TWiN | This Weekend in Nashville | Aug. 4–6

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It’s a weekend of record releases, buzzy touring bands, and a first time festival in Music City (not to mention Birmingham’s Secret Stages is celebrating their 7th year with a killer lineup, chock full of Nashville talent).  We are still in the “slow” summer months, but there is plenty to chose from to satiate your musical thirst.  Head below to see some of our top picks for shows this weekend in Nashville.

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Primus to Play War Memorial Auditorium Oct. 24

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Eclectic rockers Primus are gearing up to release their first studio album in six years (assuming you discredit their reimagining of the music of Charlie & The Chocolate Factory three years ago), and have reassembled the classic lineup for their first album together since 1995’s Tales from the Punchbowl.  Legendary bassist and vocalist Les Claypool, Larry LaLonde (guitar), and Tim Alexander (drums) will be releasing Primus’s The Desaturating Seven on Sept. 29, and have announced a fall tour, including a Nashville date at War Memorial Auditorium on Oct. 24, in support.

In typical oddball style, the inspiration for the new record came from Claypool reading bedtime stories many years ago to his now-grown children.  “My wife turned them on to a book called ‘The Rainbow Goblins’ by Ul De Rico,” Claypool explains. “The dark imagery and beauty of the art struck me immediately and I thought, ‘this would make good fodder for a piece of music.’ The use of color and darkness, both in the paintings and the writing was compelling, and now, near two decades later, the metaphor of greed, gluttony and deceit vs unity of the masses is eerily relevant. I brought the notion to the Primus guys and they were all for it. Plus, I figured it’s about time someone brought ‘Goblin Rock’ back to the fold.”

Hard to disagree with that, and it is hard to disagree with the impressiveness of a Primus show, as we learned (again) when they last played Nashville with Tool in January of 2016.  Head below to listen to the first single, “The Seven,” and check out rest of the tour schedule.  Tickets for the Nashville show run $35, and you can get them here starting Aug. 4 at 10 a.m. CDT.

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Lilly Hiatt Remembers “The Night David Bowie Died” in New Video

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We’ve been following the career of East Nashville songwriter Lilly Hiatt since her excellent 2015 release, Royal Blue.  In the years since, we’ve had a chance to see the daughter of songwriting legend John Hiatt really spread her wings and find her own voice while still channeling her love of ’90s alt rock.  She is gearing up to release her latest LP, Trinity Lane, on Aug. 25, and recently debuted the title track and her latest single, “The Night David Bowie Died,” in support.  The latter, released via the incredible Will Holland directed video below, tells the story of a Hiatt searching for answers following the loss of an idol.  She explains the songwriting process in the following quote to Paste Magazine. “The night David Bowie died, I was in disbelief. I wanted to talk to someone, but it was too late to make a phone call. I cried quietly and went to bed. The next day, I picked up my guitar and hit record on Garage Band. I started to sing and those were the first words that came out. I felt like Bowie was giving me a little gift.”

While the inspiration of Bowie’s death surely struck a particular cord of sadness with all of us, the song itself also reveals more about the direction Hiatt is going with Trinity Lane.  It’s a record that sees Hiatt continue to hone her voice, but with more clarity, more passion, and a deeper understanding of how she wants her brand of music to sound through an intensely personal album that deals with a dark time of warding off demons.

“Love will take you to the darkest places, but also the most honest places if you let it,” Hyatt wrote of the album. “Learning how to love myself is something I’ve always been lousy with, and I spent some time on that. I thought about my sobriety, what that means to me, the struggles I’d had throughout the years, since I was a 27-year-old and hung up my toxic drinking habit. I thought about my mother, who took her own life when I was a baby, not far from my age at 30 years old, and I related to her more than ever. As you can see, there was plenty of time spent on my own. I didn’t talk to that many folks, albeit a few close friends, and leaned into my family. I stayed away from men, and danced alone in the evenings, looking out my window observing my humble and lively neighborhood. I found power in being by myself.”

Dig into the locally filmed video below, and mark your calendar for a number of Nashville dates surrounding the release of Trinity Lane.  She’ll be performing a record release show at Fond Object on the Aug. 25, at Grimey’s for the Nashville Record Store Crawl on Aug. 26, and again during AMERICANAFEST from Sept. 12-17.

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Kamasi Washington to Play Marathon Music Works Dec. 9

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Jazz revivalist Kamasi Washington took the world by storm with the release of his nearly three hour long debut opus, The Epic, in 2015, and found himself touring the world, including a killer set leading Superjam at Bonnaroo the following year.  The renowned tenor saxophonist has since signed to Young Turks, as he gears up to release a new EP, Harmony of Difference, on Sept 29.

The upcoming record is a six part suite that explores the philosophical possibilities of a musical technique known as counterpoint, which Washington describes as “the art of balancing similarity and difference to create harmony between separate melodies,” which the artist hopes will open people’s minds to the gift of diversity. Each of the five movements are unique compositions, and the sixth movement, titled “Truth,” fuses all five compositions into one simultaneous performance.

Washington premiered the record as part of the Biennial for the Whitney Museum of American Art alongside a film by A.G. Rojas, which featured artwork by Kamasi’s sister, Amani.  Those who purchase the 12″ vinyl of Harmony of Difference will also receive a concertina booklet containing his sister’s art, which, similar to the record, feature five abstract paintings inspired by the first five parts of the record, which are combined to represent the 6th act with an abstract depiction of a human face.

In exciting local news, Washington will bring his tour de force live show to Nashville’s Marathon Music Works on Dec. 9.  A variety of pre-sales start today, and tickets go on sale to the public on Friday Aug. 4 at 10 a.m. right here.  Head below to listen to “Truth,” and see the full tour schedule.

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TWiN | This Weekend in Nashville | July 28 – 30

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It’s the dog days of summer, and that means life slows down a bit as we all seek refuge in air conditioned environs.  The summer also means a bit of a downturn in touring acts due to radius clauses of the major festivals.  That doesn’t always ring true in Music City though, as we still have plenty of options this weekend to keep your music deprived soul satisfied. Start making plans with our latest installment of This Weekend in Nashville!

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