Well, if you don't intend to spend your weekend watching sport (yes, I said "sport"), then you might notice that there are several really, really good shows going down. Tonight you've got: the first day of Zac Brown Band's Southern Ground Fest at The Lawn; Sigur Ros at The Woods; Jacuzzi Boys with PUJOL and D. Watusi at The End; Yelawolf at Marathon; Guitar Wolf with Coathangers and Cy at Exit; Spanish Gold (featuring members of My Morning Jacket, Hacienda and Grupo Fantasma) at The Basement; Jasmin Kaset at The High Watt; Low Cut Connie at The Stone Fox; and more. Tomorrow you're looking at: more Southern Ground Fest; Promised Land Sound's album release at Fond Object (early); Shy Guy with Bad Cop and Penicillin Baby at The Groove (also early); Lionel Richie at Bridgestone; Archnemesis at Exit/In; Gov't Mule at the Ryman and more. Have a look at the rest — compiled by music listings editor Adam "Ripken" Gold and intern Cory "Ripken Jr." Woodroof — after the jump. Let us know what we missed, and have yourselves a ballin' weekend.
It was pretty much like a date, except for all of those other people eating with us. Kenny was hanging with the fine folks of industry educational nonprofit Leadership Music as part of their Off the Record series, in which legends talk to LM alumni in an unfiltered, intimate setting. So yeah, like a date.
Anyway, I was trying my best to tear myself away from Rogers' baby blues long enough to scribble down all of the nuggets of wisdom that the man was dishing out with a side of Mediterranean lasagna and mixed greens. So here's a recap of life lessons from Kenny R., aided by the equally legendary Gerry House.
That said, such posts really have gotten fewer and farther between over the past two or three years, as Music City has increasingly landed a growing impressive host of household names and hot-shit headliners from Beyonce and Lady Gaga to Paul McCartney and Roger Waters, many of whom made Music City debuts.
Hot on the heels of their Music City Eats fest and booze-addled, celeb-studded Tom Petty tribute at War Memorial Auditorium, Kings of Leon released their sixth studio album, Mechanical Bull, this week via RCA. That means no matter where you look this week, you're probably going to see a Followill. Like on last night's Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, for instance, where the familial quartet (plus an auxiliary man in the wings) delivered a performance of Bull's "Temple."
"Temple" is an up-tempo tune with an uncharacteristically sunny chord progression — especially considering the song's subject matter (i.e., verses about sexy dancing with a lady, and a chorus about taking a shot in the temple). Anyway, the Followills didn't act in any skits this time. Just the performance, which you can watch above.
X Offenders: Blondie and X bring punk and New Wave nostalgia to country's doorstep (Playing Monday, 30th at the Ryman)
Cake Walk: A quarter-century into their career, Mudhoney still speaks to the sugar-addled middle-schooler in all of us (Playing Thursday, 26th at Third Man Records)
Kiss From a Rós: Sigur Rós 2.0 breaks clichés and rebuilds a genre, one shock at a time (Playing Friday, 27th at The Woods Amphitheater at Fontanel)
Camping Out: Roots artist Sarah Jarosz has her whole life ahead of her, but she's off to a good start (Playing Sunday, 29th at 3rd & Lindsley)
Back on the Hinges: John Densmore and the legacy of The Doors (Book signing Tuesday, 1st at Grimey's Too/Howlin' Books)
In The Spin: Taylor Swift at Bridgestone Arena, Music City Eats' Petty Fest at War Memorial Auditorium
Plus Critics’ Picks on Twin Peaks, Queen Kwong, Jacuzzi Boys, Yelawolf, Guitar Wolf, Lionel Richie, Archnemesis, City and Colour, Ra Ra Riot, Okkervil River, Windhand, Kishi Bashi, Heidi Feek and Joey + Rory’s double release show and more
Down in the Music City, it sure ain't sunny, so we'll roll with punny. When we checked our calendar this morning, while pouring an appropriately large cup of ambition, we couldn't help but notice that it is, in fact, 9/25 (read: 9-2-5). That means it's time for a salute to one of the most skilled singer-songwriters to walk our planet: Dolly Rebecca Parton. She's also one of the most successful, and it honestly couldn't happen to a nicer lady — besides having the brains, the looks and the luck, Ms. Parton also has a keen interest in philanthropy, championing one of my favorite causes, literacy (for more on the Imagination Library, take a peek at Susannah Felts' 2010 interview).
As if that weren't enough, she owns a popular theme park complex and her signature curves have adorned a pinball machine — all the more reason to love us some Dolly. Music editor D. Patrick Rodgers did a swell roundup of the media blitz when Parton's memoir came out last fall, and Michael McCall did a great in-depth review of her 2009 career-retrospective box set.
Her latest project is a duet with Kenny Rogers on the title cut from his forthcoming record, You Can't Make Old Friends, reprising their roles on the 1983 Beegees-penned hit "Islands in the Stream." Take a look at that, and a few other choice cuts tracing Parton's rise to power, after the jump.
Question: Have you been listening to Queens of the Stone Age's June release ... Like Clockwork? If not, why not? I happen to think it features some of QOTSA's finest album cuts since Songs for the Deaf. Well, as we mentioned back when Clockwork was first released, Josh "Ginger Elvis" Homme and his crew of hard-rocking desert dwellers will bring their monster riffs to Municipal Auditorium on Monday, Oct. 7, in support of said release. I don't suppose anyone here would like a free pair of tickets to the show, would they? Oh yeah? Let's break this thing off then.
See the image above? Use that big brain of yours to conjure up the most gut-busting, side-splitting or otherwise entertaining caption imaginable. Post your caption down there in the comments section, and 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'll pick our favorite caption on Wednesday, Oct. 2. To get those juices flowing — and to know what to expect from QOTSA's live show — watch their recent hourlong Live on Letterman appearance after the jump. Good stuff. All right, everyone ready? Get pumped! Go!
Update: We have our winner. Thanks for playing! Some really good entries this go-'round.
Those Darlins, Blur the Line
In the run up to the release of their Blur the Line Oct. 1, Those Darlins have been issuing all sorts of content, from videos to nudie pics and beyond. Well, now you can actually hear the whole damn thing. Spin just posted the entire record, and you can hear that for a limited time above. We'll have much more on the Darlins in advance of their official release. For now I'll just say that the Roger Moutenot-produced Line is a much more ambitious and diverse release than anything else we've heard from the Darlins, from the gritty Southern-rock burn of "In the Wilderness" to the crawling, anguished balladry of "That Man." Pre-order Blur the Line here.
I can't personally speak to whether or not the members of Catholic Spray are totally rude to Americans (probably), but I do know that their LP from this year, Earth Slime, is a slab of scuzzy, protean surf crust, and it's totally awesome. You can check it out over at their Bandcamp page.
Joining Catholic Spray is recently blawged local power-pop supergroup Road Block and a band called Good Sex. (I don't know who these guys are, but I sure did learn some things trying to Google them!)
The Mean Room is located at 4002 Elkins Ave. in West Nashville. It's a house and people live there, so try to be respectful, and anyway, you wouldn't want to offend Catholic Spray's delicate Parisian sensibilities. Cover is $5.
Tonight, we'd like to turn your attention to The Basement and Chubby and the Dots. The band features Jordan and Eric Lehning up front, Eli Beard and Joey Andrews in the rhythm section, and a host of other front and side-men who've contributed to Music City's indie scene in the past decade. That's all well and good — they're great pop players who can turn their hand to just about anything. But the music is what it's all about: an entire night saluting one of the founding fathers of soul, Mr. Sam Cooke. I could go on all day about how Cooke (and Ray Charles, and others) changed the face of pop music, forever and for the better, by shepherding the raucous joy of gospel into mainstream. It's the art of balancing garage-punk energy and professional polish.
Instead, I'll leave you with this: I have over a hundred hours of Phish bootlegs, but Sam Cooke's One Night Stand: Live at The Harlem Square Club, recorded 50 years ago this past January, is by far my favorite live album. Recorded in a small club with a predominantly black audience, and burning in a way only hinted at on At the Copa, it's a prime example of what soul should be. Tons of great groups are aiming for the standard set by this record, but we'll take any excuse to bask in the glory of that sound.
The show kicks off at 9 p.m., and cover is $5.
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