TWiN | This Weekend in Nashville | July 5th – July 7th

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Did you guys even know the weekend just began? It’s Friday, but it feels like Wednesday… which is awesome! Here’s another run down of the best of rock, punk, pop, and AWWWWW YEAH!!!! It’s the 4th of July Weekend. Be safe, have fun, and get out to see some live music!

This week we’re trying out a new format. We’ve made it easier to see which writers are recommending each show, and, hopefully, made TWiN a bit cleaner and easier to read. Let us know your thoughts in the comments!

FRIDAY

KINK ADOR
@ Soulshine Pizza | 7PM (6PM specials) | Free | All Ages

We brought you Kink Ador‘s new video, “Sunshine,” along with more info about the band, yesterday! Don’t miss their free performance, hosted by Lightning 100, to kick off your holiday weekend! [JM]

CONCORD AMERICA, TENNESSEE SCUM, RAJHI GAHLER
@ Springwater Supper Club | 10PM (9PM doors) | $5 | 21+

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PLASTIC VISIONS, TURBO FRUITS, SCHOOLS, PIZZA RIOT
@ Rocky’s Bar (Bowling Green, KY) | 10PM | $5 | 21+

We gave you the run-down on two killer Friday rock n’ roll options in a preview post this morning, but here’s the short and sweet version. For $5, you can rage with Concord AmericaTennessee Scum, Rajhi Gahler at Springwater here in Nashville, or Plastic VisionsTurbo FruitsSchools, and Pizza Riot at Rocky’s Bar in Bowling Green, KY. If we could clone ourselves, we would be at both. Both shows start at 10pm & are 21+. Check our post from this morning for more info, and check out some tunes from Concord America & Plastic Visions below. [LS] Update: Plastic Visions will not be on tonight’s lineup due to circumstances beyond their control. 

THE BIRDWINGS, WYLDLIFE, THE STATIC TREES, BRANDON CALHOON
@ fooBAR.too | 9PM | $5 | 21+

If the Independence Day fireworks didn’t light you up, Friday at fooBAR.too will deliver some hot sparks. 100% Pure Southern American Rock and Roll. The Static Trees, Wyldlife, The BIRDWINGS, and singer/songwriter Brandon Calhoon will be putting on one helluva ’70s-southern rock infused night. All bands cite The Rolling Stones as an influence… and have an interest in making your ass SHAKE. For only a $5 cover, you can’t afford to miss it! Brandon Calhoon sings it like it is: [TT]

SHY GUY, PENICILLIN BABY, RALES, GOLDEN SPURS
@ The 5 Spot | 9PM | 21+

Nashville indie pop/shoegaze rockers Shy Guy are releasing their brand new EP, Dreams (steam it below), tonight at The 5 Spot, and they’ve invited some talented friends to join in on the fun. We’ve talked plenty about local psychedelic rockers Penicillin Baby and indie rockers Golden Spurs, and both are bands we try to catch whenever we get the chance! Local garage rockers Rales round out the bill, and make this lineup pretty unbeatable! [PO]

SO MANY DYNAMOS w/ NUDITY, BULLY
@ The Stone Fox | 9PM | $7 | 18+

St. Louis’ So Many Dynamos pack an indie pop punch that’ll immediately have you dancing. Their layered, hook-stuffed, smart, and infectiously catchy sound is a bit like what we’d imagine the love child of Minus the Bear and Matt & Kim would sound like. Local fuzzy, poppy, indie rockers Nudity and indie pop trio Bully make this one dance-ready, unmissable night! [PO]

HEYROCCO w/ COINSHIP (w/ LETITIA WOLF), KRIS GRUEN
@ The Basement | 9PM | $5 | 21+

We’ve recommended checking out Heyrocco several times before. The Charleston indie pop outfit make it to Music City on a semi-regular basis so, if you haven’t caught them yet, what are you waiting for? For just $5 and supported by Coinship and Kris Gruen, this isn’t just one of the best bargains of the night, but also one of the best shows to discover some new music! [PO]

YACHT ROCK REVUE
@ Mercy Lounge | 9PM (8PM doors) | $15 | 18+

Are you finding that you just don’t have enough boozy, white bread, light ’70s rock in your life? If so, Yacht Rock Revue has got your prescription filled. After the 4th of July, what better way to celebrate being a middle-class, white, comfortably drunk American than with some of the most whitest, squarest rock ever recorded? And don’t mistake this for sarcasm, because we’re genuinely looking forward to this. If jamming out to some near-perfect covers of Hall and Oates, Steely Dan, Michael MacDonald, and Billy Joel while sipping on bloody marys doesn’t sound like the perfect way to nurse a 4th of July hangover, then we don’t know what does.  These guys have made a name for themselves by “blurring the lines between a tribute, an original act, and a comedic troupe,” and have been known to perform albums ranging from Dark Side of the Moon to Thriller in their entirety. If you take a moment to browse around the band’s website, you’ll start to get an idea of the sheer scope of their repertoire. These guys have learned, remembered, and mastered dozens more songs than the vast majority of bands ever will, and have even found time for a sprinkling of original material, too. If this all sounds like it could float your boat (yep), browse on over here to score some tickets. The show 18+ and is at Mercy Lounge. Doors are at 8, and show starts at 9. $12 in advance; $15 at the door. [AC]

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SATURDAY

SUMMERDAZE: PARTY FOR THE PEOPLE •
TURBO FRUITS, THE KINGSTON SPRINGS,
PROMISED LAND, BIRDCLOUD @ Exit /In •
FLY GOLDEN EAGLE, SOL CAT
WHAT UP ENGLISH, MAJESTICO @ The End •
9PM (8PM doors) | $10 single/$15 dual | 18+

We’ve told you quite a bit about this epic block party already, as well as brought lineup previews for the awesome locals acts at both the Exit/In and The End. This is the party to beat this weekend, and one of the best (and cheapest) ways to catch a ton of incredible local rock all at once. Check out the trailer, below. [PO]

MATT POND w/ MATRIMONY, RADAR VS WOLF
@ The High Watt | 9PM (8PM doors) | $12 | 18+

This morning, we announced the winner of our Matt PondMatrimony, and Radar Vs Wolf ticket giveaway, but you can still buy tickets for just $12 here for their Saturday night show at The High Watt. Ages 18+, doors at 8pm, show at 9pm. If you’re a lover of thoughtful acoustic pop, this show is for you. Find out more about it, from our standalone preview, here[LS]

THE RICH HANDS W/ DIRTY DREAMS, CHROME PONY
@ The Stone Fox | 9PM | $5 | 18+

THE ACB’S
@ Floral Royal (House Show – 1015 15h Ave S)

Poppy, Kansas City indie rockers The ACB’s are performing, perhaps, the single best show in town this weekend that you almost definitely have’t heard about yet. Set to take place at Floral Royal (which appears to be a house show, address above), the rest of the details are scant. What we do know is, this band blends retro vocals with modern indie pop sensibilities, has an insane knack for hooks, and are gaining buzz at an alarming rate, since the release of their latest album, Falling Leaves. If you want a fantastic “I saw them in a house once” story to tell, after these guys inevitability blow up, now’s your chance! It’s a house show so we’d say arrive at 9ish and expect to donate a few bucks, but don’t quote us on that one. [PO]

GRANDMASTER FLASH w/ DEBONAIR, KENO
@ Anthem | 9PM | $10/free | 

He tops many “greatest DJs of all time” lists. He helped invent hip-hop. Some say he invented the cross fader, and he himself claims to have invented the slip mat. And he’s playing at Nashville’s Anthem on Saturday night. If you’re one of those folks who roll your eyes at DJs and murmur under your breath, “I could do that too,” I encourage you to see Grandmaster Flash so that you can see the error of your ways. DJ-ing is still very hard today, but Flash helped invent the practice in an era where DJ setups didn’t simply come in a box. He pioneered and/or Macgyvered some of the most basic tools in the modern DJ’s toolkit, including the aforementioned cross fader and slipmat, but also the pre-fade system (which allowed him to listen to the next tune on deck). Flash’s mastery his craft is most evident, though, in his vast catalog of supremely groovy, ridiculously well-crafted mixes. Before the era of 808-kicks and automated filter sweeps, Flash was the king of getting people out on the floor by spinning organic, bouncy mixes and making expert use of a tool that has since fallen into criminal neglect amongst fellow jockeys: the microphone. Flash’s smoothly clever, often socially-conscious rapping help further elevate him above the swarm of imitators that he himself helped inspire —  check out “The Message” to sample some of Flash’s finest preaching. If you’ve ever had any interest whatsoever in DJ-ing, or even felt that ineffable urge to rub your fingers across a deck and make that awesome “scratch” sound, you should make time to see this show. Grandmaster Flash will be warmed up by DJs Debonair and Keno. Doors are at 9, guys are $10 at the door, and ladies get in FREE with an RSVP! RSVP here[AC]

MELON & THE MAYHEM w/ NIGHT & DAY; FOX, BEAR, SNAKE; SPARROW GATE
@ The Basement | 9PM | $5 | 21+

GENERATION OF VIPERS w/ MINSK
@ Springwater Supper Club | 9PM | 21+

JAZZ NIGHT w/ STEVE DAVIS
@ The Family Wash | 7PM | All Ages

If you wanna rest your eyes from the louds and brights you’ve endured all week- chill out with some cool cats and low lights- head East for some jazz, a pie (veggie/meat option), and a pint. At The Family Wash,they are hosting a JAZZ NIGHT with hip trombonist Steve Davis from 7-11PM. Steve Davis often hosts jazz on Saturdays at the Wash, and has become an East Nashville staple. He is a seasoned musician who has performed with Art Blakey, Jackie McLean, Chick Corea’s Origin and the cooperative sextet, One For All.

We hear it’s gonna be RAID-FREE…which seems to be an East Nashville running gag these days. If beer isn’t really your thing, they have this drink called a ‘Town and Country” which is a neighborhood fav. Ask about it, it’s a very unusual yet DELISH drink. [TT]

CHAKA KHAN
@ Shermerhorn Symphony Center | 8PM | $49-105 | All Ages

The Grammy award-winning “Queen of Funk-Soul,” Chaka Khan, is bringing her legendary voice to our very own Shermerhorn Symphony Center, with backing from the Nashville Symphony. Though this show option might put the biggest dent in your wallet, seeing the renowned vocalist perform hits like “Tell Me Something Good” and “Sweet Thing,” while her voice still sounds as incredible as it ever did, might just be worth the price of admission. [PO]

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SUNDAY

NIGHT BEDS w/ GABRIEL KELLEY
@ 3rd and Lindsley | 8PM (6PM doors) | $10 | All Ages

If you’re seeking acoustic dream pop that will melt your soul and then put it right back together, head on over to 3rd & Lindsley this Sunday night for Lightning 100’s stellar Nashville Sunday Nights series featuring melancholy darlings Night Beds and folk singer/songwriter Gabriel Kelley. Doors at 6pm, Show at 8pm. Tickets are $10 and are available online here[LS]

STREETLIGHT MANIFESTO w/ RODEO RUBY, EMPTY ORCHESTRA
@ Exit/In | 8PM (7PM doors) | $17.50/$20 | 18+

When Streetlight Manifesto last came through Nashville, back in the fall, we made the case that they were one of the most important bands in the current ska scene, and could very well be the key in helping influence its next wave. Well, unfortunately, their role might not end up being as vital as we had anticipated. The band has announced that, after over a decade, they’re dramatically cutting down their touring and activity going forward. This could very well their last ever Nashville show, so, if you ever had any interest in catching them (and we HIGHLY recommend that you do), this is your chance. Support comes from two decidedly non-ska bands: pop rock group Rodeo Ruby and indie Americana act Empty Orchestra[PO]

CAUSE A SCENE: ANDERSON EAST, ODESSA ROSE, THE BREEDINGS, AUSTIN MANUEL
@ 5008 Longstreet Drive | 7:30PM (7PM doors) | $7/$10

[AC] Adam Cowden
[JM] Jessika Malone
[LS] Lauren Strange

[MH] Matt Hall
[PO] Philip Obenschain

[TT] Tia Thomason

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