Friday, September 30, 2011

Paul Simon Tickets On-Sale Today

Posted By on Fri, Sep 30, 2011 at 9:27 AM

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. today for Paul Simon's October 29th concert at Mud Island Amphitheatre. Simon is best known for his work alongside Art Garfunkel in the ’60s, his solo singles in the ’70s, and his classic Graceland album from 1986. But fans who haven't kept more recent tabs on the songwriting legend are advised not to sleep on Simon's latest album, this year's So Beautiful or So What which, in this critic's opinion, stands with Graceland and the 1972 solo debut Paul Simon as one of his three best albums.

Tickets for the Oct. 29 concert are available at, at Ticketmaster outlets, or by phone at 800-745-3000.

Here's the video for the first single from So Beautiful or So What, "Getting Ready for Christmas Day":

Memphis Heat DVD Out October 1st

Posted By on Fri, Sep 30, 2011 at 9:07 AM


After multiple local screenings and successful theatrical runs all over the region, the long-awaited DVD release of Memphis Heat: The True Story of Memphis Wrasslin' has finally come to fruition.

Officially, the DVD doesn't hit the shelves until tomorrow, but Memphians will have an early opportunity to purchase the film in person later today (Friday, Sept. 30) from 4 - 7 p.m. at the Midtown location of Central BBQ (2249 Central). Memphis Heat is also currently available for order online right here.

The film chronicles the glory days of Memphis professional wrestling and features rare footage and exclusive interviews with the likes of Jerry "the King" Lawler, "Superstar" Bill Dundee, "Handsome" Jimmy Valiant, "The Mouth of the South" Jimmy Hart, and many more.

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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

New Local Film Project Launches Kickstarter Campaign

Posted By on Tue, Sep 27, 2011 at 10:52 AM

Chad Barton and Eric Tate on the set of Am I
  • Chad Barton and Eric Tate on the set of "Am I"

Burgeoning local filmmakers Chad Barton and Eric Tate launched a Kickstarter campaign earlier this month in an attempt to fund their latest project, a comedic send-up of the Memphis film scene titled Lights, Camera, Bullshit.

Barton, the writer/director of Lights, Camera, Bullshit, is currently a film student at the University of Memphis and has already directed three shorts in his young career. Tate (lead actor and producer) is a mainstay of the local film community that is perhaps best known for his starring role in Craig Brewer's The Poor & Hungry.

Both Barton and Tate spoke about the new project to the Flyer this week.

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Saturday, September 24, 2011

Gonerfest Saturday: Reverend John Wilkins, True Sons Of Thunder, Black Sunday

Posted By on Sat, Sep 24, 2011 at 9:48 AM

Day three of the increasingly influential local underground music festival Gonerfest is without a doubt the biggest in terms of numbers, with sixteen acts scheduled to perform at the event's two official venues, and several unofficial/guerrilla-style Gonerfest shows going on all over Midtown to boot (which has, incidentally, been the case throughout the weekend).

Officially speaking, the multi-stage "afternoon rock blowout" at Murphy's gets rolling at 1 p.m. with what might be the best single-show line-up at this year's Gonerfest, including up-and-coming local punks Manatees, "King" Louie Bankston's latest project Missing Monuments, and lo-fi Australian rockers Kitchen's Floor. But for my money, the highlights of this bill are local noise-punks True Sons Of Thunder and second generation gospel-blues practitioner Reverend John Wilkins.

For those still uninitiated: True Sons Of Thunder's live show can be a complete mess, with goofball stage antics abound and the band itself always too loud and teetering on the edge of control . . . which is what makes the band great. True Sons Of Thunder is one of those groups that can steal any show it plays by sheer, skull-crushing force.

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Friday, September 23, 2011

Gonerfest Friday: Straight Arrows, Aquafuzz, The Gories

Posted By on Fri, Sep 23, 2011 at 10:12 AM

Day two of local independent garage-punk label/store Goner Records' underground music festival Gonerfest boasts what is possibly the most highly anticipated line-up of the four day event.

Things get started early with a afternoon blowout and beer bust at the Buccaneer Lounge that kicks off at 2:30 p.m. and features performances by Goner co-owner Zac Ives' new outfit Sharp Balloons, Gonerfest regular Ryan Rousseau, and Austrailian psych-rockers Straight Arrows.

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Thursday, September 22, 2011

Gonerfest Thursday: Ty Segall, Mikal Cronin, Sex Cult

Posted By on Thu, Sep 22, 2011 at 9:22 AM

The eighth Gonerfest kicks off tonight. The event — an annual garage/punk concert series organized by Goner Records — runs through Sunday at a variety of Midtown venues, with the Hi-Tone Cafe as homebase.

Festivities open early this evening at the Goner Records shop, where locals the Limes (5:30 p.m.) and Jack Oblivian (6:30) will play in the store.

The lineup at the Hi-Tone tonight has a decidedly San Francisco bent, with Goner-connected rocker Ty Segall (1 a.m.) headlining and Segall's frequent collaborator Mikal Cronin (10:30 p.m.) — who has a Goner single on the way — also on the bill. Stephen Deusner talked to Segall and Cronin for a feature story in this week's Flyer.

Here's Segall playing the title track from his most recent album, Goodbye Bread:

Also on the bill is a newish local band, Sex Cult (9 p.m.), that also as a Goner single forthcoming. Here's some raw video of Sex Cult playing at the Lamplighter earlier this year:

Full Gonerfest 8 schedule here.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Don Trip brings Cee-Lo aboard for official "Letter to My Son" single and video

Posted By on Wed, Sep 21, 2011 at 9:28 AM

Cee-Lo Green will add his distinctive vocals to Don Trips Letter to My Son
  • Cee-Lo Green will add his distinctive vocals to Don Trip's "Letter to My Son"
I spoke to Memphis rapper Don Trip this morning about new plans for an official single release of his song "Letter to My Son," a strikingly honest custody battle missive for which Trip quietly put up a homemade YouTube video two years ago.

That video started to pick up steam roughly a year later and is now up to over 1.6 million views, with an additional 200,000 views for a video filmed by local director Joe Gotti, which was posted this summer.

Earlier this year, Trip signed a deal with an imprint of Interscope Records and his push from the label will start with the official release of a new version of "Letter to My Son" featuring one of pop and hip-hop's biggest current stars, former Goodie Mob rapper and Gnarls Barkley crooner turned solo hitmaker Cee-Lo Green.

"I added a new hook to the song and we got Cee-Lo to be on it," Trip said this morning, preparing for a video shoot tomorrow in Los Angeles with Cee-Lo. "This is going to be the first thing Interscope really gets behind."

Trip says he expects the new video and single for "Letter to My Son" to be out before Christmas, with his debut album — Help is On the Way — to hopefully follow in the first quarter of next year.

For more on Trip, see my feature on him from this summer, my mixtape-style guide to his releases so far, and reviews of his most recent mixtapes.

The original "Letter to My Son" video:

Friday, September 16, 2011

Oscars 2012: Best Picture Predictions 1.0

Posted By on Fri, Sep 16, 2011 at 2:20 PM

George Clooney in The Descendants
  • George Clooney in The Descendants
It's never not Oscar season here at SING ALL KINDS. Even though the next ceremony isn't until February 26, 2012, our brains don't turn off for this stuff.

In yet another rule change, the academy says they're going to be nominating no fewer than 5 and no greater than 10 films for Best Pic. A film must get above a certain threshold number of votes to make it into the club.

Here are my predictions for the nominees for 2012 Best Picture Oscar, in order of my certainty, from "mortal lock" (The Help) to "looks good and has a pedigree, so, sure" (Adventures of Tintin).

The Help*
The Descendants
The Ides of March
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
Tree of Life*
War Horse
J. Edgar
The Artist
A Dangerous Method
The Adventures of Tintin

*Has played in Memphis this year

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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Contagion: Film Review

Posted By on Wed, Sep 14, 2011 at 11:52 AM

Bryan Cranston, Laurence Fishburne, and Jennifer Ehle
  • Bryan Cranston, Laurence Fishburne, and Jennifer Ehle

Contagion starts with a cough. The cough belongs to Beth Emhoff (Gwyneth Paltrow). Every trained moviegoer knows that any character who coughs is doomed, and Beth is no exception; she’ll be dead 10 minutes into the film. The movie isn’t about her, though. It’s about the cough. And such is Contagion’s power of persuasion that for the rest of your day, and maybe longer, you will look askance at every cough you encounter.

Beth returns from a business trip to Hong Kong with a nasty souvenir: a virus that kills its host in days. Where she got it is a mystery to be solved, and where it goes next is grimly enthralling to behold. With immense skill, the film (directed by Steven Soderbergh and written by Scott Z. Burns) tracks the virus’ passage to strangers in the airport, then to Beth’s family back home in Minneapolis. Her husband, Mitch (Matt Damon), is apparently immune to the virus. Others? Not so much.

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Thursday, September 8, 2011

Win Tickets to Widespread Panic

Posted By on Thu, Sep 8, 2011 at 8:01 AM

Enter here for your chance to win tickets to see Widespread Panic live in concert at FedExForum on Saturday, October 1st.

You can enter as many times as you like. Winners will be notified via email on the morning of each drawing.

Here are the drawing dates:
Friday, September 9th
Friday, September 16th
Friday, September 23rd

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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Win Tickets to Death Cab for Cutie

Posted By on Wed, Sep 7, 2011 at 8:01 AM

Enter here for your chance to win tickets to see Death Cab for Cutie live in concert at Mud Island Amphitheatre on Wednesday, October 5th!

You can enter as many times as you like. Winners will be notified via email on the morning of each drawing.

Here are the drawing dates:
Friday, September 9th
Friday, September 16th
Friday, September 23rd
Friday, September 30th

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