Thursday, July 30, 2015

Skinny's Birthday Bash

Posted By on Thu, Jul 30, 2015 at 3:00 PM

Skinny McCabe - JD REAGER
  • JD Reager
  • Skinny McCabe

This weekend the Hi-Tone will host a two-day, all-star celebration in honor of the birthday of the club’s new-ish owner, Brian “Skinny” McCabe.

After serving as general manager for years at the now defunct Highland Strip nightclub Newby’s, McCabe took over the Hi-Tone last December after forming an agreement to purchase it from the previous owner, Jonathan Kiersky. Since then, McCabe has made few changes to the Midtown club, preserving the aesthetics, vibes and entertainment programming that helped turn the Hi-Tone into one of Memphis’ premier music venues.
“It's been a roller coaster, but not anything I'm not used to,” says McCabe. “It's a lot of work but I've got an amazing cast and crew. It blows me away how so many people are eager to help.”

For his birthday shows (dubbed “Skinny’s Super Sexy All-Star Celebrity Weekend: Birthday Edition”) this Friday and Saturday, McCabe booked some of Memphis’ higher profile acts, including Dead Soldiers, Mark Edgar Stuart, The Memphis Dawls, and Lord T and Eloise.

“I wanted to showcase some of the insane talent our city has to offer to people that may not make it out often. I've also been personal friends with most of these folks for years and really dig the music,” he says.

For a complete schedule and ticket information, visit www.hitonememphis.com.



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Weekend Roundup 27: Ghostface Killah, Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Lord T and Eloise

Posted By on Thu, Jul 30, 2015 at 1:23 PM

Lord T and Eloise play the Hi-Tone this Saturday.
  • Lord T and Eloise play the Hi-Tone this Saturday.

Welcome to the 27th edition of my Weekend Roundup! August begins with a whole slew of high profile artists coming to Memphis, along with great local bands performing all weekend long. Let's get it on...

Friday, July 31st.
Traveller, 7:30 p.m. at the Levitt Shell, free.

Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, Dillon Cooper, 8 p.m. at Minglewood Hall, $15-$200.
The Chris Robinson Brotherhood, 8 p.m at the New Daisy, $20.

Dead Soldiers, Mark Edgar Stuart, 9 p.m. at the Hi-Tone, $10.

The Sheiks, Time, 10 p.m. at Bar DKDC, $5.

Saturday, August 1st.
The Oh Hellos, 7:30 p.m. at the Levitt Shell, free.
Lord T and Eloise, Memphis Dawls, 3rd Base Ninja, 8 p.m. at the Hi-Tone, $10.
Toxie, Ricky and Amy, Chandramama and Sunshine, 9 p.m. at the Lamplighter, $5.
Patti LaBelle, 8 p.m. at the Horseshoe Casino, prices vary. 

Sunday, August 2nd.
G Love and the Special Sauce, 10 p.m. at Lafayette's Music Room.
Lucas Nelson and the Promise of the Real, 7:30 p.m. at the Levitt Shell, free.

Sounds Like Summer, 8 p.m. at the Hi-Tone, $10.

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

KATIEE and Man Control at Amurica Studio

Posted By on Wed, Jul 29, 2015 at 10:33 AM

New York City musician KATIEE plays Amurica Studio tonight.
  • New York City musician KATIEE plays Amurica Studio tonight.

KATIEE is the new project of Katie Eastern, formerly of the experimental rock trio Young People. Eastern is releasing her debut 7", PASSERSBY, via Selfish Agenda on August 7th, and tonight at Amurica she'll be performing with a full band that includes Jim McHugh on bass, Jeff Tobias on saxophone & synth, and Jason Robira on drums.

PASSERSBY, KATIEE’s debut on Selfish Agenda, recasts the expansive clang and clatter of her musical past. Katie was vocalist, percussionist and songwriter for the Los Angeles-based experimental rock trio Young People, who toured for five years and released records on 5RC, Too Pure and Dim Mak. Kill Rock Stars also released her DVD, Starter Set: New Dance and Music for the Camera, featuring her original music and choreography. Locals >ManControl< open the show, so if experimental music is your thing, get to Amurica by 8 p.m. tonight with $5 in your hand. 



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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

The Shoe Birds Video World Premiere

Posted By on Tue, Jul 28, 2015 at 2:11 PM

The Shoe Birds recently released their debut album. - TIM IVY
  • Tim Ivy
  • The Shoe Birds recently released their debut album.

Named after the Eudora Welty children's book, The Shoe Birds are a Memphis/Mississippi based folk rock/pop band that recently released their debut album Southern Gothic on WaxSaw Records. Their new single, "Life on the River”, explores the dislocation of starting a new life in a new place (lead vocalist Adcox moved from the small rural Mississippi town he grew up in to Memphis). For Adcox, the one common thread running throughout this transition was the Mississippi River and how it connects everything. 
The Shoe Birds.
  • The Shoe Birds.


Lead singer and guitarist Norman Adcox had this to say about the song: 

 "The song 'Life on the River' is about moving to a new place that's both familiar, yet distant all at the same time. The video, directed by Patsy Detroit, is a slice of life featuring Memphis as the backdrop. I remember when I first moved to Memphis, the river and its downtown seemed a million miles away from the small rural Mississippi town where I grew up. For me, the one common thread running throughout this transition was the Mississippi River and how it connects everything. I always find comfort in watching the river flow past the bluffs. Sometimes, I imagine it washes away my troubles just like it erodes its own banks, eventually washing the silt down to New Orleans, then out to sea. This song always makes me think about how the Mississippi river and people are never static - and always moving."


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Monday, July 27, 2015

Chain and the Gang at Murphy's

Posted By on Mon, Jul 27, 2015 at 3:13 PM

The impeccably dressed Chain and the Gang. - MICHAEL ANDRADE
  • Michael Andrade
  • The impeccably dressed Chain and the Gang.

Washington D.C.'s Chain and the Gang will perform tonight (Monday, July 27th) at Murphy's. Led by Ian Svenonius (Nation of Ulysses,The Make Up), Chain and the Gang play "minimal rock and roll," or "crime rock" depending on who you ask, meaning that their music is stripped down, to the point, and definitely not for everyone. With decades devoted to underground music under his belt, Svenonius has a cult-like following that comes out of the woodwork any time he decides to make a regional appearance. Svenonius also hosted the talk show "Soft Focus," where he interviewed underground icons like Jello Biafra, Henry Rollins, and Thurston Moore in his classic, deadpan style. Check out the videos below to get a better sense of what Svenonius and his band are all about, then get to Murphy's by 9 p.m. tonight. Advance tickets are available at Goner Records for $5.

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Primitive Man and Valkyrie at the Hi-Tone

Posted By on Mon, Jul 27, 2015 at 2:17 PM

Primitive Man perform tonight at the Hi-Tone.
  • Primitive Man perform tonight at the Hi-Tone.
 
Like any genre that serves as one of the primary colors of musical style, genuine metal (meaning everything but the tenuously-associated historical mainstream embarrassments like hair metal and rap/nu-metal) continues to fracture into a vast spectrum of subsets, and this bill’s co-headliners, Primitive Man and Valkyrie, come from very different places therein. However, one commonality shared here is that both bands are somewhat new additions to the Relapse Records roster, the label itself celebrating its 25th year of metal diversity and reliable quality. 
     
Primitive Man, a trio from Denver that formed in 2012, makes an admirable effort to be the heaviest, most brutal band on the planet. With an undiluted focus on consummate negativity/misanthropy as delivered through an unrelenting mix of death, sludge, doom metal, and harsh power electronics-style noise, Primitive Man deliver on the title of their recent EP, Home Is Where The Hatred Is. As on the trio’s 2013 debut album, Scorn, their four-song Relapse debut shows a proclivity for stretching the sonic punishment into endurance test territory (see the accompanying 11-minute "Loathe" single from the EP), but what a provocative endurance test it is. The band's idea of "breather tracks" on each of these releases could easily qualify as Merzbow or Wolf Eyes' scariest aural attacks, with an extra coating of soundbite/sample depravity. 

Sharing the latter portion of the evening with Primitive Man is Valkyrie, not to be confused with the innumerable other metal bands that have chosen the same moniker. This long-running but sporadically-active quartet is centered around brothers Jake and Pete Adams (both on guitar/vocals), the latter better known for his work as a principal (and remaining) part of the Baroness lineup for the last seven years. Valkyrie has been around since 2002, and prior to their debut with Relapse earlier this year, Shadows, the band has released three demos, three splits with other bands, and two previous full-length albums (in 2006 and 2008 respectively). While Baroness continued to move beyond its origins of pummeling heaviness and crusty His Hero Is Gone/Neurosis influence to a polished but distinct type of modern hard-rock with progressive and psych overtones, Valkyrie is a study in extracting the proto-metal '70s hard-rock out of a doom/stoner-metal template, though both bands share a love of the more prog-rock things in life. Luckily, with so many bands mining the same territory, Valkyrie does have a very strong knack for memorable songwriting in its pocket. Still, next to Primitive Man, Valkyrie feels like the Fairport Convention or Flying Burrito Brothers, and I don't mean that as a derogatory assessment. 

The two appropriately-sterling local openers on the bill are Gringos and Reserving Dirtnaps. Now in the middle of their 21st year, Gringos are currently recording the follow-up to 2012’s excellent Pearly Gates, though format and other release logistics are still TBA at this time. Reserving Dirtnaps continues a busy year of bringing Memphis’ heaviest metallic hardcore in the live arena and riding some certain momentum in the wake of releasing their self-titled debut CD earlier this year.

Monday, July 27th @ Hi-Tone Big Room. $10 Ages: 18+ Doors: 8pm Show: 9pm      

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Friday, July 24, 2015

Weekend Roundup 26: Mary Owens, The Sheiks, Hope Clayburn

Posted By on Fri, Jul 24, 2015 at 12:34 PM

Mary Owen's plays Otherlands on Saturday, July 25th
  • Mary Owen's plays Otherlands on Saturday, July 25th

Welcome to the 26th edition of my Weekend Roundup! Beat the heat with one (or all) of these great local shows this weekend. From hardcore punk to folk rock, there's something for everyone on this list, including a massive benefit show at the Buccaneer on Saturday night. 

Friday, July 24th.
Jason Lee McKinney Band, 7:30 p.m. at the Levitt Shell, free.

Chaos Order, Concrete, Lowered AD, 8 p.m. at the Hi-Tone, $5. 
Ben Callicott, Jack Moran, Will Tucker, 8:30 p.m. at Otherlands , $8.

Zigadoo Moneyclips, The Band of Ooo, Other Stories, The Aquaducks, 9 p.m. at Found Studio, $5.

Maitre D's, 10 p.m. at Bar DKDC, $5.

American Fiction, 10 p.m. at Lafayette's Music Room.

Saturday, July 25th.
Light up the Night, 6 p.m. at the Hi-Tone, $5.

Brad Boswell Benefit featuring Dave Cousar, Deering and Down, Detective Bureau, Marcella & Her Lovers, Devil Train, the Sheiks, Jack Oblivian, Richard James, and Midnight Fistfight, 6 p.m. at The Buccaneer, $10.
Samantha Martin and Delta Sugar, 7:30 p.m. at the Levitt Shell, free.

Air Supply, 8 p.m. at the Horseshoe Casino, prices vary.

Mary Owens, Lauren Moscato, Jeffrey Jordan, Kris Acklen, 8:30 p.m. at Otherlands, $8.
Magnolia Sons, 10 p.m. at Lafayette's Music Room.

Hope Clayburn and the Soul Scrimmage, 10 p.m. at The Cove.
Sunday, July 26th.
Charlie and the Foxtrots, 4 p.m. at Lafayette's Music Room.

Toad The Wet Sprocket, 7 p.m. at Minglewood Hall, prices vary.

Mark Edgar Stuart, 7:30 p.m. at the Levitt Shell, free.
Brawful, 10:30 p.m. at the Hi-Tone, $7.

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

New Music from Cities Aviv

Posted By on Wed, Jul 22, 2015 at 11:06 AM

Cities Aviv.
  • Cities Aviv.

Yesterday Gavin Mays aka Cities Aviv dropped "Here" to accompany an article published by the online magazine Yours Truly. Mays had this to say about the "lost" song: "There was a stint during the making of Your Discretion Is Trust when Quinton [lee] and I would meet with our friend Matt [Qualls] at various locations around Memphis to set up and hash out any track ideas we had at the moment. Matt Qualls has been a friend for years and recorded all of my first material. During the several week period when this track was recorded, the three of us would jump between an empty mansion or a garage to record. 'Here' always stood out because it was one of the last songs I tracked from those sessions and kinda summed up that vagrant era."

Read my interview with Cities Aviv Here.


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Monday, July 20, 2015

One Four Fives Reunion at Lafayette's Music Room

Posted By on Mon, Jul 20, 2015 at 1:33 PM

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John Paul Keith will reunite his old backing band The One Four Fives tonight at Lafayette's Music Room. The band features an all-star Memphis lineup of Mark Edgar Stuart, John Argroves, Al Gamble (of St. Paul and the Broken Bones), and John Paul Keith. The show is free and starts at 8, and according to Keith, this will be the first time the band has reunited in over three years. With Mark Edgar Stuart and John Paul Keith staying busy with their solo careers, this may be one of the only chances to catch The One Four Fives for quite some time. Check out videos of John Paul Keith and The One Four Fives below, then get to Lafayette's Music Room by 8 p.m. tonight (Monday, July 20th). 


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Friday, July 17, 2015

What We Listened to this Week: Leon Bridges

Posted By on Fri, Jul 17, 2015 at 11:35 AM



Leon Bridges might say he's from Fort Worth, Texas, but one listen to his debut album Coming Home and you'd swear Bridges was a product of Memphis and Stax Records. Coming Home, his debut album for Columbia Records, is made up of ten timeless songs that feature an authenticity that can be hard to find in the soul revival that's taken place over the last few years. Sitting somewhere in between Sam Cooke and Otis Redding, Bridges has seen his music take flight over the past year, selling out shows across the United States minutes after tickets go on sale. One can only hope a Memphis date is in the near future. Check out two songs from his debut album below, plus a pretty cool Sam Cooke cover. 

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Weekend Roundup 25: Tyler, The Creator, Loretta Lynn, Widespread Panic

Posted By on Fri, Jul 17, 2015 at 11:01 AM

Tyler, The Creator plays Minglewood Hall on Friday, July 17th.
  • Tyler, The Creator plays Minglewood Hall on Friday, July 17th.

The 25th edition of my Weekend Roundup packs a punch with big name artists playing Memphis all weekend long. From Tyler, The Creator to Ronnie Milsap, there is a little something for everyone this weekend. If you're planning on going to any of this weekend's outdoor shows, remember to stay hydrated!  

Friday, July 17th
Impala, DJ Eric Hermeyer, 6 p.m at Handy Park, free.

Tyler, The Creator, Taco, 8 p.m. at Minglewood Hall, $25-$28.
Motel Mirrors, 7:30 p.m. at the Levitt Shell, free.

Loretta Lynn, 8 p.m. at the Gold Strike Casino, prices vary.
The Zebbler Encanti Experience, 9 p.m. at the Hi-Tone, price undisclosed.

Super Witch, Lookout Mountain Daredevils, 9:30 p.m. at Murphy's, $5.
Saturday, July 18th
St. Paul and the Broken Bones, 7:30 p.m. at the Levitt Shell, free.

Widespread Panic, 7:30 p.m. at Snowden Grove Amphitheater, prices vary.
Ronnie Milsap, 8 p.m. at Horseshoe Tunica, prices vary.
Zigadoo Moneyclips, Highway HiFi, 10 p.m. at the Hi-Tone, $5.

Sunday, July 19th
The Settlers, 4 p.m. at Lafayette's Music Room.

Victor Wainright, 7:30 p.m. at the Levitt Shell, free.

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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Rock For Love Announces 2015 Lineup

Posted By on Tue, Jul 14, 2015 at 2:53 PM

Memphis punk band Nots play Rock for Love on Friday, September 4th.
  • Memphis punk band Nots play Rock for Love on Friday, September 4th.

Rock For Love, The annual concert benefiting the Church Health Center has announced it's 2015 lineup. This year the festival will mostly be at the Crosstown complex that houses The Hi-Tone, Crosstown Arts, Amurica studios and more. Rock for Love continues to be a marquee event for the Church Health Center and in 2014 the festival raised $50,000. 

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Friday, September 4

Crosstown Block Party

Amurica Studios
Mary Owens
Faith Evans Ruch
Couple Skate
Stephen Chopek
Mark Edgar Stuart

Crosstown Arts
Don Lifted
Mancontrol

Co-Motion Studio
DJ Witnesse & Zac Ives

Visible Community Music School Stage
VCMS Student Ensemble
Tooken
Rebecca Davis
Elder
The Passport

HiTone Café (main stage and small room)
Hannah Star
J.D. Reager & The Cold-Blooded Three
Sleepwlkrs
Pezz
James & The Ultrasounds
NOTS
Jack Oblivian

Saturday, September 5 at Lafayette’s Music Room
Memphis Ukulele Band
Deering & Down
Hope Clayburn & Soul Scrimmage

Sunday, September 6 at The Levitt Shell
North Mississippi All-Stars

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Friday, July 10, 2015

Weekend Roundup 24: Human Radio, Todd Snider, Carolina Story

Posted By on Fri, Jul 10, 2015 at 5:37 PM

Todd Snider plays the Levitt Shell this Saturday.
  • Todd Snider plays the Levitt Shell this Saturday.

Welcome to the 24th edition of my Weekend Roundup. Wash away the pain of losing one of the greatest players of the Josh Pastner era with a cold beer and some live music from one (or all) of these great live bands.

Friday, July 10th.
Mighty Souls Brass Band, 7:30 p.m. at the Levitt Shell, free.
Human Radio, Low Society Band, 8:00 p.m. at Minglewood Hall, price undisclosed. 
Pravada, 10:00 p.m. at Bar DKDC.
Vulture Shit, Victory! Victory!, Kiljoy, 10:00 p.m. at The Buccaneer. 

Saturday, July 11th. 
Todd Sniders What the Folk Show, 7:00 p.m. at the Levitt Shell, free.
Nicnos, Losers Way Home, 7:00 p.m. at the 1884 Lounge in Minglewood Hall, $7.00.

Thelma and the Sleaze, Data Drums, 8:00 p.m. at Bar DKDC, $5. (YouTube Thelma and The Sleaze at your own risk.)
Spline, 9:00 p.m. at the Hi-Tone, $10.

Sunday, July 12th. 
Carolina Story, 7:00 p.m. at the Levitt Shell, free. 
4 Door Theater, The Weekend Classic, The Passport, 7:00 p.m. at the Hi-Tone, $10.

Callie McRae, 10:00 p.m. at the Lafayette's Music Room.

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Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Lord Huron and Widowspeak at Minglewood Hall

Posted By on Tue, Jul 7, 2015 at 9:00 AM

Lord Huron play Minglewood Hall this Thursday night.
  • Lord Huron play Minglewood Hall this Thursday night.

Los Angeles folk rockers Lord Huron play Minglewood Hall next Thursday night. Opening the show is Widowspeak, a band that played the Hi-Tone a couple years back with indie-powerhouse Woods. Lord Huron kicks off a weekend packed with folk music, as Todd Snider's "What the Folk Festival" takes place on Saturday, July 11th at the Levitt Shell. Check out videos from Widowspeak and Lord Huron below, then get to Minglewood Hall on Thursday, July 16th by 8 p.m. $20 gets you in. 



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Friday, July 3, 2015

Weekend Roundup 23: Mark Edgar Stuart, Dawn Patrol, Mates of State

Posted By on Fri, Jul 3, 2015 at 3:37 PM

Mates of State play Minglewood Hall on Sunday, July 5th.
  • Mates of State play Minglewood Hall on Sunday, July 5th.

There are PLENTY of chances to see live bands this weekend, no matter what kind of music you're into. Be sure to catch at least a few of these shows in between your holiday festivities. Happy 4th of July music fans!


Friday, July 3rd.
Knox Hamilton, 7:30 p.m at the Levitt Shell, free.


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