Monday, July 27, 2015

Caught on Camera: Bill Murray Being a Chris Stapleton Superfan

Posted By on Mon, Jul 27, 2015 at 3:34 PM


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You know who loves treasured actor and cherished comedy icon Bill Murray? EVERYBODY. And you know which rightfully critically acclaimed Nashville-by-way-of-Kentucky country crooner Bill Murray loves? Chris Stapleton.  

This morning, on his Facebook page, Stapleton posted a voyeuristic soon-to-be viral video of a mouth-agape, mind-equals-blown Murray euphorically rocking out and singing along to "Fire Away," off the former SteelDrivers frontman's stellar Traveller LP, in uninhibited we're-not-worthy fashion. See for yourself in the 21-second clip, embedded above and reportedly captured at a June 12 concert in Charleston, SC. In it, the mysteriously ubiquitous and perennially cool Murray looks happier than he did during the What About Bob? sailing scene. 

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Bully Brings It On Home at Sold-Out Stone Fox Gig

Posted By on Mon, Jul 27, 2015 at 1:07 PM

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  • Bully

Part of attending any big outdoor music festival is staking early claim to a spot in front of the stage for your must-see shows. Last week, a thousands-strong crowd turned early up to see Bully at the Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago. And those early bird masses weren't there to stake claim on prime spots to catch more established indie darlings like Ariel Pink and A$AP Ferg, who would take the same stage later in the day, they were there to deep-dive into the gravel-and-sugar grunge-pop hooks Alicia Bognanno & Co. offer up. This corroborates our own evidence that Bully's rep is spreading far and wide: We spotted several randos sporting Bully T-shirts at Forecastle, where the band probably could've drawn a similarly sprawling crowd. So it's no surprise Bully sold out The Stone Fox Friday night, rocking for a crowd of friends, fellow local-rock luminaries and at least one superfan who'd traveled from as far away as Michigan. 

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Magnolia Sons Crush the Patriarchy in 'Run Baby Run' [Fresh Vid]

Posted By on Mon, Jul 27, 2015 at 11:21 AM

Local neo-soul ensemble Magnolia Sons is known for taking a classic approach to pop music — horns, warm production, big co-ed vocal harmonies, swinging rhythms. In their new Colin Noel-directed video for "Run Baby Run," the Sons also take a classic-cinema-styled approach to bringing down "The Man." 

In the clip, which you can watch above, vocalists Alexis Saski (aka "Foxxy Fox") and Keshia Bailey (aka "Dynamite Jackson") take on a crew of overtly misogynistic shitheels in a '70s-esque flurry of high kicks reminiscent of Charlie's Angels or Foxy Brown. Chase sequences? Hammy acting? Second-degree murder? This video's got it all, with a peppy, upbeat soul-pop soundtrack to match. 

Magnolia Sons' next gig is this Friday, July 31, at The Sutler, and you can download "Run Baby Run" right here.

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Friday, July 24, 2015

Dave Cobb and Anderson East Talk Bromance, Nashville, FAME Studios, Chris Stapleton and More

Posted By on Fri, Jul 24, 2015 at 1:31 PM

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Dave Cobb makes damn good records. In this week’s print edition of the Scene, I write about Anderson East’s debut full-length Delilah — the first release on in-demand producer Cobb’s new Elekra Records imprint, Low Country Sounds. But while Cobb’s involvement is helping put East on the radar, it’s the singer-songwriter's charming demeanor, raspy vocals and classic soul infusion that’ll keep him in there.

Delilah —
which East celebrates with a release show tonight at The Basement — certainly makes good on the singer's budding reputation as a soulful lyricist and charismatic performer, continues the no-hitter Cobb seems to be pitching when it comes to his work, following releases from Jason Isbell, Chris Stapleton and Sturgill Simpson among man others that have struck a balance between critical acclaim and commercial success.

For the story, I spoke with East and Cobb separately about the album, from how they met to what things were like in the studio. After the jump are some of the bits of the conversations that didn’t make it to print.

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Sturgill Simpson Adds Third Ryman Show

Posted By on Fri, Jul 24, 2015 at 12:30 PM

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In despair over not getting tickets for Sturgill Simpson's Halloween-weekend two-night stand at the Ryman when they went on sale and sold out this morning? Well fear not, fan of actual country music, as by popular demand the singer has added a third night, set for Nov. 1,  effectively turning this double-header into a hat trick —  a metamodern Mother Church residency, if you will.

Tickets are $30-$50 and go on sale TODAY at 1 p.m. (AS IN, LIKE, 30 MINUTES FROM NOW), right here

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Weekend Round-up: Sledge-O-Matic Style

Posted By on Fri, Jul 24, 2015 at 7:10 AM

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Salutations, Creamsters, and a happy Friday to you. Fruit-smashing comedian Gallagher, one of Earth's crankiest human beings (seriously, talking to this guy is a challenge these days), is 69 years old today. Maybe having a good birthday will put him in a better mood — at least, we can hope, before his Joke's On You tour hits the Franklin Theatre next month.

There's a bumper crop of shows this weekend. Tonight, you've got Anderson East at The Basement; hometown heroes Bully on a stacked bill at The Stone Fox; Delbert McClinton in the main hall and Marlene Twitty-Fargo's Gay Ole Opry drag bingo and bluegrass show in the lounge at City Winery; Nightblonde and friends at Cafe Coco; Kevin Devine at The High Watt; a free Dedsa set at Soulshine Pizza; a free hip-hop showcase at Two Boots Pizza; a percussion-centric FMRL show with Flandrew Fleisenberg at Portland Brew and more. Saturday, you've got Tennessee Mafia Jug Band's album release at The Station Inn; the Fourth Annual Karaoke Music Awards at Neighbors of Sylvan Park; Voo Davis at Gray's on Main in Franklin; Elizabeth Cook and Derek Hoke at City Winery; The Boom Bap with Mad Skillz at The 5 Spot; Ascent of Everest and more at Queen Ave. Art Collective; Nashville Rib and Jazz Festival feat. Annie Sellick and many more (gates at 1 p.m.) at Cumberland Park; a night of local acts covering psych rockers at Two Boots Pizza and more.

By the way, maybe you noticed that album releases have shifted to Fridays, meaning today is this week's Global Release Day; for more on how that affects your local record shops, see contributor David Fox's feature. If you're looking for something music-related to do this weekend that doesn't involve a concert, the Trisha Yearwood exhibit is now open at the Country Music Hall of Fame; be sure to check out contributor Craig Shelburne's interview with Yearwood before you go.

Have a look at the rest after the jump, let us know what we missed in the comments, and be careful how you make your fruit salad this weekend.

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Thursday, July 23, 2015

N.W.A. Featuring Eminem: Is it Chill?

Posted By on Thu, Jul 23, 2015 at 5:27 PM

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  • Eminem performs at Bonnaroo 2011.
Last month, three of N.W.A.'s surviving members reunited for the first time in 26 years to perform at the BET Experience in Los Angeles. The trio — Ice Cube, MC Ren and DJ Yella — was there to promote the upcoming (and questionably watchable) upcoming biopic Straight Outta Compton. With the film due in theaters Aug. 14, rumors and speculation of a full-fledged N.W.A. reunion and tour wilder than ever. Yesterday, an interview by The Hollywood Reporter with Ice Cube and Dr. Dre sent a streak of controversy throughout the Internet, suggesting the Beatles of gangsta rap were potentially reuniting for a European tour ...  with straight-out-of-Detroit caucasian rapper and Dr. Dre protege Eminem standing in for the late Eazy-E.

Today, a rep for Dr. Dre and Eminem contested the report, telling Rolling Stone, "the pair have no plans to tour together, either solo or with N.W.A." 

That's bummer news, depending on who you ask. While the initial report of a Slim Shady-enhanced N.W.A. sparked a healthy amount of knee-jerk cynicism on social media, it also left those of us who'd certainly enjoy a reunion tour with a big-ass "what if?" If N.W.A were to reunite, who'd be a suitable stand-in for Eazy-E? Assuming Trey Anastasio is unavailable, would Eminem be a worthy choice?  

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Cream Premiere: See Several Sides of Benjamin A. Harper in 'Get Thee Behind Me' [Fresh Vid]

Posted By on Thu, Jul 23, 2015 at 3:04 PM

Get Thee Behind Me
, the forthcoming solo LP from Magnolia Sons' Benjamin A. Harper, is an outstanding exercise in orchestrated pop that runs the gamut from the driving bounce of "Leave This Place Alone" to the breezy, contemplative groove of the title track. Doug Lehmann directed the above video for "Get Thee Behind Me," in which Harper spins slowly in place, appears in several different lights and occasionally competes for space with a ghost image of himself — an elegant visual metaphor for the song's storyline about drawing a line under an old relationship.

Harper's initial plan was to celebrate the album's release on Friday by opening for Anderson East at The Basement, but tickets sold out quickly. If you missed out, you now have another chance to catch Harper in person this Friday, with a free in-store at Grimey's that kicks off at 6 p.m.

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Anderson East, Trisha Yearwood, Global Release Day and More: Inside This Week's Music Section

Posted By on Thu, Jul 23, 2015 at 10:49 AM

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Tuesday's Gone: Independent record stores adjust to the arrival of Global Release Day

Eastern Promise: How a bathroom break at The Bluebird sold superproducer Dave Cobb on Anderson East (Delilah Out now on Low Country Sound/Elektra Records; Playing Friday, July 24, at The Basement)

The Singer Remembers: Trisha Yearwood reflects on going from a Country Hall of Fame tour guide to an exhibit subject (Trisha Yearwood: The Song Remembers When, through Dec. 31, at The Country Music Hall of Fame)

In The Spin: Forecastle Festival 2015

Plus Critic's Picks on Albert LeeEternal SummersBullyGay Ole OpryDelbert McClintonKevin Devine and Mel WashingtonTennessee Mafia Jug BandElizabeth CookRaekwon and Ghostface KillahSongwriters 4 Songwriters and more 

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Modest Mouse to Play War Memorial Auditorium

Posted By on Wed, Jul 22, 2015 at 5:28 PM

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  • Isaac Brock and Modest Mouse rock out at Forecastle 2015.
Recently dubbed “The Grateful Dead of indie-rock legends” by The Spin, Pacific Northwestern indie vets Modest Mouse announced today they’ll return to Nashville for the first time since their 2007 show at the Ryman,

In their 20 years as a band, the Mouse has risen from scrappy power trio to unlikely mid-Aughts Top 40 sensation, and is now entering their third decade as a quirky, volatile art-rock ensemble. They’re old and prolific enough to make Gen Xers just as weepy-eyed for the raw genius of The Lonesome Crowded West as Millennials are for the time the band played “Float On” at The Bait Shop on T.V.‘s The O.C. The band's latest ,Strangers to Ourselves, shows them settling comfortably into the role of alt-rock professionals, sublimating the angst of their younger years into a relaxed, sunny and optimistic collection of tunes I may or may not ever listen to again. See sole original members singer-guitarist Isaac Brock and drummer Jeremiah Green and their eight-piece touring ensemble performing "Lampshades on Fire" on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon after the jump. The band brings a likely similar show to War Memorial Auditorium on Oct. 13. Tickets available here.

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