Weekend Shots!

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Hey, Memphis! If you’re either back to school or back at work, the full rush of the holidays has come and passed,  but that doesn’t mean there still isn’t anything to do.

 This weekend we’ve got you exploding to some blues, hearing some of the South’s most notable all-stars, and hopefully not bleeding on a dance floor (unless you’re into that kind of thing). Hope your fake ID is in check—it’s time for some weekend shots!

Friday (1/25) starts on a good note with long-running New York blues rock Jon Spencer Blues Explosion booked at The Hi-Tone Cafe. Jon Spencer and co. released Meat & Bone last year to positive critical reviews, which was something of a task considering it was the band’s first studio effort in eight years. Come to hear raw and catchy cuts like the album’s lead single “Black Mold.”  The Jam Messengers support.

Rando genre mash-ups can come across as anything from genius to as unnecessary as an elbow with a thumb.  Friday gives you the chance to be your own judge as Blood On the Dance Floor come to the New Daisy. The dancey duo have force-fed 2000-era hair-emo mentality into Skrillex drops behind a fashion sense made by Marilyn Manson in skinny jeans.  Personally, I think they’re trolling as hard as Lil B for getting over 1,000,000 views on a music video that trivializes school shootings. Also SKINNY PIMP is supporting. (You didn’t expect that one, did you?)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=00pkNz0SgX4

Saturday (1/26) holds a mighty special treat for fans of North Mississippi Allstars. Brothers Cody and Luther Dickinson will be bringing their Southern blues vibes supported by one hell of a backing band at The Magnet.  The Memphis Symphony Orchestra will accompany the boys, reworking songs of the North Mississippi Allstars with full orchestral accompaniment.

Three-piece rock and rollers The Whigs will be set up at The Hi-Tone Cafe.  Last year saw the release of the band’s 4th studio album Enjoy the Company, an album bolstering a roster of songs with the band’s own take on catchy choruses flooded with overdriven guitar work.  Nashville’s Pujol and the very serious Diarrhea Planet are also booked.

Sunday (1/27) there’s a solid reason to go out on the day of rest.  Uber-prolific rock/singer-songwriter Ty Segall is coming to The Hi-Tone Cafe.  Segall, who seems to be in more bands than Omar Rodriguez Lopez, released three albums last year—one of which was a completely solo effort you’re sure to hear plenty of on Sunday.  He’ll be supported by Memphis’ own Ex-Cult, whose album was produced by Segall late last year.  Moving Finger is also booked.

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