As summer officially begins, the SuperMoon arrives, the NBA Finals wrap up, summer movie season reaches its halfway point, the Supreme Court is out of session, and the dog days of summer approach, there’s really only one question we could have this week for The Wise Guise Roundtable. Read more
It happened every Sunday night there was an awards show on like clockwork. I would log onto the social media service of my choosing, get the popcorn out and revel in the massive party of hate against Taylor Swift by friends and family members alike.
“She can’t sing live!” “We’re so sick of her!” “Can’t she quit acting so surprised when she wins something?” The comments were pretty much always the same, but that didn’t make them any less enjoyable. We’d anxiously await the end of a subpar performance before taking to our 140-character count with the most snarky remarks imaginable.
The love affair was over. There was a period of time in which the whole world fell head over heels for the pop country superstar. Her album “Fearless” was a sales monster and an awards juggernaut. She was honored everywhere she went, and we just couldn’t get enough of this cute Alice lost in an entertainment wonderland.
When you have the opportunity to be in the presence of an icon, no matter who it is, you have to do it, right?
So when I heard that Paul McCartney would be coming to FedExForum a few months back, there was never a question in my mind as to whether or not I would be attending. He’s arguably the finest song writer of the last 150 years, the most successful musician still alive today, and at 70 years of age, still capable of putting on one hell of a concert. This was a bucket list item that had to be crossed off. No questions asked. Read more
First off, let me commend the city of Memphis for what is shaping up to be the best year of live music the city has seen in years, maybe even decades. Between the big name, stadium shows (Elton John, Paul McCartney, Justin Timberlake), the enjoyable outdoor shows (Bob Dylan/Wilco/My Morning Jacket at AutoZone Park, the Live at the Garden series, the Beale St. Music Festival, Steely Dan at Mud Island, the Levitt Shell Summer Concert Series, Dave Matthews at Snowden Grove), and the up-and-coming/indie shows at Minglewood Hall and the new Hi-Tone (The Shins, Dawes, Local Natives, Titus Andronicus, Neutral Milk Hotel), Memphis has gone far and beyond what we have seen in years past in terms of the quality of live music being offered in and around the city. I know that my bank account has seen a hit so I can go to most of these, and that honestly makes me pretty happy. My wife and I, after our recent trip to Portland, OR, discussed what it would be like to live there (or Nashville for that matter) given the constant amount of great live music being showcased. We both agreed that we would probably be broke. So it’s a nice change of pace to have to make such difficult decisions when we pick and choose which concerts to go to. So Memphis, concert booking agencies, local venues… I tip my hat to you all. Thanks for kicking ass this year. It’s been a great one so far and looks to get even better as it goes on. Read more
This weekend, I had the chance to interview an up-and-coming band based out of Austin, Texas. Friendly Savages just released their first full album. They’ve been playing shows all around the Lone Star State and return to play in Nashville, TN at Exit/In this Tuesday night!
You won’t want to miss this Exclusive Interview that will have you laughing and wanting to see them play live, download their album, and just want to be friends with these guys. The band has a great story. They have a phenomenal album. Get on board now!
If you want to listen to their first single for free, go here. If you want to check out their Nashville show, go here. If you want to download the whole album, this is where you’re going to want to go. Trust us!
Check out the whole interview below, discussing the band’s history, their songwriting methods, their dreams, their goals, what’s on their DVR, what movies they’re looking forward to this summer, and so much more!
Sunday evening at the 1884 Lounge, the smaller, more intimate concert room of Memphis’ Minglewood Hall, The Lone Bellow played a sampling of songs from their self-titled debut album to an enthusiastic, albeit slim crowd. The Lone Bellow is a group that I would say is right on the cusp of making it big, maybe even huge, but unfortunately a Sunday night in Memphis doesn’t always produce the best crowd for live music. The night before they played a sold-out show at the Exit/In in Nashville and will be playing another sold out show in Nashville at the historic Ryman when they open for Dwight Yoakam later this spring. It’s a shame that the crowd was small, but I’m sure the band will be back in the future. The crowd size also could have been affected by the fact that they were not even considered the headliner of the show despite receiving substantially more critical acclaim and music industry buzz than the actual main attraction Marcus Foster. (Admittedly I did not even stay to see Foster play, so if he becomes the next big thing in American music, I’ll have to live with that choice.) Read more