YEAH Fundraiser (11/23/09)

So you've probably heard of YEAH (Youth Empowerment Through Arts and Humanities) by now; it's a promising community project that gives the youth of middle Tennessee the chance to hone their musical skills in a safe and productive environment. Basically, they're assuring Nashville a good music scene for years to come, and that is an invaluable service.

YEAH is holding a benefit show Monday (11/23) and you should go support this great organization. Here are the details:

The fundraising party on Monday (11/23) from 7-9. The event is for Friends of YEAH!, which means the people who are 18+ (too old to attend YEAH! on a regular basis) are allowed in, they're asking for a pledge of $20/month (that's less than a dollar a day, you can handle it). But, if someone wants to come in and pay $20 at the door to jam with local artists, eat food, get some drink, screen print, or take an acting class, they'd definitely be cool with that too. So don't be a bum, come on out and help support this great resource for Tennessee's youth.


Daniel Pujol Seeks Touring Drummer


So it looks like Ex-Meemaw guitarist Daniel Pujol is in need of a new drummer, and it could be you! Want to see the nation and meet interesting people? Want to have a "real rock and roll experience"? Need to get out of town for a bit? Well this could be the break you've been looking for! Sounds cool to us, here's what Daniel had to say:

"Greetings, My name is Daniel Pujol. Now you just got to let me know: Do you know any musicians who want to tour all the time but can't in your area?

As long as they're not crazy, violent, or drug addicts, you should send them my way to , because I need a tour drummer really bad right now. In fact, I just put out an entire tape as a Want Ad for a drummer called Ringo, Where Art Thou? Tracks from it can be heard at and I can send a tape if anyone expresses further interest.

Right now I'm pushing by at barely 2 weeks a month of tour, but I'd like 2 weeks to be a minimum and I can book and provide equipment as well as transportation, but it'd be really cool if I didn't have too. They can be from here or somewhere else, or I'll go somewhere else to practice haha. I want to tour more. Everything must go! With prices like this, math just makes things more complicated!"

Thanks for reading,

Daniel Pujol


Interview: The Deli Gets to Know The Royal Bangs

Royal Bangs

The Royal Bangs have had a pretty exciting career lately. Their quircky blend of electronic blips and glitches layed over rough but infectious guitar riffs has attracted the attention of the music community lately, and there seem to be nothing but promising times ahead for these guys. In the past they've joined forces with huge names like The Black Keys, played some large festivals (including our own Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival), spent large amounts of time across the pond on their European tour, and recently just released their sophomore effort, Let It Beep--which is totally badass. Despite their hectic and exhaustive touring schedule, The Deli managed to sit down with frontman Ryan Schaefer to have a few words on the band's past, the new album, and plans for the future. Check it out here. -Interview by Jessica Pace


Those Darlins + King Khan & BBQ Show @ Exit/In (11/11/09)


Those Darlins are at it again! Seems like these ladies can't be stopped, and they don't show signs of doing so anytime soon. First they team up with The Black Lips and now they join forces with power duo King Khan & BBQ Show. Tonight (11/11) is going to be one of the best rock shows Nashville has seen in a while, and you don't want to miss it. The smooth country/rock/garage musings of the Darlins is going to mesh beautifully with the expiremental garage rock of the amazing King Khan. Trust us, there is NOTHING better happening on a Wednesday night. Ever.


Show Review: Trans-Am Radio, Leach, Goodnight Anthem and 2AM Club @ The End

Trans AM Radio

Sunday nights in Nashville are a hard battle to fight under any circumstances, and this was no exception. Just to get it out of the way,Goodnight Anthem and 2AM Club are touring bands not endorsed by Pitchfork, so as expected there weren't a ton of people. The Goodnight Anthem were a pop-punk quartet, syrupy thick with the elements that define said genre. They had a ton of fun onstage and were quite effective at working the room, but overall the band wasn't anything too special. They are super young though, so time could tell on that one.

The 2AM club visually defined the word "douchebag", and their overwhelmingly diva-esque actions during the course of the night backed it up. The players were quite skilled themselves; notably the drummer who held super solid grooves and had just the right amount of flash in his playing, but the unfortunate vocalists ruined their efforts. There was some element of vocal skill, but the Linkin Park rapper/singer approach resulted, oddly, in a New Kids On the Block sound that was overwhelmingly unappealing. All in all, it's relatively sure that they'll get some small modicum of success at some point, but honestly it was pretty awful.

Local band Leach was refreshingly impressive, with a garage-y pop rock sound a la early Weezer. This was their debut outing, and they were extremely tight and showed a writing and performing penchant rare even in seasoned local acts. Look for more from these guys. Closing the show wereTrans-Am Radio (who generously acquiesced to the demands of the touring bands and closed the show on short notice), who kicked out some straightforward blues rock jams that were pleasing to the ears as much as their high energy performance was to the eyes. The guitarist moves in december, so be sure to catch TAR while you still can. -Jesse Baker