Liner Notes

Thursday, March 26, 2015

SXSW, Bob Seger, Sylvan Esso and More: Inside This Week's Music Section

Posted By on Thu, Mar 26, 2015 at 7:36 AM

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Lines Without Headliners: Nashville's reign on Austin's parade continues at this year's scaled-back, more sober SXSW

Feel Like a Number: And that number, Bob Seger, is Seven — the forgotten 1974 classic we need on vinyl, pronto (Playing Saturday, March 28, at Bridgestone Arena)

Going Pop: As Sylvan Esso, Amelia Meath and Nick Sanborn want to move your body and mind (Playing Wednesday, April 1, at Cannery Ballroom)

Modern Times
: Exploring the crossroads of music, dance and film, the modern music ensemble Intersection lives up to its name (Thursday, March 26, at The Platform)

In The Spin: Fleetwood Mac, Die Antwoord

Plus Critics' Picks on Caitlin Rose, The Features, Steve Gunn, Dr. Dog, Ledisi, FMRL, Timbre, Altered Statesmen, Kiesza, Peelander-Z and more.

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Thursday, March 19, 2015

Pepper Denny, Meghan Trainor, Die Antwoord, chatterbird and More: Inside This Week’s Music Section

Posted By on Thu, Mar 19, 2015 at 7:45 AM

In-Between No More: Rock drummer Pepper Denny puts down roots and still chases the dream

The William F. Buckley of Pop? Thoughts on Meghan Trainor's regressive selfish-empowerment (Playing Friday, March 20, at Cannery Ballroom)

Fok Acting, Let's Rap: Fresh off the big screen, Die Antwoord returns to what it does best (Playing Friday, March 20, at Marathon Music Works)

The Heart Is a Lonely Drummer: Nashville's newest alt-classical ensemble chatterbird adds an unusual instrument to its repertoire: stethoscopes (Friday, March 20, at Noteable Blends; Saturday, March 21, at TEDxNashville at TPAC's Jackson Hall)

In The Spin: JEFF the Brotherhood, PUJOL, Those Darlins, Destruction Unit and more at Freakin' Weekend VI

Plus Critics' Picks on Joe Pisapia's album release, The King Khan and BBQ Show, Loney John Hutchins, Cancer Bats, Penicillin Baby and Body of Light, Deerhoof w/Perfect Pussy and more

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Thursday, March 12, 2015

JEFF the Brotherhood, Freakin' Weekend VI, SXSW FOMO and More: Inside This Week's Music Section

Posted By on Thu, Mar 12, 2015 at 7:11 AM

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Take the Money and Rock: JEFF the Brotherhood signed to a major label to 'make two albums and get dropped,' and that's exactly what they did (Playing Saturday, March 14, at Exit/In; Wasted on the Dream out March 24 on Infinity Cat Records)

Freakin' Playlist: Twenty-one tunes to prepare you for this year's Freakin' Weekend (Playing Thursday through Saturday, March 12-14, at Exit/In and Friday and Saturday, March 12-13, at Fort Houston)

Austin Calling: Missing SXSW? Check your FOMO at the door — plenty of Austin-bound artists are rolling Nashville's way

Into the Vortex
: A daylong festival celebrates the music of American mavericks Henry Cowell and Lou Harrison

In The Spin: Future Unlimited Wins Road to Bonnaroo Round 2

Plus Critics' Picks on Hiss Golden Messenger, Friendship, Cymbals Eat Guitars, Murder By Death, Amanda Shires, ELEL, Gang of Four, Lindi Ortega, The Trinity Schill Kill, Seth Avett and Jessica Lea Mayfield, Sherbert, Fleetwood Mac and more.

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Thursday, March 5, 2015

EmiSunshine, The Lone Bellow, Remembering Bobby Emmons and More: Inside This Week's Music Section

Posted By on Thu, Mar 5, 2015 at 7:05 AM

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Sunshine's Dawn: Ten-year-old ukulele-playing wunderkind EmiSunshine is the 'real deal,' says Marty Stuart (Playing Friday, March 6, at The Station Inn)

The Love Bellow: How The Lone Bellow's modern family values help them find their killer tunes and classic sounds (Playing Friday, March 6, at Exit/In)

Farewell, Memphis Boy: Remembering Songwriter and Session Great Bobby Emmons

In The Spin: Sturgill Simpson at 3rd & Lindsley

Plus Critics' Picks on Dave and Phil Alvin and the Guilty Ones, Gogol Bordello, Kristin Diable, Steve Earle, Craft Spells, Pile, Farmer Jason, Buffalo Rodeo, Mojoflo, Burger Revolution, Houndmouth, J.P. Harris and Chance McCoy and more.

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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Remembering Dave Cloud, Gretchen Peters, Drew Holcomb, Look What I Did, Lilly Hiatt, Andrew Combs, Marshall Crenshaw and More: In This Week's Scene

Posted By on Thu, Feb 26, 2015 at 7:10 AM

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The Book of David: Remembering the late musician, artist and cult hero Dave Cloud, whose Gospel of Power lives on

Middle Ages
: Gretchen Peters and Drew Holcomb, two songwriters at different points in their careers, reflect on their craft (Gretchen Peters plays Friday, Feb. 27, at The Franklin Theatre; Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors play Saturday, Feb. 28, at The Ryman)

One Step Beyond: Look What I Did takes songwriting to the outer limits on latest rock opera (Playing Saturday, Feb. 28, at Exit/In)

Marshall Law
: Famed pop-rock tunesmith Marshall Crenshaw reflects on his Nashville days (Playing Wednesday, March 4, at City Winery)

Reviews: Two of Nashville's best singer-songwriters reach new heights on new releases

Between Life and Death
: Violinist Carolyn Huebl and pianist Mark Wait perform the emotionally charged music of American composer Michael Hersch (Playing Thursday, Feb. 26, at Turner Recital Hall)

In The Spin: Road to Bonnaroo 2015 Round 1

Plus Critics' Picks on The Gibson Brothers, Harry Connick Jr., Punch Brothers, Radio Free Nashville Benefit, Jorma Kaukonen, Jack to the Future, Daddy Issues, Willie Nelson and more.

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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Jason Aldean, J.D. McPherson, Nora Jane Struthers, The Sidekicks and More: Inside This Week's Music Section

Posted By on Thu, Feb 19, 2015 at 7:07 AM

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He's Country?: How Jason Aldean became a bro (Playing Saturday, Feb. 21, at Bridgestone Arena )

Alterations Department: On Wake, Nora Jane Struthers shifts from story songs and bluegrass idioms to alt-rock sounds and anecdotal idiosyncrasies (Playing Wednesday, Feb. 25, at The High Watt)

Bridge-builder: Roots rocker J.D. McPherson talks about playing for purists, writing with Eric Church and getting experimental (Playing Friday, Feb. 20, at Mercy Lounge)

No Substance: The Sidekicks keep Epitaph Records from becoming a joke (Playing Thursday, Feb. 19, at The Stone Fox)

Caffeinated Counterpoint: Music City Baroque heads to Bongo Java to present Bach's 'Coffee Cantata' (Playing Sunday, Feb. 22, at Bongo Java)

In The Spin: Sports Illustrated's Swimville; She's a Rebel at Mercy Lounge

Plus Critic's Picks on Kat Edmonson and Robert Ellis, Lee Ann Womack, Juan Wauters, Kink Ador, AL-D and E.T., QDP Prom, Road to Bonnaroo, Sam Moore, Lee Brice, Chuck Mead and more.

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Thursday, February 12, 2015

She's a Rebel, Red Violet Valentine's, The Glands, Anne McCue and More: Inside This Week's Music Section

Posted By on Thu, Feb 12, 2015 at 7:51 AM

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Cupid Comes to Cannery Row: A weekend of dynamite tribute concerts offers a sure-fire cure for your Valentine blues (She's a Rebel Friday, Feb. 13, at Mercy Lounge; Red Violet Valentine's Saturday, Feb. 14, at Cannery Ballroom)

Glands on the Run: Athens indie rockers return and rekindle the days of seated Exit/In shows and dial-up Internet (Playing Saturday, Feb. 14, at The Stone Fox)

Aussie Anne: Anne McCue summons mid-century jazz on eclectic new album (Playing Saturday, Feb. 14, at The Sutler)

American Style
: Alias Chamber Ensemble presents a concert brimming with new American music (Winter Concert Tuesday, Feb. 17, at Blair School of Music's Turner Recital Hall)

The 57th Annual Grammy Awards Recap

In The Spin: Evan Dando at City Winery; Fort Houston Birthday Bash

Plus Critic's Picks on Colin Hay, D. Striker, Psychedelrick, Patty LaBelle, Sam Bush, Lydia Loveless, Dave Mason, Turbo Fruits, Prince vs. Michael Jackson, Dr. John, Arlo Guthrie, I Am a Woman and more.

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Thursday, February 5, 2015

Parquet Courts, Daniel Bachman, Brooke Fraser, Kyshona Armstrong and More: Inside This Week's Music Section

Posted By on Thu, Feb 5, 2015 at 7:05 AM

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Slight Case of Nausea: Amid increasing exposure, Parquet Courts withdraw to make their most personal record yet (Playing tonight at Exit/In)

Daniel Bachman Overdrive: Guitarist Daniel Bachman travels deep into recorded history (Playing Wednesday, Feb. 11, at The Stone Fox)

Speak Now: Music therapist turned singer-songwriter Kyshona Armstrong embraces activist role (Playing Wednesday, Feb. 11, at 12th & Porter)

New Romantic: Kiwi-pop singer Brooke Fraser sheds her folk-pop skin (Playing Friday, Feb. 6, at Exit/In)

Miles From Nowhere: Jazz saxophonist Dave Liebman comes to Nashville to revisit Miles Davis' explosive and polarizing On the Corner (Playing Friday, Feb. 6, at 3rd & Lindsley)

Masonic Music: Gateway Chamber Orchestra performs the music of history's best-known Mason at the Grand Lodge of Tennessee (Playing Monday, Feb. 9, at Freemasons Auditorium)

Organ Donors
: Vanderbilt pulls out all the stops to inaugurate Nashville's first Bach organ (Blair inaugurates its new pipe organ 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 8, at Turner Recital Hall)

In The Spin: Jack White w/Loretta Lynn and William Tyler at Bridgestone Arena

Plus Critics' PIcks on Tony Joe White, Cold War Kids, Evan Dando, Kawehi, Snow Wite, Fort Houston Birthday Bash, Cherub, Phox, Jay Gonzalez, The Valentines, Waxed, Wayne Krantz Group, Brian Sutton Band and more.

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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Roger Waters, Doug Seegers, Natalie Prass, Tim O'Brien and More [In This Week's Scene]

Posted By on Thu, Jan 29, 2015 at 7:40 AM

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French Connection: Rock legend follows The Wall with the U.S. premiere of his French Revolution opera Ça Ira (The Nashville Symphony premieres Ça Ira 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 30, at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center)

Simple Twist of Fate
: How Doug Seegers went from the Nashville Rescue Mission to headlining next door at City Winery — in less than a year (Playing Thursday, Jan. 29, at City Winery)

There's Nothing Wrong With Love: Natalie Prass' debut LP gracefully stares down our most intense emotions

Single-Minded
: Bluegrass virtuoso Tim O'Brien is taking his career one song at a time

In The Spin: Hans Condor at The Stone Fox; Mercy Lounge Anniversary Bash

Plus Critic's Picks on Phosphorescent, Quichenight, The Outlaw Music Review, Irene Kelley, #Rapclub, Churchyard & more

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

The Country Music Critics' Poll, Jack White, John Mellencamp, Gregory Porter and More: Inside This Week’s Scene

Posted By on Thu, Jan 22, 2015 at 7:15 AM

The 15th Annual Country Music Critics' Poll: Sturgill Simpson's metamodern honky-tonk trounces bro-country in our survey of 2014's best

Temporary Ground: As much as Jack White changed Nashville, Nashville changed him

Hurts So Good: Anthropomorphic cats and the Cocktail soundtrack: learning to love John Mellencamp (Playing Tuesday, Jan. 27, and Wednesday, Jan. 28, at the Ryman)

Liquid Courage: Grammy winner Gregory Porter sings for jazz purists and novice fans alike (Playing Friday, Jan. 23, at the Schermerhorn)

In The Spin: Shabazz Palaces at Third Man Records

Plus Critics’ Picks on Elisa Ambrogio, Yonder Mountain String Band, Hans Condor, of Montreal, Zulu Wave, Beyond Pleasuredome, En Fuego, Gretchen Peters, The Willies, Bloodshot Records 20th Anniversary Show, G-Eazy, Mercy Lounge Anniversary Party, Giraffage, Chelsea Crowell's Babes in Boyland Benefit for Planned Parenthood, Jeff Daniels and more.

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