Baker gets cof­fee shop slot at Rock for Love

The Commercial Appeal - Go Memphis - - MUSIC - By Bob Mehr

Fresh off another ma­jor mile­stone — this time per­form­ing at the famed New­port Folk Fes­ti­val — Mem­phis singer-song­writer Julien Baker has been an­nounced as one of the per­form­ers for the an­nual Rock for Love char­ity event.

Or­ga­niz­ers have nearly fi­nal­ized the lineup for the 10th edi­tion of the mul­ti­night, multi-venue con­cert and com­mu­nity ex­trav­a­ganza, which will run Sept. 2-4 and ben­e­fit the Church Health Cen­ter.

Baker will be re­turn­ing to her cof­fee­house roots, play­ing as part of the Rock for Love show­case Sept. 3 at Other­lands Cof­fee Bar, along with Me and Leah and Dead Sold­ers. Baker has en­joyed a re­mark­able year, hav­ing been fea­tured on NPR, writ­ten up in Rolling Stone, and served as the sub­ject of ma­jor New York Times pro­file, and has been turn­ing in­dus­try heads since she quit school at Middle Ten­nessee State Univer­sity and be­gan tour­ing full time ear­lier this spring.

The open­ing night of Rock for Love, Sept. 2 at the Hi Tone Café, will be a themed evening, cu­rated by Gra­ham Winch­ester — the Sheiks mem­ber, solo artist and or­ga­nizer of this year’s highly suc­cess­ful David Bowie and Prince trib­ute con­tests.

Winch­ester is putting to­gether a “Mem­phis Mu­sic Re­vue” with artists cov­er­ing hits and rar­i­ties recorded at lo­cal stu­dios like Sun, Stax, Ar­dent, Easley, Royal and Amer­i­can. Among the artists sched­uled to per­form are Winch­ester and his band the Am­mu­ni­tion, Chick­a­saw Mound, Mark Edgar Stu­art, Hope Clay­burn, The Sub­trac­tions, and J.D. Rea­ger & The Cold-blooded Three. More artists are ex­pected to be added to the lineup.

The fes­ti­val f inale takes place Sept. 4 at the Le­vitt Shell, with a triple bill fea­tur­ing Amer­i­cana songstress Amy La­vere, garage-rock greats Jack Obli­vian & The Sheiks and in­die-pop out­fit Star & Micey.

For tick­ets or to learn more about Rock for Love, go to Rock­forlove.org. This week, the site will be­gin shar­ing a se­ries of posts re­count­ing the his­tory of the decade-old event.

SOUND OF THE ‘SUM­MER’

Mem­phis post-punk out­fit Ex-cult has a new sin­gle in the off­ing. On Aug. 12, the band will re­lease the “Sum­mer of Fear” 7-inch on the Fa­mous Class la­bel; the disc will be re­leased in a lim­ited-edi­tion translu­cent red vinyl ver­sion as well.

The A-side orig­i­nal “Sum­mer of Fear” is a dark nar­ra­tive about Mem­phis se­rial killer Ge­orge Howard Putt, who ter­ror­ized the Bluff City in the sum­mer of 1969, with a se­ries of mur­ders that put the cit­i­zenry and po­lice on edge. Putt died of nat­u­ral causes in prison this past year.

The flip side is a de­con­structed cover of “1906,” a 1967 song orig­i­nally done by Los An­ge­les psy­chrock­ers the West Coast Pop Art Ex­per­i­men­tal Band.

Ex-cult gui­tarist J.B. Hor­rell says the forth­com­ing sin­gle is a teaser for a still-un­ti­tled new LP. “We have a full-length al­bum com­ing out in the fall on In the Red,” says Hor­rell, con­firm­ing the Los An­ge­les-based la­bel with long­time Mem­phis ties will put out the disc in Septem­ber. The band’s first two al­bums — 2012’s self-ti­tled de­but and 2014’s fol­low-up “Mid­night Pas­sen­ger” — came out on the lo­cal Goner Records.

Ex-cult will fol­low the Post-punk combo Ex-cult have a new sin­gle, “Sum­mer of Fear,” that will be fol­lowed by a full length LP next month.

re­lease of its sec­ond long­player with a na­tional tour in the fall.

DOLPH AT THE DAISY

Mem­phis rap­per Young Dolph will play a home­com­ing show at the end of the month at the New Daisy Theatre on Beale Street, part of his “Roy­alty” tour.

The Chicago-born, Mem­phis-raised Dolph — real name Adolph Thorn­ton Jr. — will cap a whirl­wind 2016 that saw his de­but full-length, “King of Mem­phis” (which fol­lowed a se­ries of mix­tapes), break into the Bill­board’s top 50 al­bums chart, top 10 R&B chart and top five rap chart.

Dolph was also fea­tured on O.T. Ge­na­sis’ sin­gle “Cut It,” which be­came a top 40 hit. This week, Dolph re­leased a video for his sin­gle “Both Ways.”

Tick­ets for Dolph’s Aug. 31 show at the New Daisy are $25 in ad­vance for gen­eral ad­mis­sion (VIP and meet-and-greet pack­ages run $50 and $75). They’re avail­able at new­daisy.com.

RAIN CHECK

The free sum­mer con­cert se­ries at the Le­vitt Shell ended Sun­day with a per­for­mance by blues­rocker Alvin Young­blood Hart. But last Fri­day’s Snow­globe record-re­lease event was scrapped due to in­clement weather. With rain and thun­der­storms wash­ing out the evening, the re­united Mem­phis in­die-rock­ers ended up play­ing a sold-out show at the Hi-tone Café to cel­e­brate their self-ti­tled ef­fort.

Snow­globe’s Tim Re­gan con­firms the lost Shell show will be made up. The con­cert is ex­pected to be added to the venue’s free fall con­cert se­ries, likely in late Septem­ber. The of­fi­cial an­nounce­ment of the Shell’s up­com­ing sea­son will come later this month.

Mean­time, Snow­globe’s self-ti­tled sixth and lat­est al­bum is avail­able now at su­per­son­ic­sound­srecords. com.

Fast-ris­ing Mem­phis singer-song­writer Julien Baker has been added to the lineup for Septem­ber’s Rock for Love 10 con­cert se­ries.

BOB MEHR

MEM­PHIS MU­SIC BEAT

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