Squeeze the Day for 12/5

The Daredevil Christopher Wright and Caroline Smith, plus V-Roys do Southgate one last time and This Day in Music

Caroline Smith and the Good Night Sleeps (Photo: www.thegoodnightsleeps.com)
Caroline Smith and the Good Night Sleeps (Photo: www.thegoodnightsleeps.com)

Music Tonight: New Grammys darling Justin Vernon/Bon Iver isn't the only band to come out of Eau Claire, Wisc. Tonight at The Comet, the city's The Daredevil Christopher Wright (which has opened for Bon Iver often in the past) comes back to town for a free show. One of the MidPoint Music Festival's great discoveries a few years back, the creative three-piece Indie/Art Folk/Pop troupe hasn't toured much recently, but this fall they released the compelling The Longsuffering Song EP (which you can preview/purchase here) and have hit the road once again. Rising Minneapolis-based Indie Folk Pop band Caroline Smith and the Good Night Sleeps is also on the bill, touring in support of their latest, greatest, the full-length Little Wind. Below, check out Smith and bassist Jess Schuster playing the new album track, "Calliope," followed by audio for DDCW's new EP song, "Love With All Your Heart." Healing Trapeze opens the show at 9:30 p.m. —-


Just Announced: Celebrated, Knoxville-spawned Roots rockers The V-Roys have reunited for a bunch of tour dates and it looks like they've nabbed one of the final dates at Newport's Southgate House before its ownership shift on Jan. 1. JBM Productions and WNKU welcome the band (Scott Miller, Mic Harrison, Jeff Bills and Paxton Sellers) back to the site of many legendary V-Roy shows over the years for one last go on Dec. 27. Tickets go on sale tomorrow at 10 a.m. through JBM Promotions' site here. Tickets are $25 in advanced or $30 day of show. 

Momentous Happenings in Music History for December 5

On this day in 1968, The Rolling Stones released one of their best albums, Beggars Banquet, the last full Stones record to feature participation from doomed multi-instrumentalist Brian Jones. The album was hailed as "a return to form" (the same praise that seems to greet every new Stones album to this day) following the psychedelic adventures of Their Satanic Majesties Request

Four days after the release, the Stones filmed its notorious TV special, The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus, one of the coolest snapshots of the era, featuring guests like Jethro Tull, Marianne Faithful, John Lennon and The Who. The film never aired on the BBC as intended due to the Stones' dissatisfaction with their performances. Some say the real reason the special never aired (it was finally issued on home video in 1996) was because the Stones were upstaged by a peak-form Who, who performed a masterful version of their mini-Rock Opera, "A Quick One, While He's Away." Check it:

Born This Day: Musical movers and shakers sharing a Dec. 5 birthday include: Noted singer/songwriter ("Cocaine," "After Midnight") J.J. Cale (1938); member of Buffalo Springfield, Poco and Loggins & Messina, Jim Messina (1947); Goo Goo Dolls frontman Johnny Rzeznik (1965); Country star Garry Allan (1967); and Rock & Roll pioneer Richard Wayne Penniman, better known as simply Little Richard (1932).

A happy 79th birthday to the legend who once said that, while Elvis may be the King of Rock & Roll, he is the Queen. Here's a clip from an Alan Freed film, the 1956 flick, Don't Knock the Rock

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