TWiN | This Weekend in Nashville | July 22 – 24

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Not as it should come as a surprise to anyone who has lived in Nashville for long, but this weekend is another chock full slate of kickass events in Music City.  We have a very special birthday celebration for Exit/In that will be making a lot of the headlines on Monday morning, but, if outdoor events or crowds aren’t your thing, you should fret.  There are a ton of club shows going on this weekend to help you get your fill of the best local and touring bands, and we run all of the weekend shows down for you below in this week’s edition of TWiN!

FRIDAY

SHANE PIASECKI
@ Soulshine Pizza Factory | 7pm | FREE | All Ages

Folk/blues rocker and No Country Presents alum Shane Piasecki will be bring you some free kick ass tunes as Lightning 100’s featured artist of the week. Head on over to Soulshine after work your the best patio happy hour in town, and some mighty fine pizza pie to boot. Best part? The music is free! [JR]

DONDE WOLF w/ MAX NORTON
@ Fond Object Records | 6pm | $5 | All Ages

New Orleans based noise punks Donde Wolf return to the back yard at Fond Object on Friday night, and they are bringing a bit of the creole capital along with them.  For only $5, you’ll get entry to the show along with some New Orleans style Shrimp Alfredo.  The event is BYOB and features an opening set from local Max Norton, who has ties to fellow New Orleans act, Benjamin Booker.  If you haven’t spent any time in the back yard at Fond Object, it pretty much epitomizes “chill hang.”  [MH]

MICHAEL FRANTI & SPEARHEAD w/ MARC SCIBILIA
@ War Memorial Auditorium | 8pm | $30-$36 | All Ages

Tis the season for Michael Franti & Spearhead, both temporally and politically.  The socially charged outfit is steeped in funk and reggae infused with hip hop that have made them festival mainstays for nearly 20 years, but, given that this is election season, you may get a more charged performance than usual.  Rising like-minded local songwriter Marc Scibilia is tabbed to open for what should be a total feel good evening. [MH]

BLACKFOOT GYPSIES, THE GILLS, JOSH FARROW, RAVEN & THE WREN
@ The Basement East | 9pm | $8-$10 | 21+

There are a plethora of good shows happening this Friday night, but for a chance to catch several of our favorite local bands all at the same place, head over to The Basement East. Blackfoot Gypsies are one of the absolute best live bands in town and if you’ve never witnessed their infectious energy, this is your chance to see them alongside former tour mates and fellow high energy rockers The Gills. Also playing are fantastic southern, soul singer-songwriter Josh Farrow and Pennsylvania based, Americana band, The Raven and The Wren[MW]

LASSO SPELLS, THE JAG, LAWNDRY, OKEY DOKEY, THE MINKS, BLACK VENUS
@ Mercy Lounge | 8:30pm | $3 | 18+

In the spirit of bringing everyone as much kickass music as possible for as little scratch as possible, while simultaneously cross pollinating with other bands in growing local scene, Lasso Spells (read this) are hosting High Noon at Mercy Lounge. Similar to 8 off 8th events, this showcase will feature six bands playing a short set each, so get there on time to catch the most music possible, and be sure to look for an exclusive interview with the host and Lasso Spells frontman Brett Dudash, set to run the day of the show. [JR]

STEP SISTERS, JUSTIN KALK ORCHESTRA, SKY TEMPLE BLUES
@ The 5 Spot | 9pm | $5 | 21+

Fuzz drenched rock ’n’ rollers Step Sisters (read this post) are headlining a bodacious low dough show at The 5 Spot that you should most definitely be checking out. With help from the shreds Justin Kalk Orchestra, and blues rockers Sky Temple Blues, you’re going to get an amazing show for just $5. You’d be nuts to miss it, especially if funds are tight. [JR]

ROMAN POLANSKI’S BABY w/ FEMIGNOME, BUTTHOLE, SOCCER MOMMY
@ Meal Ticket | 9pm | $5 | 18+

Support women in music this weekend with a lineup full of female-fronted goodness at Meal Ticket this Friday. Local punks Roman Polanski’s Baby will headline the night, featuring their fuzzy riot grrrl sound. Joining them will be Atlanta’s Femignome, a garage pop two piece. Lo-fi rockers Butthole and Soccer Mommy, whose sad brand of bedroom pop has been creating a buzz in Nashville from the recent release of her cassette, will open the night. Best part is, this show is only $5 and in a low-key atmosphere. [OL]

BEHOLD THE BRAVE, REVERSE BUZZARD, OGINALII
@ The Basement | 9pm | $5 | 21+

Rising in the local scene, backed by their kickass live shows, friends of the blog Behold The Brave are headlining another show this weekend that’s well under $10. Prog alt rockers Reverse Buzzard and folk rockers Oginalii will help fill out a very heady line-up. If your excuse for not going out to support local music is the expense, suck it up buttercup, because you can be part of it all just for just one Lincoln. [JR]

SATURDAY

ELLISTON PLACE STREET FEST ft. DIARRHEA PLANET, THE DELTA SAINTS, THE PROTOMEN, & MORE
@ Elliston Place, Exit/In, The End | 3pm | $20-$55 | 18+

As we told you all about in detail, beloved Rock Block fixture Exit/In is celebrating its 45th birthday with an epic, three-stage block party dubbed the Elliston Place Street Fest, a tradition which previously took place in the late ’70s and early ’80s. Hosted in Exit/In, sister venue The End, and on the street, the revived fest will feature performances from local favorite like Diarrhea PlanetThe Delta SaintsThe FeaturesThe Protomen, and tons more! [PO]

THE GOTOBEDS
@ Grimeys | 5pm | FREE | All Ages

Recent Sub Pop Records signees and Pittsburgh natives The Gotobeds will be stopping by Grimeys for an intimate post-punk pre-party record store performance in advance of their show at Nashville’s experimental art collective space, Queen Ave. They just released their second LP (and first Sub Pop imprint) Blood // Sugar // Secs // Traffic on June 10, and are ready to have a weird, good, noisy fun time.  [JSt]

SOUTHERN GIRLS ROCK CAMP: TENNESSEE TEENS ROCK CAMP SHOWCASE
@ Third Man Records | 3pm | $10 | All Ages

In case you missed the sold Southern Girls Rock Camp Showcase at Third Man Records last weekend, you have a chance to redeem yourself by catching the Tennessee Teens Rock Camp Showcase this Saturday! These young rockers aged 10-17 are truly not to be missed. All proceeds from the show will go toward future camps and supporting the Youth Empowerment through Arts and Humanities’ (YEAH!) mission of “supporting a culture of positive self-esteem and collaboration among young people while building community through music.”  [JSt]

STAGOLEE, THE BURPS, EVENT HORIZON, FRANCES & THE FOUNDATION, THE FUTURE
@ The High Watt | 9pm | $5 | 18+

It’s hard to beat a bill that includes as many notable favorites as Saturday’s show at The High Watt. Topping the bill are dance rock band The Future. Also playing are The Burps, who released their first EP in May, New York rockers Event Horizon, local alt-rockers Frances & the Foundation, and local blues rockers Stagolee[MW]

SAM BUSH BAND
@ City Winery | 8pm | $40-$50 | All Ages

New grass revivalist Sam Bush and his kick ass band will be taking over City Winery to serenade all attendance with his wonder mandolin pickin’. Tickets to this special performance are still available, so jump on them while you still can, and don’t miss the legendary picker when he rolls through Music City.  [JR]

THE GOTOBEDS, ARBOR LABOR UNION, SAVOY MOTEL, THE PSYCHICS
@ fooBAR | 9pm | $7 | 21+

We are always big fans of fooBAR and the increasingly impressive lineups it brings the East Nashville area. This Saturday is a full dose of rock and roll with The Gotobeds, a band from Pittsburgh that reminds us of early Parquet Courts mixed with The Replacements. The lineup also includes Arbor Labor Union from Atlanta, The Psychics, and local favorites of ours Savoy Motel who have been exploding onto the scene with their unique brand of disco-punk. Show starts at 9 p.m. and will only cost ya a measly $7. [JSt]

SEXX, UZI, SLOWTALKER, THE BINGERS
@ Bearded Iris | 9pm | $5 | 21+

Our pals at newly launched label Cold Lunch Recordings are continuing to impress with their onslaught of eclectic shows, not to mention their initial releases.  On Saturday, they will turn the Germantown tap room at Bearded Iris into a rock free for all.  Local punks Sexx, UZI, Slowtalker, and The Bingers will unite in their nightlong mission to shatter every beer glass in the establishment. [MH]

SUNDAY

SWANS w/ OKKYUNG LEE
@ Exit/In | 9pm | $22-$25 | 18+

Yes you read that correctly. Seminal no-wave legends Swans are returning to Nashville this weekend for another heavy-hitting night of experimental insanity. The band has stayed busy since their reformation in 2010, releasing a handful of studio and live recordings. They just put out their fourteenth record The Glowing Man, which features a 29-minute title track. Do the right thing and cough up the dough to be part of this legendary night. Korean Cellist Okkyung Lee kicks things off. [JC]

FIREKID w/ BECCA MANCARI
@ 3rd & Lindsley | 8pm | $10 | All Ages

We’ve told you countless times about breakout local artist firekid, the live moniker of experimental electro-pop-bluegrass artist Dillon Hodges, and even premiered his recent video for “Lay By Me.” A seemingly late addition to this weekend’s Nashville Sunday Night at 3rd & Lindsley, hosted by Lightning 100, firekid is a stunning and engaging live performer, and, for the low $10 price tag, you’d be crazy to pass up an increasingly rare chance to see him play a local show. Nashville songstress Becca Mancari opens, and things get started promptly at 8. [PO]

[JR] Jacob Ryan
[JSt] Jen Starsinic
[JC] Julian Ciany
[LL] Lorie Liebig
[MH] Matt Hall
[MW] Meagan Whitney
[OL] Olivia Ladd
[PO] Philip Obenschain

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