Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Win Tickets to Robert Plant at the Orpheum

Posted By on Wed, Jun 16, 2010 at 12:00 AM

Enter here for your chance to win a pair of tickets to see Robert Plant at the Orpheum on July 13th!

We're giving away a pair of tickets each week until the show. Each week is a different drawing and you can enter as many times as you like, as often as you like. Winners will be notified by email on the morning of each drawing.

Here are the dates for the weekly drawings:
Friday, June 18th
Friday, June 25th
Friday, July 2nd
Friday, July 9th

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Saturday, May 29, 2010

Sound Advice: Shabbadoo at Nocturnal

Posted By on Sat, May 29, 2010 at 11:30 PM

Joey Pegram, Shabbadoo's musical auteur, is about to pack his bags and leave Memphis to teach art in Jakarta. He says he's coming back some day, but just in case that doesn't happen it might not be a bad idea to visit Nocturnal on Sunday, May 30 when Shabbadoo celebrates the release of its latest LP There You Are.

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Friday, May 28, 2010

Dead Again: Scenes from a Zombie March

Posted By on Fri, May 28, 2010 at 11:15 PM

Once a year people dress up like zombies and take a walk down Main Street for no apparent reason Here's a taste of the Memphis Zombie March 2010.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Lost Finale (Incorrect-Spoiler Alert)

Posted By on Sun, May 23, 2010 at 3:29 PM

Before the last season of Lost started, I made some predictions about what would happen during the course of the season. I was proved comically incorrect, one by one, throughout the last few months. Actually, I got one right — that Jack would replace Jacob, which any idiot could've guessed.

So, in advance of tonight's multi-hour series finale event, why not toss out a last batch of Lost predictions which will be proved hilariously wrong soon enough. This gets the usual spoiler alert: I never read what other people think is going to happen, so these stupid ideas are my own and not based upon anyone else's more informed guesses. If you've never watched the show, the following will read like gobbledygook produced by a noun generator.

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Monday, May 17, 2010

Sound Advice: Harry Peel Benefit

Posted By on Mon, May 17, 2010 at 4:31 PM

Harry & Ryan Peel
  • Harry & Ryan Peel

This Sunday, May 23rd, at 3 p.m., friends and family of musician Harry Peel will assemble for a benefit show and celebration at the Blue Monkey (Midtown) in honor of the renowned local drummer.

Peel, a 30-year veteran of the music industry who has performed with Little Feat, Loretta Lynn, the Oak Ridge Boys, and Greg Dulli of the Afghan Whigs, just to name a few, was recently scheduled to undergo heart surgery and will be unable to work for some time. All proceeds from the show will help defray some of the costs associated with Peel's surgery and recovery.

Performers scheduled to appear at the show include a litany of Peel's longtime musical cohorts, such as Alvin “Youngblood” Hart, John Kilzer, Susan Marshall, Pawtuckets, Rob Jungklas, the Riverbuff Clan and Reba Russell, as well as Star & Micey, Dave Cousar, and the emerging pop/soul artist Ryan Peel, who also happens to be Harry's son.

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Thursday, May 13, 2010

The L'il Picture: Alex Chilton Tribute

Posted By on Thu, May 13, 2010 at 2:42 PM

For the first installment in a new weekly blog feature, where we'll highlight a Memphis-music-connected video clip (or, in this case, clips), here's something of a preview of this weekend's Alex Chilton tribute Big Star concert at the Levitt Shell.

The concert, which Chris Davis featured in this week's Flyer, is a Memphis-set sequel to an impromptu Chilton tribute concert held in the wake of Chilton's death, at Antone's in Austin, Texas during March's SXSW Music Festival. A couple of the performers who joined original Big Star drummer Jody Stephens and modern-era members Jon Auer and Ken Stringfellow at the Austin show are scheduled to reappear in Memphis.

The local Chilton-tribute Big Star concert is Saturday night at Levitt Shell. Here's a glimpse from the SXSW show:

R.E.M.'s Mike Mills taking the lead on the Third/Sister Lovers' highlight "Jesus Christ":

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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Listening Log 08: Drive-By Truckers, Los Campesinos, Vampire Weekend

Posted By on Wed, May 12, 2010 at 4:13 PM

Getting a belated start to 2010 albums with some theoretical comfort food — new albums from three bands who each produced one of my favorite albums of the past couple of years. None repeat the trick here, but one comes pretty close, and one falls off hard.

The Big To-Do — The Drive-By Truckers (ATO): As tends to be the case on lesser Drive-By Truckers albums, bandleader Patterson Hood's grand proclamations — about a faltering economy, a dying music scene, and a couple of domesticated circus performers — fall a little flat here. But he redeems himself with sidelong glances at a couple of mysterious crimes (the unstated details of one will be familiar to most Memphians) and a tough alcoholic's testimonial. As is the case with all Drive-By Truckers albums, less prolific sidekick Mike Cooley comes through some priceless low-rent character sketches (especially the nagging wife's rant "Get Downtown"). And this time out, newish third wheel Shonna Tucker's starkly written contributions provide a more useful tonal contrast. A merely good record from a great band. ("Get Downtown," "The Fourth Night of My Drinking," "Drag the Lake Charlie," "Birthday Boy")
Grade: A-

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Thursday, May 6, 2010

New Venue Profile: Escape Alley Sundry

Posted By on Thu, May 6, 2010 at 1:44 PM


Escape Alley Sundry, located at 651 Marshall, along the famous escape route taken by Union General Robert Washburn during a Confederate siege in the Civil War (hence the name), is a new club/music venue in town that has been turning heads lately with a diverse line-up and unique atmosphere.

The club, which opened in March, is a brainchild of husband/wife entrepreneurs Russell and Jo Wild, features an eclectic, Americana-inspired menu and décor.

“(Escape Alley Sundry) is a little bit of everything,” says Russell Wild. “It's a restaurant, bar, vintage shop, music venue and meeting space. We strive to attract a diverse group of people. Our food consists of simple homemade meals that satisfy the taste buds and the wallet. We have moon pies, classic candies, root-beer floats and many Americana items that bring a sense of nostalgia and comfort to the patrons.”

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