As we told you earlier this year, North Carolina indie rock pioneers Superchunk will make their return to Music City – the group’s first Nashville show since 2001 – TONIGHT, April 11, at Mercy Lounge. Out in support of last summer’s fantastic (and the band’s tenth) full-length, I Hate Music, the seminal group will receive support from locals Bully. It’s certainly a busy weekend, and we’ve already clued you in about several other great shows, but, fans of indie rock, we implore you: don’t let this one pass you by. Superchunk’s last local outing was something of a bust, and we’d really love to see that past transgression rectified this evening. Grab your tickets here. Go see one of the best indie rock groups ever to exist. Thank us later.
Celebrating their 25th anniversary this year, Superchunk have managed to amass one of the strongest, most consistent, and most influential indie rock catalogues of all time. Though they never achieved large-scale crossover success, even in the early ’90s when that sort of thing could actually happen to off-kilter indie bands, the group have spent decades building a loyal and rabid fanbase, and have been critically lauded for their energetic, adventurous, and exploratory musical style and incredible stage show. Their influence extends beyond just the band as well, as founders Mac McCaughan and Laura Ballance are also responsible for Merge Records. Though they were relatively inactive during the ’00s, Superchunk have made an incredible late-career comeback in recent years, with 2010’s Majesty Shredding and last year’s I Hate Music serving as two of their best releases in quite some time. Unfortunately, Ballance won’t be appearing this evening (she’s sitting out on tour due to a worsening hearing condition), but the talented Jason Narducy will serve as a suitable replacement. Don’t miss out on these living legends.
We can’t think of a more fitting choice to open than local artist on the rise Bully. Since bursting onto the scene last year, Bully have graced the stage in support slots with more of our favorite acts than we can count, and, time and time again, have proven themselves to be one of the most dynamic and exciting new acts to emerge from Nashville in ages. The brainchild of Alicia Bognanno, Bully made their mark with a self-titled, debut EP last fall, and just dropped their latest single, “Milkman,” b/w “Faceblind,” which is slated for a 7″ release later this month. Don’t miss out on their poppy, jangly, breezy, punk-infused indie rock sound and incredible live show.
Superchunk and Bully will perform TONIGHT, April 11, at Mercy Lounge. The show is 18+, begins at 9 p.m. (doors at 8 p.m.), and tickets are available for $15.