Back in Black: Tear the Woodpile Down is a reminder that Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives are damn good at walking the line (Tear the Woodpile Down was released April 24 via Sugar Hill Records; playing Saturday, 28th at Franklin Theatre)
Ain't Talkin' About Hate: The real Van Halen plays Nashville for the first time in 28 years
Stop Worrying and Love the Bombino: All the way from Saharan Africa, guitar wizard Bombino makes accessibly catchy music (Playing Tuesday, 1st at VFW Post 1970)
Take a Load off, Levon: Levon Helm, 1940-2012
In The Spin: Record Store Day 2012 at Grimey’s and The Groove
Plus Critics’ Picks on Portugal. The Man, Los Lobos, Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears, Bloodkin with Bobby Keys vs. Baroness, Brendan Benson with Young Hines and The Howling Brothers, Andrew Jackson Jihad, Jessica Lea Mayfield, Feist with Timber Timbre, Dick Dale and more
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Wiz was reportedly cited for possession after tossing a small bag of kush out the window, which officers retrieved and found to be a bag of kush.
UPDATE: We've read Wiz's actual misdemeanor citation — fun fact: It lists Atlantic Records under "place of employment/school name" — and it says that after police were called to the Holiday Inn, they "observed a strong odor of burnt marijuana coming from inside apt. 276." After the cops knocked on the door, it opened, "and then police observed the defendant throw a marijuana cigarette out the window." So they went and got it, "and inside the rolling paper was a green leafy substance consistent with marijuana," at which point Wiz admitted it was his. If you're scoring at home, the weed is noted as weighing 2.7 grams. Wiz was not arrested, but another fellow named Lonnie Howard was booked for possession.
Since you can’t enough Jack White coverage on Cream these days, or since you love to hate getting too much of it, here’s another news item from The Department of The Third Man: Jack White is set to score, produce and perform the original soundtrack to The Lone Ranger — Disney’s longtime-in-the-making, Johnny Depp- and Armie Hammer-starring, Jack Sparrow-goes-West, big-screen take on the masked, for-justice-fighting icon of American fiction. Gore Verbinski (Rango, Pirates of the Caribbean) will direct. Depp will play Tonto.
This ain’t J-Dub’s first rodeo in the arena of film scoring. In 2008 he joined forces with Alicia Keys to compose and cut “Another Way To Die,” the theme to the James Bond flick Quantum of Solace. And don’t forget, this Friday the busy Nashville-residing rocker taps actor/director/badass Gary Oldman for an installment of Unstaged — an American Express-sponsored series of live-streaming concert films. Apparently (see clip after the jump) preparations for the event — which streams live from New York tomorrow night right here — have been under way all week in Third Man Records’ Blue Room.
Nashville's imported-from-Detroit entrepreraconteur Jack White dropped in on the BBC's Later ... With Jools Holland and played two songs off that new solo album of his, Blunderbuss. You've probably read the title of this post and figured out which two songs. (There's apparently also a hang-out-and-talk segment, but ye olde BBC won't let us embed that here in the colonies.) If you guessed that JWIII and ensembles would wear snappy threads and look very put-together the whole time whilst bathed in atmospheric glow, you guessed right! The song with a number in the title that he plays with all men is above, and the song with a number in the title that he plays with all women is below.
After the jump, see contributions from staffers and freelancers including Laura Hutson, Randy Fox, Matt Fox (no relation to Randy), Edd Hurt, Lance Conzett and yours truly. It's an eclectic spread, from baroque pop to punk rock, trip-hop to indie rock, soul country to country rock. Allow me to start us off ...
The corporeal existence of the singer who started out as a rockabilly madman doing such material as "Go! Go! Go!" and "Ooby Dooby" now seems as remote as the facts of Shakespeare's life, although we know Orbison liked motorcycles and seems to have been bemused by the use of his song, "In Dreams," during a particularly menacing sequence of David Lynch's 1986 Blue Velvet. Orbison wasn't a rockabilly artist in the same vein as Jerry Lee Lewis or Carl Perkin — the Texas singer was a natural romantic, and needed a soft cushion to support him.
Gwar-blood, in case you were wondering, tastes terrible. The Spin knows because we probably gargled a gallon-and-a-half of it on Monday night over at Marathon Music Works. The Spin — who are usually posted up on the back wall, scratching our chins and making snarky comments about our fellow concert goers — were right in the motherfucking pit for Gwar's set, and it fucking ruled. We're going to be scrubbing Gwar-gore from under our fingernails for weeks, and we couldn't be happier. Sure, we may have taken an elbow or two to the wigdome during the set — never, ever get between a lady and her Gwar, might be our lesson for the night — but even a little head trauma isn't enough to dull the warming glow of The Spin's annual pilgrimage to bow before the Scumdogs of the Universe.
Imogene + Willie has been dropping hints all week long about the mystery guest who will be performing for the first installment of this season's Supper + Song series. Half our staff had placed bets on The Black Keys — I've seen Dan Auerbach hanging out at I+W during roughly half of my trips over there — but the denim store attracts legions of fans with just as much clout, and really it could have been anybody. But I+W just made the announcement, and Karen Elson will be performing in the back lot of the 12South store, for free, tomorrow night at 6 p.m.
There will be limited editions show posters available, printed by Ryan Nole of Kangaroo Press (who I profiled for a recent cover story on Nashville printmakers), which is a first for the Supper + Song series.
Now here's a sob story: Atlanta Southern rock flag fliers Drivin’ N’ Cryin’ have a near-30-year career under their belt, but I suppose they are still new faces to some. Regardless, the band — who are currently in town recording — will make a free, full-band, special appearance tonight at The Basement, following an early edition of the club’s weekly New Faces Nite. This according to an email from the club’s Commander-in-Chief Mike Grimes, who tells the Scene to expect D’N’C to hit the stage at 9 p.m. And to reiterate the best news of all: The show is FREE. (@SeanLMaloney is psyched!)
Planning on arriving early to make damn sure you’ll get in? Then expect to greet new faces like Alexis Marceau and the Samurai, Sideshow Tragedy, Rebecca Almon, Dolphin Mouth and Jon Gambino with your ears. Kick off is at 7 p.m.
This raises the question: Should we expect to see Drivn’ N’ Cryin’ to compete on a Road to Bonnaroo bill next year? If so, do you think they would win?
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