Another week has come and gone, and, if you are like us, you are in dire need of some weekend. If you aren’t chasing kids and hidden eggs around the yard, then you’ll likely spend your evenings chasing bands around Nashville. At least that is what we are going to be doing. We have quite a diverse lineup for you including a SXSW sweetheart, singer-songwriters of all genres, some medicinal psychedelic rock n’ roll, a night full of soulful R&B, two nights of FREE sets from some of our favorites, and a bunch more. It’s another big weekend of music in Nashville, so get out to see some of it!
You can get the weekend party started early at The Basement at 7pm with an awesome early show featuring Anna Haas + The Effect with support from Cristina Taddonio. Anna Haas is quickly gaining ground as one of Nashville’s most fiercely unique female vocalists and you won’t want to miss this opportunity to catch her in an intimate setting on the upswing of her trajectory to inevitable success. You can get familiar with Anna via all the usual outlets: Official Site | Twitter | Facebook | Youtube. The show is just $5 and guaranteed to be the perfect start to your evening’s revelries. Check out Anna’s video for “Maypole” below (thoroughly endorsed by Jessika for its quirky cabaret aesthetic, flirtation with musical theatre, and astute use of metaphor).
Penicillin Baby has been on our radar as some ear drippingly delicious rock n’ roll for a while now. We told you about the releases of their Jams: Volume 1 & Jams: Volume 2. Well, today marks the release of their third (and most aptly titled) release Jams: Volume 3. You can check that out over at their bandcamp page, and then you can head over to Springwater tonight to see them with our pals The Golden Spurs. Things will get started around 9ish, and it’s cheap. In the meantime check out the not-safe-for-work video for their new track “All Dolled Up” below.
If you are stoked to kick it on the East side on Friday night, then you’ll want to swing by Mad Donna’s Music Loft for a night with some of our favorite peeps in Nashville including Buffalo Clover, Los Colognes, Jacob Jones, & Magnolia Sons. We also get to know Patrick Newby, Adia Victoria, Dawn Kinnard, Chris Rattie & Jr. Tutwiler, and Blank Range. That’s a full freaking night of music, and the kicker… this sucker is FREE!! You can check out a live clip of Buffalo Clover’s “Why Can’t You Understand” below. Don’t wear yourself out though, because this one will rip up Saturday night as well.
Andrew’s going to check out Elise Davis and Dave Armstrong at The High Watt. A Little Rock, Arkansas native, Davis has an interesting ability to make a direct, down-to-earth love song entertaining and catchy, and to paint a picture of jealousy that we all feel. That ability shines during the song “Make The Kill” on her latest full length-release Cheap Date. Davis proclaims “I wanna make the kill. I wanna take some shots. I wanna make out with a new boy in this parking lot.” These lyrics might appear juvenile on the surface, but we’ve all been there. We’re thinking bad thoughts, even if we don’t act on them. Perhaps, that’s the idea: to rehash immature or potentially harmful thoughts. The very next track on the album, “Diamond Days,” takes a different direction. This traditional-style country ballad is soaked with elegant pedal steel guitar and conjures images of a sunset looming during a road trip through Arkansas. Check out these tracks below. I’m looking forward to these songs, and others at The High Watt tonight. Also check out Dave Armstrong’s music here.
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Charles Walker and the Dynamites should be the definition of feel-good music in the dictionary. When I put on the newest single “Still Can’t Get You Of My Heart,” it just beams goodness and positivity from the beginning of the horn intro. They are playing their Love Is Only Everything Album Release Show tonight at Mercy Lounge.
They were featured in USA Today back in February to preview their newest album and they just played South by Southwest. Check out the video for “Still Can’t Get You Of My Heart” below. And check out the song “Yours and Mine,” which is a duo with soul crooner Walker and singer Bettye LaVette, and a tribute to the golden age of soul.
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If you’re looking to really get down Friday night, look no further than AWOLNATION‘s show at Marathon Music Works. Philip has been a fan of frontman Aaron Bruno and guitarist Drew Stewart since their days in the underrated group Home Town Hero, which morphed into the short-lived but incredible Under the Influence of Giants. Though AWOLNATION lacks some of the more carefree, soulful vibes of Giants, they fully embrace the layered, electronic elements, and are a really interesting band in their own right. Bordering on industrial, their electro-indie rock sound is, at times, dark, but still totally danceable. Supporting the show are pop, ethereal electro-rockers Blondfire and indie rockers Mother Mother. Things get started at 8PM, and you can still grab tickets right here.
If something intimate is more your speed, Philip also recommends considering checking out Woozy, Glish, How Cozy!, and Quietly at The Owl Farm! Melodic shoe-gazey band Woozy hails from New Orleans and features some strong mathy tendencies and guy/girl vocal interplay. Fellow New Orleans artist Glish shares a similar sound, but with more atmospheric, dream-pop leanings. Locals How Cozy! have a knack for crafting concise, dreamy melodic punk that’s sure to leave you begging for more. Finally, locals Quietly round out the bill with their pulsing, ambient post-punk sound. For $5, you get 4 great bands in the most perfect setting for this type of show. As per usual, it’s all ages and things kick off at 8PM! Preview all of the bands below:
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One the greatest things about The Basement is the absolute jaw-dropping, genre-spanning that Grimey pulls off when booking bands. Tonight will be some serious R&B soul licks, and that shouldn’t be surprising from the guy that essentially put Alanna Royale on the map here. It’s a night of similarly styled music on Saturday night when Birmingham’s St. Paul & The Broken Bones take over with Nashville’s own DeRobert & The Half Truths. You can have a listen to each below to see what you are getting into. The groove starts at 9pm, and tickets will cost you $7 at the door.
How about no holds barred night of rock and roll to get your music fix? Philip suggests heading to Mercy Lounge for the fantastic lineup of Modoc, Tesla Rossa, The Rouge, and House of Heroes! Nashville transplants Modoc have perfected the no-bs approach to aggressive, guitar-driven rock and roll with some bluesy tendencies. Philip raved about Tesla Rossa after their performance at the last East Nashville Underground, calling them “an understated indie rock, really grounded in borader rock and roll sensibility.. a band’s band, crafting songs for quality rather than popularity.” They’re the standouts on an already stacked lineup, and the reason you HAVE to check this show out. You can preview their music video below if you don’t believe us. To sweeten the deal, indie rockers The Rouge and poppy rockers House of Heroes round out the bill. Best of all, the show’s only $5 with a student ID or $8 without (tickets here). Head over to Mercy at by 9PM!
If you are still stuck on the East side, or just don’t feel like leaving (hey, I don’t judge), then you can roll right back to where you had a “build your own bloody mary” on Saturday morning. Mad Donna’s lineup includes our pals Allen Thompson Band, Little Bandit, and Lonely H. You’ll also get to know Isaac Albright, Mercy Bell, Samantha Harlow, and the Molly Conley Band. Once again this one is free, and the party gets started at 7pm. You can check out the cameo filled video for Little Bandit’s “Platform Shoes” below. Note: if it’s too packed over at Mad Donna’s, then you could always hang with our friend Kim Logan at The 5 Spot with The Devious Angels. That’ll definitely be fun too.
Sunday brings a fantastic installment of Lightning 100’s Nashville Sunday Night Series featuring a favorite of ours from our recent SXSW Send Off, Luella and The Sun. Since our send-off, we’ve been thrilled to hear Luella & her band receive a good amount of radio play locally and we know they’re destined for more much deserved attention after making us proud in Austin. Black Cadillacs open and the music gets started promptly at 8pm. So head down to Third and Lindsley or be sure to catch the live broadcast. Tickets are $10 and you can pay in advance here. For now, check out the band at their recent Music City Roots appearance.