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Thursday, April 7, 2016

Margo Price Preludes SNL Performance With Record Chart Debut

Posted By on Thu, Apr 7, 2016 at 12:22 PM

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There’s plenty of local enthusiasm and national media buzz around indie trad-country phenom Margo Price. And a historic chart debut for her debut LP Midwest Farmer’s Daughter, released March 25 via Third Man Records, shows she's quickly growing a national following. 

This week, Daughter entered at No. 10 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart, making it the first solo female artist's debut album since the chart's inception in 1964 to crack the top 10 — without being preceded by charting singles. (Price's single "(Hurtin') On the Bottle" has not yet appeared on either the Hot Country Songs or Country Airplay charts.) Though relatively robust in this day and age, Daughter's first-week sales tally of 4,000 copies is a relatively modest figure, but considering that it's Third Man's first foray into the country arena, it's nothing to sneeze at.

For a little context, let's take a look at some other up-and-coming female country artists with a strong presence on the charts.

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Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Chris Crofton, Advice King: I Married Into Cats

Posted By on Tue, Apr 5, 2016 at 9:00 AM

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Comedian, musician, host of The Chris Crofton Show and former Nashvillian Chris Crofton asked the Scene for an advice column, so we gave him one. Crowning himself the “Advice King,” Crofton will share his hard-won wisdom with whosoever seeks it. Follow Crofton on Facebook and Twitter, and to submit a question for the Advice King, email bestofbread[at]gmail[dot]com or editor[at]nashvillescene[dot]com.

Dear Advice King,

I married into cats. I love my wife, but the cats drive me nuts. They knock stuff off of shelves for no reason and meow relentlessly through the night. They also tear up documents and other important stuff. My wife loves these two cats. What do I do?

-Put Upon in Jersey

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Monday, April 4, 2016

The 51st Annual ACM Awards Oh Balls

Posted By on Mon, Apr 4, 2016 at 11:20 AM

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Hi everyone, it’s your friend Ashley, and I’m BACK to recap the 51st Annual Academy of Country Music Awards. Why? Partially because I have issues regarding people-pleasing and can’t say no, and also because I must have done something pretty messed up in a former life and am doomed to recap these awards shows over and over again. It’s truly Sisyphean just for me, a lowly blogger, so I can’t imagine how Carrie Underwood must feel. Join me as I look at people, listen to people, and think about the words that are coming out of their voice boxes! Oh balls!

Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley are the hosts. There’s a comedy bit beforehand, the joke of which I think is that Luke Bryan is a wealthy, famous man who is frequently seen in a baseball cap. And if that’s not the joke, it should be. Bryan sings a song called “Pagan Rituals” and it’s about how down-to-earth country folk engage in blood sports as a matter of their culture.

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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

What's the Deal With That 'Macarena' Loop on 93.3?

Posted By on Wed, Mar 30, 2016 at 4:56 PM

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I thought I had forgotten. I thought I'd put the past behind me. But all it took was one syllable to get me air-caking and wiggling my butt like a middle schooler wired on a two-liter of Surge.

I was skimming the radio dial, minding my own business, when I landed on 93.3-FM. My ear was caught by the unmistakable "Heeeeeeeey!" that signified Spanish lounge duo Los del Río's "Macarena" — specifically, the remix by Miami's Bayside Boys that was the hit of the year in the U.S. in 1995.

Intrigued — nay, entranced — I had not choice but to keep listening. To my surprise, the earworm repeated itself. Again. And again. And again. Luckily, I got to the office before things got really out of hand.

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Ned's Atomic Link Bin: Music Metadata, Hank Jr.'s Awkward Legacy, Farewells to Phife Dawg and More

Posted By on Wed, Mar 30, 2016 at 1:14 PM

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Writer's note: Greetings! My name’s Ned Raggett, occasional music writer for a variety of spots. The Cream approached me to talk a bit about interesting music news, think pieces, longreads and more from the previous week. And some actual music too, strangely enough. You can thank a huge range of friends for suggesting things to their own circles as much as anyone else. Maybe I just like to be my own aggregator. Welcome to the column, and hope you enjoy!

Last week provided many stories, ranging from a thoughtful appreciation of the music of an often thoughtless singer, Hank Williams Jr., a continuing vivisection of HBO's Vinyl when it comes to vague accuracy and two separate pieces on New Order or members thereof. But sadly it was a number of passings which defined much of the week, most notably that of A Tribe Called Quest member Phife Dawg.

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Friday, March 25, 2016

Caption Contest: Big Ears Festival Ticket Giveaway! [Updated]

Posted By on Fri, Mar 25, 2016 at 1:27 PM

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As anyone who's been to SXSW can tell you, it's a hectic, brand-heavy experience. For more on that, check out our coverage by music editor Adam Gold and contributor Lance Conzett, or simply gaze upon the mechanical Bucking #Twinkiebull spinning in infinity (captured in action by Gold).

March 31-April 2, Big Ears Festival in Knoxville promises a different kind of hang, with sets from a slew of outside-the-box acts from Sunn O))) to Sun Ra Arkestra, Laurie Anderson to Shabazz Palaces and more. How would you like to go — for free? We've got one pair of passes to give away, and they can be yours.

Just come up with the most chuckle-worthy caption for the above GIF and enter it into the comments below. Be sure to enter your email address in the appropriate field; we won't publish it, but we will need it in order to contact our winner. Our panel of judges will pick the funniest caption Wednesday at 3 p.m., so keep an eye on your inbox. Phasers set to pun? Let's go!

Update: We have our winner. Thanks for playing!

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Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Ned's Atomic Link Bin: First Avenue Memories, Art Beyond Music and Not Recognizing PJ Harvey

Posted By on Wed, Mar 23, 2016 at 2:35 PM

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Writer's note: Greetings! My name’s Ned Raggett, occasional music writer for a variety of spots. The Cream approached me to talk a bit about interesting music news, think pieces, longreads and more from the previous week. And some actual music too, strangely enough. You can thank a huge range of friends for suggesting things to their own circles as much as anyone else. Maybe I just like to be my own aggregator. Welcome to the column, and hope you enjoy!

The past week in music talk was busy if a bit calmer simply because so many writers and others were in Austin, Texas for SXSW. Trust me, it all dies down a bit. But many new pieces still ran, touching on subjects from the prevalance of white-dude indie rock — and whether it’s crested — to new MCs and older black musical legends alike.

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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Chris Crofton, Advice King: Should I Be With a Man or a Woman?

Posted By on Tue, Mar 22, 2016 at 10:33 AM

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Comedian, musician, host of The Chris Crofton Show and former Nashvillian Chris Crofton asked the Scene for an advice column, so we gave him one. Crowning himself the “Advice King,” Crofton will share his hard-won wisdom with whosoever seeks it. Follow Crofton on Facebook and Twitter, and to submit a question for the Advice King, email bestofbread[at]gmail[dot]com or editor[at]nashvillescene[dot]com.

Dear Advice King,

I like both men and women. Which is the better prospect for my long term happiness? What do you feel are the pros and cons to each?

-Marie in Hendersonville

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Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Ned's Atomic Link Bin: Remembering George Martin, the Kesha/Dr. Luke Saga Continues and More

Posted By on Wed, Mar 16, 2016 at 4:00 PM

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Writer's note: Greetings! My name’s Ned Raggett, occasional music writer for a variety of spots. The Cream approached me to talk a bit about interesting music news, think pieces, longreads and more from the previous week. And some actual music too, strangely enough. You can thank a huge range of friends for suggesting things to their own circles as much as anyone else. Maybe I just like to be my own aggregator. Welcome to the column, and hope you enjoy!

Last week’s music news continued what’s still been a notably grim tally among veterans, with the passing of fabled Beatles producer George Martin as well as the late-in-the-week announcement of Keith Emerson’s tragic suicide. Meanwhile, further examples of entrenched sexism in the music industry continued to be unveiled. For all that, there was a range of intriguing and inspiring stories and interviews as well, from roc en español stalwarts to jazz legends to underground techno DJs and more.

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Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Caption Contest: Blitzen Trapper Ticket Giveaway! [Updated]

Posted By on Tue, Mar 15, 2016 at 7:45 AM

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Portland, Ore.'s Blitzen Trapper have a stack of inventive, country-tinged rock records under their collective belt. Last year alone saw their track-by-track cover of Neil Young's Harvest plus their eighth full-length of originals, All Across This Land. And yet many folks heard of them for the first time when their boogie-ready rendition of "Man of Constant Sorrow" closed out an episode of Fargo, the serialized spin-off of the Coen Bros' snow-covered thriller, last fall.

The Trapper train rolls into Music City for a show at Third Man Records on Wednesday, March 16. How would you like to go — for free? We've got a pair of tickets that can be yours if you come up with the most guffaw-inducing caption for the above photo and enter it into the comments below. Be sure to enter your email address in the appropriate field; we won't publish it, but we will need it in order to contact our winner. Our panel of judges will pick the funniest caption Wednesday (as in tomorrow) at noon, so keep an eye on your inbox. Phasers set to pun? Let's go!

Update: We have our winner. Thanks for playing!

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