Monday, January 28, 2013

Road to Bonnaroo 2013 First Round Feb. 25 at Mercy Lounge, Lineup Announced

Posted By on Mon, Jan 28, 2013 at 11:06 AM

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Sure, the Grammys, the Oscars and the Razzies loom just over the horizon, and the presidential election is only four months behind us, but let’s talk about the competition that local rockers really give a shit about: Mercy Lounge and BMI’s fifth annual Road to Bonnaroo 8 off 8th series. By now most of y’all know the drill: Twenty-four bands, performing at three monthly 8 off 8ths, one winner from each bill (as voted on by fans and judges) gets a coveted slot (and a bounty of artist passes) at Bonnaroo.

Jealousy, controversy, competition, cut throats and close calls, the battle of the bands begins Monday, Feb. 25, in the battleground state of Mercy Lounge. Facing off in Round One are: Alanna Royale, DeRobert and the Half-Truths, Dylan McDonald, Five Knives, Grass Root Kids, Schools, Sol Cat and The Young International — from singer-songwriter poise to amelodic, electro-zeitgeisty cacophony, the bill is a stylistically diverse, aesthetically assorted medley of on-the-rise Music City talent to be sure. I’d say sports-book odds favor Five Knives. If you wanna insure such a victory (or rather, prevent it) show up early, make like a musically patient Floridian and have your voice heard.

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Yo La Tengo at Mercy Lounge, 1/25/13

Posted By on Mon, Jan 28, 2013 at 10:14 AM

After discussing the dilemma at great length in last week’s print issue, The Spin was faced with a tough choice regarding Saturday night’s entertainment. However, a crucial coin toss determined that our '90s-bred veterans of choice would not be Jon Spencer Blues Explosion at Exit/In, but rather Yo La Tengo at Mercy Lounge. (We did, though, dispatch an operative to Exit/In who tells us that the show was well attended, that Spencer and the fellow members of his power trio ripped through a characteristically loud and wild hour-plus set that featured a cover of Beastie Boys' "She's on It," and that Spencer yelled "BLUES EXPLOSION!" no fewer than six times.) As they sometimes do, YLT opted to play a two-set show in lieu of bringing along an opening act, so we hustled with all our might to catch the entirety of both.

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Nashville's Dead Announces Freakin' Weekend IV Dates and Lineup; Tickets on Sale Today [Black Lips, JEFF, White Fence, More]

Posted By on Mon, Jan 28, 2013 at 8:00 AM

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Local punkin', garagin', rockin' and rollin' blog and record label Nashville's Dead recently announced the lineup of this year's fourth annual Freakin' Weekend, which will take place March 7-9 at Rock Block institutions The End and Exit/In. The roster features the sorts of psychedelic slayers — local and non-local alike — that we've come to expect from the Dead set: On the national tip you've got Atlanta's bad-boy punks Black Lips, Californian psych rockers White Fence, and New Orleans swamp-tech innovator Quintron along with his collaborator (and wife) Miss Pussycat. Locals rounding out the three-day mini-fest include JEFF the Brotherhood, Natural Child, Diarrhea Planet, Ranch Ghost, PUJOL, D. Watusi and more.

As Nashville's Dead honcho and D. Watusi bassist Ben "Forever Young" Todd puts it, "There are still a bunch of other bands to announce and day shows and recovery parties and after parties and pop-up shops and blah blah blah." For the first time since the Freakin' Weekend's inception, three-day passes will be available (for $45), and tickets go on sale today at 10 a.m., right at this link. Tickets will be "available at a discounted rate until Valentine’s Day," says Todd, and that's around the same time Nashville's Dead intends to announce the rest of the lineup. Get your freak on.

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Sunday, January 27, 2013

Morrissey Postpones Jan. 29 Ryman Appearance and More Due to 'Bleeding Ulcer' [Updated]

Posted By on Sun, Jan 27, 2013 at 10:45 PM

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Bummer news for ticket-holding fans of iconic crooner and onetime Smiths frontman Morrissey: Reuters reports that the Mozfather has canceled six of his upcoming tour stops — Tuesday night's appearance at Nashville's own Mother Church among them — due to a "bleeding ulcer." Yikes. And when we say "bleeding" in this instance, we're not using the British slang term. Unfortunately. From the report:

"Morrissey is expected to make a full recovery and thanks everyone concerned for their support during this time," his representative Lauren Papapietro said in a statement. ...

Due to his bleeding ulcer, Morrissey is postponing his upcoming shows in Asheville, North Carolina; Nashville, Tennessee; Atlanta, Georgia; Lawrence, Kansas; Clear Lake, Iowa; and Lincoln, Nebraska, Papapietro said.

He plans to resume his tour on February 9 in Las Vegas.

This report of course comes on the heels of several other cancellations last week, initially reported as being the result of a suspected bladder infection.

We'll update this post with any news that comes our way regarding refunds or a rescheduled date. In Morrissey's honor, feel free to read fellow Creamster Adam Gold's feature — in which he describes how Moz is the "Anti-Nugent" — or check out the symptoms of a bleeding ulcer. Again, yikes. We of course wish the singer a full and speedy recovery.

Update: The Ryman sent along an official announcement:

Following hospital treatment Morrissey has been diagnosed with a bleeding ulcer and the upcoming engagement at Ryman Auditorium on January 29, will need to be rescheduled. Morrissey is expected to make a full recovery and thanks everyone concerned for their support during this time. The tour will resume in Las Vegas on Saturday, February 9. Patrons are encouraged to hold on to their tickets as all rescheduled dates will be announced within the coming days.

Morrissey apologizes greatly for any and all inconvenience and looks forward to continuing his US tour.

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Friday, January 25, 2013

Natural Child's 'Ain't Gonna Stop' [Fresh Vid]

Posted By on Fri, Jan 25, 2013 at 5:15 PM

You know what sucks? Ending your week on a gray, cloudy, wintry, soggy bummer of a note. You know what doesn't suck? Warmer climes, balls (both base and soft in nature), slow motion and true-blue American rock 'n' roll. Thank God then for Natural Child, Nashville's most enduring and endearing rock 'n' roll band — and a somewhat passable reggae band, to boot. The Child has a brand-new video for their tune "Ain't Gonna Stop" from last year's buxom-backside-boasting, critically acclaimed For the Love of the Game, and it features all of the aforementioned summertime-vibin' subject matter.

When we first got our hands on "Ain't Gonna Stop," I called the track a "thick slab of hell-if-I-care, bluesy, scuzzy, laid-back Southern groovin'." Does my appraisal still ring true? You tell me. See all of Natural Child's upcoming tour dates — which will take them from SXSW to the West Coast and the Midwest — after the jump.

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Flier of the Week: In-Store Brunch With Yo La Tengo Tomorrow at Grimey's

Posted By on Fri, Jan 25, 2013 at 3:46 PM

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Pick up this week's dead-tree edition of the Scene and you'll find a piece — penned by freelancers Seth Graves and Andrew Clayman — on which of tomorrow night's shows you should attend: Jon Spencer Blues Explosion at Exit/In, or Yo La Tengo at Mercy Lounge. (By the way, if you entered our YLT caption contest, you should probably check your email more frequently. Neither our first-place captioner nor our runner-up responded when we offered to throw them on the list, so we'll probably give the prize to the most zealous entrant.)

The matter at hand: If you've decided to see JSBE but still wish you could catch YLT, or if you want to see YLT twice (three times?) in one day, or if you just like Prince's Hot Chicken (who doesn't?), then you're in luck. Tomorrow, Jan. 26, Grimey's will host Yo La Tengo for a free brunch event. As noted in the flier above (pulled from Grimey's Instagram), the beloved local vinylists have announced an all-ages in-store set for 1 p.m., with hot chicken for those who turn up early. And while you're there, maybe you can even poke around outside the forthcoming Grimey's Too annex and let us know what you find! (Spoiler alert: We'll have a profile on Grimey's Too in next week's Scene.) If you still haven't copped a copy of YLT's brand-new Fade, peep a preview below.


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Party & Bullsh*t: This Week in Nashville Hip-Hop [The Boom Bap's Birthday Edition]

Posted By on Fri, Jan 25, 2013 at 12:18 PM

It's Friday, it's cold, it's rainy. Good vibes are at a low ebb, and we all just want to punch the clock and get to partying. This winter-weather bullshit is for the birds, and beer o'clock can't arrive soon enough. But there's a silver lining! This weekend, The Boom Bap — the venerable classic-hip hop monthly that I'm sure you're all fans of — celebrates its fifth anniversary, and they are bringing the legendary DJ Nu-Mark to town. Oh look, some sexy, intelligent critic wrote a pick about it:

What in the huh? Five years? No, that can’t be. There’s no way in hell five years could have passed since DJ Rate, Case and the Crew popped off this classic hip-hop monthly at The Blue Bar. We refuse to believe it — time is not flying by, and we are not about to put the “old” in old-school. But then again, we’re not against waving our hipster cards in your face and reminiscing about the days when Coolout was behind the decks and nobody outside of the 615 area code had ever heard of The 5 Spot. But we’re not going to do that, because it would involve admitting a degree of culpability in this whole “progression of time” thing. And that didn’t happen — it’s still the Bush era, this beer gut is a figment of your imagination, and we’re still young and beautiful.

OK, now it's time to hit the concrete streets and revel in the genius of Nu-Mark ...

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Best Local Rock Songs Ever, Part Two [Alcohol Stuntband, Ghostfinger, Turncoats, The Clutters, The Mattoid]

Posted By on Fri, Jan 25, 2013 at 9:00 AM

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So here it is: The second installment of the Cream’s wildly popular new weekly series Best Local Rock Songs Ever — where, just for the fuck of it, your humble scribes and (we hope) some luminous local guests mine Music City’s local-rock trove, cherry-pick five favorite nuggets, post 'em and wax about 'em. According to Google Analytics, last week many of you saw D. Patrick Rodgers’ first five kick-off picks; now here are five of mine.

In an effort to avoid collapsing under the weight and breadth of Nashville’s storied non-country canon, I’ve decided to ghettoize this batch by era — you’ll notice that, like, each of these terrific tunes originate from Nashville’s circa 2006-2007 time capsule — the MySpace era, as I (and probably others) call it. It’s an act of admitted myopic solipsism on my part. See, that’s around the time I moved to this town, so I’m going wistful and drawing from the first Music City musical zeitgeist I got to know. I know you don’t care, TMI. But hey, content is content, AMIRITE?

So there, you have your disclaimer. Don’t be annoying and complain about my narrow focus or the historical shortsightedness of my mid-Aughts selections, but rather just revel in their newly nostalgic hooky greatness.

Oh, and if any archivists among you can furnish me with an MP3 of Turncoats’ “Tell Me,” I’ll let you touch my hair. I promise, it’s luscious.

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Weekend Round-Up: Demolition Man Style

Posted By on Fri, Jan 25, 2013 at 7:45 AM

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I was lounging around the house last weekend when I happened to realize that Demolition Man was on television, and you'd better believe I watched every second of that sci-fi-action-comedy-garbage romp from 1993. Denis Leary basically doing his stand-up routine, but slightly adjusted to be "futuristic"? Wesley Snipes with bleach-blond hair? Constant on-the-nose winking at bits of strictly 1993-ish pop culture? More plot holes than actual plot? Sylvester Stallone nude and Taco Bell product placement? Rob Schneider for some reason? What's not to like! When music listings editor Adam Gold randomly suggested that — because "it's, you know, too cold outside right now" — I base this week's round-up style on the part in which Sylvester Stallone is cryogenically frozen, I let the God of Coincidence and Terrible Cinema guide my hand. And here we are.

But here, 20 years after Demo Man's release — when Taco Bell is still super-shitty and people don't use virtual-reality helmets to bang — we've got some pretty promising live music on our hands. Tonight you're looking at: the Planned Parenthood benefit with Chelsea Crowell, Rosanne Cash, Rodney Crowell and more at The Stone Fox; Purity Ring at Cannery; Alanna Royale's release show at The Basement; the Monterrey Jazz Fest on Tour at Schermerhorn; and more. Tomorrow you've got: Yo La Tengo at Mercy Lounge; Jon Spencer Blues Explosion with Cheap Time at Exit/In; Holy Mountain Top Removers & Co. at The End; Datsik's tour stop at Marathon; The Boom Bap's fifth anniversary at The 5 Spot; Penicillin Baby and some others at Springwater; Derek Hoke with Denney and the Jets and Ranch Ghost at The Stone Fox; and plenty more. Have a look at the rest — compiled by Adam "Sgt. John Spartan" Gold — after the jump. Let us know what we missed, and have yourselves a utopian weekend.

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Thursday, January 24, 2013

Tristen Announces CAVES Kickstarter Campaign

Posted By on Thu, Jan 24, 2013 at 4:00 PM

Local songstress extraordinaire Tristen informed the world yesterday that the wait is nearly over for CAVES, the follow-up to her highly-praised 2011 record Charlatans at the Garden Gate. After nearly 18 months of work, the record is finished, but what epic ends with a single battle scene? Like our very own Princess Leia lost in the depths of the Internet, she’s calling out to you, dear reader, for help. Tristen has started a Kickstarter campaign with the goal of raising $20,000 to defray the costs already incurred, and to give the record a proper release through her own label, Pupsnake.

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