TWiN | This Weekend in Nashville | Aug. 25–27

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It’s been a sad week for those in the local music scene, as our friends over at Fond Object lost co-founder Jeff Pettit last weekend. As a result, Fond Object’s Riverside Village will be closed over the weekend as they try to take stock and gear up for a memorial celebration of Jeff’s life on Tuesday. You can keep up with those details with their in-the-works Facebook event page, and you can donate to a crowdfunding campaign to help with funeral and shop expenses. Sullen hearts or not, Jeff, the eternal music lover, would have wanted you to go to a show, so head below for all of our top picks for area shows this weekend.

FRIDAY

THREAT FEST: SINAI VESSEL, FORMERLY BODIES, PALE LUNGS, THE STILL SMALL VOICE, VAGABONDS, ALLEYS, MEGAN GOLDEN, NATIVE TONGUE, FAITH HOLT, LACQUER, BURNSIE
@ Carpe Artista (Smyrna) | 7pm (6pm doors) | $10-15 | All Ages

As we already detailed in our preview, Threat Fest returns bigger and better than ever this year, now at Smyrna’s Carpe Artista. The DIY, all ages event is curated by local pop punk/post-hardcore group Idle Threat, and features 20 performers over two days, bringing together some of the city and region’s finest acts in the realms of indie, punk, emo, metal, ambient, post-hardcore, and more. Friday’s lineup boasts some bands we’ve raved about before like Sinai Vessel, Pale Lungs, and The Still Small Voice, and you seriously don’t want to miss it! [PO]

BETTY WHO w/ GEOGRAPHER
@ Exit/In | 9pm (8pm doors) | $17 | 18+

As announced back in the spring, Australian born, New York based rising pop starlet Betty Who is set to return to Nashville for the first time in two years this weekend. After erupting onto the scene thanks to early single “Somebody Loves You” and a pair of EPs, Who, real name Jessica Newham, made a splash in the pop and dance world with debut LP Take Me When You Go in 2014. Having since appeared on the road with big names like Katy Perry, and at high-profile fests like Bonnaroo, Betty has managed to find buzz and chart success across the globe, and a pair of recent singles, “Mama Say” and a cover of Donna Lewis classic “I Love You Always Forever,” already seem to be all but ensuring that her latest, The Valley, will continue the talented young singer’s upward trajectory. [PO]

THE MAGPIE SALUTE
@ Marathon Music Works | 8:30pm (7pm doors) | $30 | All Ages

Powerhouse southern rock and roll ensemble The Magpie Salute will be making their Music City debut this Friday, and, if you’ve been paying attention, you already know this is one of our top show picks for the entire summer! Helmed by some former members of The Black Crowes, including co-founder Rich Robinson on guitar, this promises to be a spectacular next chapter for some heavy hitters in modern rock. Snag tickets ASAP, because once word gets out about this show, it will have the potential to sell out. [JR]

BOYSCOTT, SNAKE CHENEY, HOUSEPLANTS, HARLAN
@ Little Harpeth Brewing | 8pm (7pm doors) | $5 | 18+

Jersey transplants and breezy indie rockers Boyscott head up a very cool, wallet friendly lineup at Little Harpeth, which is fast becoming a great destination for shows. Genre bending, soulful local indie rockers Snake Cheney, dreamy Michigan pop duo Houseplants, and Memphis indie popsters Harlan bring plenty more good vibes for perhaps the best under the radar event the weekend. [PO]

THE NOBILITY w/ PHANTOM FARMER, SMART OBJECTS, ABRACADAVID
@ The 5 Spot | 9pm | 21+

A long-running institution of the local rock scene, and one that predates “new Nashville,” The Nobility began their life as Jetpack (and recently reunited for a one-off under than moniker), before changing the name and slowing morphing in the baroque, poppy, indie fixture we know today. This weekend, the group celebrate the 10th anniversary of their fantastic LP The Mezzanine, by performing it front to back at The 5 Spot, complete with original drummer Brian Fuzzell. Support comes from Phantom Farmer, new local group Smart Objects (whose debut single we just premiered), and real life magician Abracadavid. [PO]

BLANK RANGE
@ Grimey’s | 6pm | FREE | All Ages

We have been salivating with anticipation over Blank Range’s upcoming release of their debut full length, Marooned With The Treasure, which drops this week. They’ll be taking over Grimey’s for a free Friday afternoon in-store to celebrate. This is a sure fire way to get your weekend off to a good start, and a chance to pick up one of the best local releases of 2017. [MH]

COOPERTHEBAND
@ Soulshine Pizza Factory | 7pm | FREE | All Ages

You have probably caught the summer earworm, “Rebels,” from Lightning 100 Artist of the Week Coopertheband while driving around town this past week, and it wouldn’t surprise us if you have spent most of the week trying to hum it out of your head. The band hail from Jackson, TN, but have been making waves with television placements through their first two records. It seems like their newly released Kingdoms is poised to make them the next big thing out of Jackson, if not all of Tennessee. [MH]

FLOW TRIBE w/ THE AQUADUCKS
@ 12th & Porter | 9pm (8pm doors) | $15 | 18+

New Orleans based funk rockers Flow Tribe will be bringing their creole flavored jams to the friendly confines of 12th & Porter this weekend, and if you’re looking to get your dance on, this gig will be second to none. With help from blog favorites The Aquaducks, we can guarantee that this one will be a good time! So get out and shake your tail feather to some live tunes. [JR]

SATURDAY

THREAT FEST: COMRADES, IDLE THREAT, PINION, BOGUES, PORTSMOUTH, BORU, KHAMSIN, EUREKA MO, H\RPER, PARKS
@ Carpe Artista (Smyrna) | 7pm (6pm doors) | $10-15 | All Ages

Threat Fest concludes Saturday with another great spread of talented local acts, including as few more heavier leaning performers than Friday’s slate, while balancing them out with indie, emo, and more. You can learn more about the fantastic, local, DIY event and preview the whole lineup right here. [PO]

JEFF THE BROTHERHOOD, HILLBILLY CASINO, THE BLOW, ALEX WINSTON, AHI
@ Cannery Ballroom | 7:40pm (7:30pm doors) | FREE | 18+

We’re not exactly what CD Baby’s “DIY Musician Showcase” is for, but any chance to see beloved local garage rock duo JEFF the Brotherhood for FREE, especially when they haven’t been playing a ton of hometown shows as of late, is enough to seriously pique our interest. Beyond JEFF, you also get Hillbilly Casino, The Blow, Alex Winston, and Ahi, for some seriously stacked out free fun. [PO]

BIG HUGE, DATENIGHT, ELECTRIC SHRUG, VOLK
@ Drkmttr | 8pm | $7 | All Ages

The weekend wouldn’t be complete without a cool DIY punk show at Drkmttr, and once again the fantastic, inclusive arts space has come through. New York power punks Big Huge top the bill, along with local support from garage punks Datenight, Electric Shrug, featuring members of Bummr City and Black Venus, and goth country outfit Volk, making for one eclectic, unique, under the radar option. [PO]

MUSICIANS CORNER: ROBYN HITCHCOCK, ELEL, KYSHONA, RISSI PALMER, JOSIE DUNNE, KATY KIRBY, GIRI, UMA PETERS
@ Centennial Park | 1:30pm (12pm gates) | FREE | All Ages

It’s been an especially inspired season for local free concert series Musician’s Corner, and this Saturday boasts one of the strongest lineups yet. Headed up by British neo-psych legend turned local singer-songwriter Robyn Hitchcock and indie pop genre-benders and longtime friends of the site ELEL, this is a show we’d put at the top of our list even with a cover- free, it’s a no-brainer. Enjoy the pleasant end of summer weather, and catch a ton of the best artists our city has to offer! [PO]

LILLY HIATT
@ Grimey’s | 3pm | FREE | All Ages

The official release show for Lilly Hiatt’s highly-anticipated new record, Trinity Lane, was set for Fond Object on Friday night, but everyone clearly understands that isn’t going to happen as planned. Lilly and her band will shift the focus to Grimey’s on Saturday afternoon. This show is part of the very cool Record Store Crawl event. Tickets for the official bottomless PBR and a bus to chauffer you and your new vinyl finds is officially sold out, but this chance to catch Lilly at Grimey’s and pick up a copy of her new record are free and open to the public. [MH]

EVERYONE LEAVES, THE OLD YOU, NEW THREADS, GRAND TRANSIT
@ Harry’s House | 7pm | $5 | All Ages

This one’s a bit of a product of unfortunate scheduling, as it’s vying for the same scene as Threat Fest. Local pop punks New Threads and rockers Grand Transit will inevitably hop onto something else soon, but if Ohio emo punks Everyone Leaves, a promising up and coming outfit albeit one who play Nashville semi-regularly, or Indiana alt punks The Old You are more your cup of tea that Saturday’s Threat lineup, or if you’d rather catch a smaller, $5 house show that probably needs a boost in attendance, this is another solid option. [PO]

RAVEN w/ DEAD BY WEDNESDAY
@ The Basement | 9pm (8:30pm doors) | $10-12 | 21+

Hailing from Newcastle Upon Tyne in North East England, Raven formed all the way back in 1974, and, though they never quite achieved the household name recognition of some of their British heavy metal peers, they’ve remained a dependable and continuous force in the scene, adopting, in their earlier years, an “athletic rock” visual style, and helping sonically pioneer thrash and speed metal, even taking Metallica and Anthrax on tour in the early days. Still anchored by brothers John and Mark Gallagher, the band, whose latest album dropped in 2015, are still kicking hard in the name of metal, and you can see them in the intimate confines of The Basement this weekend. [PO]

CRAVE ON, STYROFOAM WINO, WORK
@ The End | 9pm (8pm doors) | $5 | 18+

If you are looking for something on the more eclectic side for your Saturday night, head down to The End for a very interesting lineup on the cheap. Crave On have been reimagining early American folk, and one listen to their recently released record, Evergreens, you can tell that they are onto something with their heady takes are entrancing. This show is their album release party, and they’ll be joined by eclectic lo-fi bluesy rockers Styrofoam Wino, and psych punks WORK. [MH]

GOV’T MULE w/ BLACKBERRY SMOKE
@ Ascend Amphitheater | 7pm | $28-52.50 | All Ages

Building a major following among the jam band initiated, Gov’t Mule started in the ’90s as a side project for Allman Brothers Band guitarist Warren Haynes and bassist Allen Woody. Over the years it has proven to not just have legs, but managed to find a nice niche with fans of jams that have a southern rock flair. Now Mule is taking over Ascend, with help from similarly flavored Atlanta based rock outfit Blackberry Smoke, and together they’ll make sure down town is jumping. [JR]

SUNDAY

RATBOYS, BENT DENIM, NATHAN K
@ The End | 8pm (7pm doors) | $8-10 | 18+

Hailing from Chicago and achored by duo Julia Steiner and David Sagan, Ratboys‘ earnest, indie rock sound is laced with country influences; an interesting mix, but one that works incredibly well. The group’s debut LP, AOID, arrived in 2015, and they followed it up this summer with an incredible sophomore effort, GN, easily one of our favorite records of 2017. Alongside dreamy indie pop outfit Bent Denim and Nathan K, the group return to town for easily one of the weekend’s best picks, especially if you’ve spent the proceeding two nights at Threat Fest. [PO]

DEDSA, SUPERMELT, TELEFONES
@ The Cobra | 9pm | $5 | 21+

Gaining momentum over the past couple of years, Sunday Psych Night continues this week at The Cobra and features a diverse lineup that veers slightly away from typical expectations. Experimental electronica artists DEDSA, who have caught the attention of many with their incredible animated videos and trippy tracks, are set to headline this event. Talented garage punk outfit Supermelt and post punks Telefones round out this highly underpriced all local bill. If you need a rocking end to your weekend, look no further, because you find much better than this. [MH]

DYNAMO
@ 3rd and Lindsley | 8pm (6pm doors) | $10 | All Ages

Local performers Dynamo, who’ve started to find a national audience as of late, have a wonderfully unique funk/r&b vibe with the improvisational elements of jazz mixed in for good measure. Lightning 100 digs them so much, they booked them to head up their Nashville Sunday Night showcase, and based on their No Country Presents performance, it’s definitely the right call! As always, the show will also be broadcast live over the FM airwaves, if you can’t be there in person. [JR]

BUDDY GUY w/ QUINN SULLIVAN
@ Schermerhorn Symphony Center | 7:30pm | $30-99 | All Ages

At the young old age of 80, guitar god Buddy Guy is still going strong, and even just snagged a Grammy for “Best Blues Album” last year for Born To Play Guitar. This is another chance to catch a legacy act, and, having seen Guy on more than one occasion, this is one show that is definitely worth the money. Guy starts the show by passing the torch to the talented 18 year old Quinn Sullivan, who, despite his young age, first performed with Guy 10 years ago, and, unbelievably, just released his third record, Midnight Highway. Check out the title track here to see what the future of world class guitarists sounds like. [MH]

JACK BERRY, BISHOP GUNN, FLUID NOTION, TEXADA, SAM LEE
@ The Basement East | 7pm (6pm doors) | $5 | 21+

Giving their “The Unsigned” concert series a noticeable blues lean this go ’round, The Basement East welcomes friend of the blog Jack Berry, Mississippi rock and roll band Bishop Gunn, locals Fluid Notion, plus Texada, and Sam Lee. You get all this awesome for just five bones, which makes this easily one of the best low dough shows of the entire weekend. Don’t let your fun end on Saturday night, drag your butt to the BEast this Sunday! [JR]

ROREY CARROLL w/ YELLOW FEATHER, SALLY JAYE
@ The Basement | 8pm (7:30pm doors) | $5 | 21+

Up and coming singer-songwriter Rorey Carroll is hosting a pretty special weekend wind down at The Basement on Sunday night, and, given that she’ll be fresh off of performing with Todd Snider at the Nashville packed Moontower Music Festival in Lexington the night before, there’s no telling who may show up to join in on the fun. We do know that North Carolina based folk outfit Yellow Feather, which features Kris Kristofferson’s daughter Casey and Hunter Begley, are set to open things up, along with long time songwriter Sally Jaye. [MH]

[JR] Jacob Ryan
[MH] Matt Hall
[PO] Philip Obenschain

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