TWiN | This Weekend in Nashville | Jan. 22 – 24

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Winter weather has hit this week, and it’ll be interesting to see if we actually end up with any/enough snow to affect any shows Friday evening.  Let’s hope not, because this is a weekend packed with great events, some of which have already sold out. Rest assured, if anything does happen to get snowed out, we’ll do our best to keep you uptated here and on Twitter.  Warm up with some rock and roll, and let us help you navigate your decisions with all of our staff’s weekend show picks in the latest edition of TWiN!

FRIDAY

ERIN RAE
@ Soulshine Pizza Factory | 7pm | FREE | All Ages

CANCELED

Erin Rae has been on our radar for quite a while now, and it’s great to see the local songstress getting some radio love from Lightning 100.  You’ve probably heard the soothing warmth of Rae’s voice with her single “Soon Enough” this week on the radio, and you can hear the live rendition at Soulshine Pizza at 7 p.m. on Friday. [MH]

MERCY LOUNGE 16th ANNIVERSARY ft. BUFFALO RODEO, THE GILLS, *REPEAT REPEAT, DIAMOND DOGS, MOSELEY, MILKTOOTH, LASSO SPELLS
@ Mercy Lounge & The High Watt | 8pm | FREE | 21+

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Our pals at Mercy Lounge sure know how to throw a party! In our of their 16th anniversary, the venue will be hosting some incredible, FREE music in both Mercy and The High Watt this Friday and next, starting with a bill of bands that need no introduction, because we rave about them constantly: Buffalo RodeoThe Gills*repeat repeatDiamond DogsMoseleyMilktooth, and Lasso Spells. Try to top that, we dare ya. [PO]

STEVE EARLE w/ JOHN FULLBRIGHT
@ City Winery | 8pm | SOLD OUT | All Ages

POSTPONED UNTIL FEB. 23

Three-time Grammy winner and master storyteller Steve Earle is finishing up his residency at City Winery this weekend. I hope you got to see him at one of his earlier dates, or got your tickets early since this show is sold out! It’s no wonder with 16 studio albums and a catalog of top-notch songs, many recorded by heavy-hitters like Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Emmylou Harris, and Joan Baez, among many others. Opening the show is Oklahoma singer-songwriter John Fulbright who has been compared to Townes Van Zandt, Guy Clark, and Randy Newman for his superior song crafting around complex characters. This is going to be an amazing show in the American/Folk tradition.  [IS]

GREENSKY BLUEGRASS w/ HORSESHOES AND HAND GRENADES
@ Marathon Music Works | 8pm | $17-25 | 18+

POSTPONED – NEW DATE TBA

If you’re in the mood for some bluegrass music to melt your cold, cold heart this frigid weekend, then Marathon has a killer lineup on Friday night featuring two of the genre’s biggest acts. Greensky Bluegrass have a fervent following translating outside just fans of modern bluegrass for their ability to put on a raucous show with a rock-and-roll feel while playing a bevy of acoustic instruments. Horseshoes and Hand Grenades are also a bluegrass quintet seeking to push the boundaries of what genres of music can be created using your typical string band set-up. [JSa]

THE WHISTLES & THE BELLS w/ CHESSBOXER
@ The Basement | 7pm | $5 | 21+

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This is the second of three chances to catch The Whistles & The Bells live in Nashville this month, and you can read all about them and enter to win tickets to the third show, Jan. 30 and also at The Basement, right here. The musical vehicle of former Cadillac Sky frontman Bryan Simpson, The Whistles & The Bells are an eclectic folk rock project that have quickly become one of Nashville’s buzziest acts. [PO]

BULLY w/ MUSIC BAND, FAKE LIMBS
@ The Basement East| 9pm | SOLD OUT | 21+

POSTPONED UNTIL FEB. 11

We hope you grabbed tickets to Bully‘s Nashville homecoming with locals Music Band and Chicago’s Fake Limbs when we first announced this show a few months back, because it is official sold out. That should come as no surprise to anyone following the breakout local grunge pop band, who, thanks to their amazing full-length debut, Feels Like (which we named the Nashville album of the year) had a massive 2015, gaining international acclaim and winning over critics left and right. This marks their first time playing East Nashville’s newest haunt, The BEast, and you know it’s going to be an unforgettable night. [PO]

KAKI KING
@ OZ| 8pm | $40 | All Ages

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Innovative guitarist Kaki King is bringing her multimedia show “The Neck is a Bridge to the Body” to performing arts space OZ this weekend, with chances to catch the spectacle that “uses projection mapping to present the guitar as a blank canvas” on Friday and Saturday night. The show places the focus on the guitar itself, using the instrument as a screen for digital projections. King’s innovative and totally original guitar playing utilizes different tunings for acoustic and lap steel, and her music is influenced by folk, jazz, and shoegaze. If you want to check out something totally different this weekend, this is the show to go to. [JSa]

SATURDAY

TOOL w/ PRIMUS, 3TEETH
@ Bridgestone Arena | 7:30pm | SOLD OUT | All Ages

If you notice a subtle decibel spike in the city of Nashville Saturday night, it’s because psych-metal faves Tool have taken over Bridgestone Arena with “strangest top-10 band ever” Primus and relative newcomers 3TEETH. Hopefully you grabbed your tickets already because this one is sold out! [JS]

RAYLAND BAXTER w/ OJR
@ Exit/In | 9pm | SOLD OUT | 18+

One of Nashville’s favorite songwriters, Rayland Baxter, will be playing to sold out crowd at Exit/In on Saturday night, and we hope you grabbed your spot in time, because it’s sure to be one of the weekend’s best shows. Baxter dazzled everyone from NPR to Rolling Stone with his hit record Imaginary Man last fall, and seems to be on a similar career trajectory as peers like Sturgill Simpson and Chris Stapleton. [MG]

TANLINES w/ WRESTLERS, CHAOS EMERALDS
@ The High Watt | 9pm | $3RSVP/$10 | 18+

POSTPONED – NEW DATE TBA

Brooklyn duo Tanlines is a mashup of 80’s synth, progressive electronic and danceable pop that keeps them in the same vein as bands like Chairlift and Twin Shadow, but still have that indie rock element akin to Vampire Weekend. Their new album Highlights is full of jammable tunes, and as with all Red Bull Sound Select Showcases, all you have to do is RSVP at the link above to get the $3 entry. It’ll be a fun show that you really can’t justify missing. [MG]

CANDICE BURNSIDE FERGUSON BENEFIT ft. PROMISED LAND SOUND, MUSIC BAND, TRISTEN & SPECIAL GUESTS, TOWER DEFENSE
@ The 5 Spot | 9pm | $5 (or donate more) | 21+

Battle Tapes Recording Studio has played a huge role in the new Nashville sound that has become the anthem of our lives for the past few years.  They’ve given to us, and now it’s time for us to give back to them.  Candice Ferguson of Battle Tapes is battling cancer, and this show will be a benefit to help raise money for her medical bills and expenses.  The show features throwback rockers like Promised Land Sound and Music Band, and will also feature a special set from Tristen and friends that reportedly will include, at least, some Bowie covers.  Tower Defense gets things started.  It’s a $5 minimum donation, but the key word there is minimum.  If you have the means, please donate more! [MH]

DAPHNE & THE MYSTERY MACHINES, BACK POCKETS, AND A SECRET GUEST
@ The Basement | 9pm | $5ADV/$7 | 21+

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A new local alt-folk band making some waves, especially a little south of the city in Franklin, Daphne & The Mystery Machines will be headlining a low dough show at the original Basement. Also featuring soul-jazz fusion big band Back Pockets, who have two drummers and a full brass section, and  a secret guest, who just might be poet/performer Minton Sparks, who happens to be playing The Basement early (7 p.m.) the same night. Of course the only way to find out for sure is to be there! [JR]

BUTTHOLE w/ GOTH BABE, CUMBERLAND QUEEN, THE MEDIUM
@ The End | 8pm | $5 | 18+

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Saturday night at The End is packed tight with local bands making that unique brand of Nashville rock and roll. Butthole make deliciously surfy guitar tunes with charming vocals and beats, and surf/punk/garage rockers Goth Babe are the perfect addition to this headliner. We exclusively premiered their latest EP here recently and haven’t stopped digging it since. Locals Cumberland Queen will bring their gritty blues rock to the table alongside psychedelic-sounding The Medium. The show is only $5 at the door and it’s 18+.  [OL]

NAYTRONIX (NATE BRENNER FROM TUNE-YARDS), LAVENDER, LAZY HEART, SOFT BODIES
@ The Stone Fox | 8pm | $7 | 18+

CANCELED

Fans of tUnE-yArDs will know that Nate Brenner is the other half of Merrill Garbus’ worldly indie pop vision.  He works some of the same elements into his alternative electro pop project Naytronix, and fans of tripped out experimental production will absolutely dig this.  Have a listen to “Freak Out” below to get an idea of the vibe. [MH]

KAKI KING
@ OZ | 8pm | $40 | All Ages

CANCELED

Kaki King returns to OZ for a second night of her breathtaking multimedia performance “The Neck Is A Bridge To The Body.”  Dubbed “a sumptuous feat for the senses” by the Boston Globe, if you couldn’t make it the first night, or weather is an obstacle, make sure you get there on Saturday. [JSa]

SUNDAY

BASSH w/ CHARLIE ABBOTT
@ 3rd & Lindsley | 8pm | $10 | All Ages

Nashville Sunday night, presented by Lightning 100 is still rolling strong, and this week they are featuring members of the band Matrimony (Jimmy Brown and CJ Hardee) and Band Of Horses (Bill Reynolds), who have come together to create the more brooding incarnation, Bassh. East Nashville staple and Americana man around Charlie Abbott will also share the bill that you can always catch live on air if you can’t make it to the venue. [JR]

RORY SCOVEL
@ The Basement East | 8pm | $10 | 21+

If you’re feeling a bit of a musical overload, and need a different outlet of entertainment that still gets you of the house this weekend, we can’t recommend comedian Rory Scovel more. A veteran of late night, podcasts, films, specials, festivals, and even Third Man Records, this hilarious standup’s observational brand of offbeat humor is sure to have you in stitches. It’s just $10, and you only need to travel as far as The Basement East.  [PO]

[IS] Ione Singletary
[JR] Jacob Ryan
[JSa] Jacqui Sahagian
[JS] Jen Starsinic
[MH] Matt Hall

[MG] Meredith Galyon
[OL] Olivia Ladd
[PO] Philip Obenschain

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