A Few Good Shows: 2/15/13

February 15, 2013

Commego-dot-com-b502dd56986d-Happy_valentines_dayHappy post-Valentine’s Day weekend! Not a lot of time as I’m writing this, but here’s a quick rundown of show listings that piqued my interest this weekend in Nashville.

FRIDAY:

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.

SATURDAY:

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.

SUNDAY:

Psychic Ills w/ Cloudland Canyon and Western Medication @ Exit/In. 9pm $7

That’s it, have a great weekend!

Ben and one of his best friends Bekah Cope at SXSW 2010.

It is a tragic, horrible day for the Nashville rock scene. Ben Todd, founder of Nashville’s Dead, bassist of D. Watusi, and main force behind the Freakin’ Weekend has died at age 24. Read more about it at the Nashville Cream, as they are far more talented writers than I.

I’ll just say a few words from my own experience with Ben. He was one of hundreds of acquaintances I know primarily through shows. I would always see him and briefly say “hey man how’s it going?” and unfortunately that was pretty much the extent of our interactions. But just through those interactions I could tell how passionate he was about the Nashville rock scene. That passion was very evident in his creation and the content of Nashville’s Dead. He was also the driving force behind the Freakin’ Weekend. Since we’re only about a month out from the 4th installment of the annual festival, I wonder how it will proceed. I’ve no doubt that it will, though, in his honor.

I just can’t help but think it ironic that his whole mantra seemed to be centered around eternal positivity, kindness, and keeping a youthful outlook on life. His blogging moniker was Forever Young, and Forever Young he shall remain. My condolences and deepest sympathy go out to his friends and family. Actually, I’ll just say family. Because Ben was the kind of person to whom friends ARE family. Rest in peace.

A Few Good Shows: 2/8/13

February 8, 2013

twin_peaks_logoSorry for the lack of posts this week. I’m currently moving and my life is utter chaos.

Here’s a quick rundown of cool shows to check out this weekend in Nashville:

FRIDAY:

Megajoos album release w/ Penicillin Baby, TN Scum, and Young Wolves @ Springwater. 10pm $5 21+

Torres, Catfish, and BF/GF Sex @ The Basement. 9pm $FREE 21+

SATURDAY:

Into the Night: A Twin Peaks Themed Art Show and Prom ft. DJ The Librarian, Burlesque Performances, Eight ‘O Five Jive, and Twin Peaks themed art show @ Boheme Collectif. 7pm 21+ Tickets available via EventBrite

Kopecky Family Band, The Eastern Sea, and Rayland Baxter @ Mercy Lounge. 9pm $10 adv/$12 DOS

That’s all I’ve got for you. It’s kind of a slow one. Have a great weekend!

 

A Few Good Shows: 2/1/13

February 1, 2013

Screen Shot 2013-01-31 at 12.39.09 PMVery short on time today (I’m actually typing this on Thursday since I’ll be on tour with Scale Model this weekend), so here’s a quick show rundown for Nashville this weekend:

FRIDAY:

Goddamn Gallows, Jake Orvis & the Broken Band, James Hunnicutt, and Pat Reedy & the Longtime Goners @ Exit/In. 8:30pm $10 adv/$12 DOS.

LEAGUES and Nikki Lane @ Mercy  Lounge. 9pm $12 adv/$15 DOS

SATURDAY:

Dee Goodz BYOR Back to School Party @ Exit/In. 9pm $$ adv/$7 DOS

Nashville Pioneers pep rally ft. DJ sets from Wild Cub, Coach, and DJ La Force (from QDP). 9pm $door money benefits the Oasis Center

*Also, I should mention that the headliners for Freakin’ Weekend IV have been announced and they include Black Lips, JEFF the Brotherhood, Diarrhea Planet, PUJOL, and many more! Check out Nashville’s Dead for the rest.

Have a great weekend!

Before I get to the show listings, I had to post this cool promo video for the upcoming QDProm at Mercy Lounge Feb. 16th. I’ve been doing photobooths at the monthly QDP parties for a few months now, and they made that video using the photos from the December edition. What is QDProm? It’s QDP, but bigger, with live bands, slow dancing, party favors, the regular QDP DJs, photobooth, and much more. Get your tickets now at www.tinyurl.com/qdprom and follow them on facebook and twitter for updates.

Here’s what sounds good to me this weekend in Nashville, show-wise.

FRIDAY:

Purity Ring w/ Young Magic @ Cannery Ballroom. 9pm $15 adv/$20 DOS

Alanna Royale CD release w/ Maureen Murphy, Daniel Ellsworth & the Great Lakes, and Golden Spurs @ The Basement. 9pm $7 21+

SATURDAY:

Yo La Tengo (performing two full sets) @ Mercy Lounge. 9pm $20

Boom Bap 5th Anniversary ft. DJ Nu-Mark @ the 5 Spot. 9pm $10

Derek Hoke, Denny & The Jets, and Ranch Ghost @ The Stone Fox. 9pm $7

Pencillin Baby, Sexx, Rales, and Pocono @ Springwater. 10pm $5 21+

John Spencer Blues Explosion w/ Cheap Time and The Jam Messengers @ Exit/In. 9pm $15 adv/$18 DOS

Nashville’s beloved songstress Tristen has a new record, titled C A V E S finished and ready to go. The only problem is, she needs money to repay the engineers, musicians, and others involved in the making of the record, and she also needs money to release it on vinyl. She’s doing this all through her own label Pupsnake Records, and she has a lot of handmade goodies and extras for the generous backers. Here it is straight from the horse’s mouth:

Hey guys. It’s time! I’m releasing the single ‘No One’s Gonna Know’ through my KICKSTARTER that has just launched. Watch the making of C A V E S video, get a download of ‘No One’s Gonna Know’ for a dollar, pre-order the whole dang record, or get your hands on exclusive hand-crafted merchandise I’ve made for the project. I need your help to release C A V E S on my own record label, Pupsnake Records. So please show some love and share it with your friends.

Kickstarter projects have become a dime a dozen these days, but trust me when I say that this is one that’s absolutely worth it. She’s the type of artist who is incredibly meticulous about every detail of her art. If it’s not absolutely perfect, she will not put it out for the world to consume. That’s why she enlisted the help of names like Mike Mogis (of Bright Eyes, and practically every other Saddle Creek band), and Stephen Hague (New Order, Pet Shop Boys). She worked hard on this album and sought out the right people to make it perfect, and that’s why it’s something worth supporting. Please read the full story of the album and pledge your support at her Kickstarter.

*Full disclaimer: Tristen is a friend of mine. I am writing this not only as a friend, but as a genuine fan of her music. I would not urge your support via this blog if I didn’t objectively consider her a talented artist making music worth supporting. 

A Few Good Shows: 1/18/13

January 18, 2013

Before we get to the show listings for this weekend, here are a few other local music tidbits worth mentioning:

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  • D. Watusi’s new album Dark Party is out now via Nashville’s Dead Records. Buy it on vinyl in their webstore and stream the whole thing via Soundcloud.
  • Bandcamp just keep getting better and better. They just unveiled their newest feature: Bandcamp for Fans. Read all about it at their blog. And sign up for it!

Now for the listings:

FRIDAY:

Bloc Party w/ 10 Echo @ Cannery Ballroom. 8:30pm $25

MAYHEM performs Cyndi Lauper’s She’s So Unusual @ Mercy Lounge. 9pm $5

QDP @ the 5 Spot. 9pm $1 21+

SATURDAY:

Brother Ares, Billy Castro, Forest of Tygers @ the Owl Farm. 8pm $5

Luella & The Sun, Sturgill Simpson, Josh Farrow @ the High Watt. 8pm $10

SUNDAY:

Memorial concert for The End soundman Brad Baker ft. Sara Zacek, Crooked Jester, Tons of Fun, and an open mic jam @ Exit/In. 7pm $10 donation to Musicares in honor of Brad.

*I’m embarking on a little weekend jaunt through Tuesday, so posting will resume next Wednesday or Thursday. Have a great weekend!

A Few Good Shows: 1/11/13

January 11, 2013

MercyLogo-websizeA few good shows? More like a shit-ton of good shows this weekend. Most of which are at the Mercy Lounge/Cannery/High Watt complex. 10 years ago Mercy Lounge opened its doors and quickly became one of the best venues in town in the 300-person capacity range. Soon after, the larger Cannery Ballroom opened, and just last year the brand new High Watt stage opened. They’ve celebrated their birthday every year in style, but this year they’re making it quite a party, with several great local bands on each stage and sponsorships by Yuengling and Brooklyn Brewery. Each night, the first 250 people will get in free, and the cover becomes $10 after that. Two-night passes can be purchased for $15 through the Mercy Lounge website. Listings for each night, along with some other picks are below. Happy 10 years Mercy Lounge!

FRIDAY:

Mercy Lounge 10-year anniversary night 1: (doors @ 8pm, shows @ 8:30pm, $10 but 1st 250 ppl free)

Cannery Ballroom- JEFF the Brotherhood, Ri¢hie, Turbo Fruits, and Clear Plastic Masks.
Mercy Lounge- Tristen, Wild Cub, Magnolia Sons, and Black Sea Royalty.
Hight Watt- James Wallace & The Naked Light, Evan P. Donohue, Matt Friction, & more.

David Allan Coe w/ Johnny Frtiz @ Exit/In. 9pm $20 adv/$25 DoS

Honey Locust, Poly, and Promised Land @ The Stone Fox. 9pm $5

SATURDAY:

Mercy Lounge 10-year anniversary night 2: (doors @ 8pm, shows @ 8:30pm, $10 but 1st 250 ppl free)

Cannery Ballroom- Cherub, Machines Are People Too, Brandon Jazz & His Armed Forces, Coin.
Mercy Lounge- The Weeks, Ravello, Sol Cat, Five Knives.
High Watt- Natural Child, Birdcloud, D. Watusi, Mystery Twins.

Steelism, Chris Scruggs, and Poly @ The Basement. 9pm $8 21+

D. Watusi in-store show @ Grimeys. 5pm free

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I’ve been slowly digging through the piles of posts in my RSS feed that accrued over the holiday break. While I’ve simply had to skip over the vast majority of it, I’ve found a few tidbits here and there about exciting and interesting things we can look forward to in Nashville’s awesome indie/local music scene in 2013. Check it:

  • Ben Todd and his Nashville’s Dead crew have announced the dates for the FREAKIN’ WEEKEND IV. So mark your calendars for March 7-9. The past three have gotten progressively more awesome as they’ve incorporated more of their favorite out-of-towners in the lineup. More at Nashville’s Dead.
  • Mercy Lounge will be celebrating their 10th year of putting on great shows this coming weekend. They have two nights, Friday and Saturday, of great local bands playing in all 3 of their venues- Mercy Lounge, Cannery Ballroom, and The High Watt. Some of the bands include JEFF the Brotherhood, The Weeks, Cherub, Wild Cub, and many more. Each night the first 250 people get in free, after that cover becomes $10. Check out their calendar for more info.
  • Infinity Cat Records plans to open a small storefront sometime this coming summer. Not many details are known yet, but Steve Haruch at the Scene caught wind of it buried in a blog post on their website and wrote about it on the Cream. Kudos Jake, Jamin, and Bob!
  • Not only does Nashville now have Craft Brewed, a combination taproom, beer store, and homebrew supply store, we also have yet another brewery opening downtown- Tennessee Brew Works. For more them, check out the Scene’s Bites Blog, or their official website. And for more on Craft Brewed, check out their facebook. I’ve been there twice already, and their official grand opening party is this coming Saturday the 12th. I highly recommend it for beer lovers!
  • This is waaaaay off in the future, but Yazoo, Nashville’s first commercial craft brewery, will be celebrating their 10-year anniversary on October 13th, 2013. Congrats guys!

A Few Good Shows: 1/4/13

January 4, 2013

the-kitten-covers-devoIt’s kind of a slow weekend since we just had all sorts of New Year’s craziness earlier this week, but there are still several goods shows to check out this weekend in Nashville. Here are my picks:

FRIDAY:

Ghost Dance, The Electric Dollhouse Groovebuggy, and Fly Golden Eagle @ The Groove. 8pm, FREE

All Them Witches, Slick, Justin & The Cosmics, and Velvet Elvis @ The Basement. 9pm $5 21+

SATURDAY:

The Deli Magazine Presents: Magnolia Sons, Peter Terry & The City Profits, and Star & Micey @ The 5 Spot. 9pm $5 21+

Parquet Courts, OGG, Dirty Dreams, Nots, ArchAnimals, and Gold & The Rush @ The Owl Farm. 9pm $5

That’s it, have a great weekend!