For more than 15 years Paul Burch has been steadily turning out one record after another of classic hillbilly sounds with distinctively modern sensibilities. Never hailed as an alt-country savior like some of his contemporaries, Burch has continued to navigate the middle ground between the hat acts’ empty genuflections to Hank/George/Merle and the cartoonish mimicry that traps far too many well-meaning “retro” acts. His new album from Plowboy Records, Fevers, is another triumph. Forget the well-worn “authentic” or “traditional” labels — this is just damn good country music.
As with all Grimey's and Grimey's Too in-store performances, tonight's show is free and open to fans of all ages. The performance will begin at 6 p.m.
All right, hear me out. I'll bet there's someone in your life who gives a shit about One Direction. This person is more than likely a small person — a niece or a sister or a cousin ... or a particularly creepy cashier at your neighborhood supermarket. The boy band has 16.5 million Twitter followers and a tour that's sponsored by THREE different snack items (I'll let you guess which ones, but a hint is that they're all Nabisco), so there's literally almost no way you don't know at least one 1D fan.
But I bet you have no idea what to get this person for Christmas. Maybe a Playstation 4 or an XBox One? Damn. Those things are expensive. How about whatever the modern equivalent of a Tamagotchi is? Oh. Apparently the modern equivalent of a Tamagotchi is still just a Tamagotchi. Anyway, those are lame. Oh, I know! Tickets to a damn One Direction show. The impish little Brits — who we of course can't prove were grown in test tubes, but come on, probably — have just announced a staggeringly enormous 2014 tour, and Nashville is on their list of dates. One Direction will play the roughly 69,000-capacity home of the TItans, LP Field, on Tuesday, Aug. 19. No word on whether or not Taylor Swift heard the news and was like, "Shut the fuck up."
When reached for comment, our resident mega-pop correspondent Ashley Spurgeon (who is on holiday "sabbatical" this week, and that's a term she herself insists on using) had the following statement: "HARRY 4 EVA. ALSO ZAYN."
Tickets for the tour go on sale Dec. 7 via Live Nation, although there's a pre-sale thingie if you join this Facebook group. Spurgeon points out that Dec. 7 — which is of course the anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor — is "Don Corleone's birthday, as established at the end of Godfather II when they flash back and Michael announces to the family that he's joined up to go fight. Sonny and Fredo are there and it's sad."
Contrary to popular belief, I'm pretty easy to please — all I really want out of life is a dope mixtape on the stereo and a couple of hits of windowpane under my tongue. And while I haven’t been able to track down any of that sweet, sweet lysergic goodness, I’ve been bumping Chance the Rapper's Acid Rap since it dropped this spring, and that is close enough for jazz. The Chicago rapper — who’s not to be confused with our hometown hero Chancellor “Chance” Warhol — has a mind-bending flow and way-out taste in beats that make for some of the most dynamic listening in contemporary hip-hop. And that’s why he’s getting co-signs from the biggest names in the new-school, like Childish Gambino and Action Bronson — and having what might be the best run of any rapper all year.
Tonight's show at Cannery Ballroom starts at 8 p.m. and costs $21 at the door.
Anyway, it's a pretty packed weekend as far as shows are concerned. Tonight you've got: Johnny Marr at Marathon; the big ol' George Jones tribute at Bridgestone; the first night of The Weeks' two-night stand at Mercy; "Misfits" at Exit/In; Leagues at Cannery; The Apache Relay with Steelism at The Stone Fox; and tons more. Tomorrow you're looking at: more Weeks at Mercy, with Turbo Fruits; Noisem at The Owl Farm; Marquee Mayfield at The Basement; The Long Players doing The Band's Brown Album at 3rd & L; Shy Guy at The End; The Tom Pappas Collection with Hurts to Laugh at The High Watt; Spoon Benders and Mystery Twins at The Basement (early show); Nightmare Boyzzz at The Stone Fox; and loads more. There's even some good action on Sunday. Have a look at the rest after the jump (a big thank you to intern Wil Herrmuth for putting this week's round-up together). Let us know what we missed, and have yourselves a solid weekend.
Blank Range perfectly complements psychedelic garage-dance combo Fly Golden Eagle, who have been trucking all over the country with Alabama Shakes and Dr. Dog. It’ll be great to have them back for a minute, maybe with news on a follow-up to 2011’s excellent Swagger. The New Lonely rounds out the bill.
Tonight's show at The Basement costs $5 and starts at 9 p.m.
A band from Portland! We haven’t seen one of those since, um, last night? Thank the maker that the Portland scene is about as diverse as the day is long, because we need some quality country-rock to make sure we have a balanced West Coast diet. Quiet Life keeps it raw and rocking, cranking out overdriven country licks and pushing it into the red on the brand-spanking-new LP Wild Pack. It’s especially refreshing in the wake of the CMA clusterfuck and all the self-fellating that comes from Music Row’s weeklong back-patting sesh.
Quiet Life is joined by Carey Kotsionis, one of our favorite locals, who’s a stunning songwriter and a consummate side player — her Discogs page reads like a who’s who of who’s awesome in Music City. Tonight's show starts at 9 p.m. and costs $5.
You know whose debut LP lived up to the hype? Los Angeles-based sister act and apparent ballers (see above) HAIM, whose name rhymes with "rhyme," not with "name." Back in March, the sisters Haim (yes, it's also their surname) bounced around at SXSW, winning bloggers and fans over and landing on all sorts of "Best Of" lists. I described their set at mtvU's Woodie Awards thusly: "[Haim makes] an occasionally disjointed but tuneful sort of pop adorned with synth pads, well-executed three-part harmonies and bursts of auxiliary percussion. Like Fleetwood Mac crossed with a touch of modern R&B and Dirty Projectors' style of smartly arranged indie rock, the sisters' tunes are full of staccato vocal melodies and truly serious chops." Then, in September, the gals released Days Are Gone via Polydor, and guess what! It's dope.
HAIM just announced some tour dates in support of Days Are Gone, and on the list is an April 27 stop at Nashville's own Mercy Lounge. Now, here's the question: Will the show remain at Mercy? If I had to make an educated guess (and I don't, but I'm going to anyway), I'd say it will sell out and be moved downstairs to the roomier Cannery Ballroom. Scene culture editor and nearby cubicle-dweller Steve Haruch is reminded of the time Katy Perry played the much-too-small-for-her-even-back-then Cannery Ballroom in 2009. I thought of that time Sleigh Bells played a painfully cramped The End in 2010.
Anyway, if you're a HAIM fan (HAIMster?) I don't think it'd be a stupid idea to get your hands on tickets just as soon as they become available — that happens right here this Friday, Nov. 22, at 10 a.m. Watch another HAIM video after the jump, because it features Jorma Taccone, and for whatever reason, I really like that guy.
Update: The show sold out Mercy Lounge and has been moved to Cannery Ballroom.
Is there anybody physically in Portland, Ore., these days? We would assume that somebody is holding down the fort, but it sure seems like the entire population is on tour at all times. A cursory glance at the music listings in any city across the country will inform you that every club has at least 80 Portland bands on every bill. Not that we’re complaining! The Portland kids do good work, and if they keep sending us outfits like Wooden Indian Burial Ground, we’re not going to complain.
WIBG makes stellar surf-influenced beats of the over-fuzzed, sweat-drenched, reverb-soaked variety. This is psych rock for ass-shaking and lovemaking, and party tunes for people who like to party weird. You know, our kind of people. Local shred-happy indie outfit Gunther Doug and the fuzz-punk freakshow Megajoos open the festivities.
Tonight's show starts at 9 p.m. and costs $5.
Hey, because that GIF is rad, and because not everyone can be at Justin Timberlake (or Thelma and the Sleaze, or Night Beats, or any of the other things mentioned in the Weekend Round-Up), how about considering this? Field Days (local dude Patrick Damphier's project, which I've called "bedroom folk that marries keen, intimate vocal harmonies with minimal but pleasant instrumentation" in the past) will host a free show-slash-party tonight at Club Roar, a studio located at 710 Fessey Park Road. (The Spin caught Richie, WIlliam Tyler and Angel Olsen there back in March.)
Anyway, free show, and there's a keg. More info here. Interesting last-minute option for all you party animals.
Anyway, on planet Earth, we've got some good (if far-out) options this weekend. Tonight you're looking at: his highness, Sir Justin Timberlake, at Bridgestone; Thelma and the Sleaze's album release with PUJOL at The Stone Fox; Night Beats with Western Meds and Weekend Babes at The End; the Sons of Zevon tribute at The Family Wash; and plenty more. Tomorrow you've got: Geographer and Royal Bangs at The High Watt; more Sons of Zevon at the Wash; Trampled by Turtles with Apache Relay at Marathon; Mona at Mercy Lounge; and more. Have a look at the rest — compiled by intern Wil Herrmuth and music listings editor Adam "Lysergic" Gold — after the jump. Let us know what we missed, and have yourselves a psychedelic weekend.
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