Readers over at the Scene music blog NashvilleCream.com nominated four bands to be considered for inclusion in NBN '08, resulting in an online poll to decide the winners. Evil Bebos topped the list, and being a last minute addition means the Bebos weren't necessarily considered in the programming of the festival's lineups. The result is a square peg in a round hole. Lake Fever Productions likely didn't plan to have their showcase of quirky pop and new wave to be kicked off with eight-minute songs filled with metal riffs and growling vocals about Greek gods--but it's probably gonna rule.
Following in Evil Bebos' dark path are Coral Castles, who make sunny British Invasion pop that will no doubt give you that good clean Orbit-gum feeling by comparison. But The Privates--we can't say it enough--will knock the balls right out of the pinball machine with their turn-on-a-dime spastic pop. The Howlies bang the vocable-heavy garage rock drum something fierce, and rounding out the night are two stalwarts so mightily knighted in the local rock scene they may have to up the ante a little for the fatter crowd. Ghostfinger's new material suggests they've shapeshifted their way from schizophrenic genre-jumping to a bona fide Stonesy country-rock stagger, but How I Became the Bomb--tsk tsk--have been resting on the same terrific dork-synth material for some time now. Might we suggest an old-fashioned joust?
Sat., Sept. 13, 7 p.m., 2008