TWiN | This Weekend in Nashville | 7/25 – 7/27

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Not sure if it is a weeklong hangover from Forecastle (did you see our review of that yet?), but this week seems like it has gone on FOREVER!  What’s the cure for that pain?  More music, of course.  We have a bunch of great shows going on this weekend, including a crazy cheap cover to see three of Nashville’s biggest rockers, an essential radio played album release, some music under the stars, and so much more.  We’ve run down all of our staff picks for the weekend in another edition of TWiN!

FRIDAY

INTL
@ Pour House | 7pm | Free | All Ages

This week, Lightning 100 is showcasing INTL – a local alternative rock group that is gearing up to release their latest album, Mystery. When will this new record be released? The title of this creation is appropriately named due to the fact that the release date is still –  well, a mystery. Luckily for you, you can hear INTL‘s single off the album, “Spitfire,” right here before going to witness the quartet play the record in full at Pour House. [BM]

CARDBOARD KIDS W/ PHIN, SECRET CLUB AND POEMA
@ The Basement | 9pm | $5 | 21+

For the fifth time this year, Cardboard Kids will be gracing Music City with their presence, and this time they will be bringing Phin, Secret Club, and Poema with them. It’s obvious to see why Cardboard Kids are back again, since their tremendous indie-rock style has grown quite a bit in popularity recently. You can check out a preview from one of their previous shows if you’d like to learn more about them and check out their song “Echo Boomer” below. [JMa]

DIARRHEA PLANET W/ BLANK RANGE AND MUSIC BAND
@ Exit/In | 8pm | $3 | 18+

I have no idea why these guys would need an energy drink like Red Bull to sponsor their event.  The music that each of these bands make will give you wings, and, if you could actually yawn in a Diarrhea Planet show, I’m pretty sure the bouncer would make you feel like you had wings when he threw your ass out the saloon doors face-first.  All three of these bands ping our radar on the reg, and this is the sure-fire rock show to see in town tonight.  It’s a three dollar cover, so there went your last excuse. [MH]

RAY LAMONTAGNE W/ THE BELLE BRIGADE AND THE SHADOWBOXERS
@ Woods at Fontanel Amphitheater | 7pm | $29.50-74.50 | All Ages

We’ve already previewed this show in full right here, so, don’t blame us if you miss out on one of the best shows of the weekend. Ray LaMontagne‘s sound couldn’t be a more perfect fit for the dreamy outdoor setting that is The Woods, and backed by The Belle Brigade and The Shadowboxers, this show is sure to be incredible. [PO]

ZEPPARELLA W/ STARS TURN ME ON
@ 12th & Porter | 9pm | $10 | 18+

More to come later today on the insane female-fronted Led Zeppelin tribute band, Zepparella.  If that previous sentence isn’t enough to pique your interest, listen to what the Seattle Weekly had to say about them, ““The best female Led Zeppelin tribute act this side of—well, anything, this fearsome foursome is here to rock out like it’s 1972. Beyond the surface gimmickry, Zepperella is one of the best cover bands out there today, and even earned a thumbs-up from Zeppelin’s own Jimmy Page.” Stars Turn Me On open up the night. [JR]

PARKER MILLSAP AND JOHN MORELAND
@ Station Inn | 9pm | $12 | 21+

Recently nominated by the Americana Music Association as the “Emerging Artist Of The Year”, Oklahoma-bred Parker Millsap is bringing his fire and brimstone live show to the Station Inn this Friday night. Parker grew up in in a small town Pentecostal household, and is part of that region’s so-called Red Dirt music movement which blends classic folk, country and gospel traditions. He just turned 21 and looks like a young Leo DiCaprio, but has a soulful voice that suggests an old soul. Singer-songwriter and recent Oklahoma transplant John Moreland opens. [JMo]

SATURDAY

BLUE MATCHES W/ HOT MESS LOVES YOU, SMALL TOWN SLEEPER AND BLACK MARKET RESEARCH
@ Exit/In | 8pm | $5 | 18+

It’s always nice to get some local indie rock in your system, and this Saturday, there won’t be any better place to do that than Exit/In. You’ll get a chance to see the female fronted group Blue Matches, fun trio Hot Mess Loves You (whom recently rebranded themselves as Stereosparks), non-local but still awesome rockers Small Town Sleeper, and local favorites Black Market Research, for whom this will actually be their last hometown show in a minute. To us, this seems like a great lineup, and we’d love to see some of you at Exit/In tomorrow evening! [JS]

DEAD DEADS W/ VICE TRICKS AND LAZERSNAKE
@ The Basement | 9pm | $5 | 21+

There truly are few things better than local rock shows in a small venue. Lucky for all of us (over 21), The Dead Deads, Vice Tricks, and Lazersnake will be playing a show over at The Basement for just $5. And, to make it even better, two surprise guests from a “well-known hard rock band” are going to be playing an acoustic set as well. This certainly looks like it will be a night that no rock fan will want to miss. [JMa]

SUNDAY

CLAIRY BROWNE & THE BANGIN’ RACKETTES W/ THEM VIBES
@ 3rd and Lindsley | 8pm | $10 | All Ages

Want to catch some really great soul music this weekend? Of course you do, who wouldn’t. Anyways, Australian 9 piece Clairy Browne and the Bangin’ Rackettes will playing with local rockers Them Vibes at Lightning 100’s Sunday Night Showcase. Between the blaring saxes, tight grooves, and impressive vocals, Clairy Browne is definitely one of the most engaging soul acts on the circuit today, and you owe it to yourself to get out to 3rd and Lindsley to check them out. Don’t question it. Just go. You won’t regret it. [JS]

WHAT MADE MILWAUKEE FAMOUS W/ A. SINCLAIR
@ The High Watt | 8pm | $10 | 18+

The Austin-based indie rock band What Made Milwaukee Famous is certainly living up to the hype that their hometown top-notch music scene creates. And luckily for us, they’re headed our way this Sunday night to bring some of those SXSW and ACL vibes to Music City. This show is bound to be full of upbeat, acoustic guitar-driven tunes as well as a couple of slower tracks to help bring out all of your feelings (all that beer won’t hurt, either). A. Sinclair, formerly of fellow Austin band Frank Smith, will play the opening set so make sure you’re there to catch the whole night of toe-tapping, feel good music. [MG]

[BM] Beth McAllister
[JR] Jacob Ryan
[JSh] Jacqui Sahagian
[JEM] Jessika Malone
[JMo] Jeff Moody

[JMa] John Masserini
[MH] Matt Hall
[MG] Meredith Galyon
[JS] Jack Smith
[PO] Philip Obenschain
[WD] Wes Davenport

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