Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Caption Contest: Jack White Ticket Giveaway! Part Deux

Posted By on Wed, Jan 21, 2015 at 3:58 PM

Winning caption goes here.
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At press time, we’re exactly one week away from Jack White’s massive Bridgestone Arena blowout, which awesomely boasts Loretta Lynn and William Tyler on the undercard. Upper-deck tickets for the big gig are still available here, and until 10 p.m. tomorrow night, youngsters among you can buy tickets at the Bridgestone box office at a student discount price (campus ID required) of $19.50.

But if even that price is too high, or you’re not a student, or you are a student but you lost your ID because … college, we’re giving you a second opportunity to win a free pair of tix to the show with a caption contest.

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Lunchtime Poll: Do You Like Surprise Album Releases?

Posted By on Wed, Jan 21, 2015 at 1:06 PM

I don't know about you, but I could certainly benefit from a palate cleanser after last week's Falling in Reverse-related Lunchtime Poll where commenters called me a "fucking cunt" and a "pretentious twat," so before we go any further ... here. Look at this: It's a picture of a baby kangaroo wearing a backwards baseball cap and riding a hoverboard. (Photo by Amiee Stubbs, photoshop by D. Patrick Rodgers.)

Okay. Don't you feel better? Now we can give our full attention to more important things like the fact that HOLY SHIT BJÖRK RELEASED HER NEW ALBUM YESTERDAY! Surprise! Vulnicura was supposed to be out in March, but the Icelandic genius decided to blow off the intended release date and share it with the world yesterday. Poof. Just like that.

Super exciting, right? YES! Except for one little thing: Sleater-Kinney also released their long-awaited reunion record No Cities to Love yesterday and I have been anticipating that album for months now. MONTHS. Jan. 20 was Sleater-Kinney day, the day I was going to hear the full album for the first time and then — whoosh! — here comes Björk with Vulnicura and suddenly my Sleater-Kinney Day turned into Oh, Fuck, Which One Do I Listen to First? Day. (For the record, I went with Sleater-Kinney and I have no regrets. Björk will have her turn as soon as I'm done obsessing over the songs "No Cities to Love" and "A New Wave.")

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WRVU Friends and Family Group Station Announces Call Letters, DJs and More

Posted By on Wed, Jan 21, 2015 at 12:41 PM

In December, news surfaced that the FCC granted WRVU Friends and Family, a nonprofit group of former WRVU DJs, a low-power FM license and construction permit for a new station to broadcast out of Nashville.

Today, Friends and Family announced that the new station will take the airwaves by June 4, 2016, under the call letters WXNA-FM. As the Scene previously reported, the station still plans on broadcasting on 101.5-FM from a transmitter located in Germantown, via a 100-watt signal capable of reaching central Nashville, East Nashville, North Nashville, West End-Belmont, and south to the Berry Hil. The station will also stream online at, which went live this morning.

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The Week in Fresh Tracks [Turbo Fruits, Andrew Combs, Natalie Prass, William Tyler, Skrillex and More]

Posted By on Wed, Jan 21, 2015 at 9:00 AM

Greetings, Cream readers! Are you in the mood to get your stream on? Here's a virtual buffet of fresh tracks from some of your favorite local artists.

There are some swell album teasers, a great concert vid, an excellent full-length Natalie Prass album and a covers set from William Tyler, who throws us a curve by singing. Some long listens in here, all very much worth your time on this Wednesday morning. Prepare to feast your ears!

As always, send submissions to cream[at]nashvillescene[dot]com, and look back at past weeks in fresh tracks here.

Turbo Fruits, "The Way I Want You"

Here's the first taste of the Fruits' forthcoming LP No Control, due April 20. "The Way I Want You," a wistful pop nugget with some Strokes-style part-doubling and a gnarly guitar solo, is one of the tracks recorded with The Black Keys' Patrick Carney. TF chief Jonas Stein tells Billboard that the band decided to make the album on their own dime, and Carney stepped in to help them finish when funds ran short. His assistance was more than financial: This song, Stein says, didn't even make the final cut of the record until Carney convinced them to give it another shot.

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Ryan Adams to Play Two Nights at the Ryman April 27-28

Posted By on Tue, Jan 20, 2015 at 12:47 PM

Not too stoked about the fat-suited parody shenanigans of “Weird” Al Yankovic or the nostalgia-fueled zombie pop of NKOTBTLCN? How about a double-shot of prolific alt-countryman Ryan Adams to scratch your Ryman itch? The shaggy singer-songwriter rock returns to the Mother Church for a two-night stand April 27 and April 28.

Of course, by Internet Law, I’m required to mention the now 13-year-old incident when Adams famously attempted to eject a jokester from a Ryman show for requesting he play “Summer of '69” and later, in a blog post, lovingly described the famed theater as “a shithole in Nashville.” But, in fairness, maybe you’re not as funny as you think you are when you shout “Freebird” at a band on stage.

It’s pretty much a given that Adams will lean on tunes from last year’s Ryan Adams, a critically lauded return-to-form that racked up an armload of Grammy nominations in December. But will he dip into 1984, the surprisingly badass Replacements homage that dropped a month prior to the main event? One can only hope — it's one of the best damn records to come out in all of 2014.

Maybe don’t shout out requests for “When the Summer Ends” in April, though. Just listen to it after the jump. Tickets for both shows go on sale this Friday, Jan. 23, at 10 a.m. via Ticketmaster.

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NKOTB, TLC and Nelly Play Bridgestone Arena May 27

Posted By on Tue, Jan 20, 2015 at 11:58 AM

The year was 1990. I was waiting in line at the school bookstore behind a boy named Chad B. As it often did for kindergartners in that era, the conversation turned to New Kids on the Block. Chad was not a fan. In fact, he sang a song about his hatred: "The New Kids on the Block / They don't know how to rock / They pick their nose they suck their toes / The New Kids on the Block / Stink."

I'm pretty sure I cried.

But the cyclical nature of pop culture and the pressing concern of nostalgia for people in their 30s has vindicated me, for NKOTB returns to Bridgestone Arena (the boy-turned-man-band's third stop Downtown enormodome in the last six years) on May 27, with TLC and Nelly opening. TLC! Will they have a hired gun to fill in for the long-lost Left Eye? Will "Waterfalls" or "No Scrubs" get a bigger response? Will anyone cry during "Unpretty?" Nelly! Will Tim McGraw make a surprise appearance with him? Will he wear a band-aid on his lil' cheek? Will he try to get a round of applause for St. Louis? So many questions! Only one way to get answers! Tickets go on sale (right here) Jan. 31 at 10 a.m.!

After the jump, you will find one of the best pop songs of the late '90s, the best episode of Behind the Music and my favorite Nelly song.

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Weird Al Yankovic to Play the Ryman May 23

Posted By on Tue, Jan 20, 2015 at 11:36 AM

Last year, long-reigning king of the nerdy parodists Weird Al Yankovic released his 14th studio album, Mandatory Fun, which hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200. That's the first time in his career Yankovic had a No. 1 record. He got a little misty when he found out about it, too — kind of a sweet moment.

Anyhow, the people have spoken: Not everybody may find Weird Al LOL-tastic, but certainly plenty of folks do. Thus, Yankovic will be taking his Mandatory World Tour — you guessed it — worldwide, likely playing new ones like "Foil" (a spoof of Lorde's "Royals"), "Tacky" (a crack on Pharrell's "Happy") and "Word Crimes" (a bust on Robin Thick's "Blurred Lines") alongside classics like "Fat" and "Smells Like Nirvana." The tour will bring the Weird One to Nashville's own Mother Church of Country Music, the Ryman, on Saturday, May 23. Tickets go on sale Friday, Jan. 30, at 10 a.m. via this link.

Watch a bunch of recent Weird Al action after the jump because whatever, why the hell not.

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Chris Crofton, Advice King: How Does a Regular Guy Meet Women?

Posted By on Tue, Jan 20, 2015 at 9:00 AM

Comedian, musician, host of The Chris Crofton Show and former Nashvillian Chris Crofton asked the Scene for an advice column, so we gave him one. Crowning himself the “Advice King,” Crofton will share his hard-won wisdom with whosoever seeks it.

Follow Crofton on Facebook and Twitter, and to submit a question for the Advice King, email editor[at]nashvillescene[dot]com.

Dear Advice King,

It seems Nashville women either want a country singer guy with tight jeans and a goofy hat or some hipster beer-drinking guy with a beard. So let me ask you, Crofton. I'm neither. I'm a regular, non-plaid-wearing guy with hips too big to wear tight jeans. I need some advice. How can a straight-up guy such as myself with a glowing personality and a job snag one of those Nashville women?


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Monday, January 19, 2015

Remembering Dixie Hall, Songwriter and Philanthropist

Posted By on Mon, Jan 19, 2015 at 5:57 PM

Dixie Hall
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  • Dixie Hall
Dixie Hall, who died in Nashville on Jan. 16 at the age of 80, took a circuitous route on her way to becoming a highly regarded and prolific country and bluegrass songwriter. The wife of celebrated Nashville songwriter Tom T. Hall, Dixie Hall used her perspective as an English-born admirer of American vernacular music in ways that make clear the shared experiences of all people, beyond geographic borders or cultural barriers.

Dixie Hall wrote great songs from a universal viewpoint, and it was her gift to make connections between cultures. Whether she wrote about the trauma of Southern-born war veterans or the joys of being a hard-charging truck driver, Hall drew upon her gift for friendship — and her fierce, joyful work ethic — to create lasting art.

Known to her many friends and admirers as “Miss Dixie,” Hall was born Iris Violet May Lawrence in 1934 in Warwickshire, England. By the time she was 18, Hall had become an accomplished equestrian who performed trick riding stunts in a traveling Wild West show. The future songwriter had already gained a bit of fame for her lyrics. When she was 9 years old, she wrote a poem for a contest, won first prize, and received the honor of reading her work on a London radio show.

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Shabazz Palaces Bring Majesty, Beats to Third Man Records Gig

Posted By on Mon, Jan 19, 2015 at 1:45 PM

Shabazz Palaces at Third Man Records

While reactions to Bonnaroo's newly announced lineup are split between emphatic declarations of "cool ... " and "meh ... " on social media, the inclusion of Shabazz Palaces way down the bill is an instant highlight, at least for the "cool" kids. Still, no way could a big festival appearance top the intimacy, comfort, maximum visibility and proximity to the stage (and appropriately priced alcohol) of Third Man Records' Blue Room, where The Spin caught the band Saturday night. Additionally, we imagine the “Live at Bonnaroo” bootlegs won't find their way to vinyl, unlike this show, which — like most others at TMR — was cut straight to acetate by trained professionals in real time.

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