Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Norah Jones Ticket Giveaway

Posted By on Wed, May 23, 2012 at 8:00 AM

Norah Jones is coming to Mud Island Amphitheatre on Friday, June 22nd and we've got tickets.

Enter here for your chance to win.

We're giving away a pair of tickets each week on Friday. You can enter as many times as you like and winners will be notified via email. Good luck!

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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

“Duck” Walk Down Beale to Honor Stax Legend Donald Dunn

Posted By on Tue, May 22, 2012 at 11:50 AM

The life of Booker T. & the MGs bassist Donald “Duck” Dunn — a key figure in Memphis music history and one of the rock and soul's signature sidemen — will be celebrated tomorrow, Wednesday, May 23rd, with a funeral procession on Beale Street.

Dunn died at the age of 70 on May 13th while touring in Tokyo. Following a private ceremony earlier in the day, the Stax sound cornerstone will be honored with a public funeral procession on Beale. Friends and fans have made plans to form a second line to follow the procession and will meet at Fourth and Beale at 4:30 p.m.

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Revolve Guitars and Music Opens in Bartlett

Posted By on Tue, May 22, 2012 at 9:32 AM

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Earlier this year, local guitar player/collector and entrepreneur Geoff Albert quit his upper-level management job at a certain local music-retail superstore to fulfill a personal dream: owning his own musical instrument store. That dream became a reality in early April, when Albert opened Revolve Guitars and Music at 5238 Stage Rd. in Bartlett.

Albert spoke to the Memphis Flyer this week about opening the store and his career in the music industry.

Flyer: How did you get into music and the music business originally?

Albert: I have always been into guitar. I studied classical guitar in college and got a degree in music theory from the University of Memphis back in the 90s. I then went to grad school for a while for music history. At the time I was also working in a record store and was digging that, and left grad school to pursue it. I spent 18 years in that business with the last 7 years in multi-store management with stores all over the place.

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Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Film Review: The Avengers

Posted By on Tue, May 8, 2012 at 3:09 PM

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  • Thor and Captain America
The Avengers is an awesome superhero movie. But that’s all it is.

Written and directed by Joss Whedon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly), The Avengers gets the benefit of Whedon’s high creative ceiling, and it manages to bump its head against it, too. Whedon has a sure hand in balancing the narrative needs of an ensemble, few are better with zippy one-liners, and the fun is fun. Those are mostly screenwriting talents. Curiously, considering his involvement, the film is lacking thematically — a notion, briefly examined, that humans are made to be ruled, doesn’t connect. And after pondering the plot, I’m not sure everything adds up from a cause-effect perspective, particularly in the second act.

Whedon seems to be kitchen sinking bits from his best invention, too: The Avengers borrows from the Buffy climaxes from seasons four (a thrilling New York set piece occasionally devolves into the Battle of the Initiative HQ, all cheesy stuntman tricks and pyrotechnics), five (a portal to another dimension is opened allowing monsters into our world), six (a protagonist’s anger threatens to destroy the rest of the team), and seven (the earth craters as a vehicle speeds away, just escaping).

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