We celebrate this evening's album release show with a very special guest celebrity. Todd Loyd, former child actor and co-star of 1987 hit comedy film Ernest Goes to Camp. We're dead serious. As "Chip Ozgood" (the fat kid), Todd and star Jim Varney warmed hearts worldwide. Tonight he'll warm hearts again at Grimey's while working the merch booth, shaking hands, kissing babies, and doing whatever else glamorous celebrities do.
The second annual Next Big Nashville—Jason Moon Wilkins' local rock fest, expanded to venues all around the city this year—looms over the horizon, folks. Are you ready? Here's a list of the confirmed bands who have agreed to drop a hot rock-bomb on this one-horse town come Sept. 5-9. If you've been asked to play and haven't gotten around to confirming, get off your ass and show some class. The event is shaping up to include a diverse array of talent. We'll keep you posted as the list develops.
All We Seabees
Bang Bang Bang
Black Diamond Heavies....
(more after the jump)
We told you about dance-rock outfit The Turf a little over a month ago after we were pleasantly surprised by their performance at Local Honey, but if you missed that show you can check them out tonight at The Rutledge. There's a pretty clear Strokes/Arctic Monkeys lineage, but hey, these are high school kids still working out their influences. Check out the spastic jangle of "To the Disco" and the sunny pluck of "Oh Oh Oh"—they mangle those strains of influence just enough to show promise in any number of directions. Verdict: totally danceable.
Here's tonight's 8 off 8th lineup:
Farkus (formerly Spiderfighter)
(FREE, 21+, 9pm)
This September and October, Kings of Leon are doing dates with Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, the band who just came through town without my beloved Horrors on the bill. Via Pitchfork. Of note: Two Ryman dates in October?
See you there.
Edit: To clarify, band members are DJing for 30 minutes or so (i.e. no live music). Ever wanted to publicly judge someone for their music taste? Here's your chance!
"How I Became the Cherry Bomb" [mp3]
Well, to fan the flames of the How I Became the Bomb/Spoon incident (well, probably a non-incident, but c'mon, let's have some fun), which attracted the attention of Stereogum, I decided to do a mini mashup of the two songs involved, How I Became the Bomb's "Killing Machine" and Spoon's "You Got Yr. Cherry Bomb." We alternate between the two intros, then have the Bomb's Jon Burr singing over Spoon's intro. (Disclaimer: it's a very rough mashup, but hey, cut me some slack! I didn't have Burr's isolated vocal track, so I had to include both bands' instrumental tracks, which are at different tempos. But hell, it still sounds tighter than some of the bands I've played in.) I panned them right and left for ultimate effect, so get out those bongs and, what the heck, cue up your DVD of Wizard of Oz—though you'll have to keep restarting the mashup every minute and nine seconds.
First, this week's issue features the results from the You Are So Nashville If... competition, so be sure to check out the many music-related entries that were chosen. (One of my faves came from Gary Wayne Davis: "You are so Nashville if you remember when you could just say something, and no one would write a song about it.")
Noble Cause: The Nobility ascend the local ranks with their latest. (Playing Tuesday, 31st at Grimey's.)
Roots of the Tomahawk: Tomahawk's third record gets tribal.
Swamp Anatomy: Tony Joe White on AC/DC, the beauty of a good drum loop and how to get a crowd dancing in two feet of water. (Playing Friday, 27th & Saturday, 28th at The Basement.)
In The Spin: Umbrella Tree & Hands Down Eugene at Family Wash; Southern Girls Rock 'n' Roll Camp.
Check out our new Critics' Picks, where you'll find art, music, film and anything else worth doing listed by the day rather than category.
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