Liner Notes

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Fall Guide, Loretta Lynn, Kris Kristofferson, Cibo Matto, Steelism, Alanna Royale and More: Inside This Week’s Music Section (and on the Cover)

Posted By on Thu, Sep 11, 2014 at 7:20 AM

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Just the Memories of a Coal Miner's Daughter: Loretta Lynn hasn't quit working, and her fans haven't quit loving her (Playing Oct. 10-11 at the Ryman)

Fall Guide Music: From Lorde, Sam Smith and Julian Casablancas to Jerry Lee Lewis, Jason Isbell and JEFF the Brotherhood, don’t miss these falls shows

Millennium Man: On stage and screen, Kris Kristofferson remains as much a cult figure as an icon (Playing Sept. 13 at the Ryman)

Check in, Turn up, Check Out: Cibo Matto keeps things weird on their new concept record, Hotel Valentine (Playing Sept. 16 at Exit/In)

Painless Steel: Steelism is serious about coming out to play instrumental pop (615 to Fame out Sept. 16 via Single Lock Records; playing Sept. 16 at Grimey's, Fond Object and The Groove and Sept. 17 at Mercy Lounge)

While the Iron Is Hot: Alanna Royale weathers a perfect storm of bad luck to record Achilles (Achilles out Sept. 16; playing Oct. 4 at Exit/In)

In The Spin: Ty Segall w/Wand and Circle K at Mercy Lounge

Plus Critics’ Picks on Jessica Lea Mayfield and others at Communion Nashville, The Grey A’s release show, Music Band’s release show, Strand of Oaks, Journey, Pokey LaFarge, Nick Carter and Jordan Knight, JD McPherson, Afghan Whigs, Height and others, Jo-El Sonnier and more

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Thursday, September 4, 2014

Justin Townes Earle, Ty Segall, Caroline Peyton, White Lung, Potty Mouth and More: Inside This Week's Music Section

Posted By on Thu, Sep 4, 2014 at 7:10 AM

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Mother Boy: With his latest, Nashvillian Justin Townes Earle homages single mothers and refuses to be pushed around (Single Mothers out Sept. 9 via Vagrant; playing Sept. 4 at Grimey's)

Glam Slam: On his new Manipulator, post-garage rocker Ty Segall takes a swipe at the pre-glam era (Playing Sept. 8 at Mercy Lounge)

Homecoming Queen: Vocal heavyweight Caroline Peyton drops her first album in 16 years (Homeseeker's Paradise is out Sept 9; Playing Sept. 9 at Grimey's)

Road Runners: Vancouver punks White Lung on the new realities of touring (Playing Sept. 9 at The End)

Effortlessly Cool: Potty Mouth — not being Taylor Swift since 2011 (Playing Sept. 9 at The Stone Fox)

In The Spin: Sounds Like Summer feat. Fly Golden Eagle, Quilt, Alanna Royale, Promised Land Sound and more at Mercy Lounge and The High Watt

Plus Critics' Picks on Bass Drum of Death, the Vote No on 1 benefit at The 5 Spot, Live on the Green feat. Cage the Elephant and more, Justin Collins' EP release, Concrete's 10th anniversary show, The Wans' release show, How To Dress Well, Future Night, Corb Lund, Las Rosas with Kinship, Celestial Shore, the Let's Have a Show With No Phones Show and more

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Sounds Like Summer, The Clean, Lightning Rod Records, Sir Richard Bishop and More: Inside This Week’s Music Section

Posted By on Thu, Aug 28, 2014 at 7:25 AM

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Nashville Sounds: With our Sounds Like Summer/Cream anniversary parties, we at the Scene hope to issue a time capsule of local music (Aug. 29-30 at Mercy Lounge and The High Watt)

Down and Dirty With The Clean: Kiwi legends embark on a farewell tour — maybe (Playing Aug. 29 at The Stone Fox)

Quality Over Quantity: Logan Rogers and Lightning Rod Records keep it laid-back (This is the seventh installment in our ongoing "Label Makers" profile series. Stay tuned for more.)

Fingering the Devil: While Sir Richard Bishop's guitar violently bleeds, the rest of the world catches up (Playing Aug. 31 at FMRL at Emma Bistro)

In The Spin: Nashville Outlines 2014 at The Stone Fox, Old Crow Medicine Show with Shovels & Rope at The Woods at Fontanel

Plus Critics’ Picks on Live on the Green, Crackerboots’ album release, the KDSML Revue, Deep Fried 5’s album release, The Woggles with The Neckbones, Muddy Roots Festival, Sneakers x Speakers 4, Alejandro Escovedo, Kim Logan, Martina McBride, Open Mike Eagle, Migos, Landlady, Slammers, Rebecca Roubion, Dent May and more

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

David Olney, Old Crow Medicine Show, Jeff Bridges, Nashville Outlines, Mad Decent Block Party and More: Inside This Week’s Music Section (and on the Cover)

Posted By on Thu, Aug 21, 2014 at 7:20 AM

Contender: David Olney is still a contender. Can you say the same? (David Olney will serve as artist in residence Wednesdays through Sept. 10 at The 5 Spot; also playing Sept. 9 with at Nashville Public Library)

Masked and Uproarious: Old Crow Medicine Show has managed to become an elusive, entertaining institution, and stay hungry (Playing Aug. 23 at The Woods at Fontanel)

Abiding Passion: Backed by his band The Abiders, Jeff Bridges isn't just playing musician (Playing Aug. 27 at the Ryman)

Outside Party Lines: The Stone Fox brings its blowout block party back to The Nations (Aug. 23 at The Stone Fox)

Turn Up for What?: Roving electronic dance music fest Mad Decent Block Party shines a light on Nashville's EDM culture (Aug. 23 at 125 12th Ave. N.)

In The Spin: Live on the Green feat. City and Colour and The Weeks, Tori Amos w/Trevor Moss and Hannah-Lou at the Ryman

Plus Critics’ Picks on Live on the Green, Avery Sunshine’s album release, Webb Wilder, Les Claypool’s Duo de Twang, Joe Davidian Trio, Malcolm Holcombe, Stevie Binge and the Fork Hunts, The Handsome Family, Lissie, Cory Branan’s album release, Cage, Merle Haggard, Black Kids, Kevin Gates, Sonny and the Sunsets and more

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Tori Amos, Kenny Rogers, Dom Flemons, Michael Samis, One Direction and More: Inside This Week’s Music Section

Posted By on Thu, Aug 14, 2014 at 7:25 AM

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Silenced All These Years: After years of mainstream neglect or outright scorn, it's cool to like Tori Amos again — as it should have been all along (Playing Aug. 18 at the Ryman)

(Show) Bill Collector: Kenny Rogers looks back on his career with good humor and self-deprecation (Kenny Rogers: Through the Years opens Aug. 15 at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum)

A Drop in the Bucket: With his solo material, former Carolina Chocolate Drop Dom Flemons takes on the role of performer, storyteller and historian (Playing Music City Roots Aug. 20 at The Factory at Franklin)

Cello Fellow: Nashville cellist Michael Samis releases his debut album with a little help from his friends at the Gateway Chamber Orchestra (Michael Samis' Reineke: Cello Concerto is out now via Delos Productions)

Your Monkees, My Hanson: Every generation throws a boy band up the pop charts — and One Direction, it's your turn (One Direction
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In The Spin: Miley Cyrus with Lily Allen at Bridgestone Arena, Floating Action with Cotton Jones and James Wallace and the Naked Light at The Stone Fox

Plus Critics’ Picks on Live on the Green, Bailey, Mikaela Davis, Amanda Shires with Andrew Combs, Bully with Turf War and Los Huevos, The Casket Girls, Otis Gibbs’ release show, Notes for Notes’ benefit show, Linear Downfall, Cheetah Chrome, Jonny Fritz with Roger Alan Wade and Birdcloud, Those Darlins with Adia Victoria and Tristen, T-Pain, Wildcat! Wildcat! and more

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Thursday, August 7, 2014

A Music Critic Reviews His Neighbors

Posted By on Thu, Aug 7, 2014 at 1:07 PM

*Not my actual neighbors.
  • *Not my actual neighbors.
Greetings from the Boston bureau! I miss you Nashville. I miss you a lot. I don't necessarily miss being landlocked — it's not conducive to surfing, frankly — but I do miss being surrounded by wonderful musicians all of the time. Sure, I'm fortunate that many of my friends are hardcore road-dogs and there's one Music City homie or another playing here in the Hub pretty much every week, but it doesn't quite compare to being surrounded by top-notch talent day in and day out.

Now that I'm surrounded by tech-bros and Dunkin' Donuts franchisees, I realize I didn't appreciate y'all like I should have. But I'm still in the habit of reviewing the music that my neighbors make! It's just that now, well, they aren't putting out records or playing shows or doing any of those things Nashville folks do. Nope, my neighbors are just hobbyists with open windows. Hobbyists that are still going to get reviewed because I have a compulsion and entirely too much time on my hands.

(Also, the ol' Cream needs content while Cap'n P-Rodg parties on the coast.)

So without further ado, here are my completely unsolicited reviews of the music happening within earshot of my desk.

The Volvo Drivers, Blue House Across the Street: While they've got the look down, these aspiring bohemians betray their square roots with pedestrian cover songs. All of the Warby Parkers and stylish beards won't hide the acoustic Third Eye Blind covers and Smash Mouth sing-alongs that creep out of your living room window. But maybe I'm wrong, maybe the next big sort-of-but-not-really ironic music fad is sounding like drunk 40-year-olds at a trashy beach bar. Stranger things have happened.
R.I.Y.L.: shopping at Target, graduate school, Guster
Rating: 2.5/5 stars

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Lyle Lovett, Hank 3, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Miley Cyrus and More: Inside This Week's Music Section

Posted By on Thu, Aug 7, 2014 at 7:20 AM

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Let's Talk About Lyle: A musician of impeccable taste, Lyle Lovett still manages to excite the emotions (Playing Aug. 13 at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center)

Family Non-Tradition: The prolific Hank Williams III fits in with his family by not fitting in (Playing Aug. 8 at Exit/In)

Dynamic Duo: Rodrigo y Gabriela’s stripped-down 9 Dead Alive still bursts with energy (Playing Aug. 8 at the Ryman)

We Can't Stop: It’s OK not to have an opinion about Miley Cyrus (Playing Aug. 7 at Bridgestone Arena)

In The Spin: Party Cannon at The Packing Plant, Simon Joyner and Cortney Tidwell at The Gardens of Sweetblood Sound

Plus Critics' Picks on Natural Child and Faux Ferocious, Floating Action, Megajoos' EP release, Birth of the Originals Jamfest with Petty, Sofa Brown and others, the Tomato Art Fest Afterparty feat. DeRobert and the Half-Truths w/A.J. and the Jiggawatts , Jolie Holland, Filter with Helmet and Local H, Queensryche, Spider Bags and more

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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Lucero’s Ben Nichols, The Turtles’ Mark Volman, Across Tundras, The Funky Meters and More: Inside This Week’s Music Section

Posted By on Thu, Jul 31, 2014 at 7:15 AM

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Easy Rider: Lucero frontman Ben Nichols just can't seem to stay off the road (Playing Aug. 6 at Mercy Lounge)

The Story of Rock ’n’ Roll: Mark Volman — music biz expert, leader of The Turtles, radio fan (Happy Together Tour Aug. 1 at TPAC's Polk Theater)

Make a Fan Outta Me: Across Tundras' heavy sounds exert their gravitational pull (Playing July 31 at Springwater)

Meters Running: Bassist George Porter Jr. keeps New Orleans music alive with The Funky Meters (Playing Aug. 1 at Mercy Lounge)

In The Spin: Yes with Syd Arthur at the Ryman, Warped Tour at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds

Plus Critics’ Picks on Bluegrass Nights with Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder, Steely Dan, Micah Schnabel, Milktooth with Little Tybee and more, The Dirty Nil and others, Hillbilly Casino’s live album recording, Party Cannon, Belle Adair, Trigger Hippy feat. Joan Osborne and Steve Gorman, Simon Joyner with Cortney Tidwell and others, Treasure Fingers and more

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Night Train to Nashville, Ray LaMontagne, Jurassic 5, Warped Tour and More: Inside This Week’s Music Section

Posted By on Thu, Jul 24, 2014 at 7:20 AM

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Soul Man: After 10 years, the Night Train to Nashville keeps rollin' (Music City Roots' Night Train to Nashville Anniversary show July 30 at The Factory at Franklin)

Less Trouble: Ray LaMontagne finds new direction and outlook chasing a Supernova (Playing July 25 at The Woods at Fontanel)

The Jurassic Period: The newly reunited Jurassic 5 and the struggle to keep hip-hop alive (Playing July 29 at Marathon Music Works)

Warped Tour Isn’t a Waste of Time: Here are three artists you should definitely catch if you're heading to the festival this weekend (July 29 at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds)

In The Spin: Peter Walker with William Tyler at Third Man Records, Forecastle Festival in Louisville

Plus Critics’ Picks on Lettuce at Nashville Dancin’, Bluegrass Nights with Earls of Leicester, the KDSML Revue, DJ Godfather, R. Stevie Moore with Attempt and Faux Ferocious, Diarrhea Planet with Blank Range and Music Band, FMRL feat. Jeremy Bible and others, We Are Hex with Watcher, The Boxcars, Bollywood Dance Party, Yes, Bob Log III, Sarah McLachlan, Hard Working Americans and more

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Dwight Yoakam, Power Trip, DIIV, Jason Lescalleet, Two-Sentence Album Reviews and More: Inside This Week’s Music Section

Posted By on Thu, Jul 17, 2014 at 7:20 AM

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Population Dwight: Dwight Yoakam's career is a singular one, which navigates the dubious straits of country authenticity (Playing July 18 at The Woods at Fontanel)

Thrash and Burn: The gutsy metal of Texas thrashers Power Trip (Playing July 22 at The Stone Fox)

Endless Charade: Learning to love DIIV through a haze of gossipy media, PR obfuscation and the perils of groupthink (Playing July 22 at Exit/In)

Movies Between Your Ears: Jason Lescalleet to redefine 'noise,' 'music' at inaugural FMRL show (Playing July 18 at The Emma Bistro, 9 Lea Ave.)

Two Short: Two-sentence reviews of the latest albums from Tom Petty, Reigning Sound, John Hiatt, Jenny Lewis, Spoon and more

In The Spin: Andrew W.K. with The Nightbeast, Music Band and Punani Hunter at Exit/In, Beck with The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger at the Ryman

Plus Critics’ Picks on Dailey and Vincent, The Black Lips with Curtis Harding and PUJOL, Roland Barber's album release, Peter Walker with William Tyler, Al-D's Meant for the Milk Crate, the Tennessee Teens Rock Camp showcase, Kings of the F**King Sea with James Leg, Peter Matthew Bauer, Maxwell, The Supersuckers and more

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