Friday, January 28, 2011

Heavy Cream, Powerbrrrd's Swan Song, Leslie Keffer Release Show [Video Round-Up]

Posted By on Fri, Jan 28, 2011 at 10:57 AM

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To celebrate the one-week anniversary of last Friday, let's watch some videos!

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Lake Fever Presents The Chris Crofton Show, Episode 45

Posted By on Fri, Jan 28, 2011 at 9:30 AM

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Talkin' 'bout the top of your stovepipe. Modern urban white life here in Nashville is driving Crofton out of his skylab, but that doesn't mean the rest of us can't enjoy it. It's episode 45. Hear it after the jump.

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Weekend Round-Up: Gold Swan Style

Posted By on Fri, Jan 28, 2011 at 7:00 AM

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So I could've used the Weekend Round-Up as an opportunity to bring up the fact that Jeff Fisher is no longer with the Titans. But that wouldn't have given me as priceless a Photoshop opportunity as this. This year's Academy Award nominees were just announced, and Black Swan is up for five awards. Considering how big a fan of ballet our very own music listings editor Adam Gold is, it just seemed like a good fit. Stare into his eyes. DO IT.

Back to reality. This weekend's looking like a decent one. Shows tonight include Smith Westerns with Yuck and Big Surr at The End, Terry Adams at The Basement and more. Saturday, you've got Drive-By Truckers at Cannery (they'll appear at Third Man on Sunday, as well), Two Fresh at Mercy Lounge, Natural Child w/D. Watusi and more at The End, Gentleman Divers' album release at FooBar and loads more. And don't forget about Liz Phair on Sunday. See the rest — compiled by the graceful, swan-like Adam Gold — after the jump, and let us know what we missed. As always, have a good one.

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Thursday, January 27, 2011

American Idol Nashville Auditions Air Tonight

Posted By on Thu, Jan 27, 2011 at 4:34 PM


I'm pulling for Purple Man and Crying Dude

I think I've lost count of how many sharks American Idol has jumped in recent years, so I've opted to start keeping tabs on something else: the number of times ol' Steven "Library Ghost" Tyler does something completely inappropriate. Or makes outlandish claims about turning down Led Zeppelin.

You'll recall that back in October, we reported on AI's judges coming to Nashville for the final round of local auditions; that's when Randy "Pitchy Dawg" Jackson first dubbed Nashville "Music City Country City Music Capitol of the Earth," which totally stuck. The results of Nashville's auditions air tonight on Fox at 7 p.m., and remember to keep an eye out for Idol semi-finalist Brandon Jazz. We're not at liberty to say whether or not Jazz made the cut (although I have seen him bar-tending at Mercy Lounge lately, so I mean, duh), but I'll say that he definitely graced The Ryman's boards with his presence.

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Kings of Leon's Nathan Followill vs. Glee Creator Ryan Murphy

Posted By on Thu, Jan 27, 2011 at 4:01 PM

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I don’t know if the rest of you have followed this week’s war of words between Kings of Leon drummer Nathan Followill and Glee creator Ryan Murphy — remember, the band inspired a gasp or two when they declined an offer to license their mega-hit “Use Somebody” to the god-awful song-and-dance-com last fall — but I can tell you we here at the Cream sure have, kinda.

Let me bring you up to speed: A Hollywood Reporter cover story quoted Murphy who, in a less than gleeful fashion, lambasted the Followill clan for snubbing the show and not falling all over themselves with humility and honor at the opportunity to have their tune ritualistically slaughtered on national television by a gaggle of fictional high-schoolers who make the Dawson’s Creek set look like Dean-tastic rebels without a cause.

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Liz Phair: The Cream Interview

Posted By on Thu, Jan 27, 2011 at 12:02 PM

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It was hard for me to get off the phone with Liz Phair — there was just so much we had to talk about. I’d been a fan ever since Exile in Guyville came out in 1993, and I was in the eighth grade. I fell in love with that album, and thereby Ms. Phair, with the same kind of 13-year-old lust that is usually reserved for summer camp and junior proms. That was when sex was always taboo, but it was all anybody ever thought about.

After outing myself as a nerdy fangirl, I tried to compose myself and talk about her work. We spoke about what she’s been doing — which includes scoring for television and writing reviews for The New York Times — as well as her new album, Funstyle.

Nashville Cream: I begged for this interview because I’m a huge fan. I wanted to say that upfront. A lot of the questions I have for you are to satisfy my curiosity because I started listening to your records when I was pretty young, and you know how that goes — I feel like that time in my life is very close to my heart.

Liz Phair: Like we grew up together.

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Country Music Critics' Poll, Liz Phair, Yelawolf, Wick-It and More: Inside This Week's Music Section (And on the Cover)

Posted By on Thu, Jan 27, 2011 at 8:57 AM

The 11th Annual Country Music Critics' Poll: What the Country Music Critics Poll — and winners Jamey Johnson, Taylor Swift and Dierks Bentley — say about country's future

Explain It to Me: Liz Phair talks sex, drugs, rock 'n' roll and learning how to deal (Playing Sunday, 30th at Mercy Lounge)

Six Degrees of Chico Dusty: DJ Wick-It’s hard work and mashup skills have him rubbing shoulders with Big Boi and eyeing a Mashville takeover (Playing Thursday, 3rd at 12th & Porter)

No Sleep 'Til Antioch: The rise of Yelawolf, from drifter to Enimem protege, includes a Nashville chapter (Playing Thursday 27th at Phatkaps)

Of Monks and Stooges: NRBQ co-founder Terry Adams brings his new quartet to town (Playing Friday, 28th at The Basement)

New World Symphony: With a host of world premieres and top-tier visitors, the 2011-12 season could vault the NSO into the major leagues

In The Spin: Sharon Van Etten at The 5 Spot, Tristen at The Basement

Plus Critics' Picks on The Melodians (!), Smith Westerns, Drive-By Truckers, Two Fresh and lots more.

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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Bringin' Back the Boognish: Ween to Play War Memorial, April 14

Posted By on Wed, Jan 26, 2011 at 2:35 PM

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On July 9, 2008, I made the crucial mistake of underestimating Nashville's overwhelming population of Ween fans, and their show at Urban Outfitters City Hall sold out before I even made it to the back of the line. That sucked.

Downtown's War Memorial Auditorium is a slightly bigger venue (it is, isn't it?) so maybe that won't be the case this time (it won't, won't it?) when they play there on April 14.

Get your tickets — $27.50 and available here — in advance, kids.

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Magnetic Fields Doc Strange Powers Tonight at Belcourt

Posted By on Wed, Jan 26, 2011 at 2:07 PM

The Belcourt's "Artist Portraits" documentary series has been nothing less than kick-ass, and today offers your last chances to see Strange Powers, Kerthy Fix and Gail O'Hara's portrait of Magnetic Fields and its frontman/songwriter Stephin Merritt, perhaps rock's most brilliant and endearing sourpuss. When someone releases an album as enormous and enveloping as 1999's 69 Love Songs, please let me know.

Shows today are at 3:15 and 7:30 p.m. Below: a Scene review of Magnetic Fields' Nashville show with Lambchop, at the long-gone transvestite bar Victor/Victoria's on Eighth Avenue. The date: June 12, 1997.

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Drive-By Truckers Sell Out Cannery, Add Show at Third Man, Jan. 30

Posted By on Wed, Jan 26, 2011 at 1:52 PM

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From the Department of Drive-By Media: According to this Twit-bit tweeted by Mercy Lounge earlier today, Drive-By Truckers' Jan. 29 show at The Cannery Ballroom is sold out. But don't let your hearts sink yet, all you late-acting DBT fans, as a handful of tickets may still be available at Third Man Records — although TMR is selling tickets to their own little early-evening Truckers show they just announced will befall The House That Jack Built on Sunday, Jan. 30. Click here for tickets and more info.

Speaking of Third Man — I know, we've been doing a lot of that lately — Wanda Jackson performed "Funnel of Love" on Conan last night with Jack White and the Third Man House Band. Peep the clip after the jump in case you missed it. And don't forget to check out my interview Mrs. Jackson, if you haven't already — it is for real.

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