But what's in it for you, right? A shit-ton of music gear, possibly. Check out what they'll be raffling off tonight after the jump. Show starts at 7:30 p.m. Do it!
Tonight at The End, singer, songwriter and multi-dude Tim Fite will be taking the stage to play some songs. If you're not familiar with dude (he collaborated with The Grates on the song "Not Today") he's got some albums you can download over at his website for free. He's one of those guys who grew up in the North but sound like they have some kind of ancestral Southern accent that's just genetic or something. Anyway, maybe you remember Fite as Little T, who had a minor hit with One Track Mike called "Shaniqua" way back in 2001 when people had things called "answering machines." (She don't live here no mo.) 9 p.m. at The End with The Wailing Wall.
According to The Ryman, there is no rescheduled date at this time. Bummer.
On the bright side, robo-soul sister Janelle Monáe is going to be at Lilith Fair on Aug. 7 at Bridgestone Arena. If Monae’s killer new afrofuturistic record, The ArchAndroid, isn’t reason enough to brave the revamped estrogen parade, I don’t know what is. UPDATE: Monae is no longer on the Nashville Lilith show.
There’s no word on refunds for anyone who already bought tickets to the Ryman gig, but presumably they’ll be offering refunds at the box office.
For those of you wondering, it happened: Brandon Jazz, an Armed Force of one, did indeed go toe to toe with minions of the Westboro Baptist Church yesterday morning. Cream contributor Seth Graves was on hand to film Jazz as he serenaded the Kansas hate-mongers with radical luv, the footage of which is being edited as we speak.
Since some of you are on the edge your seats awaiting the visual documentation and word of how this heavily anticipated bout transpired, I'm posting some pictures of the culture clash to tide you over. You can see more on Armed Forces’ Facebook page. In a press release issued this morning, Mr. Jazz had the following to say about his morning among the WBC:
In case you aren't familiar with Chromeo, I've prepared a little crash course for you. Some facts:
*They wrote and performed the above song, "Nice N Clean," for the children's television program Yo Gabba Gabba. It's probably the best song ever written about personal hygiene. Except, perhaps, for Del tha Funkee Homosapien's "If You Must."
*Chromeo, from Montreal, have been known to jovially refer to themselves as "the only successful Arab/Jewish partnership since the dawn of human culture."
*Chromeo will allegedly be releasing their first full-length record since Fancy Footwork this summer.
*Chromeo are appearing at Bonnaroo with Darryl Hall. Here's a sample of how awesome that will be.
*Dave 1 — the glasses/guitar guy — is (or, at least until recently, was) earning his Ph.D in French Literature at Columbia University.
The flossin' electro-funk Canadians will be appearing at Mercy Lounge Aug. 26 with Holy Ghost supporting. Chromeo's site. Holy Ghost's site. Tickets are $20 and go on sale here on Wednesday. And since it's kind of related, I thought I'd mention that Yo Gabba Gabba's doing a live tour, and they'll be at TPAC on Oct. 21. Now, show me what you've got in terms of fancy footwork.
This kid was such a fuckwad that DJ Kidsmeal — one of the nicest, most low-key dudes in the whole damn city — was chomping at the bit to whoop his ass. But while The Hood Internet were the headliner, we were in neither the hood nor the Internet, and the prospect of cleaning some preppy's skull bits off the patio just didn't seem appealing — even if his friend thought it would've been a good idea, and it would have made a sweet animated GIF. It was totally a bizarre cherry on top of an otherwise awesome night.
When we walked into Mercy Lounge Saturday night, a set by the eponymous PUJOL was already in progress in front of a reasonably sized all-ages mob adorned in complimentary BluBlockers courtesy of Wayfarer. The band’s relentless gigging and frequent tours were evidenced with even tighter chops and hurried tempos as they breezed through a series of efficient sing-alongs, cramming as much crunch as possible into their short set.
We walked in during the Symptoms’ set; they played in a thrashy, street-punk style that one audience member described as “like Toxic Narcotic” (if that means anything to you), with lots of “skate or die” breakdowns.
Fog-machine fog filled the room, and the crowd gathered near the stage as Seattleites The Spits got ready to play. They launched into a set of short, high-energy songs that call to mindThe Ramones, and Misfits at their Ramonesiest. The Springwater was as packed as we’ve ever seen it, and the crowd was happily dancing — in some cases (unfortunately) even moshing.
In preparation for this attention-hound showdown, Jazz has posted what he claims is a "song for Fred Phelps" on Armed Forces' Bandcamp page. The toe-tappin' ditty — aptly titled "Vultures (You Never Shut Up)" — is another feel-good rocker in the vain of the infectious "Radical Luv." Take a listen below.
Anyone who was at the Ryman for The Black Keys back in October of ’08 likely recalls the dancing (read: addled stumbling/nipple rubbing) of opener and Appalachian clogging legend Jesco White. The Spin was there. White, who was the subject of the 1991 doc Dancing Outlaw (trailer above), has changed a bit over the years. His hair and his wardrobe are a dash more cosmopolitan, but one thing remains the same: He still does not want to eat no sloppy, slimy eggs. Also, he’s probably still bonkers. By the way, for a little taste of what his performance was like back in Aught-Eight, see this video.
Well, Jesco’s coming back to Music City, and this time he’ll be shufflin’ his dogs on the Mercy Lounge stage rather than on the boards of the Mother Church. Tickets for the June 5 show are $10 and available here. PickUpTheSnake appear in support. Seriously, though: This will be the weirdest shit you’ll see between now and Bonnaroo. White might be on his game, and he might not be. Either way, ten bones is but a pittance to witness Jesco White do anything at all. Trust me.
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