The Latest | September 26

Can we let the great debate about which season is the best come to a rest at long last? If you were around Memphis this week, then I dare you to argue that anything is better than autumn in the Bluff City, especially if you’re a music lover. The past seven days alone have proven that live music is back in full force and the good news (and mild temps) just keep coming. Here’s a quick rundown of some of the biggest Memphis-centric music news from the week that was.

Gonerfest 19 Proves Garage Rock is Alive and Well

Once again, rock fans from around the country and world descended on Memphis for the annual four-day celebration known as Gonerfest, and this year’s iteration certainly lived up to the hype. We were able to make it to all four days for the first time in years, and believe us when we say it couldn’t have been much better. From local rapper A Weirdo From Memphis scaling to the top of the Railgarten stage to the triumphant return of garage rock heroes Compulsive Gamblers, it was truly a weekend to remember. For a full recap of the weekend, check out the Memphis Flyer’s excellent day-by-day overview.

                        Photo by Laura Jean Hocking

Memphis rapper GloRilla surprises alma mater with performance, donation

Memphis rapper GloRilla, whose given name is Gloria Woods, visited her alma mater, Martin Luther King Jr. College Preparatory High School, on Thursday afternoon to surprise students and staff with a performance and a $25,000 donation to the school’s seniors and Fine Arts program. The rapper, who is quickly becoming a major star off of the strength of her hit “FNF,” said she felt “blessed” to be able to come back to the school in this capacity. While she attended the school, she said she never got to experience a star coming to give back. But now, she fills the role of the person that she hoped to see growing up.

Young Avenue Sound Holds Grand Re-Opening Party

Young Avenue Sound celebrated a “rebirth” of sorts this Sunday with the unveiling of their new and improved space, which now features the new 96X FM studio, rooms to rent for traveling musicians, and expanded and improved studio space. The Memphis Flyer has a comprehensive overview of the refurbished studio, which you can check out here.


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