Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Kurtis Blow Tonight at Big T's

Posted by on Wed, Apr 28, 2010 at 9:39 AM

    You want to see one of the legends of hip-hop live and in the flesh? Well, none other than Kurtis Blow will be appearing on Dickerson Pike at night. As Maloney breaks it down in this week's glossy:

    Capping off one of the strongest weeks of rap shows in recent memory is an appearance from the original major-label hip-hop mogul: the man, the myth, the legend, Kurtis Blow! That might not seem so awkward if it was at a more established venue than the sports bar around the corner from our brother-in-law’s house, but whatevs. We know where we’re pre-gaming. Blow’s claim to fame is that he was the first rapper with a major-label deal, but his lasting impact stems from the fact that everybody and their mom has sampled, referenced and reworked his works almost from the minute they dropped — if we had a dollar for every mixtape that jacked “The Breaks” and “If I Ruled The World,” or a dollar for every “hipster” that has copped his fashion sense, we’d have a whole lotta dollars. But those are the proverbial breaks.

    9 p.m. at Big T's Sports Bar and Grill. Video, if you need reminding why this show might be worth the $30 cover, after the cut.

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    Tuesday, April 27, 2010

    Aretha Franklin at The Ryman

    Posted by on Tue, Apr 27, 2010 at 4:51 PM

    Aw shucks, I speak for The Spin when I say we are sad we missed this one. It's a little surprising the way she holds way, way back in the breakdown of "Chain of Fools" — she really belts it out on the classic recording — but Aretha does as Aretha wants to do.


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    Peelander-Z at Exit/In, 4/25/10

    Posted by on Tue, Apr 27, 2010 at 3:09 PM

    Exit/In was noticeably bare at the beginning of the Peelander-Z show Sunday night. Maybe the recent storms scared everyone off, maybe everyone was at church repenting for their weekend sins, or maybe people simply had no idea that one of the most entertaining live acts in recent memory was blowing up Elliston Place, but one thing is certain: Those absent really missed out. For the under-inoculated, Peelander-Z is the self-proclaimed “Japanese Action Comic Punk” band based out of NYC (though they claim to be from “Planet Peelander”), and they definitely live up to their description. They’ve garnered a true underground following, currently touring in support of their fifth studio album P-Pop High School. With costumes reminiscent of Power Rangers on acid, suitcases full of props for crowd participation, and high energy punk anthems with nonsensical lyrics, Peelander Yellow, Red, Green, and Pink make sure that everyone gets into the act, whether you want to or not.

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    Random Song for Tuesday: Liz Phair, 'Nashville'

    Posted by on Tue, Apr 27, 2010 at 11:55 AM

    I saw this video and remembered that I like this song. Then this guy brought up Liz Phair in a post about ""Feminism for Young Dudes," and it was like serendipity wrapped in randomness rolled up in an Internet. So here's Liz Phair's "Nashville," from Whip-Smart, an album I recommend. Like any good love song, "Nashville" captures something you knew about love without knowing you knew it: The peculiar beauty of that time between waking in a tangle of each other and going your separate ways. The vulnerability that precedes putting your work face, your work clothes, your work self together (if you have a job, that is): "I can't imagine it in better terms / Than naked half-awake about to shave and go to work / And I'm starting to think / It could happen to me / Like it did to you." Like any good semi-cryptic indie-rock song, it never explains what "it" is, though you could probably guess. It also never explains why the song is called "Nashville." Sure, the chorused guitars sound oh-so-'90s, but every decade needs its sound, right?

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    Hole Play The Ryman June 29; Other Awful Stuff

    Posted by on Tue, Apr 27, 2010 at 11:43 AM

    Click the image to play.

    If you think Courtney Love’s caterwauling, blasphemous take on the Big Star classic shown above is sacrilegious, get this: Hole is playing the Mother Church on June 29. That’s right. Courtney Love & Co. at The Ryman. Tickets — if you have $35-$45 to throw around and feel like getting a buddy a gag gift or something — go on sale here at 10 a.m. on April 30.

    Now, a major reason I wanted to make this announcement is to call something very important to light. Billy Corgan, who, as we all know, wrote several Hole songs and isn’t exactly a shining example of brilliance these days, decided (despite his relatively newfound Jesus-y worldview) to bust on C-Love. Like, real style. Mega-brutal. Here are some tweets Corgan directed at Love:

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    Monday, April 26, 2010

    Heypenny Bankroll Forthcoming Record With Kickstarter Campaign

    Posted by on Mon, Apr 26, 2010 at 4:27 PM

    Desperate times call for desperate measures. In an age when getting a record label to gamble even pennies on a developing artist seems increasingly like a bygone concept, bands are being forced to rely on the direct support of fan bases — big and small — to keep them afloat.

    In comes Kickstarter: an online funding platform for artists, filmmakers, independent researchers, inventors, explorers and, of course, musicians to solicit donations from supporters in order to finance their endeavors. On the site, the user pitches a project and sets a fundraising goal and deadline. If the donations fall short of the goal, the money goes back to the donors. If it exceeds the goal, the user gets to apply the excess funds to the project while the site rakes five percent from the pot. This practice is called web-based crowdsourcing.

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    Caption Contest: Quasi Giveaway! [Updated]

    Posted by on Mon, Apr 26, 2010 at 3:00 PM

    • "...and so began the two obsessions that would shape little rosie o'donnel's life from that point forward."

    UPDATE: We have our winner. Thanks for playing, everyone! And by "thanks for playing" we mean "that anal one was weird!"

    Remember way back in, like, January, when DPR asked the question, "If Quasi Played Nashville on April 29, Would You Go?" and you were all like, "Yes! / I would contemplate going / my chances of going to see them fall somewhere between maybe and probably"? Well, get ready to get even more excited than that, because we've got a pair of tickets (aka guest list spots) to give away for this Thursday's show at Mercy Lounge, featuring the aforementioned Quasi and the aforeunmentioned Let's Wrestle. As usual, the funniest caption, as determined by Cream staff, wins.

    You don't have to be a registered site user to submit a caption — just scroll down and click on "post without an account" after previewing your comment — but you do have to provide a valid email in order to win. And please check your email so we can confirm your guest list spot. Contest ends at 3 p.m. Wednesday. Go!

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    Little Hamilton Needs Our Help Again!

    Posted by on Mon, Apr 26, 2010 at 1:01 PM

    • Illustration: D. Ricky Rodriguez
    Almost a year ago to the day, we found out that a serious clean-up was in order to save Little Hamilton from potential eviction. Today comes word that the beloved house-show venue is in jeopardy once again. Apparently they are in debt and in need of some help with rent and volunteers: "It's decision-making time and we need to know who out in the world is ready and willing to help the Little Hamilton Collective stay alive," they say through an email.

    That's where you come in, you show-going, fun-loving, rock-'n'-roll-supporting citizen, you. Do you want awesome shows to stop happening? Of course you don't. LHC is holding a meeting tonight at 6:30 p.m. for anyone interested in helping out. That'd be 1318 Little Hamilton St., 37203. Full message after the jump.

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    Phoenix at Vanderbilt's Rites of Spring, 4/23/10

    Posted by on Mon, Apr 26, 2010 at 11:09 AM

    • Photo: Steve Cross

    Despite impending rain and our plus-one bailing on us Friday night to go to an outdoor fashion show uptown with James Cameron in attendance — a fashion show at which a horse would eventually take a monster shit on the red carpet … seriously — we opted to soldier on and attend Vanderbilt’s yearly Mini-'Roo, Rites of Spring. But just for Phoenix. We parked at Springwater, huffed it down West End and past some truly bumpin’ frat parties, and picked up our passes to the sounds of Cold War Kids — then again, it could have just been a really piss-poor Walkmen cover band.

    The crew we managed to round up met us at the gate amid a sea of sockless bros and Grodie Fosters. It slipped our minds that Rites of Spring is, of course, a BYOB event. Major fail on our part. You’d think, with the abundance of business majors and all, that some wily Van Wilder type would have thought to set up shop behind the Porta-Potties and sell contraband beers. No such luck, but we did find a dude who was willing to give us a Miller Lite for a buck, just as the pride of Versailles took the stage.

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    Friday, April 23, 2010

    Caption Contest: Julian Casablancas Giveaway! [Updated]

    Posted by on Fri, Apr 23, 2010 at 3:05 PM

    • The stroke.

    UPDATE: We have our winner. Thanks for playing, everyone!

    OK, sorry for the short notice on this one, but we've got a pair of tickets to give away to Tuesday night's Julian Casablancas show at The Cannery. New blog format, same rules: Be funny and win.

    You don't have to be a registered site user to submit a caption — just scroll down and click on "post without an account" after previewing your comment — but you do have to provide a valid email in order to win. (Protip: Check your email after the contest ends, just in case.) Contest ends at 4 p.m. Monday (the 26th). You've got all weekend. Go!

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