TWiN | This Weekend in Nashville | Sept. 16-18

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AmericanaFest is just around the corner, so, if you want a “normal” weekend of music, you should take advantage this weekend, because it will be October before it happens again.  We have a fall weather show at Ascend, a free festival takeover of Cannery Row, Pet Sounds, a rhino benefit, and a bitchin’ garage sale.  That’s just the start though.  Head below for the rest of our staff picks in this week’s edition of TWiN!

FRIDAY

SLINGS & ARROWS
@ Soulshine Pizza Factory | 7pm | FREE | All Ages

Head on down to Division Street after work, and grab yourself a hot slice plus an ice cold brew. While you’re there, be sure to check out the twangy harmonies of local upstart outfit Slings & Arrows. You’ve probably heard their single, “That Was Me Then,” on Lightning 100 this week.  If you missed it, head below to have a listen, and get out to see this rising group for happy hour on Friday night. [JR]

AMOS LEE w/ DREW HOLCOMB & THE NEIGHBORS
@ Ascend Amphitheater | 8pm | $30-$65 | All Ages

Beloved singer-songwriter Amos Lee has infused a new big dose of hometown funk into his latest album, Spirit. If you love his early emotional tracks like “Sweet Pea,” you’ll find the same sentiment with a more mature and evolved sound. He’ll be hitting the stage along with Tennessee’s own Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors, so there’s plenty of great acoustic-driven music to soak up on your Friday night.  [LL]

THE OUTLAW ROAD SHOW FT. CHAOS EMERALDS, THE QUAILDOGS, THE HARMALEIGHS, JILL ANDREWS, & MORE!
@ Mercy Lounge & High Watt | 8pm | FREE! | 18 +

The traveling road show co-founded by Ryan Spaulding and Adam Duritz returns to Nashville for their now annual pilgrimage to bring free music to the masses.  This year they take over Mercy Lounge and The High Watt for two stages of magic, and night two, Friday, brings you sets from blog faves like the Daniel Ellsworth and Kyle Andrews electro pop project Chaos Emeralds, Americana rockers and Bonnaroo alums The Quaildogs, 2015 ORS alum Cheyenne Medders, folk duo and No Country Presents alums The Harmaleighs, and standout songwriter Jill Andrews. This is just the tip of the iceberg though, and the party will go strong from 8 pm until the wee hours of the morning for the always affordable price of FREE! [MH]

BRIAN WILSON
@ The Ryman Auditorium | 8pm | SOLD OUT | All Ages

Though he just played Fontanel last year, legendary Beach Boys songwriter Brian Wilson returns to town this weekend for two nights of music for a very special occasion: the 40th anniversary of legendary album Pet Sounds, which, thanks to Wilson’s extraordinary vision, has become known as one of the greatest records of all time. Another band calling themselves “The Beach Boys” will be at The Ryman next year, but Brian, accompanied by former bandmates Al Jardine and Blondie Chaplin, actually has more Beach Boys backing him than The Beach Boys do at this point, and is inarguably the most talented songwriter ever to be a part of that group. Unsurprisingly, both nights of Wilson’s Pet Sounds show sold out fast, but if you’re one of  the lucky few who managed to score a spot, you’re in for one of the most magical musical experiences imaginable. [PO]

THE RICH ROBINSON BAND
@ City Winery | 8pm | $22-$30 | All Ages

The arguably less famous, probably more talented Robinson brother from The Black Crowes, Rich Robinson, now shreds his guitar for his own collective, dubbed The Rich Robinson Band. We’re are so stoked for this one we even gave you a chance at free tickets, but now the time has come, so even you haven’t made plans already, and you love second generation southern fried rock, this is the only show for you. [JR]

GUITAR WOLF w/ HANS CONDOR, & STEP SISTERS
@ Exit/In | 9pm | $15 | 18+

In the 25+ years since Guitar Wolf formed, they’ve toured all over the world and released 11 albums, most recently 2013’s Beast Vibrator. With former tours named things like “The Hoochie Coochie Space Men Tour” and the “Love Rock Tour,” this weekend’s stop at Exit/In is something you’ll be sure to want to tell your grandchildren about. Opening up the show are No Country favorites Hans Condor and Step Sisters[MW]

SWEETTALKER w/ FEEDBACK REVIVAL, & THE CUNNING
@ The Basement | 9pm | $5-$7 | 21+

Local alt rockers Sweettalker are headlining a tasty bill at The Basement, which also features Southern soul rockers Feedback Revival, and No Country presents alum The Cunning. You get all this ferocious rock for under a ten spot, so if money is tight, but you still want to be part of the scene, you’d be crazy to miss this one. Unfortunately plugs are not included with the price of admission to this ear bleeder, but who’s worried about long-term hearing loss? Not us! [JR]

JAMIE LIDELL w/ CURTIS HARDING, DeROBERT & THE HALF TRUTHS
@ The Basement East | 9pm | $3-$10 | 21+

Red Bull Sound Select’s latest monthly showcase in Nashville is going to drench you in soul.  It is hard to believe that British-born, Nashville-based electro-soul legend Jamie Lidell has been around for almost 20 years now, and, astonishingly, Friday will mark his Music City debut.  Lidell will be backed by an all-star backing band, dubbed The Royal Pharoahs, featuring Daru Jones, Owen Biddle, Shonka Dukureh, Brandon Newsome, Gerald Jenkins, Marcus Machado, and Marion Ross.  The show starts out with the super soulful Burger Records product, Curtis Harding, and local soul outfit and blog faves DeRobert & The Half Truths.  This is easily a show that could ticket for $20, but your pals at Red Bull are making it happen for only $3, if you RSVP.  Check out “Walk Right Back” from Jamie Lidell’s upcoming Building A Beginning that is due out Oct. 14 to get an idea of what you are in store for.  [MH]

ST. LUCIA w/ KIND
@ The Cannery Ballroom | 9pm | $20-$25 | 18+

St. Lucia is primarily the solo project of South African born/NY-based musician Jean-Philip Grobler, though he employs a backing band for his live shows to add extra layers to his music. They’re responsible for the catchy vibes of songs like “Elevate” and “Dancing On Glass”. If you haven’t heard either but dig the likes of Passion Pit and Foster The People, you’ll be into this. Local art pop group KiND (formerly known as VITEK) is opening the show. [MG]

EZA EP RELEASE SHOW w/ SPECIAL GUEST MYZICA
@ 12th and Porter | 9pm | $5-$10 | 18+

Local artist EZA has a unique edge to her music due to a condition called Synesthesia: a neurological phenomenon which allows her to see music in color. The result is dark, brooding electro-pop that highlights her smooth, breathy voice over chilled out, R&B-infused beats. The fast rising duo MYZICA, who we just hosted for their own album release, will open up the show, rounding out a fun night of indie pop. [MG]

SATURDAY

SUGAR LIME BLUE
@ Antique Archaeology | 10am | FREE! | All Ages

Whether your significant other has been begging to drag you there, or you’ve just been looking for an excuse to check it out for yourself, this weekend might be the best weekend yet to head out to Antique Archaeology–Nashville’s most famous antique store, thanks to American Pickers–because there will be a performance from local roots rockers Sugar Lime Blue. The jam leaning group should be the perfect accompaniment to a day of pickin’, and the best part is admission is free! However, the antiques are not, so bring your credit cards or a wad of cash. [JR]

INFINITY CAT GARAGE ROCK SALE
@ 1229 Martin St 
| 11am- 4pm | FREE! | All Ages

Grab some bud(s), a little bit of cash, and head on over to Martin St. to help one of our favorite local labels, Infinity Cat, get of rid of a bunch of junk (read: CDs, instruments, records, posters, cassettes, and tons of other IC memorabilia), before they relocate to their new home. Don’t miss your chance to stock up on awesome local shit on the cheap! For more info, check out the FB event page, and we’ll look for you while we’re rummaging through the treasures ourselves [JR]

NATURAL CHILD RELEASE SHOW W/ FAUX FEROCIOUS, PAPERHEAD, COUPLER
@ Little Harpeth Brewing  |7pm | $10 | 18+

We’ve been talking about the upcoming LP, Okey Dokey, from local stoner rockers Natural Child, and their release party at the ever-growing East Nashville based Little Harpeth Brewing.  Child’s laid back grooves will be complimented by the high powered Faux Ferocious, acid folksters Paperhead, and experimental outfit Coupler.  If you are looking for the hypest local show of the weekend, this is probably it. [MH]

THE OUTLAW ROAD SHOW FT. THE ROOSEVELTS, WALKING MAN, BEE TAYLOR, DON DILEGO & MORE
@ Mercy Lounge & The High Watt | 8pm | FREE | 18 +

The Outlaw Road Show wraps on Saturday with another two venue showcase featuring a lot of folks from or near Ryan Spaulding’s hometown of Boston, Mass.  You’ll see a few familiar faces like The Roosevelts, Walking Man, and Bee Taylor; but this finale also features a plethora of some of the finest artists from the northeast.  Think sometimes this town is overwhelmed with our overwhelming amount of local bands?  This is a good opportunity to expand your horizons. [MH]

PETE YORN
@ Exit/ In | 8pm | $30-$280 | 18+

Back in the spring, legendary singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Pete Yorn released his first solo album in over five years. Starting in 2001, Yorn released a trilogy of albums, starting with Music for the Morning After, that made him nearly inescapable. His newest album, Arranging Time, is a perfect continuation and natural progression of his earlier work. Yorn is always entertaining live, and with so much time passing in between his tours recently, you won’t want to miss his show at Exit/In this weekend. [MW]

BRIAN WILSON
@ The Ryman Auditorium | 8pm | SOLD OUT | All Ages

The second night of the legendary Brian Wilson‘s mini-Pet Sounds residency at The Ryman sold just as fast as the first. A true living legend in a legendary music hall, it promises to be one of the year’s most unique and memorable performances. [PO]

SUNDAY

BAYSIDE w/ THE MENZINGERS, SORORITY NOISE
@ Exit/In | 8pm | $20-$24 | 18+

Though now and forever associated with their longtime home of New York, some members of seminal punk/alt rock group Bayside are actually based in Nashville these days (Music City is fast becoming home to many famed punk rockers of the ’00s). Still going strong 15 years in, the band recently released their seventh album, Vacancy, marking a noticeable shift towards more indie and power pop influences, and they’re on the road with beloved heartland punks The Menzingers and breakout newcomers Sorority Noise in celebration. A fantastic live band, Bayside’s return to Nashville should be more than enough to satisfy any punk cravings this weekend. [PO]

LEAGUES w/ SAM PALLADIO
@ 3rd & Lindsley | 8pm | $10 | All Ages

In celebration of their new album, Alone Together, which just arrived last week, local alt-pop outfit Leagues are heading up Lightning 100’s Nashville Sunday Night this weekend at 3rd & Lindsley. Adopting a catchier, more layered sound, Leagues’ latest is pure pop bliss, and we definitely expect the album to be met with widespread acclaim. Opening up the show is local folk rocker Sam Palladio, perhaps best known for his role on ABC’s Nashville, though fast becoming an accomplished touring artist in his own right, adding some very cool musical variety for one fun, inexpensive Sunday night. [PO]

[JR] Jacob Ryan
[LL] Lorie Liebig
[MH] Matt Hall
[MG] Meredith Galyon
[MW] Meagan Whitney
[PO] Philip Obenschain

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