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Tonight something will happen that I never, EVER thought would happen. Drummer Simon Lynn will rejoin his old bandmates from The Whole Fantastic World onstage for the first time in at least 3 years. I honestly can’t remember exactly when he left the band/the other 2 moved to Chicago, but it was a while ago. They apparently recruited a new drummer there, but only played a handful of shows and to my knowledge haven’t released anything since 2004’s Chime! They were a Theory 8 artist and honestly one of the most unique bands from this area. I used to describe them as “prog-pop” to friends. They are playing tonight at the Exit/In as part of a new “rock the block” Tuesday night weekly series. This free show also features Velcro Stars, Hammertorch, HP Witchcraft, Kat Brock, Bird Cloud, The Avery Set, Homework, and Heartbeater. Obviously this show will be similar in format to Mercy Lounge’s 8 off 8th monday night series. This particular one was assembled by Meltface Music Faction and Simon Lynn himself. I can’t think of anything better to do with your tuesday night than go see a free show from an abosolutely amazing band that hasn’t played Nashville in over 3 years, not to mention all the other great bands on the lineup. In fact, it’s been a good minute since Velcro Stars played a show…

Also of note, according Nashville Cream’s post on this same topic, HP Witchcraft is former Wooden Wand frontman James Jackson Toth’s new project with Bingham Barnes of Glossary and Tyler Coppage of We Were The States.

Check out this unreleased demo track from The Whole Fantastic World:

The Whole Fantastic World-Colussus

According to Stereogum, Pavement will be headlining the Pitchfork music festival this coming July. I can’t imagine that they’d be willing to do that and then pass up on opportunities such as Coachella and Bonnaroo. Of course I sincerely hope the latter becomes reality. Unless something drastic changes between now and then, I’ll probably be there again this year covering for the Scene, and since I’ve never seen the band live, I really hope they end up at Bonnaroo. An actual Nashville appearance wouldn’t hurt, either.

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Not much time today so here are newsy bits, as they’re called over at the Cream.

Pitchfork reports that Conor Oberst is probably “closing the book” on Bright Eyes after one more album. Emo girls: you’ll just have to settle for his solo project from now on. Sorry.

jamesjacksontothJames Jackson Toth moved to Murfreesboro around a year or two ago around the same time his band Wooden Wand was calling it quits. I honestly wasn’t familiar with Wooden Wand until about this time, but I did receive a promo copy of his new album Hard Knox under the name “Wand.” He’s been getting some serious love in the blogosphere as of lately, and is about to embark on a tour with the likes of Destroyer and Akron/Family, among others. Today he was mentioned on both RCRD LBL and Stereogum, both of which have free mp3s.

Local web design champion and music enthusiast Michael Eades did a stupendous (and much needed) redesign of the Mercy Lounge’s website. It’s a vast improvement and the calendar is much more readable and easy to use. They also have a blog in the works that hopefully will startup any day now. Do yourself a favor and check it out.

In some local news- it was cool to learn this morning that an emeritus professor at Vanderbilt was the mathematician responsible for solving the three-body problems required to send the Apollo missions to the moon.

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