Thursday, April 14, 2011

Sound Advice: Linda Heck plays an early show at Murphy's

Posted By on Thu, Apr 14, 2011 at 2:05 PM

Linda Heck
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Linda Heck, once a staple of the Midtown scene, has returned to Memphis to record a new collection of songs with Doug Easley at the control panel. Her band is comprised of primo bassist John McClure, Beat Generation drummer Kurt Ruleman, and Memphis ex-pat/multi-instrumentalist James Enck AKA Jimi Inc. (Grundies, BumNotes). This excellent track—"How About You"— also features Memphis Symphony Orchestra string player Jonathan Kirkscey on cello.

Heck, who currently lives in Sewannee, TN is playing an early show at Murphy's on Friday, April 15. 8:00 p.m. I asked her and Enck, who lives in London, one question:

Neither of you live here any more, but Memphis is still the locus of your identity as musicians and Linda always describes the music as Memphis music. So how, exactly, does one make Memphis music from Sewanee and London?

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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Langhorne Slim at the Hi-Tone Café

Posted By on Wed, Apr 13, 2011 at 10:10 AM

Roots-rocker Langhorne Slim has a way with classic hooks. Whether shading into alt-country, Dylanesque folk-rock, Celtic-style drinking songs, or street-corner soul, his songcraft often clicks and his vocally delivery is richly active. Only later, after bobbing along with him, do you wonder if the songs suggest more than they deliver. But there are worse things in pop music than rousing surfaces that don't run quite as deep as you'd like. And, in concert, energy and hooks might be enough. A former tour-mate with Memphis faves Lucero, Langhorne Slim has made Memphis a semi-regular tour stop over the past few years. He returns this week, along with Oklahoma-bred songwriter Samantha Crain. Langhorne Slim plays the Hi-Tone Café Monday, April 18th. Doors open at 9 p.m. Admission is $10.

Chris Herrington

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Win Foo Fighters Tickets

Posted By on Sun, Apr 10, 2011 at 11:59 AM

Enter here for your chance to win a pair of tickets to see the Foo Fighters in concert at FedExForum on Friday, May 20th with Motörhead and Biffy Clyro.

We're giving away a pair of tickets each Friday until the show. Each week is a different drawing and you can enter as many times as you like, as often as you like. Winners will be notified by email on the morning of each drawing.

Here are the dates for the weekly drawings:
Friday, April 15th
Friday, April 22nd
Friday, April 29th
Friday, May 6th
Friday, May 13th

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Thursday, April 7, 2011

Sound Advice: The Atomic Duo play Two Stick in Oxford

Posted By on Thu, Apr 7, 2011 at 1:01 PM

The Atomic Duo was probably my favorite discovery at this year's Folk Alliance conference. Openly—and hilariously—subversive this pair explores the roots and branches of American music while functioning as "a fully-committed Left Wing protest band." I'd wanted to share a video clip I took of the duo performing the Gil Scott Heron song "Whitey on the Moon," as though it might have been written by Scott Joplin, but apparently I didn't save it. So you'll have to settle for checking out what I did keep, Joplin's "New Rag" and...

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Saturday, April 2, 2011

MLK Movie "Memphis" in Trouble

Posted By on Sat, Apr 2, 2011 at 11:36 AM

It's a couple days before the 43rd anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., and the reality of making a great King movie seems ever elusive.

Back in February we shared news from Deadline that Universal had given the go-ahead on a Paul Greengrass-helmed King movie called Memphis.

Well, never mind about that.

Deadline is reporting now that Universal has pulled out of producing the film. Memphis, which was to begin production this summer, is left looking for a new financier.

Universal says the decision is due to timing and concerns the film wouldn't be ready for release by MLK weekend in 2012. Deadline wonders, though, if the real reason is objections from the King estate, which is working with the studio Dreamworks on a rival King biopic. That "authorized" film is written by Ronald Harwood (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, The Pianist, Cry, the Beloved Country). The King estate, Deadline says, "might go public with its displeasure over Greengrass' script, which could have hurt the film's theatrical prospects."

Greengrass is looking for a new financial backer. Screen Junkies thinks the city of Memphis should chip in.

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