Nashville Scene Critics’ Pick: Meant for the Milk Crate

AL-D and E.T. have been dauntless in doing their part to spotlight local and regional hip-hop with their Meant for the Milk Crate showcase series and their weekly Fringe Radio Show on community station WRFN-LPFM. Over Meant for the Milk Crate’s five-year run, your hosts have put dozens of rappers on the stage at conventional Nashville venues, an important feat in itself. But now AL-D is going one step further and dropping a mixtape featuring tracks from past guests. The track list wasn’t available at press time, but previous bills have featured top-shelf MCs like Brian Brown, Rashad tha Poet, Virghost, Tiara P. and BeHoward, so chances are it’s going to be rad. And why not throw a party to celebrate? A $10 cover at the door will get you a copy of the mix, plus admission to live sets from established local rappers Young Quael, Case Arnold and Foundation, as well as choice up-and-comer Daisha McBride. On top of all that, you can watch (or spit some bars in) open-mic cyphers before and after the show. STEPHEN TRAGESER, Nashville Scene

Preview: DJ Wigs and New Bang on the Fringe Radio Show

For the August 27, 2018 edition of the Fringe Radio Show, hosts AL-D and E.T. will be speaking with DJ Wigs and New Bang about their new beat tapes (samples from which are available below).

The Fringe Radio Show will go live Monday night at 6:00pm (Central) on Radio Free Nashville 103.7 FM (which is also streaming online at RadioFreeNashville.org).

DJ Wigs previously appeared on the Fringe Radio Show in October 2016 – that broadcast is available here.

Preview: Quiet Entertainer on the Fringe Radio Show

For the August 6, 2018 edition of the Fringe Radio Show, host AL-D will be speaking with Quiet Entertainer about Quiet Entertainer Festival, which will be taking place Saturday, August 11 at The Cobra.

The Fringe Radio Show will go live Monday night at 6:00pm (Central) on Radio Free Nashville 103.7 FM (which is also streaming online at RadioFreeNashville.org).

Quiet Entertainer’s track “Self-esteem” was recently featured on the Nashville Fringe Festival’s Summer 2018 sampler and can be streamed below or downloaded for free as part of the complete compilation here.

Nashville Scene Critics’ Pick: Meant for the Milk Crate

AL-D and E.T.’s Meant for the Milk Crate hip-hop showcase series is approaching its fifth anniversary, so it’s likely most Nashvillians know what’s up by now. But maybe you’re here on vacation, or just moving to town. First of all, welcome, and second, you really wanna check this out. Your hosts are two outstanding rappers who’ve been known to spit a rhyme or three during the course of the evening, and they’ve got DJ Vamp on the decks, who makes the art of keeping the beat look easy. Four choice MCs are the featured guests for this installment: Music City’s Brian Brown, who’s been building up his already-strong following with new tracks from his forthcoming full-length Journey; also-local duo Out Here Boys, aka Sofa Brown and Evan Blocker, who’ve released two volumes of their athletic Move or Get Moved EP series this year; Memphis’ Tyke T, who slides between styles and voices like a chameleon changes colors; and Weston, whose lack of an internet presence is all the more reason to see him in the flesh. Really want your mind blown? Come early or stay late for the Olympic-level verbal gymnastics on display during the open-mic cyphers before and after the main show. STEPHEN TRAGESER, Nashville Scene

July 4: Party with a Purpose

Friends of the Fringe at Cold Lunch Records will be holding Party with a Purpose July 4 at the Pavilion East in East Nashville. A Cold Lunch Rock’n’roll Romp and Empowerment Party will feature music from Okey Dokey, Penicillin Baby, Harpooner Chamber Ensemble, The Beech Benders, Twiggs, and O Summer. The marketplace opens at noon, with music at 3, and admission is $10.

*repeat repeat Summer 2018 Tour

Friends of the Fringe *repeat repeat will be hitting the road from June through August, playing in support of Peking Duk. The first two dates are local to the Nashville area, as the group will be taking the stage for multiple performances at Bonnaroo. Click through here to keep up with the band on Facebook, or for more information on the upcoming dates.

From the Archives: A Beginner’s Guide to Touring with *repeat repeat (April 2014)

Preview: Culture Freedom on the Fringe Radio Show

For the May 7, 2018 edition of the Fringe Radio Show, host AL-D will speak with Culture Freedom (of Poor Righteous Teachers) and Trane Spitta, who will both be performing at the next Meant for the Milk Crate, which will go down May 19 at The Cobra.

The Fringe Radio Show will go live Monday night at 6:00pm (Central) on Radio Free Nashville 103.7 FM (which is also streaming online at RadioFreeNashville.org).