Apologies for the spare posts in recent weeks. Hopefully, things in my non-blogger life will slow down soon. Anyways it would be silly of me not to put up a post today considering that this is happening…..
That’s right…The Flaming Lips take over Handy Park (200 Beale St.) in their attempt to break the record of most concerts played in one day. If your tickets are on Will Call, you will be able to pick them up at 2:00pm. Doors open at 3:30pm, and the show will start at 4:30pm promptly. Remember…they have other stops to make today, so don’t be all Memphis about it and arrive fashionably late. If you haven’t got your tickets yet, it looks like they are still available…click here! New Fumes will be opening this show!
Speaking of The Flaming Lips’ other stops, if you feel like making the road trip to Clarksdale, Mississippi, they will be playing at Morgan Freeman’s Ground Zero Blues Club with Gary Clark Jr. and Memphis’ own Tiger High! Doors for this show open at 6:30. Gary Clark Jr. is opening the show, and Tiger High will actually go on after The Flaming Lips perform. I’m not honestly sure if the Clarksdale show has sold out or not. Tickets were available by phone or in person directly from The Ground Zero Blues Club, so it is difficult to say. Still, if you feel like a change of scenery, this might not be a bad Flaming Lips show to catch!
The Young Dubliners, Deal Me In
Not sure how young they are anymore (these guys have been playing since 1988), but Celtic rockers The Young Dubliners will be taking the stage at the Hi-tone tonight! They will be joined by locals Sin City Scoundrels and Deal Me In (ex-Drawls, Angelsluts). Doors open at 9:00pm with a $10 cover. This show is 18 and up.
Guantanamo Baywatch, Manatees, Nots
Tomorrow night (June 28) at The Buccaneer (1368 Monroe) Portland, Oregon surf rockers Guantanamo Baywatch will be returning to Memphis for the first time since 2010.
They’ll be joined by locals Manateees (now with an extra e because there was another band out there called Manatees) and Nots (ex-Bake Sale). Cover is $5 and The Buccaneer is a 21 and up venue. Things should start happening in the 10:00 hour.
Witnesse, Handsome Mark
If a punk/surf rock show sounds a bit too wild for your tastes, then head to Mollie Fontaine Lounge (679 Adams) for DJ Witnesse and Handsome Mark’s Thursday night residency. As usual, this event is free and kicks off at 11:00pm. Mollie Fontaine Lounge is a 21 and up venue.
All right…I’ll go ahead and say it now! There is a lot of potential awesome for you to get into this weekend!
Fast Planet, Future Unlimited, Strooly
In their short time together, Fast Planet has been making a pretty big name for themselves locally. Featuring ex-members of Dora and This Is Goodbye, their sound has a bit more of an electronic feel than the member’s previous projects (think Aphex Twin). They’ll be hitting the stage at the Hi-tone, Friday June 29 with Future Unlimited (who played here back in the spring when they were on their way to SXSW) and Strooly. Doors are at 9:00pm, cover is $7, and the venue is 18 and up.
The Hoax CD Release Party
If you are a fan of the punk rock cover stylings of Memphis Killharmonic, then you might want to head to Murphy’s (1589 Madison) Friday night to check out Scott and Daisun’s newish original project The Hoax. They’ll be celebrating the release of their debut album Call to Unity. Local metal band Cult of the Flag will be joining them for this show. This show is Friday June 29. The cover is $5, show should kick off in the 10:00 hour, and Murphy’s is a 21 and up venue.
Saturday night is when things get really crazy!!!
Sock It To Me Burlesque with Broncho
I feel bad. Chloë du Bois sent me an e-mail a month ago about this event, yet I am just now getting around to mentioning it. Not sure if this event will cool you down, but head to the Hi-tone (1913 Poplar Ave.) Saturday June 30th to see some of Memphis’ finest burlesque from the likes of Lady Doo Moi, Madonna Putanna, Kissame Suga, Chloë du Bois, Aenya Little Fyre, and special guests Frankie La Femme and Mogli Nova. Tulsa, Oklahoma garage rockers Broncho will also be performing. Things kick off at 9:00pm. This event is 18 and up, and has a $10 cover.
Bobby Joe Ebola & The Children MacNuggits, The Near Reaches, Christian Walker
At some point back in the 90′s, I remember walking into the now defunct Map Room and catching a set from Bobby Joe Ebola and the Children MacNuggits, and thinking they were awesome enough to at least buy a demo tape from (this was the 90′s so the cassette tapes weren’t being sold for ironic purposes.) Truthfully, I was kind of shocked to hear these guys were still around when this show got announced. One sign of getting old, I guess, is that you start keeping your ear to the ground less and less. This show will be happening Saturday June 30th at Murphy’s (1589 Madison Ave). They will be joined by The Near Reaches and Christian Walker. Cover is $5. This show is 21 and up and will kick off in the 10:00 hour.
Karaoke Is For Lovers
Never missing an opportunity to plug an event conducted by my good buddy El Karaoke Grande, he’s taking his show to a classy joint this Saturday night, June 30th. Head to Le Chardonnay (2094 Madison Ave.) for some of Memphis’ best karaoke. Slow jams are highly encouraged! Things kick off at 9:00pm. Bring a few extra bucks to tip your KJ.
Other things to remember:
1.) In case I don’t get to post again before Sunday (which has been sort of the case lately) Flesh Lights, Mouserocket, and Modern Convenience will be playing the Poplar Lounge (2586 Poplar Ave.) Sunday July 1. Cover is probably $5. Things will kick off at 10:00pm, and the Poplar Lounge is 21 and up.
2.) Friday June 29th, is the South Main Trolley Tour!
3.) Roller Derby at the Pipkin Building on the Fairgrounds, Saturday June 30th! Doors at 5:00pm. First bout at 6:00pm. $12 for adults, kids 5-10 $6, kids under 4 are free!
4.) This Is What Love in Action Looks Like is on Netflix Instant Streaming! Watch It! Its actually been on there for several weeks. That’s how lazy I have been on this blog.
5.) Trashy Creatures Records has some exciting new releases on the way! I’ll be writing about them soon!
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