We’re still bubbling over with excitement about the March 2nd SXSW Send-Off Party that we announced yesterday. However, there is still work to be done, and there are lots of shows to catch before the party. So, let’s get down to brass tacks (what the hell does that mean, anyway? yes, I know I could look it up to provide some trivial insight on your Friday morning, but I have spent the past week working too many hours to do that. Fine, here.) err… sorry for the non-sequitur, let’s talk about what is going on this weekend for your aural pleasure in the Music City.
If you’re looking for a little preview of our awesome event on March 2nd, you should definitely check out the hotter than hot right now, Alanna Royale. They’re this week’s featured artist in the local spotlight on Lightning 100, and their single “Animal” has been getting tons of play on the station all week (it’s playing right now as Jessika types this!). To celebrate the end of their week in the spotlight, Alanna & Co.
will be appearing out at Tin Roof 2 in Cool Springs for a special Happy Hour show from 5-7, taped live for WRLT with a performance to follow. [UPDATE: They will instead be in studio on Friday afternoon] Jessika had to miss out on their beyond capacity EP release at the Basement (catch our recap here) so she suggests you console yourself alongside her at this special opportunity event [to hear them on the air]!
More “Animal” from Alanna Royale…
If you are in need of some loud stoner rock tonight, then we you could check out the powerfully loud licks of Megajoos, Penicillin Baby, TN Scum, and Young Wolves over at Springwater. This will be the release show for Megajoos newest EP Mega Deuce, and you can check that EP out below to hear the distortion run wild. You should also check out the recent write up on the new EP from the Nashville Scene. You’ll also get to hang with one of our surprise finds from last year, the psych-garage outfit Penicillin Baby. I don’t know TN Scum or Young Wolves yet, but I’ll tell you all about them with some sweet, whispery, pillow talk tomorrow morning. Things get started around 9, and it’ll only cost you 5 bones.
Philip thinks you should spend your Friday checking out a bunch of good bands for an even better cause. Non-profit organization To Write Love on Her Arms are bringing their popular annual Heavy and Light event on the road for the first time, and tonight they’ll be taking over the Cannery Ballroom. TWOLA is a movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury, and suicide. TWLOHA exists to encourage, inform, inspire, and also to invest directly into treatment and recovery. Heavy and Light is billed as “an evening of songs, conversation, and hope” and will feature performances from John Formean (Switchfoot, Fiction Family), Aaron Gillespie (The Almost, Underoath), Bryce Avary (The Rocket Summer), Now, Now, Noah Gunderson, and spoken word poet Anis Morjgani. The show is all ages, kicks off at 8PM (doors at 7) and you can grab tickets here. Of the many talented artists performing, Now, Now are perhaps our most-anticipated. Check them out below:
Saturday night offers us all a chance to catch up with local darlings the Kopecky Family Band at Mercy Lounge. You can check out this piece our incredible (and currently utterly exhausted) editor penned when previewing KFB way back in 2011 in advance of their Bonnaroo appearance. Lots has happened since last we checked in with band, including a very lovely cover spot for Native Magazine. Get reacquainted with them Saturday night for a mere $10 in advance and $12 DOS – available here. Eastern Sea and Rayland Baxter warm the space. Kopecky sighting below… plus previews of openers.
For another great local show option, Philip suggests you check out The Weeks, Sol Cat, and Junior Astronomers at The Stone Fox! The real reason for the show is to celebrate the release of real-deal rockers Sol Cat’s brand new self-titled record. We’ve always had a feeling that Sol Cat were destined for big things and, if the record’s as good as their first single (stream it below) would suggest, those big things will likely be happening sooner than later. With The Weeks, another of our favorite local rock bands, along with NC-based indie rockers Junior Astronomers on the bill, we don’t think it would be statistically possible not to have a good time. The show kicks off at 9PM and you can grab tickets here.
If you’re out and about Sunday and looking for something awesome to inspire you to new heights – you don’t want to miss Girls On Trapeze present: HerSelf Rising. Beautiful women defying gravity for three performances over at the Black Box Theatre on Belmont’s campus. There’s a Saturday evening show you can catch at 8pm or check ’em out at one of two performances on Sunday, either 2pm or 8pm. Tickets are $20 (advance reservations here) and if you take a peek below, you’ll know that what’s in store is worth every penny to see live. Jessika’s gonna be there, her jaw dropped in complete and total awe of the sheer awesome of these artists.
If you’re looking for something else a little out of the ordinary, you could take Philip’s advice and spend your Sunday eating crawfish and watching punk rock. The Stone Fox is throwing their first annual Pardi Gras Crawfish Boil, featuring K-Holes, Call of the Wild, and Cy Barkley and The Way Outsiders. If you’re interested in the whole shindig, show up at 3PM and for just $20 you get lots of crawfish (while listening to some laid back DJs) as well as admission to the show. If you want to skip the boil and go straight for the punk rock, things kick off at 6PM and $7 gets you in. K-Holes and Call of the Wild are both from Brooklyn and both play a refreshing flavor of punk rock; the former, a more psychedelic and shoegaze-y brand, the latter, a more uptempo, garage bordering on metal sound. Rounding out the bill, Nashville’s Cy Barkley and The Way Outsiders are a genuine example of punk rock done right, and are a perfect compliment to the touring bands. This will definitely be a party you won’t want to miss!