TWiN | This Weekend in Nashville | April 1 – 3

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Spring tours continue to roll through Nashville this weekend with another full plate of show helpings for you to gorge on.  3rd & Lindsley kicks off their 25th anniversary, Bluegrass Underground is taping their spring weekend special, local heroes Moon Taxi make their Ryman debut on Friday, followed by Dr. Dog’s return to the Mother Church on Saturday, and those shows are really just the tip of the iceberg, as we still have musicians from all over the world stopping in, and a number of stellar release parties for local rock outfits.  With so much going on, let us provide a road map with all of our staff picks in this week’s edition of TWiN!

FRIDAY

RENN
@ Soulshine Pizza Factory | 7:15pm | FREE | All Ages

Songwriter Renn Anderson gathered some life experiences and songwriting material by traveling across California. Hence why single “King of California” is a wonderful introduction to Anderson, as you may have heard the track spinning on Lightning 100 this week. It sports a roguish flair alongside beautiful folk undertones. Kick your weekend off at this free early show. [WD]

THE LONE BELLOW w/ ERIN RAE & THE MEANWHILES
@ 3rd & Lindsley | 8pm | Sold Out | All Ages

With a reputation of putting on one of the best live shows around (read this post), it’s no wonder The Lone Bellow sold out both nights of performances this weekend at 3rd & Lindsley. The Brooklyn-based trio bring their beautifully blended three-part harmonies and raw, gospel-tinged melodies back to our city  with support from Americana songstress Erin Rae and her band The Meanwhiles, so if you were lucky enough to get tickets, get ready to witness some of the most talented musicians give it their all on stage. [MG]

NORTH MISSISSIPPI ALLSTARS, CHARLIE MUSSELWHITE
@ City Winery | 6:30pm & 10pm | $45-65 | All Ages

The ultra talented sibling duo of Luther and Cody Dickinson (sons of Memphis blues legend Jim Dickinson) have been doing their thing as North Mississippi Allstars for twenty years now, and they have certainly only gotten better with age. They’ll be playing two shows in one night this weekend, with possibly the best EVER blues harmonica player Charlie Musselwhite in the mix at City Winery. Go to one performance or splurge on both, regardless this is going to be a one-of-a-kind type show, so don’t miss it! [JR]

ANDY HULL w/ CASEY CRESCENZO, NATHAN HUSSEY
@ Exit/In | 9pm | Sold Out | 18+

Best known for fronting Manchester Orchestra, Andy Hull will kick of an intimate run of solo shows this weekend right here in Nashville. Joined by Casey Crescenzo of The Dear Hunter and Nathan Hussey of All Get Out, it’s a great way to see some familiar tunes in a more personal and stripped down environment. Given the popularity of Hull’s main band, it’s no surprise that this one is sold out. [PO]

JENNY & TYLER w/ MATT HIRES
@ The High Watt | 9pm | $12-15 | 18+

Jenny & Tyler have been making music together for many years, but with their move to Nashville and first major label release “Of This I’m Sure,” it is clear they are not stopping any time soon, and for that this listener is very grateful! This folk-pop songwriting duo tells moving stories about love and friendship, positive and broken relationships, parenting, passion, and the ups and downs in this crazy thing called life. Married with two kids, these talented singer-songwriters have dedicated themselves to making music that inspires, educates, and can break your heart all at the same time. With soaring blended harmonies, a shared creation of melody and lyrics, an intense musicality and instrumental ability, Jenny & Tyler can lead you through light and darkness, hope and despair, all in the same song. [IS]

MOON TAXI w/ COIN
@ Ryman Auditorium | 8pm | Sold Out | All Ages

Well done, Nashville. Not only is this local rockers Moon Taxi‘s first-ever headlining show at The Ryman (supported by a site fave and fellow buzzworthy up and comer, COIN), but you helped them sell this sucker out! Still riding high on the success of last year’s fantastic Daybreaker, this is just the latest well-deserved accomplishment on Moon Taxi’s long list. [PO]

SLICK, SMOKING FLOWERS, BREE
@ The Basement | 9pm | $5-7 | 21+

If you’re in the mood for some straight-ahead, fun, rock ‘n roll this weekend, Slick’s show at the Basement is just the ticket. Also playing are husband/wife duo The Smoking Flowers, whose onstage chemistry always creates a great show, and incredibly talented singer/songwriter/guitarist Bree[MW]

JAILL w/ BUTTHOLE
@ The End | 9pm | $7 | 18+

Psych-pop Milwaukee, WI band Jaill from Burger Records will be making their way to Nashville this Friday with self-described local “fudge rock” pioneers Butthole (yes, you read that correctly). Jaill have been around since 2002, playing catchy, yet weird and very unique psych-pop material that echoes the likes of King Tuff and The Growlers. Butthole have been bursting onto the local scene as the best freaks around. Their music is in your face; it knows what it wants and it’s going to have a blast getting it, and the band’s shows are even better, full of energy and attitude. Don’t sleep on this one. [JC]

KANSAS BIBLE COMPANY w/ AJ & THE JIGGAWATTS
@ Acme Feed & Seed | 10:45pm | Free | 21+

Psych-rock collective Kansas Bible Company may have a smaller lineup now after trimming from 11 members down to 7, but their sound is still as big as ever. The soulful rhythm from the horn section combined with their progressive jams will have you dancing, along with the funky grooves of AJ & the Jiggawatts. Plus, it’s a free show, so you’ve got nothing to lose. [MG]

THE GILLS (ALBUM RELEASE PARTY) w/ THE JAG, KEEPS
@ Little Harpeth Brewing | 8pm | $5-$10 | 21+

Looking for a searing-hot local bill that goes down in one of Nashville’s coolest breweries? The Gills’ self-titled album release party is your show, friend. The Jag will be on hand to provide some psychedelic rock sounds, along with indie buzzband Keeps.  [WD]

SEASON VI BLUEGRASS UNDERGROUD: THE COX FAMILY, DRIVIN’ N’ CRYING, SIERRA HULL, AND JASON & THE SCORCHERS
@ The Volcano Room, Cumberland Caverns | 1pm | SOLD OUT | All Ages

Did you take note when we told that tickets were on-sale for the annual Bluegrass Underground at The Volcano Room at Cumberland Caverns?  Well, you should have, because all 3 days of this one are sold out.  Guess you’ll just have to wait to see what you missed when the special airs on PBS.  [MH]

SECRET CLUB w/ SUMMERTIME
@ Phat Bites | 9pm | Free | All Ages

We’ve been raving out local alt/garage/punk trio Secret Club for awhile now, and consider their debut EP, Apocalypse Meow, one of last year’s best under the radar releases. Though the group play out semi-regularly, this weekend, you have the chance to see them for FREE thanks to local restaurant (and occasional pop-up showspace) Phat Bites! Another Nashville band you should know, pop punk outfit Summertime, will open things up, so be sure to show up early! [PO]

SATURDAY

EDGEHILL ROCKS ft. BASSH, CHAOS EMERALDS, JULIA COLE, THE MELTING POT BAND, AND MORE!
@ Edgehill Village | 10am | Free | All Ages

Festival season gets under way this weekend with the Edgehill Rocks fest in Edgehill Village.  This free event features street vendors, food trucks galore, and great music to vibe on.  The lineup continues to grow, as this year the fest welcomes local alt-popsters Bassh, the new electro pop outfit, Chaos Emeralds (featuring Daniel Ellsworth and Kyle Andrews), country popster Julia Cole, R&B octet The Melting Pot Band, and more.  The rain is supposed be gone, and clear skies will prevail.  Get out and play in the sun! [MH]

THE LONE BELLOW w/ DERIK HULTQUIST
@ 3rd & Lindsley | 8pm | Sold Out | All Ages

The Lone Bellow’s second sold out night at 3rd & Lindsley continues on Saturday, with Nashville singer-songwriter Derik Hultquist kicking things off. [MG]

BOMBINO w/ LAST GOOD TOOTH
@ Exit/In | 9pm | $15-18 | 18+

Acclaimed Tuareg guitarist and all around badass Bombino is heading back to Nashville this weekend for a performance with NYC-based experimental indie rockers Last Good Tooth. The Music City is a special place for the Niger native, who recorded his breakthrough album Nomad here with the help of producer and Black Keys member Dan Auerbach back in 2012. He’s gearing up to release his follow-up LP, Azel, so make sure you’re one of the first to hear his new music in person. [LL]

BACKUP PLANET, CBDB w/ GRAVY
@ Mercy Lounge | 9pm | $10 | 18+

If you’re interested in hearing some funk this weekend, then Mercy Lounge has you covered Saturday night with a bill featuring three funk-rock bands. Backup Planet are locals and CBDB are from Tuscaloosa, with both leaning towards the prog side of things with room for improv and jamming. Gravy play more traditional funk in the classic style of New Orleans. If you want to listen to jamming and do some dancing, this is the show to be at this weekend. [JSa]

DR. DOG w/ WILD CHILD
@ Ryman Auditorium| 8pm$32.50 | All Ages

New wave Psych/indie rockers Dr. Dog will be making their triumphant return to the Mother Church to let their freak flags fly. We told you all about their last visit in this post, but after the label backed reissue of their super sludgy debut record, The Psychedelic Swamp, earlier this year we are hoping they be going back to the very beginning of their catalog to wow the audience with a more classic setlist. Look for Americana road warriors Wild Child to kick things off on a great night of tunes at the elgandary Ryman Auditorium.  [JR]

COLD LUNCH RECORDINGS LIVE RECORDING ft. BOYSCOTT, CREASEREADER, ONLY
@ fooBAR | 4pm | $5 | 21+

Palaver Records spin off Cold Lunch Recordings has a novel show idea coming up this weekend.  They are bringing the recording experience to you live, by bringing in a bunch of vintage equipment and a sound engineer in to fooBAR to record the performances of Boyscott, Creasereader, and Only live to cassette.  For only $5, you come for the party and music, and stick around for a limited edition cassette of the experience at the end of the night.  Impressive. [MH]

MILK PEOPLE, PET ENVY, OLIVER OCEAN
@ The East Room | 8pm | $5 | 18+

We just premiered an advance stream of the incredibly eclectic debut, Hullabaloo, from Milk People earlier this week.  If you haven’t already given that a spin, get up to speed here.  They are set to celebrate on Saturday night at The East Room with Pet Envy and Oliver Ocean, and your $5 admission will get you a free copy of the new CD. [MH]

JOE PURDY w/ GARRISON STARR
@ City Winery | 8pm | $18-25 | All Ages

At the forefront of the young independent troubadour movement has long stood Joe Purdy. This Arkansas-born singer-songwriter has shared the stage with luminaries such as Steve Earle and Pete Townshend and has released thirteen albums in as many years, each featuring sublime writing and a voice to make you quake. He’ll take the stage at City Winery Saturday night supporting his most recent release Eagle Rock Fire in what will be a truly great night for folk music with LA-based songwriting superhero Garrison Starr opening. [JSt]

SEASON VI BLUEGRASS UNDERGROUND: FRANK SOLIVAN & DIRTY KITCHEN, MAC MCANALLY, HURRAY FOR THE RIFF RAFF, DAVE RAWLINGS MACHINE
@ The Volcano Room, Cumberland Caverns | 1pm | SOLD OUT | All Ages

The lineup gets better and better as the three day Bluegrass Underground event continues 333 feet below ground in Cumberland Caverns.  Once in a lifetime event?  Not unless you already have a ticket, because all price points appear to be sold out already.  Head below to check out blog faves Hurray For The Riff Raff, and plan better next year. [MH]

SUNDAY

G. LOVE & SPECIAL SAUCE w/ THE BONES OF J.R. JONES
@ 3rd & Lindsley | 8pm | $22.50-99 | All Ages

There’s a distinct City of Brotherly Love feel in the air this weekend in Nashville, with Philly based G. Love & Special Sauce playing Sunday, as well as fellow Philadelphians Dr. Dog playing Saturday (see above). G. Love and his crew are touring in support of their latest release, Love Saves The Day, which more of their signature, easy-going blues sound that so many have come to know and love. Grab a ticket, and get their on time to see roots/folk bluesman The Bones of J.R. Jones (no relation to yours truly). [JR]

SUNN O)))
@ Exit/In | 9pm | $20-22 | 18+

If you want your weekend to end on a super loud and super weird note, then pioneering ambient drone metal band Sunn O))) will be bringing the noise and the darkness to Exit/In on Sunday night. The group take their name from the cult favorite amp brand, revered for their loudness, and are known for their extremely loud live shows as well as their mixing together of genres from minimalistic jazz, to drone, to noise metal. They’ve been called one of the loudest bands of all time, both from their recordings and their shows. Maybe bring earplugs just in case. [JSa]

SEASON VI BLUEGRASS UNDERGROUND TAPING: THE LONE BELLOW, THE SUFFERS, JJ GREY AND MOFRO, ST. PAUL AND THE BROKEN BONES
@ The Volcano Room, Cumberland Caverns | 1pm | SOLD OUT | All Ages

The 6th season of Bluegrass Underground wraps on Sunday with a stacked lineup, but, once again, all price points appear to be sold out for this one.  So, call in favors, or just mope in disappointment, while you imagine what Paul Janeway’s voice will sound like bouncing off the walls of this absolutely unique venue. [MH]

[IS] Ione Singletary
[JR] Jacob Ryan
[JC] Julian Ciany
[JSa] Jacqui Sahagian
[JSt] Jen Starsinic
[LL] Lorie Liebig
[MH] Matt Hall
[MG] Meredith Galyon
[MW] Meagan Whitney
[PO] Philip Obenschain
[WD] Wes Davenport

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