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I don’t announce many non-music events on this blog, but this is one big exception: Neil deGrasse Tyson will be speaking at Vanderbilt University’s Langford Auditorium next Tuesday, Nov. 13th. This guy is a total badass. He is one of the few true “real science” celebrities, and he’s also one of my personal heroes. He’s been on TV countless times- hosting shows on PBS, Discovery Channel, Science Channel and more, as well as guest appearances on The Daily Show and Colbert Report many times. I have no idea what he will talk about, but mark my word it will be entertaining and informative. The guy always manages to succeed in convincing the masses that nerd stuff is cool, and is thus an invaluable ambassador of science to the public. I strongly suggest getting your ticket now via any Ticketmaster outlet. They’re only $5 for non-Vandy students, and $10 for general public. (And free if you’re a Vandy student, staff, or faculty member!)

UPDATE: I didn’t realize this event was already sold out! So, still awesome and I hope you got tickets in time!

Here’s the official Vanderbilt link for more info.

See you there!

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A Few Good Shows: 9/21/12

September 21, 2012

First of all, I want to wish Ben Todd & his crew at Nashville’s Dead a happy third birthday. They celebrated last night at Zombie Shop with Ty Segall, The Oh Sees, and a top-notch list of local support. I wish I could go to big shows like that on weeknights but my job schedule prohibits it most of the time. But if you didn’t party yourself silly with Nashville’s Dead last night, here’s a rundown of what looks interesting to me this weekend.

FRIDAY:

Mystery Twins, Grand Strand (ft. Kelley Anderson formerly of Those Darlins), Dirty Dreams @ The 5 Spot. 9pm/$5/21+

Maps & Atlases w/ Cory Brannan @ Mercy Lounge. 9pm/$12

SATURDAY:

Nick Lowe and Eleni Mandell @ Mercy Lounge. 8pm/$20

Majestico Love is God 7″ release party w/ Ranch Ghost, Promised Land, and Western Medicine @ The Groove Record Store. 4pm/FREE

SUNDAY:

Sunday School presents: Cry Baby, Tower Defense, Meadownoise, and NORM @ Exit/In. 7pm/FREE

That’s it. Have a great weekend!

Another busy weekend is getting started. Not much time today but here’s a quick rundown of what I find interesting.

FRIDAY:

Cherub, Ghosthouse, DWNTWN @ Mercy Lounge. 9pm $10 adv/$15 DoS.

Honey Locust, Cuddle Magic, Paper Lantern @ The High Watt. 9pm $5

Heavy Cream album release show w/ Cheap Time and Fox Fun @ Zombie Shop. 8pm $7

Fancytramp and Kill Baby Kill @ Dino’s. 9pm Free

SATURDAY:

Natural Child, Birdcloud, RiĀ¢hie, King Karl @ Zombie Shop. 8pm $5

Rock for Kids Benefit & Art Show @ 12th & Porter ft. local art and 7 bands: Auto Defiance, Scale Model, Frances & the Foundation, Lazar Lazar, Static Revival, The Notion, and Tell Tale Nights. Proceeds go to Project Help MTSU and Pediatrics Division of Neonatology at The Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. Check out the facebook event page for more!

That’s all I’ve got- have a great weekend!

A Few Good Shows: 1/6/11

January 6, 2012

I know it’s been a while. Sorry, after all the holiday-ing gets me out of a rhythm it takes a minute for me to get back into the swing of blogging.

This weekend is a tiny bit slow when it comes to rock shows, but here are a few things worth mentioning (and some shameless self-promotion):

FRIDAY:

Vitalic Noise presents CRAVE at Tavern. FREE, 21+, ft. resident DJs Losici (Josiah Lester) and Dali Drama (Jenn Harbin), and guest BURGERS (aka me). We’ll spinning the best in nu-disco/house/french touch/indie dance. Did I mention it’s FREE? It’s free.

The Dead Towns, Siberian Traps, The Bad Swears, & The Dirty Holidays @ The End. 9pm $5

SATURDAY:

The Tendoor, Kat Smo, Taxicab Racers, Ugly Kids Club @ The End. 9pm $5

Metal at the Mercy: a KISS tribute @ Mercy Lounge. 9pm $5

A Few Good Shows: 12/2/11

December 2, 2011

Busy weekend. Lots of good shows and stuff to do in Nashville. Let’s get right to it-

FRIDAY:

Last Year’s Men, Fly Golden Eagle, Ranch Ghost @ The End. 9pm $7

Mashville 4 year anniversary+Girls & Boys Nashville @ Mercy Lounge. $5 (This one features Coach, Hands Off Sam, Wick-it, Kidsmeal, Bateman, Mike Vulcan, Wildcub, Kevin Perryman, Revenant, Jenn Harbin, DJ Orig, and others- a very diverse DJ lineup indeed.)

Vitalic Noise presents the return of CRAVE @ Tavern. FREE, 21+ 10pm-3am. CRAVE was becoming THE place to be on Friday nights when it was hosted at the Wine Loft, but then Wine Loft was shut down by its parent company. Justin and the Vitalic Noise team have been hard at work finding the perfect new home for CRAVE and they’ve found it at TAVERN (sister company to Virago, Whiskey Kitchen, and Kayne Prime. This new installment features DJ sets by Losici, Donny Rest, Vitalic Noise (Justin Katerberg), and d.Babe. Did I mention it’s FREE?

SATURDAY:

Happy Little Trees 7″ release show w/ Poly and Frances Foundation @ the Basement. 9pm 21+ $5

Th’ Legendary Shack Shakers w/ Split Lip Rayfield and the Dirt Daubers @ Mercy Lounge. 9pm $12 adv $14 DOS

Mr. Gnome w/ Cry Baby, Pushy Lips, and Thelma & the Sleaze @ The End. 9pm $7. Mr. Gnome was just named a “band to watch” by Rolling Stone, and I just checked out their record- it feels a bit scattered but there are some phenomenal tracks toward the middle and end. Moody, psychedelic, and dynamic, they never cease to just rock. I’ve heard very good things about their live shows and am thinking this could be one of those amazing shows that slips under the media radar for whatever reason. But I’d recommend not letting it slip under your radar.

SUNDAY:

Birdcloud, Denny & The Jets, Ranch Ghost @ the 5 Spot. 9pm $5 (Natural Child was on this bill initially but were replaced by Ranch Ghost.)

A massive grin sprawled across my face as I read this Nashvillest post about the upcoming “Way Late Play Date” nights at the Adventure Science Center. “Best idea ever” is an understatement. It’s been at least 15 years since I’ve been to that place- then it was called Cumberland Science Museum I believe- and I’ve wanted to go back ever since moving to middle TN in 2000. I’m quite sure I’m not the only one who’s wanted to go but felt like I’d get in the way of all the kids if I went without having my own kids. Some genius in their event planning dept. must’ve realized this and come up with the idea for this event. It’s a 21+ event, which will include 2 alcoholic drinks in the $15 ticket price. Booze+science is a winning combination in my mind. I just really hope some dumbass doesn’t get wasted and then hurl while in the moonwalk simulator. Oh, and you can also get a discount by buying 2 tickets together for only $25. The dates are June 24th and July 27th. Embrace your inner nerd and get tickets here before they sell out! (Megan & I will be there June 24th.)

I’ve written many blog posts about NASA’s Kepler Mission here early last year around the time it launched, but it’s been a while since I mentioned it. The spacecraft has been silently staring into the heavens looking for minuscule dips in stars’ brightness which may indicate a transiting planet orbiting said star. Now that it’s been over a year since its first observations, NASA is obligated by law to release the data to the public for further scrutinization. Astoundingly, Kepler has produced a list of 750 candidates for exoplanets. This is a massive list, considering the current list of known exoplanets is at about 450. I say “candidates” because these are not confirmed exoplanets yet, they are data sets that could indicate exoplanets, but those stars need further review and observation by other telescopes to confirm that the dips in their brightness was definitely caused by a transiting planet. This could take years, because in some of the cases, another transit will have to be observed to confirm that it’s indeed a planet. Nevertheless, this is very exciting news, and I have absolutely no doubt that at least one of these candidates will turn out to be the holy grail of planet-hunting: an earth twin. Read more about this at Universe Today, and even more at the NY Times.

Now behold the most badass kid ever. He had his tooth pulled by a rocket. (You may think this is a bit cruel, but I’m positive that the tooth was a baby tooth that was on the verge of falling out anyway.) (Also via Universe Today)

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