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Music, Hear This Cheap Time: Show Preview

Cheap Time: Show Preview

With his close ties to the late, great Jay Reatard, perhaps it isn't surprising that Cheap Time guitarist and songwriter Jeffrey Novak has emerged as one of the most talented disciples of the Memphis garage-rock avatar. Novak — who was…
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Calendar, Night&Day Preview: Big Star Documentary

Preview: Big Star Documentary

The story of early '70s Memphis rock group Big Star is fraught with loss and conflict, but the group left three albums of shimmering pop and gut-wrenching anguish that rockers like Michael Stipe and Paul Westerberg later championed. A commercial…
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Music, Hear This "Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me" Documentary

"Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me" Documentary

The story of early '70s Memphis rock group Big Star is fraught with loss and conflict, but the group left three albums of shimmering pop and gut-wrenching anguish that rockers like Michael Stipe and Paul Westerberg later championed. A commercial…
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Music, Hear This The Oblivians: Show Preview

The Oblivians: Show Preview

You see them at shows, thrift stores, and fast food joints, worn by people in vintage rocker apparel: Bright yellow buttons three inches in diameter that read "Burger Records." A new contingent in rock has been united under the circular…
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Music, Hear This Justin Townes Earle: Show Preview

Justin Townes Earle: Show Preview

When you're a son or daughter of someone famous, you're often expected to live up to a parent's achievements. For Justin Townes Earle, son of country maverick Steve (and named for folk icon Townes Van Zandt), that's not a big…
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Music, Hear This Bare Wires: Show Preview

Bare Wires: Show Preview

As some of the leading misfits of the Oakland garage-pop scene, Bare Wires meld timeless hooks and a quasi-teenage sensibility with propulsive guitar rock. As the brainchild of lanky Memphis transplant Matthew Melton, the band has quickly honed the primitive,…
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Calendar, Night&Day Holy Titclamps, Batman!

Holy Titclamps, Batman!

Larry-bob Roberts could be described as the Stephen Colbert of queer culture. He tends toward outrageous parody ― one of his websites is called Holy Titclamps! ― and he often takes social and political positions that are the opposite of…
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Music, The Drive-By Truckers continue their storytelling series

The Drive-By Truckers continue their storytelling series

For longer than most bands have been nursing calluses on their fingers, the Drive-By Truckers have spun strange yarns about the modern South. The centerpiece of their latest album, The Big To-Do, is "The Wig He Made Her Wear," a…
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Music, Lucero’s full of sass and Stax

Lucero’s full of sass and Stax

Lucero's co-founder, Brian Venable, wants to help journalists write their articles on his band. Over the phone from Indianapolis, the affable 37-year-old guitarist punctuates his Southern drawl with a dry chuckle as he gives this writer pointers for a piece:…
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Music, Reviewed Dan Auerbach

Dan Auerbach

The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach used to make annual pilgrimages to the Mississippi Delta, starting on Nashville's Music Row and detouring west through Memphis, if only to dig through the bins at Shangri-La Records. The Akron native's self-produced and perfectly…
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Dining, Eat Got the Baby Blues

Got the Baby Blues

Barbecue, BBQ, barbeque. I love some good 'cue, however you spell it. And it doesn't matter whether it's Texas-, North Carolina–, or Memphis-style, sauced with vinegar or tomato. Apparently I'm not alone in that, because the stutter-start of Baby Blues…
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Music, Hear This Saadiq Soul

Saadiq Soul

Raphael Saadiq proves that the sounds of '60s Philly, Detroit, and Memphis can still be mined for fresh inspiration. His last album, The Way I See It, offered 13 tracks of unabashedly retro soul. Like Nicole Willis & the Soul…
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Calendar, Night&Day

Wayback Machinists

With music, a popular descriptive-yet-damning delineation is “retro.” It’s reserved for performers drawing upon “roots” to a point where it seems they’re living in an idealized past. It’s easy to jump to that conclusion regarding Southern California combo Big Sandy…
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Music, The Hold Steady navigates punks aging awkwardly

The Hold Steady navigates punks aging awkwardly

At hardcore shows, there are two kinds of T-shirts: one that says "Straightedge Till Death," and one that says "Straightedge Till Prom." At least that's what Hold Steady frontman Craig Finn observed in a recent interview, and his point illuminates…
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Dining, Eat 'Cue the Applause

'Cue the Applause

There are a lot of reasons a meal can become locked in our memories, surfacing from time to time as a pleasant, even compelling souvenir. As I've said before, I generally focus on what's on the plate rather than on…
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Film, American Pie

American Pie

Watching Marilyn Monroe in Cinemascope, a critic once wrote, is "like being smothered in baked Alaska." Reading that as a teenager raised some thrilling questions: Is that good or bad? What is "baked Alaska"? And then a realization: How singular…
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Music, Reviewed Shelby Lynne

Shelby Lynne

Covers albums — especially ones paying homage to a record as canonical as Dusty Springfield's Dusty in Memphis — are tricky to navigate. The new version can't be too similar to the original, or it's obviated. Change it too much,…
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Calendar, Night&Day Battlefield Poet

Battlefield Poet

First-person documentaries, especially those with a messy confessional streak, are all too often the cinematic equivalent of brain-dulling junk food. Yet they manage to consistently hog the spotlight from their thoughtful cousins: the essay films. Chris Marker is the world-renowned…
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Calendar, Night&Day

The Blue Man's Group

When the Robert Cray Band opened for B.B. King in the 1980s, it didn't steal the show. That would have been impossible. You could set King's guitar, Lucille, onstage by herself and bring down the house, then or now. But…
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Culture, Stagecap

Magnificence...

The material doesn't get any more raw or emotionally wrought than the content of Rebecca Fisher's new solo show. In 1995, Fisher lost her mother in a brutal and highly publicized murder that rocked Memphis. Four years later she lost…
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