Remember us telling you about that East Nashville Underground Festival a few months ago? Well, it’s a new season, new bands, new beer, new crib…. same awesome! It’s unbelievable amounts of hard work that has given this house party a life of it’s own. They have left the sometimes cramped confines of the house in East Nashville, and have moved into a new event space (The East Room) at 2412 Gallatin. They have ditched the free domestic beer for STILL FREE Nashville brew from sponsor Fat Bottom. You also have free booze, 18 bands, 3 DJs, and free Mimosas & Muffins (on Saturday afternoon).
Tickets for this thing run $12/night and $5 for Saturday afternoon, or you can just knock the whole weekend out for $20. That’s a pretty good deal for one piece of paper with Andrew Jackson’s mug on it. Buy a wristband in advance, and you will also get one of these sweet t-shirts.
Seriously, with a lineup like you’ll see below, I have no idea how they are pulling this off, but I’ve learned not to punch the gift horse in the mouth.
Mark your calendars, and don’t miss this! The lineup is below.
It’s the final night for you to send a band to Bonnaroo. By Lightning won the first round, and the Wild Cub locked down the second competition. So, let’s take a look at who will be vying for the title tonight. If you don’t remember the details, lemme refresh your memory. Each band gets a three song set to blow your mind, and get your vote. To be fair, the set times are chosen at random about 30 minutes before the music starts. This is some serious fun, so get out and support some local music tonight.
The Captain Midnight Band creates “Water Bed Rock & Roll” for the mind, booty, and soul. Crunchy Rock Guitar, Soaring Vocal Harmonies, and thick R&B grooves create a sonic landscape for the band’s suggestive, Sci-Fi imagery and improvisational interplay. You can hear the influence of The Grateful Dead, Steely Dan, Funkadelic, Boz Scaggs, Little Feat, Joe Walsh, Frank Zappa, Joni Mitchell, Todd Rundgren, and the humor of Richard Pryor. Check out the track “Witch’s Tit” below, and you can browse more of their music here.
Courtney Jaye brings her blend of tropically infused country to the competition. You can have a listen to her track “Don’t Tell A Girl” below.
We’ve talked quite a bit about The Electric Hearts here at No Country. It’ll be fun to see which three songs they pull out to wow the audience tonight. You can have a listen to their self titled EP below.
Escondido is the project of Tyler James and Jessica Maros. While James has been around the Nashville music scene for a while, his best known work was as the keyboardist for Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros. Escondido has a self described sound of “We wanted it to be like Clint Eastwood playing pop songs at one of the honky-tonks downtown, but we’ve been told it sounds like desert sex.” Have a listen to “Cold October” below, and you can visit their website for more tracks.
Fly Golden Eagle has a different sound that channels the indie rock all the kids are talking about these days, but there’s something very unique about it. You’ll just have to listen to see what I mean on that one. Their record Swagger is attached below.
I’ve been hearing quite a bit about Oh No No around town, and that is usually a good sign that they are going to be the front runners in tonight’s competition. After seeing their video for “I Am A Robot”, I am pretty interested in seeing what antics they pull off tonight.
Ravello has been around for a little bit, and we’ve touched on some of their shows in the past. You can check out their studio session for “Sober” below, and you can head over to their website to download their EP for FREEEEEE!
Last just because of alphabetical order is Sol Cat. I had a great time with them on Friday night at the same Mercy Lounge, and I’m pumped to see them again tonight. You can check out one of those vids from Friday’s post of Sol Cat below.
Despite the weather, it’s another fine night for some great local acts. I’m swamped today, so we are going to quickly run through three venue lineups that I think will be pretty damn fun tonight. I’ve written about most of these bands, so I’ll just throw up some players to give your ears the chance to decide. If you like to read, click on the links. Summary: Pop lovers go to Mercy Lounge. Americana fans look to The Basement. Funky soul rock fans dive on into Springwater. Whatever you choose, get out to see some live music tonight!
By Lightning, Uncle Skeleton, Casa Castille at Mercy Lounge
Do you like poppy rock? Here’s your bet for the night! You probably read in the Cream earlier about the new Uncle Skeleton tune. That’s below for your aural pleasure. By Lightning has been tweeting about new songs, so that is something to look forward to tonight from the winner of Nashville Scene’s “Best New Band of 2011″. Casa Castille really jumped into my consciousness with those “Conference Call” videos they did in back in December. Tickets are $7, and things get started at Mercy around 9pm.
Blackfoot Gypsies, Denney and the Jets, Sunday Valley, Dead Rabbits, & 13 Ghosts at The Basement
The Basement had to bump up the start time (8pm) to handle all of this music tonight. Here’s a write up we did about Blackfoot Gypsies back in September. Denney and the Jets seem to be Thursday night regulars in Nashville these days. I’m digging on twangy sounds of Sunday Valley, and the swamp stomp of Dead Rabbits, and you can check those out in the players below. 13 Ghosts have an interesting americana, rock, country mix, and you can listen to their myspace player here. It’s always fun to drink beer at The Basement regardless.
Oh No No & Girls and Money at Springwater
This is the almost-have-to-move-your-ass funky soul rock show if your needing that elixir tonight. The divey confines should be shaking from Oh No No with Girls and Money. I’ve attached Balcony TV sessions for both of those bands, but the amplified versions at those links back there have a bit more… well, amplification. Things get started at Springwater around 10pm.