All the music world has been going nuts over the CMJ Festival in New York this week. CMJ is a smorgasbord (yeah, I had to spell check that) of up and coming musicians that take over various clubs in New York for the week with innumerable parties hosted by all the powers that be in music (maybe someday we’ll be there). However, this has also been a pretty awesome week for music in Nashville. The Pains of Being Pure at Heart (and Twin Sister) popped up the Mercy Lounge on Sunday night. Monday night Wye Oak & Kink Ador put on an incredible show at The Basement while OFF! was simultaneously attempting to destroy Exit/In. Tuesday Nico’s Gun funked up 12th and Porter and Trampled By Turtles did some fast finger pickin’ over at Exit/In. Dawes and Blitzen Trapper were incredible at Mercy Lounge on Wednesday, and last night My Morning Jacket explored the aural space within Memorial Gymnasium. Seriously, all that in one week? It’s been awesome. There are a few shows going on tonight, but I’m going to use the evening to rest up because my fun continues tomorrow.
Providence, Rhode Island’s Deer Tick is playing at Mercy Lounge tomorrow night. I’ve seen these art-rockers a few times (actually two times in back to back nights in San Francisco and Los Angeles… sheer, awesome coincidence) and they have never disappointed. We talked about them during Bonnaroo and their awesome “Deervana” set. They are currently touring in support of their newest release Divine Providence (releases October 25th), which is already receiving rave reviews for closely intimating the raucous live shows these guys have become famous for. Spin Magazine is currently letting you get a first listen to the new record, and they also peeped the kick off of the tour at a venue near their hometown in Rhode Island. I’ve already listened to the new record a couple of times, and I am sold.
So, click on the Spin site to listen to Divine Providence, and then head over to Mercy Lounge to grab your tickets. Who knows you might actually end up rocking out to Nirvana before the night is over. Things get started at (the only appropriate for Saturday night time of) 9pm with openers Virgin Forest and Dead People. So stoked for this. Get out and see some live music.