TWiN | This Weekend in Nashville | 9/20 – 9/22


We’ve already run down all that is going on this weekend with Americana Fest, and while we were doing it wondered what else could possibly be going on.  Ah, leave it to Nashville to keep the venues full and the people moving.  We have another packed weekend of your less Americana-y things to do around this here metropolis of good times.  If you aren’t an Americana fan, then you have probably been waiting for this all week long.  Well, we aim to please.  So, check out our weekend picks below.


@ Soulshine Pizza| 7pm | Free | All Ages

Yeee- haw.  We first started telling you guys about Vinyl Thief waaaaaay back when this little rag first got started, and would you just look at them now?  Just look at ’em.  These guys have been making a name for themselves in places other than our beloved Music City.  That means you should probably get over to see them before on Friday night to see why things have been so bright.  The fan-fueled instagram video might give you an idea. [MH]

Les Racquet w/ 111rd Class and Adam Dalton
@ The End | 9pm | $5 | 18+

It’s quite hard to put a label on Les Racquet. On the surface, the group seems to be your standard rocking indie band, chock full of fun and broken harmonies. Catchy, sure, but not anything special. However, further listeners reveal everything from organic folksy Southern roots to vaguely prog rock cadences to the occasional punk rock attitude. It is perhaps these hidden nuances that explains why fans keep coming back time and again to see these guys perform. So instead of looking at us to classify Les Racquet, you should just go see them at the End this Friday and experience the magic firsthand. [JS]

STRFKR w/ Chrome Sparks and Feelings
@ Exit/In | 8pm | $15 | 18+

For all you folks missing out on the Americana fest going on right now, you can still catch a great show at Exit/In this weekend. Featuring STRFKR and openers Chrome Sparks and Feelings, the night promises to be a fuzzy blur of dancing, visuals, sweat, good tunes and good people. We’ll be out there getting on groove on, hope to see you there. Find out more here [JS]



The Alabama Shakes w/ The Dexateens and Majestico
@ The Woods at Fontanel | 7pm | $47.90 | All Ages

Based on the response we had from our ticket giveaway, you guys are big fans of The Alabama Shakes, The Dexateens, and/or Majestico.  That’s cool. We are too, and that’s why we were excited to give you guys some tickets.  I don’t know how many of you have made the trek out to Fontanel.  If you haven’t, the venue is almost worth the trip in itself… but that is not why you really need to go.  Rising semi-local superstars The Alabama Shakes are going to tear that place apart on Saturday night.  Head out there early to catch locals The Dexateens and Majestico. [MH]

Alt-J w/ Lord Huron
@ The Ryman | 8pm | Sold Out | All Ages

I would tell you about how awesome a show (and a perfect, if somewhat unlikely, pairing) experimental indie rockers Alt-J and folky indie performance art act Lord Huron (a previous Bonnaroo Band of the Day) are sure to be- but that would be cruel because, alas, this one’s sold out. Even a venue as amazing as The Ryman probably isn’t worth the outrageous price of second-hand tickets.  [PO]

O’Brother w/ Native and Daylight
@ The End | 8pm | $5 | 18+

Though it’s an entirely different bill, my recommendation for a second choice, if you’re not a lucky Alt-J ticket holder, is O’BrotherNative, and Daylight at The End! We gave you a full review the last time O’Brother and Daylight rolled through together, and with mathy, post-hardcore act Native added to the mix, this one’s sure to be a heavy, rock and roll blast of a night.  [PO]

Daughter w/ Bear’s Den
@ Exit/In | 8pm | $15 | 18+

English trio Daughter have become a cult favorite in the indie pop community, enchanting listeners with their dark, gorgeous songs. Their debut LP If You Leave – which is rock solid both musically and lyrically –  has all of the makings of one of the best albums of 2013. For fans of Eisley; Now, Now.  [LS]

Screaming Females w/ Waxahatchee, Tenement and Cannonmen
@ The Stone Fox | 9pm | $10 | 18+

I’ve waxed poetic about Screaming Females during one of their last jaunts through town, but this time is all about Waxahatchee.  I’ve been listening to quite a bit of Katie Crutchfield (that’s Waxahatchee) for the past year or so, but the live set has just never worked out for me personally.  It’s a lo-fi sound that could be straight out of an East Nashville garage.  You’ll also get familiar with Tenement and Cannonmen.  This is probably your pick for affordable, not sold out shows on Saturday. [MH]



Lucinda Williams
@ 3rd and Lindsley | 8pm | $25 | All Ages

Grammy award-winning outlaw alt-country songstress Lucinda Williams wraps up the Americana Music Festival with an intimate performance of her self-titled album, in celebration of the 25th anniversary of its release, at 3rd & Lindsley this Sunday night. Note: This is not a wristband showcase; Americana Music Festival & Conference registrants received invitations for the performance, but a limited number of tickets are on sale to the public.  [LS]

FUN w/ Tegan and Sara
@ The Woods at Fontanel | 7:30pm | Sold Out | All Ages

fun. brings their vintage pop and melodically catchy hooks to Music City for a sold out extravaganza at Fontanel. Who needs to put out a new album and tour in support when the singles from their last effort Some Nights are still pumping through the airwaves and the background for countless commercials. [JR] 

Casey James Prestwood and The Burning Angels w/ Elise Davis
@ The High Watt | 9pm | $10 | 18+

Imagine if you were to take everything about downtown Nashville and put it in a deliciously hoppy craft beer. The sounds, the smells, the overall ambience, all packed into a 16 oz glass bottle. That beer would be the official drink for Casey James Prestwood and the Burning Angels. James has that all to familiar country twang that Nashville is famous for, and will no doubt aptly use that ability to enthrall listeners at The High Watt this Sunday. Elise Davis will be opening for him, making this basically a guarantee of a great night of music.  [JS]

Megan Keely w/ Ali Sperry and Molly Martin
@ The Stone Fox | 9pm | $price | 18+

Megan Keely channels influences somewhere between blues and pop, is something akin to Thao Nguyen in vocal presence and acumen, but walks her own path in songwriting.  Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Megan Keely has been calling Nashville home recently while working on her latest release, Deciduous.  If you are around 8th Avenue South on Sunday evening, you might just do yourself a favor and stop into The Basement in time to catch Megan as well as Ali Sperry and Molly Martin. [MH]

[JS] Jack Smith
[JR] Jacob Ryan
[JG] Jared Godar
[JM] Jessika Malone
[LS] Lauren Strange
[MH] Matt Hall
[OF] Olivia Fay
[PO] Philip Obenschain


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