TWiN | This Weekend in Nashville | Nov. 10-12

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It’s finally starting to feel like fall, and though the October tour rush has slowed down, we’re still seeing weekends full of great music as the holidays inch closer. This weekend finds a great mix of local and national artists, and is an especially great one for punk fans, with both talented up and comers, road-worn favorites, and even some recently reunited legends passing through town. Of course, punk isn’t the only thing on the docket, so if you’re searching for hip hop, folk, indie, metal, pop, garage rock, art rock, or anything in between, you’re likely to find something that suits your fancy as well. Per usual, we’ve rounded up our top picks of the weekend’s best shows, so start making plans with This Weekend in Nashville below!

FRIDAY

MEWITHOUTYOU w/ PIANOS BECOME THE TEETH, SLOW MASS
@ Mercy Lounge | 7:30pm (7pm doors) | $18-20 | 18+

Hailing from Philadelphia and formed at the turn of the millennium, art-rock/post-hardcore outfit mewithoutYou return to Nashville this weekend for the seventh time in three years; something that would normally seem excessive, but for a band this good, we’d devour their every show. Juxtaposing smart, philosophical and high-concept themes with musical elements of indie rock, alternative, post-hardcore, and art rock, mewithoutYou have amassed a loyal following over the years, enhanced by their personal, electrifying live show, genre-bending sensibilities, and blend of conceptual and deeply personal lyricism, which makes them one of the best, most versatile acts of the indie scene. This time around, they celebrate the 15th anniversary of 2002 debut LP [A→B] Life, and with Pianos Become the Teeth and Slow Mass rounding out the bill, tickets are not likely to last. Find out more here[PO]

JENNY O.
@ Third Man Records | 5pm | FREE | All Ages
w/ SCALE MODEL, HUDSON K
@ The 5 Spot | 9pm | $10 | 21+

You have not one but two chances to see LA based, indie folk-tinged singer-singer Jenny O. on Friday. First up, she’ll play a free, all ages in-store at the Third Man Records storefront; a great an inmate chance to see her before the night gets into full swing. If you want the full experience though, you should head to The 5 Spot later in the evening, where Jenny will be joined by Knoxville electro rock duo Hudson K and local synthpop and new wave rockers Scale Model, for a very enticing weekend lineup. [PO]

THE RURAL ALBERTA ADVANTAGE w/ YUKON BLONDE
@ The High Watt | 9pm (8pm doors) | $14-16 | 18+

Toronto indie rockers The Rural Alberta Advantage have being going strong for over a decade, finding a loyal following and critical acclaim across four full-lengths, their most recent of which, The Wild, arrived just last month. Along with Yukon Blonde, the band hit The High Watt this weekend, which is always a solid spot to soak up a quality rock show. [PO]

VISTA w/ LYNX, KRIAGRE, BENJAMIN POSS
@ The End | 8pm (7pm doors) | $7-10 | 18+

Long Island duo VISTA have been picking up steam since first hitting the scene a couple years back, fusing power pop, pop punk, and alt rock across debut EP VERSUS and recent followup Long Live. The band hit Music City Friday for one of the weekend’s best under the radar shows, rounded out by electropop duo LYNX, buzz alt/electro singer Krigarè, and pop singer Benjamin Poss, all locals that should seriously be on your radar. [PO]

HUMMING HOUSE w/ SMOOTH HOUND SMITH, AIRPARK
@ Cannery Ballroom | 8pm (7pm doors) | $15-17 | 18+

Broadening their sound on their most recent release CompanionHumming House are showing a very nice rock evolution from their humble modern roots music beginnings. What started out as simple jam session in an East Nashville living room has proven to not just have legs, but an audience, as HH have grown in popularity not just in Music City, but across the U.S. You can find a more in-depth preview for this one here, which also features blues duo Smooth Hound Smith and indie rockers Airpark are filling out the all-local bill. [JR]

QUIET ENTERTAINER w/ TALLEST TREES, FAUNA HALO, BRINEABOY, JAMES FATE
@ The East Room | 8pm | $5 | 21+

Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the project, local ambient/electronic/hip hop artist Quiet Entertainer, who, as he name implies, prefers to let the music do the talking, flexing his skills as a DJ and producer for unrivaled live performances, is coming to The East Room this weekend, backed by an impressive slate of friends, representing an eclectic spread of genres and live formats: Tallest TreesFauna HaloBrineaboy, and James Fate. Whether or not you’re hip to Quiet Entertainer (after a decade, you really should be), you seriously won’t find a better show for the price anywhere all weekend. [PO]

LANGHORNE SLIM
@ Grimey’s | 6pm | FREE | All Ages

Having reached folk hero status locally, and gaining an ever higher profile nationally, Langhorne Slim will be playing a very intimate (and free!) gig in the friendly confines of Grimey’s New and Preloved Music; but only while spots remain, and they will fill up fast! He’ll also be celebrating the release of his new record, Lost At Last Vol. 1, and what better way for a local to celebrate the birth of his new creation than at his hometown record store. Once again, we want to reiterate that you need to get there early, because this will likely be at capacity well before he starts the show. [JR]

SAVANNAH CONLEY
@ Soulshine Pizza | 7pm | FREE | All Ages

We first introduced you to Savannah Conley with the release of her debut EP 18th & Portland earlier this fall, when we immediately fell in love with the talented singer-songwriter.  It’s been exciting to hear Savannah on Lightning 100 as she has been celebrating “Artist of the Week” distinction.  Per usual, that honor culminates with a free show on the roof at Soulshine Pizza on Friday night, and the early set time gives you a chance to grab a bite and beer to kick your weekend off right. [MH]

BRUJERIA w/ PINATA PROTEST, POWERFLO
@ Exit/In | 8pm (7pm doors) | $18-20 | 18+

Hailing from Tijuana, death and extreme metal band Brujeria might not be for everyone, but if you’re into Spanish language songs about Satanism, sex, drugs, politics, adopting stage personas of wanted drug lords with some anti-American sentiment sprinkled in for good measure, so basically Donald Trump’s worst nightmare, you’re going to love this show. Along with Pinata Protest and Powerflo, you won’t find a more extreme metal show anywhere this weekend. [PO]

BLANK BANSHEE w/ ESCAPE
@ The Basement East | 9pm | $15-18 | 18+

It seems that EDM leads the way with subgenre designations, and Canadian based producer Blank Banshee seems to be helping to create more with each release.  An influential figure behind vaporwave, which blends various chill moody samples, to form a more processed yet entrancing take on chillwave that utilized trap beat structures, Blank Banshee is also noted alongside some hysterically nomed sub-subgenres, like hardvapor,  futurefunk, mallsoft, and even Simpsonwave.  Banshee has gained internet celebrity over the past few years, and the live set at The Basement East will at least be interesting, if it isn’t actually the most interesting this you see this year.  If you are completely unfamiliar, you should dig into the debut Blank Banshee 0, but also get to know the latest release, Mega, which dropped in late 2016 below. [MH]

AMOS LEE w/ THE NASHVILLE SYMPHONY
@ Schermerhorn Symphony Center | 8pm | $69-149 | All Ages

Funky, folk, rock and soul singer songwriter Amos Lee is one of those rare performers who is nearly impossible to pin down in one genre. This makes him damn near the perfect person to lead a three day run performing with the Nashville Symphony. Having released a record in 2015 entitled Live at Red Rocks, in which he performed with the Colorado Symphony, we have an idea of what to expect, but diehards and casual fan alike should not pass on such a wonderful night of live music. So be there Friday, for night two of three, and soak in the sounds at the beautiful Schermerhorn center. [JR]

 

SATURDAY

‘JAWBREAKER: DON’T BREAK DOWN’ DOCUMENTARY PREMIERE & LIVE Q&A
@ The Franklin Theatre | 8pm (7pm doors) | $20 | All Ages

Earlier this fall, after 21 years of the occasional rumbling and rumor being swiftly shot down, seminal punk band Jawbreaker finally reunited for an inexplicable and inspired reunion at Chicago’s Riot Fest, reported to be a one-off (along with two more intimate club shows leading up to it), something of both a gigantic reintroduction and a fitting moment of closure for a band who never seemed to fully get their dues the first time around. Ahead of that reunion came the premiere of a documentary, a decade in the making, called Jawbreaker: Don’t Break Down, which has since begun to roll out in indie theaters nationwide. The doc screens this weekend in Franklin, but with an extra special bonus: 2/3 of the band, Blake Schwarzenbach and Adam Pfahler, will be there in person to host a Q&A! They’re also slated to hit Grimey’s the following day for a signing and meet & greet, and you can find all of at the details and more right here[PO]

RON GALLO w/ NAKED GIANTS, CONCURRENCE
@ Exit/In | 9pm (8pm doors) | $12-15 | 18+

If you haven’t heard of Ron Gallo by now, you clearly don’t read this site very often, but your love of the local music scene is also in question.  Gallo’s poetic yet unforgivingly punk has shown that he is a rising force in the local scene, and the national radio placements from his early 2017 (and sure to be record of the year contender) HEAVY META are propelling Ron to more of a household name than just in Music City.  You really should dive into that record, if you haven’t already, and if  you need more, check out his awesome live video for “Please Yourself”, which was filmed in one take in the busy intersection of 5th & Broadway.  Gallo just teamed up with release a split 7-inch with Seattle’s Naked Giants, who are tapped to support this show, and you can listen to both of those tracks right hereConcurrence opens up this not to miss evening of music.   [MH]

A TRIBUTE TO THE LAST WALTZ
@ The Basement East | 8pm (7pm doors) | $12-15 | 21+

In the now annual tradition, The Basement East is hosting their Tribute To The Last Waltz, the now infamous, star-studded 1976 concert led by The Band and featuring guest appearances by Dr. John, Muddy Waters, Eric Clapton, Joni Mitchell, Neil Diamond, Van Morrison, Bob Dylan, and more.  The Music City tribute will be helmed by drummer Steve Gorman (The Black Crowes), Allen Thompson, Jon Latham, Pat Sansone (Wilco, The Autumn Defense), Ruby Stewart, Liz Cooper, Kelsey Waldon, Devon Gilfillian, Creamer, The Cordovas, Little Bandit, Don Gallardo, and tons more!  To top things off, this will be the debut benefit event for the Ben Eyestone (who tragically lost his life at the age of 28 this year to cancer) Foundation.  A part of the Music Health Alliance, BEF was created to provide grants to cover direct and immediate diagnostic healthcare costs, in partnership with Saint Thomas Health, for uninsured and underinsured music professionals in the Nashville area to ensure no else falls victim to the same system that failed Ben.  Given the number of aspiring musicians that make Nashville what it is, this is an important cause, and the sure to be stellar music at this event would be just the way that Ben would have loved to see his mark on the scene remembered. [MH]

LAUREN STRANGE w/ LIONS AFTER DARK, SPERO
@ Radio Cafe | 9pm (8pm doors) | $5

Local alt-rocker Lauren Strange is back on the scene with her latest EP, SALT, which drops this weekend, and she’ll be celebrating the release with a local show offering fans the chance to hear the new record live in its entirety.  Strange, who is known for her unforgiving rock and knack for songwriting, has sprinkled a touch of pop to her latest single “Good Person,” which you can check out below as a teaser.  Like-minded local rockers Spero and Lions After Dark, featuring another powerhouse vocalist Maddie Pfeiffer, will open things up. [MH]

MORUGA SCORPIO, AARON LEE TASJAN, JEREMY IVEY
@ Fond Object (Riverside) | 7pm (6:30pm doors) | $5 | All Ages

Fond Object wraps their 2017 series of backyard shows with a stellar lineup on Saturday night.  Newish local retro rock outfit Maruga Scorpio, featuring talented guitarist Evan P. Donohue, former Colorfeels drummer Josh Minyard, and Tristen bassist Coley Hinson, just released their debut EP earlier this fall, and it is worthy of some repeat listens.  As if that wasn’t enough to get you out, breakout alt-country songwriter Aaron Lee Tasjan returns home after extended touring this year in support of his stellar 2016 release Silver Tears.  Longtime songwriting stud Jeremy Ivey (who’s spent the past few years on the road with his wife Margo Price) will also be performing at this absolutely stacked Fond Object finale.  The best part?  This one kicks off early, leaving you time to make it out to another show for a late night encore. [MH]

AJJ w/ SHELLSHAG
@ Third Man Records | 8pm (7pm doors) | Sold Out | All Ages

Phoenix folk punks AJJ (formerly Andrew Jackson Jihad) have been a favorite of ours for over a decade, and their eclectic, artsy, and earnest sound has only seemed to improve with age. The group are still riding high from last year’s sixth full-length The Bible 2, and their cult following is as fervent as ever, as evidenced by the fact that their stop this weekend at Third Man Records- a stellar spot to see them- is already sold out. If you got tickets, you’re in for a treat. [PO]

NEIGHBOR LADY w/ RYAN SAMBOL
@ The High Watt | 9pm (8pm doors) | $10 | 18+

Formed in the musical hotbed of Athens and apparently now based in Atlanta, Neighbor Lady have been picking up buzz in the blogosphere over the last couple of years for their Americana and psych rock tinged sound, powered by soaring and enchanting vocals, as they prepare a full-length debut for 2018. If you want a glimpse of the best of what’s next, you should definitely consider their stop at The High Watt this weekend with The Strange Boys’ Ryan Sambol. [PO]

ARLIE w/ KID FREUD, SAWYER
@ The End | 8pm (7pm doors) | $8 | 18+

With a jangly, breezy, retro, psych pop sound, local newcomers Arlie captured our attention earlier this year with fantastic debut single “Big Fat Mouth,” and, wasting no time, the band have already begun to tour and have been met with a lot of positive early press. We expect big things from this band as they prep to release more music, so jump on the bandwagon early and catch a hometown show this weekend at The End with fellow local faves Kid Freud and Sawyer[PO]

DATENIGHT, LUGGAGE, EX-GOLD, Z
@ The Cobra | 9pm (8pm doors) | $5 | 21+

Garage punks Datenight head up a great, wallet-friendly bill Saturday night at The Cobra also boasting buzzy Chicago rockers Luggage. With some regional representation from Knoxville’s Ex-Gold and local support from Z, the new project from Zach from Mom & Dad, this is looking like one of the best under the radar happenings all weekend. [PO]

AMOS LEE w/ THE NASHVILLE SYMPHONY
@ Schermerhorn Symphony Center | 8pm | $69-149 | All Ages

Don’t miss the final night of Amos Lee‘s three night run with The Nashville Symphony. As we mentioned above, performing with a full symphony is something Mr. Lee has done before, and by the third run at it in Nashville, it should be running like a well-oiled machine, leaving probably the best performance of all for last. Don’t pass on this! Who knows if you’ll ever get the chance to see him int his setting ever again. [JR]

SUNDAY

TIMOTHY EERIE, MOUTH READER, BUMMR CITY
@ Drkmttr | 9pm (8pm doors) | $7 | All Ages

You can always count on Drkmttr for a good DIY show, and this Sunday they’ll host Florida psych pop outfit Timothy Eerie for a solid end of weekend option. Local psych punks Mouth Reader and psych-tinged rockers Bummr City round out the bill, making for a prime pairing and one hell of a cool rock show. [PO]

STUYEDEYED, TELEFONES, BIRDS
@ Vinyl Tap | 9pm | $5 | 18+

Presented by our pals at Cold Lunch, Vinyl Tap has another good looking weekend option, and one that won’t strain your wallet. Buzzy Brooklyn garage rockers Stuyedeyed top the bill, and their stop should be intriguing enough to make this a top weekend pick, but with local support from eclectic, experimental rockers Telefones and fellow Brooklynites BIRDS, you can’t go wrong. [PO]

SOLAR TWIN w/ MACHETE
@ Fond Object (Downtown) | 7:30pm (7pm doors) | FREE | All Ages

We’ve been buzzing about Solar Twin, the artsy, genre-bending new project of eclectic local artist Shane Tutmarc since he first unveiled his latest last year, and this weekend, Tutmarc celebrates the vinyl release of debut album Pink Noise, with a FREE performance at Fond Object featuring support from Machete. Check out brand new video for “Walking Wounded” below, in case you need any extra convincing. [PO]

BOSS’ DAUGHTER w/ NO LOVES, FORMALLY LETHARGIC
@ The Cobra | 8pm | FREE | 21+

Another free option for some end of weekend fun, Reno’s Boss’ Daughter stop through to bring their fast, poppy, no bs brand of punk to The Cobra Sunday night. Local support comes from No Loves and Formally Lethargic, providing punk fans with another killer option at an unbeatable price. [PO]

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

Equally blues, psychedelic, and Brit invasion inspired local rock trio SIMO melt skulls as well as anyone going in rock and roll today. If you’ve seen them live, and lived, you can attest to their tremendous talents, and incredible live show. But for the uninitiated, frontman/lead guitarist JD Simo is a force of nature you need to see to believe. Easily one of ur favorite local acts, in any genre, we never miss a chance to see these guys live, and neither should you. If for some reason you can’t make it to the venue, don’t fear! The entire performance will broadcast for free over your FM dial courtesy of Lightning 100. [JR]

GREG ASHLEY, SAVOY MOTEL, COUNTRY WESTERNS
@ The 5 Spot | 9pm | 21+

Third Man Records is hosting a special evening at The 5 Spot with neo-psych folk legend Greg Ashley to wrap up your weekend.  The prolific songwriter, singer, guitarist, and engineer has been involved in projects ranging from garage rock to twang to solo reinterpretations of Leonard Cohen.  If you want a great primer, you should head check out Third Man’s “Best of Greg Ashley” playlist here to get up to speed.  Local eclectic retro rockers Savoy Motel and Country Westerns open things up on this not to miss Sunday night underground foray. [MH]

VUNDABAR, HOCKEY DAD w/ BUTTHOLE
@ The High Watt | 8pm (7pm doors) | $10-12 | 18+

Boston-based indie rockers Vundabar are rolling through Nashville on Sunday night as they gear up to release their 3rd album in early 2018.  If you are a fan of jangly, alt-leaning rock, then you should dig into the single “Holy Toledo” to see why this band has a promising future.  Australian surf-punk duo Hockey Dad, who are following up their well received 2016 album, Boronia, with a new record in 2018 are set to open things up, along with local garage punks Butthole[MH]

BELL WITCH, PRIMITIVE MAN w/ BLACK TAR PROPHET, PULSATILE TINNITUS
@ Exit/In | 9pm (8pm doors) | $10-12 | 18+

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

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