Show Review: Junkyard Girls, December 2, 2009, @ Bong Java After Hours Theatre

Wednesday night Aaron Phipps played the debut show of his solo project, Junkyard Girls, at Bongo Java’s After Hours Theatre.  His sound is bred on the keys and occasional autoharp, but for his live performances he is supported by a full band and backup vocals.  Junkyard Girls is dark Baroque pop, add electronics, drop the pop.  

Aaron is heavy on the drama (familiar from his days in We are the Wind); his hand gestures and extravagant burst of song accentuate solid piano riffs. Aaron rolled onto stage in ripped tights and red hot pants, a little disheveled androgynous mess, and obviously annoyed at Bongo’s 10:45 curfew. He performed the first three songs under the guise of a mustard and maroon masquerade mask the likes of which are appropriate for a Carnival.  

I was expecting a six-song emotionally charged singer-song-writer set, and while I got that, he kept it diversified.  Aaron’s third song, “Tell ‘em I sent ya,” which he played with an autoharp on his lap, felt more like a sexy samba than something from a writer’s night in the attic of a coffee shop.   Two favorites songs were “Phantosmia,” a macabre tune about love, risk and doom, and its antithesis, “Nice to Know You, Sir,” a light melodic doo-wop-pop song.  

Junkyard Girls is working on a record Aaron hopes to release in the coming year.  You can catch Junkyard Girls at his next Nashville show at the Springwater on January 14 with Spider Friends. - Victoria Read



December 2009

December 2009

New Free Weekly Dance Party Opens This Weekend (12/4/09)


So there are a number of free dance parties in Nashville these days, and they're all pretty great. We can't begin to count how many Mondays we've stumbled out of the 5 spot at 3 AM or all the cool themed nights at 12th and Porter on Saturdays. But we just have one question: why has nobody done the obvious and put one of them free parties on Friday? Friday is the real party day, and someone needs to provide some free dance outlets for us to start our weekend right. Well apparently someone else had the same idea, because we are pleased to announce yet another FREE weekly dance party! On Friday!

That's right, La Paz Mexican Restaurant (infamous celebrators of Cinco de Mayo)  is throwing free weekly dance parties called "Fiesta Loca: La Paz Late Nights" on Fridays now, so get ready to throw down at their new location on Elliston EVERY FRIDAY from now on. Just consider it an after-party for everything. Finally, something to do after all the shows are over at the Exit/In or The End. We like what we're hearing...

Here are the details:

2214 Elliston Place (where that ombi place used to be)
Drink specials from nine to whenever = $3 well, draft, wine, and margaritas, plus $2 PBR tall boys.
DJ Potamus is the house DJ, and this guy rocks. He opened for MSTRKRFT and several other big names throughout the years...Definitely one to watch.

Supposedly there will be a new guest DJ each month too, which will help keep things fresh. This week is DJ Burgers (AKA Steve Cross)! 

Seriously awesome, we could use another free dance party in Nashville. See you on Friday!


The Deli's DIY Live Listings: 11/30 - 12/5


This is a weekly entry that highlights some of the artists who posted their upcoming shows in our show listing section (right hand side column of this page). Any band can promote their show in The Deli's DIY Live Show Listings section for free.

Monday 11/30: Xpia, Girls on Fire, and Veesugee @ Springwater

Wednesday 12/2: Absinthe Junk @ The Rutledge

Thursday 12/3: Max Beizer, Carswell, Blessing Offor, and Denitia Odigie @ Dan McGuinness

Friday 12/4: Heartbeater @ 5 Spot

Saturday 12/5: Vermicious K'nids, H-Beam, De Novo Dahl, and Evan P Donohue @ 5 Spot

Buzz and Click VI @ The End


Show Review: WRVU Benefit 11/19/09 @ The End


The folks came out early for this one, which was somewhat mislabeled as a "benefit" for WRVU...The bands all got paid and so did the club, so while donations were being accepted this was indeed much more of a regular show, just with an extremely eccentric lineup. The Vermicious K'Nids started things out, and their well honed, key-driven power pop got the whole room quite excited right off the bat. There's no doubt the VK's are somewhat inspired by the sounds of The Killers/Bravery and their ilk, but there's a much more honest and less pretentious delivery that, combined with a bombastic, frenetic live show and undeniable songcraft, make their take on the genre worthwhile. Make sure to catch their cd release Dec. 5th @ the 5 Spot with a newly re-formed De Novo Dahl.

After some feel-good jams from DJ Orig, Powerbrrrd came next with a blistering set of straightforward honest-to-goodness trashy punk rock that was delivered with brazen displays of equal parts egotism and humor, and it all blended into an extremely fun set. Not modest about their roots (ranging from "Montreal, Canada" to "Phoenix, AZ" depending on when you listened), local guys-you-see-everywhere Seth Graves, Brandon Jazz, and Steve Cross played with no sense of restraint and were a pure display of no-frills, sloppy rock n roll. Following the Brrd was Westfolk(formerly Oscar Anthony and the Westfolk Band), who began and ended with a solid groove that held up their furious inter-twining of genres, from bluesy/soulful croons to 70's rock-n-roll decadence guitar solos to jangly folk rhythms. Westfolk proved they were a band that can have quite a bit more than necessary happening on stage but still compress it all into jams that make sense and make the people move. Unlike a lot of their contemporaries, these guys play material that is not only musically relevant and a display of greater things to come, but the focus on songwriting is quite evident as well. The crowd had a superb sense of camaraderie throughout the evening, but Westfolk really brought the dancing to the table.

Closing the night out was Cheer Up Charlie Daniels who was also celebrating a vinyl release. They brought to the table solid harmonies and catchy sing-alongs, and everyone on stage made it a point to get across the fun they were having during the set. The crowd was definitely comprised mostly of friends who drunkenly cheered every aspect of the performance, and the guys cranked through their entire new albums worth of country-friendly pop rock and then some. When the clock struck 130 everyone was pretty ready to go sleep, many of them likely to have class the next morning, but the show was successful (despite an attempted boycott, more on that later) and both crowd and bands seemingly went home happy. - Jesse Baker