It's time to get local-core: this week's cover is a Next Big Nashville festival round-up, where we selected 10 bands you shouldn't miss out of the some 130 playing at this four-day festival. (There's also a handy festival program guide inserted into the Scene print edition with schedules, shuttle info and more.)
In the music section:
Matt Sullivan reviews two local releases: Jared Micah and Hats' T.C.H.T.O.B. (Playing Saturday, 8th at Mercy Lounge, Monday, 10th at Mercy Lounge and Tuesday, 11th at Grimey's for a CD release party at 6 p.m.) and The Carter Administration's Here Comes the Copout. (Playing Tuesday, 11th at Grimey's; CD release Saturday, 15th at 3 Crow Bar w/The Clutters.)
Holding on for Dear Life: Road-weary is a good sound for Ben Harper. (Playing Wednesday, 12th at The Ryman.)
Leave a Message: More than ever, words are the most important starting point for Mark Olson. (Playing Monday, 10th at 5 p.m. at Grimey's, 7 p.m. at 3rd & Lindsley.)
In The Spin: The Rentals, Lord T & Eloise and De Novo Dahl.
Our Critics' Picks: The Subdudes, Larry Cordle, Elvis Costello and more.