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May 072014


There’s a great show at Betty’s this Wednesday featuring Lexington, Kentucky outsider artist Ma Turner, Los Angeles lo-fi rock band Avner Community Band, and locals Cherry Blossoms and Voight-Kampff Duo (Brady Sharp and Stephen Seifert).

Show starts at 10 p.m. Listen to the samples below to see if it’s your thing. More info on the Facebook event page.

Ma Turner, Avner Community Band, Cherry Blossoms, Voight-Kampff Duo
Wednesday, May 7th, 2014, 10 p.m., $5, 21+

@ Betty’s Grill
407 49th Ave N
Nashville, Tennessee 37209

Apr 292012

Photo by Chris Decato

World music superstar guitarist BOMBINO from Agadez, Niger will perform in Nashville on Tuesday, May 1st at the VFW Post 1970! I really have to hand it to CHRIS DAVIS for continuing to organize amazing nights of music in Nashville. Also performing are THE CHERRY BLOSSOMS, and WILLIAM TYLER.

From the Facebook event page:

Bombino’s electrifying jams capture the spirit of resistance and rebellion while echoing with guitar riffs reminiscent of fellow Africans Tinariwen and Ali Farka Touré not to mention rock and blues icons such as Jimi Hendrix, John Lee Hooker and Jimmy Page.

From Bombino’s Wikipedia page:

Bombino was born in Tidene, Niger, a Tuareg encampment outside of Agadez. Following the outbreak of the Tuareg Rebellion in 1990, Bombino, along with his father and grandmother, were forced to flee to neighboring Algeria for safety. By 1997, Bombino had returned to Agadez and began life as a professional musician.

Filmmaker Hisham Mayet managed to track down and record Bombino and his electric band in 2007 during a wedding performance. Those recordings, along with several acoustic performances in the ‘dry guitar’ style, can be heard on the Sublime Frequencies’ 2009 release, “Group Bombino – Guitars from Agadez, vol. 2.” Later in 2007, tensions grew again in Niger and ultimately erupted into another Tuareg Rebellion. The government, hoping to thwart the rebellion in all its forms, banned guitars for the Tuareg, as the instrument was seen as a symbol of rebellion. Additionally, two of Bombino’s fellow musicians were executed, thus forcing him into exile.

In January 2010 Bombino was able to return to his home in Agadez. So as to celebrate the end of the conflict, a large concert was organized at the base of the Grand Mosque in Agadez, having received the blessing of the Sultan. Bombino and his band played to over a thousand people at the concert, all dancing and celebrating the end of their struggle.

While Bombino lived in exile in Burkina Faso, filmmaker Ron Wyman, having heard cassette recordings of his music, decided to track him down. Wyman encouraged Bombino to properly record his music. Bombino agreed, and the two of them produced an album together in Agadez. The recordings culminated in his album Agadez, released in April, 2011 which debuted at the top of the iTunes World Chart.

Tuesday, May 1st, 8pm
VFW Post 1970
7220 Charlotte Pike, Nashville, Tennessee

8 pm Cherry Blossoms
9 pm William Tyler
10 pm Bombino

Aug 012011

This is a very strong week for experimental, improv, and noise shows in Music City!

Tuesday, August 2nd at Betty’s, catch the dark drone band PHARMAKON (New York)  and harsh noise electronicists DETERGE (Chicago). Watch the clip of Pharmakon below. They remind me of Nashville’s own MASS AT DAWN.

Thursday at Springwater, check out U.S. MAPLE-reminiscent NAMES DIVINE (Chicago) and locals CHERRY BLOSSOMS and TROPHY WIFE. Listen to the song samples at this Names Divine Chicago Deli review. I compare them to U.S. Maple because, well, they sound like U.S. Maple. And no one ever sounds like U.S. Maple. So, that’s a compliment! That same night, clone yourself to Betty’s for the glorious return of ex-Nashvillians ANCIENT OCEAN (New York) and SIC SEMPER TYRANNIS.

Head to an in-store Friday at The Groove for local guitar guru WILLIAM TYLER, the aforementioned ANCIENT OCEAN, and one of my favorite local bands LYLAS.

And Saturday? Watch this space for a very special show announcement for Saturday featuring a supremely-talented ex-Nashvillian on loan from New York. (Hint: Not John Bohannon from Ancient Ocean.)

Here’s where you need to be this week. Click the links for the Facebook event pages:

Tuesday, August 2nd

Betty’s, 9pm, $5
Pharmakon (New York)
Deterge (Chicago) -Harsh Noise Power Electronics

Thursday, August 4th

Springwater, 9pm, $5
Names Divine
Trophy Wife
The Cherry Blossoms
T Rust

Betty’s 9pm, $5
Ancient Ocean
Sic Semper Tyrannis
Sparkling Wide Pressure
Clay Cantrell

Friday, August 5th

In-store at The Groove, 5:30pm, free
William Tyler
Ancient Ocean

Saturday, August 6th