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Monday, February 8, 2016

Watch Sun Seeker Get Bewitched in 'Georgia Dust' [Fresh Vid]

Posted By on Mon, Feb 8, 2016 at 1:45 PM

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On Saturday, local newcomers Sun Seeker celebrated the release of their debut single "Georgia Dust" — out now via Third Man Records — with an in-store performance at Grimey's. The Spin was there, noting that the band "unfolded their rich brand of folk-inflected pop for a group including familiar faces and some that were undoubtedly new." Good times were had.

Today, the Seekers released a video for the single, and you can watch it after the jump. Directed by Brad Holland and produced by Harry Kagan, the video follows along as a witchy young woman — portrayed by Chelsea Culbreath — leaves her coven to play puppet master over Sun Seeker's members, each of whom is blindfolded and suspended in a sort of zombie-like state. It's a beautifully shot, cinematic visual treatment, and one that plays well against the pleasant, wintry tone of the song. Very good stuff.

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Friday, February 5, 2016

See The Dead Weather's Traveling Freak Show in 'Impossible Winner' [Fresh Vid]

Posted By on Fri, Feb 5, 2016 at 11:11 AM

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As Nashville-centered supergroup The Dead Weather pointed out around the time they released Dodge and Burn back in September, the four members' schedules precluded them from being able to tour behind their third record. Vocalist Alison Mosshart is busy with The Kills, multi-instrumentalist Dean Fertita is busy with Queens of the Stone Age, bassist Jack Lawrence is busy with City and Colour, and drummer Jack White is … well, you know that dude. He's a real never-not-busy type.

So instead of bringing The Dead Weather to a venue near you, White & Co. are keeping their music-video game on point — that means cinematic visual treatments and live-performance vids alike. Yesterday, the group unveiled their black-and-white video for "Impossible Winner" exclusively via streaming site TIDAL. Today, the video (directed by Sophie Muller and Ross McDowell) went live on YouTube, and you can watch it after the jump. 

The video depicts Mosshart, White, Fertita and Lawrence as, shall we say, genetically abnormal characters, imprisoned on a train — presumably a traveling freak show — and mistreated by a gaggle of creepy handlers. And hey! Looks like we finally get to see why "Little" Jack Lawrence has that spare digit on the Dodge and Burn album cover. The song is something of a step in a different direction for the DW. No guitars, no fuzzed-out bass lines, but a lot of impassioned vocals from Mosshart.

Get your freak on after the jump.

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Thursday, February 4, 2016

See Cage the Elephant on Conan, Kopecky on Kimmel [Vidsy Bits]

Posted By on Thu, Feb 4, 2016 at 12:57 PM

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It's been a busy season for locals on the late-night TV circuit: Chris Stapleton dominated SNL, Margo Price and Aubrie Sellers both recently made their network debuts on Colbert (by the way, maybe he's not a local, but Tulsa troubadour John Moreland's debut on Colbert on Monday is absolutely worth your time),  and now Cage the Elephant and Kopecky are getting in on the action.

Bowling Green transplants CTE made a return visit to Conan, playing the wistful "Trouble" from their Dan Auerbach-produced Tell Me I'm Pretty. While frontman Matt Schultz didn't rush the crowd this time (like he did on Fallon a couple weeks back), the band's pro chops mean they hold up fine when put in the spotlight.

Kopecky, meanwhile, followed up some ace music vids (1, 2) for their latest LP Drug for the Modern Age with a pair of high-energy performances on Jimmy Kimmel Live. The six-member-strong group, formerly Kopecky Family Band, swapped instruments all around between performances of "Talk to Me" and "Quarterback." 

Check out all the vids after the jump.

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Friday, January 29, 2016

Watch Aaron Lee Tasjan Have a 'Road-Dog Adventure' in 'Don't Walk Away' [Fresh Vid]

Posted By on Fri, Jan 29, 2016 at 3:59 PM

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"He's really come into his own standing onstage alone," wrote contributor Jewly Hight of Nashville transplant Aaron Lee Tasjan back in October, "a lovably self-deprecating embodiment of a paradox unique to alt. country and indie-rock singer-songwriters: the good-natured slacker who's nonetheless a meticulous craftsman."

Today, the meticulous slacker-craftsman released a Curtis Wayne Millard-directed video for the tune "Don't Walk Away," and you can watch it after the jump. In it, Tasjan — who's spent time road-doggin' as a sideman for Drivin' N Cryin', New York Dolls and more — journeys from motel to road to stage and beyond, smacking one barely clothed backside and catching a barroom brawl along the way. As the YouTube description field puts it, the video is a "road-dog adventure," and it was shot in part at Sahara Lounge in Austin. Dig in.

Tasjan's next Nashville show is tomorrow, Jan. 30, at Soulshine Pizza. 

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Watch Aubrie Sellers Rock 'Light of Day' on Colbert, See Her Tonight at Grimey's

Posted By on Fri, Jan 29, 2016 at 11:56 AM

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In his tenure as Late Show chief, David Letterman championed top-shelf Americana musicians along with a slew of Nashville talent across several genres, and Stephen Colbert seems to have taken up that mantle along with the time slot. Last week, neo-trad country badass Margo Price made her network debut on Colbert, and Aubrie Sellers did the same on Thursday night.

Sellers and a band of ringers played "Light of Day," the gritty anthem to self-reliance that opens her debut LP New City Blues, which hits shelves today.

Check out the video after the jump, and see Sellers and band (anchored by ace session drummer/Friendship Commanders guy Jerry Roe and Jack White bassman Dominic Davis, and featuring Ethan Ballinger and Adam Wright on guitars with Jason Goforth on steel) in person at 6 p.m. tonight at Grimey's.

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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Screening of Metalhead Feat. Ascent of Everest & Vile Desecration Tonight at The Stone Fox

Posted By on Wed, Jan 27, 2016 at 10:26 AM

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The folks at The Stone Fox know the absence of The Belcourt is hitting Nashvillians hard, so in an effort to alleviate the pain, they’re hosting a movie night featuring Ragnar Bragason’s Icelandic film Metalhead. Metalhead, which was “inspired by the Norwegian black metal church burnings in the early 1990s,” tells the story of a young woman named Hera, who’s left to maneuver adolescence while also mourning the tragic death of her metal-loving older brother. It’s in his memory that she burns her floral-patterned past and embraces a life of corpse paint, guitar riffs and rebellion, while a soundtrack featuring Riot, Teaze, Lizzy Borden and Megadeth plays on.

The movie starts at 7:30 p.m., and music from Nashville’s own metalheads Ascent of Everest and Vile Desecration follows at 9 p.m. — the $8 admission buys you a ticket to both. (Plus, you get free popcorn when you buy a Black Abbey beer.) Watch the trailer after the jump.

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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

See Margo Price Rip 'Hurtin' (On the Bottle)' on Colbert

Posted By on Wed, Jan 20, 2016 at 10:22 AM

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Tuesday was Dolly Parton's 70th birthday — a milestone for an icon who's written some of the best-loved songs and most exciting chapters in the ongoing history of country music. It was also a milestone for someone who's helping write country's next chapter, as trad-rooted badass Margo Price made her network TV debut on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert

Backed by her band The Price Tags (Price's husband Jeremy Ivey on bass, Dillon Napier on the skins, Jamie Davis on lead guitar and Luke Schneider on pedal steel, with help from keymaster Micah Hulscher on piano), Price ripped through "Hurtin' (On the Bottle)," the debut single from her forthcoming LP Midwestern Farmer's Daughter.

The album, which Price and band recorded on their own dime at Memphis' Sun Studios (read more about that in contributor Skip Anderson's feature), is due via Third Man Records March 25. You can preorder the album now, and you can check out the video after the jump.

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Monday, January 18, 2016

Into These Grooves: Your Madonna Pre-Game Playlist

Posted By on Mon, Jan 18, 2016 at 5:40 PM

The beauty of Madonna's ongoing media empire is that even those who would claim to detest her know some of her songs. Just by being alive, we are part of the Madonnaverse to some extent. With that in mind, we'd like to invite you past the "Vogue"s, past the "Like A"s (Virgin & Prayer), and into the realm of some of her lesser-known jams. Only when you're dancing can you feel this free, as thousands will when Madge takes the stage at Bridgestone Arena in a matter of hours.

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Peep Fresh Vids from Savoy Motel, Churchyard & Joshua Black Wilkins [Vidsy Bits]

Posted By on Mon, Jan 18, 2016 at 5:15 PM

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a holiday, but nonetheless, there's a veritable avalanche of fresh music videos from your neighborhood friendly rockers. Let's dig in, shall we?

* Groovy funk-punk/post-punk outfit Savoy Motel (which you'll recall features members of Cheap Time, Heavy Cream and D. Watusi) premiered the Dylan Carver-directed vid for their debut single "Hot One." It stars familiar local dude Ryan Donoho as "The Hot One," a sax player whose tunes are just too hot for his own safety. Watch him dodge adoring fans Hard Day's Night-style between cuts of the band rocking out in their high-waisted, bell-bottomed finest. According to Consequence of Sound, their self-titled LP will be out later this year.

* Churchyard released their debut self-titled album last fall, brimming with deceptively complex garage-pop numbers like "Killer," for which they released a video today — their very first. Directed by EJ Holmes, it features the quartet practicing some unique yoga poses, enjoying some corndogs at Bobbie's Dairy Dip and generally goofing around. It may be the last of Churchyard we see for a little bit, but it's something fun to tide us over til the next show, whenever that may be.

* On a more somber note, Joshua Black Wilkins passed along a clip he co-directed (with Katy Futrell) for "New York or Louisiana" from his 2014 album Settling the Dust. It's a song about missing loved ones, and in the vid, model Beatrice Zamora has a smoke and gives a pensive stare that communicates some of the array of emotions that comes with leaving and being left.

Check 'em all out after the jump.

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See Chris Stapleton Rock 'Parachute' and 'Nobody to Blame' on SNL

Posted By on Mon, Jan 18, 2016 at 11:43 AM

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Over the weekend, Chris Stapleton made his Saturday Night Live debut, with Star Wars star Adam Driver hosting. Maybe SNL's writers missed an opportunity for some additional additional Star Wars yuks while they had the leonine country singer on the set, but they did have one helluva music segment, featuring the rocking "Parachute" and the slow-burning, head-shaking "Nobody to Blame" from Stapleton's CMA-sweeping debut, Traveller.

Stapleton was joined by the same deluxe outfit that backed him at the Pilgrimage Festival last September, featuring Stapletons' wife Morgane on harmony vocals, Willie Nelson's longtime harmonica man Mickey Raphael, the late Waylon Jennings' steel player Robby Turner (doubling on organ), Daren Shumaker (whose regular gig is running sound for Stapleton) on mandolin, and ace producer Dave Cobb on acoustic rhythm guitar. Cobb, by the way, is set to take over RCA Studio A (where Traveller was recorded) from Ben Folds beginning April 1. 

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