Thursday, July 30, 2009

Dreams Really Do Come True With Green Day

Posted By on Thu, Jul 30, 2009 at 10:23 AM

So, if you've been to a Green Day show in recent years--or maybe they always did this--then you already know that Billie Jo Awesome brings some unsuspecting kid onstage and lets them play guitar or sometimes it's bass with the rest of the band for a hot minute. I saw them at then-Gaylord for the American Idiot tour back in 2005 (I think that was the year), and they pulled someone onstage then too. And if you're any good, they let you keep the instrument I think.

If someone has seen Green Day pre-blitz then feel free to fill me in on those deets, but if you haven't, and if you're seeing them for the first time tomorrow night, FYI: It's an aggressively upbeat stadium show. BJA practically scales the stage, or at least paces it pretty maniacally the whole time. He insists often (as you'll see in the above clip) that people, you know, "get into it." And for me, that was strangely like attending a pep rally in high school all over again. I really like big stoopid over-the-top performances, but this one didn't really fit with my expectations for a punk band. But then again, Green Day is really a pop-rock band, so I guess therein lies the confusion.

Anyway, clip above: Madison Square Garden, three nights ago. Billie Joe Armstrong makes dream come true of teen girl with a Misfits shirt on, who aptly rules the spontaneous gig.

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The Dead Weather, De La Soul, Green Day and More: Inside This Week's Music Section

Posted By on Thu, Jul 30, 2009 at 9:37 AM


The Weather Channel: The Dead Weather are everywhere you want to be. (Playing Thursday, 30th at War Memorial w/Screaming Females.)

Taking the Longview: Green Day's rock opera is nothing if not ambitious. (Playing Friday, 31st at the Sommet Center.)

Up Up Up Up: De La Soul's seminal debut, 3 Feet High and Rising, still blows minds. (Playing Wednesday, 5th at Cannery Ballroom.)

Audacious Siren: Even with Transmitter Failure, Jenny Owen Youngs' signal rings true. (Playing Tuesday, 4th at Mercy Lounge.)

Loudon Proud: Loudon Wainwright III pays tribute to Charlie Poole. (Aug. 1 at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.)

In The Spin: Judas Priest, Neko Case & Nashville Cream '90s Night.

If the question is Critics' Picks, the answer is: Southern Girls Rock 'n' Roll Camp Showcase, Davila 666, Jim Rose Circus, The Crystal Method, Fontaine Family Benefit feat. Alison Krauss and a lot more.

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'The Institution is Back': BUZZFEST '09 Annouces Lineup

Posted By on Thu, Jul 30, 2009 at 6:09 AM


The folks over at 102.9 the BUZZ must have been well aware that it's '90s week here at the Cream because they just sent over the lineup for BUZZFEST '09, and boy is it active-rock-tastic. Appearing on the bill are Alice in Chains (yes, they have a new singer), Mudvayne, Chevelle, Cage the Elephant, Cavo, Framing Hanley and The Everything That Rocks Band. Just to clarify, The Everything That Rocks Band IS NOT the same Band who recorded Music From Big Pink. I'd make fun of Framing Hanley, but I remembered that they're from Sumner County and they've probably suffered enough. According to BUZZ program director Troy Hanson:

This year's lineup for BUZZFEST looks to be our strongest yet, and we are most pleased to be once again bringing our marquee event to downtown Nashville's Riverfront. Plus, we've got a few surprises in store for Music City once again this year.

This little 'palooza is going down at Riverfront Park on Sept. 11 and tickets are $29 for general admission, $129 for VIP and--for a limited time--you can buy a four-pack for $99. I think for $1,029 your ticket should come with some of Layne Staley's ashes. To purchase tickets log on to or ticketmaster. Also, feel free to call the BUZZ request line at 615-737-1029 to let them know that if you hear Cage the Elephant one more time you're gonna rip your own fucking ears off and that you wanna hear more JEFF the Brotherhood and The Mattoid. JK!

In related news: Staind will be opening for Creed when they make their "triumphant" return to Nashville at the Sommet Center Oct. 14.

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Turbo Fruits' Jonas Stein and Nashville Filmmaker Matt Robison Pay Tribute to the Red, White and Blue

Posted By on Thu, Jul 30, 2009 at 6:07 AM

local filmmaker + local musician + guitar + camera + marijuana + 4th of July = this

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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Road Trip to Chicago: Pixies Perform Doolittle

Posted By on Wed, Jul 29, 2009 at 3:56 PM


How far are you willing to travel to watch the Pixies perform their brain-fryingly brilliant squawkfest Doolittle in its entirety?

Europe may get them first, but the Pixies will tour the USA late this year. In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the release of their classic 1989 album Doolittle, the band - Black Francis, Kim Deal, Joey Santiago and David Lovering - will kick off the very special US "Doolittle Tour" at the Palladium in Los Angeles on Wednesday, November 4. The U.S. tour will hit a total of nine cities, including three dates in New York City. On sale dates with vary city to city, but some tickets go on sale as early as this Saturday, August 1.

Dates after the jump. Tix can be purchased at the dreaded TM here.

Also: Why do critics always say Surfer Rosa is the best album? I would argue any true fan can never decide.

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Circle Players Do 'Fame' at the Nashville Farmer's Market

Posted By on Wed, Jul 29, 2009 at 3:54 PM

I'm not a big fan of musicals, but I have to admit this looks pretty fun. It also occurs to me that there are not many places in Nashville--open, public and not requiring a ticket of some sort--where this really could have happened and had an audience.

(HT: Bites.)

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Lyric Rat: Not a Big Indie Rock Fan, Either

Posted By on Wed, Jul 29, 2009 at 2:44 PM

Every time someone points me to some new website/app/widget/whatever that's supposed to automagically "answer your questions," my first inclination is to see if I can stump it. Machines are still pretty dumb, overall, and I guess that's good, because once they get over that hump (to borrow a phrase from Erykah Badu), they will enslave us and we'll have to travel back to whenever the iPhone hoverboard was invented and try to stop so-and-so from getting killed because she carries the Chosen One in her womb. Or something like that.

Anyway, today Lifehacker told me that there's this site/Twitterfeed called Lyric Rat. You feed it some lyrics, it drops ("rat droppings," get it?) the song title and artist. I know, I know: The Internets already do this, but this would be quick, and you could do it via Twitter from your phone, so tevs.

Since there was some mumbling and grumbling about how some of the audience at Cream '90s night seemed to be relatively unfamiliar with some basic indie rock stuff from that decade, I figured I'd try to stump Lyric Rat using some of the more "obscure" songs played at 8 off 8th on Monday.

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Those Darlins: Rolling Stone Breaking Artist

Posted By on Wed, Jul 29, 2009 at 1:59 PM


Sure, Those Darlins got a sidelong mention in a recent Rolling Stone article about, uh, bluegrass, but they've gone and turned up again, this time as a "Breaking" artist.

Sounds Like: Those Darlins have created an infectious blend of country, rock and punkabilly on their witty, fuzzed-out self-titled debut. From the hard-driving "Red Light Love" to the tongue-in-cheek "Snaggle Tooth Mama," the band has a knack for writing memorable hooks about booze, boys and everything in between. "Remember if you want to drink and drive/better find a boy to take you home for the night," they playfully suggest on "DUI or DIE." The girls have a sensitive side, too, as "Mama's Heart" beautifully demonstrates, but their forte is the two-minute pop of songs like "Hung Up On Me." Onstage the girls alternately sing and shout harmonies over distorted guitar riffs that nod to everyone from Link Wray to the Ramones.

Now, the other cool thing here is that if you follow the link, you'll see there's also a video of the band performing "Snaggle Tooth Mama"--and it's from the band's appearance on Lake Fever Sessions, filmed right here in our fair city by the fine gentleman of Tugboat Productions. Good work all the way around, people.

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Walk It Out: The Walkmen Play Mercy Lounge Sept. 27

Posted By on Wed, Jul 29, 2009 at 1:13 PM

Playing one of the best songs of the Aughts at Pitchfork '09

Shit yes. The Walkmen have officially confirmed that they'll be playing Sept. 27 at Mercy Lounge. Remember when they played The Basement in October and The Privates backed singer Hamilton Leithouser on a song? Remember how everyone got all giddy and then P4k reported it? Well that link expired, so I can't exactly prove it. Whatever. The NYC five-piece is about to bring their tight, post-punk-infused intensity back to Nashville, and that's something we can all celebrate. Tickets are $12 and will be available here starting Friday at 10 a.m. The Internet line forms behind me.

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The Dynamites Feat. Charles Walker Release Burn It Down, Announce Dates, Stay Awesome

Posted By on Wed, Jul 29, 2009 at 11:41 AM


You know what's awesome? You know why we should consider ourselves lucky? The Dynamites are some of the baddest cats in contemporary soul and funk, and they're from right here in our own town. That means they sent us their forthcoming record way early, and I've been spinning it since it arrived. Burning It Down--their second studio LP--will be out Sept. 15, and The Dynamites will be touring this fall in support. Burning It Down was my record of the day at one point last week--yes, I'm still listening to a new record every day--and I was not disappointed.

If you haven't caught The Dynamites featuring Charles Walker live, for God's sake, do it. Gone may be the days of the Cookes, Reddings, Sams and Daves of the world, but as long as dudes like this are holding it down, Nashville's going to have some soul. They'll be at Mercy Lounge Sept. 11. Tickets are a measly $12, and you can purchase them here. See a full list of The Dynamites' dates after the jump.

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