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Not Just Country TV Premier Party, 9/17/10 @ Hard Rock Cafe

“NJC is a 14-week television celebration of the various music genres, bands and performers that help make Nashville 'Music City USA,'" says Executive Producer/Creator, Rick “Hypeman” Toran. “We are fortunate to have Director, Casey Culver, former production staff member on HBO's True Blood, Emmy nominated reporter Stephanie Langston, Editor & Columnist of The Tennessean's MetroMix Magazine Heather Byrd, and movie/video editor Craig Culver....just to name a few....working on NJC’s 2010 season! We're very excited to offer the fans a sneak peek of our new format and high production quality that offers exposure to some of the best unsigned music talent Nashville has to offer.” Toran is joined by Executive Producers, Michael "Max Fab” West and Robert R. Eva. The TV show will officially launch on WZTV Fox 17 in Fall 2010.

NJC has partnered with the W.O. Smith Music School to help raise funds in support of their mission to provide quality music instruction to children from low income families. W. O. Smith Executive Director Jonah Rabinowitz states, "W.O. Smith Music School is proud to partner with Not Just Country in support of music education in Nashville. We are excited to collaborate with a program that is in the forefront of presenting the variety and breadth of music that abounds in our city.” Donations will be collected for the school during the event and throughout the television campaign.

Guests will be treated to live performances by Cobalt Blue (reggae), Cold Stares (blues/roots) and the Darling Parade (power pop/rock) along with exclusive viewings of the first two episodes of the new season shown on the Hard Rock Cafe's Reverb Room BIG SCREEN and on closed-circuit television throughout the venue. DJ Victor Chatman of Victor Chatman Productions will provide musical interludes.

Not Just Country, will be kicking off its new season with “The New, Not Just Country, Premiere Party” on Friday, September 17th at the Hard Rock Café in Downtown Nashville at the corner of 2nd Ave and Broadway. The event is free to the public (18 and over), and doors open at 7:30pm. The Hard Rock Café will provide a 50% discount off of parking to guests. Go here to view flyer and directions.

This season will feature many of The Deli's favorite local artists, including, The Worsties, Chancellor Warhol, K.S. Rhoads, and The Deli's own Erin Manning. Be sure to check out the show, as well as stop by the TV premier party tonight!--Deli Staff


From Our Open Blog: The Clams

Chicago's own harmonic psych-garage outfit The Clams hit the Beat Kitchen on Wednesday September 22. They'll be playing songs from their upcoming and still untitled psychedelic western epic. Come out and get droned. Check out The Clams on Bandcamp for free song downloads. Joining The Clams is Backwords, who are touring out of Brooklyn. The band has just recorded and released a limited edition 12" vinyl pressing of their album "Quilt", which you can, of course, pick up at the show. Their sound is a stripped-down sort of roots/folk psychedelia, good stuff for any Wednesday night of the year. To tide you over until the show, here's a new music video for The Clams' song "Abreast Abroad".


Rayland Baxter and "The Miscalculation of Song"

There is a particular rawness about music, that when captured right makes your whole world fall apart. It somehow seems to strip away the lies you’ve been telling yourself, and make apparent the realness of the world you live in; sorting through muddled love to find clarity. Rayland Baxter’s music does this for me.

A true folk artist for the people, Baxter has mastered the combination of poetry and music, leaving you with something that feels unrefined and unmistakably sincere. His latest EP, The Miscalculation of Song, showcases Baxter’s rich and rusty vocals, as they lay perfectly atop a bed of haunting slide guitar and romantic acoustics. It is nice to hear a musician that still puts as much effort into their lyrics as they do the music that accompany them. With thematic parallels of nature and women, love and love lost, Rayland’s music tells a story that is timeless. Burying his influences deep within, Baxter retains originality while reminiscing about the all-American story of our past and of our future.

An incredible songwriter and musician to match, Rayland Baxter is an Americana artist to keep your eyes on. Be sure to check out his latest EP, paying close attention to, “Hoot Owl”, “The Woman For Me”, and “Troubadour”. --Mackenzie Grosser


The Indecent - is grunge back? Oh wait... it's teen grunge!

The fact that there is an army of teenagers out there who were 1-2 years old when Kurt Cobain died is massively disturbing - that's roughly how old my best friends were when Jim Morrison and Jimi Hendrix died (I'm a little younger than that, THANK YOU!). But besides all the useless self-pitying observations about our almost approaching senility, this crude fact can only mean that we are just about to experience a grunge renaissance. All the signs are there: all the surviving grunge bands seem to be reuniting and simultaneously releasing new albums, from The Smashing Pumpkins to Soundgarden... and now this: The Indecent (let's open a debate about this name!) are a group of extremely young kids who are not ashamed to say they play grunge. They do a good job at it, and the video is a perfect lo budget play on the atmospheres of Smells Like Teen Spirits. Still, there's something a little creepy and... morbid (??) about the entire concept. It's that feeling you get when you watch Japanese horror movies where cute little pale girls reveal some kind of monstrous side (eyes without pupils or something). Probably because the word "grunge" somehow became intimately connected to the ideas of "drugs abuse", "depression" and "suicide". Honestly, I'd rather have teens follow other examples, in particular if the entire concept smells like teen... marketing?
P.S. Thinking about it, if the return of grunge is going to wipe out all those fake sounding auto-tune-rock/emo bands that for some obscure reason seem to thrive in LA, that's probably not so bad. (Don't tell our LA editor I said this).


Weekend Warrior, September 17 - 19

Philly’s “childish prodigy” Kurt Vile will be taking the stage tonight at The Mann Center, and he’ll be with his trusty compadres the Violators. Yes, it’s a big deal that they get a chance to perform on the stage of this historic and beloved local venue. But what really makes it oh so sweet for them (and us) is that they’ll be opening for reunited legendary indie rock gods Pavement! Man, there are plenty of people creaming themselves right now, and it’s OK. They should. We just ask them to be sure to clean up afterwards and use plenty of hand sanitation. The Mann Center, 5201 Parkside Ave., 7:30pm, SOLD OUT, All Ages
As summer 2010 fades into the distance of our memories, here are a few things to look forward to in the near future…
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI Hezekiah Jones and Birdie Busch, SAT Echo Orbiter Album Release Party w/Joe Jack Talcum and Circadian Rhythms
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) SAT Creepoid and Boog
North Star Bar (2639 Poplar St.) SUN Big Terrible
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Urban Giants, SAT The Fleeting Ends
M Room (15 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Karmakanik, SAT Audible and Ghosts in the Valley, SUN Old Love
Tritone (1508 South St.) SAT Vulcan, Total Fucking Destruction, Old Head
Tin Angel (20 S. 2nd St.) FRI The Peace Creeps, SAT Tiva Tiva

JR's Bar (2327 S. Croskey St.) SAT (Early) Mose Giganticus, (Late) Heavy Medical, SUN Drums Like Machine Guns

Greenline Café (4239 Locust St.) SAT Northern Valentine

World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI Big Blue Spruce, SAT Alo Brazil, SUN The New Connection
The Blockley Pourhouse (3801 Chestnut St.) FRI Kickin’ Bear, SAT Cabin Dogs
Clark Park Music Festival (43rd and Chester) Stinking Lizaveta, McRad, Dr. Ketchup, The Spades and more
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) FRI Oso, SAT Grubstake
The El Bar (1356 N. Front St.) Soulamite
Lickety Split (401 South St.) FRI 7envy
Triumph Brewery (117 Chestnut St.) FRI The Groovment
Dave & Buster's (325 N. Columbus Ave.) SAT Penrose

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