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, andKnoxville 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.
Hit “Continue Reading” for the full list of Nashville artists now confirmed for SXSW. To hear music from each artist, don’t forget to check out our First Wave and Second Wave announcement posts!
Here we go again for another run down of the shows this weekend in Nashville. Once again, we’re tag teaming, so have a look at what all of our writers are excited about this weekend.
The Queen of Rockabilly herself, Ms. Wanda Jackson, will be taking the stage at Third and Lindsley on Friday night along side No Country faves Jonny (don’t call me “Corndawg”) Fritz and Courtney Jaye. I’m sorry Ms. Jackson, but I haven’t see you since Marathon opened it’s doors. Be prepared for a night full of songs and stories of the way things used to be. You can check out a clip from from Wanda’s recent surprise show at The 5 Spot below, and you can snag your tickets right here.
Andrew’s Music Trivia Question: What artist has released sixteen studio albums, has acted in supporting roles in the films Paradise Alley and Bram Stoker’s Dracula, has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and has a voice that sounds “like it was soaked in a vat of bourbon, left hanging in the smokehouse for a few months, and then taken outside and run over with a car,” according to critic Daniel Durchholz? That be would be Tom Waits. Over at the 5 Spot, the Annual Tom Waits Tribute will be raging. 12 acts will be performing 36 Tom Waits songs, starting at 8 pm. Andrew will certainly be there, as he’s been on the Waits train since his birth. Well, maybe the obsession started a little later than that…
Kink Ador, The Gills, Schools, and Hotel War are bring the grooves tonight over at Exit/In for a show of some of the best regional acts that are running through the circuit right now. Things get started over there around 9pm, and you can snag those tickets right here.
If you need the boom and the bip to move your ass to, then head over to Cannery Ballroom for Round 2 of the Hustle! party which is once again brought to you by the fine folks from Electric Western, Boom Bap, Keep On Movin’, Y2k Nashville, & Whiskey Disco. If you don’t know what all that means, it means you’ve been missing out on the best dance parties in Nashville. So, get out and move your ass. Things get started around 9pm, and they roll until you can’t dance (or probably stand) no more. Tickets are right here.
Andrew’s heading over to Mercy Lounge for Lightning 100′s Miller Made Music Showcase, which is sponsored by Miller Light, and is a free event, and features the following artists: 1)The Wild Feathers: Their debut album will be finished in 2013. You can download the songs “The Ceiling” and “Backwoods Company” at their website. 2) Sol Cat: You can check out a video from their performance at this year’s South by Southwest Festival on their website. We previously posted about their music video for their single “Fishin’ With John.”3) Luella and the Sun: Check out this live video of the song “Fly So Free.”4) Grass Root Kids: We previously mentioned that they were a surprise crowd-favorite at the Fall 2012 East Nashville Underground Festival. Check out their music here.
Another possibility for your Saturday night is Buffalo Clover, Mystery Twins, Max & the Wild Things, Justin Kalk Orchestra, and Cheer Up Charlie Daniels over at The End. Things usually get started pretty late there, but with a lineup like this, I would imagine you shouldn’t be the standard 2 hours late for a show at The End. Check out Buffalo Clover’s Low Down Time and Mystery Twins’ Love Is Strange EP below. You can grab those tickets here.
For something of a change of pace, Saturday night Philip thinks you should head to Zanies to catch Chris Hardwick perform standup. You may know him from MTV’s Singled Out, AMC’s Talking Dead, G4′s Web Soup, half of the musical comedy duo Hard ‘n Phirm, or, most recently, as the chairman of Nerdist (which produces Podcasts and web content from everyone from Bill Nye to Michael Ian Black). The one constant throughout his diverse career has always been his roots in standup- and for good reason, Hardwick is hilarious. If you dig smart, nerdy humor, he’s performing twice Friday, twice Saturday, and once Sunday so you’ve got plenty of chances to catch him. More info here.
Here’s a clip from his recent Comedy Central special Mandroid:
Our own Jessika is very likely to kick your ass if you don’t give some thought to heading out on Sunday night to check out the “Sibling Rivalry” show with none other than Jessica Lea & David Mayfield at 3rd & Lindsley. She has a love filled post coming up later this afternoon to really seal your Sunday night fate, so keep your eyes open for that. This one gets started on the earlier side (8pm) for those radio folks at Lightning 100 (you can listen to the show at home here). You can snag tickets here.
Philip’s pick is once again a big arena rap show at Bridgestone (deja vu?): Rick Ross’s Maybach Music Group. Much like Wiz Khalifa’s Taylor Gang, Maybach Music Group is a label imprint/collective founded by rapper Rick Ross which has spawned some hugely successful studio releases, compilations, and mixtapes over the past several years. Rick Ross is one of the most interesting mainstream rappers in the game, and the MC is joined by rising stars Wale and Meek Mill (whose new record Dreams & Nightmares is one of my favorite hip hop releases of the winter), along with non-Maybach rising rapper Machine Gun Kelly. Tickets and more information are available here.
Here’s a Maybach collaboration single featuring all three rappers:
Regardless of what show you decide to see this weekend, be sure to share your experiences with us @NoCountryNash on Instagram or Twitter and show your love for This Weekend in Nashville with the hashtag #TWiN, or bring it on home to the Facebook page. Get out and see some live music!
How about a free concert just because you are such great music fans? Did you get tickets to Nashville Cream’s birthday celebration at Third Man Records on Saturday? You could also go see Nashville’s, The Clutters at The 5 Spot in East Nashville… Or you could RSVP for some free tickets to see Delta Spirit, The Rosebuds (newly added), Surfer Blood, Turbo Fruits, The Wild Feathers, & Kingston Springs.
Delta Spirit is an indie rock band out of Long Beach, California. They have a very melodic sound that is created with a number of unique instruments and sounds. They experiment with unusual sounds such as trash can lids and orchestral bass drums. They are also very talented multi-instrumental musicians. They have been releasing records since their first EP I Think I’ve Found It in 2006. They have since released two LPs Ode To Sunshine (2008) & History From Below (2010) and another EP Waits Room (2010). Somehow, I always miss this band when they are playing in whatever city I am in, and I am sad to miss this show too since I’ll still be in San Francisco. Spend some time with their extensive Daytrotter catalogue.
The Rosebuds are coming off of a string of dates as the opening act for Bon Iver. Did you see them perform at The Ryman back in July? It was pretty awesome. They are a late (and very awesome) addition to the lineup for this free concert. The indie folk/rock duo (and former husband and wife) have seven LP’s and a few EP’s and split 7′s…. and a great Daytrotter session. This is really exciting news to an already exciting night.
Surfer Blood is an indie rock band out of West Palm Beach, Florida. They are a relatively new band on the scene, but have instantly rocketed up the indie scene conscious. Their single “Swim” was released in 2009, and was named as Best New Music by Pitchfork. They released their debut LP Astro Coast in January 2010 with continued critical acclaim. A follow up EP Tarot Classics was released in 2011. This up and coming buzz band is definitely worth checking out on Saturday night. Daytrotter thought so when they brought them in for a pretty great session.
Nashville’s garage rock band Turbo Fruits are pretty common fixtures around Nashville. The bluesy, smoky, garage rock sounds have filled the Nashville scene since the days of their (and JEFF The Brotherhood’s) previous band, Be Your Own Pet. You know them, Daytrotter knows them, you’ve seen them, and it will be sure to get the crowd going before the night’s headliners.
Kingston Springs is a Nashville band that is fresh off of a Lollapalooza performance in July. It’s a fuzzy rock pop sound that is pretty fresh. They were also a showcased artist from the 2011 SXSW festival. It’s an interesting sound that I haven’t spent too much time with, but it sounds like the sky’s the limit for them right now. Giddy up!
Update, Update!!!!! Since I wrote this, it was announced that Pat Mahoney of LCD Soundsystem will be spinning records up at Mercy Lounge from Midnight until 2pm. It just keeps getting more and more awesome!
I don’t know much about The Wild Feathers, and I can’t seem to find out much about them. So, someone take a video on Saturday, and send me the link!
The festivities get started on Saturday at 6pm in the Mercy Lounge Parking Lot in Nashville. You can RSVP for your free tickets here. I’ve included a player with some tracks from Delta Spirit, The Rosebuds, Surfer Blood, Turbo Fruits, and Kingston Springs below. Do you really have an excuse not to do this?