If you wanna keep your finger firmly on the pulse of the next wave of Nashville rock—and support kids who want to grow future leaders and a good local rock scene—a great place to start would be the Zeitgeist event this Saturday, March 31st, at University School of Nashville. Zeitgeist is an annual fundraiser put on by USN students to raise money for their student council to fund everything from student clubs and organizations to charities like UNICEF.
This year, co-chair/USN student Ben Easton and other organizers culled a lineup of high school rock mixed with established local acts. He also called in a favor from USN alum Jonas Stein, who will be headlining the show with Turbo Fruits. Check out Zeitgeist's MySpace, which has many of the featured bands in their top friends.
Says Easton, "We chose bands that we thought were the best of the local high school music scene: most anyone can start a band, obviously, but my co-organizer and I have literally spent about 6 months on MySpace and listening to recordings trying to find some of the best high school bands in the city who were willing to play. Nashville is obviously a great place to be in terms of the music scene, but a lot of high schoolers don't really get out to shows that often even though the opportunities are out there. We wanted to provide an opportunity to showcase Nashville's younger artists as well as some hyped and entertaining local bands, at a time and place that's convenient for most high schoolers."
I love this kid!
The Overdub Kings
Stewart and Maggie's Love Songs
Rock Paper Scissors
Doors: 6:30, Show at 7 p.m.
Tickets: $7 at the door; $5 in advance (e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org and include your name—you'll be added to the list to pay the advance price of $5 at the door. Cut-off is 7 p.m. tonight.)
University School of Nashville (Directions)
2000 Edgehill Avenue
Nashville, Tenn., 37212
Main Building/1st Floor/Auditorium
Country music queen Dolly Parton has left fans in Europe questioning her sexuality after revealing she'd prefer to sleep with a "hot young woman" than her husband Carl Dean. The singer has been opening up about her sex life in a series of magazine interviews in Europe, where she is currently touring.
Parton says, "When I have sex with my husband these days, I fantasize I am with someone like Keith Urban or a petite, hot young woman."
Spring is here and the sap's rising. Scenecast Episode 73 is sprouting blooms all over the place with The Black Angels, Avett Brothers, Lucinda Williams, Lucero, Catfish Haven, Marty Stuart, Shemekia Copeland, Vince Gill, Black Lips, Xiu Xiu, American Princes, On Command, Pete Yorn, The Shazam and It Dies Today.
Spread the Love, and pass the Claritin.
Black Angels "Black Grease"
Black Lips "Fad"
Marty Stuart (in black trousers) with Lester Flatt "Feudin' Banjos"
While checking out last weekend's Sweet Sixteen action (Vandy was robbed!), I noticed that the new ad campaign for the final seven episodes of long-running CBS sitcom King of Queens featured music from Nashville rock band Luna Halo, whose lead single to their long, long overdue American recordings debut (it was originally scheduled for Jan. '06) is called "Kings and Queens." Nice match. Not the coolest show on TV but I'm sure the money was good.
But a closer listen revealed that the words in the ad version of the tune were changed from the original chorus hook line of "the kings and queens" to "King of Queens". Have things gotten that desperate? What's next for Nashville bands, The Pink Spiders pimped on Two and a Half Men? Be Your Own Pet's "Damn Damn Leash" used on Ugly Betty? Kings Of Leon's "Trani" on How I Met Your Mother?
OK, this will be the last time I mention SXSW this week, but for the last few years my favorite part of the event hasn't been the bands, but the huge poster-art marketplace called Flatstock. For $5-$40 you can buy big, genuine pieces of art that just so happen to have band names on them.
Tennessee has been well represented there, with booths from Boss Construction, Isle of Printing, YeeHaw Industries, Zach Hobbs, Print Mafia and Rock-C-Art. Now one of those participants, Sasha Barr of The New Year, is curating a similar event at MTSU's Todd Gallery.
Sound In Print: The Art of the Contemporary Music Poster is being held March 12th-30th and features works from over 50 of the finest designers in the nation, including some of my personal favorites: The Heads of State, Aesthetic Apparatus, Decoder Ring Design Concern, Largemammal Print and Patent Pending Industries. Sasha tells us that all of the work is for sale with prices ranging from $25 and up, and that some of the prints are already selling out. I guess it's off to Grimey's to sell some CDs.
For all the debate about the demise of the brick-and-mortar record shops and the triumphant rule of iTunes and digital downloads, the record store still always beats the iPod shuffle. Case in point: I was drooling all over myself to get the new record from British new-ravers* Klaxons, and was even poised to pull the trigger on an iTunes purchase ($9.99), when I decided to hold out for a little time at Grimey's.
Not only did I get the record for $8.99, but free with purchase, I also got 2 bonus Klaxons singles, a friendly chit-chat about new music with avid music fans/clerks Josh, Jonathan and Rollum, and just a little bit of that magic record-store sparkle feeling.
This now makes my secret Cream dream, the totally relevant Nashville Cream posting of the Klaxons video for "Gravity's Rainbow," a reality.
Klaxons - "Gravity's Rainbow" (new album version)
*new-rave is often how the band is characterized, but it's an actual rock band with disco-y beats, futuristic keyboards and a bunch of day-glo. sounds fun, right?
If you're honest with yourself, you'll see that there are really only two choices for shows tonight:
Just as Lucinda Williams released West, a record that dwells in grief and loss, she met her soul mate and found domestic and personal happiness. Jewly Hight caught up with Williams to talk records and roots.
The Avett Brothers went from playing old-school punk to neo-bluegrass, so it's not surprising that their live show is where they really bring the heat. Chris Parker chats with the band about their decision to give special consideration to their latest record, Emotionalism.
"We just went for evil," says Alex Maas of the Black Angels about the song selection for the band's full-length debut, Passover. Find out what he's talking about.
27-year-old pianist Alexander Kobrin rode the piano-competition circuit to glory, playing some of the most difficult pieces in the repertory. John Pitcher interviews the golden boy in advance of his Nashville appearance. Plus, reviews of weekend performances of Arguing with God and Wynton Marsalis.
And finally, check out The Spin for a review of Of Montreal, who—gasp!—dress up onstage. Plus, coverage on the rock version of the trickle-down theory of economics as witnessed at the Cold War Kids show, and a Spin first: the indie-rock drum circle. (Buzz-phrase of the week: green pieces of paper.)
Word is the Features, complete with snappy new croquet-themed press photos, are getting the oil changed for a late Spring tour.
Details after the jump.
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