We gave you the heads up on this one, and a chance at free tickets last week, but now the time has come for newly local British legend Robyn Hitchcock to serenade the crowd with songs pulled from his massive catalog. Look for fellow residents Lilly Hiatt as well as Justin & The Cosmics to kick things off, on what promise to be an eclectic night of live music. Tunes will start tonight, May 25 at 8 p.m. at The Basement East, and tickets are currently available here. We recommend snagging yours sooner than later, because as word spreads that tickets remain for a cult followed legend like Mr. Hitchcock, odds are it will be filled to near capacity. Read on for a full run down on the lineup, and we look forward to seeing some of you at the show!
With a stellar career that’s been going strong for over four decades now, Robyn Hitchcock is one of the most prolific British singer-songwriters of all time. Rising to prominence in the late ’70s with a neo-psychedelic, art rock outfit called The Soft Boys, Robyn soon found he wanted to branch out in new directions. By 1981, he’d released his first of 13 solo albums. He’s also recorded six records with his backing band the Egyptians, and another three LPs with a different set of players he dubbed the Venus 3. More recently, Robyn relocated to Nashville with his partner Emma Swift, where he’s pulled influence from the sounds and talent of the city, while maintaining his rock, punk, and psychedelic roots, culminating in his brand new, Brendan Benson helmed self-titled solo effort. It is one of his most focused and fully-realized to date, which arrived last month, bringing his count up to a staggering 20+ albums. Dancing in and out of genres like psychedelic folk, jangle pop, and alt rock seemingly at will, Mr. Hitchcock offers listeners a little bit of almost everything within the vast realm of rock. Known mostly for sometimes comedic and surreal lyrics, plus his work on guitar, he can also play harmonica, piano, and bass. Enjoyed by critics and his ever-growing cult following, Robyn is certainly someone you should become very familiar with, if you haven’t already, and what better way than in person at The BEast tonight.
East Nashville based indie rocker Lilly Hiatt‘s last release, Royal Blue, was easily one of the best local records of 2015, and we’ve been paying close attention to her ever since. Blending elements of shoegaze, synth rock, and psychedelia into her unique sound that’s instantly infectious in all the right ways. She’s become a staple in the local scene, earning her spot at Nashville’s SXSW showcase, and she’s also rubbed elbows with growing area stars like Aaron Lee Tasjan, whom she performed with at Third Man Records. With a few years between her and her last release, odds are she’s got some new material she’s been working on, and you can hear it for yourself first, in person, but only if you get to the venue on time. So be sure to catch her entire set, and you can thanks us later.
JUSTIN & THE COSMICS
Justin Collins and Adam Landry were best known in town originally for their production work on Deer Tick and supergroup Diamond Rugs records, but the two, joined by their bandmates, have been wow’ing audiences in Music City for the past couple of years as Justin & The Cosmics. Their sound is garage punk with a grungy rockabilly and Americana lined twist. This unique blend is perfectly showcased on their full length Schooly Dreams, which we premiered for you last fall. We enjoy their stuff so much, we also helped them debut a music video for the single “Famous to Me,” which you can enjoy below. Whatever you do, do not sleep on this opener, because they’re easily becoming one of our favorite local outfits with their kickass live performances.
Robyn Hitchcock, Lilly Hiatt, and Justin & The Cosmics will perform tonight, May 25 at The Basement East. The show is 21+, begins at 8 p.m. (doors at 7 p.m.), and tickets are available to purchase for $10-15.