Waves of nostalgia float in and out of pop culture on a fairly regular basis. Each generation tends to rediscover the music, films and fashion of a couple decades previous, while those who were there revel in the opportunity to reminisce. We're fresh off the heels of a VH1-propelled 80s revival that picked clean that era's carcass, and the next phase in this cycle has loomed large on the horizon. Nashville's current wholehearted embrace of 90s revivalism bucks the city's usual approach to trend-adoption in that its early. But, if we're being honest with ourselves, that might be because that decade is a less distant era for Nashville than it is for many other places. The current crop of cover bands and themed parties sprinkled throughout Music City celebrate the Clinton years through that same I Love the 80s lens used in years past, which is to say there's no lack of irony in this embrace. That might work for the kiddies, but if you'll remember, the 90s were nothing if not earnest. Take Better Than Ezra, for example. While their cues came from The Replacements and that influence was spruced up with a more polished, mainstream approach, their hearts were always on their sleeves. And while Good has likely pegged them in the annuls of rock history as one-hit-wonders, they exemplify the naked sincerity that came to define the fallout from The Year That Punk Broke about as well as anyone.
Wed., Jan. 20, 7:30 p.m., 2010