Winter is here! Winter is here! It freakin’ snowed this week! What was that all about? Regardless, it’s the weekend, and we know that you are going to get out to enjoy yourselves. So, we’ve rounded up some of the best music happening this weekend to warm up your souls and ear holes. Check out all of our staff picks with the our latest edition of This Weekend in Nashville!
We saw a lot of you getting your weekend started early at Live On The Green last night, but it doesn’t stop there. We have a lot of great music related stuff going on this weekend including, release shows, interestingly named house shows, and a bunch of tomatoes. All of our picks are below, but, whatever you do, get out to see some live music!
SXSW is looming on the horizon. In just under two months, the entire indie scene will descend on Austin. We brought you news of the first wave of Nashville artists announced back in November, the second in December, and now we’ve got the third (and, I believe, last) big group announcement. Once again, there’s plenty of Nashville love, and this just might be the most eclectic group of bands yet! The lineup gets even more exciting with each announcement, and we’ve posted music from all the new bands below. Congrats to all of the talented bands and friends of the site who will be performing this year, we know you’re going to make our city proud!
Bobby Bare (Sr.)
The Cadillac Black
The Dynamites & Charles Walker
Luella and the Sun
Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band
The Wild Feathers
Also from announced from Tennessee, Memphis artists Adam WarRock and Jason D. Williams, and Knoxville band The Black Lillies have been added to the bill!
You can check out the full artist announcement on SXSW’s site. As I said, I think this is going to be the last big group announcement, but expect plenty more artists to still be added to the bill between now and March.
Here’s a very short weekend rundown for Nashville… because Guided By Voices is going to keep me from doing too much snooping and writing.
There’s that CS&N show that only your parents can afford to see at The Ryman.
Josh Rouse & Apex Manor, The High Watt, 9pm
Mona & Empire w/ Kink Ador, Mercy Lounge, 9pm
The Dark Shivers w/Reid Magette, Couched & The Maloneys, The End, 9pm
Old Crow Medicine Show, The Woods at Fontanel, 7:30pm
Darlingside w/ Peter Terry & The City Profits and Matty & The Lovebones, Cause A Scene, The Farm, 9366 Hester Beasley Road, 8pm
Josh Rouse w/ Apex Manor (yep, again), The High Watt, 9pm
Drivin’ N Crying w/ Michelle Malone, Exit/In, 9pm
Ranch Ghost w/ D. Watusi, Tiger High, Dirty Dreams, The End, 9pm
Our contributor Dayna is going to throw something up for her pick of the weekend a bit later on.
It’s time to reboot the Steve Jobs machine, which means I need to clean off my desktop. Here’s what I am looking at on Halloween morning.
Do you remember last week when I (and the rest of the world) shredded the Lou Reed / Metallica collaboration? This headline in Spin Magazine “Metallica Already Planning Ways to Make Fans Forget ‘Lulu’” sounds more like something that would be in the pages of The Onion. Bethany of Best Coast even weighed in with “jaw is on the ground” as in: “i can not believe this is a real thing/this is the worst thing i’ve ever heard.”
Johnny Marr collab
Johnny Marr, the acclaimed English guitarist, best known for his work with The Smiths is working on a collaboration project with Best Coast, Tom Vek, Au Revoir Simone, and Nashville’s Mona. The project is called Ray-Ban Raw Sounds, and should be pretty interesting. Of course, we all thought that Loutallica was going to be interesting too. (See above) You can read more and have a listen to some cuts here.
Did you guys make it out to the Deer Tick show last weekend? It was awesome. Did you hear that front man John McCauley has moved to Nashville. I am still loving the new record Divine Providence, and I thought it was awesome the other day when music blogger Louder Than That tweeted about Pitchfork’s rating system being ridiculous. Luckily Paste Magazine liked it, and wrote up a little diddy about Nashville’s newest rock star resident.
Nashville to New York
Quite a few of the folks that make up Nashville’s independent music scene rolled up to New York last week for the CMJ music festival. Nashville Cream did a good write up about a lot of the folks. Another big winner of the CMJ festival was The Alabama Shakes who had to cancel their appearance at that awesome 8 off 8th we talked about last week. The good news is that they have added a headlining date at Mercy Lounge on December 1st. Check out what the New York Times had to say about The Alabama Shakes.
Wye Oak covers The Kinks and Danzig
Did you guys make it out to see Wye Oak at The Basement a couple of weeks ago? AWESOME! Well, in other news, they’ve taken part in the A.V. Club’s Undercover series where artist come in to do their own take on a predetermined list of songs. It’s a pretty fun series to waste a bit of time on. One-Thirty BPM has both of those covers up for you to listen to, and is reporting that those covers are going to be released on a 7-inch soon.
Laughing it up with The Black Keys
The Black Keys put out a funny advertisement for their up-coming El Camino record. They put out a funny video for their first single from that record. There is also a funny write up in Spin Magazine about MTV’s “clerical” mistake on their VMA award which was labeled for The Black Eyed Peas.
There is a new Atlas Sound record coming out on 4AD soon. You can grab the single “Flagstaff” off that record over at One-Thirty BPM. I really hope Atlas Sound throws a Nashville date on his tour. I’ll key my eyes open and let you know if that happens.
Gibson Guitar Legal Update
Nashville scene put a wordy, but good article asking if Gibson Guitar playing the victim in their legal troubles is really fair. You can check that out here.
New Music: Mister Heavenly and King Tuff
I recently ran into a couple of new bands Brooklyn’s Mister Heavenly and Vermont’s King Tuff. Both have a sort of grungy rock sound, and they both peeked my interest. I’ve attached a track from each below. Have a listen and let me know what you think.
Mister Heavenly – “Bronx Sniper”
King Tuff – “Dancing On You”
Austin, TX band The Zoltars have released a “visual album” which really just means it a long, long, long video. Not to make it sound bad though. If you wanna check it out, click here.
That’s enough for now. Thanks for letting me reboot. Happy Halloween.