Friday, January 23, 2015

They Own This Town: Ole Mossy Face CD Release Sunday at The Building

Posted By on Fri, Jan 23, 2015 at 6:06 PM

People can wring their hands about the prospect of the city losing its character and gentrifying itself beyond all recognition, but it won't happen on Ole Mossy Face's watch. It's been a decade since drummer-singer Casey Sanders — the Scene's circulation manager, in full disclosure — yowled “We own this town, we own this whole town!” on their 2004 anthem “Calls and Walls” (from Chinese Democracy, an album so great Guns N' Roses named a record after it).

But the brand new Golden Egg is the CD that just might give him the deed: a dozen songs of shambling soul, ragged swagger and boozily beautiful harmonies perfect for last call, or any other situation where the prospect of going home alone is too much to bear. That makes Golden Egg a kind of Uber for the spirit.

That also gives you ample reason to hear Sanders, Mason Vickery, Jared Reynolds, Troy Daugherty and Megan Morrison bash it out life at an afternoon CD release party Sunday with guests Mystery Twins and Altered Statesman. Showtime is 4 p.m. at The Building, 1008 Woodland St.

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12th and Porter to Close Feb. 28

Posted By on Fri, Jan 23, 2015 at 4:48 PM

12th and Porter, the legendary North Gulch haunt once hailed as the epicenter of the local rock and nightlife scene — and where Kings of Leon played its first (or second, depending on whom you ask) show, under the Followill Brothers moniker — will close its doors at the end of next month.

According to an email from the club's current owner, Keith Hayman, the building "is in the process of being sold." The final show will be on Feb. 28. The club's calendar does not list who will be performing.

More details to come.

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Five Knives Release Video for 'Sugar'; Blogger Barfs in Own Mouth [Fresh Vid]

Posted By on Fri, Jan 23, 2015 at 1:51 PM

Look, I'm trying to be a better person in 2015. I'm tying not to participate in the hate-click economy and I'm trying to ignore things I dislike rather than eviscerate them. I'm trying to be the positive change I want to see in the world or some shit. But fucking A, dudes! This shit right here is awful and I need to let you know. Five Knives, World's Worst Pretend DJs, made a video for "Sugar," the world's worst song. Well, every Five Knives song is pretty much a "worst," but you get what I'm saying.

Five Knives is currently signed to Red Bull Records, and the band sounds like the Red Bull marketing department's idea of what an EDM act should be, and they are about as sexy as pouring ghost pepper in your pee hole. I can only listen to a single verse before I need to pause the track, take a deep breath and walk around the office before I barf all over my keyboard. As for the clip, with an aesthetic of Paranormal Activity meets a bargain basement Brazzers video, Five Knives manage to create a visual assault that's almost as annoying their music, which is kind of impressive actually. Somebody needs to revoke their goddamn artistic license because they're just committing crimes against taste left and right. I also need to vomit, for real this time.

But that's just my opinion. So say y'all?


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New Festival Alert: Ink N Iron Nashville to Feature Merle Haggard, Sharon Jones, Suicidal Tendencies and More

Posted By on Fri, Jan 23, 2015 at 1:18 PM


Since 2003, the Ink N Iron Festival in Long Beach, Calif. has been the meeting place for West Coast Kustom Car culture, fashion, burlesque, tattoo finery and assorted punkers, country kickers and rockabilly cats. This summer the festival is branching out with a Nashville installment. Ink N Iron Fest “East” will take over downtown's the Bicentennial Mall State Park, August 6-9.

As you can see in the image above, the line-up is pretty knockout, with authentic county bad-assery courtesy of Merle Haggard and Billy Joe Shaver, as well as some Music City favorites of more recent vintage like Hayes Carll, Nikki Lane and Jim Lauderdale. From the punk and RAWK! column on the menu, there’s the Misfits, Suicidal Tendencies, Nashville Pussy, Batmobile and more, along with some representation for Funk and "Git Down" lovers with Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings and Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears. As for die-hard rockabilly bop, there’s the always wonderful Wanda Jackson, Reverend Horton Heat and a special Legends of Sun Records showcase that will include W.S. Holland, Sonny Burgess and the Legendary Pacers, Carl Mann, Sleepy LaBeef, J.M. Van Eaton, Linda Gail Lewis, Rayburn Anthony and Stan Perkins.

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Paramore to Stage ‘Little Event’ at Grand Ole Opry House May 17

Posted By on Fri, Jan 23, 2015 at 9:35 AM

Which one of these things is like the other?
  • Which one of these things is like the other?

So, because it’s Friday, let’s have a little fun with press releases! And let’s also learn what the Grand Ole Opry House, Williamson County-hailing rock gods Paramore and James Joyce (author) have in common.

Confused? Here goes:

Paramore announced a run of theater shows that includes a small, little, tiny, teeny-weeny, itsy-bitsy, intimate gig at the Grand Ole Opry House on May 17. “We're not calling it a tour,” The Pride of Franklin Mall Punk wrote in a missive announcing the tour thing on its website, “each night will be a little event.” Which is the kind of thing you say when you’re an arena band doing a theater tour Live Nation-promoted contiguous series of theater-staged live performance events in 17 different cities over the course of four weeks.

But, Paramore drew theater-plus-sized crowds in some cities on their 2013 arena tour, which saw them play to a reduced-capacity Bridgestone Arena.

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Weekend Round-up: Golden Voice Style

Posted By on Fri, Jan 23, 2015 at 7:45 AM

Happy Friday, Creamsters! Aaron Neville, the inimitable high-register voice of New Orleans godfathers The Neville Brothers, celebrates his 74th birthday tomorrow. We could send a card, but instead, we sent house shutterbug D. Ricky Rodriguez a photo of the Nevilles, to which he has added music editor Adam Gold. We weren't aware Gold was such a big fan — he even went out and copied Neville's distinctive dagger facial tattoo — but you learn something new every day.

On to shows!

Tonight, you've got jazz vocalist Gregory Porter at the Schermerhorn; the last En Fuego dance party before Anthem closes its doors; of Montreal's lysergic drama club adventure at Mercy Lounge; delightfully-named Brooklynites Slonk Donkerson at The Stone Fox; Florida's Zulu Wave and a bunch of locals at The East Room; Yonder Mountain String Band at Cannery Ballroom; #Rapclub kicking it at Cafe Coco and more.

Saturday, you've got Bloodshot Records' 20th Anniversary shindig with Bobby Bare Jr. and more at City Winery; Mercy Lounge's anniversary party with The Features and many more; a salute to songstress extraordinaire Gretchen Peters at the Country Music Hall of Fame; G-Eazy at Marathon Music Works; a roaring '20s Speakeasy Swing dance with The Willies at Riverwood Mansion; Giraffage, Meth Dad and more at Exit/In; Gee Slab's album release at The End; The Boom Bap's Seventh Anniversary with DJ Scratch at The 5 Spot; the reunited G-Unit at Limelight and more.

Also highly notable on Sunday: Chelsea Crowell's annual birthday bash/Planned Parenthood benefit at The Stone Fox.

Looking into the week, John Mellencamp does a two-night stand at the Mother Church, and Jack White takes Bridgestone Arena with a home-field advantage (and help from Loretta Lynn and William Tyler) on Wednesday. See all the rest after the jump, and have yourselves a weekend as cottony-soft as Aaron Neville's voice.

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Magik Markers' Elisa Ambrogio Brings Musical Immorality to Stone Fox Tonight

Posted By on Thu, Jan 22, 2015 at 2:11 PM

Elisa Ambrogio
  • Elisa Ambrogio
Elisa Ambrogio has lost count of how many albums her main band Magik Markers has put out. It’s in the neighborhood of fifty, but apparently that depends on how you count. “I have no estimate,” she tells the Cream while traveling between gigs on her first-ever solo outing, which brings her to The Stone Fox tonight. “I don’t know whether you’d call vinyl — or download-only or cd-r releases — official, and there’s a lot of those.” As prolific as Magic Markers is, Ambrogio only recently tried her hand at a solo album. Released in October on Drag City, the singer's solo debut, The Immoralist, showcases sides of her creativity poked their head out from time to time but have otherwise remained largely obscured within Magik Markers’ chaotic, amplified roar.

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Desitively Bonnaroo Fat Tuesday: Dr. John and the Nite Trippers Feb. 17 at War Memorial

Posted By on Thu, Jan 22, 2015 at 11:36 AM

Bummed that you won't be celebrating Fat Tuesday by parading around the French Quarter with a second-line band? Lament not, good citizens: This year, a little Crescent City magic comes to Music City's War Memorial Auditorium, courtesy of high priest of NOLA funk and keyboardist extraordinaire Mac "Dr. John" Rebennack, who got his start backing up legends like Professor Longhair six decades ago.

Following the exquisitely greasy 2012 album Locked Down, produced by Dan Auerbach at his Easy Eye Sound studio in Nashville and winner of Dr. John's sixth Grammy, Rebennack formed a new incarnation of his band of aces, The Nite Trippers, and spent late 2014 touring their first effort: Ske-Dat De-Dat — The Spirit of Satch, a star-studded tribute to jazz hero and fellow son of New Orleans Louis Armstrong.

Feb. 17 is Mardi Gras — aka the last hurrah before 40 days of Lent, aka time for a monumental throwdown — so some of Satchmo's vivacious compositions are entirely appropriate. But also expect to hear plenty of other hip-dipping, glide-striding, wise and wise-cracking tunes. Tickets run $29-$69, and they're on sale right now. Stick around after the jump and let Dr. John's 1974 album Desitively Bonnaroo (yep, the one the festival is named for) get you in the mood. The proper phrase may be "laissez les bons temps roulez," or "let the good times roll," but this record conveys the feeling a little better.

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The Country Music Critics' Poll, Jack White, John Mellencamp, Gregory Porter and More: Inside This Week’s Scene

Posted By on Thu, Jan 22, 2015 at 7:15 AM

The 15th Annual Country Music Critics' Poll: Sturgill Simpson's metamodern honky-tonk trounces bro-country in our survey of 2014's best

Temporary Ground: As much as Jack White changed Nashville, Nashville changed him

Hurts So Good: Anthropomorphic cats and the Cocktail soundtrack: learning to love John Mellencamp (Playing Tuesday, Jan. 27, and Wednesday, Jan. 28, at the Ryman)

Liquid Courage: Grammy winner Gregory Porter sings for jazz purists and novice fans alike (Playing Friday, Jan. 23, at the Schermerhorn)

In The Spin: Shabazz Palaces at Third Man Records

Plus Critics’ Picks on Elisa Ambrogio, Yonder Mountain String Band, Hans Condor, of Montreal, Zulu Wave, Beyond Pleasuredome, En Fuego, Gretchen Peters, The Willies, Bloodshot Records 20th Anniversary Show, G-Eazy, Mercy Lounge Anniversary Party, Giraffage, Chelsea Crowell's Babes in Boyland Benefit for Planned Parenthood, Jeff Daniels and more.

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Luke Bryan and Florida Georgia Line to Play Vanderbilt Stadium July 11; D.U.I. Lawyers Begin Yacht Shopping

Posted By on Wed, Jan 21, 2015 at 4:20 PM


Luke Bryan. Florida Georgia Line. Piles of trash. Mountains of garbage. Plus, Vandy kids! The weekend of July 11 might be a good time to book a vacation if you live over in Commodore territory. Also, it mght be a good time to put a tarp over your lawn if you're not a fan of barf in your turf.

But seriously, folks, I've been to a Luke Bryan concert and it's an epic showcase of conspicuous and unruly consumption. It is a degenerate display of the worst that humanity has to offer. It is every reason every terrorist has ever hated us. It is hedonism unbridled and unrivaled in its tackiness and ineptitude. It is amazing and you totally have to see it. Luke Bryan fans are insane. Grade A Batshit Insane.

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