Friday, February 29, 2008

Next Big Nashville 2008: Submit Now!

Posted By on Fri, Feb 29, 2008 at 10:53 AM

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The Privates playing NBN 2007. (Photo by: John Brassil.)

Submissions are officially open for Next Big Nashville 2008, which takes place Sept. 10 - 14 this year. Last year, throngs of stellar acts took stages all over the city and turned out some of the best A&R showcase-core performances we'd seen.

This year, NBN is not only opening up the festival to applicants from a wider radius around Nashville, but they're also trying to be more inclusive, adding more all-ages shows and more genres, from hardcore to hip-hop and R&B.

There's also a more formal submission process: NBN 2008 accepts submissions through Sonicbids. Go here.

You've got til June 5 to submit.

More deets after the jump.

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The Magic Number: Three Reasons to Attend Berlin's Latest Event

Posted By on Fri, Feb 29, 2008 at 8:09 AM

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Cyborg K and Jason Patrick perform Saturday, March 1 at Kazu Restaurant. 10 p.m. $5-$7. 1. This time when you drive around Cummins Station looking for a free parking spot, you'll actually be going to Cummins Station, rather than walking to Cannery Row. 2. It is often more fun to actually go out dancing than it is to play Dance Dance Revolution (or listen to John Vanderslice) by yourself. 3. You're not still hung up on American techno's old guard, are you?

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Thursday, February 28, 2008

Metalheads Still Don't Get De Novo Dahl

Posted By on Thu, Feb 28, 2008 at 4:39 PM

Brooklyn Vegan totally rapes our buzz. Sorta.

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The Magic Number: 3 Reasons to Go See G Love & Special Sauce

Posted By on Thu, Feb 28, 2008 at 3:26 PM

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Playing tonight at City Hall w/Tristan Prettyman.

1. You like cold beverages.

2. You're wondering where all the white people in Nashville will be tonight.

3. Philly in the house!

And, for all you haters out there: His mom knows my mom. Snap!

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Stamp Stain: Three Things We Noticed at Caitlin Rose's EP Release Show

Posted By on Thu, Feb 28, 2008 at 2:49 PM

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Last night, Caitlin Rose celebrated the release of her wonderful debut EP—though she did admit that she had sold a few in Murfreesboro over the weekend. Unabashedly open about her nervousness, Rose charmed the crowd and expertly showcased her myriad of talents. 1. Rose actually managed to get the crowd to sing along. (This is Nashville! She was the opener!! These people weren't even drunk yet!!!) A sizable portion of the early-arriving attendees joined the 20-year-old songstress for the chorus of "Answer in One of These Bottles," and they sounded pretty decent doing it. 2. That girl can sing. Like really sing. It was on the slower numbers that her vocal prowess really shone. She has that tone, that dynamism, that certain je ne sais quoi that many of this years AI contestants would kill for. 3. You can't teach charisma. This young lady's humility and quirkiness is undeniably alluring—it was especially cute when she took off her hat for the sad ones.

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Inside This Week's Music Section

Posted By on Thu, Feb 28, 2008 at 2:49 PM

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Down at the Cannery (Photo by Eric England).

Review/Hot Rock: Hotpipes have a knack for off-kilter arrangements. (Playing CD release show Saturday, 1st at Exit/In.)

Review/New Tricks: Doug Hoekstra’s latest adopts a more elliptical narrative style. (Playing CD Release/Birthday Party (with full band), Thursday, 28th.)

Review/The Gospel According to the Mattoid: The Mattoid’s latest is a tale of death, honky-tonks and Eskimos.

In The Spin: Down, Caitlin Rose, The Spinto Band, Umbrella Tree and more.

Our Critics' Picks: Tommy and the Whale, Stevie Binge & the Fork Hunts, We Were the States, Less Rave, More Party, Wilco, The Chieftains & more.

Scenecast Epsiode 121 blows in like the proverbial March lion's pride with Tommy and the Whale, The Refugees, Wycliffe Gordon, David Dewese, We Were The States, Jason Isbell, Dharmakaya, Wilco, John Doe, Tommy Keenum, Robin Trower, Darla Farmer, Chieftans and Kathy Mattea.

Holy F--k! AutoVaughn Are Playing Rachael Ray's SXSW Party!

Posted By on Thu, Feb 28, 2008 at 12:31 PM

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That's right, local alt-rockers AutoVaughn and nominees for the "greatest band name ever," Holy Fuck, are playing the indie-licious SXSW throwdown hosted by Rachael Ray! Whose spoon did they have to lick to get that gig?!? As an ex-line cook, day-time talk enthusiast and red-blooded American male, I have to say that I am damn, damn jealous. There are so many bad food/sex puns running around in my head that I can barely see straight.

On a somewhat related note, do you think she'll bring meatloaf patties with bacon gravy and peas to the green room? That would be so much cooler than cheap pizza and cheez-in-a-can. Mmmm, bacon gravy....

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Blood Stains: Three Things I Noticed At Last Night's Jonathan Richman Show

Posted By on Thu, Feb 28, 2008 at 8:05 AM

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1. The staff at The 5 Spot rule. If you were at the show, you probably saw my girlfriend crack her head open right before intermission. You also probably ignored the whole event beause the Spot-dudes kept it super low-key and totally pro. They were also calm and collected enough to keep my panic-stricken punk-ass from totally freaking the f--k out. Kudos, gentlemen. 2. These things only seem to happen when I quit smoking. During my decade-long nicotine binge I didn't any run into any of this sudden-head-injury bullshit, but once I go on that godforsaken patch my better-half's brains are splattered all over the floor. Plus, we had only drank one beer! My entire adult life has been spent knee-deep in a lake of booze and now that I'm acting like a grown-up things start going haywire—WTF! 3. Eight surgical staples and a trip to the emergency room will totally ruin an otherwise awesome night. I'll never hear Richman's song "Hospital" the same way ever again. Needless to say, I'll be attending the show tonight while my lady-friend sleeps off one hella headache. So if you see me out, buy me a beer—I could really use one right now.

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Wednesday, February 27, 2008

The Magic Number: Three Reasons to See Jonathan Richman Tonight (And Tomorrow)

Posted By on Wed, Feb 27, 2008 at 2:01 PM

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Playing Wednesday, 27th and Thursday, 28th at The 5 Spot. 1. He's been called the godfather of punk. 2. He's a Modern Lover. 3. His two shows here last year were criminally underattended. From our Critics' Picks: Back in Your Life JONATHAN RICHMAN Back in the late ’70s, hard-rockers regarded Richman as a loon who backed off the VU-approved proto-punk of “Pablo Picasso” and “She Cracked” to sing twee little odes to rockin’ leprechauns and rockin’ shoppin’ centers and such. Today, their unguarded, mischievous, the-world-is-full-of-wonders goofiness sounds like a design for living—a model for how to grow up and grow old without growing jaded. Had Lou Reed pursued an entire career of “I’m Sticking With You,” he might have ended up with Richman’s winning, gently under-amped brand of rock. But it’s safe to say there’s no way in a million years he’d have written the line, “Abominable snowman in the market.... Looks like a dirty marshmallow with fangs,” or sung it with such full-hearted glee. JoJo plays two nights: let him know—to borrow a Richman line that sounds more urgent with each passing year—that he’s important in your life. And if he’s not, he should be. Feb. 27-28 at The 5 Spot —JIM RIDLEY

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Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Jackanory Stories

Posted By on Tue, Feb 26, 2008 at 9:28 AM

You may have heard that Bob Dylan somehow acquired a bunch of heretofore-unknown Hank Williams lyrics and asked people, including our neighbor Jack White, to put them to music. Apparently, the result is "cool."

Also, the Raconteurs album is already in the can, but Jack tells NME that so is something else he "can't" tell us about yet.

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