The Latest: June 13

This week in Memphis music news features appearances from two groups of bona fide local legends, one of whom is back in the spotlight with new music and the other who has vowed that this is the end of the road. Bittersweet indeed.

8Ball & MJG release new single, video for “They Don’t Love You”

Fresh off of their celebrated performance on “Verzuz,” Memphis rap legends 8Ball & MJG are back with a hot new tune. This week, the Orange Mound vets release “They Don’t Love You,” which finds the duo in top form, trading verses with the combination of confidence and easygoing camaraderie that has always been a hallmark of their music. You can watch the video below.

Garage rock legends Reigning Sound perform final show at the Overton Park Shell

For 20 years, Reigning Sound have been one of Memphis’ biggest and most influential bands, winning over fans worldwide with their blues and R&B tinged rock ‘n’ roll. Sadly, earlier this week lead singer Greg Cartwright announced that the band’s final show would be their Friday night appearance at the Overton Park Shell. “We are also formally announcing the end of the group,” Cartwright wrote in the statement. “COVID has proven to be a long-lasting concern and more difficult to navigate than anyone could have anticipated. Rather than compromise ourselves or our fans, I have decided this is the right time to dissolve the band.” To read more about the band, check out this profile from Pitchfork.

South Point Grocery to host live music in June

Memphis’ newest (and arguably coolest) grocery store announced this week that they will be hosting live music throughout June. Addie James, marketing director of Castle Retail Group, said the addition of live music each Friday and Saturday incorporates with South Point’s growing reputation as one of the most modern grocery stores in Memphis. Scheduled acts include Andrew Cabigao onFriday, June 17, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Bri Marie Friday, June 24, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. To learn more, check out this piece from the Daily Memphian.

 

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