Mayhem Cover Elvis Costello's This Year Model 

Paying Lip Service

Paying Lip Service
As file sharing and diminished attention spans have seen the Internet push record sales off a cliff, artists of the old guard have recently discovered playing albums in their entirety live, as a lucrative way to rest on their laurels. Meanwhile, local musicians here in Nashville have found covering these albums to be a surefire way of attracting warm bodies to their shows. Whether it’s Local tributary masters The Long Players packing out every show they play or local indie faves How I Became the Bomb and KinderCastle — now defunct — combining forces to take on E.L.O’s masterstroke Out of the Blue, Nashville’s penchant for classic rock appreciation is clear. While, no band could ever interpret Elvis Costello’s music better than his unmatched confederates The Attractions, and no singer-songwriter could ever deliver spiteful love songs disguised as hate songs better than the bespectacled one himself, local musicians such as Joel J. Dahl (De Novo Dahl), Matt Hungate, Jerry Pentecost and American Bang’s Kelby will combine their efforts to tackle his indelible 1978 classic This Year’s Model. His first to feature The Attractions, Costello’s acerbic anger was never more palpable than it was on this record, which includes new wave staples like “Radio, Radio,” “The Beat” and “Pump It Up.”
Sat., March 27, 9 p.m., 2010

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