Before I get to the show listings for this weekend, I feel compelled to share this awesome video from Daft Punk, who you should know by now are releasing a new album on May 31st called Random Access Memories. They collaborated with quite a few notable players in the electronic music world, and created a series of short bio films introducing each one. The first is the legendary Giorgio Moroder:

Now for what’s going down in Nashville this weekend-

FRIDAY:

Ponychase, Photo Ops, and Pale Houses (new project from Aaron Robinson) @ The Basement. 9pm $5 21+

BlackTooth Records Black-Out ft. Fly Golden Eagle, Chrome Pony, and “many more” @ Mercy Lounge. 9pm $5

Caveman w/ Pure Bathing Culture @ The High Watt. 9pm $10

Terry Fest ft. Tom Pappas Collection, Hurts To Laugh, Static Trees, Adam Hill & His Sunday Best, and more @ Mad Donna’s Music Loft. 9pm $???

SATURDAY:

Forget Cassettes, Tristen, and TORRES @ Mercy Lounge. 9pm $10 (I thought this was the release show for Forget Cassettes’ O Cursa on vinyl but no one seems to be mentioning that anywhere…)

The Sundresses, Hotel War, Mystery Twins, and Justin & The Cosmics @ The End. 9pm $6

Hollow Ox, Lone Official, and Faux Ferocious @ The Stone Fox. 9pm $5

That’s I all I have! Have a great weekend!

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Spring hasn’t fully sprung, but it’s trying really hard. But don’t let the weather dictate what shows you check out this weekend, because you’d be missing out on something good. Here are my picks:

FRIDAY:

Cheap Time, Fast Girls, and Thelma & The Sleaze @ The Stone Fox. 9pm $5

Charles Walker & The Dynamites album release @ Mercy Lounge. 9pm $12 adv/$15 DOS

Penicillin Baby, Elk Milk, Shy Guy, and Golden Spurs @ Springwater. 9pm $5 21+

SATURDAY:

Roy Ira, w/ Phantom Farmer @ FooBar too. 9pm $5

Stone Fox Garden benefit show ft. William Tyler, Reid Magette, and Stephen Molyneux @ The Stone Fox. 9pm $5, free if you bring something to donate to the garden.
Suggested:
Garden Center/Hardware Store Gift Cards
Top Soil/Compost
Lumber for Raised Beds
Screws (~3in)
Garden Tools
Seeds, Starters

That’s it! Quality over quantity this weekend. Have a great one!

ENBFThis year’s East Nashville Beer Festival was a complete success! I headed over with Lauren and a few bandmates and friends on Saturday ready to be amazed, and amazed I was! This festival has become one of my favorite days of the year, and Saturday did not disappoint. Lauren has a full review of everything over at Old Red Boots, but here are my top picks, with more personal insight:

Top 5 beers at ENBF 2013:

1. Kentucky Ale: Bourbon Barrel Ale
This is consistently my favorite bourbon barrel aged beer. You get a nice woody, oaky bourbon flavor up front, then a subtle hop character comes through, finishing with a lingering bourbon sweetness. It’s a symphony of all the right flavors.

2. Starr Hill: Psychokilter
Easily one of the best Scotch ales I’ve had. This beer is all about the malt- as it should be- but isn’t overly sweet. Robust and somewhat earthy. Color me impressed!

3. Calfkiller: Classic Spider
Calfkiller has burst onto the TN brewing scene in the past few years with a vengeance. All of their beers are fermented with the same Belgian yeast blend, which gives it a distinctive fruity note that says “this is Calfkiller!” Classic Spider was a special blend of their Brown Recluse and a stout, aged in a bourbon (or maybe it was whiskey?) barrel. I’m not sure if this will become a regularly produced beer, but I wouldn’t mind if it did!

4. Rivertown: Roebling Porter
This is a vanilla & espresso infused imperial porter, and it might as well be liquid dessert. It’s chocolatey, sweet, warming and simply delicious. It’s one of their flagships, too! Sadly, Rivertown doesn’t distribute to TNUpdate: turns out Rivertown DOES distribute to TN- you can get them at Craft Brewed!

5. Yazoo: Hop Project #70 Dry-hopped with Stella hops
Yazoo is known for their creative Hop Project series, in which they use the same malt bill, but different varieties of hops at different boiling schedules for each batch. #70 is the latest batch and (from what I was told at the tap) for this cask they dry-hopped it with a unique Australian hop variety called Stella. As I understand it this was a special cask that Yazoo made for the ENBF, but Hop Project #70 used Stella hops during the boil as well, and is available in retail stores now. 

Honorable Mentions:

Deschutes: Black Butte Porter and Northwest Pale Ale
Deschutes is an Oregon brewery that sadly hasn’t made it to TN yet, so I was unfamiliar even with these two flagship beers. The Black Butte Porter has a slightly nutty character that you’d expect in a nut brown ale, but yet it’s a porter! The Northwest Pale Ale stuck out to me because they backed away from the assertive hop bitterness that most APA’s are known for, and went for a well-balanced pale ale with a nice hoppy aroma.

Left Hand: Smokejumper Imperial Porter
Reactions to this beer amongst my peers were mixed. For me it was a fine smokey, bacon-y porter. I’ve not met a smoked beer that I didn’t like and this was no exception. Some in my group thought it reminded them too much of a campfire, while others wanted more bacon flavor. 

Straight To Ale: Hellfire Quadrupel and Monkeynaut IPA dry-hopped with Citra
This Huntsville brewery produces some fine beers. Their Belgian-style quadrupel, called Hellfire, was warming, earthy, and robust. They also had a special cask of their Monkeynaut IPA that was dry-hopped with Citra hops. The tropical fuity aroma was simply blissful!

French Broad: 13 Rebels ESB
One of my favorite styles of beer is a classic English ESB, or Extra-Special Bitter. I was familiar with French Broad but hadn’t tried their ESB. 13 Rebels was an enjoyable and worthy example of the style. Well-balanced and very session-able, as an ESB should be. 

Least Favorite Beer:

New Belgium’s surprise quadrupel.
I unfortunately didn’t take note of exactly what this beer was aged in or what was supposed to be special about it. It was a quad that had (I think) been aged in some sort of wood barrels. What I do remember though, is that is was too blatantly alcoholic up front. There are 10, 11, even 12% ABV beers that still manage to not allow the boozy alcoholic flavor to overrun the character of the beer. This one though, just screamed “BOOZE” at my palate. That being said, New Belgium is one of the finest, and also largest craft breweries in the nation. Everything about them pretty much rules. 

Happy drinking and I’ll see you next year at ENBF IV!

hotpipes-dustBefore 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:

FRIDAY:

QuicheNight, The Lonely H, and Buffalo Clover @ The 5 Spot. 9pm $5 21+

Goodbye June w/ Jonathan Sexton @ The Basement. 9pm $7 21+

SATURDAY:

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

SUNDAY:

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!

Leprechaun2It’s the Ides of March! Be careful out there. I mean, Google Reader is officially dead… that might as well be a sign of the apocalypse, right?

It’s not nearly as insane as last weekend, especially with a crop of our best local bands being away at SXSW, but there are still a few good shows to check out this weekend in Nashville- here are my picks:

FRIDAY:

R. Stevie Moore, Action!, and Bad Friend @ The Stone Fox. 9pm $7

Hello Walls, Anchor Thieves, Pageant, & Tim Chad and Sherry @ The End. 9pm $5

QDP @ The 5 Spot. 10pm $1 21+

SATURDAY:

The Million Sellers and Adam Therrien @ That’s Cool. 7pm $5

YEAH! Rock Block Showcase @ The Rutledge. 2pm $10 All Ages. For more info checkout the Facebook event.

SUNDAY:

Maserati, w/ Conestyle and Fragments of God @ Exit/In. 9pm $10

That’s all for now. Have a great weekend!

Mar9th-StoneFox-WEBBefore 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:

FRIDAY:

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.

SATURDAY:

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+

SUNDAY:

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!

spring-break-yayThis weekend there are some pretty awesome shows happening in Nashville. No excuses- go out and see some great bands/artists! Here’s what’s interesting to me:

FRIDAY:

Photo Ops album release show w/ Neil O’Neil and Milktooth @ The 5 Spot. 9pm $5 21+

“Future Night” ft. Hanzelle, Fake Brad, and T-Rust, along with a future-themed art show @ Boheme Collectif. 9pm $5

Fanny’s House of Music 4-year anniversary ft. Hobo Rampage and Poly @ Fanny’s House of Music. 6pm, FREE

Canomen, Surfing, Deluxin’, and Dogtooth @ Springwater. 10pm $5 21+

SATURDAY:

Forget Cassettes, Bows and Arrows, Cortney Tidwell, and Coupler @ Exit/In. 9pm $10 (This is also a video filming of the new Forget Cassettes video!)

SXSW Nashville Sendoff party at Mercy Lounge and The High Watt-
Mercy Lounge: The Protomen, Wild Cub, Luella & The Sun, Patrick Sweany, and the Howling Brothers
Hight Watt: Alanna Royale, Magnolia Sons, The JAG, Jacob Jones, and Los Colognes
ALL FREE!

William Tyler, Angel Olsen, and Ri¢hie @ Club Roar (710 Fessey Park Rd.) $5 suggested donation/BYOB. 9pm

Foreign Fields, Natalie Prass, and Boom Forest @ The Basement. 9pm $5 21+

That’s it, have a great weekend!