TWiN | This Weekend in Nashville | 5/2 – 5/4

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The rains have passed, and we’re projecting another lovely weekend in Nashville.  Two free Nashville events are starting up this week at Sevier Park and Centennial Park.  So, make sure you wear sunscreen, and don’t day drink yourself out of any night shows.  We run down all of our top staff picks below with another edition of  TWiN!

FRIDAY

SHANE PIASECKI
@ Soulshine | 7pm | Free | All Ages

Oh man, these are the best kinds of shows: great music at a great venue for free. You have zero excuse not to go. And, with an artist like Shane Piasecki, how can you possibly turn down this opportunity? This indie rock singer/songwriter is Lightning 100’s “Artist of the Week.” He recently released an album titled Set You Free, and, if you’re truly in need of proof that he is worth your time, then check out the video below (trust me, he’s worth it).   [BM]

LANA DEL REY w/ JIMMY GNECCO
@ Ryman Auditorium| 8pm | SOLD OUT | All Ages

We’re not going to waste too much time reminding you of indie songstress Lana Del Rey‘s performance at The Ryman, since it sold out in mere minutes back in March. Unfortunately, the nature of the ticketing for this one leaves you without any viable (or affordable) after-market option, so, if you weren’t one of the lucky fans who nabbed a spot, the best you can do is hope for Ms. Del Rey to plot her return soon. [PO]

ALCINA, BETTER OFF, EMPATHY, DAISYHEAD, ORTHODOX, COURTESY DROP, RIVERA, THE MORNING LOW
@ Rocketown | 6pm | $12 | All Ages

What’s that you say, you’re looking for value, a mix of local punk/hardcore/emo/indie rock, and a show in an all ages space? Well look no further than Rocketown! For just $12, you get 8 great bands (that’s $1.50/band), including a few we’ve raved about on numerous occasions in the past: Better OffDaisyhead, and Courtesy Drop[PO]

JESSICA LEA MAYFIELD W/ DYLAN LEBLANC
@ Mercy Lounge | 9pm | $12 | 18+

Jessica Lea Mayfield has been one of alt-country’s critical favorites since 2008, with her Dan Auerbach-produced With Blasphemy So Heartfelt. Her latest release, Make My Head Sing, was recorded in Nashville, sans The Black Keys frontman. While never a ball of sunshine, Mayfield’s new material veers into darker territory with grudge and psych-rock sounds. Dylan LeBlanc’s somber catalog will make for a moody night at The Mercy Lounge.  [WD]

THE JACK PEARSON BAND
@ 3rd and Lindsley | 9:30pm | $10 | All Ages

Legendary southern rock ’n’ roll guitarist Jack Pearson and his band (who now call Nashville home) will be playing an intimate evening of music at one of our favorite local haunts, so don’t miss your chance to see him person. Some of you may know Pearson spent time playing lead and slide guitar in the famous Allman Brothers Band and he can really shred. What most people don’t know is he is also a very talented singer songwriter, producer and artist all in his own right. See what we mean below and catch icon live for yourself. [JR]

TIMBER TIMBRE W/ FIVER & TAYLOR, AND BRASHEARS
@ Exit/In | 8pm | $12 | 18+

Want to get your weekend started off on the right foot? Us too, which is why we’ll be going out to catch Canadian based folk outfit Timber Timbre. This unique act play a stripped down, almost minimalistic take on folk music, which is then injected with the attitude of ’70s and ’80s slow soul hits. The result sounds like something you might listen to late at night, perhaps while reclining in bed and contemplating the current state of your life. There’s not too much music out that is as capable of making one feel as Timber Timbre, and for that reason, we absolutely recommend you give these guys a shot.   [JS]

SATURDAY

MUSICIAN’S CORNER: JARS OF CLAY, HOLLY WILLIAMS, THE DAVID MAYFIELD PARADE AND HALFBRASS
@ Cenntennial Park | 12pm | Free | All Ages

Popular outdoor concert series Musician’s Corner is kicking off their season in Centennial Park. Before the music starts, there are food trucks, a beer garden, and something called Dogville. Dogville! We wholeheartedly welcome this furry neighborhood concept to Nashville. Music starts at 1:30 PM with Halfbrass, followed by The David Mayfield Parade, Holly Williams, and Jars Of Clay. Go outside, grab a brew, pet a pug, and listen to some good music, ya heathens. [WD]

SEVIER PARK FEST: BRANDY CLARK, KS RHOADS, MIDNIGHT RIDERS, MAGNOLIA SONS, SCALE MODEL, OH DANG LO MEIN, RYEGRASS, CARMEN BRANDY, STACEY RANDOL, DEEP FRIED 5, ZEKE DUHON
@ Sevier Park & 12th South | 11am | Free | All Ages

There’s little doubt that the 12 South area in South Nashville is one of the fastest growing areas in Nashville. In addition to being the home of several of our writers and photographers, the area features a fantastic park, a number of independently owned business, and close proximity to Belmont and Vanderbilt. Well friends, it appears as is the 12th South area now has a new asset to boast: the Sevier Park Fest. This free event features a number of fantastic musical acts, including country star Brandy Clark. In addition to the musical acts, the festival will also feature a number of food and game tents, as well as a gigantic children’s parade. All in all, this seems like a great event to bring the family out to (did we mention it’s free?!), and we hope to see some of you there.  [JS]

THEE TSUNAMIS
@ Grimey’s | 5pm | Free | All Ages

Picture this: three spooky babes jamming out feel-good surf rock tunes in Nashville’s coolest record store while you snag some quality preloved vinyl on a Saturday evening. Interested yet? Thee Tsunamis are bringing Halloween on the beach to music city  for FREE! They just released their EP Delirium and Dark Waters this year in March and, like the band lures us on the EP cover, we can’t wait to “experience real evil.” This evening is cheaper than Taco Bell, so you’d better make the right decision or Thee Tsunamis will haunt you in your sleep.  [MC]

MATT PRYOR W/ BLUE OF COLORS, MARK ROSE, JOHN BERWANGER, LUCAS CARPENTER
@ The High Watt | 8pm | $12/14 | 18+

Best known for fronting seminal emo outfit The Get Up Kids, then, later, The New Amsterdams, singer-songwriter Matt Pryor has spent the last several years branching out on his own, and finding his unique voice as a solo artist. Pryor’s latest, Wristslitter, out now on Max Bemis of Say Anything’s Rory Records is his best yet, and, with years of performance experience under his belt, he sure knows how to put on one hell of a show. Arguably one of the most influential musicians of our generation, Pryor will be joined by Blue of ColorsMark RoseJohn Berwanger, and Lucas Carpenter[PO]

12 AGAINST NATURE “A STEELY DAN EXPERIENCE” 10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY SHOW
@ 3rd and Lindsley | 6pm | $15 | All Ages

In a city filled with cover bands you had better really bring it if you want to set yourself apart and luckily, when it comes to Steely Dan cover bands, 12 Against Nature is the gold standard. After years of playing amazing hits like “Rikki Don’t Lose that Number”, “Deacon Blues” and “Hey Nineteen” they’ve perfected their art and this Saturday they celebrate a decade of amazing performances. If you’re even a mild Steely D fan this show is a MUST for you. Don’t miss out on your chance to travel back in time to the days when jazz, soft rock and R&B were all bed fellows. [JR]

RYAN JOSEPH ANDERSON, SAM LEWIS, AND RADIOLUCENT
@ The 5 Spot | 9pm | $cheap | 21+

Celebrated Chicago-based songwriter and frontman of Go Long Mule, Ryan Joseph Anderson, is in town in support of his recently released solo album, The Weaver’s Broom, which sounds like it was recorded and produced in on of the very same East Nashville basements that surround The 5 Spot.  This standout album is chock full of pedal steel, keys, and guitar that’ll make you wonder if there is an alternate music row universe in Chi-town.  Local stand out Sam Lewis and Radiolucent support.  This is the show that folks haunting 5 points this weekend will be talking about on Monday.  [MH]

MOGWAI W/ MAJEURE
@ Exit/In | 8pm | $20 | 18+

If you’re a fan of influential Scottish post-rock quintet Mogwai, you’d better GRAB YOUR TICKETS TO THEIR EXIT/IN PERFORMANCE RIGHT NOW, because there are literally just a handful left. It’s been several years since Mogwai’s last Music City outing, and, paired with Majeure, this is sure to be one of the weekend’s best shows. [PO]

BOBBY BARE JR. ALBUM RELEASE SHOW W/ CORY BRANAN AND BIRDCLOUD
@ Mercy Lounge | 9pm | $10 | 18+

We already ran down one of this blog’s favorite local songwriters this morning.  Check that out for all the details about the show here, and “let’s rock and roll” tonight! [MH]

SUNDAY

WAKE OWL W/ MIMICKING BIRDS
@ 3rd & Lindsley | 8pm | $10 | All Ages

There’s another reason you should come out to 3rd and Lindsley this Sunday besides catching a vaguely avian themed set: both these bands (Wake Owl and Mimicking Birds) absolutely rock. The headliner for the evening, Wake Owl, come to us all the way from the Northern reaches of Vancouver as part of their US tour. Sonically, the band describe themselves as “indie pop,” which is fairly decent designation. However, the group aren’t quite as in-your-face and beat driven as many pop groups, instead adopting a more relaxed approach to their tunes that fully embraces a variety of acoustic instruments. The opener for the evening, Mimicking Birds, fall into a similar sonic space, meaning these two acts match up on more than just the name. All in all, this appears to be a very talented, introspective lineup that’s definitely worth checking out.  [JS]

HEAVY HEAVY HEARTS, THE LOW DOWN, GUTHRIE BROWN, THEM DIRTY ROSES, AND HUNTER TYNAN TRIO
@ The Basement | 8pm | Free | 21+

Here we go again! The Basement established Sunday fun day event dubbed The Sunday Post has been kicking up some pretty incredible local bills since its recent inception.  This week’s edition is no different, featuring some good ole fashioned rock n’ roll from a number of common names in the Nashville circuit.  You can check out the Heavy Heavy Hearts below to get an idea of what the evening will hold in store for you, or you could just roll over there because this is a free event with $2 drafts and cocktail specials.  Duh!  [MH]

[BM] Beth McAllister
[JR] Jacob Ryan
[JS] Jack Smith
[WD] Wes Davenport
[MH] Matt Hall
[PO] Philip Obenschain
[MC] Matt Cairns

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