Hotpipes and The Carter Administration are two of the club scenes most beloved mainstays. The former sounds like XTC re-interpreted by the Walkmen, the latter a history lesson of American rock n roll radio; both are top-shelf Nashville rock. If you were to fill a time capsule with local releases of the moment, Hotpipes Future Bolt would undoubtedly lead the pack. With call-to-arms anthems like the albums title track and The Future is Where We Belong, the record plays like a statement of optimistic purpose. Doing it the old-fashioned waywith guitar, bass, drums, vocals and nothing elseThe Carter Administration have a knack for catchy melodies, crunchy power chords, driving beats and all the other cheap tricks required for putting the power in pop. If youve managed to live here without hearing either of these bands, or if you just need a reminder of their prowess and relevance, the Mercy is where you belong.
Sat., Nov. 22, 9 p.m., 2008