Next Big Nashville

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Every Day I'm Conferencin', I'm Conferencin', I'm Confrerencin'! [Next Big Nashville]

Posted By on Wed, Sep 29, 2010 at 3:57 PM

Next Big Nashville is back like a heart attack! Well, not really a heart attack, more like a pleasant fall afternoon with free lunch and informative speakers, but it's still early. I stopped by the NBN/Leadership Music Digital Music Summit over at Belmont and I gotta say that this year's conference portion is definitely bigger and better than last year's. I saw NBN honcho Jason Moon Wilkins for all of half a second, and asked him how he was doing, and he just smiled, said "well" and scurried on — I've never seen J-Moon that — what's the word? — relaxed on opening day. It was sort of bizarre.

The change of venue — from the Vandy music building last year to the Curb Center this year — probably helped his mood (it's a nice space and it gives the whole thing a really "pro" vibe), but I'm sure the fact that there were actually a whole bunch of people there didn't hurt at all. Seriously, there were probably more people in that room than listened to all of the speakers combined last year. And it's not just college students there for extra credit. We're talking actual adults — people who probably have jobs and shit. A huge jump from previous installments of the conference in terms of presentation and attendance. Nice work, duders.

As for the actual panels, I had barely settled into a discussion of leveraging and monetizing networked platforms of 1,000 true apps made out of belly-button lint — or some other industry lingo-spill that makes the music critic portion of my brain spasm violently — when I got an e-mail from Biz Markie's people about an interview tomorrow. I'm sure the answer to the question "Do country fans use iPhones?" is really interesting (or short), but me and my ADD had to get home and listen to I Need A Haircut. To Jason and the speakers, I apologize for cuttin' out, but I'll definitely be back tomorrow after I talk to the Diabolical! Biz! Mar! Kie!!! (Can you tell I'm having trouble containing my excitement? I am.)

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Time for Cheap Time

Posted By on Wed, Sep 29, 2010 at 1:56 PM

Talk is cheap.

Elusive, “technically” local garage-psych trio Cheap Time isn’t gonna be so elusive when they appear at two of Nashville cool’s flagship record stores in rapid succession tomorrow. The band will kick off this double-header with a free 6 p.m. in-store at Grimey’s before hopping, skipping and jumping over to Seventh Ave. to melt face alongside Cy Barkley, Heavy Cream, The Ettes and JEFF the Brotherhood as part of Third Man Records’ Next Big Nashville festivities — which they’re hosting in conjunction with Nashville’s Dead.

That show almost undoubtedly promises to be the one to define the Next-ness, Big-ness and Nashville-ness of this year’s event. And if it doesn’t, the Saturday night blowout featuring D. Watusi, PUJOL, Turbo Fruits and Jacuzzi Boys will. Bide your time waiting for that prophecy to fulfill itself by watching the videos above and below capturing Cheap Time’s appearance at the 2009 Scion Garage Fest in Portland, Ore.

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Hey, Next Big Nashville Is Starting Today, and Caleb Followill Gets Interviewed Tomorrow

Posted By on Wed, Sep 29, 2010 at 9:10 AM

Fancy boy outfitters
  • Fancy boy outfitters
Back when the ol' Scene actually hit racks on Wednesday, we were able to line our annual Next Big Nashville issue up with the first day of the fest, but since we're a real fancy rag these days — glossy things can't be rushed — our print guide to NBN won't be grabbable until tomorrow. As I lay fingers to keyboard, Next Big Nashville has begun. Folks are getting their swaggy bags (flying disc! Shot of Red Bull!) and wristbands and laminates and lanyards, then sitting down, eating free bagels and looking at their smart phones. And, of course, attending the Leadership Music Digital Summit — the conference side of NBN — which is now under way at the Curb Center.

One thing we didn't get notice of before the paper went to press: Kings of Leon singer Caleb Followill will be the subject of this year's Artist Keynote Interview. That will be at 4:30 p.m. tomorrow (Thursday) at the Curb Center. Try not to get a parking ticket like I did. (At least it had a kind note at the end: "Also, this isn't really a parking space.") Anyway, non-conference goings-on start going on tonight as well, and here some highlights:

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Monday, September 27, 2010

Next Big Nashville 2010: There's an App for That, if You're Into That Kind of Thing

Posted By on Mon, Sep 27, 2010 at 9:56 AM

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If you're going to Next Big Nashville and have an iPhone, here's some awesome news: The NBN app is ready. You can use it to keep track of the schedule, the venues, the bands, the parties and your own personal itinerary that you created, which will sync with the app if you update it on the web. (If you used the Bonnaroo app this year, this will feel familiar, since it's made by the same people.) That is, if you have an iPhone. If you don't have one of these magical devices, I hope you're having fun in the past you can still make your personalized schedule online and then try to remember it for those long, long minutes between not looking at your computer anymore and arriving at the venue. Wait, which venue? What band are you going to see? You forgot? Well, just check your — oh, right. You still have a Chocolate or something, don't you?

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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

PUJOL to Release Jack White-Produced 7-Inch, Live Sets from Third Man Records, Play Next Big Nashville's Dead

Posted By on Wed, Sep 22, 2010 at 8:31 AM

  • Photo: Eric England
When we called Daniel Pujol one of our 10 artists to watch back in February, we were not even joking around about that. Not only did his photo shoot for the Scene eerily presage Anderson Cooper's famously awesome "ceramic cat" moment on CNN in the wake of our little deluge, D.P. has kept on keeping on, releasing tapes 'n' tapes of rock goodness (including his latest, a split with The Little Bear that has so many great moments it's hard to know where to begin) and playing shows every couple of days and sometimes more than that.

And now we find out, as revealed at long last by Third Man yesterday, that PUJOL will be releasing a Third Man Records "blue series" 7-inch produced by Jack White — "Black Rabbit" (already a cassette classic) backed with "Too Safe." (Hopefully you won't have to break open a JEFF record to play it. JK, I think.) This will be in addition to a live EP recorded back when PUJOL opened for Nobunny. So that's pretty awesome.

Now, the new PUJOL 7-inch will be released on Oct. 2, which, incidentally, is also the night PUJOL plays the second of the Nashville's Dead Next Big Nashville showcases at Third Man Records, which we can now tell you about. To the jump!

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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Vol State: Next Big Nashville Needs Volunteers

Posted By on Wed, Sep 15, 2010 at 1:36 PM

Im really just doing it for free Wavves tickets, says Rosie. Hopefully.
  • "I'm really just doing it for free Wavves tickets," says Rosie. "Hopefully."
Feel like getting your good deed on? Need some more hours to fill out that court-ordered community service? (Been there.) Or better yet, want to get some free tickets and sweet perks at Next Big Nashville 2010? Luckily for you, the folks at NBN are seeking volunteers, and there's plenty of time to sign up. Jason Moon Wilkins and the other fest peeps need some locals to fill the following roles:

* Ticket taker/Door greeter
* Stagehand/Production
* VIP party host
* Event Setup
* Cleanup/Teardown

Uh, one of these positions sounds doper than the others, no? I don't know why, but when I see the phrase "VIP party host," I'm immediately reminded of this syndicated, late-’90s/early-Aughts gem. The registration form is here, but if you have any questions, you can shoot them on over to volunteer [at] nbnsummit [dot] com.

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Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Hey Look, the Next Big Nashville 2010 Schedule Is Up

Posted By on Tue, Sep 7, 2010 at 2:26 PM

The Next Big Nashville schedule is live, so if you haven't already pieced together your plans by way of the slow trickle of information that's been leaking from bands, venues and word of mouth, then jump into the big pool, check out who's up against who, start organizing your shuttle-hopping itinerary and save your personalized NBN plan over here. (We hear there's some sort of mobile app in the works, too, but don't quote us on that. This is just the Internet, after all.) Can you see Yeasayer and still catch Elf Power and Wavves? (Yes!) Will you be able to see Keegan DeWitt and Meghan Shahnaz Kabir (formerly FlashMob) too? (No!) Can you make it to see Sam & Tre, Heartbeater, Peelander-Z and Mashville? (Probably!)

I still get thrown, at least for a minute, by the whole Thursday-night's-headliner-actually-appears-on-Friday part of the schedule — it's more of a problem when you select an individual day, as opposed to when you're browsing the overall schedule — but I do manage to still see the shows I want to see ever year, so I guess it's not too hard, even for me. If you start feeling overwhelmed by all the choices, you can also sort by venue, which de-clutters the view. Here's just Mercy Lounge, for example. There do seem to be some shows missing, though — nothing's listed yet for Third Man Records, where we hear Nashville's Dead will be holding down with some of the bands you'd expect to be playing a Nashville's Dead show at Third Man. We're still 21 days out, so I bet that lineup gets firmed up well before then.

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Monday, June 21, 2010

Next Big Nashville 2010 Deadline Today

Posted By on Mon, Jun 21, 2010 at 8:31 AM

Your band will be up against other bands — but only if you submit!
  • Photo: Eric England
  • Your band will be up against other bands — but only if you submit!
The nice people at Next Big Nashville were nice enough to extend their application deadline once, and that was probably more than you really deserved, you procasturbator you. But they extended it anyway. Listen, at some point you have to actually get your awesome band registered, and that point is now, as in today. If you still haven't submitted your application to play Nashville's biggest rock fest, which takes over our city Sept. 29-Oct. 2, then head over to American SongSpace or Festivalus and get that taken care of already.

This festival won't be the same without your band — literally. [NBN]

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Thursday, June 10, 2010

Next Big Nashville and Others to Aid Flood-Affected Musicians

Posted By on Thu, Jun 10, 2010 at 8:00 AM

  • Photo: Eric England
I know, I know, with Bonnaroo fever in full effect all you Middle Tennesseans are already getting as tired of festival news as you are of flood waters. In the event such isn’t the case, here’s a news item about both: regional rock festival Next Big Nashville has teamed up with a host of entities, including NAMM, MusiCares, the musicians union, American Songwriter, ASCAP and SESAC to unleash “The Big Gear Giveback” — a nationwide initiative established for instrument manufacturers and vendors to furnish local musicians who lost their gear in last month’s flood with some shiny new equipment to ease their heartache. It’s like musical FEMA, but inevitably more efficient.

A showcase marking the program's kick-off will go down Friday, June 18, at downtown’s Hard Rock Cafe and will feature Megan McCormick, The Apache Relay and more.

If you lost your axes to the rising waters and would like to apply for assistance, do so by clicking here. If you’re a company wanting to participate, then email biggear |at| americansongwriter |dot| com.

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Tuesday, June 8, 2010

The Worsties to Open For Bon Jovi at Chicago's Soldier Field

Posted By on Tue, Jun 8, 2010 at 12:57 PM

The Worsties
  • Photo by Lauren Miller
  • The Worsties
Bon Jovi, the New Jersey pop-metal hit factory turned Kenny-Chesney-meets-Coldplay adult contempos, may be one of the most perpetually successful American rock bands of the last quarter-century, but they haven’t forgotten their roots. Before a career that saw them reign in regular rotation on Nickelodeon and CMT, they were just some Jersey rats with a dream. Singer Jon Bon Jovi made his entrance into the music world as a studio bitch at The Power Station, and his band cut their teeth opening for artists the likes of ZZ Top and The Scorpions.

Perhaps as a tribute to those formative trials and tribs, or just as an opportunity to give something back for the kind hand fate dealt them many moons ago, the Jov are lending their star power and their stage to 13 up-and-coming bands who are holdin’ on to what they got, with opening slots in eight cites on their forthcoming summer stadium tour. Bands were selected by fan votes via Jovi’s A Super Band Tonight contest. Among those livin’ on answered prayers are Nashville’s own The Worsties, who will open for Bon Jovi and Kid Rock at Chicago’s Soldier Field — home of Da Bears — on July 31.

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