Here are a few photos from Bonnaroo 2007. More after the jump; check the paper for more in-depth coverage.
Here's the new lineup for tonight's 8 off 8th—updated deets courtesy of host Jason Moon Wilkins:
8 off 8th June 18, Revised
1. Aron Wright: new Nashville indie songwriter in the Elliott Smith vein.
2. Tristen: Chicago transplant whose forthcoming CD was produced by Carey Ott.
3. Carey Ott: Dualtone artist whose songs have been all over TV and film including three placements on Grey's Anatomy.
4. Cassino: new acoustic rock outfit from former members of popular Alabama emo band Northstar. Singer Nick lives here.
5. Trigger Code: Taylor Sorensen's band.
6. Pico vs Island Trees: North Carolina transplants.
7. Tommy & The Whale: former members of Arkitekt.
FYI: Austin, TX indie band Golden Bear had to cancel because their van broke down over the weekend. Love and Theft had to cancel due to a family issue.
Update: Golden Bear's in-store at 6 p.m. at Grimey's tonight has been canceled.
Whatever happened with this? We demand resolution.
Anyone going? And if so, why? This year's lineup doesn't particularly blow my mind. For one, I already saw the White Stripes. Two, the easy-listening reggae-rock of the Police doesn't do it for me. Three, Widespread Panic? No thanks.
Not that there aren't some worthwhile attractions—Lily Allen would be interesting, and a lot of folks are excited about the jazz stuff this year—but this must always be weighed against the blazing hot weather and dusty matrix of hippies. Who wins?
Murfreesboro's got a new house venue. This one is called the Triple Deuce, located at 222 Bilbro St. They're playing host to a show this Saturday, which will be a split cassette release show between High on Life and The Most Amazing Century of Science. Each side consists of one band cramming as many songs as they can into exactly one minute. The rest of the tape can be used to record two week's worth of Prairie Home Companion. Nashville avant-bassist CJ Boyd will also be on hand, and at some point in the evening will enter into the first official bass-off of 2007 with Cansaur bassist and recently added MAC OS bassist (they've played over a year without one) AJ Nua. Expect plenty of tapping, slapping and that cool trick where you repeatedly press a string onto the pick-up to make wicked noise.
How I Became the Bomb were The Guardian's Band of the Day (for June 4). Nashville bands continue to get love across the pond. Hmmm, let's see if they open with some sort of reference to how (gasp!) there is more than country music in Tennessee...
HIBTB are an atypical Tennessee band. Yee-haw redneck country boys they are not. They dress like Edwardian gents. The vocal yelps are pure Clap Your Hands via The Cure, while the tech-melodies are more Tokyo Police Club. It's synth-indie, or indie-synth. Sindie. Inth. They Might Be Electronic, anyone? Put it this way: We Are Scientists might as well pack up and go home ("They already have!" - Keith Murray's mum).Doh!
Whaddya gonna do?
You could head over to The End and catch JEFF and The Valentines with the extra bonus of The Mattoid, who was just added to the bill.
You could go to the Mercy Lounge for the free Dingo Dance Party with guest local DJs.
Both are at 9 p.m. Do it!
...when the pretty birds have flown, why not make an appearance in a rap/country video? Chance shoots tomorrow (Thursday, 14th) at Code Blue from 3 p.m. to midnight. Cream sources tell us that G Unit south will be represented.
According to one report, the Heartless Bastards show at Exit/In last week went off with a hitch: "There weren't a lot of people in the room, and the music hadn't fostered an out-of-control, rocking vibe. That said, the show hadn't been a terrible experience. Certainly not enough to warrant the lead singer walking off stage with tears in her eyes."
Apparently there was some backlash against the band afterward. Any Cream readers who were there?
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