Moonface at 12th and Porter, July 30th

Are you into experimental, electronic, synthey-rock music?  Then you might have just figured out your plans for Saturday night in Nashville.

Moonface is the moniker of Spencer Krug who you might know as the lead man of his other projects Wolf Parade (Sub Pop), Sunset Rubdown (JagJaguwar), and Swan Lake (JagJaguwar).  This doesn’t include past projects like Frog Eyes & Fifths Of Seven, and he also was the touring keyboardist for Destroyer’s European tour.  With a catalogue of 20 LP’s or EP’s since 2002 (and 17 since 2005), Spencer is clearly nominated for the title of hardest working man in music.  Spencer “Moonface” Krug is an accomplished songwriter and musician.  So, if you are into this kind of music, it is well worth your time and $8 (can you believe that?) to get out for the show at 12th and Porter in Nashville on July 30th.

UK webzine, Drowned in Sound, did a pretty good write up about new LP Organ Music Not Vibraphone Like I’d Hoped.  You can listen below to a track from the new LP (“Fast Peter”) and a 20-minute track from his Dreamland EP, Marimbas and Shit-Drums.  The dude sure can name some records.  If you like what you hear, head over to spin magazine where you can stream the whole new LP in preparation for the show on Saturday.  You can pre-order the album (releases on 8/2/2011) over at the JagJaguwar website.

Click here to get your tickets for the show.  Get out there and see some cool new music.

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Bon Iver rocked the Ryman

Bon Iver showed Nashville that they deserve to be playing at a venue like The Ryman Auditorium.  They showcased the new LP, and they brought us back to what got it started.  Good lights, great sound, and an energy that everyone in the mother church could feel.  The highlights were undoubtedly the cover of Don William’s “If Hollywood Don’t Want You…” and the encore of “Flume”, “Wolves”, and “Skinny Love”.

I found a great video of the encore on YouTube.  You know it is an awesome show when some dude yells out “Thank you” in the middle of the song.  If you are pressed for time (or suffer from internet ADD like the rest of us), make sure you scroll to 6:15 in the video to see the unplugged version of “Skinny Love”, you won’t be disappointed.


Cheap Rosebuds

Do you know The Rosebuds?  They are the ones opening for Bon Iver tonight at The Ryman in Nashville, so, it’s probably in your best interest to get to know them before 7:30 tonight.  Amazon is running a $3.99 deal for their newest LP (which is great).  I mean, c’mon, you didn’t really want to work for the last hour today did you?  I didn’t think so.  So, listen to some cool tunes while you surf the net on the company dime.

Avett Brothers and Social Distortion pre-sale

Avett Brothers and Social Distortion are playing at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on Friday, October 28th.  A presale is going on from Wednesday, July 27th at 10am through Thursday, July 28th at 10pm.  Click here to link to Ticketmaster.  Use the “Venue Presale Tickets” and enter the password KICKDRUM.

Two great acts playing together here.  Don’t miss a rare opportunity to see some big name music roll through Nashville on a Friday night.


The Features on Kimmel

Nashville indie-rockers The Features played on Jimmy Kimmel last night, and you can watch that performance over at Nashville Cream.  The appearance is to support of their new LP, Wilderness (which released yesterday, 7/26).  It is also due to an increased awareness after some hyping by Nashville’s “we made it” rock band, Kings of Leon, who toured with them and signed them to their Serpents and Snakes label.

If you want to see The Features perform live around Nashville, they are going to be playing at Nashville Cream’s birthday party at Third Man Records on August 20th.  They are also having a record release party at Mercy Lounge on August 27th starting at 9pm.  So, there are two chances to see Nashville’s rock scene continue to grow up.

Here’s a little collection of music that you can check out before heading down to Grimey’s to buy some of their albums….

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