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As a TNTRC volunteer and long-time supporter of YEAH (Youth Empowerment through Arts & Humanities) I must first plug this Saturday’s Tennessee Teens Rock & Roll Camp showcase at Marathon Music Works. Doors are at 2:30pm and show starts at 3. We have 16 bands this year, and unlike past years where campers could choose between doing a cover song or writing their own, this year all bands wrote their own songs together. It was a big step but it has paid off, and believe me when I say there are some good songs this year! There will also be a raffle with tons of goodies! Being involved with this organization is one of the best things I’ve ever done and they need your support so please come out- the door and raffle money all goes right back into supporting the mission. Now for the rest of the listings:

FRIDAY:

The Mynabirds, with Sean Bones and Matrimony @ The High Watt. $10 9pm

Bitchfest Night 1 ft. Fancytramp, Slutever, Dirty Dee & The Sweaty Meat, and How Cozy! @ The End. 9pm $5

SATURDAY:

Nikki Lane, Jasmin Kaset, and Jimmy Stewart @ The 5 Spot. 9pm $5 21+

Bitchfest Night 2 ft. Birdcloud, Thelma & the Sleaze, Hot Cha Cha, and White Mystery @ Exit/In. 9pm $7

SUNDAY:

Bitchfest Night 3 ft. Crybaby, I am Sabot, and Lurancy Vennum @ Springwater. 9pm $5 21+

The debut of Sunday School, a new free weekly series alternating between Exit/In and The End. This Sunday features The Paperhead, Denny & The Jets, and Prince Coyote & the Dogmen. $FREE and it STARTS AT 6PM. DRINK SPECIALS AND DAY DRINKIN’ Y’ALL.

Have a great weekend and stay cool!

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A lot of good shows, both local and non-local, are happening this weekend in Nashville. Here are a few that stick out to me.

FRIDAY:

Gospel Music, Bows and Arrows, Mom & Dad, The Dead Towns @ The End. 9pm $6

Queer Dance Party @ the 5 Spot. 10pm $1 21+

Reid Magette & the 1020s, RiĀ¢hie, and New Pleasure (Reid Magette’s album release show) @ Zombie Shop. 8pm $5

SATURDAY:

Hey Champ w/ Future Unlimited @ The High Watt. 9pm $10 adv/$12 dos

Chris Crofton, Faux Ferocious, The Fastboys @ The Basement. 9pm $5 21+

Umbrella Tree, O Don Piano, Eyes of the Elders @ The 5 Spot. 9pm $5 21+

SUNDAY:

The Weeks, Kingston Springs, and Asherel w/ special guests Shivery Shakes and Bobby Jealousy @ The High Watt. 9pm $7

Have a great weekend!

There are plenty of great shows to catch on this extended weekend around Nashville. I’ll be out of town but if you’re around and need some good shows to see, look no further than here.

FRIDAY:

Pierced Arrows, Bad Cop, Ghost Dance, and Don’t @ The End. 9pm $7

How I Became the Bomb, Colorfeels, and NORM @ the High Watt. 9pm $7

A Re-release party for Chris Crofton’s first comedy LP “Pearls Before Swine: Live at the Springwater” @ Springwater. 10pm $5

Jeremy Lister, By Lightning, Oh Dang Lo Mein @ Mercy Lounge. 9pm $8 adv/$10 DOS

SATURDAY:

Nobody’s Vault But Mine: Dex Romweber Duo, Black Belles, Jane Rose & the Deadend Boys, Jeff Zentner, and Elin Palmer @ The Basement. 9pm $15

OBN III’s, Useless Eaters, Cy Barkley & the Way Outsiders @ The End. 9pm $5

The Boom Bap @ the 5 Spot. 9pm

SUNDAY:

Nobody’s Vault But Mine: PUJOL, Brian Olive, Boogaloosa Prayer, The Ultras S/C @ The Basement. 9pm $15

That’s all I have. Have a great 3 day weekend!

I can’t believe it’s already Friday! It’s been a busy week but it’s time to figure out what shows to catch, but before the listings I must mention that Mercy Lounge has a brand-spakin’ new website designed by the talented Michael Eades. He’s done some pretty impressive stuff with video clips in the background of the main page. If you have an older, slower system like I do, it may take a second to fully load, but overall it’s worth it.

Now for what’s shakin’…

FRIDAY:

Lee Ranaldo Band w/ PUJOL and Wooden Wand @ Mercy Lounge. 9pm $15

Fool’s Gold w/ Fly Golden Eagle @ The High Watt. 9pm $10 adv/$12 DOS

Queer Dance Party (QDP) @ The 5 Spot. 10pm $1

SATURDAY:

Umbrella Tree album release party w/ Uncle Skeleton and Poly @ Exit/In. 9pm$5

MAYHEM Perform’s Prince’s album “Controversy,” ft. Dez Dickerson @ Mercy Lounge. 9pm $7

Everyday Fest presents: Fox Fun, Reid Magette, Dirty Dreams @ Brick Factory. 8pm SHARP! Show should be over by 10pm-

THEN, Everyday Fest presents: No Regrets Coyote EP release w/ Oh Dang Lo Mein, MOM, and Linear Downfall @ Zombie Shop. 10pm SHARP!

SUNDAY:

Ranch Ghost, The Ultras S/C, King Karl, Double Barrel, and DJ David Bermudez @ Drifters. NOON DAY SHOW and it’s FREE Y’ALL. I believe this is the annual vintage bike show, so there’ll be tons of cool bikes too.

Have a great weekend!

This one kinda took me by surprise… I hadn’t a clue that The Features were about to release a compilation of b-sides, outtakes, and demos. Still Lost: Volume One is a fantastic collection of rare Features gems. If you’re a die-hard fan and have been since “the early days” you have probably at least heard all these songs at some point, but there are some alternate mixes and versions on here that you may not have heard. The best part of this is that it’s totally free. So go grab it now via NoiseTrade. You have no excuse!

(Via We Own This Town)

Doug and Steph (frontman and drummer from the Clutters) have a new side project called Mystery Twins. It’s just the two of them, stripping rough, unsophisticated garage-pop down its bare elements: rhythm and melody. Essentially it’s a different approach to songwriting than The Clutters’ material, but if you like The Clutters you’ll like Mystery Twins. Their debut EP “Love Is Strange” comes out May 8th, and you can stream it below. They’ll be celebrating the release with a show at the High Watt (adjacent to Mercy Lounge) on May 10th, along with Jasmin Kaset, The Ultras S/C, and Codaphonic.

You may be wondering, “are The Clutters on hiatus? What’s up with them?” A quick email to Doug revealed that The Clutters are in fact still quite active, have another record up their sleeve, and are planning a summer tour. So worry not, Clutters fans, this really is a side project in the most traditional sense- they just wanted to start something new and different. Stream the entire EP via a clever video put together by Doug below:

Buy the EP at their bancamp– if you pre-order you’ll get 2 of the tracks immediately, and the full package on May 8th.

 

Another local release I’ve mentioned a few times before is Uncle Skeleton’s new album All Too Human, which is out today via YK Records. Their official website is your one-stop shop to buy or stream the album. I promise the double LP will be worth it, as the talented Michael Eades is behind the artwork and design. His work never disappoints.

Not a lot of time today. Here’s a quick roundup of shows I recommend seeing this weekend:

FRIDAY:

Honestly there’s not much going on tonight that I personally am very interested in. Check out the Cream for more listings.

SATURDAY:

Heypenny’s A Jillion Kicks album release party @ Mercy Lounge w/ Natalie Prass, Action!, and Mikky Ekko. 9pm, $7 or $12 if you want the CD included.

For those of you in Murfreesboro, Ghostfinger and Heartbeater are at Grand Palace. Seems the ol’ GP is getting back into having shows every now and then. Good times indeed. Probably $5.

Lovedrug, The Kingston Springs @ The Basement, 9pm, 21+ $5

I should also mention that this coming Monday Feb. 28th is the first Road to Bonnaroo 8 off 8th at Mercy Lounge. Come out and vote for your favorite band and send them to Bonnaroo 2011! Lineup is Evan P. Donohue, Courtney Jaye, Chancellor Warhol, Majestico, Heartbeater, Kink Ador, The Kicks, and Tyler Bryant. It’s FREE and 21+.

Have a great weekend!

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