This Weekend In Nashville, July 12-14

We have already talked about the difficult early decision that you have to face with Fiona Apple and Zappa Plays Zappa tonight, so let’s get into the rest of your music filled weekend.  Seriously, pace yourselves folks… this weekend rolls through Monday like a freight train.


Regardless of your early decisions for Friday night, you can still sneak over to catch the end of Jukebox The Ghost with Savoir Adore & Now, Now which is a solid bill at The High Watt.  If you chose those above mentioned early options, you will probably miss Now, Now who are damn good.  But, don’t despair, Brooklyn “fantasy rockers” Savoir Adore and Jukebox The Ghost are the headliners of this thing for a reason.  You can read a pretty funny write up of the newest Jukebox LP Safe Travels here.

If you are sick of Cannery Row, you could head down 8th Avenue to catch the periodic RR party by D. Striker (every Friday the 13th) at The Basement.  Since 1998, RR is a ‘zine dedicated to amusing its readers with Striker’s own Nashville pop-centric commentary and song lyrics. If you’re looking for a more esoteric take on Music City, this might be the spot for you. Guests include Dirt Heavy & Leroy Powell and the Stone Jack Ballers (below).


Fruit Bats, Get Better, and Colorfeels are taking over 12th & Porter for what is sure to be a good time.  We should all know Colorfeels by now, and I am honestly still a bit surprised they didn’t end up at Bonnaroo after their Road To Bonnaroo performance last spring.  They kicked ass.  So, let’s get into Fruit Bats.  I really became a fan of Fruit Bats with their 2009 release The Ruminant Band, and honestly, I just stumbled across their 2011 record Tripper again, and it was a nice sigh of relief.  Maybe it’s a perfect soundtrack as I write this with a cold beer after an 18 hour day, or maybe it’s just damn good.

Calling all responsible Inglewood residents, there is a little ditty known as ArtHouse Nashville going on in your hood, and there is some pretty damn good stuff happening off Cooper Lane on Saturday night.  The musical acts are mostly new to me.  I highly recommend The Golden Sounds and I have heard a bit of Carolina Story… but, Kory Wheeler, Spoken Nerd, & Children Of Spy are going to be all new to me.  Shit, I hope it isn’t Kory Wheeler’s house, and I am inviting everyone over when I just admitted that I don’t know him.

If you are a fan of popsters that are teetering the line of indie and mainstream (see Foster The People here), then you can catch the next got-us-a-tv-commercial, song-of-summer band, Neon Trees over at Cannery Ballroom.  If you don’t know what I am talking about, click here for a listen.


I have seriously been talking about this return of Wye Oak to Nashville for months now.  I guess technically Jenn Wasner was in town a couple of months ago with her side project Flock Of Dimes opening for Sharon Van Etten, but the last time that Wye Oak was in town was a magical night at The Basement last year.   You can’t go wrong with this one, so make all the choices you need to above, and make sure you have energy for this one.  Opening up are Nashville superstars By Lightning! and one of my finds of this year James Wallace & The Naked Light.  I’ve thrown up players for all of them if you “continue reading”.  So, get after it.

I told you not to blow your whole load this weekend, didn’t I?  Well, if you forgot, Passion Pit, Future Islands, & Kishi Bashi are playing on Monday night at Marathon Music Works, and, if you are a fan of music, you must get out for that show of all potential headliners.

Get out and see some live music this weekend.


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