yeah logo vectorAs you probably know, I’ve been involved with YEAH (Youth Empowerment through Arts & Humanities) for many years and try to help them out in any way I can. I’ve volunteered for SGRRC and TNTRC multiple years and can say from experience that it’s AWESOME. It’s easily the most rewarding volunteer work I’ve ever done and it honestly changed my life forever. Unfortunately I can’t spare the time off from work to volunteer for them this year, but that doesn’t mean YOU can’t! I strongly STRONGLY encourage you to checkout their volunteer form and see if any of the positions interest you. Remember, you DON’T have to be a musician or even musically-inclined to help out! There are plenty of non-musical needs as well. You get free lunch every day, a cool t-shirt, and most importantly the good feeling of helping foster the love of music and the arts in some of coolest kids you will ever meet.

So what are you waiting for?!?! Go sign up now! Click here for Tennessee Teens Rock & Roll Camp, or here for Southern Girls Rock & Roll Camp.

A Few Good Shows: 10/12/12

October 12, 2012

It’s yet another busy weekend in Nashville for indie/local/rock shows. I’m a little bummed that I can’t make it to the Nobility/Non-Comms show tonight, since I’ll be in ATL playing a show. Haven’t seen those dudes play in far too long…


The Nobility, The Non-Commissioned Officers, and The Kernal @ The High Watt. 9pm $7

The Queers, Blooddrunk Shenanigans, Random Conflict, and Commonwealth of American Natives @ The End. 9pm $12

Godspeed! You Black Emperor and Kurt Wagner @ The Cannery Ballroom. 8pm $20

KDSML Review Ft. Protohype @ Exit/In. 9pm FREE for 21+, under 21 $5


Cry Baby EP release show w/ Snakeyez, Ghost Light and Vacation Bible School @ Owl Farm. 8pm $5???

D. Watusi in-store show at Grimey’s. FREE Postponed, according to Grimey’s website

Horror Hootenanny ft. The Creeping Cruds, Forbidden Dimension, & Alucard @ The End. 9pm $6

Scale Model, Creature Comfort, and Girls & Money @ The Labyrinth in Murfreesboro (529 Crossway Ave., near Ewing)


Skeleton Witch, Black Tusk, Havok, and Early Graves @ The End. 8pm $14

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

This fine Friday the 13th weekend is shaping to be a good one for shows in Nashville. Take a gander at my picks:


Colour Revolt and Sleeping Bulls @ The 5 Spot. $8 9pm 21+

Diarrhea Planet, Couched, Guntherdoug, Linear Downfall @ The End. 9pm $5

RR Release party ft. D. Striker, Little Bandit, The Tendoor, and Roy Ira @ The Basement. 9pm $5 21+


Night Beats, D. Watusi, and Ranch Ghost @ The End. 9pm $5

Sparkle City DJs at the 5 Spot. 9pm $5 (Ft. Jonas Stein, David Bermudez, and some others… I think…)

Tour De Fun, Murfreesboro. This thing was totally kick ass last year, so I hear. Kinda wish I could go this year but I’m an old man. You ride your bike around Murfreesboro going from house show to house show, seeing a bunch of bands and drinking a lot of beer. Pretty cool idea! Bikes! Bands! Houses! Beer! FUN! Check out Lance Conzett’s critic’s pick on it in the Scene.


This weekend has some quality show offerings, especially of the local variety, so get your ass out there and see some good local bands!


Ponychase, Evan P. Donohue, Jasmin Kaset @ the 5 Spot. 9pm $5

Spongebath Night ft. Seth Timbs Thing, Jason Moore (of the Katies), The Hellens, Marc Scibilia, and Cory Chisel @ The Basement. 9pm $5 21+

Gardens & Villa, What Up, English?, and Hanzelle at the High Watt (in Mercy Lounge). 9pm $5


Red Bull Music Academy’s Nashville session ft. Eliot Lipp as guest speaker. 4-5pm @ 12th & Porter. FREE

Boom Bap ft. Rob Swift @ the 5 Spot. 9pm $10 Yes THAT Rob Swift.

Y2K ft. Kidsmeal, Coach, Hands off Sam, and Handi-Snacks @ the High Watt. 10pm $3(21+) $5(18+) Girls 21+ free till 11. The High Watt is the new home of DJ Coach’s immensely successful DJ night Y2K. Come out and help them celebrate the a new era!

Scale Model, King Arthur, Mize & The Drive @ Wall Street (in Murfreesboro). 9pm $5 Yea, this one’s down in the ‘Boro but my band is on it and I gotta shamelessly self-promote, dig?


Mind Spiders, Cy Barkley & The Way Outsiders, The Cannomen @ The End. 9pm $5

That’s it. Have a great weekend!


So this weekend is rather “meh” with the show offerings around town. But here are a few I suggest.


Delicate Steve and Colorfeels @ The Basement. 9pm $10 21+ (I mean, how can I not include Delicate Steve?!?)


The Non-Commissioned Officers w/ The Royal Bangs and Spiderfriends @ The End. 9pm $10

Boom Bap @ The 5 Spot. 9pm $5 21+

If you’re in Murfreesboro I’d recommend checking out Neutral Skate Supply. They’ve tapped PUJOL, Single Mothers, and King Arthur to celebrate their grand opening. Starts at 5pm.

And I leave you with this:

Have a great weekend!

As reported today on the Nashville Cream, Nashville/Murfreesboro’s hometown heroes The Features are prepping for the release of their 3rd full length album Wilderness on July 26. Their last album Some Kind of Salvation was simply fantastic, but this next one seems as though it will be the “perfect” Features record. I’ve heard absolute rave reviews from the first few local folks who got a promo copy to review, and hopefully *ahem, Rory/Rollum/somebody* I’ll have one to review soon as well. I can remember having a somewhat drunken conversation with producer/vacuum tube wizard Brian Carter one night at Mercy Lounge late last year in which he excitedly said something like “this is the record the guys and I have always wanted to make.” Basically I get the feeling this album was done the way the band wanted to do it, where they wanted to do it, and with whom they wanted to do it. Mad props to the Kings Of Leon for signing them to their own 429 Records and allowing the band to do what they want, when they want, and how they want.

Building up to the release, the first of probably many promotional items to whet our appetite is a 7″ single with the track “Rambo” b/w “This Much I Know.” The video above it a promo for that release, set for May 31st.

Remember Grand Palace records in Murfreesboro? While Chuck and Bingham have kept the screen printing business going full steam-ahead, and Alex Norfleet kept the recording studio up and running, the record store, venue and label have all gone somewhat dormant. As a matter of fact, (most locals know by now) the whole operation is moving out of the charming old building on the square that’s been its home for the past 6 or so years. Word is they’re moving to Nashville, but that’s as much as I know.

The point of all this is that Rod from the awesome Boro-based band Bows and Arrows is working with some friends to revive the label portion and has some new releases planned for this year under the GP moniker. Leading up to it, his own band is releasing a series of free digital 7″‘s. Here’s the news straight from the horse’s mouth:

Us and Grand Palace Records have a bunch of really exciting physical releases planned for most of the year, and to lead up to them Bows and Arrows will be releasing a Digital 7″ every week and they will all be downloadable for free on our bandcamp page at the bottom of the email. This first Digital 7″ consists of two covers, “Leave Me Be” by The Zombies and “All I Wanna Do” by The Beach Boys. They were each recorded in a couple hours in the house our debut album is named after, 1010 Eaton Street. Side B features our roomates on vocals, electric guitar and bells. Future Digital 7″ releases will include more covers, demo versions of songs, brand new songs and collaborations with other artists among other things.

So do yourself a favor and go grab the new digital 7″ from their bandcamp, and keep an eye on all things Grand Palace. They’re back.