We don’t even feel like we are fully recovered from my ENU hangover, and another weekend is upon us. This is a very busy weekend for the Nashville music scene, and you should enjoy in moderation. Both because that is the safe and mature thing to do, but also because next weekend we are gonna all get together and par-tay at the Free SXSW Send-Off Party at Mercy Lounge & High Watt on March 2nd. While you wrap your head around that, peruse the No Country weekend rundown of our spotlighted shows for the weekend. Get out and see some live music!
Jessika gave you her rundown of The Evinrudes’ performance tonight at 12th & Porter earlier this week. You also get to check out Maggie Rose, Bulb, and a solo act by Sherry Cothran, so that is always a great option for you tonight. Tickets are available for that one are available at the door for $7, and you can check out the video for “Drive Me Home” below.
For another fun Friday option, Philip thinks you should head over to The End for The Hollywood Kills, The Silver Comet, Jonas Sees in Color, and 32 and Falling. If you don’t know The Hollywood Kills, they’re an alt-rock band from right here in Nashville. Between their stadium-ready hooks and singer Jonathon Jircitano’s insane vocal talent, you won’t want to miss them! All of the bands on the bill are great, but if you need a touring band to sell you on the show, look no further than Jonas Sees in Color. The NC rockers have the rock and roll flamboyance of Neon Trees, the energy of radio punks My Chemical Romance, and an ear for hooks. Check out their video for “Help! Help!,” below. The show’s at 8PM, it’s only $6, and you can grab your tickets right here.
You all know that we have the musical hots for Daniel Ellsworth & The Great Lakes, and their live show is always such a great time. For you fans, this is probably your last chance to see them for a little while, as they are about to head into the studio with Grammy award winning engineer Vance Powell. We got a little glimpse of some of their new material recently, and that sound is definintely going to turn some heads with Powell turning the knobs. If you are really going to miss DE & TGL, then you should go grab the recent Daytrotter session to keep you company during the long cold nights ahead. The show also features a new Belmont band called The Lonely Biscuits that have a pretty interesting feel good sound that harkens back to a time when G. Love and Will Smith might have hit each other up on their pagers to do something cool together. The Lonely Biscuits are currently entered in a competition sponsor by Chevy, and the winner opens things up in Austin at SXSW. So, check them out, and vote for them here. Things get started with Black Sea Royalty over at Exit/In around 9pm, and you can snag your $5 tickets here.
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Indie rockers Menomena are playing at Mercy Lounge with Guards and Philip thinks you should be there! The Portland duo have been cranking out great music for over a decade and their latest album, Moms, is one of their best yet. Their catchy, smart, melodic style coupled with their technical prowess and multi-instrumental delivery makes them one of the most engaging live bands around. Lo-fi, surfy indie pop group Guards are perfectly matched to set the tone for a fantastic show. The show starts at 9PM (doors at 8PM) and tickets are available here.
Andrew’s going to check out AJ and the Jiggawatts, who are gettin’ down at The High Watt, along with DeRobert and the Half Truths and DJ Sean Maloney, who’ll be “spinning all that raw, soulful wax to keep the place bumpin'”. This show’s got more funk than a smelly sock. Check out the bands below:
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Remember when AJ and the Jiggawatts rocked it when they opened for The Dirty Dozen Brass Band at Exit/In? Just like that show, this show’s bound to live up to and perhaps even exceed the looming hype.
Philip, being the movie buff that he is, thinks you should take Sunday night off and spend it kicked back watching the Oscars. He’s rooting for Beasts of the Southern Wild, Joaquin Phoenix, Jennifer Lawrence, Christoph Waltz, and Ang Lee. He also thinks The Master and Skyfall got robbed for not getting more nominations. And don’t even get him started on all of the good documentaries that got overlooked.