Liner Notes

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Billy Block, William Tyler and Steve Gunn, Tobacco, The Men, Acid Mothers Temple and More: Inside This Week’s Music Section (and on the Cover)

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

The Beat Goes On: Billy Block, the honky-tonk underdog’s best friend, meets cancer head on with sticks in each fist

Whole New Groove: Guitarists William Tyler and Steve Gunn make rock that combines historical awareness with innovation (William Tyler and Steve Gunn Playing April 29 at The Stone Fox; William Tyler's Lost Colony out April 29 via Merge Records)

Happy Ending Massage: Electro prankster Tobacco finds muscle-relaxant bliss with his ugliest album yet (Playing April 30 at Mercy Lounge)

The Evolution of Men: Perpetual shape-shifters The Men continue to toy with their sound (Playing April 29 at The End)

The Case for Poptimism: How Japanese psych rockers Acid Mothers Temple and, say, Miley Cyrus inhabit the same musical universe (Playing April 28 at The High Watt)

In The Spin: Bruce Springsteen at Bridgestone Arena, Jack White records the "world's fastest record" at Third Man Records

Plus Critics’ Picks on Punk Palooza at The Other Basement, The Zombies, Charles Bradley and His Extraordinaires, Black Tar Prophet’s release show, Katie Herzig’s release show, The Coathangers with Breast Massage, the Whole Lotta Shakes Going On benefit, Mono, Tom Jones, HAIM, Schoolboy Q with Isaiah Rashaad, Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks, EMA, Graveyard, Local Natives and more

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Upstairs at United, Record Store Day, Bruce Springsteen, Miley Cyrus, Nickel Creek and More: Inside This Week’s Music Section

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

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Stair Case: Historic United Record Pressing to release more Upstairs at United installments on Record Store Day (Record Store Day, April 19 at various locations)

Record Store Day 2014: See our full list of Record Store Day haps

Springsteen & I: Why Bruce Springsteen's return to Bridgestone Arena is more than just a concert (Playing April 17 at Bridgestone Arena)

We Can’t Stop: It's OK to not have an opinion about Miley Cyrus (Playing April 18 at Bridgestone Arena)

A Mighty Second Wind: How Nickel Creek is getting the reunion thing right (Playing April 18-19 at the Ryman)

In The Spin: Superchunk with Bully at Mercy Lounge, Tour de Fun in East Nashville

Plus Critics’ Picks on Karmin, Desert Noises, the Good Company Billy Block benefit, Men of Fortune, Thee Silver Mount Zion Memorial Orchestra, Questlove’s DJ set at SEEN, Y2K Spring Fever, AJ and the Jiggawatts’ album release, Linear Downfall & Co., Protomartyr and more

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Superchunk, Mac DeMarco, Circuit Benders’ Ball, Tour de Fun, Bobby Bare Jr., Ray Price, Rodney Crowell and More: Inside This Week’s Music Section

Posted By on Thu, Apr 10, 2014 at 7:35 AM

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Some Kind of Hate: Indie-rock icons Superchunk return to Nashville for the first time in nearly 13 years (Playing April 11 at Mercy Lounge)

Salad Spinner: Rock 'n' roller Mac DeMarco gets a little more earnest with his brand-new Salad Days (Playing April 16 at Exit/In)

Live Long and Prosper: Circuit Benders' Ball and Tour de Fun spread their wings (Circuit Benders' Ball April 11-13 at Fort Houston; Tour de Fun April 12 in East Nashville)

For the Record: Our two cents on brand-new albums from Rodney Crowell, Bobby Bare Jr. and the late, great Ray Price

In The Spin: Weezer at the Ryman, Road to Bonnaroo Round Three at Mercy Lounge and The High Watt

Plus Critics' Picks on Rites of Spring, Kadaver and Mothership, Lil Boosie & Co., Treasure Fingers, Marathon Music Works' Block Party, Repeat Repeat's release show, Saintseneca, Milk Carton Kids, Melissa Etheridge, Deleted Scenes, Violent Reaction and The Flex, Music City Roots and more

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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Weezer, Daniel Rossen, Denney and the Jets, Slick Rick and More: Inside This Week’s Music Section

Posted By on Thu, Apr 3, 2014 at 7:00 AM

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Why Bother: As Weezer brings both of their seminal '90s records to the Ryman, we get nitpicky about it (Playing April 5-6)

Stepping Out: Grizzly Bear's Daniel Rossen recaptures simplicity on his inaugural solo tour (Playing April 6 at Mercy Lounge)

Pop Top Rhapsody
: Denney and the Jets crack open a long-awaited Mexican Coke (Playing Fond Object Records April 8; Mexican Coke is out April 8 via Burger Records and Limited Fanfare)

A Children’s Story: The great adventures of masterful storyteller and hip-hop founding father Slick Rick (Playing April 3 at Exit/In)

In The Spin: Real Estate with Pure X at Exit/In, Television with Tristen at Exit/In

Plus Critics' Picks on Justin Kalk Orchestra's release show, Fistikuffs and Black Cat Sylvester, Tom Pappas Collection's release show, Openmic's release show, TerryFest, Iron Reagan with Occultist and more, Welcome to 1979's Sunday Post, Road to Bonnaroo Round Three, Lissie, Robby Hecht's release show and more

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Deacon Claybourne on the Cover of This Week's Scene

Posted By on Thu, Mar 27, 2014 at 10:36 AM

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I somehow failed to mention it in this week's liner notes post, but noted songster Deacon Claybourne graces the cover of this week's dead-tree edition of the Scene. We featured Claybourne in a cover story we called "The Long Road Back"; we compared him to Steve Earle and Kris Kristofferson and gave him five stars! That's the first time in Scene history that we've given the subject of a cover story stars for something. He earned it.

Related: See contributor Ashley Spurgeon's recap of this week's episode of Nashville over at sister blog Country Life.

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Television, Real Estate, Erin Enderlin and Tin Pan South, Jerrod Niemann and More: Inside This Week’s Music Section

Posted By on Thu, Mar 27, 2014 at 7:00 AM

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All Us Boys Gonna Wind Up in Jail: Pioneer art-punks Television, 40 years on (Playing March 31 at Marathon Music Works)

Suburban Dreamin’: Real Estate conjures wistfulness far removed from the hardscrabble city they call home (Playing March 29 at Exit/In)

Will the Round Be Unbroken: Erin Enderlin, Tin Pan South and the off-screen reality of the Nashville songwriter (Playing March 27 at Commodore Grille as part of Tin Pan South)

Playing Possum: Jerrod Niemann invokes country stars of the past on his super-eclectic new High Noon (Jerrod Niemann's High Noon out now via Arista/Sea Gayle)

In The Spin: George Strait with Sheryl Crow at Bridgestone Arena, Juicy J with Travi$ Scott and more at Marathon Music Works

Plus Critics’ Picks on Spoken Nerd’s release show, Demi Lovato, Greg Trooper’s release show, Bohannons with Chris Crofton and more, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Cher, Eisley and more

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Thursday, March 20, 2014

SXSW, George Strait, Lavender Country, Claire Lynch and More: Inside This Week’s Music Section

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

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Austin City Limitless: Is SXSW a music conference or a chicken running around with its head cut off?

Not His First Rodeo: Why George Strait's farewell tour is the closest thing to a classic Western ending (Playing March 21 at Bridgestone Arena)

No Equivocation: The new reissue of 1973's legendary Lavender Country recalls the early days of gay activism (Lavender Country out March 25 via Paradise of Bachelors)

Sister Songs: Claire Lynch explores new territory with a revamped band and freshly minted album (Playing March 21 at The Station Inn)

In The Spin: Billy Joel with McLaughlin at Bridgestone Arena

Plus Critics’ Picks on the Southern Soul Assembly, Tiny Moving Parts, Jake Simmons with Skoolgirl, Tacocat, Nicole Atkins, Juicy J, Lindi Ortega, Betty Who and more

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Thursday, March 13, 2014

Gary Numan, Dum Dum Girls, Ronnie Milsap, Tinariwen and More: Inside This Week's Music Section

Posted By on Thu, Mar 13, 2014 at 7:25 AM

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Numan's Own: Synth-pop pioneer Gary Numan opens up about his ups and downs (Playing March 17 at Mercy Lounge)

Pop Is Prologue: Dum Dum Girls are adept at re-creating the past, personal as it may be (Playing March 18 at Exit/In)

Summer Jam: Ronnie Milsap's new album is a blue-eyed stroll down memory correction lane (Summer #17 is out March 18 via Legacy Recordings)

Cosmic Desert: Tuareg blues ambassadors Tinariwen want to 'feel the interconnection between everyone' (Playing March 18 at The High Watt)

Rhapsody in Rock: Nashville Symphony presents the world premiere of rocker Ben Folds' Concerto for Piano and Orchestra (March 13-15 at Schermerhorn Symphony Center)

Birthday Bash: Blair School of Music marks its 50th anniversary with a celebratory concert (March 16 at Blair School of Music's Ingram Hall)

In The Spin: Freakin' Weekend V, St. Vincent at Marathon Music Works

Plus Critics' Picks on That's My Kid, Eric Brace and Peter Cooper, Tipper Whore, Remedy Krewe, Adam Faucett, Windhand, Miniature Tigers, The So So Glos, Solids, New Bums, Cut Copy, Each Other and The Pains of Being Pure at Heart

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Thursday, March 6, 2014

St. Vincent, Natural Child/Freakin’ Weekend, Ponychase, Parker Millsap and More: Inside This Week’s Music Section

Posted By on Thu, Mar 6, 2014 at 7:25 AM

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Born Again: St. Vincent's Annie Clark on aesthetics, confidence and crafting her own creation myth (Playing March 7 at Marathon Music Works)

Natural Selection: Natural Child talks modern rock and Dancin' With Wolves in anticipation of their Freakin' Weekend gig (Playing March 8 at The End as part of Nashville's Dead's Freakin' Weekend)

Back to the Future: Ponychase's Parade of Youth makes the case for smart synth-pop (Playing March 7 at The Basement; Parade of Youth out now)

Bible Belted: Along with being a young ex-Pentecostal, Parker Millsap is a strikingly clear-eyed songwriter (Playing Grimey's and The Bluebird March 6; playing The Basement March 8)

In The Spin: The East Room Anniversary show feat. The Features and more, Road to Bonnaroo Round Two at Mercy Lounge and The High Watt

Plus Critics’ Picks on The Felice Brothers, Yellow Ostrich, Hamell on Trial, The Wood Brothers, Daniel Ellsworth and the Great Lakes’ release show, Moonface, Festhau5, White Denim, Com Truise, Fletcher C. Johnson, Cerebral Ballzy, Oberhofer, Classixx and more

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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Robert Ellis, Band of Horses, Majestico, Stone Jack Jones, Morgan Babb, Brian Harrison and More: Inside This Week’s Music Section

Posted By on Thu, Feb 27, 2014 at 7:25 AM

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Smooth Criminal: Robert Ellis moved to Nashville to trade twang for polished pop (Playing March 3 at The Basement)

Get Me to the Church: Band of Horses return to the Ryman for their unplugged encore (Playing March 5 at the Ryman)

Thy Will Be Done: On When Kingdom Come, Majestico visits the outer reaches of psychedelia without getting lost (Playing Feb. 28 at Soulshine Pizza Factory; When Kingdom Come out March 4 via ATO Records)

Mixed Signals: On his new Ancestor, Nashville's Stone Jack Jones deconstructs Music City, and it rocks (Playing March 4 at The Stone Fox; Ancestor out March 4 via Western Vinyl)

We Miss You So: Remembering the Rev. Morgan Babb, gospel legend, broadcasting pioneer and man of God

Brain Power: Musician and producer Brian 'Brain' Harrison dies at 54

In The Spin: Snoop Dogg with DJ Wick-It at Cannery Ballroom, Brad Paisley with Chris Young and Danielle Bradbery at Bridgestone Arena

Plus Critics’ Picks on Shakey Graves and Those Darlins, Henry Wagons, St. Paul and the Broken Bones, The Long Shots, Young Thug, Patrick Sweany with Tim Easton and Slim Wray, Honey Locust’s album release, RICHIE’s album release, Cherub, Lake Street Dive, East Room’s anniversary with The Features and more, Wild Cub with Roman Candle, Road to Bonnaroo and more

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