Baker gets coffee shop slot at Rock for Love
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.
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.
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