It’s Record Store Day on Saturday, and we ran down some of the highlights for Nashville already. RSD isn’t the only thing going on in town this weekend. Here’s the quick and dirty from our expanding cast of contributors. It’s another big weekend here in Music City, so get out to see some live music.
You can head over to Mercy Lounge to get this weekend started with a big FREE bang. The night is brought you to by Frye, and features The Features, Odessa Rose, Nikki Lane, and Andrew Combs. With a bill like this, it’s hard to argue, and, the fact that it is free, makes it a no brainer. Note on this one: it’s limited to the first 300 people! So get your pretty faces over there when the doors open at 7pm, and check out “This Disorder” by The Features below to get you in the mood.
Or, you could get your Friday night started off right with the sweet and sassy soulful folk duo honeyhoney at Third & Lindsley. Multi-instrumentalist Suzanne Santo (vocals/banjo/violin) & her counterpart Ben Jaffe (vocals/guitar) put on a stellar live show, combining tight vocal harmonies with story-telling songs reminiscent of Neil Young combined with The Civil Wars. Their latest record, Billy Jack, was released by Lost Highway Records, and includes the track “Ohio,” which you can listen to below:
Showtime is 8pm (doors at 6pm) and includes supporting acts The Westbound Rangers and Ernie Hendrickson.
Tickets for the show only run you $12, and can be purchased here.
If you are on the west side of town, definitely think about checking out the Phantom Farmer album release party going on over at The Stone Fox. You can check out Phantom Farmer performing at Music City Roots below. Things get started at 9pm, and tickets are a mere $5.
This Saturday, Mercy Lounge’s little sister The High Watt plays host to chillwave/dreampop up-and-comers Mansions on the Moon. If journeying through ambient, lush electro-soundscapes sounds like your idea of an great Saturday night, you won’t want to miss these guys. For a new act, MOTM have gotten an pretty incredible amount of buzz, and have been busy, too; they’ve collaborated with N*E*R*D, toured with Wiz Khalifa, and produced a track with Pennsylvania white-rapper Mac Miller. They even collaborated with Deadmau5 on the track “Satellite” off their debut E.P. Paradise Falls (if you’re a Deadmau5 fan, you’ll recognize “Strobe” as the track’s backbone). Brooklyn-based downtempo EDM duo Carousel serve up some similar nu-shoegazing fare, and Nashville’s own Black Sea Royalty round out the bill with some more-uptempo (albeit thoughtful) rock. Doors are at 8, and tickets are $10 in advance, $12 day-of.
Static Revival is celebrating the release of their newest EP Gliding the Lilly at Exit/In on Saturday night with The Gills, Grass Root Kids, and The Cultivation. You can pre-order the EP here. Lead singer Tyler Grooms of Static Revival finds a vocal platform that resonates somewhere between straight-ahead pop rock and story-telling folk. He finds a way to hold together the catchiness of a pop formula while still varying his vocal delivery enough to simulate the twists and turns of well-crafted plot. That skill is evident on “Whole,” which narrows on a theme of self-realization and escaping self doubt. Check out the EP below:
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The Gills don’t have an exclamation after their band name, but they’re so high-energy and fun that I’m tempted to include one. These two set of brothers might as well be four brothers from the same mother, because their chemistry seems that deep, not only on their recorded material, but also live. Check out the pop ferocity of the song “Motor Running” below.
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The music of Grass Root Kids is consistently unpredictable, both in the sudden changes in their song structure, and in the interesting array of instruments and composition. And that makes it different and unique. Check out “Wrinkles” below.
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Get your tickets here if you so desire.
What better way to spend 4-20 than with the Black Crowes, who are headlining two SOLD OUT shows at The Ryman this weekend. Rock out on Saturday with their electric show, then chill out on Sunday with their entirely acoustic show. If you didn’t get tickets to see them this weekend, you can make believe that you’re there with their latest release, Wiser for the Time, which features 15 acoustic and 11 electric songs from the band’s 5-night, sold out performances in NYC in 2010.
If you are looking for an affordable punk show (the only way it should be), then you should head over to Coyote Ranch (the Casa de No Regrets Coyote) to check out Reid Magette, Tweens, Study Hall, & Crime Wave. After a full day of RSD madness, you just want to be home, right? So, why not just make it someone else’s home. You can check out players of Reid Magette & Tweens (who recently & rightfully opened for JEFF in Cincinatti) below. You’ll also get to spend time with with members of Diarrhea Planet, OGG, & Fox Fun with Study Hall & Crime Wave, so you know you can’t go wrong there either. Things get started around 9pm, and entrance will cost you a mere 5 bones.
If you didn’t get a chance to check out Josh Rouse at Record Store Day at Grimey’s on Saturday, you have two more options for enjoying his live show on Sunday thanks to Lightning 100 and their Nashville Sunday Night at Third and Lindsley series. Josh will be making a return to his one-time hometown to play songs of his new record The Happiness Waltz as well as favorites from his earlier releases. You can see the man in the flesh by grabbing a $20 here or catch the live broadcast (on the radio or online at www.wrlt.com). You can check out some of our favorite of Josh’s songs in a post from earlier this week and preview Sunday’s show opener, Eleni Mandell below…