Friday, March 21, 2008

Inside This Week's Music Section

Posted By on Fri, Mar 21, 2008 at 11:09 AM

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Goofy-sexy Spanish dance-rock band We Are Standard. (Check out an MP3 of their song "On the Floor.")

Brighten the Corners: Stephen Malkmus on drummer Janet Weiss, his parents’ record collection and being “the Pavement dude.” (Playing Tuesday, 25th at Mercy Lounge.)

Shout Out: De Novo Dahl’s major-label debut is carefully orchestrated chaos. (Playing Tuesday, 25th at Grimey’s at 6 p.m.)

Vampire Week: Everything that’s wrong with SXSW is everything that’s wrong with you and me and everyone we know.

In The Spin: SXSW reviews, Van Morrison at The Ryman.

Scenecast Episode 124 springs harder than the most vernal of all equinoxes with blossoms from Honi Deaton & Dream, Natalie MacMaster, The Black Lips, Peter Cooper, Monotonix, Happy Birthday Amy, Randy Kohrs & the Lites, The Dirtbombs, Amelia White, All We Seabees, Anna Kramer, Doyle & Debbie, John Vanderslice, The Waybacks and sounds from the Lightning 100 Birthday Show.

Our Critics' Picks: Happy Birthday Amy, Stars, Lightning 100 Birthday Show, Randy Kohrs, The Dirtbombs & more.

The Magic Number: Three Reasons to Go See Monotonix Tonight at Springwater

Posted By on Fri, Mar 21, 2008 at 6:06 AM

1. Watch the video.

2. Have you watched it yet?

3. "Shut the fuck up!"

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Thursday, March 20, 2008

Hey, Billy Dreamer: Kids in the Hall Come to Nashville

Posted By on Thu, Mar 20, 2008 at 1:39 PM

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I re-rented the first season of Kids in the Hall last night, so imagine my joyous surprise to discover that this classic sketch comedy troupe are on tour and coming to the Ryman on May 21! The tour is called "Live As We'll Ever Be," and features all new material, though old characters will apparently appear in new situations. Favorite characters, anyone? Bruce McCulloch's mulleted rocker comes to mind, and anything where Dave Foley delivers lines in that glorious deadpan. Thirty Helens agree that this is the most awesome news of late. And yeah, this is a music blog, so I've included their hilarious skit "Bass Player," featuring the line, "Nobody invites the bass player to the party after the show." Deets: When: WEDNESDAY, MAY 21 AT 7:30PM Where: RYMAN AUDITORIUM Tickets on Sale: FRIDAY, MARCH 28 AT 10:00AM Purchase online: TICKETMASTER.COM Ticket Price: $42.00/$32.00 + USUAL FEES

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Wednesday, March 19, 2008

American Bang Sure Watch A Lot of Lifetime Movies

Posted By on Wed, Mar 19, 2008 at 3:47 PM

Haters and gentlemen, start your engines! The too-cool-for-school crowd is gonna dog this one for sure, but Best Week Ever interviewed the Bang brothers for a little game of "Band Name Or Lifetime Movie" and it's pretty frickin funny. Not "the Timmons Sisters with Jeff Fahey" funny, but still pretty good.

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One Step Ahead: Raconteurs Release Second Record Next Week

Posted By on Wed, Mar 19, 2008 at 3:14 PM

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The Raconteurs are channeling some of that sneaky White Stripes trickery and releasing a second album all of a sudden and seemingly out of nowhere next week, on March 25. It's called Consolers of the Lonely, and the motive behind springing the record on the public and press at the same time is as egalitarian as Jack White and Brendan Benson's songwriting approach.

From the press release:

The purpose: to get the album to the fans as soon as possible and as we promised. We wanted to get this record to fans, the press, radio, etc., all at the EXACT SAME TIME so that no one has an upper hand on anyone else regarding its availability, reception or perception.

Still, I'd like to go ahead and tell you what I think of the record: It's a mature, brilliant follow-up to the glammy/power-poppy/proggy, thundering thrill of 2006's Broken Boy Soldiers. From songs like "Salute Your Solution" to "Rich Kid Blues," it's 55 minutes and 14 tracks of pure rock pomp and glee. A force to be reckoned with, indeed.

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About Tonight's Show at Springwater

Posted By on Wed, Mar 19, 2008 at 10:35 AM

Headlining will be Samara Lubelski, whose video for "Road to Misfortune" is above. (There are a couple of points in this song where it reminds me of Bridget St. John crossed with Virginia Astley, but that's not necessarily a good overall description.)

Speaking of bad descrptions, remember when that guy from Deerhunter said a bunch of really vicious shit about Lubelski? Well, he called himself a "dickhead" and apologized.

Hands Off Cuba have also been added to the bill, replacing Aaron Roche. Paper Hats round out the bill. 9 p.m. Five bucks.

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All She Wants to Do Is Blam Blam Blam Blam, and Take Your Money

Posted By on Wed, Mar 19, 2008 at 12:00 AM

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M.I.A.

w/Holy Fuck

Monday, May 5

City Hall

18+

7:00 door, 8:00 show

Tickets are $28 advance or $31 day of show, and go on sale next Wednesday, March 26 at 10 a.m. Ticketmaster.

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Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Noble Cause: The Nobility Featured on NPR's Second Stage

Posted By on Tue, Mar 18, 2008 at 4:27 PM

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Power pop and public radio meet today on NPR's Second Stage, where today's featured artist is The Nobility, our own '60s pop confection once fueled by rockets. We were sorry to miss their set at SXSW, but luckily the band is playing April 3 at Exit/In.

From NPR.org:

Drawing heavily on early Paul McCartney and Kinks records, The Nobility makes jangly guitar rock with sweet harmonies and catchy, carefully plotted melodies. Calling themselves "a humble little rock band," the Nashville, TN trio makes the kind of music that leaves you humming and feeling a little better about the world.

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The Unbearable Lightness of Being: Turncoats Buy One-Way Ticket To Splitsville

Posted By on Tue, Mar 18, 2008 at 1:32 PM

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Word on the street is that the Turncoats' drummer Adam 'Full Throttle' Cottle is skipping town and heading to Prague, leaving the Murfreesboro rockers up shit's creek without a paddle. There's no word on whether or not the rest of the band will soldier on, or whether the album they recorded last summer will ever see the light of day. Head over to The Groove tonight and catch what might be their final Nashville performance. Hotpipes and Teenage Prayers round out the bill.

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Five Finger Discount: Be Your Own Pet

Posted By on Tue, Mar 18, 2008 at 2:22 AM

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They're Nashville's most recognizable underage rock band--or at least they were before Paramore came along. Either way, they've got a new record coming out today that packs way more of a groin punch than Paramore's G-rated mall punk ever will. I interviewed the band last week for an upcoming feature in next week's Scene, and wouldn't let them leave without giving me the Five Finger Discount first.

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