Christian Science Monitor reports, Move over, Detroit - rock's new city is Nashville!
"Everywhere you go in Nashville, you run into [Jon] Bon Jovi and [guitarist] Richie Sambora," says Brian Philips, general manager at cable network CMT, which helped contribute to the crossover craze with its "Crossroads" series of rock-country collaborations. "The notion that the Nashville music scene is closed and tries to lock everybody out who isn't from here is completely outdated."
Kings of Leon are on Letterman tonight, where they'll be performing new single "On Call" off Because of the Times, out April 3. Rolling Stone gave it 4 stars.
Hey Bass Player
Does anyone watch Fearless Music TV? I caught an episode this weekend that featured footage of David Vandervelde jamming with none other than Ghostfinger's Richie Kirkpatrick on bass, who is touring with Vandervelde in April. If you've never heard his stuff, check out "Nothin' No," his glittery '70s-tinged croon.
David Vandervelde "Nothin' No" (MP3)
And finally, How I Became the Bomb are featured on the Rough Trade shop's main page, where they're described as: "a mix of devo, elo, pere ubu and the cars but with a futuristic pop edge. it's colourful, very pop and has massive potential."
Left Can Dance are hosting a WRVU benefit tonight, Friday the 23rd, at The End. All proceeds go to the station, and the LCD crew have organized a slew of hot DJs to entertain you. The DJ schedule is after the jump.
WRVU Presents Left Can Dance
Friday, March 23
9PM - 3AM
In related LCD news, a cancellation by Forget Cassettes for their Saturday, 24th Basement show left openers Jensen Sportag flying solo. Luckily, the flexible grooves of Left Can Dance shimmied over to pick up the slack. Now you can catch JS kickin' it with live instrumentation, LCD closing the deal, and last, but not least, liquor.
Everyone's a winner with Scenecast Episode 72: "March Gladness." Dean & Britta, Rocky Votolato, Young Jeezy, Cold War Kids, Hank Cochran, Joe Satriani, Delbert McClinton, Bang Bang Bang, Youth Group, Ellis Paul, Dr. John and Lola Ray all play nice together. Beer and gambling optional.
Spread the Love.
Dean & Britta "Words You Used To Say."
Delbert McClinton and The Singing Dog
Youth Group "Forever Young"
Seattle Weekly had a great cover story last week: "The F-Word: Dissecting hipster Seattle's most loathed, least defended figure: the frat boy," that features quotes from our own indie-rocker/former-frat Bobby Bare, Jr., who was playing there that week. The piece explores the tension between the two cliques in indie-proud Seattle, as well as the modern phenomenon of the indie-rock frat-boy amalgam. For what it's worth, in college we called frat-like people without actual frat membership "fratitives," while we called the real frat boys simply "cheesedicks."
"I want a job, I want a job, I want a real job, I want a job that pays... I want a job, I want a job I want a real job...one that satisfies my artistic needs!"
– Sid & Nancy, the movie
Merch Sales for National Touring Act!
Bass Player for Band on Cruise Ship!
Entertainment Manager at Rocketown!
Country Singer Needed To Write A Song For A Short Film Scene!
A&R and artist managers needed for reality show judging panel!
Barback for The Bluebird Cafe!
CD Warehouse Next to Vandy Hiring!
Looking For Dancers!
New Restaurant "The Pita Pit" Needs You!!!!
It's all about the single these days, so it's kind of refreshing when a band takes their sweet time really crafting an album like they did in the olden days. Edd Hurt talks to The Greencards about the process.
Opening night for conductor Arild Remmereit with the Nashville Symphony was a little rocky, but the audience clapped like nuts anyway. John Pitcher illuminates.
MSTRKRFT's Jesse Keeler didn't get into rock until high school, partly because his mom hated The Beatles and the Stones. Annie Zaleski finds out about his musical education.
SXSW 2007: Rock, rot or rule? Find out in Sweet Riffs. (Warning: yes, I talk about The Horrors—a lot.)
And finally, The Spin brings you bodies rocked by Timberlake, the fashionable Faint and the apparently orgasmic vibrations of Silversun Pickups.
Just like the contestants on American Idol, I have a dream. My dream is to be able to blog about American Idol on Nashville Cream and have it be vaguely relevant. For another week, my dream lives on...
Last week I was unexpectedly called home to Philadelphia, but I did manage to catch most of Idol and make some mental notes on our local gal—and the inspiration behind this recurring feature—Melinda Doolittle. Last week, with Diana Ross acting as mentor, Doolittle ripped into "Home" from The Wiz. She was exceptional as usual, her own moistened eyes even bringing Paula Abdul to tears. Last week saw Brandon "Snooze Fest" Rogers head for the exit—can't say I'll miss him.
This week was British Invasion week, an interesting theme that provided some solid song choices. Doolittle chose yet another soundtrack number: "As Long As He Needs Me" from Oliver (which was apparently a big hit in the early '60s).
Simon reiterated something he mentioned last week: Doolittle can make even a boring song transfixing. She tells a story, she pays attention, she understands that it's not just about hitting the note, but about imbuing it with human emotion and wit. My one complaint—it was her second ballad in a row. Let's have some fun next week!
Other reflections on last night's Idol after the jump...
Justin Timberlake juices up the after party at Layla Rul!
I do. Well, mark your calendars. According to frontman Richie Kirkpatrick, the band will be playing their first local show in ages at Casa Burrito in Murfreesboro on March 30 (if you haven't heard, CB is the new place to be in the 'Boro). From a Ghostfinger MySpace Bulletin:
greetings from seattle, friends! i have the whole upstairs of the nicest fucking bed and breakfast in the world overlooking the puget sound (which is actually a bay).
anyway, i am going crazy!
we are playing CASA BURRITO in MURFREESBORO on march 30 with the mattoid and the sundresses, so you'd better come. on my face! you bet your ass MATT ROWLAND will be there. hollywood has been a soul-bending adventure for him. give him a fucking hug when you see him.
our record is almost done as of two months ago. i bet you'd like to hear it, but i am on a strict order from another part of my personality to keep it secret. i will share a little secret with you at the show.
i am on tour with bobby bare jr right now. i'll be on tour with david vandervelde again in april. did you know i am a fucking righteous bass player? me either. no, i knew that already.
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