Local-by-way-of-Australia pop songwriter Chris Pickering will play The Stone Fox tonight with Brian Wheat and Josh Farrow. Contributor Edd Hurt is into that, and thus he penned a Critic's Pick for us. Edd, if you please:
An exemplary modern power-pop artist, Chris Pickering grew up near Brisbane, Australia, and drummed for a band called Boat People before embarking upon his solo career. A lot of interesting groups have attempted to emulate Big Star — I can recall such landmarks of Chilton-philia and Bellism as Diesel Park West’s “All the Myths on Sunday” and the collected works of Teenage Fanclub. Pickering modernizes Big Star’s Buffalo Springfield-meets-The Beatles-at-Stax aesthetic perfectly on his 2010 full-length, Work of Fiction. Recorded partly at Memphis’ Ardent Studios by veteran Bluff City producer and songwriter Don Nix, Work of Fiction combines expert background vocals and Van Duren-style lead singing with electric guitar licks straight out of Big Star’s “Feel” or “I Got Kinda Lost.” Now a Nashville resident, Pickering has been busy making a trio of fascinating EPs — the final installment is slated for a fall release. —EDD HURT
Starts at 9 p.m., costs $5.