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10years-1It’s hard to believe it was over 10 years ago when I was at a college party in Murfreesboro, TN and my roommate Blake had introduced me to Cal Dykes, this synthesizer-obsessed dude who lived with his friends Lance McDonald and Andy Stella- all of them were in the recording industry major at MTSU. At that party he showed us a couple of new vintage Moog synths he had either just bought or was working on… and also excitedly told us about this new band he was starting called The Protomen, and that they were gonna make epic rock-opera-esque music based on the backstory of the videogame Mega Man. I then attended their debut live show on April 26th, 2003 (or it might’ve been Fri. the 25th…) at The Boro and had my mind blown. Little did I know what an amazing ten years lay ahead for these dudes. This Saturday The Protomen celebrate their 10-year anniversary at Mercy Lounge, with another ally who’s been there from the beginning- the inimitable Makeup And Vanity Set. And rounding out the bill is Hanzelle, another synth-heavy troupe that originally hailed from Murfreesboro.

Now that I’ve gotten my little trip down memory lane out of the way, here are my picks for shows to see this weekend in Nashville!

FRIDAY:

The Sword, Kyng, and Laser Flames on the Great Big News @ Exit/In. 9pm $17

Magnolia Sons, Star and Micey, and Strung Like A Horse @ The 5 Spot. 9pm $5

The Weeks album release w/ Junior Astronomers @ Mercy Lounge. 9pm $12

SATURDAY:

The Protomen 10-year anniversary show w/ Makeup And Vanity Set and Hanzelle @ Mercy Lounge. 9pm $12 adv/$14 DOS

Ri¢hie, Cannomen, and Fragments of God @ The Stone Fox. 9pm

That’s it- have a great weekend!

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RSDCOM2010vectorIt’s that time of year again. Record Store Day 2013 is TOMORROW! That means lots of awesome day shows at the record stores around town, and lots of very exclusive/limited-release vinyl. Unfortunately it also means insanely obsessive fans/collectors camped out in front of said record stores at the asscrack of dawn waiting to be first in line to purchase the “RSD-only exclusive collectors edition midnight blue vinyl 7-inch test-pressing of (insert dead indie band frontman) farting during an early demo of (insert dead indie band name).”

I digress.

Seriously though, between the awesome RSD festivities and the regular shows happening, this is one helluva weekend for music in Nashville.

FRIDAY:

Frye Jam Session ft. The Features, Odessa Rose, Nikki Lane, and Andrew Combs @ Mercy Lounge. FREE- doors 7pm. *Only the 1st 300 people will get in, and you will be videotaped if you’re in the crowd.*

Mean Jeans, Ben Spinks Supermelt, No Regrets Coyote, and Hollywood @ The End. 9pm $7

Nudity, Scale Model, The Prime Ordeal, and Joey Molinaro @ Noa Noa. 9pm $3-$5 suggested donation. BYOB.

AC Slater, Myrryrs, Flinch, and Treekeeper @ SEEN. 9pm $20

Phantom Farmer (aka Joel McAnulty) album release w/ Lylas, Mark Sloan, and Cale Tyson @ The Stone Fox. 9pm $5

QDP @ The 5 Spot. 9pm $1 21+

SATURDAY:

RSD at The Groove- DeRobert & The Half-Truths, Penicillin Baby, Forget Cassettes, Cooper, Western Medication, Tristen, & more. More info here.

RSD at Grimey’s- The Features, Hotpipes, Paramore, Alanna Royale, PUJOL, Daniel Bachman, Josh Rouse, & more. More info here.

RSD at Third Man Records- Karen Elson and Fats Kaplin, Mark Watrous, and DJ Jemina Pearl. More info here.

Fond Object grand opening ft. JP5, Cheap Time, Promised Land, JP Harris & The Tough Choices, and Sparkle City DJs. 2-7pm FREE. More info here.

Mansions On The Moon, Carousel, and Black Sea Royalty @ The High Watt. 9pm $10 adv/$12 DOS.

Phew. That’s it. Have a great weekend and go out and buy some records!

 

Rainy BlossomsI apologize for lack of content this week. I have been quite busy literally every single day. Even though I’m off from my day job today I still have a ton of yard work to do! For that reason I’ll get right to the point- what shows to see this weekend in Nashville!

FRIDAY:

A benefit for Norton Records ft. The A-Bones, The Ettes, Daddy Long Legs, The Weekend Babes, and special guest Har Mar Superstar @ Mercy Lounge. 9pm $15

Los Vigilantes, Las Ardillas, Cy Barkley & The Way Outsiders, Cry Baby, and Snake Eyez @ The Other Basement. 9pm $???

Bird Peterson, KDSML, Coach, and Strooly @ SEEN Nashville. 9pm $10-$15

SATURDAY:

Futurebirds, Natalie Prass, and No Regrets Coyote @ Mercy Lounge. 9pm $10 adv/$12 DOS

Buffalo Clover, Roy Ira, and Lindi Ortega @ The Basement. 8pm $5 21+ *early show! 8pm sharp!*

Hello Walls, w/ By The Gods @ The 5 Spot. 9pm $5 21+

That’s all I’ve got for ya. Have a great weekend!!

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!

Catie Cameron has been one of my best friends for many years. She’s a talented, smart gal and also a great writer. For the past few years she has been working on achieving one of her childhood dreams- to write and publish a novel. Today I’m happy to share with you her Kickstarter campaign, which will raise the funds needed for her to self-publish Ms. Rhythm and Blues: A Rock & Roll Novel. It’s about a girl named Maggie who grows up in Nashville, TN in the 90s and immerses herself in the rock scene, and eventually opens her own rock club. I won’t say much more because you really should just go to her Kickstarter page and check it out for yourself! Here’s the promo video:

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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!

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!

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