Friday, January 30, 2015

Weekend Roundup Part Three

Posted By on Fri, Jan 30, 2015 at 3:34 PM

Jerry Lee Lewis
  • Jerry Lee Lewis

It's time for another edition of the round up. Friday and Saturday provide lots of chances to rock before you become one with the couch on Super Bowl Sunday. 

Hanna Star, 5:30 p.m. at Goner Records.

Will Sexton, 6:00 p.m. at Lafayette's Music Room.

The Memphis Ukulele Band, 8:00 p.m. at Otherlands Coffee Bar, $7.00.

Mighty Souls Brass Band, 8:00 p.m. at The Cove.

Backup Planet, CBDB, 9:00 p.m. at the Young Avenue Deli, $5.00.

Youth Pastor Jason, Gopes Busters, Taylor Loftin, Rickie and Annie, 9:00 p.m. at the Lamplighter Lounge.

Taylor Loftin - Welcome Young Champions (Official Music Video) from Taylor Loftin on Vimeo.

Motel Mirrors, 10:00 p.m. at Lafayette's Music Room.


The River Bluff Clan, 11:00 a.m. at Lafayette's Music Room.

Jerry Lee Lewis, 8:00 p.m. at Sam's Town Tunica, $40.00.

Manateees, Overnight Lows, Nowhere Squares, 9:00 p.m. at the Hi-Tone Small Room, $5.00.

Switchblade Kid, Bruiser Queen, The Leave Me Be's, Brother Lee and the Leather Jackals, 9:00 p.m. at the Buccaneer Lounge, $5.00.

Buck Wilders and the Hook-Up, 10:00 p.m. at Bar DKDC.

John Nemeth, 10:00 p.m. at Lafayette's Music Room.

The Joe Restivo Four, 11:00 a.m. at Lafayette's Music Room.

John Paul Keith, 9:00 p.m. at The Buccaneer, $5.00.

Super Bowl XLIX, 7:00 p.m. on NBC.

Chicago Bears Super Bowl Shuffle - 1985 from ASU Alumni Association on Vimeo.

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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Gimp Teeth Live at Carcosa

Posted By on Thu, Jan 29, 2015 at 6:55 PM

Gimp Teeth live at Black Lodge Video - JOSH MILLER
  • Josh Miller
  • Gimp Teeth live at Black Lodge Video

Gimp Teeth play Carcosa  tonight with Greyscale, Coma Regalia, Wounded Knee and Neev. What exactly is Carcosa? Other than the weird torture church on HBO's True Detective, it's a house in East Memphis dedicated to putting on DIY shows. Check out music from each band below, then get to 1286 Wedgewood Avenue by 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Reigning Sound Live on Beale Street Caravan

Posted By on Wed, Jan 28, 2015 at 11:06 AM


Reigning Sound played the Hi-Tone Cafe last fall, and the fine people at Beale Street Caravan recorded the whole thing!  Check out the hour long set below, and let Greg Cartwright's amazing songwriting help you through the mid-week slump. The music starts around the 5 minute mark. 

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Sunday, January 25, 2015

Flashback Friday: Lou Reed at Ellis Auditorium 1973

Posted By on Sun, Jan 25, 2015 at 4:21 PM


Next week marks over 40 years since Lou Reed played the Ellis Auditorium with Garland Jeffreys. Reed made more trips to the Bluff City after this concert, but seeing the late New York City icon in the early 70's must have been an amazing experience. Check out some of Reed's solo work from that time period below along with a classic Garland Jeffreys track, and If you have flyers, photos, or stories from legendary Memphis concerts for future "Flashback Fridays," shoot me an email.

And while you're feeling all nostalgic, check out this awesome essay by Ron Hall on the artists that came through Ellis Auditorium during this time.

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Weekend Roundup Part Two

Posted By on Thu, Jan 22, 2015 at 7:14 PM

Here's the low down on who's giggin' around town this weekend. 


International Blues Challenge Youth Showcases and the IBC Semi-Finals, 5:40 p.m. at The New Daisy Theater, $15.00
Future and Friends, 8:00 p.m. at Minglewood Hall, $40.00.

Suavo J. and 88 Bones, 9:00 p.m. at Lafayette's Music Room.

Ex-Cult and Cities Aviv, 9:00 p.m. at The Hi-Tone Cafe Small Room, $10.00.

Graham Winchester, 10:00 p.m. at the Young Avenue Deli.

International Blues Challenge All-Star Jam with John Richardson, Sean Carney, and more, 11:40 p.m. at The New Daisy Theater, $15.00.


The River Bluff Clan, 11:00 a.m. at Lafayette's Music Room.

The Bluff City Backsliders, 9:00 p.m. at Bar DKDC. $5.00.

King Tuff, Ex Hex and Liquid Teens, 8:00 p.m. at the Hi-Tone, $15.00.

True Sons of Thunder, Choke Chains and Legpit, 9:00 p.m. at Buccaneer Lounge, $5.00.


The Joe Restivo Four, 11:00 a.m. at Lafayette's Music Room. 

The Northern Lights Tour, 8:00 p.m. at the Hi-Tone Cafe, $12.00
Jeremy Green, Elizabeth Wise and Luke White, 10:00 p.m. at The Buccaneer Lounge, $5.00.
Memphis Blues Society Jam, 7;00 p.m. at the Rum Boogie Cafe.

Delta Joe Sanders and Mark Edgar Stuart, 7:00 p.m. at Lafayette's Music Room.

Buckles and Boots, 8:30 p.m. at Lafayette's Music Room.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Reserving Dirtnaps at the Hi-Tone Tomorrow Night

Posted By on Tue, Jan 20, 2015 at 11:40 AM

Slam Dance your way through the work week with Reserving Dirtnaps, a local hardcore band playing the Hi-Tone Cafe this Wednesday night. Joining Reserving Dirtnaps is Vice from New York City, Terminal Nation from Little Rock and Knocked Loose from Louisville. Fans of music that can be enjoyed while sitting down may want to sit this one out. Check out Reserving Dirtnaps self-titled CD below, then get to the Hi-Tone by 9:00 p.m. Wednesday night. $5.00 at the door.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Weekend Roundup

Posted By on Fri, Jan 16, 2015 at 12:13 PM

Trying to check out some live music tonight? There are lots of chances to rock before the MLK holiday, and we've got you covered with tons of concerts all weekend long. 

Will Graves, 6:00 p.m. at Lafayette's Music Room.

John Paul Keith, 9:00 p.m. at Lafayette's Music Room.

Doug Strahan and the Good Neighbors, 9:00 p.m. in the Hi-Tone Small Room, $5.00.

Aquarian Blood, Natural Child, and The Sheiks, 9:00 p.m. at the Buccaneer Lounge, $5.00. 


Singa Bromfield, 6:00 p.m. at Lafayette's Music Room.

American Fiction, 9:00 p.m. at Lafayette's Music Room.

The Black Jacket Symphony preforms Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon, 7:00 p.m. at Minglewood Hall, $25.00.

Orion, Werwulf and Hombres, 9:00 p.m. at the Buccaneer Lounge, $5.00.

James and the Ultrasounds, Maitre D's and Mark Edgar Stuart, 9:00 p.m. at the Young Avenue Deli, $10.00.

The Joe Restivo Four, 11:00 a.m. at Lafayette's Music Room.

Bluff City Backsliders, 4:00 p.m. at Lafayette's Music Room.

Ross Rice Band, 7:30 p.m. at Lafayette's Music Room.

Jason Da Hater, 9:00 p.m. at the Hi-Tone, $5.00.

Banned Anthem, Two Houses and Strengths, 9:00 p.m. at Murphy's, $5.00

Dead Soldiers, 9:00 p.m. at the Buccaneer, $5.00.

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Thursday, January 15, 2015

Cities Aviv House Show

Posted By on Thu, Jan 15, 2015 at 5:22 PM

Cities Aviv plays his first show of 2015 at a makeshift venue tonight, marking a rare live appearance from the Memphis rapper who now lives in New York City. If you're unfamiliar with Cities Aviv, read our feature on him here, check out the songs below, then head over to 1465 Madison Avenue by 9 p.m. RPLD Ghosts and DJ Spaceage open.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Orion, Werwulf, and Hombres at the Buccaneer Saturday

Posted By on Wed, Jan 14, 2015 at 11:37 AM

If you are a fan of the almighty riff, make plans to be at the Buccaner this Saturday for Orion, Werwulf and Hombres. Orion is a newish stoner metal band, featuring William Stull, but a lot heavier than the solo material Stull's been cranking out for the past few years. Saturday's gig will also serve as Orion's album release show, but you can check out a song from the album early by clicking the soundcloud below.

Also on the bill is Werwulf, a rock and roll trio featuring members of Nights Like These.  Stream the band's debut album below, or watch this hilarious video. Hell, why don't you live on the edge and do both?
Rounding out the bill is Hombres, another new band that cranks out loud, fast and heavy rock and roll. Check out a track from Hombres below.
With all these new bands popping up, 2015 seems to be off to a great start! Support local music and head to the Buccaneer this Saturday at 9 p.m. $5 bucks gets you in.

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Sunday, January 11, 2015

Random Review: The Klitz

Posted By on Sun, Jan 11, 2015 at 12:43 PM


The Klitz-Sounds of Memphis ’78 EP (Spacecase Records)

The original all-girl Memphis punk band! This record seemingly came out of nowhere, but is essential for any collector of local music. Recorded in 1978 by Alex Chilton and Sam the Sham, and championed by  Jim Dickinson, how much more street cred do you need? Sounds of Memphis features four tracks of raw and primitive punk rock, including the Chilton song "Hook or Crook" and the local hit "Hard Up."

Pick this record up at any local record store in town, or directly from Space Case Records, but first check out this truly bizarre video featuring Jim Dickinson and The Klitz as they try to answer one of the burning questions of the last century: "what is punk rock?"

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Jack Oblivian at the Buccaneer Saturday Night

Posted By on Thu, Jan 8, 2015 at 3:00 PM

  • Don Perry

Jack Oblivian returns to a familiar place this Saturday when he performs with Data Drums and the Tennessee Screamers at the Buccaneer. In case you've been living under a rock for the past 20 years, Jack Oblivian got his start in The End (Punk from Corinth, MS) before doing time in the Compulsive Gamblers, The Knaughty Knights, The Oblivians and about 50 other bands. Jack practically has the keys to the city at this point and shouldn't be missed, but make sure to get to the Buccaneer early to check out Data Drums (featuring Chuck Vicious of the Oscars) and The Tennessee Screamers. $5 gets you in.  The video below from Rocket Science Audio should hold you over until its time to rock.

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Happy Birthday, Elvis.

Posted By on Thu, Jan 8, 2015 at 11:39 AM

Elvis with Dewey Phillips - COURTESY OF LANSKY’S ARCHIVES
  • Elvis with Dewey Phillips
Whether skies are grey or blue, Memphis has a thing for the King, who would have been 80 today. Let's not think about the movies or the carpet pile.Those are for fools to ponder. His best work was done here in Memphis. At Sun, he changed the world. At American, he reasserted himself into the culture as one of the ultimate honkey badasses of all time. It's hard not to dwell on the lost potential and the genuinely tragic downfall. But under the artifice, there was a hell of a singer.

There are three videos after the jump that find him on his own terms: His first recording was for his mother. He paid for the session himself. The second is the sit-around from the ’68 Comeback Special. This is staged, but it's an attempt to distance himself from the trappings of Hollywood schlock. The King floors his engine on "Lawdy Miss Clawdy." Finally, some rehearsal footage: He's started to slide at this point. But he is enjoying making music, and it's a powerful thing to watch.  

Happy Birthday, Elvis Presley.

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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Memphis Dawls in Paste

Posted By on Wed, Jan 7, 2015 at 12:25 PM

Memphis' favorite dawls, The Memphis Dawls, have charmed cool-kid music source Paste magazine. We're not surprised, given how charmed we are. Yay! 

Memphis Dawls - Skin Like a Cage from Second Light on Vimeo.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Random Review: Native North America Volume One

Posted By on Tue, Jan 6, 2015 at 11:59 AM


Native North America (Vol. 1): Aboriginal Folk, Rock, and Country 1966-1985 
Light in the Attic Records

Native North America (Vol. 1) is a collection of Aboriginal folk, rock, and country made by the indigenous people of Canada and the Northern United States. The collection of songs touch on familiar artists from the time period like Neil Young, Johnny Cash, and Leonard Cohen, but the politically charged lyrics are from artists who have lived through struggle rather than those who made a living singing about it.

The musicians featured on Native North America (Vol. 1) also had limited access to studios and recording time, and because of the political climate of the day, the majority of the albums they were able to create never got the air-time or recognition they deserved. As is normally the case with under-appreciated and undocumented music, many of the albums featured on Native North America (Vol. 1) are nearly impossible to find. 

Touching more on the struggle certain artists on this compilation faced, Light in the Attic says:

"With cooperation and guidance from the artists, producers, family members, and behind the scenes players, Native North America (Vol. 1) sheds real light on the painful struggles and deep traditions of the greater Indigenous community and the significance of its music. The songs speak of joy and spirituality, but also tell of real tragedy and strife, like that of Algonquin/Mohawk artist Willy Mitchell, whose music career was sparked by a bullet to the head from the gun of a trigger-happy police officer, or those of Inuk singer-songwriter Willie Thrasher, who was robbed of his family and traditional Inuit culture by the residential school system." 

"Considering the financially motivated destruction of our environment, the conservative political landscape, and corporate bottom-line dominance, it’s bittersweet to report that the revolutionary songs featured on Native North America hold as much meaning today as when they were originally recorded. Dedicated to legendary Métis singer-songwriter and poet Willie Dunn, featured on the anthology but who sadly passed away during its making, Native North America (Vol. 1) is only the beginning. A companion set featuring a crucial selection of folk, rock, and country from the United States’ Lower 48 and Mexico is currently in production."

Now, thanks to this extensive collection from Light In The Attic, these powerful songs of freedom, hope and despair can finally be heard. The collection is available on both Vinyl and CD with information on both packages below. 

The deluxe 3xLP set includes 60 page book with comprehensive liner notes, artist interviews, unseen archival photos, and lyrics (with translations), housed in a “Tip-On” slip case with three “Tip-On” jackets.

The deluxe 2xCD set features a hard-cover 120 page book with comprehensive liner notes, artist interviews, unseen archival photos, and lyrics (with translations).

Copies of Native North America (Vol.1) are available from Light in the Attic. 

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Friday, January 2, 2015

Reunion Stomp with Buck Wilders

Posted By on Fri, Jan 2, 2015 at 11:55 AM


Local record collector, audio engineer and DJ Andrew McCalla was behind the scenes on some of the best local releases from the last five years before eventually leaving Memphis for Austin, Texas.  Luckily for us, McCalla is back in town for awhile, which means he's got time to throw another Buck Wilders & The Hookup party. If you're into doo wop, northern soul, or rock and roll from the 50's and 60's, then Bar DKDC is where you should plan on being tonight. The party starts at 10:00 p.m. and it's free. Check out the classic video from The Equals below to get an idea of what's in store for tonight.


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