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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Memphis Punk in 1992

Posted By on Wed, Apr 23, 2014 at 2:14 PM

Ever wonder what the underground scene in Memphis was like in 1992? Check out this story News Channel 5 ran back in the day. Heavy, bro...


Friday, April 11, 2014

Goin' Down to Tip Top

Posted By on Fri, Apr 11, 2014 at 12:09 PM

Keith Cooper and Graham Winchester of The Sheiks.
  • Josh Miller
  • Keith Cooper and Graham Winchester of The Sheiks.

Those looking for a summer anthem to serve as the soundtrack to late night parties and questionable decision making need look no further than "Tip Top," the new single from local garage rockers The Sheiks. We recently profiled Frank McLallen for all the hard work he puts into the local music scene, and he told us that despite being as busy as he is, The Shieks are his main focus. Head over to Black Lodge Video tonight to catch The Sheiks in person, and be sure to pick up the Tip Top single that is officially out today to take a piece of the party home with you.



The Sheiks, Moving Finger and Thelma and The Sleaze play Black Lodge Video, Friday April 11, 9pm doors, Free Admission.

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Monday, March 31, 2014

Sound Advice: Hod, Abysmal Lord, Ritual Decay, Process of Suffocation Wednesday at the Buccaneer

Posted By on Mon, Mar 31, 2014 at 11:35 AM

Four metal bands descend upon the Buccaneer this Wednesday to wreak havoc, spill blood and...drink some Pabst Blue Ribbon. If you like your t-shirts black and your metal unforgiving, make plans to be at the Buccaneer this Wednesday night.

HOD:

ABYSMAL LORD:

RITUAL DECAY:

PROCESS OF SUFFOCATION:

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Josh Miller's Memphis

Posted By on Mon, Mar 31, 2014 at 10:52 AM

Future Islands live at the HiTone
  • Josh Miller
  • Future Islands live at the HiTone

You may have noticed Josh Miller's photographs gracing the pages of our music section lately, probably because the man seems to be at every local show in Memphis!

Looks like we aren't the only ones who have noticed Josh's impressive work, he's also been contributing photos to Impose Magazine's Scene and Heard section. Thanks for keeping Memphis on the map Josh! Click here to see More of Josh Miller's work.

And be sure to check out Josh Miller's blog for more rock and roll action!

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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Backstage at Da Mafia 6ix

Posted By on Tue, Mar 4, 2014 at 12:00 PM

Da Mafia 6ix concert last Friday at the New Daisy was one for the ages, with Triple Six and their multiple opening acts all bringing their A-Game. Here are some photos from last Friday's epic concert.

The calm before the storm
  • The calm before the storm

Local Rapper Russ P and crew pose backstage.
  • Local Rapper Russ P and crew pose backstage.

Compton Menace and his crew after a successful performance.
  • Compton Menace and his crew after a successful performance.

Kinpin Skinny Pimp and Lil Wyte pose for a photo hours before show time.
  • Kingpin Skinny Pimp and Lil Wyte pose for a photo hours before show time.

Living Legends! Dj Zirk and Koopsta Knicca get in on the photo op.
  • Living Legends! Dj Zirk and Koopsta Knicca get in on the photo op.

The crowd anxiously awaiting Da Mafia 6ix
  • The crowd anxiously awaiting Da Mafia 6ix

Friday, February 21, 2014

Kurt Cobain Celebrated in Aberdeen...Kind of

Posted By on Fri, Feb 21, 2014 at 10:42 AM

Kurt Cobain day was two days ago, and the grunge icon's hometown of Aberdeen, Washington paid tribute to the late songwriter with the unveiling of a rather bizarre statue. Mayor of Aberdeen Bill Simpson said he hopes the attraction will one day be as big as Graceland. Aberdeen's King Chanel 5 provides some interesting commentary on the festivities in the video below.

"He was a well-known heroin user who killed himself. Not exactly George Washington."

Friday, February 7, 2014

Jake Ingalls: Letterman, Lennons, and the Lips

Memphian on Letterman with the Flaming Lips and Sean Lennon

Posted By on Fri, Feb 7, 2014 at 10:34 AM

Memphian Jake Ingalls is a touring member of the Flaming Lips. Last night, the Houston High graduate and the Lips played "Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds" on the David Letterman Show. The band was accompanied by Sean Lennon. For Ingalls, 22, it didn't seem like a big deal after a few years playing music at the highest level. His band Spaceface has a Valentine's Night show/food drive with Athens' New Madrid at the Sanctuary that reveals strong roots in Memphis. See our Q&A below.

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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

More Steve Selvidge/Hold Steady

Posted By on Wed, Feb 5, 2014 at 10:28 AM

We know that you know that Memphis' son Steve Selvidge is in the Hold Steady. He and they tore the roof off the Hi-Tone a week ago today as the band embarked on a ramp-up tour in advance of their new album, Teeth Dreams, due out in March. Here's what we've said about it all so far:

Fried Here in Memphis
Q&A with Steve Selvidge
Q&A with Craig Finn

All that said, the Hold Steady just released a terrific video about Selvidge, his road to joining the band, and what he brings to their music. It's got Memphis all over it, including mentions of the Bloodthirsty Lovers and the Grifters; check it out if you have a few.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Sound Advice: Waxahatchee at the Hi-Tone

Posted By on Tue, Feb 4, 2014 at 10:36 AM

Katie Crutchfield brings her confessional pop songs to the Hi-Tone Café tonight, with Marcella and Her Lovers opening. Doors are at 7:30 and admission is $8. Check out some live footage of Waxhatchee below.

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Thursday, January 30, 2014

Cities Aviv: Come to Life

Posted By on Thu, Jan 30, 2014 at 3:32 PM

Allmusic.com included Come to Life, the latest from Memphis rapper Cities Aviv, among its featured releases for the week. Congratulations.

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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Preauxx's New EP

Posted By on Tue, Jan 28, 2014 at 12:53 PM

Preauxx Listening Party 022 from Memphidelity on Vimeo.

Preauxx's Die Willing EP will be available for download today on his website. Last Thursday, the New Orleans-born Memphis rapper held a listening party at Ardent Studios in Midtown for Die Willing. The event gave many in the Memphis music community an opportunity to hear what Preauxx has been working on and was also something of a pep rally for his Pledge Music campaign to fund the scheduled spring release of his debut album "Forever. I Will." The larger room with a DJ was a festive party room, while the engineer's booth was where Preauxx curated his new music for critical listening. The new songs sound great, and the whole event was a lot of fun. www.preauxx.com



Thursday, January 23, 2014

Q&A with the Hold Steady's Steve Selvidge

Posted By on Thu, Jan 23, 2014 at 11:17 PM

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For this week's Flyer, on newsstands today and online tomorrow, I wrote a story about the Hold Steady's upcoming show at the Hi-Tone (Wednesday, January 29th, 8 p.m.) and the impending release of the band's 6th album, Teeth Dreams (March 25th). Last week I conducted separate phone interviews with Hold Steady lead singer Craig Finn and guitarist/Memphian Steve Selvidge. As is the case sometimes with print, there was a lot of material from the interviews that didn't make it into the story, or that can be given some room to breathe with greater context. Yesterday I posted the Q&A with Finn. Today, Selvidge is on tap.

Memphis Flyer: What part of the world are you in right now?
Steve Selvidge: I'm on the phone from Brooklyn. We're taking a week to rehearse. We recorded Teeth Dreams last summer, played some shows in the fall, and took the holidays off. Now we’re getting together and playing all the songs on the new record we haven’t played since we were in the studio.

How does everything sound live?
Great. It’s going really well. We played Monday [January 13th] and we took all day Tuesday [January 14th] for photos and played again Wednesday [January 15th] and it still sounds good.

Before the show in Memphis, will you do some rehearsing down here?
We’ll do 3 or 4 days in Memphis working on stuff, then we’ll do the soundcheck at the Hi-Tone, play on the 29th, and go on a 10-day run from there.

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Memphis Music is EVERYWHERE!!!

Posted By on Thu, Jan 23, 2014 at 8:34 PM

On a recent trip to San Francisco, I sat down for breakfast at the justifiably heralded Boulette's Larder. The place is the jernt when it comes to breakfast: crazy view of the Bay Bridge and food on the highest order. I was the first person in the door. If you don't know already, you should wear a goddamn Stax hat everywhere you go. Everywhere. Here's why:

When I sat down and ordered black quinoa with chickpeas and poached eggs (best breakfast I've ever had), my waiter casually mentioned that he had been Isaac Hayes' personal vegan chef. Holy freaking smokes.

Elijah Joy is a vegan food power house. He's cooked for the Hot Buttered Genius, for Moby, and for B.B. King's Blues Clubs. It's no wonder to find him at Boulette's, which could not be any better. Joy and I discussed how important Isaac was to the world and how saddened we were by losing him so early and unexpectedly. Here is his Wikipedia page, which you may read after you've finished all the Flyer copy and patronized a handful of advertisers.

Vegan Chef Elijah Joy
  • Vegan Chef Elijah Joy

Memphis moves in funky ways, even on the west coast.

Think that's enough? WRONG!

Later that day, a Flyer colleague and I took a cab to the Flower Conservatory. On the way, the cabbie was listening to a wicked soul station. Carla Thomas came on the radio. I mentioned that we were from Memphis, and the guy lit up like a Chicks Stadium fireworks display. He CARED about Carla. Our music is a precious export and something for which I will always have unlimited pride.

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Happy Birthday to Box Top Bill Cunningham!

Posted By on Thu, Jan 23, 2014 at 10:00 AM

Read Andria Lisle's 2009 conversation with the original Box Tops bassist.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Q&A with the Hold Steady's Craig Finn

Posted By on Wed, Jan 22, 2014 at 2:18 PM

The Hold Steadys Craig Finn
  • The Hold Steady's Craig Finn
For this week's Flyer, on newsstands today and online tomorrow, I wrote a story about the Hold Steady's upcoming show at the Hi-Tone (Wednesday, January 29th, 8 p.m.) and the impending release of the band's 6th album, Teeth Dreams (March 25th). Last week I conducted separate phone interviews with Hold Steady lead singer Craig Finn and guitarist/Memphian Steve Selvidge. As is the case sometimes with print, there was a lot of material from the interviews that didn't make it into the story, or that can be given some room to breathe with greater context. Presented here is the Q&A with Finn. Here's the full Q&A with Selvidge.

Memphis Flyer: Have you spent any time in Memphis preparing for the tour and album?
Craig Finn: We will be there rehearsing for the four days leading up to the show. About two years ago I was doing some touring on my solo record [Clear Heart, Full Eyes], and [the rest of the band] went down to Memphis and wrote some songs that ended up becoming part of the record. So there’s definitely some Memphis in there, and obviously with Steve [Selvidge] in the band.

What's the flavor of those songs written in Memphis? How does Memphis bleed through in them?
I’m not sure, other than the fact. It would be hard for me to know. The big thing is having Steve, a born and bred Memphian, in the band. He was a really strong addition. One of the big things with the next record is that it’s the first one where Selvidge is involved in the writing and recording. He came in in the process of touring for the last record. That’s a big part of [Teeth Dreams].

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