Though most tourists flock to Nashville to see country music, those in the know realize that Music City also boasts one of the strongest underground rock scenes around. While some of the graduates of this scene (i.e. JEFF the Brotherhood or Moon Taxi) have gone on to become mainstream successes, the scene has continued to churn out numerous talented acts still flying under the radar. Tomorrow night, Nov. 8, local bar/venue The Stone Fox brings you three of the best local indie rock acts around. The headliner for the evening are synthrockers Vinyl Thief, preceded by Staying for the Weekend and 12th Street Social Club. The whole shebang is set to go down at 9 p.m., and tickets are still available for only ten bucks. After the jump, we’ve got a word on each of the bands to help you get as excited as possible for this killer show!
Formed back in 2012, local quartet Vinyl Thief have built quite a bit of notoriety for themselves in these parts, and have been crossing over onto the national radar since the release of their latest album, Fathoms. The group’s appeal is hinged largely upon their unique aptitude for songwriting; their speciality seems to be incorporating traditional rock and electronica influences into energetic and atmospheric songs that can only be described as cinematic. There’s little doubt that Vinyl Thief are one of the more original bands to come out of Nashville in the last few years, and you owe it to yourself to get out to The Stone Fox and catch their performance, especially if you haven’t yet witnessed their fantastic live show. In the meantime, check out their hit track “Smooth” embedded below.
STAYING FOR THE WEEKEND
The second band of the evening, Staying for the Weekend, are also veterans of the local rock scene. Recently winning Belmont University’s rock showcase, the group have experienced a surge in popularity in both online and offline over the last few months, due largely to their tight live show and penchant for writing catchy hooks. While the group have made tons of progress in the last few years, there’s no reason not to expect this band to continue blossoming. After all, the five piece seem poised to continue cultivating a sizable fan base, and it’ll boost your hipster street cred to say you saw them at a venue as intimate as The Stone Fox.
12TH STREET SOCIAL CLUB
Self-described as an “indie surf-punk” act, local group 12th Street Social Club is still relatively unknown on the scene around here, but don’t let their lack of reputation fool you. The group recorded an entire album over the course of several months, then, at the last minute, decided that that certain je ne se qua just wasn’t there. After scrapping all those months of hard work, the group began the recording process again, recently releasing a single titled “Insurance Policy.” We tell you this story because it should indicate the level of craftsmanship and caring 12th Street Social Club put into their music. No, their following isn’t massive (yet), but these are guys are true artists, doing what they do because they love to do it, and they’re definitely worth showing up early to catch.
Vinyl Thief, Staying for the Weekend, and 12th Street Social Club will perform Nov. 8 at The Stone Fox. The show is 18+, begins at 9 p.m. (doors at 8 p.m.), and tickets are available for $10.