WAMM Recommends: Week of December 20

From the We Are Memphis Music team, here’s a mix of live music picks we think you can’t afford to miss out on this week. We’ll be taking a break next week for our long winter’s nap – see you in 2022!


Phil Kline’s Unsilent Night In Memphis

7 P.M., Tuesday December 21, Crosstown Brewing Co.


NYC-via-Akron contemporary classical legend Phil Kline has collaborated with such luminaries as Glenn Branca, Nan Goldin, Jim Jarmusch, and Robin Crutchfield of no wave godheads DNA, but he’s perhaps known for Unsilent Night, a sort of moving sonic sculpture in which participants carry boomboxes pre-recorded with a cacophony of bells and electronic instruments through an urban landscape. This annual winter tradition has trotted the globe since its 1992 inception but is hitting Memphis for the very first time this Tuesday, the evening of the winter equinox. Bring any device that can broadcast sound – cassette players, CD players, even phone bluetooth speakers – to Crosstown Brewery for this immersive 45-minute aural celebration of the holiday. All are welcome to participate! It just might be the perfect unorthodox way to send 2021 out the door and welcome us all to 2022.


Will Carlisle w/ Dylan Earle

7 P.M., Wednesday December 22, Hernando’s Hideaway



Before sweeping up the wrapping paper, even before falling into a sugar cookie coma, the onset of another Mid-South winter is worth commemorating, even in the hope that the weather remains pleasantly mild. Wednesday is the first full day of the gloomiest of seasons, but the Hideaway is bursting with soothing pre-Yuletime cheer, as Ozark mountain folksinger Will Carlisle swings through the Bluff City. Lyrics of hard-won luck of both good and bad varieties are underlined by Carlisle’s big-hearted and expressive timbre. He’s abetted on this journey by fellow Arkansan Dylan Earle, who’s own profound drawl is similarly aligned with the world-weary and stubbornly-hopeful. If this sounds like the balm you need to crawl through the holiday unscathed, then don’t let the chance pass you by.


Los Psychosis + Xmas Karaoke

9 p.m., Thursday December 23, Lamplighter Lounge

$5 at the door

As we’ve recently noted on this site, 2021 was a banner year for local releases, and one of the best was “Rock and Roll Dreams,” the debut album from local Latinx psychobilly band Los Psychosis. Along with New Jersey’s Hobo Houston, the fellas will be rocking the house at the Lamplighter this Thursday, celebrating both the album release and their 10 year anniversary as a band. Following the show, TommyTypo will be hosting Christmas Karaoke.


Sheiks-mas in Space

9:30 p.m., Saturday December 25, Bar DKDC

$10 at the door

There are two types of people in this world: Those who like to end their holiday festivities with hot cocoa and a classic holiday movie, and those who prefer cold beer and red hot rock ‘n’ roll. If you count yourself among the latter group, then be sure to make your way to DKDC for Sheiks-mas in Space, the annual holiday show from one of Memphis’ finest rock bands. While the Sheiks are guaranteed to be a great show no matter the occasion, they tend to ramp things up a few notches during the holidays with costumes, visuals, and other unexpected surprises.

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