Thursday, November 28, 2013

Sound Advice: Becky Flax at Otherlands Friday

Posted By on Thu, Nov 28, 2013 at 10:47 AM

Becky Flax
  • Becky Flax

Becky Flax is a student at Sewanee. She's a talented guitarist, singer, and songwriter who also makes guitars. She'll be at Otherlands on Friday night.

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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Lafayette's Returning to Overton Square

We talk to the man himself, Lafayette Draper

Posted By on Wed, Nov 27, 2013 at 2:32 PM

Last week, we learned that Lafayette’s Music Hall will return to Overton Square. Loeb Properties has leased the site of the venerable showcase theater to Beale Street Blues Company. Lafayette’s was short lived but looms large in the mythology of Memphis music.

The club was something of an afterthought for Overton Square developers Ben Woodson, Charlie Hull, Buck Doggrell, Jimmy Robinson, and George Saig. The club was named for legendary bartender Lafayette Draper.

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Sound Advice: Tanksgiving @ Hi-Tone Thursday

Posted By on Wed, Nov 27, 2013 at 11:52 AM

You like the punk rock, do ya? Get ready to flip out, mister. Tanks, Special Agent Cooper, and Broken Arrow are at the Hi-Tone on Thursday.


Special Agent Cooper:

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Sound Advice: Yo Gotti at Minglewood Thursday

Posted By on Wed, Nov 27, 2013 at 11:18 AM

Frasyer's Yo Gotti brings the I Am tour to town.

PARENTAL ADVISORY!!!!!!: He says the word "shit." So look out. Lock the kids in the attic.

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Sound Advice: Griz at Newby's Wednesday

Posted By on Wed, Nov 27, 2013 at 10:29 AM

There is something wild about Newby's the night before Thanksgiving. Memphians go away to school and get back together for the first time. It's usually freakin' haywire in there. Detroit's 22-year-old producer Griz will likely whip up some sort of major frenzy.

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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Indie Spirit Nominees Announced, Includes Local Faves

Posted By on Tue, Nov 26, 2013 at 3:23 PM

Tye Sheridan, Matthew McConaughey, and Jacob Lofland in Mud
  • Tye Sheridan, Matthew McConaughey, and Jacob Lofland in "Mud"
The nominations for the 2014 Indie Spirit Awards were announced today, and there are a number of films with local ties in the mix.

Jeff Nichols, brother of Lucero's Ben Nichols, was nominated for Best Director for his work on Mud which was made not too far away in Arkansas and released in Memphis this past spring. Mud is also the winner of the Robert Altman Award for it's director, casting director, and cast.

Short Term 12, which premiered at and won Indie Memphis' Best Narrative Feature Audience Award, received 3 Indie Spirit nominations, including for Best Female Lead (Brie Larson), Best Supporting Male (Keith Stanfield), and Best Editing.

And Nebraska, which also got it's regional premier at Indie Memphis a few weeks, ago, received 6 Indie Spirit nomination, including for Best Feature, Best Director (Alexander Payne), Best Male Lead (Bruce Dern), Best Supporting Female (June Squibb), Best Supporting Male (Will Forte), and Best First Screenplay (Bob Nelson). Nebraska is scheduled for wide release in Memphis on December 22nd.

Finally, The Act of Killing is nominated for Best Documentary. The film had an exclusive screening in October at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art.

See the full list of Indie Spirit nominees at the bottom.

Additional reading, Memphis Flyer reviews:
12 Years a Slave
All is Lost
Frances Ha
Blue Jasmine
Before Midnight
Enough Said
The Spectacular Now
Fruitvale Station
Dallas Buyers Club
The Act of Killing
Blue is the Warmest Color

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Juicy J Makes It Rain on Arsenio

Posted By on Tue, Nov 26, 2013 at 7:20 AM

Memphis rapper Juicy J is probably not going to be on the Lilith Fair reunion. But last night on Arsenio, he made it rain. And in doing so, he helped the audience prove that people of any class, ethnicity, or gender can jump after ones like whores. Good job, studio audience, you are now officially Memphis' bitch.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Concert Review: MGMT at The Orpheum Theatre

Posted By on Mon, Nov 25, 2013 at 4:35 PM

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About 1/2 of MGMT played a sort of homecoming show in Memphis at The Orpheum Theatre last Saturday night. Lead singer Andrew VanWyngarden is from Memphis and went to White Station High School, as you may know. MGMT guitarist (and frontman for opening act Kuroma) is from here, too — VanWyngarden and Sullivant cut their teeth with the ca. 2000 local band Accidental Mersh. And Will Berman, MGMT's drummer, has family here.

The venue was close to capacity, made up predominantly of fans with a 1 in front of their age and those for whom that wasn't so long ago the case. (At age 37, I found myself in the 97th percentile — or, as I was corrected by Twitter friend @meghanshelby, "If you're over 19 you're in the 99.9th percentile."

The show was terrific in many ways, though much of it can be condensed to: MGMT played about as broadly embraceable a set as they could based on the wide range of types of fans in attendance.

You wanted to hear their big hits, like "Kids," "Time To Pretend," and "Electric Feel?" Score.

You wanted to hear the trippy stuff like "Siberian Breaks" and "Of Moons, Birds & Monsters?" Score.

You wanted to hear material from the new album? Score.

MGMT's set list broke down cleanly, with 6 cuts from Oracular Spectacular, 5 from Congratulations, and 5 from the newest album, MGMT.

You could use those numbers as a guideline and come up with many permutations of set lists, but MGMT elected to play their most accessible material. So they didn't play "4th Dimensional Transition" but they did play "Weekend Wars"; they didn't play "Lady Dada's Nightmare" but did "Flash Delirium"; didn't play the 2nd half of MGMT but did the first half.

The band's musicianship was fully on display, if you chose to look for it. I don't know that you call MGMT a rock band, and you certainly don't in the traditional sense. As such, a guitar's place is secondary to the hooks, noises, and environmental such and sundry produced by Ben Goldwasser. With an ear toward disassembling the construction to pick out the pieces, you can hear it all there, emanating from the stage. And the lyrics and vocals, though not always as conspicuous, are uniformly excellent. (A line like "I hope I die before I get sold" is pretty easily buried among a dozens of others in a song like "Siberian Breaks," but it's no less terrific.)

Set List
Saturday, November 23rd
The Orpheum Theatre, Memphis, TN

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Friday, November 22, 2013

Sound Advice: Patrick Dodd at the Blue Monkey on Saturday

Posted By on Fri, Nov 22, 2013 at 1:21 PM

Dodd + Monkey = GO!

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Thursday, November 21, 2013

Sound Advice: Side Street Steppers @ Newby's Friday

Posted By on Thu, Nov 21, 2013 at 1:42 PM

Hop a train to Newby's and check this out:

Sound Advice: Manhattans at the Fitz Saturday the 23rd.

Posted By on Thu, Nov 21, 2013 at 1:25 PM

Are you feeling under-dressed? It's probably this video of the Manhattans that's making you feel that way. They are at the Fitz in Tunica on Saturday.

Johnny Winter at the Blues Foundation Tuesday

Posted By on Thu, Nov 21, 2013 at 11:35 AM

The Blues Foundation will host Johnny Winter this Tuesday, November 26th. There will be an auction and a meet and greet for top-tier ticket holders. “An Intimate Evening with Johnny Winter” will benefit the foundation’s efforts to finish a new museum and home for the Blues Hall of Fame. The building at 421 S. Main was purchased in 2010. Plans are in place for the exhibit and $1.8 million has already been raised toward the goal of $2.5 million. See an artist’s rendering of the space below this slammin’ cool video of guest of honor, Johnny Winter, himself a 1988 Hall of Fame inductee. Winter is a titan of '70s rock for dang sure. But his depth comes from his long collaboration with Muddy Waters, which earned Grammys and financial reward for both of them. Winter is a certified legend. You can hang out with him by going to and buying tickets.

An artists rendering of the Blues Foundation museum
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  • An artist's rendering of the Blues Foundation museum

Memphians in Oxford American Tennessee Music Issue

Posted By on Thu, Nov 21, 2013 at 7:27 AM


The sometimes-existing Oxford American magazine released its Southern Music issue for Tennessee this week. There are some obvious Memphis names and some that make you think they really know our hearts. The track list kicks off with Sid Selvidge's "That's How I Got ti Memphis." It looks like a great playlist. Local musicians include Motel Mirrors, Human Radio, The Bo-Keys, The Grifters, and Van Duren. Obviously, the old guard makes the list too. Have a look after you read the entire Flyer and patronize at least half of our advertisers.

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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Paul Rodgers "Royal Sessions" for Stax Academy

Posted By on Wed, Nov 20, 2013 at 1:18 PM

Paul Rodgers, the voice of Bad Company, Free, and the Firm, will release an album of tunes cut at Royal Studios called "Royal Sessions." Rodgers cut the tracks with Reverend Charles Hodges on organ, Michael Tolls on guitar, LeRoy Hodges Jr. on bass, “Hubby” Archie Turner on Wurlitzer organ, and Steve Potts and James Robertson Sr. on drums. All proceeds from the sales will go toward local music education, including the Stax Academy.

Shrader and Finney CD Release @ Cove on Thursday

Posted By on Wed, Nov 20, 2013 at 1:18 PM

See our review of the new CD from Jeremy Shrader and Ed Finney. The duo has a release party Thursday night at their natural habitiat, The Cove. Here is Schrader leading a band through his original "True."

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