TWiN | This Weekend in Nashville | 2/28 – 3/2

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In countries across South and Central America, this is a weekend of parades and revelry in celebration of Carnivale.  In New Orleans, this same weekend takes those parades and revelry to a typically puke filled, where did I leave my shirt last night, haze of garbage, filth, and beads hanging in trees.  (Trust me, I lived there for 5 years).  The spirit of Carnivale can flow through all of us here in music city with one of the many celebratory live music events happening around town this weekend.  From outdoors all day Mardi Gras Y’all family affairs to late nights with loud rock bands just the way we like it.  Check out our staff picks for the weekend in another edition of TWiN!

FRIDAY

MAJESTICO
@ Soulshine Pizza | 7pm | Free | All Ages

Sincerely close to winning the last Road To Bonnaroo, before the spontaneous Diarrhea-Apache-Blank Range-Relay-Planet that rocked everyone’s mind last month, Majestico are the clear winner in this week’s Lightning 100 Artist Of The Week bonanza. Flush full of a week of blowing your ears off in the car on L100, these cats are going to spin it up a funky notch for sure on an almost spring evening at Soulshine Pizza! See you for happy hour! [MH]

YIP DECEIVER
@ The High Watt | 9pm | $8 | 18+

We see a lot of cheeky taglines in this business but this has to be one of the best: “Two dudes. Two mics. Anything can happen.” Read into that what you will but just know these guys will be rocking the casbah at The High Watt. Read our preview from earlier today about the show, bring your dancing shoes, and be prepare to get loose. [JR]

GUILTY PLEASURES
@ Mercy Lounge | 9:30pm | $15 | 18+

What does it take to be the best cover band in a town called Music City? We all known there’s no shortage of said bands here (just walk up and down Broadway) but Guilty Pleasures really set themselves apart from the rest of the pack. Playing songs we all know and love from the ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s, this will be a guaranteed good time. Heavy drinking and singing along off-key is encouraged.  [JR]

HONEY LOCUST ALBUM RELEASE w/ ALEX BAKER (OF DEWEY DECIBEL)
@ The Stone Fox | 9pm | $5  | 18+

Honey Locust have a sound that seems perfect for being gobbled up by NPR Music. Their version of Roots music is dramatic and artistic, think gothic Hey Marseilles with only two members. Jake Davis & Patrick Howell play a variety of instruments and self-compose, proving that they are a force to be reckoned with and a band we will be keeping our eyes on. Tonight, they will celebrate the release of their new full length album, The Great Southern Brood. Singer-songwriter Alex Baker, former frontman of Dewey Decibel, will perform for the first time in Nashville in five years to open the night.  [LT]

THE DELTA SAINTS w/ HUMMING HOUSE AND BOOM FOREST
@ Exit/In | 7pm | $10 | 18+

The Delta Saints are a bourbon fueled jam band from right here in Nashville. Treating their hometown right, these men are giving us two nights of raw swampy music. Tonight, the show will be opened up by Humming House – a band we have reviewed before and are fans of. Although, when The Delta Saints take the stage, they will have you feeling like you were at a party down in the bayou of New Orleans. A perfect concoction of rock and swampy delta sounds, the Delta Saints are definitely on my recommended list of must-see bands. [SM]

SLIM WRAY
@ Dino’s LLC | 9pm | ?? | 21+

Packing a punch like a whiskey wasted bar brawl, Slim Wray bring their “whiskey-fuelled, funkin’, freakin’, f*ckin’, ride,” to the smokey, yet comfortable confines of Dino’s on Friday night.  We don’t know much about the Brooklyn based punk-blues powerhouse, but, from the bits we’ve heard, it might be worth poking you head into the cloud for a minute or two! [MH]

KOA w/ P4, DYNAMO, AND CHLOE KAT N’ THE CREATURES
@ The End | 9pm | $5 | 18+

If you’re really looking for the local experience here in Nashville, then this chilled out rock show put on by Koa might just be the best place to be this Friday. Joined by fellow local rockers P4, the jazzy-funky, all around good guys in Dynamo, and stunning songstress Chloe Kat, the night will kick off around 9 p.m. at The End. Like any great show at The End, you can get in for only $5 (assuming you’re over 18, of course). All in all, the show promises a fantastic offering of genres all put on by local musicians, and really ought to be on your agenda this evening.   [JS]

SLICK w/ MOSELEY, EL EL
@ The Basement | 9pm | $5 | 21+

We have three great reasons for you to spend your Friday night at The Basement: Local rock and rollers Slick are celebrating the release of their new vinyl, all-girl alt-rock trio Moseley are quickly becoming one of Nashville’s essential up and coming bands, and our buds in El El were recently featured in a spot for American Eagle’s “Project Live Your Life” (check it out below). Three amazing bands for just five bones; this one’s a no-brainer! [PO]

SATURDAY

NASHVILLE’S INAUGURAL MARDI GRAS Y’ALL
@ Riverfront Park | 12pm | FREE | All Ages

Become part of your city’s history and attend Nashville’s FIRST EVER city-wide Mardi Gras celebration! The official beer sponsor is Bud Light so the party is on. You can expect crawfish, food trucks and a decent line-up (highlights include: Cooper & The Jam, Black Diamond, and Kansas Bible Company feat. below). Best part? It’s free … beer is not. [JR]

HAUNTED DEVICE w/ SHERBET
@ Mayday Brewery | 6pm | FREE | All Ages

With a current location on their FB page listed as outer space, you know these guys probably a little atypical. Their ghostly reverbed guitars and evocative vocals make Haunted Device a local band to look out for. Sherbet has rocked our world for the past year since we got to know their throw back rock vibes.  Add in the plethora of beer at this unique venue, and it is sure to be a perfect night…. just be careful on the drive back from M-boro. [JR]

DEROBERT & THE HALF-TRUTHS w/ FRANCES AND THE FOUNDATION AND GINA VENIER
@ The Basement | 9pm | 21+

Sometimes soul screams from all different vernaculars, and that is exactly what this show sells.  DeRobert brings the soul-revival truth in heaps you wouldn’t believe, Frances And The Foundation package that soul power into a rock package that is as tight as their bass slinging front woman, while Gina Venier was highlighted for her soulful mastery in one of our Women Who Rock profiles late last year….   Regardless of how you take your soul, this show will slip it to you in just the right way! [MH]

THE DELTA SAINTS W/ JOE ROBINSON AND OMEGA SWAN
@ Exit/In | 7pm$10 | 18+

The Delta Saints are perhaps one of the most aptly named bands on the circuit these days. Imagine you were wandering through the Louisiana swamps, and suddenly interrupting your amble is the comforting, churchy sounds of traditional bayou music. This is great and all, but out of nowhere, the music swells into a heavily distorted rock show. That rock show, friends, is exactly what the Delta Saints sound like. Joining them on stage is the frankly incredible guitarist Joe Robinson, as well Omega Swan, a favorite local party band of ours. This will definitely be a fun, high energy evening, and you can experience it all for 10 buckaroos.  [JS]

RI¢HIE ALBUM RELEASE w/ BULLY AND BLANK RANGE
@ The End | 9pm | $10 (w/ free CD!) | 18+

Road to Bonnaroo 2013 alum Ri¢hie is dropping a new album, Night Game, and not only is he receiving support from one of our absolute favorite new bands, Bully, but inaugural 2014 Road to Bonnaroo winners Black Range will kick off the show. This is a pretty eclectic bill, showcasing some of Nashville’s best emerging talent, and the $10 cost of admission is more than worth it, free CD or not! [PO]

CHERUB W/ CAROUSEL AND PROBCAUSE
@ The Cannery Ballroom | 9pm | $15-17ADV/$17DOS | 18+

Cherub, Nashville’s resident electronic dance duo, will be playing the Cannery Ballroom this Saturday with openers Carousel and Probcause. This is such exciting news, it bears repeating: Cherub is playing the Cannery with Carousel and Probcause! We’re pretty excited for this show, and for good reason: all three of these artists are renowned for their ability to put on fantastic live shows that are quite conducive to partying. Now, we don’t want to encourage nefarious behavior, but this might just be the perfect show to throw back a couple of beers to and get your groove on this weekend. See you there!  [JS]

SCALE MODEL, NOBODY’S DARLINGS, ANCHOR THIEVES, CHURCHYARD
@ The 5 Spot | 9pm | $cheap | 21+

The 5 Spot has really been bringing it with diverse, stacked, local lineups lately, and this show is no different. Ahead of their appearance at round two of Road to Bonnaroo, new wave-y indie pop act Scale Model will headline, joined by a a crazy cool bill of Nobody’s DarlingsAnchor Thieves, and Churchyard.  Scale Model just released the new video for the single “Live It Up” from their upcoming release, Star.  You can pretty much expect this to be a high energy warm up run for their Road To Bonnaroo experience on Monday!  [PO]

THE FEATURES, PHOTO OPS, MYSTERY TWINS, BABE CITY, *REPEAT REPEAT
@ The East Room | 8pm | $8 | 21+

In celebration of The East Room’s (official) one-year anniversary, a killer local lineup of The FeaturesPhoto OpsMystery TwinsBabe City, and *repeat repeat will perform, joined by DJ Baron von Birk and host Brad Edwards. If you’re longing for the days of piling into The East Room for East Nashville Underground, this stacked (and sure to be packed) show is the closest thing we’ve seen in awhile! [PO]

SUNDAY

WILD CUB
@ Grimey’s | 5pm | FREE | All Ages

If you’re in the mood for a double helping of Wild Cub (and why wouldn’t you be? they’ve seriously been on a roll so far this year), head to Grimey’s for a free in-store, before you catch their headlining performance at 3rd & Lindsley (details below)! [PO]

WILD CUB w/ ROMAN CANDLE
@ 3rd & Lindsley | 8pm | $10 | All Ages

One thing that makes us feel fortunate to be living in Nashville is that we have the chance to be ahead of the world on some of the nation’s best talents. Perhaps you were one of the lucky Nashvillians who celebrated the release of Wild Cub‘s Youth in the backyard of The Groove,  their New Year’s Prince covers set at High Watt or their final show living in Nashville at East Nashville Underground. Their songs have a special enticement that is hard to pin. Videos for the newly released “Thunderclatter” and the stunning “Blacktide” (starring Nashville babes and hunks) capture the free spirit of their music that makes them one of a kind and reminds us all why MTV used to stand for Music TeleVision. Lead singer Keegan Dewitt’s voice is unique and his fierce talent continues to unfold. The band is a spectacle to watch and groove to, proving they have rightfully earned and will continue to demand the spotlight. Catch them for free at Grimey’s before the show (@ 5pm – get there early!!) or see them on the 3rd & Lindsley stage (broadcasting on Lightning 100’s airwaves). You won’t regret it!  [LT]

[JS] Jack Smith
[JR] Jacob Ryan
[LT] Lindsey Thompson
[MH] Matt Hall
[PO] Philip Obenschain
[JM] Jessika Malone
[SM] Samantha Major
[WD] Wes Davenport

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