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Mar 252015



Good news, people. Matthew Shipp and Michael Bisio are returning to the Nashville VFW Post 1970 on Friday, March 27th! Their 2013 Nashville show was cited by many as the year’s top event.

What I wrote in 2013 still applies:

Piano player Matthew Shipp is national treasure, and if you’re even remotely interested in free jazz, you need to be at this show. Matthew was a longtime member of the quartet led by saxophonist David S. Ware (who sadly passed away last October). Matthew has also performed with William ParkerRoscoe MitchellJoe MorrisMat ManeriDaniel CarterBarbara Januszkiewicz and DJ Spooky. He’s known for his wholly original piano-playing style which somehow manages to convert dissonance into harmony. Never resting on tradition, Matthew also experiments in other genres, including contemporary classical, hip hop, and electronica.

Friday’s show is presented by FMRL Arts and also features The Xists, an experimental rock duo featuring Seth and Jocephus Hudson.  Tickets are $20. Doors at 8 p.m. Show at 9 p.m.

Friday also marks the return of Future Night at Queen Avenue Art Collective. This installment features Terror’ishMge, Circuit Benders’ Ball alum Joey Molinaro, and Future Daze.  There will also be art installations by Taylor O’Connor, Mike Kluge, Tyler Blankenship, and Evan Wise. Tickets are $5. Doors at 8:30 p.m. Show at 9:30 p.m.

FMRL presents Matthew Shipp / Michael Bisio and The Xists
Friday, March 27th, 9 p.m., $20
@ VFW Post 1970, 7220 Charlotte Pike, Nashville, TN 37209

Future Night
Friday, March 27th, 9:30 p.m., $5
@ Queen Avenue Art Collective, 178 Queen Ave, Nashville, Tennessee 37207


Mar 252014
Dr. Lonnie Smith. Photo by Jimmy Katz.

Dr. Lonnie Smith. Photo by Jimmy Katz.

This week is absolutely packed to the brim with great shows.

Thursday, March 27th, 9 p.m., Betty’s Grill, 407 49th Ave N, Nashville, Tennessee 37209

Underground free jazz saxophonist Jack Wright teams up with experimental percussionist Andrew Drury. The press release states,

The core of this duo is the depth and originality of the individual voices combined with their intense listening and commitment to the present moment. It is intimate music, often raucous and always adventurous. And it is executed with minimal materials—a couple saxophones and usually, instead of a full drum set, just a floor tom and some percussion accoutrements. Wright is a somewhat underground figure in the U.S., at the same time legendary for giving revelatory performances that reach both experienced listeners and people unaccustomed to free improvisation. Drury works some kind of promethean magic on a floor tom, using it as a stage for a theater of small objects that he charms into producing amazing sounds.

Also appearing are People (Noa Ben-Amotz and Chris Davis) and Onika & Allen. UPDATE: Noise artist/circuit bender Derek Schartung got added to the bill.  More info on the Facebook event page.

Friday, March 28th, 9 p.m., Boheme Collectif, 919 Gallatin Ave., Suite 8, Nashville, Tennessee 37206

Mike Kluge brings you the first Future Night of 2014. This one features the music of The Perfect Hours, Autran, Lust and the Black Cat, and Gay Vibes and the installations of Adrienne Outlaw, Zach Adams, Yospeh Kennerly, David Wright Lagrone, and Dale Liska. The show will feature projections by Devin Lamp.

More info on the Facebook event page.

Sunday, March 30th, 10 p.m., Betty’s Grill, 407 49th Ave N, Nashville, Tennessee 37209

Thrash violinist Joey Molinaro is passing through Nashville and will be joined by Graphic Tease, Marid, and Pleasuredome. I wrote about it here.

Monday, March 31st, 7 p.m., Fisk Memorial Chapel, Nashville, Tennessee 37208

Legendary organist Dr. Lonnie Smith will be performing with pianist Cyrus Chestnut. Don’t miss this one!

More from the press release:

The evening will begin with an energized set of solo piano from master jazz pianist Cyrus Chestnut making his 1st return to Nashville in over a decade. The New York Times notes Chestnut as a “highly intelligent improviser with one of the surest senses of swing in jazz.”

Since last year’s sold out appearance in Nashville last April, Dr. Lonnie Smith released the double CD “In The Beginning” featuring tunes originally composed and recorded during the 1960s alongside peers such as trumpeter Lee Morgan, saxophonist David “Fathead” Newman, guitarists George Benson and Melvin Sparks and drummer Idris Muhammad. The recording topped year end “top album” jazz lists in such publications as Jazz Times, Downbeat and The New York City Jazz Record. Throughout his five decade career, Dr. Lonnie has topped both the Jazz Journalist Association and Downbeat Critics and Readers polls as “#1 Jazz Organist”.

All ticket proceeds will go to benefit Fisk University and Daniel Payne Outreach Ministries. Founded in 1866, Fisk is Nashville’s 1st university. Fisk received a charter for the first chapter of The Phi Beta Kappa Society on a predominantly black campus in 1953. Fisk’s outstanding faculty and students continue to enhance the University’s national reputation for academic excellence that is validated year after year by the leading third party reviewers, as well as by the pool of talented applicants and the large percentage of alumni who complete graduate or professional degrees and become leaders and scholars in their fields.

More info on the Facebook event page.

Tuesday, April 1st, 10 p.m., Betty’s Grill, 407 49th Ave N, Nashville, Tennessee 37209

Chris Murray is curating some “April Fools wackiness at Betty’s” for this show featuring Close Your Eyes I’m Changing, Flesh Control, Harvest Team, Night Moves, and a special guest. More info on the Facebook event page.

Mar 252014


Circuit Benders’ Ball alum Joey Molinaro will be back in town Sunday night for a show at Betty’s Grill. (Btw, the full lineup for Circuit Benders’ Ball 2014 will be announced here VERY SOON!)

Also on the Betty’s bill are Graphic Tease, Marid, and Pleasuredome. Graphic Tease is the noise project of Maddy Madeira from How Cozy. Pleasuredome is the solo project of Anderson Cook, 1/2 of Hadals. Marid is a band inspired by Persian black metal, featuring members of The Most Amazing Century of Science, Protomen, and Call Me Savage. This should be an amazing show. Joey is consistently kickass.

You can find out more on the Facebook event page.

Sadly, I will be out of town for Big Ears Fest in Knoxville. Please take lots of pictures and videos for me!

Joey Molinaro, Graphic Tease, Marid, Pleasuredome
Sunday, March 301th, 2014, 10pm, $5 to touring act, 21+

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

Jul 082013
Darcy Neal

Darcy Neal

There’s a great lineup at Springwater tonight featuring Texas-based cellist, instrument-builder and kinetic artist Darcy Neal; Theatre Intangible participant and Circuit Benders’ Ball alum Joey Molinaro; and up-and-coming Nashville psych rock band Linear Downfall.

Go have a look at Darcy Neal’s circuit-bent, kinetic, and animatronic art. It’s jaw-dropping. Here are just a few examples:


Victorian Synthesizer


Darcy helped build this steel armature for a giant Mexican Red Knee Tarantula for her animatronic life-size dinosaur company.


Tentacle Oscillator, a commission from Wayne Coyne of the Flaming Lips.

Darcy also sells her own unique light theremin kits!

Nashville’s Linear Downfall carry Wayne Coyne’s seal of approval:

… Soon after, the band drove to Oklahoma and recorded with Wayne Coyne at The Flaming Lips frontman’s home studio. After this meeting, Linear Downfall was asked to join The Flaming Lips on a record-breaking one day tour, sponsored by MTV’s O Music Awards. The two bands met in Baton Rouge, LA, to play King Crimson’s “21st Century Schizoid Man” and the Flaming Lips/Lightning Bolt collaboration “I’m Working at NASA on Acid”.

Some of the Linear Downfall members are interested in participating in an upcoming Theatre Intangible improv. I’ll let you know more as soon as we put something together.

The bill also features local noise rock band Onri. More info on the Facebook event page.

Linear Downfall, Onri, Joey Molinaro, and Darcy Neal
Monday, July 8th, 2013, 10pm
Springwater Supper Club
115 27th Ave N, Nashville, Tennessee 37203-1410