Memphis Sense of Place: David Dye’s top five music venues

Wild Bill's

Here is a variety of clubs and theaters to check out on your Memphis trip.  The New Daisy is a large (1000+) showcase theater.  Wild Bill’s is a late night Juke Joint that is hard to find anywhere else. Minglewood Hall and Young Avenue Deli will give you an idea of what is happening with young bands. And The Mud Island Ampitheater is a seasonal venue in the middle of the Mississippi. Continue reading →


Just Announced: Jim James releasing solo album, playing Johnny Brenda’s on 2/18

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My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James has a cool, eclectic solo album coming out next month called Regions of Light and Sound of God. With its haunting electronic tones and subdued arrangements, it most closely recalls the work he did with My Morning Jacket on 2006’s Z – and I’m thinking it will sound positively stunning in the cozy confines of Johnny Brenda‘s on February 18. Tickets go on sale this Friday, January 18, at noon. Below, listen to “A New Life” from Regions of Light and Sound of God, which is out on ATO Records on February 5th.


Tweet of the Moment: Dude who was in a little band called Nirvana is digging on Bleeding Rainbow

For some musicians, getting to meet one of your musical icons is more than enough. But having one of them say enjoy the the art you’re creating? Holy cow. Or, as Bleeding Rainbow put it when Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic tweeted about them last night, “!!!!!!!!&;$;&3’cidndncbbdn!!@.!:8/&:!;!!n?!?!!!!!!!!???!

It was pretty straightforward; Novoselic simply said “I like this band – Bleeding Rainbow” and linked to their Waking Dream 7″ on Bandcamp. But as anybody who has listened to music in the last 20 years knows, that’s a badass endorsement to have. Bleeding Rainbow manager Dryw Scully Instagrammed the tweet, saying “I never repost. But holy shit @rainbowbleeding that dude played bass in a band called Nirvana..” True that.

Bleeding Rainbow’s full-length Yeah Right is out on January 29 on Kanine Records, by the way, and it rules hard. Check out the video for “Drift Away” below.


Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Wailers at World Cafe Live, American Babies at Johnny Brenda’s

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Legendary reggae group The Wailers will perform Bob Marley’s 1979 album Survival in-full at World Cafe Live tonight.  The release of Survival followed criticism of Marley’s previous record Kaya for being too easy-going and non-influential in subject, which may have played a part in Survival‘s unmistakable call-to-action message for African unity.  Since Marley’s death in 1981, The Wailers have performed with Sting, Carlos Santana, Stevie Wonder and others, with bass player Aston “Family Man” Barrett leading the group alongside singer Koolant.  Tickets and information for tonight’s all-ages show with special guest and Wailers historian Roger Steffens can be found here.  Below, watch The Wailers perform “Zimbabwe” from Survival with Bob Marley.

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My Morning Download: “Don’t Matter To Me” by KaiL Baxley

One of our favorite new recent discoveries is Los Angeles based singer-songwriter KaiL Baxley. On March 19th Baxley will release Heatstroke/The Wind and The War. Baxley grew up in South Carolina where he got to know James Brown and was an amateur boxer. He got bit by the music bug when he was a senior in high school, honing his craft and recording his double EP debut. Baxley was recently chosen by World Cafe host David Dye for World Cafe: Next emerging artist series that you can listen to here. Below, download “Don’t Matter To Me.” Pre-order the record here.