It’s been a stellar week of music with all the SXSW bands swinging through town on their way back to their respective homes, and this weekend is going to be no different. There’s a lot going on in general, but there is no reason that you won’t be able to catch a show this weekend in Nashville. We have laid out multiple genres and locations all over town. You might run into a guitar legend, a band that rocked out with Jello Biafra recently, one of the best Beck covers we’ve ever heard, or a plethora of other things to shake your rump too. Click on that pretty gray bar below to see our full rundown with tons of media. Get out to see some live music this weekend!
If you haven’t already heard, we’ve got a legend in town this evening. Blues rocker Eric Clapton will be taking the stage at Bridgestone Arena, with support from The Wallflowers, and Philip thinks you can’t pass up this chance to catch a piece of history! Between his influential role in The Yardbirds, Cream, and Derek and the Dominos, among others, his illustrious solo career, and his frequent and well-known collaborations with other high-profile artists, we can’t do Clapton’s influence or prestige justice in a mere paragraph. Not only is he one of the best songwriters of all time, but he’s one of the most influential guitarists in history and one of the most renowned and unforgettable performers in the world. The show kicks off tonight at 7:30, and you can still snag tickets here while they last! You could literally get lost for hours watching videos of the guy of YouTube, but here’s a great performance of “Wonderful Tonight:”
If you can’t swing the cash for a ticket to see Clapton, you can always head down to Exit/In for the start of a new monthly showcase of local talent sponsored by Red Bull, and there are starting this thing off with a bang. Some of our hometown favorites are playing, and the party will be hopping in there for sure. Tonight’s lineup includes the funky party vibes of AJ & the Jiggawatts, funky time party boys Chris West & the Junkyard Horns, the dynamic indie-pop trio of Frances & the Foundation & and the steady stable rock of SWAYZE. Check out the clip from AJ & The Jiggawatts below to start working on your funky ass dance moves. This one gets started at 9pm, and you can grab your tickets here for the price of a PBR.
If you are in the mood for a psychedelic night, dust off that old bowl, and head over to Springwater for an unforgettable face melting with the likes of the newly reformed Spindrift. These guys have been sizzling eardrums and swaying stoned heads since the early 90’s, and, after a few years of figuring out how to not spend all their money on acid and weed, they’re finally back out touring. They’ll join forces with Joshua Tree, California rockers Gram Rabbit and local psych rockers Ttotals & The Inscape. Per usual, there’s not a ton of details about this one, but you can imagine that 9pm is a good time to show up, and you’ll afford the ticket with the change in your sofa. You can check out a recent video of Spindrift psyching the EFF out to some Stan Jones and Dr. John with none other than Jello Biafra below.
Another option is local alt-rockers Goodbye June along with singer-songwriting badass Jonathan Sexton which is happening over at The Basement. It’s totally different styles, but both are seasoned vets who should put on a hell of a show. You can learn more about Jonathan Sexton here. check out the video for Goodbye June’s “Microscope” below (yes, yes that is former Titan’s skipper Jeff Fisher making a cameo).
Friday night will also be a bit nostalgic when our old friends The Loose Hinges take over The Family Wash with The Brasher Band. You can check out the newest bits of awesome from The Loose Hinges below. Things get started around 9pm, and this might be the bet for those of you that need to save yourselves for the East Nashville Beer Festival on Saturday.
You guys have all seen the video by now, right? The latest video in Milktooth’s “Stay Home America” cover series was their interpretation of the song “Eyes That Say I Love You” from Beck’s song reader, and we told you it was really fabulous. Of course, we tell you lots of shit is great, but, when Beck himself backs it up, it gives it just a touch more street cred. Well, on Saturday you get to see quite a few of the folks that were involved in the cover for FREE over at Mercy Lounge when Milktooth shares a bill with video co-star Alanna Royale. The bill also includes local solids Heavy Sole and Photo Ops. Check out the video below, and the proudly displayed Beck shout out over at Milktooth’s instagram.
Right across the hall from the Milktooth and Alanna show, poppy Seattle indie folk group Hey Marseilles will be performing The High Watt with Mississippi psychedelic soul duo Young Buffalo. Decemberists fans will love Hey Marseilles’ mellow, folky, northwest indie sound. Young Buffalo’s melodic, soulful, and catchy knack for crafting smart, original tunes is sure to please fans of Local Natives and Vampire Weekend. The show’s at 9PM and you can still grab tickets here. And hey, with a great free show also happening at Mercy, Philip suggests that you bounce between stages and relive the fun of our SXSW Sendoff show! You can also catch Hey Marseilles at a FREE Grimey’s in-store performance at 4PM! Check out Hey Marseilles and Young Buffalo below:
Jessika is gonna’ spend her Saturday night camped out at The Basement on Joe Purdy watch. He’s been known to make appearances with The Giving Tree Band who put on a pretty great show regardless of who may or may not be guesting, so she’s there as much for the music as for the hope of happenstance. GTB has opened for other such Americana-ish acts as The Avett Brothers and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros and are gaining appreciation as major players in the real deal roots revival. Their set is scheduled tentatively for 11:30pm with prior appearances by Desert Noises and Hollis Brown. The show is 21+ and will cost you a lucky $7 at the door. You can head downstairs to start your drinkin’ at 8pm but the music begins around 9.
Here’s The Giving Tree Band doing their thing this year at SXSW…
If you are looking for something different, or simply need to sit down after the beer festival, then we would suggest SAFELY getting over to 3rd & Lindsley for recent Road To Bonnaroo stand outs The Young International. It’s a night of charity for the best Thom Yorke impersonator in Nashville and his band. A portion of the ticket sales will go to Blood:Water Mission to provide clean water in Africa. Things get even more charitable with opening acts Andrew Osenga and Amy Stroup getting things started at 9pm. You can check out The Young International below, and you can snag your $7 tickets right here.
Sunday offers an opportunity to check out The Grass Root Kids who have been rising in popularity thanks to a boost by a very spirited ENU appearance and a strong showing at Road To Bonnaroo (despite being knocked out in their first round of Music City Mayhem – our condolences, as lots of good bands lost in their first appearance, there’s just a ton of talent around these parts). They’ll be playing at The Rutledge with support from The Mailboxes, The Constables, and Ravenhill. Tickets are $7, it’ 18+, with doors at 6, music at 7pm. Facebook event info here.
Grass Root Kids have been likened to that old Omaha sound, accused of channeling Mr. Saddle Creek himself, Conor Oberst. You can be the judge below and check out this clip from their recent set at Road To Bonnaroo…
If you are still going on Sunday night, then we would highly recommend heading over to the smokey confines of East Nashville’s favorite dive fooBAR for what I would best describe as “The Wait Stripes”. The End Men’s lead singer Matthew Hendershot’s vocals sound straight off some never before released Tom Waits rock album where Jack White-esque guitar is slapping you in the earholes. You’ll also get the chance to check out another New York band, The Slaughterhouse Chorus, as they roll in together on their “No Tour For Old Men” (yeah, we dig that). Needless to say this show should kick the shit out of the Sunday blues. Tickets for this one aren’t going to cost much, and you can start drinking at 9pm. Check out The End Men’s Play With Your Toys below.
Philip’s Sunday pick, Frightened Rabbit, has unfortunately already sold out. If you’re one of the lucky people who snagged a ticket for the Scottish indie rockers’ show with The Twilight Sad at 3rd and Lindsley ahead of time, you’re in for a great night! The group has been steadily rising in popularity over the past few years and their recent major label debut, Pedestrian Verse, is their strongest album yet! The show’s at 8PM and you can find more info here.
Finally, all weekend long you can catch the debut of local filmmaker Harmony Korine‘s latest feature Spring Breakers. For the uninitiated, Korine is best known for his indie, off-kilter, sometimes disturbing, and rarely financially lucrative films like Gummo, Kids, and Trash Humpers. Korine has also directed music videos for the likes of Sonic Youth, Cat Power, and The Black Keys. Spring Breakers, which has been described as “Scarface meets Britney Spears” is not only Korine’s most “normal” film to date, but also well on the way to being the director’s first bona fide big hit. The film is playing in theaters all over town, and you can check listings and buy tickets here. Additionally, Harmony Korine himself will be appearing at the Regal Green Hills Stadium 16 to introduce screenings Friday at 8PM and Saturday at 4:50PM and 8PM. Check out the trailer for Spring Breakers, starring James Franco and a slew of former Disney girls, below: