The Southern Cafe and Music Hall

Ryley Walker plays January 24 at The Southern. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Ryley Walker

Playing more than 200 shows in 10 months would earn most musicians a holiday, but Ryley Walker considered it a wind up to churning out Golden Sings That Have Been Sung, his most acclaimed album to date. Walker’s mounting fan base includes Robert Plant and UK bass legend Danny Thompson. A Pitchfork article raved, “Of […]

Local comedian Chris Alan takes top billing at the LYAO Showcase January 20 at The Southern. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Chris Alan

Chris Alan has opened for some of the biggest names in comedy, including Amy Schumer, Sasheer Zamata and Kyle Kinane, and his jokes about everything from bathroom farts to hummus and black men driving Priuses keep audiences in stitches. He takes the top billing in the LYAO Comedy Showcase hosted by Kenn Edwards and featuring […]

Mike Doughty, former frontman for Soul Coughing, plays Thursday, January 12, at The Southern Cafe and Music Hall.

ARTS Pick: Mike Doughty

Mike Doughty’s recent move to Memphis may have inspired the self-described “lonesome country” aspect of The Heart Watches While the Brain Burns. The album’s trap beats, however, speak to the influence of his longtime collaboration with New York hip-hop producer Good Goose, who contributed remotely via the Internet. Always willing to explore (see 2015’s biblical […]