But for those who'll be remaining in town, there's actually a pretty promising spread of shows going on this weekend. Tonight you've got: The Protomen and Uncle Skeleton at 12th & Porter; Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit with Andrew Combs at Mercy; Tower Defense, Forget Cassettes and more next door at The High Watt; that big old blowout at Oak Valley Lanes featuring Chris Crofton, Majestico, Clear Plastic Masks, Richie and more; the first night of the Beatles vs. Stones tribute at The Basement; the KDSML Review at Exit; the very intriguing "Rap Night" at The Stone Fox; and plenty more. Tomorrow you're looking at: the second night of the Beatles/Stones showdown at The Basement; Thelma and the Sleaze's soiree at Exit/In featuring Dave Cloud and more; and more. Have a look at the rest — compiled by me, since music listings editor Adam "Naughty or Nice" Gold is on vacay (or perhaps making the rounds in his sleigh) — after the jump. Let us know what we missed, and have yourselves a festive — and safe — weekend. Merry Christmas!
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Way, way back in the sun-kissed days of summer, we told you that local road-doggin' rock 'n' rollers Turbo Fruits would appear in an upcoming issue of high-profile all-things-cannabis publication High Times. Well, behold! The Fruits have graced the pages of the mag's February 2013 issue — which is on stands now, in a rare showing of stoners preparing something way early. Fruits drummer Matt Hearn was kind enough to send along the above picture, which you can also view as a PDF.
In the feature, Fruits frontman Jonas Stein details a 2008 encounter with the Canadian Border Services, reveals the location of his band's road stash, and talks a bit about the role that The Green Lady played in recording this year's critically acclaimed, Jim Eno-produced full-length, Butter. Now, follow me after the jump to find eight totally choice quotes Stein gave HT in relation to his band's relationship with Mary Jane. Legalize it!
But on the other hand, what if they are? And if so, where would you have a best shot at making it to the end of your own personal Mad Max sequel? I've singled out five parties celebrating the end of days (but not End of Days) and how well you'd fare if civilization did collapse, leaving humanity hiding in the darkness from roving bands of cannibals.
The Spin loves the end of the year, and all of the holidays it brings. But it’s easy to brown out on jolliness: To balance friends, family and legit day-drinking, there’s rampant commercialization and plenty of extra work to get done — not to mention, you know, war, poverty and starvation affecting those way less fortunate than us. We were honestly feeling a little Charlie Brown-ish on the way to The Stone Fox, and it didn’t help to hear that two of the night’s bands, Ohioans Obnox and Unholy Two, had recently lost their gear in a tour-van fire. There’s always a bright side, though: Friends of the bands put together a collection of gear and hooked them up with a ride, so they'd be able to finish out their tour. Wednesday night, they would be joining Useless Eaters for the latest installment of Hate Life, the monthly rock show-slash-dance party organized by Ben Swank, Third Man Records mouthpiece and the Cream’s occasional rock 'n' roll advice columnist.
Remember Nashville's first "official," "professional" basketball team, The Pioneers? It's the hodgepodge crew of would-be local ballers that counts among its ranks rapper Chancellor Warhol and rockers Ben Elkins (Heypenny), William Tyler, Evan P. Donohue, PUJOL's Daniel Pujol (apparently he's recently joined their ranks) and several others. And they're getting serious about it. Well, obviously not seriously serious, but as serious about this sort of thing as you'd want them to get.
The Pioneers recently held a press conference, at which they unveiled that they received a challenge from ... the entire nation of South Korea, I suppose? One might initially doubt the veracity of the email, given its a-tad-too-quirky syntax. But we're not trying to ruin anyone's good time. The team will be sending one representative, Pioneers founder Adrien "Slingshot" Saporiti, in order to ... I'm not exactly certain what. But hey! Local rock blog No Country for New Nashville shot the press conference (embedded above) and ran down all the press conference highlights in a post — details on a pep rally (Feb. 2 at The Stone Fox), proceeds going to charity, all that stuff. Thanks for doing all the heavy lifting, NCFNN! I'mma just block-quote you:
Why Should the Devil Have All the Roots Music?: Unpacking the religious-to-roots music migration with Pitchfork and Salon.com contributor Stephen Deusner
Still Got ‘Em, Still Smokin’ 'Em: After 25 years, the Reverend Horton Heat is still holy-rolling and rockin' (Playing Thursday, 20th at Exit/In)
In The Spin: Aerosmith with Cheap Trick at Bridgestone Arena, Natural Lion with Thunderbitch, Fly Golden Eagle, James Wallace and the Naked Light and Promised Land at Ghot Wingz
Plus Critics’ Picks on Raul Malo, Handel’s Messiah, Woody Pines and Blackfoot Gypsies, Linear Downfall with Cigarette Trees and Mechanical River, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, The Beatles vs. Stones Charity Christmas Bowl, Tower Defense with Forget Cassettes and Century Club, Sixpence None the Richer, Thelma and the Sleaze’s Very Sleazy Christmas, Charles “Wigg” Walker, Trans-Siberian Orchestra and more
Patrick Carney, drummer of The Black Keys, will host Serious Boredom, an exclusive show on SiriusXMU, channel 35, Sirius XM Radio has announced. Serious Boredom will premiere this Thursday, December 20, at 8 PM ET. New episodes will debut on the first Thursday of every month beginning in January 2013.
Serious Boredom will feature Carney talking about and playing his favorite independent music, new and old, as well as music from his personal collection. During the first episode, SiriusXM listeners will hear Carney play music by artists like Pavement, Guided By Voices, and Yo La Tengo, as well as a new duet by Adam Green and Binki Shapiro.
GBV? YLT? Pavement? Sounds like he's pulling material straight from my "DPR's all-time awesome faves!" playlist. Now, to buy a satellite radio thingy.
I'm somewhat ambivalent when it comes to Christmas tunes. On one hand, because they're largely public domain, you hear them pumped through nearly every speaker you encounter this time of year. But at the same time, they're fuzzy and inviting, and every once in a while you come across a new or interesting arrangement in which an artist truly makes the damn thing his or her own.
Such is the case with many of the artists featured in MTV and CMT Edge's Holidaze performance series. A handful of the performers tapped for the 'Daze series are locals, and they recently played a smattering of awfully sweet Christmas songs just down the block from Scene/Cream HQ at The Station Inn here in The Gulch. Among the featured artists is rock 'n' roll-edged country chanteuse Nikki Lane — also the brains behind Friday night's show at Oak Valley Lanes — who offered up the rendition of "Away in a Manger" you can see above or at this link. Also embedded after the jump and included in the series are: Jonny "The Artist Formally Known as Corndawg" Fritz doing an a cappella, Doc Watson-inspired version of "Hush, My Babe" (he left his guitar at home); Charlie Peacock doing a graceful rendition of "Go Tell It on the Mountain" with a vocal assist from the mellifluously voiced Ruby Amanfu; and down-home bluegrass wunderkind Sierra Hull taking on "What Child Is This." Get in the spirit above and after the jump.
You may be planning on hitting The Stone Fox tonight for the Hate Life show featuring Obnox, Unholy Two and Useless Eaters. If so, totally legit decision. I support you! But if your tastes run a little less on the punky, jolting noise-rock side and more on the tuneful, pop-savvy indie-rock side, you've got another option. Honey Locust, Jasmin Kaset and Meadownoise will perform tonight at Exit/In. I could of course point you in the direction of my two cents on Meadownoise's excellent It's 4:00, but I'm not the only one with two cents. Stephen "Goose" Trageser wrote a pick on tonight's show, so why don't we let Goose run with it? Or fly with it, I suppose I should say.
Today’s music market is flooded with creative electronic musicians, but that doesn’t mean that creativity is limited to those who primarily compose with computers and keyboards. An alum of the Chicago improvisational scene, multi-instrumentalist Matt Glassmeyer plays winds with Lambchop when he’s not working on Meadownoise. At the center of his new record It’s 4:00 is “Get Back at My Girlfriend,” in which a stream-of-consciousness narrative runs along a humming soundscape, punctuated by a huge pop hook that strikes when you aren’t looking. This bubbling up from places you might not expect sets the tone for the rest of the evening: Next is Jasmin Kaset, who sets aside her Birdcloud persona as a gas-huffing aunt to serve up sharp and introspective pop. She gets help from a crack lineup that rotates from show to show, often featuring Aaron Irons and Joey Andrews from Non-Commissioned Officers as well as Poly’s Larissa Maestro and The Greater Good’s Adam White. Topping off the bill is Honey Locust, who mix in the liveliest of acoustic folk traditions, with clear and mellow vocals and experimental twists and turns of the variety native to Zach Condon and Andrew Bird. —STEPHEN TRAGESER
Kicks off at 9 p.m., and five bones will get you in.
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