Thursday, December 31, 2015

Weekend Roundup 48: New Year's Eve Edition

Posted By on Thu, Dec 31, 2015 at 3:48 PM

Gregg Allman plays the Horseshoe on Sunday, January 3rd.
  • Gregg Allman plays the Horseshoe on Sunday, January 3rd.

Happy New Year's Eve and welcome to the 48th Edition of my Weekend Roundup. Kind of hard to believe I've almost done this thing 50 times now...

This week's list includes an extra day because there are a lot of New Year's Eve concerts worth mentioning, and not a whole lot going on tomorrow. Ring in the new year with some live music, recover tomorrow, and get back at it on Saturday. 

Thursday, December 31st - New Year's Eve.
Davis Coen, 6:30 p.m. at Lafayette's Music Room.

Dead Soldiers w/ China Gate & HEELS 9 p.m. at The Hi-Tone, $15
Black Lodge presents: THE NEW YEARS EVIL PARTY with Devil Train, The Incredible Hook, and Shamefinger, 9 p.m. at the Buccaneer, $10.

12TH PLANET, With Special DJ Guests: EPIC JJ WILSON SCOTTY B 9 p.m. at the New Daisy, $15-$35.
Marcella and her Lovers, 10:30 p.m. at Bar DKDC, $5.

Friday, January 1st.

Saturday, January 2nd.
ZaFest 2, 7 p.m. at The Hi-Tone, $7.

Aquarian Blood & Buck Biloxi, 9 p.m. at the Buccaneer Lounge, $5.

Graham Winchester Band, 9 Lafayette's music room.

DJs Andrew McCalla and Dark Allie, 10:30 p.m. at Bar DKDC, $5.

Sunday, January 3rd.
The Motel Mirrors, 8 p.m. at Lafayette's Music Room. 
Gregg Allman, 8 p.m. at The Horseshoe Casino, prices vary.

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Wednesday, December 30, 2015

(Some of Andrew Earles') Top Non-Local Albums of 2015

Posted By on Wed, Dec 30, 2015 at 10:24 PM

Screaming Females.
  • Screaming Females.

This list is in not in order or ranked..for what it's worth (a lot, actually). - Andrew Earles

MEAT WAVE Delusion Moon (SideOneDummy) 

SCREAMING FEMALES Rose Mountain (Don Giovanni Records)

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Friday, December 25, 2015

Weekend Roundup 47: Jack Oblivian, Devin Crutcher, Preauxx

Posted By on Fri, Dec 25, 2015 at 7:02 AM


Happy Holidays and welcome to the 47th edition of my Weekend Roundup. There isn't a bunch going on this weekend (maybe because of this weird thing called Christmas), but there are still some shows worth checking out over the holiday break. Let this Kinks song about roughing up Father Christmas get you in the holiday spirit. 

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Monday, December 21, 2015

Al Kapone's Christmas Jam

Posted By on Mon, Dec 21, 2015 at 12:57 PM

Al Kapone plays the Hi-Tone this Wednesday night.
  • Al Kapone plays the Hi-Tone this Wednesday night.

Al Kapone will host a Christmas jam this Wednesday night (December 23rd) at the Hi-Tone. Performers include Al Kapone, Lil Wyte, Frayser Boy, Lil Riah, Key Money, Ashton Riker, Young AJ Do It, Tune C, Wala Wyse, Tre$, Tori Who Dat, and Hillboy. That's a pretty stacked lineup. The show kicks off at 9 p.m. and admission is $12 at the door, or bring two canned good items and get in for $10. Check out the classic Frayser Boy track from the Hypnotize Minds album Me Being Me below.

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Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Weekend Roundup 46: Holiday Party Edition

Posted By on Wed, Dec 16, 2015 at 3:12 PM

Christmas is almost upon us. Here is everywhere you need to be this weekend, with an extra BONUS day for maximum party potential. 

Thursday, December 17th.
Dead Soldiers, Kodiak Farmboys, 7 p.m. at Lafayette's Music Room.
Gottem, Pictures of Vernon, Johnny Lowebow, 7 p.m. at Murphy's, $5.

Brillz, Party Favor, 8 p.m. at the New Daisy, 15.  
Mama Fest featuring Graham Winchester, Hail Maria! and more, 9 p.m. at The Buccaneer, donations accepted. 

Friday, December 18th.
Intronaut, Xebrula, and Prophasis, 9 p.m. at the Hi-Tone big room, $10.
5 & Dime Christmas Party featuring Switchblade Kid, Ben Abney & Tony Manard, Rickie and Aimee, and Kiljoy, 9 p.m. at Murphy's, $5.
Graham Winchester, 10:30 Lafayette's Music Room, 

Arizona Akin, 9 p.m. at The Hi-Tone, Small Room, $5.

Nick Black, 10 p.m. at Lafayette's Music Room.

Saturday, December 19th.
Mason Jar Fireflies, 6:30 p.m at Lafayette's Music Room.
Lucero Family Christmas, 7 p.m. at Minglewood Hall, prices vary.
Goner Records Christmas Party featuring DJ Alix Brown, 9 p.m. at Bar DKDC.

Suplecs, Powers That Be, Devil's Right Hand, 9 p.m. at The Buccaneer, $5.

Sunday, December 20th.
Christmas with India Arie, Jonathan McReynolds, 8 p.m. at Minglewood Hall, $35.
Chaulkies, 8 p.m. at Lafayette's Music Room. 

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Tuesday, December 15, 2015

The Sword at the 1884 Lounge

Posted By on Tue, Dec 15, 2015 at 11:26 AM

  • Brian Tamborello
  • The Sword

Austin TX's The Sword came together at the beginning of the last decade as a hybrid of doom metal, first-wave thrash metal like Slayer, late-70s classic New Wave of British Heavy Metal (Iron Maiden, etc), and what was then being called "stoner metal," though that term has proven its uselessness as time went on. With a tenacious work ethic and great, pounding live show that often transcends what the band is able to offer on record, The Sword eclipsed the success of many of its contemporaries and became a self-sustaining unit seemingly built for the live arena. After playing together for a couple of years and releasing two demos and an EP titled Freya in 2004, The Sword was signed by NYC's Kemado Records (parent label of Mexican Summer Records) on a recommendation by Lamb of God guitarist Mark Morton, and this initiated a long and fruitful relationship that saw The Sword release four full lengths, contribute several songs to various versions of Guitar Hero as well as two special heavily-promoted one-offs for the Volcom label and iTunes.The Sword has also toured the world with Lamb of God, Lucuna Coil, Witchcraft (with whom the band shared a split EP), Machine Head, ...and You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead, Clutch and eventually Metallica, who the band supported for two tours in 2010. The band's more hard-rock oriented conceptually-based third album, Warp Riders,  sold 9000 copies in its first week and peaked at #47 on the Billboard 200 album charts. 

In early 2012 The Sword switched labels and signed a multi-album deal with Razor & Tie Records. It's fourth album, 2012's Apocryphon, debuted at #17 on the Billboard 200 and was produced by Jawbox/Burning Airlines founder and notable knob-twirler J. Robbins. The Sword also released its own hot sauce during this period, known as Tears of Fire, as well as two lines of its own craft beer, Winter Wolves Beer and Iron Swan. The Sword released its fifth album in August of this year, titled High Country, and then embarked on doing what it does best, hitting stages the world over, which will bring things to Minglewood Hall tonight. 
Opening for The Sword will be Atlanta, GA's excellent Royal Thunder, a hard-rock/metal/blues-rock/prog-rock band fronted by the distinctly haunting vocals of singer Miny Parsonz. Doors: 8:00pm Show starts at 9:00pm and admission is  $20 - $22.

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Friday, December 11, 2015

Weekend Roundup 45: Marcella Simien, Dirty Streets, Gringos

Posted By on Fri, Dec 11, 2015 at 11:53 AM

Gringos play the Buccaneer on Sunday, December 13th.
  • Gringos play the Buccaneer on Sunday, December 13th.

Welcome to the 45th edition of my Weekend Roundup! The year is winding down but the shows are still going strong, even if this list is a little less lengthy than what you've grown accustomed to. Skip that weird holiday party you reluctantly agreed to attend and instead go support local music! Here are my recommendations for your music weekend. 

Friday, December 11th.
The Maitre D's, 6 p.m. at Stax, $10. 

Backup Planet, Agori Tribe, 8 p.m. at Minglewood Hall, $7-$10.
Golden Pelicans, 9 p.m. at the Lamplighter, $8.
Schicke and the Shamans,10 p.m. at the Buccaneer, $5.

Marcella and her Lovers, 10:30 p.m at Bar DKDC, $5.

Saturday, December 12th.

Dirty Streets album release with Jack Oblivian & The Sheiks, 9 p.m. at the Hi-Tone, $10.
Naughty Professor, 10 p.m. at Lafayette's Music Room.

Sunday, December 13th.
Memphis Grilled Cheese Fest benefiting Alive Rescue Memphis featuring Banditos and Dead Soldiers, 12 p.m. at the Hi-Tone.
Gringos and Buldgerz, 4 p.m. at The Buccaneer, free.
Motel Mirrors, 8 p.m. at Lafayette's Music Room.

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Wednesday, December 9, 2015

The Maitre D's at Stax

Posted By on Wed, Dec 9, 2015 at 10:20 AM


The Maitre D's are Memphis' only Booker T and The MG's cover band, and the group features long time Memphis musicians like Joe Restivo and Graham Winchester. On Friday, December 11th, the band will be performing classics from the Booker T and MG's Christmas Album with special Stax Records guests sitting in on the performance. DJ's Zac Ives  and Eric Plumley will spin some soulful holiday tracks before and after the set. Check out the classic Booker T and the MG's Christmas album below, then get to Stax Records this Friday by 6 p.m.. Admission is $10, or bring a non-perishable item for the Mid-South Food Bank for half-off the door price. Nothing quite says Christmas in Memphis like holiday music at Stax!

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Friday, December 4, 2015

The 59th Anniversary of the Million Dollar Quartet

Posted By on Fri, Dec 4, 2015 at 12:36 PM

The Million Dollar Quartet was formed on this day in 1956.
  • The Million Dollar Quartet was formed on this day in 1956.

On December 4th, 1956, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins sat down at Sun Studios and created one of the most iconic recording sessions in rock-n-roll history. The quartet cranked out an enormous amount of songs at Sun, making for an in-depth look at the music that inspired these unforgettable American songwriters.

Sun Studios tells us more:

"Elvis Presley was home for Christmas. Thirteen months earlier, Sun president Sam Phillips had peddled Elvis' contract to RCA, and invested the proceeds in Cash and Perkins. 1956 had been a year of redemption for them all. Elvis was the most celebrated, vilified, and polarizing personality in American entertainment. One out of every two records that RCA had pressed that year was an Elvis record. Carl Perkins was trying to recapture the success he'd found in the early months of 1956 with "Blue Suede Shoes." 

Johnny Cash had given up his job selling home appliances shortly before Christmas 1955, and his early records, like "I Walk the Line," had become pop and country smashes. Jerry Lee Lewis' first record had been out just three days on December 4, 1956, and he was desperate to join the company in which he now found himself. He was certain that he would soon eclipse them all."

Listen to the entire Million Dollar Quartet recordings below.

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Thursday, December 3, 2015

Weekend Roundup 44: Alexis Grace, Ruby Rose, Lovedrug

Posted By on Thu, Dec 3, 2015 at 4:33 PM

Lovedrug play the Hi-Tone on Sunday, December 6th.
  • Lovedrug play the Hi-Tone on Sunday, December 6th.

Welcome to the 44th edition of my Weekend Roundup. Things get started early at Lafayette's Music Room on Friday and don't stop until late Sunday night. From modern rock to thrash metal, there's something for just about everyone on this list. Let's get it on. 

Friday, December 4th.
Alexis Grace, 6:30 p.m. at Lafayette's Music Room.
The Sisters Sweet, Scottie Spiegelman, 8 p.m. at Otherlands, $8.

Rev. Neil Down with Richard James & Johnny Ciaramitaro, 9 p.m. at the Hi-Tone, $7.
Evil Army, No Comply, Party Plates, Manateees, 10 p.m. at Murphy's.
Graham Winchester Band, 10:30 p.m. at Lafayette's Music Room. 

Saturday, December 5th.
Jason Middlekauff, 5 p.m.  at the Memphis Made Tap Room.
Three Doors Down, 7 p.m. at the Horseshoe Casino Tunica, prices vary.

The Warp and the Weft, 8 p.m. at Otherlands, $8.

MEMPHOP JAMROCK with Chinese Connection Dub Embassy, 9 p.m. at the Hi-Tone Cafe, $5.

Special Shoes CD Release, 9 p.m. at Murphy's, $5.

Magnolia Sons, 10 p.m. at Lafayette's Music Room.
Ruby Rose, Dave Aude, 10:30 p.m. at the New Daisy, $20-$35

Sunday, December 6th.
The Hebrew Hillbilly: Fifty Shades of Oy Vey! 7 p.m. at the Center for Southern Folklore, prices vary. 

The Saddest Landscape, Vattnet Viskar, Greyscale 9 p.m. at the Hi-Tone Small Room, $10.

Lovedrug with the Incredible Hook, Other Stories 9 p.m. at The Hi-Tone  Big Room, $10.

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Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Midweek Music: Kylesa, Diarrhea Planet, Liquor Store

Posted By on Tue, Dec 1, 2015 at 1:06 PM

Liquor Store play the Lamplighter on Wednesday, December 2nd.
  • Liquor Store play the Lamplighter on Wednesday, December 2nd.

It's a good week for underground music in Memphis, with metal, punk, and garage rock shows every day this week before the Evil Army record release show on Friday. Here are a few shows to get you ready for the weekend.

Tuesday, December 1st.
Kylesa and Namazu, 8 p.m. at the Hi-Tone, $15.

Wednesday, December 2nd.
Diarrhea Planet, China Gate, 9 the Hi-Tone, $10-$12.
The Oscars and Liquor Store, 10 the Lamplighter, $5.

Thursday, December 3rd.
Sick Thoughts, Aquarian Blood, Gimp Teeth, 9 p.m. at the Buccaneer, $5.

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