Summertime is officially here, and you know that means summer camps! Some are filled with the great outdoors, ropes courses and on occasion, The Boss's sister. Not your speed? As usual, the folks at YEAH come to the rescue with their slew of rock 'n' roll camps. Full disclosure: As a former volunteer, I'm a little biased, but I'll go ahead and say these camps are a blast for both the campers and the volunteers. Some of these kiddos are talented beyond their years, but no matter what their skill level, the staff makes that incomparable experience of working as a team and performing for a live audience accessible to every one of them, and that makes the showcase concerts some of the most exciting shows I see all year. The Southern Girls Rock 'n' Roll Camp, which as Steve Haruch noted, celebrated its 10th anniversary last year, is a few weeks off, but one of the camp's coed variants, Tennessee Teens Rock Camp, is happening right now, and we're tellin' ya: Mark your calendar for the showcase this Friday.
Happening this time at Hillsboro High School, the concert features 13 camper bands performing all-original songs. The cover is $10 for the 18+ crowd, $5 for ages 10-17, and young'uns under 10 get in free. Doors are at 5 p.m., and the show kicks off at 5:30, leaving you plenty of evening afterwards for adult beverages and sundry entertainments. All proceeds support the YEAH scholarship fund, which helps make sure that they never have to turn away a student based on financial need.
As mentioned back in March, the lineup for this year's Forecastle Festival in Louisville, Ky., is a damn strong one. Taking place July 12-14, the fest will feature performances from The Black Keys, The String Cheese Incident, The Avett Brothers, Robert Plant, The Flaming Lips, Alabama Shakes, Jim James, Animal Collective, Old Crow Medicine Show, Big Boi, Kurt Vile and the Violators, Matt and Kim, Toro y Moi, Bob Mould Band, Mona, Moon Taxi, Night Beds and loads more. Sounds like a party. Who's up for a road trip!
In honor of our neighbors to the north, let's have us a Kentucky-themed ticket giveaway, shall we? Have a look at that Colonel-featuring image up there. Come up with the best, most side-splitting caption imaginable, and post it below in the comments section. Be sure to include your email address in the appropriate field — we won't publish it, but we'll need it in order to contact our winner. We have plenty of time on this; we'll pick and contact our winner next Friday, July 5. Sound good? Everybody up to speed? Ready to play? OK, go!
Update: We have our winner. Thanks for playing!
Well, maybe you're interested in seeing prolific indie/emo songster Owen (aka Mike Kinsella of American Football and Joan of Arc, and also Tim Kinsella's little bro) do his thing at The End tonight with Slingshot Dakota. That's cool. Contributor Ryan Burleson wrote a Critic's Pick on that one for us. Similarly earnest (but perhaps more in vogue) North Carolina indie-folk outfit and recent Merge Records signees Mount Moriah, however, will be playing at The High Watt. Contributor Chris Parker spoke with Moriah frontwoman Heather McEntire and put together a feature for us. Here's a little excerpt:
Their debut spun sweet country-folk that played on McEntire's honeyed vocals and [guitarist Jenks] Miller's gift for bite-size hooks, something of a holdover from their first collaboration, the pop-minded and relatively short-lived Un Deux Trois. Their personalities are increasingly evident on [their latest LP] Miracle Temple, as McEntire invests more emotion in her vocals and Miller provides greater guitar detail in the form of subtle drones, textures and tension.
Overall, the songs are taut and watertight. It's Americana that sounds as informed by Yo La Tengo as Gillian Welch. The cover image of a barn engulfed in flames effectively illustrates the album's attitude.
"It represents rebirth and having to kind of burn something down to build it back up," McEntire says by phone from her North Carolina home. "On another level you have this very American image, this barn, right? And then the fire touches on some religious stuff, but mostly it's not being afraid to turn tradition on its head a bit."
Show starts at 9 p.m. and costs $10. Fellow folk-tinged indie rocker Jesse Sykes will open, along with Nashville's own excellent shape-shifting pop songstress Natalie Prass.
You'll recall that back in April, those lucky ducks The Spin got to attend a hush-hush CMT Crossroads taping at Third Man Records, in which Willie Nelson celebrated his 80th birthday and performed duets with Neil Young, Norah Jones, Jamey Johnson, Ashley Monroe, Sheryl Crow and several more. Well, the finished product recently aired on CMT, and you can watch the entire episode online — see it above or at CMT's site.
The episode, you'll see, features some pretty special moments that weren't filmed in front of the Third Man audience: There's Willie's performance of "A Song for You" with Leon Russell, as well as several backstage segments with Third Man main man Jack White — their duet on "Red Headed Stranger" is a standout, even if J.W. didn't realize that Willie didn't write it (Edith Lindeman and Carl Stutz did). Hell, I didn't realize that either. Dig in above.
Pro Tip: The Neil Young segment is at 17:40.
A man named Mark Christopher Sevier has been arrested and charged with stalking country music singer John Rich. It seems Sevier sent Rich "numerous" emails, including one featuring Sevier dressed in a flag and seemingly covered in blood.
Rich told police he was worried for the safety of his wife and children. One of the emails mentions his children.
Although an arrest warrant was issued in April, Sevier was not arrested until Sunday, according to jail records. He was released on bond the same day. Sevier could not immediately be reached for comment on Tuesday.
The photo of Sevier in question is apparently a promotional photo for his music career — his band is known as Ghost Wars (formerly American Propaganda). See Ghost Wars' video for the song "Paranoid," in which Sevier is wearing a shirt that reads "Psych Ward," after the jump.
Sevier is also the source of an interesting lawsuit asking a federal court to force Apple Computers to sell all products in "safe mode" in order to limit exposure to Internet pornography.
Attending our second sold-out event at The Stone Fox in as many nights (not to mention an additional stop over the weekend for their famous chicken and waffles), The Spin feels comfortable officially decreeing the Fox a bona fide hotspot — granted, with the AC in full effect, last night’s hoedown was way more chill than Jonathan Richman’s appearance Sunday night.
From the Department of Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog-Flavored Diarrhea (ugh, sorry): As reported by Stereogum, Fred Durst and Wes Borland of noted clown brigade Limp Bizkit were recently photographed with a copy of Loose Jewels, local punk-poppers Diarrhea Planet's 2011 debut LP. See Borland holding his Jewels above. "Reports" Stereogum writer Tom Breihan, "I don’t have any idea why or how this happened." Breihan does know that the photo was taken "at a record store in Moscow." Limp Bizkit is indeed playing Moscow's Park Live festival this weekend, but a thorough scouring of the Internet appears to turn up no further information. Anybody know where this came from? Care to fill us in? Durst's lavalier mic suggest a "What's in My Bag"-esque record-store rundown.
Anyhow, the Planeteers are no strangers to being repped by superstars — be those stars Titus Andronicus' Patrick Stickles or just a rogue possum. Stereogum also unveiled DP's "Kids," an anthemic and earnest, laid-back, mid-tempo, surf-punk fist-pumper that will be featured on I’m Rich Beyond Your Wildest Dreams (out Aug. 20 via Infinity Cat). Stream that below as you bask in the glow of Fred Durst's wiry, professorial beard.
Update: As pointed out by former Scene intern Wrenne Evans, the photo was taken at this Russian record store. Here's where the photo was originally posted, complete with a caption that Google Translate translates as, "We were stopped by Limp Bizkit, they loved the record N*ggers and Diarrhea Planet!" If you're wondering about that random racial slur in there, that's the name of the band whose record Durst is holding.
Longtime sultans of Southern heavy, Drivin' N' Cryin', are the subjects of a new documentary that shares its name with their debut album. Scarred but Smarter will screen tonight at The Belcourt, and the band will also perform. Contributor Sean L. Maloney did the pick thing for us. Check it out:
Strap your safety helmets on and prepare to get your asses rocked! The boys from Drivin’ N Cryin’ are back in town, and they’ve got a documentary in tow. Scarred but Smarter is the first film to document the seminal Atlanta rockers’ rise, fall and re-emergence, and while we may have some issues with it — never let a director narrate unless it’s Werner Herzog — it’s packed full of vintage footage and classic performances. Basically, we walked out of the theater thinking to ourselves, “Damn, we really want to see DNC rip it up!” And tonight we won’t even have to get out of our seats — the band brings their big, burly riff-bonanza to the Belcourt stage after the screening. DNC consistently steals the spot reserved in our memory banks for our favorite show of all time — usually from themselves, natch — so this is an event that should not be missed. —SEAN L. MALONEY
The whole shebang will run you $20, with doors at 6:30 and the show at 7:30. As of press time, tickets are still available here.
Over the weekend, Pittsburgh, Pa., Kenny Chesney fans fought the law (and each other), and the law won. According to KDKA 2 (via Buzzfeed), Pittsburgh police made a total of 73 arrests — 49 at the venue and another 24 nearby — at the “Beer in Mexico” singer’s No Shoes Nation tour stop Saturday night at Heinz Field. Though the stadium is home to the Pittsburgh Steelers (pun intended), most of the arrests were for misdemeanors the likes of disorderly conduct, public intoxication and aggravated assault. No fans, however, were reportedly arrested or ejected for bearing uncanny resemblance to Chesney.
Additionally, 150 concertgoers received medical treatment, with 45 ending up in area medical facilities. There were reportedly at least 10 fights (like the one captured above) in or around the stadium, none of which were the main event.
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