Halloween, y'all! Tonight:
The Avett Brothers w/Nicole Atkins and the Black Sea at the Ryman.
Haunted Valley feat. Warren G, Sanchez & The Shockers, Coach vs. Kase, DJ Rod & Play Me at 12th & Porter.
Early show: The Gloaming (Nashville's Youth Rock String Quartet), Derek Hoke, Tristen, Paul Burch & The Branded Sons at the Whole Foods Market in Green Hills. Starts at 1 p.m., and it's free.
Electric 6 w/The Gay Blades & Millions of Brazilians at Exit/In.
Halloween Bash feat. Hillbilly Casino, The Trip Daddies, Hellfire Revival & Music City Burlesque at The End.
Hustler Hollywood's Nightmare in Music City at Mercy Lounge.
Monster Boo Four at Limelight.
Sound Tribe Sector 9 at War Memorial.
Metalween at The Basement feat. Smell The Glove: Spinal Tap Tribute, Loose Cougar, Hard Rock Zombies, Dan Halen: Van Halen Tribut & more.
Les Honkies More Tonkies at The 5 Spot.
Here is everything else. Godspeed, 'weeners!
Everyone's favorite local "psuedo-surf rock band" Turbo Fruits recently filmed a music video for their track "Naked With You" with director Brad Holland (formerly of Whirlwind Heat), and Dazed Digital has the exclusive. That means we can't embed it here, but you should still follow that there link over to D.D. Why? Because the video features frontman Jonas Stein cruisin' the mean streets on a killer moped with a "smokin' hot" broadzilla, not to mention loads of Japanese subtitles and a near-fatal attack from a gnarly-toothed plushy monster.
I have no doubt that by tomorrow, if you hadn't already felt so in the wake of Michael Jackson's death, you may never want to hear "Thriller" again. I've got a feeling it'll be playing at least hourly, between predictable selections from the Misfits, The Ramones' "Pet Cemetery" and Screamin' Jay's "I Put a Spell on You." None of those are bad tunes, but at the same time, I thought I'd recommend a few overlooked season-appropriate records in hopes that I might hear them around tonight.
I still haven't made it down I-24 to check out the new YEAH space, but after watching this intro video I'm going to make sure to correct that sooner rather than later. Day-um, wish I'd had something like this to go to when I was coming up, instead of going to see bad metal bands in their parents' basements. Hey, tonight is the first show at the venue, and two really good bands are playing: How Cozy! and Bows and Arrows. Yeah!
Newcomers Heartbeater might not realize it, but they've Frankensteined themselves up a pretty sweet little genre-combo with their brand-new self-titled EP. The four tracks on Heartbeater's eponymous debut are a gritty style of pensive rock 'n' roll that meshes the stout rhythmic backbone of Pixies and other gnarly early grunge and college-rock acts with a wet, Southern-tinged wall of surfy guitars. Though these riffs might just be nicked from J. Mascis' private backlog, frontman Greg Mabry's no-foolin' vocals and Jon Shoemaker's loping bass lines recall heartland rockers like Springsteen and Petty.I might just have to hide out on the East Side for a bit if the couple's costumes I got for my girlfriend and me don't go over well. Hammertorch are no longer on the bill, but Bad Cop and Powerbrrrd open. Go support the locals.
Decoders: Paramore broke the Nashville Curse and never looked back. (Playing Sunday, 1st at The Ryman.)
Haves and Have Knots: Baltimore's Wye Oak take the fast track to indie success. (Playing Friday, 30th at The End.)
L'Etranger: Jandek and Corwood Industries set up shop in Nashville. (Playing Friday, 30th at The Basement.)
Anti-Heroics: Black Lips' music will kick your ass, even if they don't. (Playing Thursday, 29th at Mercy Lounge.)
In The Spin: Sea Wolf, Dent May, Spoken Nerd and more.
Here's an obscurity for you record nerds out there: a band called Secret Agents with a version of "New Orleans." It was apparently released on a Nashville record label called...Area 1/2? (That's a pretty weird name for a record label, right?) I asked around a bit, including Billy Adair of The Exotics, and no one seems to know anything about this band or label. Anybody?
40 DOLLAR BAR TAB TO COSTUME CONTEST WINNER, HOW I BECAME THE JAGER BOMBS, AND OTHER SWEET HALLOWEEN DRINK SPECIALS THURSDAY NIGHT AT THE 5 SPOT.More tasteful than the St. Patrick's Day How I Became the Car Bombs? Perhaps. But that doesn't mean there won't be a few Zombie Michael Jacksons present. Too soon!
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