No Country’s Guide to Freakin’ Weekend VIII | March 9-11

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Founded as a humble, DIY, single-location festival by the fine folks at Nashville’s Dead, the annual Freakin’ Weekend fest helped propel Nashville’s underground punk scene to national relevance, growing, over the years, to a multi-venue, multi-day showcase of the best of local and national punk, indie, garage rock, hardcore, and more. Announced last month, this year’s eighth installment, set to run tonight, March 9 – 11, will, sadly, be Freakin’ Weekend’s last. Dubbed “the last fucking weekend,” it feels like a worthy end, skewing heavy on local talent and returning performers from over the years, for a comparatively scaled-down event compared to the last several. While this might be the last Freakin’ Weekend in name, the event’s current organizers plan to keep the spirit alive in some form or another, albeit without the weight of a festival, which, over nearly a decade, has very much morphed into something else in meaning and function.

Though not without hurdles and controversy, including some heading into this year (we’re not informed enough on the issue at hand to elaborate, by the way; that’s not meant to be cryptic), the impact that Freakin’ Weekend, Nashville’s Dead, and the people involved have had on the growth and scene-building in Nashville has been immeasurable. It’s true that some of the scrappy punk spirit of its earlier days has been lost, but watching bands grow with the fest to become prominent, nationally-known artists has, in its own way, been incredibly rewarding to witness.

As Freakin’ Weekend comes to a close, artists like Diarrhea PlanetDaddy IssuesJawwsJacuzzi BoysRanch Ghost, and Music Band return to say goodbye, performing over three evening showcases (single venue this year, as opposed to the two-venue setup in recent years) at The End and Exit/In. The evening events are individually ticketed, and both nights at The End are all ages (Exit is 18+). Below, find details, ticket links, artists previews, and more, and get ready for one final, fucking Freakin’ Weekend.

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Savoy Motel Channel Jay Reatard in “Sorry People”

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We last checked in with local boogie rockers Savoy Motel, when they dropped their garage glam track “Souvenir Shop Rock” earlier this summer.  Now, the band, made up of members of Cheap Time and Heavy Cream, are back with the new single, “Sorry People,” in support of their upcoming self-titled LP, which is set to drop Oct. 21 via What’s Your Rupture.  The latest single starts out with a retro Casio beat (it actually comes from an antique Maestro Rhythm King MK) that propels the song into a uniquely throwback pop track featuring plenty of jangly guitars and a head nod inducing bass line, and it is quickly becoming some of the more uniquely interesting music to come out of Nashville thus far in 2016.

Bassist/vocalist Jeffrey Novak describes the new track as, “a song based on the late Jay Reatard’s skewed philosophy of never apologizing for anything, even though I remember him telling me he was sorry about countless crazy things in the past.”

Head below to dip into the ultra groovy track that will demand repeat spins, and stay tuned for some sure to be announced local shows in support of the upcoming LP.

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Watch The Mystery Lights Perform “What Happens When You Turn The Devil Down?” | Catch Them Tonight at Exit/In

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New York via central California rockers The Mystery Lights have been bringing their version of heavy fuzz infused rock, which conjures images of 60’s psych and 70’s punk, in some form or other for years.  Now with a new home at Daptone imprint Wick Records, The Mystery Lights have been making the rounds in support of their self-titled debut.  They recently recorded a live video for their track “What Happens When You Turn The Devil Down?” from their label’s backyard space in Brooklyn, and have embarked on a tour in support, which you can check out below.

Tonight, they will take over the Music City rock shop Exit/In, along with blog faves Savoy Motel and Lasso Spells.  Head below to get a taste, and head here to grab your $10 tickets.

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New On Our Spotify Playlist: Myzica, The 1975, Natural Child, Lucius & More

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Our main goal at No Country is to share music from our favorite local artists and touring acts that hit Nashville. Now you can get straight to listening on our Nashville Spotify playlist

Local music additions:

“We Belong Together” by Myzica – Playing Acme Feed & Seed Rooftop on August 30
“Every Body” by LUTHI
“Souvenir Shop Rock” by Savoy Motel – Playing Exit/In on August 10
“Sure Is Nice” by Natural Child – Playing Little Harpeth Brewery on August 17
“Eat The Night” by The Ettes
“Idiot” by JEFF The Brotherhood
“When She Walks” by ELEL – Playing The Basement East on October 14
“Peculiar Paradise” by Lonely Benson
“Your Saving Me” by Phin
“The Sea” by Trenton

Touring artist additions:

“Somebody Else” by The 1975 – Playing Municipal Auditorium on November 21
“Almost Makes Me Wish For Rain” by Lucius – Playing The Cannery Ballroom on November 2
“Numbers” by Daughter – Playing The Cannery Ballroom on November 11

Follow along so you don’t miss the best of No Country for New Nashville!

Savoy Motel Debut Video for “Souvenir Shop Rock” | Catch Them Aug. 10 at Exit/In

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Local boogie rockers Savoy Motel, made up of members of Cheap Time and Heavy Cream, have been pinging our radar for a while now, and we just can’t get enough of their new video for garage-y/glam inspired track, “Souvenir Shop Rock,” off of their upcoming self-titled debut LP, set to drop Oct. 21 via What’s Your Rupture. Like the rest of the band’s material, the single infuses pop sensibilities and retro flair with soul and uniquely off-kilter and transcendent appeal, making them certainly one of Nashville’s most interesting new artists to watch.

Head below to check the trippy new video, which perfectly captures the spirit of the track, and grab your $10 tickets to catch them supporting The Mystery Lights with our pals Lasso Spells on Aug. 10 at Exit/In.

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