* Anyone who saw Les Miserables in concert at Mercy Lounge back in December knows that local musician and MVP Larissa Maestro has a voice like a damn Disney princess. Her newish project, Poly, puts the aforementioned pipes on full display, as she and fellow ubiquitous local side-folk Dan Sommers and Eleonore Denig play sweetly quirky little ragtime-, classical-, showtune- and pop-inspired numbers on a wide assortment of instruments — cello, kazoos, ukulele and melodica among them (That's a melodica, right?). They filmed a performance of "Sidewalk Chalk" (above) at Joel McAnulty's (De Novo Dahl, By Lightning!, Phantom Farmer) home studio, Phantom Farmercy. Poly will release a pink 7-inch vinyl on Aug. 7, and they'll celebrate with a show (also featuring Cortney Tidwell and Natalie Prass) at The Zombie Shop Aug. 4. Here's the Facebook event page.
* Well, local glam-peddling goof-about-town Brandon Jazz dreamed a little dream, and apparently it's come true. Legendary Athens-born New Wavers The B-52s will play the Ryman on Aug. 25, and word on the street is they were asking around about a local opener who might be both a "self-promoter" and "gay-friendly." Naturally, Jazz's name popped up. Allegedly, as soon as The B-52s and their management saw footage from Jazz's 2010 showdown with notorious gay-bashers Westboro Baptist Church, they were sold. Jazz and His Armed Forces (Jerry Pentecost) will be joined onstage by local electro-pop outfit Hanzelle as well as fellow locals Ryan Truso and Dave Paulson. By the way, the Cream's Sixth Anniversary Party will also take place on Aug. 25 (more info to come on that very soon!), but that doesn't mean you can't go to both. Ryman shows are early, dudes.
* And finally, succinctly, simply: Our pals over at We Own This Town just issued the 54th installment of their podcast. This one features tunes from Cream faves including Wild Cub, Reid Magette and the 1020s, D. Watusi, Turbo Fruits, Tropical Punk and more. Get it on M4A or MP3, or just stream that biz. Enjoy!