TWiN | This Weekend in Nashville | April 15 – 17

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It’s Record Store Day! It’s Record Store Day!  It’s amazing that it is Record Store Day!  It’s also crazy to think that we’re already rolling through April, and, before you know it, we’ll be immersed in summer festivals.  There is a bunch going on this weekend for the RSD celebrations with your favorite local vinyl purveyors pulling out all the stops to get your attention.  You should dig into our comprehensive annual Guide To Record Store Day to help you plan out your Saturday.  However, this being Music City, there are still a ton of other shows going that are worthy of your attention.  Peruse our staff picks to help plan your weekend in this week’s edition of TWiN!

FRIDAY

THE ROOSEVELTS
@ Soulshine Pizza Factory | 7pm | FREE | All Ages

Lightning 100’s Artist of the Week The Roosevelts will be playing a free show at Soulshine Pizza ahead of their debut release The Greatest Thing You’ll Ever Learn on April 22. This Americana duo with a southern indie rock influence deliver perfect harmonies, accomplished musicianship on guitars and mandolin, and passionate songwriting that draws you in and leaves you wanting more. Don’t miss the opportunity to catch them free this weekend because they will be packing out arenas in the very near future!  [IS]

ATLAS GENIUS w/ SKYLAR GREY, SECRET WEAPONS
@ 3rd & Lindsley | 8pm$17 | All Ages

It’s been three years since Australia’s Atlas Genius last played Nashville, then celebrating the release of their debut LP and breakout single, “Trojans.” In the years since, they’ve become certifiable indie stars, further increasing their status with last year’s well-received Inanimate Objects, and have toured around the globe and become regulars on recent festival lineups. Joined by Skylar Grey and Secret Weapons, they’re back at 3rd & Lindsley this weekend, and with a larger repertoire, a more hypnotic/electro-dance focus, and polish from experience, we have a feeling they’ll be a real treat. [PO]

LITTLE GREEN CARS w/ JOHN MARK NELSON
@ The High Watt | 9pm | $10-12 | 18+

Irish indie rockers Little Green Cars have been around for almost 10 years now, but their 2013 debut album really put them on the map, particularly with the success of their single “Harper Lee.”  The rockers are back and touring in support of their latest album, Ephemera, which just dropped on Glassnote.  If you are a fan of well crafted indie rock with lyrical depth, Little Green Cars may just be your favorite band find of 2016.  Minneapolis based producer and songwriter John Mark Nelson kicks things off. [MH]

MUMFORD & SONS w/ BLAKE MILLS
@ Bridgestone Arena | 7:30pm | SOLD OUT | All Ages

Love ’em or hate ’em, you can’t deny that the UK’s Mumford & Sons had an undeniable and widespread influence on the musical landscape of the past few years, helping usher in a folk-rock resurgence and bringing increased interest to lesser-known, similar sounding acts. In fact, the Mumford effect became so huge, that it seems to have even gotten stale even to the band themselves; their latest, third album, Wilder Mind, trades banjos for electric guitars, and pleasantly showcases the range and pure songwriting chops of the foursome. Rising star producer and immensely talented singer-songwriter Blake Mills supports Mumford’s first proper local headliner in quite a few years, but we hope you grabbed your tickets quick, because it’s all sold out. [PO]

BRYAN ADAMS
@ Ascend Amphitheater | 8pm | $25-$90 | All ages

Helping to kick off the second season in new downtown outdoor showspace Ascend Amphitheater, famed Canadian rock singer songwriter Bryan Adams will be returning to Music City this weekend. Adams is touring in support of his latest release, Get Up!, his thirteenth studio album to date. With such a wealth of material to pull from, it’s sure to be a great show, and with no warm-up band listed, we have a feeling everyone will get their money’s worth in terms of meeting their Bryan Adams quota. [JR]

RITES OF SPRING: PORTER ROBINSON, LIL DICKY, KRISTOFF WALTZ, & MORE
@ Vanderbilt University Alumni Lawn | 7pm | $40-$60 | All Ages

It’s that time of year again for Vanderbilt University’s long-running, annual Rites of Spring festival. The event will take place on campus, and is spread out between two days. The first night features genre-bending electronic artist Porter Robinson as headliner, continuing Vandy’s tradition of booking popular and eclectic contemporary acts. Before him is none other than Lil Dicky, the East Coast rapper famous for his satirical style. Local indie surf rock five-piece Kristoff Waltz will open, as they won the Battle of the Bands competition for the festival, and Friday’s lineup also features DJ sets. Both weekend and single-day tickets are still available for this all ages music fest! [OL]

THE TRINITY SCHILL KILL, DEAD CURES
@ The East Room | 9pm | FREE | 18+

An always interesting electro pop-rock duo, The Trinity Schill Kill are headlining a free show that you should probably be heading to if you’re tight on funds this weekend. We know from first hand experience that the No Country Presents alumni can turn a party out, and in the cozy confines of The East Room, it’s sure to be a banger! Look for new(ish) on the scene alt rockers Dead Cures (read more here) to kick things off. You won’t find a better deal all weekend, unless of course someone is paying you to go to shows. [JR]

THE WHIGS
@ The Basement East | 9pm | $10-12 | 21+

Weekends at The Basement East are always a blast and this one is no exception. Athens, GA transplants The Whigs are set to bring the party this time around. The garage rock trip have had a lot of success over the years with their straightforward sound that echoes the likes of Kings of Leon, Dead Confederate, and Pavement, and have long been a site favorite. They’re on tour in support of their latest album Modern Creation, and, for this run of shows, are bringing Kansas City to Music City transplants Bearing Torches along with them to open the show in style with their power rock anthems. Don’t sleep on this one Nashville. [JC]

KAKI KING
@ Oz Arts Nashville | 8pm | $40 | All ages

Unconventional guitar master Kaki King has rescheduled her performance of her show “The Neck Is a Bridge to the Body” for this weekend after it was cancelled earlier this year. The multimedia spectacle turns King’s acoustic guitar into a light show using an algorithm that transforms her sounds into images and her guitar into a sort of video screen. King has been making hugely diverse albums for nearly a decade, but this is one of her most adventurous projects yet. [JSa]

OFFICIAL MUMFORD & SONS AFTER PARTY w/ THE FILTHY SIX
@ The Basement | 12am | $5 | 21+

The Filthy Six is an organ based soul jazz outfit that is helmed by Mumford & Sons touring trumpeter Nick Etwell.  The band, which includes members of M&S, is set to keep the party going after things finish up at Bridgestone, while celebrating the release of More Filth, which dropped last month.  So, if you don’t have tickets to the big to-do downtown, or are just looking for more music after, head to The Basement to get your fill. [MH]

JESSE MALIN w/ GREAT PEACOCK, DIANE & THE GENTLEMEN
@ City Winery | 8pm | $12-18 | All Ages

Prolific songwriter Jesse Malin returns to Nashville this weekend, but this time in the intimate confines of City Winery.  It may be hard to think of the punk rooted Malin performing amidst the clinking of glasses of high end cabernet, but a stripped down solo show should fit perfectly into that sonically beautiful room.  Local Americana standouts Great Peacock and Diane & The Gentlemen get things started. [MH]

SKY TEMPLE BLUES W/ MADAME ATHENA
@ The Basement | 9pm | $5 | 21+

Local riff heavy rock ’n roll trio Sky Temple Blues have been building a name for themselves around town with their smokin’ live shows. In celebration of the release of their new self-titled EP, the band are having their record release party at the original Basement, and you can help support them (and our local rock scene) for just $5. Don’t be lame, listen to local live. [JR]

SATURDAY

ADIA VICTORIA, HECTA, DRIVIN’ N’ CRYIN’, BLANK RANGE, LOS COLOGNES, WRAY
@ Grimeys | 12pm | FREE | All Ages

If you are looking for the most comprehensive and jam packed Record Store Day experience, Grimeys is the typically the best bet.  If you are an avid collector, you better plan ahead to make sure you land your bounty, but settle in and spend a day soaking in everything that RSD has to offer with a musical line up featuring some of Nashville’s best and DJ sets by influential folks in Nashville, including Mayor Megan Barry.  Head here for our full rundown of Record Store Day for everything you need to know. [MH]

PROMISED LAND SOUND, LAVENDER COUNTRY, NAMELESS FRAMES, FAUX FEROCIOUS, SAVOY MOTEL, RANCH GHOST, OMNI, TEDDY & THE ROUGH RIDERS, WESTERN MEDICATION, PENICILLIN BABY, LAWNDRY
@ Fond Object | 12pm | FREE | All Ages

Fond Object is known to those in East Nashville, and particularly Inglewood, as the community record store and outpost.  They will once again provide refuge to those in the hood with an all day back yard party complete with petting zoo, local vendors, and great bands.  Oh yeah, they’ll have all the RSD exclusive stuff inside.  Head here for all the details on Record Store Day[MH]

BIG SURR, HECTA, ORNAMENT, SUN SEEKER, PROMISED LAND SOUND, WATCHER, LASSO SPELLS, DUDETTE, & MORE
@ The Groove | 12pm | $15-20 | All Ages

While operating on a smaller scale than Grimeys, East Nashville’s The Groove knows how to throw one hell of a Record Store Day party.  The bands perform in the back yard, and the beer is generally flowing.  The official releases are inside the store, but you should spend time running through their sale stacks to find some other gems to add to your collection.  Check our comprehensive Record Store Day guide for more information. [MH]

DAVID WAX MUSEUM w/ DARLINGSIDE, HAROULA ROSE
@ City Winery | 7pm | $15-20 | All Ages

The self-described “Mexo-Americana” husband-wife duo David Wax Museum fuse traditional Mexican folksong with contemporary Americana-pop. Frontman David Wax studied Mexican folk music in graduate school and the pair play around with traditional instruments from the region as well as the structure and subject matter of those folk songs. Buzzy indie folk band Darlingside and noir folk singer Haroula Rose will open, and you can find out more about all them right here[JSa]

RITES OF SPRING: FUTURE, BAD SUNS, KAT DAHLIA, THE CANDID
@ Vanderbilt University Alumni Lawn | 6:30pm | $40-$60 | All Ages

Saturday is day two of Vanderbilt’s annual Rites of Spring festival. The event is all ages and takes place on campus. Atlanta chart-topping rapper Future headlines night two, and takes top-billing of the whole fest, will alt-rock faves Bad Suns add some indie diversity to the lineup, returning to Nashville after an opening slot at The Ryman in the fall. Singer-songwriter Kat Dahlia, famous for her hit “Gangsta,” and local folk rock outfit The Candid will get things started at 6:30 sharp. Be sure to get there early, and snag either single day or weekend passes in advance. [OL]

METH DAD, TERROR PIGEON, WESTERN MEDICATION, PENICILLIN BABY
@ Queen Ave | 9pm | $5 | 18+

Save a little steam after your Record Store Day melee for a sweet show at Queen Ave on Saturday night.  This show will serve as the official release show for Western Medication‘s new LP, The Entertainers’ Secret, but is also a homecoming show for Meth Dad and Terror Pigeon.  Penicillin Baby kicks this one off at 9pm, and, at just $5, this could be the best low dough bill in town. [MH]

KAKI KING
@ Oz Arts Nashville | 8pm | $40 | All ages

This is the second night you can catch Kaki King’s rescheduled performance of “The Neck is a Bridge to the Body” at Oz! [JSa]

RUN RIVER NORTH w/ THE LIGHTHOUSE AND THE WHALER
@ Exit/In | 9pm | $12-15 | 18+

Korean-American folk-rock band Run River North came out with their latest LP Drinking From A Salt Pond back in February. It’s an early bright spot in 2016’s releases, with vocals akin to Conor Oberst and a flair for dynamics using violins and guitars. Production from Lars Stalfors (Cold War Kids, HEALTH, Matt and Kim) steers Run River North firmly into the rock side of the equation. The Lighthouse & The Whaler navigated that change themselves, going from a folksy trio to a rock quartet earlier in their career. Perfectly balanced bills like this deserve love, so show up early to experience both. [LL]

THE SMASHING PUMPKINS w/ LIZ PHAIR
@ Ryman Auditorium | 8pm | $52.50-74.50 | All Ages

At the time of writing, very few tickets remain for this show, so grab yours ASAP if you have any interest in attending! Though the Smashing Pumpkins, or what counts at the Pumpkins these days anyway, just played Ascend Amphitheater last summer, this Ryman outing will be extra special, as it as extension of their “In Plainsong” acoustic tour. Set to showcase reworked selections from the group’s entire discography, performed acoustic and enhanced with “electronic soundscapes,” the run includes on-again off-again drummer and founding member Jimmy Chamberlain, with indie rocker Liz Phair tapped to open, for her first U.S. tour in six years. While not the full high-energy Pumpkins experience, this nonetheless sounds like a one of a kind, intimate treat. [PO]

RON GALLO, CATALINE CRIME, HARPOONER
@ The 5 Spot | 9:30pm | $5 | 21+

Saturday night there’s a good old fashioned rock show happening in Nashville, by Nashvillians. You really can’t do better than that, so head on down to The 5 Spot! For just $5, you can catch a lineup of some great up and coming local acts including the quirky folk of Cataline Crime, the ’70s-inspired psychedelic pop of Harpooner, and the impressive and borderline frightening exuberant grunge of Ron Gallo. This is a night not to be missed! [JSt]

GIN WIGMORE w/ MATTHEW SANTOS
@ Mercy Lounge | 9pm | $15 | 18+

New Zealand-born singer Gin Wigmore has an incredibly distinctive voice. It’s gravelly, raw, and captivating, and gives off a bluesy vibe that pairs perfectly with her vintage-inspired rock sound. While her debut album appeared in 2009, she really started to pick up steam with 2013’s Gravel & Wine, which featured the catchy anthem “Black Sheep.” Now, she’s out in support of her latest album, Blood to Bone, which shows her continuing growth as an artist with the addition of subtle synths. This lady is definitely a must-see. [MG]

THE EAST SIDE GAMBLERS, THE DEAD DEADS, SCREAMING NAMES
@ The Basement East | 9pm | $10 | 21+

Look for things to get lively at The BEast on Saturday, with an all local lineup featuring alt metal/rock band The East Side Gamblers, all-female pop punks The Dead Deads and garage rockers Screaming Names. Three great bands for just $10, and you’re just a few blocks from Five Points; sounds like the perfect weekend on the east side. [JR]

HALFNOISE w/ THE GILLS, JOSH ELROD
@ The End | 9pm | $7 | 18+

It’s hard to mention local indie/electro-rock project HalfNoise, the musical vehicle of Zac Farro, without bringing up his prior role as drummer in megagroup Paramore. However, at this point, Farro is so many years removed, and has built such a solid new foundation front and center with HalfNoise, that it’s not all that relevant anymore. After a fantastic 2012 debut EP, Zac really found his niche, layering complex, sweeping arrangements, and dreamy musical textures with a rhythmic, indie backbone on 2014’s full-length Volcano Crowe. Farro’s been hard at work on new tunes (as we chatted about on our official Podcast), so expect some fresh jams to line his live show; always an energetic, fun treat (HalfNoise is rounded out with a live backing band). The Gills and Josh Elrod open, and for $7, this could be the most band for your buck all weekend. [PO]

ELEANOR FRIEDBERGER w/ ICEWATER
@ 12th & Porter | 8pm | $15 | 18+

Singer-songwriter and former Fiery Furnaces member Eleanor Friedberger is back in town in support of her quirky yet mature third studio album, New View. Thanks to strong cuts like the captivating “Because I Asked You,” the LP has been praised by many as her best so far. NYC-based band Icewater will perform their own atmospheric indie pop before acting as Friedburger’s backing band for the rest of the evening. [LL]

SUNDAY

NASH SPRING BASH FT. BLUE MOTHER TUPELO, RON BLOCK (OF UNION STATION), THE DAYBREAKS, DIAMOND CARTER, SIXTY FOUR
@ Centennial Park | 11am | FREE | All Ages

Lightning 100 is working hard to make sure that you make the most of what should be a lovely spring weekend.  They are bringing a great lineup to compliment a great day in the park with local vendors.  Americana standouts Blue Mother Tupelo are the headliners, but earlier in the day you’ll also get sets from blog faves like The Daybreaks and Diamond Carter.  Save a little energy during your Record Store Day festivities, so you can enjoy a day in the park to end your weekend. [MH]

FUTUREBIRDS w/ TRISTEN
@ 3rd & Lindsley | 8pm | $12 | All Ages

Georgia-based alt rockers Futurebirds are back with their rebellious mix of southern rock and grungy 1970s psychedelia. The group are sure to play lots of cuts from their third studio album Hotel Parties, which showcases a much fuller and more mature sound than any of their previous offerings. Beloved hometown synth hero Tristen will act as support for the night, making this one show you truly can’t miss. Find out more about the show right here[LL]

WHITE DENIM w/ SAM COHEN
@ Exit/In | 9pm | $16-18 | 18+

We told y’all earlier this year that White Denim were set to play Exit/In, and now the time is finally here to catch the psychadelic/indie rockers in person. The Austin-based four piece put out their seventh studio album, Stiff, back in March and are out on the road in support. No matter what kind of music you’re into, there’s probably an element of White Denim’s music that you can enjoy: they employ styles of funk, jazz, progressive rock, psych, and punk into their playing, and it’s always something you can groove to. [MG]

SCALE MODEL, KROVI, BLINDS, DREAM VERSION
@ The East Room | 8pm | $5 | 18+

Scale Model are ramping things back up after the birth of a child took them out of their normal local show routine.  They are prepping to record a new EP this spring, and will be trying out new material at The East Room on Sunday night.  They’ve assembled a pretty solid bill in support featuring James Robert Farmer’s experimental project KROVI, moody rockers Blinds, and Chicago based indie pop outfit Dream Version[MH]

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS, GNARWHAL, SALLOW, TOMATO FACE
@ Drkmttr | 9pm | $5-$7 | 18+

Drkmttr has quickly become one of the best show spots in the DIY scene, and for good reason. The people at Drkmttr continue to show an impeccable ability to pair local and touring bands together for bills, and this Sunday is no exception, as psych-punk band New England Patriots will make their way from Northampton Massachusetts to join Tomato Face from Murfreesboro, local experimental punk trio Sallow, and math rock masters Gnarwhal for a night of good time debauchery. The show is also listed as the last local Gnarwhal and Sallow shows for a while so to miss this would be a terrible mistake. A suggested donation of $5-$7 dollars is being asked at the door. [JC]

CHICK COREA AND BELA FLECK
@ Ryman Auditorium | 7:30pm | $35-95 | All Ages

The mind-bending duo of genre-pushing banjoist Bela Fleck and jazz piano legend Chick Corea will be at The Ryman this Sunday evening in support of their recent release, 2015’s Two. The record is a live, double-album consisting of the best performances from their multiyear tours in support of the pair’s original collaboration, 2007’s critically acclaimed The Enchantment. Corea says of the collaboration, “one of the beauties about the duet is… it’s very casual. It’s my favorite way to perform, which is casually, like hanging out.” Don’t miss this chance to hang out with two of the greatest living musicians in the best room in Nashville! [JSt]

THREE DOG NIGHT w/ MODERN VINYL BAND
@ Schermerhorn Symphony Hall | 7:30pm | $29-89 | All Ages

The legendary late ‘60s pop rockers, and a band some consider to be one of the founders of the blue eyed soul subgenre, Three Dog Night will be looking to make their debut, one of a kind performance at the Schermerhorn a show for the ages. Although the lineup has changed many, many times over the years (sometimes because of a member passing away) the songs remain the same. Look for classic rock influenced mega-cover band Modern Vinyl Band to kick off the evening of nostalgic tunes. [JR]

[IS] Ione Singletary
[JR] Jacob Ryan
[JSa] Jacqui Sahagian
[JSt] Jen Starsinic
[JC] Julian Ciany
[LL] Lorie Liebig
[MH] Matt Hall
[MG] Meredith Galyon
[OL] Olivia Ladd
[PO] Philip Obenschain

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