As you probably know, I’ve been involved with YEAH (Youth Empowerment through Arts & Humanities) for many years and try to help them out in any way I can. I’ve volunteered for SGRRC and TNTRC multiple years and can say from experience that it’s AWESOME. It’s easily the most rewarding volunteer work I’ve ever done and it honestly changed my life forever. Unfortunately I can’t spare the time off from work to volunteer for them this year, but that doesn’t mean YOU can’t! I strongly STRONGLY encourage you to checkout their volunteer form and see if any of the positions interest you. Remember, you DON’T have to be a musician or even musically-inclined to help out! There are plenty of non-musical needs as well. You get free lunch every day, a cool t-shirt, and most importantly the good feeling of helping foster the love of music and the arts in some of coolest kids you will ever meet.
May 24, 2013
There’s not shortage of good shows to check out this weekend, but before we get to the listings I have a few noteworthy local music tidbits to mention-
- Creature Comfort are a talented new local band I’ve had the pleasure of playing shows with, and they’ve just released their debut album Fox Tales, which can be purchased digitally on bandcamp. Stream it here!
- My band Scale Model just released a 2-song remix EP for “Do It Tonight” off our 2012 S/T EP. The remixes were done by Makeup & Vanity Set and The Leech Boyz. It’s totally free for download on our bandcamp page, so stream it and grab it! While you’re at it, also check out our limited edition tshirts designed by Funky Catsterz.
My picks for what shows to see this Memorial Day weekend in Nashville-
Night Beds, Good Buddy, and Tristen @ Mercy Lounge. 9pm $10
Nashville Pioneers pep rally part 2 ft. DJs Coach and La Force @ the Stone Fox. 9pm $5
No Country For New Nashville 2-year anniversary party ft. Colorfeels, EL EL, and Beck’s Song Reader performed by Daniel Ellsworth, members of Milktooth, and more @ The Basement. 9pm $7 21+
Josephine Foster, The Cherry Blossoms, and Honey Locust @ The Stone Fox. 9pm $7
Those Darlins, Gills, Magnolia Sons, Vespers, Stagolee, Cooper & The Jam @ Eastside Hootenanny at East Park. 4-10pm Proceeds go to benefit Urban Green Lab. More info on East Side Hootenanny website.
You’d think there would more good shows Sunday night given the long weekend, but I couldn’t find anything I’m particularly thrilled about. Have a great weekend!
May 3, 2013
A little late today but better late than never!
A couple of Nashville local music tidbits to mention before we get to the show listings
- Hotpipes’ long-awaited new album Dust is now out! Grab it on their bandcamp or website.
- Sugar Sk*_*lls also has a new album, called Intermission full of his undeniable 8-bit goodness. Grab it on his bandcamp as well.
- NORM (aka Dave Paulson of The Privates, The Pink Spiders, and My So-Called Band) released his debut solo album via bandcamp, but in an email statement he says that while he initially thought his home mastering job sounded just fine, a few days later he realized that it just wasn’t up to par. So, while the ‘rough’ version remains on his bancamp, the re-mastered version will be up “sometime in the month of May.” This version “will be much kinder to your eardrums no matter where you listen to it.” Needless to say, these songs are all VERY GOOD.
Now, onto this weekend’s show listings:
GOAT w/ Holy Wave @ The High Watt. 9pm $10
The Black Keys w/ The Flaming Lips @ Bridgestone Arena. 7:30pm $25-$47
Shari Rowe, Midnight Riders, Sugar Pants Johnson, Honey Locust, Scale Model, Ryegrass, and Roy Ira @ Sevier Park Festival Corner Music Stage. 11am-7pm, FREE.
*Please note: this event is rain or shine and there is a large tent over the stage/crowd area and the beer gardens, so you can still attend and stay dry in the areas that matter- music & beer!*
Griffin Technology presents YACHT ROCK REVIVAL ft. Yacht Rock Revue & special guests, w/ Guilty Pleasures, Space Capone, Larry g(EE), The Aquaducks, and Whiskey Disco afterparty. All in the Mercy Lounge/Cannery/High Watt/ONE complex, 4pm-last call. $20 adv/$25 DOS/$75 VIP
Hurts To Laugh, Megajoos, 3 Birds, and Opossum Holler @ The 5 Spot. 9pm $5
Musician’s Corner ft. Charles Walker & The Dynamites, The Fairfield Four, and Andrew Ripp @ Centennial Park. 12pm FREE
The Black Angels, Hanni El Khatib, and Wall of Death @ Mercy Lounge. 9pm $15
That’s it! Have a great weekend and try to stay dry!
April 17, 2013
Nashville’s hometown indie-pop heroes The Features are back with a new self-titled album on May 14th! They released the bouncy, catchy single “This Disorder” (which you can stream below) a while back, and just announced the official presale for the album on CD/Vinyl and iTunes. The pre-order on Bandcamp will also get you 2 free mp3s of your choice.
The boys will be performing at Grimey’s Record Store Day festivities along with Paramore, Hotpipes, Alanna Royale, Daniel Bachman, Josh Rouse, and PUJOL. They’re also playing a special free Frye Jam Session showcase this Friday night at Mercy Lounge with Nikki Lane, Odessa Rose, and Andrew Combs. Get there early if you want in- it’s limited to 300 capacity!
April 2, 2013
Catie Cameron has been one of my best friends for many years. She’s a talented, smart gal and also a great writer. For the past few years she has been working on achieving one of her childhood dreams- to write and publish a novel. Today I’m happy to share with you her Kickstarter campaign, which will raise the funds needed for her to self-publish Ms. Rhythm and Blues: A Rock & Roll Novel. It’s about a girl named Maggie who grows up in Nashville, TN in the 90s and immerses herself in the rock scene, and eventually opens her own rock club. I won’t say much more because you really should just go to her Kickstarter page and check it out for yourself! Here’s the promo video:
March 22, 2013
Before I get into the show picks for this weekend, I must point out a bit of wonderful local rock news: Hotpipes have returned! Above is the cover art for their long-awaited new album Dust, which will be released via YK Records on May 7th. The band is “now Jonathan Rogers and Dan Sommers” according to their website. They’ll also be playing an album release show at Mercy Lounge on Sat. May 11th with Echo Group, with the band rounded-out by an all-star cast of local musicians including Dave Paulson, Jerry Pentecost, and Keith Lowen. Both of these bands wear their Walkmen influences on their sleeves, so this billing makes perfect sense. Bravo, fellas! Glad to have you back!
Now for my show picks:
QuicheNight, The Lonely H, and Buffalo Clover @ The 5 Spot. 9pm $5 21+
Goodbye June w/ Jonathan Sexton @ The Basement. 9pm $7 21+
Warm Soda w/ Ben Spinks Supermelt and Study Hall @ The Stone Fox. 9pm $7
Alanna Royale w/ Milktooth, Heavy Sole, and Photo Ops @ Mercy Lounge. 9pm $FREE
Hurts to Laugh, Bang OK Bang, and The Bad Dudes @ FooBar. 9pm $5
Peach Kelli Pop w/ Dirty Dreams and Fox Fun @ The Stone Fox. 9pm $5
Frightened Rabbit and Twilight Sad @ 3rd & Lindsley (sold out). 8pm
That’s all for this weekend! See you at the ENBF!
March 8, 2013
Before I get to to our regularly scheduled show listings, I must take a moment to shamelessly plug my band Scale Model’s show Saturday at The Stone Fox. Joining us on the bill is the awesome and sexy Ponychase, as well as the fresh new sounds of Nudity. DJ John Brassil will also be spinning your favorite 80s new wave & post punk between bands. I know, there are a shit ton of good shows happening this weekend, but if you’re not feeling Freaky or Rosey, come see us! The Stone Fox is the best venue of its size in town, and this 80s/synth-heavy bill was custom-tailored to fill the void left by those other big shows. Now for the show listings:
Freakin’ Weekend night 2 ft. The Black Lips, Ex-Cult, D. Watusi, White Fence, and Crime Wave @ Exit/In. 8pm $20
HUSTLE III: Nashville’s biggest DJ collaboration, ft. DJs from Y2K, Recognize, Whiskey Disco, The Boom Bap, and Electric Western @ Cannery Ballroom. 8pm $10 adv/$12
Little Bandit, Chris Pickering, Jesse Lafser @ The Basement. 9pm $5 21+
He’s My Brother, She’s My Sister, Shaky Graves, and Paper Bird @ Mercy Lounge. 9pm $10 adv/$12 DOS
Townes Van Zandt tribute ft. Cortney Tidwell, Lylas, Altered Statesmen, Aquariums, and more @ The Stone Fox.
Ponychase, Scale Model, and Nudity @ the Stone Fox. 9pm $7
Freakin’ Weekend night 3 ft. JEFF the Brotherhood, Diarrhea Planet, Cy Barkley & The Way Outsiders, OGG, and The Orwells @ Exit/In. 8pm $15
Caitlin Rose The Stand In album release show, with Andrew Combs and Steelism @ Mercy Lounge. 9pm $10 adv/$12 DOS
Gemini Club, Ghosthouse, and Patrick Baker @ The High Watt. 9pm $10
Calicocat, T. Rust, Chloe Sunshine, and King of Prussia @ The 5 Spot. 9pm $5 21+
The Zombies w/ The Ettes and Night Beats @ War Memorial Auditorium. 6pm, $25-$40
Freakin’ Weekend Hangover Brunch ft. Jaill, Fletcher C. Johnson, John Wesley Coleman III, Deluxin’, and Weekend Babes @ The Stone Fox. 4pm $3 w/ Freakin’ Weekend 3-day pass, $5 w/out
I told you it’s a crazy weekend! The weather’s gonna be lovely so get out, have fun, and be safe!
February 28, 2013
In the wake of the tragic death of Freakin’ Weekend founder Ben Todd, those who worked with him on it have stepped in to make sure this year’s installment of the festival/celebreation/freak-out will go off without a hitch. Indeed, yesterday the full schedule was posted over at Nashville’s Dead, and this year is gonna freak harder than ever before. The above poster was designed by Julia Bee and Ben Todd, and will be available to purchase at the pop-up record store Friday and Saturday. This year they introduced the option to buy a full weekend, three-day pass which guarantees entry into all three shows, and will save you a few bucks compared to buying individual tix for each night. Grab those here, because with this lineup you won’t want to miss a single act! Here’s a quick rundown of the lineup, but be sure to head over to Nashville’s Dead for full details.
Thursday March 7th @ The End:
Quintron & Miss Pussycat
Friday March 8th @ Exit/In:
The Black Lips
Saturday March 9th @ Exit/In:
JEFF the Brotherhood
Cy Barkley & The Way Outsiders
The pop-up record store and daytime shows will go down at Local Honey (2009 Belmont Blvd) Friday and Saturday 12-5pm, with bands starting at 3pm.
This year’s gonna be a blast so get your freak on!
February 22, 2013
I hope you got your East Nashville Beer Fest tickets yesterday! I believe they sold out in roughly an hour. A little slower than I predicted but still… damn.
This weekend isn’t the strongest we’ve had in a while in terms of good shows to see, but there are some good ones in there. Here are my picks:
Allen Thompson Band, Poly, and Lonely H @ The Basement. 9pm $5 21+
Hagsanova @ The Stone Fox. 9pm $7
Menomena w/ Guards @ Mercy Lounge. 9pm $13 adv/$15 DOS
Count Bass D, Bohemian Hype Cult, and Treekeeper (DJ set) @ The Stone Fox. 9pm $7
Daniel Ellsworth and the Great Lakes, The Lonely Biscuits, & Black Sea Royalty @ Exit/In. 9pm $5
*This isn’t a show, but it really is worth mentioning: The Spectacular Poster Printacular at Barista Parlor, 7-10pm. Legendary printmakers such as Isle of Printing, Hatch Show Print, Boss Construction, Monkey Ink, Laura Baisden, Snowcat Press, Sam Smith, Micah Smith, Kangaroo Press, Family Tree and more will all be there showcasing and selling their prints. Bring some money because with this star-studded lineup of printmakers, you will come across something that you just can’t live without. It’s part of the Nashville Print Revival.
Stone Jack Jones, Lylas, Adia Victoria, Handsome Panther, and JD Panty Sweat (Nikki Darlin) @ The Basement. 9pm $5
February 15, 2013
Glossary and Telegraph Canyon @ The Stone Fox. 9pm $7
Roy Ira w/ W.B. Givens and Mayday Malone @ the High Watt. 9pm $5
East Nashville Underground ft. Magnolia Sons, Machines Are People Too, Cult Logic, Alanna Royale, All Them Witches, Vinyl Thief & DJ Rate @ The East Room. $10 or $25 for full festival pass. Full lineup and info can be found here.
QDP presents: QDProm ft. Ponychase, Tipper Whore, The QDP DJs, and special guests @ Mercy Lounge. 9pm $8 adv/$10 DOS
Social Studies and Ramona Falls @ The High Watt. 9pm $10
East Nashville Underground (day show) ft. The Static Trees, Jon Byrd, Joshua, Waterfall Wash, KS Rhoads, Colorfeels, Frances & The Foundation, Hanzelle @ The East Room. 1-8pm Full details here.
East Nashville Underground (night show) ft. Golden Spurs, COIN, Tesla Rossa, James Wallace & The Naked Light, MOON TAXI, The Wans, DJ That Guy! @ The East Room. 9pm Full details here.
Psychic Ills w/ Cloudland Canyon and Western Medication @ Exit/In. 9pm $7
That’s it, have a great weekend!