Seminal '80s hardcore band Murphy’s Law are still slugging it out in the trenches, as tonight’s show (March 26) at Blue Sky Court should confirm. Though front man Jimmy Gestapo’s name may not have the shock value it did 20 years ago, the band’s dedication to the cause of furious, head-banging, piss-off hardcore is admirable, and various internet reviews suggest they still know how to “mess some shit up.” Plus they were last seen menacing Matthew Barney at a Guggenheim moshpit in Cremaster 3, and how cool is that? Lipstick Killers & Stuck Lucky round out the mayhem.
♦ There’s no guilt in this pleasureFriday night, at 12th & Porter, the Long Players, headed up by local heroes Bill Lloyd & Steve Allen, will recreate the classic Stones album Let It Bleed. Those who’ve seen these guys rework the Beatles catalog know how meticulously faithful they can be to the originals. It’s an all-star cast, including Dan Baird and Southside Johnny, so get there early or you might not get in at all.
♦ Looking for something really different? The boys at Voight-Kampff Music have lined up “An Evening of Out Guitar,” featuring: American Trilogy, with guitarist Duane Denison (ex-Jesus Lizard, currently in Tomahawk with Mike Patton), guitarist Brady Sharp (Voight-Kampff Trio, Bluff Duo), and percussionist Brian Kotzur (The Brian Kotzur Band); The Paramours, made up of Mark Nevers of Lambchop on guitar and Ben Martin on percussion; improviser and instrument inventor Matt Hamilton; effects pedal geek David Streit; and David Petschulat, who plays guitar and, naturally, the electric blender. VK deserves major props for persevering with truly original, fascinating lineups of free, improvisational musicwe’re not talking about blowing over rhythm changes hereand in a town that has become the epitome of formulaic music, they’re a breath of fresh air. If you’re like me and constantly say, “That sounds pretty cool, I should check it out,” and instead stay home to watch Cops reruns, I challenge you to join me in turning over a new leaf Saturday night at the Five Spot in East Nashville. If your Cops jones gets unbearable, just walk a block over to Gallatin Road for a few minutes and get your fix.
♦ Other notable shows this week: Feable Weiner at Rocketown Friday; Supe & the Sandwiches Saturday at Family Wash; Webb Wilder along with Mel & the Party Hats Saturday at 3rd & Lindsley; Carter Little, 8 pm Wednesday at Radio Cafe.
♦ On Sunday, “The Creative Spirit: The Sculpture of Frederick Hart” opens at Belmont’s Leu Gallery. From 1 to 5 pm, there’s guided tours, a song-cycle concert & a keynote lecture by Michael Novack. Check out this week’s Critics’ Picks for information on other worthwhile art openings, including Zeitgeist, Tag, Plowhaus & Ruby Green (the last one looking particularly intriguing).
♦ We realize that under the current administration, human rights are a bit passéa lost cause of idealistic left-wing kooks who still feel that personal freedom and dignity are a worthwhile causebut for those few of you who haven’t traded in your souls for reactionary paranoia, Vanderbilt’s student chapter of Amnesty International holds a Human Rights Festival Friday 5-8 p.m. on the university’s Alumni Lawn. There’ll be international foods, music and speakers, and the focus will be the needs of Nashville’s refugee community.
♦ And while we’re on the topic of wackos who think peace, respect for humanity, cooperation among nations and concern for our rapidly deteriorating environment are important, The Green Tie Affair takes root 7-11 p.m. Saturday at the Baldwin Piano Showcase around the corner from 12th & Porter. The evening is a fundraiser for The Tennessee Environmental Council, whose mission is “to educate and advocate for the protection of the environment and public health in Tennessee,” and features a wine tasting, hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, live and silent auctions, and music by Delicious. For more info, visit www.tectn.org. Tickets are $75, $130 for couples.
♦ Jammin’ to Beat the Blues, a benefit for the Mental Health Association of Middle Tennessee, hits the Ryman Auditorium Sunday night at 8 pm. Among those hootin’ & hollerin’ for a good cause are Blake Shelton, Jeff Bates, Rachel Proctor, Dusty Drake, The Parks and Dean Dillon. For more information, visit www.ichope.com. $21.50 & $27.50.