Liner Notes

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Bassnectar, New Year's Eve 2015 Flowchart and More: Inside This Week's Music Section

Posted By on Tue, Dec 23, 2014 at 7:15 AM

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Go With the Flow: The only New Year's Eve 2015 flowchart you need (See full-scale flow chart image here)

Night of the Living Bassheads
: What do Bassnectar's arena-sized New Year's Eve blowouts say about EDM in Nashville? Absolutely nothing. (Playing Wednesday, Dec. 31, at Bridgestone Arena)

In The Spin: Justin Timberlake at Bridgestone Arena

Plus Critic's Picks on The Running, The Long Players perform Van Morrison, Billy Burnette, Dave Cloud w/Lone Official and Bad Friend, KDSML Revue, Nikki Lane, Old Crow Medicine Show, Ween's Aaron Freeman, Diarrhea Planet, Marty Stuart, 4D NYE, Moon Taxi, St. Paul and the Broken Bones, My So-Called Band and more.

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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Jason Dietz, Navigating Gear Deals on Craigslist, Shemekia Copeland, Sergio Webb and More: Inside This Week's Music Section

Posted By on Thu, Dec 18, 2014 at 7:05 AM

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  • Photo: Stephanie May
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Crash Band-icoot: Jason Dietz survives motorcycle accident, learns to relax (sort of)

Gear Up for Battle: What you need to know before scouring Craigslist for used-equipment deals

Benevolent Ruler: Modern blues queen Shemekia Copeland bends but doesn't break tradition (Playing Saturday, Dec. 20, at City Winery)

I want to be Sergio Webb: A Scene contributor's love letter to one of Nashville's finest cats

In The Spin: DJ Hodor's Rave of Thrones at Anthem; King Bitch, Western Medication, Concord America and Gunther Doug Party Late at Elberta Mansion

Plus Critics' Picks on Justin Timberlake, Yelawolf, Chris Crofton, Aqua Velvet w/The Ornaments, Lockeland Springsteen Holiday Party, Christmas at the Family Wash, The Subnovas, Mike Farris,

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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Radio Free Nashville, WRVU Friends and Family, Tony Bennett, Steel Panther, The Bakersfield Sound and More: Inside This Week’s Music Section

Posted By on Thu, Dec 11, 2014 at 7:05 AM

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Tower of More Power: Scrappy independent Radio Free Nashville makes its signal heard across the city at 103.7-FM

Let's Go, Rock 'n' Roll Radio!: The resurgence of terrestrial radio continues as FCC grants WRVU Friends and Family a low-power FM frequency

Sex Panther
: Come for Steel Panther's meta dick jokes, stay for the Backstreet Boys covers (Playing Wednesday, Dec. 17, at Marathon Music Works)

Marathon Man
: The unstoppable Tony Bennett — I'll have what he's having (Playing Thursday and Friday, Dec. 11-12, at The Schermerhorn)

Close Up the Honky-Tonks
: The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum's spectacular Bakersfield Sound salute is ending, but the Buck won't stop (Playing Saturday, Dec. 13, at The Country Music Hall of Fame)

In The Spin: The Black Keys at Bridgestone Arena; Jawws at Exponent Manor

Check out the Scene's annual Boners Awards to read about 2014 gaffes either by or involving Brad Paisley and the CMAs, Jason Isbell and The Voice, Tim Reynolds and RCA Studio A and Luke Bryan and gravity

Plus Critics' Picks on Rave of Thrones feat. Hodor, Sebastian Bach, Whitey Morgan and the 78's w/Stone Senate, The Young Nashvillians, Paul Collins Beat w/Sherbert & Mystery Twins, Lisa Oliver-Gray and more

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Thursday, December 4, 2014

The Year in Music, Catching Up With The Black Keys, Top Local Albums Critics’ Poll, Rock ’n’ Roll Poll and More: This Week’s Cover Story

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

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Catching Up With the Keys: The Black Keys kick off our Year in Music coverage on the eve of their Bridgestone Arena appearance

Amerigo to Americana: The tunes, trends and takeaways from Nashville's music scene in 2014, a year of past and future in collision

Top of the Pops (and Country, Etc.): Nashville Scene Critics' Poll: Top Local Records of 2014

Best in Big Shows of 2014: The Scene's live review column, The Spin, checked out more than 100 shows this year — here are the highlights

The 2014 Rock 'n' Roll Poll: We once again dialed up a select group of Nashville's finest rockers, rollers, bloggers and bookers, and asked them what got their attention — good and bad — in the local scene this year.

In The Spin: Emotions (and Bass) Run High at FKA Twigs' Mercy Lounge Gig

Plus Critics' Picks on Centro-matic, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Jawws, #RAPCLUB Holiday Party, Hans Condor and more.

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Roy Agee, GWAR, All Them Witches and More: Inside This Week's Music Section

Posted By on Wed, Nov 26, 2014 at 7:33 AM

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Scatman Roy: Nashville trombonist Roy Agee brings big brass and bigger personality to Prince's live show

Beyond Hell: GWAR's Blothar opens up about soldiering on after the death of Oderus Urungus (Playing Tuesday, Dec. 2, at Exit/In)

Witches Brew: On Lightning at the Door, All Them Witches offer up evil grooves for all the good boys and ghouls (Playing Sunday, Nov. 30, at 3rd and Lindsley)

Back in Black: Your guide to Record Store Day's Black Friday special-edition releases

In The Spin: Justin Townes Earle at the Ryman; Slipknot and Korn at Bridgestone Arena.

Plus Critics' Picks on William Tyler Band and Friends, Mayhem, Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue, Ronnie Milsap, The Whigs, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Chuck Mead and more

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

How One Bad Lyric Turned a Spiritual Songwriter Away From Christianity, Slipknot, Bonnie 'Prince' Billy and more: Inside This Week’s Music Section

Posted By on Thu, Nov 20, 2014 at 7:25 AM

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Take Me From Church: How a terrible worship song drove me from Christianity

Hate and Read: Is Slipknot unfairly reviled? Our curmudgeonly headbanger gives them another chance and says no (Playing Friday, Nov. 21, at Bridgestone Arena)

Singing in Tongues: On his latest, Singer's Grave a Sea of Tongues, Bonnie 'Prince' Billy reworks some of his old material (Playing Monday, Nov. 24, at 3rd and Lindsley)

Veil of Tears: Nashville Symphony Orchestra's latest album pays loving tribute to late American composer Stephen Paulus

In The Spin: Thee Oh Sees at Exit/In; Fly Golden Eagle Record Release at Queen Ave.

Plus Critics’ Picks on Justin Townes Earle , KDSML Revue, Riff Raff, Lucinda Williams, Adrian Belew Power Trio, The Legendary Shack Shakers, Rhett Miller, Robbie Fulks, Buffalo Killers, SeaWitch, Tesla Rossa and more.

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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Thee Oh Sees, Fly Golden Eagle, Daniel Lanois, The Paperhead and More: Inside This Week's Music Section

Posted By on Thu, Nov 13, 2014 at 7:15 AM

Fly Golden Eagle
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Sees Change: Leaner and meaner, John Dwyer's radical garage-psych outfit Thee Oh Sees returns to Nashville

The Deluxe Edition: Fly Golden Eagle's Quartz is a double album, a movie soundtrack and more

The Bionic Man: The organic and electronic intermingle on Daniel Lanois' new Flesh and Machine

Head Trip: On Africa Avenue, The Paperhead puts a New Nashville spin on British psychedelia

Musical Mavericks: Contemporary music groups chatterbird and Intersection will give Nashville's classical scene a generational jolt

In The Spin: Chrissie Hynde at the Ryman; Carcass at Exit/In.

Plus Critics’ Picks on Big K.R.I.T., Jenny Lewis, Ttotals, Los Tigres del Norte, Cotton Jones, B.o.B., Stars, Leon Russell and more.

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Thursday, November 6, 2014

Bobby Bare Jr. and Bobby Bare Sr., Chrissie Hynde, Angel Olsen, Jeff Coffin, Vijay Iyer and More: Inside This Week's Music Section

Posted By on Thu, Nov 6, 2014 at 7:15 AM

Angel Olsen
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Bare on Bare: Bobby Bare Sr. and Bobby Bare Jr. love each other's tunes as much as they love each other

Out Front: Stockholm is Chrissie Hynde's first solo record — or is it?

Prodigal Olsen: On her latest full-length, Angel Olsen rocks the folk out

Step Right Up: Jeff Coffin and the Mu'tet make jazz accessible without dumbing it down

Musical Science: Jazz pianist Vijay Iyer brings his multi-disciplinary, multimedia art form to Nashville

In The Spin: Foo Fighters at the Ryman

Plus Critics’ Picks on Mastodon, K.T. Oslin, Purling Hiss, Carcass, Bill Lloyd and New Car Smell, O’Death, Young Jeezy and more.

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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Taylor Swift, Grant-Lee Phillips, Death From Above 1979, Reigning Sound and More: Inside This Week's Music Section

Posted By on Thu, Oct 30, 2014 at 7:15 AM

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The Town Troubadour: Grant-Lee Phillips looks back on Gilmore Girls

Partying Like It's 1989: Taylor Swift goes pop, returns to singing about living in a big ol' city

Back to Life: On The Physical Life, a reunited Death From Above 1979 finish what they started

What Becomes of the Brokenhearted: Greg Cartwright's Reigning Sound brings Shattered songs to Nashville

In The Spin: JEFF the Brotherhood at The End; Jason Isbell, Sturgill Simpson at the Ryman; K.Flay at 12th & Porter

Plus Critics’ Picks on Olivia Jean, Drive-By Truckers, Leo Kottke, The Budos Band, Cale Tyson, Taj Mahal, The Devil Makes Three, Nude Beach, Jake Leg Stompers, Robyn Hitchcock, New Pornographers, Coliseum, Natural Child, The Pizza Underground and more.

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

JEFF the Brotherhood, Jason Isbell, Drive-By Truckers, K.Flay and More: Inside This Week's Music Section

Posted By on Thu, Oct 23, 2014 at 7:15 AM

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Live and Dangerous: On the eve of JEFF the Brotherhood's three-night stand at The End, the Scene recaps the hometown heroes' best Nashville shows (Playing Oct. 24-26 at The End)

The Boys From Alabama: What's gone down in 10 years for The Drive-By Truckers and onetime DBT whippersnapper Jason Isbell (Jason Isbell plays Oct. 24-26 at the Ryman; Drive-By Truckers play Oct. 30 at the Ryman)

Social Studies
: On Life as a Dog, rapper and Stanford alum K.Flay talks thinkin', drinkin', and embracing her mistakes (Playing Oct. 26 at 12th and Porter)

In The Spin: Paul McCartney at Bridgestone Arena, Alice Cooper opens for Motley Crue at Bridgestone Arena, plays after-show set at Dan McGuinness

Plus Critics' Picks on The Wood Brothers, Lake Street Dive, NRBQ, The Milk Carton Kids and Sarah Jarosz, Caroline Rose, Screaming Females and PUJOL, First Aid Kit, Bleachers, Rubblebucket and more.

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