Robyn Hitchcock has been composing alt-pop for decades, traversing soundscapes of sublime and accessible compositions with enlightened lyricism among several different musical ventures.
After initial critical acclaim with The Soft Boys, then later with his solo material and group success with The Egyptians, Robyn Hitchcock most recently has been working with longtime friends Peter Buck of R.E.M, Scott McCaughey of Young Fresh Fellows, and Bill Rieflin of Ministry and R.E.M. Collectively known as Robyn Hitchcock and The Venus 3, the quartet have released three full-length albums of hook-heavy indie pop in the past 7 years.
We’ve got tickets to give away to see the cult pop icon with his talent-laden trio, The Venus 3, at the 9:30 Club. Getting ahold of them is WAY easier than writing a brilliant song.
Alright, Memphis, the weather’s nice out and pollenocalypse is seemingly over—it’s time to enjoy Spring.
One of Memphis’s best record shops is bringing you some awesome Record Store Day celebrations this weekend, a perfect add to your agenda while taking advantage of the Razor scooter weather.
Shangri-La Records is a music store located at 1916 Madison that carries an extensive collection of varying vinyl, including loads of local releases, both new and old. This year marks their 25th anniversary, providing a more than ample excuse to go big this weekend. They’ll be hosting a two-day vinyl celebration packed with deals, steals, and a show from a local up-and-comer.
Though you might think most electronic bands from the ’80s would be subject to the styles of their contemporaries, jumping on the dance pop bandwagon roughly 30 years before it was cool pushed New Order to a path of success and wide influence.
Before they even go on sale, we’ve got tickets to see the old-school innovators at Merriweather Post Pavilion on July 28 to give away, and getting ahold of them is as easier than busting a one-two step (because you won’t have to even get up).
Through the years, New Order has spread the seed of rhythmic pop music on nine albums, many world tours, and via a countless horde of imitators jumping on their unique take on New Wave. From early innovations mixing dance music with more typical rock and pop arrangements, New Order influenced a vast number of acts in the last quarter of the 20th century and spawned many covers, remixes, and even one really gothy remake of “Blue Monday” that was totally on TRL. (I’m looking at you, Orgy.)
Singer-songwriter Samuel Beam has been strumming his sweet and soulful guitar diddies for the public since his 2002 Sub Pop debut with Iron & Wine.
Since then, the Americana icon has released a handful of albums, EPs, and live records covering the gamut of American folk and guitar pop influences. 2013 sees Beam active once again with the release of his fifth studio album, Ghost On Ghost.
How would you like to get your hands on a copy—and an autographed lyric sheet? It’s easier than you may think.
Sometimes funk is so stanky, you’d swear it was out of this world. For lovers of otherworldly electronic jam-funk, Galactic is the go-to name.
The collection of musicians has been touring up a storm in the wake of last year’s Carnivale Electricos. We’ve got tickets to see the funk fanatics at the 9:30 Club this Sunday, April 14 to give away. How can you get your hands on ‘em? The answer is as easy as funk is to spell.
The New Orleans staple has been rolling strong for a good dozen and a half years now. Though they started as a straight-up funk project, over the years they’ve picked up elements of hip hop, dance, jazz, and more.
Post-sloprock poster boys Wavves have just released their fourth album, and every ’90s nostalgia garage fan seems to be at peace.
The rock duo, which now consists of former Reatard Stephen Pope and Wavves’ only mainstay Nathan Williams, have crafted a definitive modern garage rock album fully trimmed with sloppy guitar, depressing lyricism, and a thick VHS-y aesthetic.
This year sees the end of Wavves’ longest album cycle to date. The result furthers the duo’s endeavor to create music with a heavy emphasis on the juxtaposition of the accessibility of the melodies and the purposed sloppiness that ties it together.
Magical music-maker Devendra Banhart has resurfaced of late with yet another full-length effort. The multi-lingual singer-songwriter delivered his 8th studio album Mala last month, and we’ve got an autographed copy for some lucky Banhart…ian.
How can you get your hands on such a prize? The answer is easier than you may think…
Devandra Banhart is a prolific and eccentric songwriter with an affinity for odd videos and a unique vocal sense, as well as being suspected of being the inspiration of Russel Brand’s Aldous Snow. Banhart often references styles as old as the analog equipment he uses to record with. His sense of rich sound extends throughout his catalog, resulting in a warm and fuzzy aesthetic.
After spending way too much money moving a statue with arguable relevance, the University of Memphis has landed on a solid cultural centerpiece to fund.
Blue Tom Records, UofM’s student-run record label, will be throwing a huge show at the University’s Memorial Field on April 6 and has booked some of Memphis’ most notable talent. BlueTomFest is bringing Memphis folk, electropop, and jam bands to UofM’s campus in an effort that will knock the school’s involvement with the city’s eclectic music culture up a few notches.
Kinda soulful super-poppy rock act Star & Micey are set to perform at BlueTomFest on a rare date when they’ll actually be home from touring in support of their most recent EP I Can’t Wait. They’ve received all sorts of hype since releasing the Dennis Herring-produced collection of songs, so the show will be great excuse to catch them while they’re in town for anyone who likes happy guitar pop.