but-probably-worth-it $61.50-$81.50. They go on sale this Friday at 10 a.m., right here.
As Scene listings editor Stephen Trageser points out, this gives us a great excuse to to post the excellent 2009 BBC special Synth Britannia (after the jump). "Welcome to a time when machines ruled the world!"
In this Q&A (below), Fogerty regales the Cream with memories from that magical year, the three Creedence albums released during it and how, in 1997, he embraced his Creedence catalog after more than a decade of refusing to play those songs live.
Let’s talk about the 1969 tour. How did the idea for this happen?
The actual idea comes from my wife, Julie. Even though, how can I say it, I’ve been dancing around that for years and years because people would make note of the three albums in 1969, and sometimes I’ve gone out and done shows that presented this album or that album in its entirety. It’s funny that it was staring me in the face. I never thought of it. Julie, finally one day said, "Why don’t we focus on that one year?" ... I think at the time I thought it was a pretty cool thing. But now, as a concept for a show, I think it’s just a really great idea.
From the Department of Things That Are Kinda Weird: I don't know if it's just me or it's a system-wide thing, but YouTube's auto-play feature keeps playing Mariah Carey songs after I watch the excellent new video from local alt-rap tour de force kidDead. It's not what I would play after some kidDead — I'd probably opt for Sage Francis or Atmosphere — but somewhere in the cloud there's an algorithm that thinks kidDead and Mariah are like peanut butter and chocolate. I'm okay with this and have no problem acquiescing control of the cosmic jukebox to our robot overlords. Also, "Infinity" is kind of awesome. It works as a nice rainbow chaser after the profound and unflinching existential dread of KD's addiction-exploration.
The "Patrick Swayze" video is a haunting, intense experience — it even comes with a warning that the video could "potentially trigger seizures for people with photosensitive epilepsy." With a stark, brooding beat from Phantom Farmer and video production from the gang at Villain Place, "Patrick Swayze" is a horror story plain and simple. "Patrick Swayze" takes drug-glamour — a trope so essential to much of modern hip-hop — and flips the script, humanizing the experience of addiction in an honest manner that we don't hear very often. The track appears on KD's excellent Rap and Destroy album and stands as another example of why the dude is one of the most interesting characters in the Music City rap underground.
You can catch kidDead kick off the No Genres, No Masters tour with Floridian punk-duo Mainstream Filth and sorta-local electro weirdo Taco Supreme at The Stone Fox tonight. Show starts at 10 p.m., tickets are five clams.
So, let's talk about shows! Tonight, you've got Larry Collins and many more at the Nashville Boogie Weekender at the Opryland Hotel; Zac Brown Band at Bridgestone; The Lacs at Exit/In; kidDEAD at The Stone Fox; Bobby Osborne and the Rocky Top X-Press at The Station Inn; The Weeks at Mercy Lounge; Mike Tramp at The Basement; Johnnyswim at Night 1 of Sevier Park Fest; Night 2 of the International Pop Overthrow at The End and more. Saturday, you've got Steelism at The Basement East; Desire/Desire/Desire's first anniversary at The East Room; Kansas Bible Company and many more for a NORML event at Mercy Lounge; Vinyl Thief at Night 2 of Sevier Park Fest; Churchyard and Idle Bloom's 7-inch release at FooBar; Night 3 of the International Pop Overthrow at The End and more.
Looking out into next week, look out for Torres making her return to The Stone Fox on Wednesday. Have a look at the rest after the jump, and May the Fourth Be With You this Monday.
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