Here's a brief list of attractions around town tonight. More here.
The 5 Spot: Imaginary Baseball League play their final show—again. With Eric Wilson and the Empty Hearts & The Privates (Cover: $5).
Cannery Ballroom: Lucero (Cover: $10-$12):
With Mercy Lounge closed until July 21 for remodeling, you’ll have to go elsewhere for your Cannery Row debauchery—fortunately, a band that knows a little something about getting debauched happens to be coming through town. Memphis’ Lucero are a band of extremes—extreme emotion, extreme talent, (occasionally) extreme drunkenness and very extreme fans. Their faithful might be a bit intense—especially when it comes to the sing-along portions of the evening—but the devotion is well deserved as gravel-voiced frontman Ben Nichols & Co. continue to craft a contemporary breed of Dixie rock that swings wildly from punk grit to naked emotionalism to Springsteen-like grandiosity. Murfreesboro’s Glossary open. 9 p.m. at Cannery Ballroom—LEE STABERT
The Basement: SausageFest 2008 feat. Hurts to Laugh, The Mattoid, Jeff Boswell, Stephanie's Id, Chris Crofton, Radio Death Wave & Creeping Cruds (Cover: $7):
It is the best of times; it is the wurst of times. Erik Dail, daredevil Hurts to Laugh frontman and Baja Burrito counter stud, once again throws his weenie-waggling wing-ding combining three of life’s abiding joys: horror rock, beauty pageants and encased meat. Dail cranks up the noise and the grill, serving up a multiband bill and free sausages while they last. In between mouthfuls of meat, voice your approval of the Creeping Cruds, Chris Crofton, Radio Death Wave, Brian Ritchie, Eureka Gold, Jeff Boswell and Stephanie’s Id from Asheville, N.C. And dare to dream—by night’s end, you too could be crowned Ms. Sausagefest ’08. Tickets are $6.66, which is doubly Satanic; after a night of collecting fistfuls of pennies, the doorman will gladly tell you to go to hell. 8 p.m. at The Basement —JIM RIDLEY
Exit/In: Strictly Business feat. DJs Kidsmeal & Wick-It w/Ced Hughes, Max Mega and Battle, MC Crisis, Just One, DJ Eticut & more (Cover: $10):
Tyzayah Gold-Kiser and the Combined Visions crew are at it again, bringing Nashville the best in progressive Southern hip-hop. Yeah, you heard us right: progressive Southern rap, as forward-thinking as anything coming from coastal cultural centers, yet distinctly Southern in funk and flair. It’s not a new phenomenon, but it was an oft-neglected facet of our regional scene while the monsters of crunk roamed the airwaves. Now that the pimp juice is running dry, it’s time for this sound to take its rightful place in the pantheon of Dixie dopeness. In addition to a new tag-team spectacle from local DJs Wick-it and Kidsmeal, the Queen of Cashville DJ Eticut, Crisis and Just One from Lovenoise, Virgina Beach is sending us its finest exports since Teddy Riley. Ced Hughes, Barz Vic, Max Mega and Battle are stadium rap sent from the future to save our Southern souls. Be sure to check out the Combined Visions website (combinedvisions.com) for the latest info and bumpin’ new tracks from all the artists. 9 p.m. at Exit/In—SEAN L. MALONEY