For a while there, duo Ross Wariner and Cody Uhler — plus the grip of locals they employed under the Kindercastle umbrella — comprised one of the most promising young outfits in the local rock scene. Then they up and called it quits. Wariner continued playing with roughly the same aforementioned grip of performers — strings, horns, rhythm section, the whole nine yards — under the moniker Uncle Skeleton, even winning the third round of this year’s Road to Bonnaroo series at Mercy Lounge and thus securing a spot playing in Manchester next month. (Uncle Skeleton will be the very first outfit to play the whole shebang, as a matter of fact.) And then, when we all least expected it, Kindercastle announced their triumphant return, marking the occasion with the release of their second full-length album, Number B, via local label YK Records. Featuring much of the same funk-infused, kitchen-sink baroque pop and old-time crooning they were known for before their hiatus, Number B sports a handful of tracks that were also featured on 2009’s Dot to Dot to Dot EP. The brand-new numbers, however, feature the graceful electronic flourishes and string arrangements Wariner has made his trademark in Uncle Skeleton. Number B is a complex collection of co-dependent systems — a skeleton of familiar electronic pop topped with ethereal, alien flesh and subtle adornments. It’s ELO for computer nerds, or perhaps Depeche Mode for fans of ‘60s and ‘70s sunshine pop (Beach Boys, Harry Nilsson, et al.). Or maybe it’s something else altogether. See for yourself. —D. PATRICK RODGERS
When I first caught wind of Atlanta's all-girl garage punkers The Coathangers a few years back, their aesthetic was goofy, sloppy, half-assed and — though plenty mirthful and fun — mostly negligible outside of drinkin'-and-partyin' time. They had a song called "Nestle in My Boobies," for shit's sake. But with their forthcoming LP Larceny and Old Lace — their third full-length, out June 7 via Suicide Squeeze — it appears as though the young ladies have grown up, branched out and rethought their "steeze," as the kids say. Arrangements are more fleshed out and instrumentation is more robust, but the casual indifference and sneering punk-rock attitude remain.
The 'Hangers will be playing The Basement on July 3, and they're offering up a free download of "Trailer Park Boneyard" off of Larceny and Old Lace. Hear it below. The primary reason I'm posting, however, is to share The Coathangers' mildly (read: very) unsettling video for "Hurricane," which you can see above. Sidelong glances, surgeon's masks, sinister locales, inconsistent lighting, et cetera.
It's Memorial Day weekend, and you know what that means: In addition to honoring our American service members, folks nationwide will be grillin' and tailgatin'. Did you know that this is an album? I'll bet it's just the worst. While we're on the topic, here's what David Cross thinks of Larry the Cable Guy.
In addition to the grilling and chilling we'll all likely be doing, there are some very strong options as far as tunes are concerned. Tonight you've got Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers at The Woods at Fontanel, the Moustache May Celebration and Kindercastle Record Release Show at Mercy Lounge, Night of the Living Cover Bands at The Walnut House down in Murfreesboro, Chubby and the Dots at The 5 Spot, a Pixies tribute at The Basement, the kickoff of the Memorial Day Fest at Hippie Jack's and much more. Tomorrow night we're looking at the first night of Third Man Records' Nobody's Vault but Mine Fan Appreciation Night at Mercy with Jacuzzi Boys, Dex Romweber Duo and The Ettes, Holly Golightly and Tristen at The End, Useless Eaters' Record Release Show at Springwater, Hobbledeions and Sugar Sk*-*lls doing their tape release at Grimey's, the Open Lot fundraiser featuring Natural Child, Denney and the Jets, Deluxin' and The Nudity and much more. There's even some solid action Sunday night, what with Sugar Sk*-*lls and Hobbledeions doing another release show at Betty's, the second installment of Nobody's Vault at Mercy, DJ Jazzy Jeff at Mai (!) and more. Have a look after the jump to see the rest — compiled by music listings editor and tailgate owner Adam Gold. Let us know what we missed, and have yourselves a strong weekend.
This one came 'round the bend just now, so we're working with a very limited time span. Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers are playing tomorrow night, May 27, at The Woods at Fontanel (see Jon Weisberger's feature on Martin and the Rangers), and we're looking to give away a pair of tickets.
You guys know the drill, yes? Just in case, here it is again: Dream up the cleverest, most entertaining, most gut-busting caption you can for the image above. He or she who makes us Cream Teamers chuckle the hardest wins the tickets. Include your email address when you submit your caption or captions (there's no limit). We won't publish your email addy, but we'll need it in order to contact our winner.
Contest ends tomorrow, May 27, at 1:30 p.m. Because of the short-notice nature of this giveaway, please be able to access your email between 1 and 2 p.m. If you don't respond pretty swiftly, we'll have to go with the next person in line. Get to cappin'! [Picture via]
Update: We have our winner! Thanks for playing.
Metro pplice are investigating the robbery of a Bank of America at 16th Avenue West and Music Square. ... They said left the scene with a device, implied to be a bomb, on the counter. A bomb robot determined it was a hoax device.
The suspect is still on the loose.
As you may recall, the former KISS guitarist — real name Vincent Cusano — was arrested Saturday night and charged with aggravated assault after he allegedly tuned up his wife during a fight over a conversation with another woman. Upon Cusano's arrest, police found the bodies of four dead dogs on his property. And if that’s what constitutes rockin’ and rollin’ all night for the onetime Ankh Warrior, I shudder to think what partyin’ every day is like over at the Cusanos’ Rutherford County crib.
In their "25 Must-Hear Artists at Bonnaroo 2011" spread, Spin notes a gaggle of "main stage rockers," "country icons" and "up-and-coming garage bands," from Lil Wayne to Eminem and Buffalo Springfield. But in there — right alongside established big wigs like My Morning Jacket — is a handful of local faves. Tristen, they say, is "one of the most talented new songwriters in a city full of talented new songwriters." JEFF the Brotherhood, they opine, "seem incapable of playing a show that everyone's not gushing about the next morning." Former/sometime local Justin Townes Earle, they gush, "inherited both his father's outlaw spirit and talent for catching his hard-won tears in simple song." Abigail Washburn, they note, "has helped reinvigorate old-timey, roots music."
Also highlighted in the piece are non-locals with Nashville roots: the legendary Loretta Lynn, Americana revivalists Deer Tick, the mellifluously voiced Alison Krauss and Nashville-dwelling legend Robert Plant among them.
Saying they were looking for a "rager" in Nashville as a way to tune up for their two Bonnaroo sets on Saturday, the band asked around and landed on The End's calendar for Friday night. They'll play at 10 p.m., before the sweet-ass hip-hop show that was already booked for the night, which includes The Billy Goats, Streetlight All-Stars, Bobby Exodus and Darian D. So you could essentially see two shows for the measly cover charge of $5 — a bargain for either, a steal for both.
Now that you've got your dance-punk-party-hip-hop plans worked out for June 10, down below you'll find a video of !!! playing the Other Music and Dig For Fire lawn party at SXSW. Warning: contains instances of voguing.
There’s a billion-and-a-half bands that pop up, rock out and then promptly disappear in this town. One of our favorites from the last half-decade had to be the Appalachian murder-blues trio Creech Holler — that shit was wild, electrifying and so Southern it sounded like it had just jumped the gates of Hell. That was a hell of a band. But like so many before and since, shit just didn’t work out. That said, we’re pumped to have Creech Holler frontman Jeff Zentner back on the circuit, making tunes and playing shows. His new material, which you can check out at soundcloud[dot]com/jeffzentner, is the polar opposite of the ol’ Holler — subdued and ethereal where Creech was all bombast and then some. But it’s just as fascinating, just as fun and just as rewarding. Zentner is joined by Lance Whalen and Graham Lindsey. —SEAN L. MALONEY
We discussed Keegan DeWitt's song "Thunder Clatter" about a month ago. You see, DeWitt was touring as a member of Daytrotter's Barnstormer Tour, and he was giving the tune away as a free download at his shows and streaming it via Spinner. Well, DeWitt set some footage from the Barnstormer Tour (shot by Kacie Williams) to his jam — a jam that is rich in rhythmic pulse and hooky sweetness. Looks like the tour was a blast. Watch above.
Also, DeWitt — who's been known to write film scores on occasion — provided the score for the extremely heartrending short film you'll see after the jump. It's called Why I Run, and it's about Push America, an organization concerned with "building leaders of tomorrow by serving people with disabilities today." More info at DeWitt's site.
This is the first time I've heard "Chicken in Black," so I'm no apologist, but…
no d-pat, it's "fun with a 'k'"
Yes, yes I can.
Conversely, the definition of "funk" is fancy people in white boots.