Saturday, October 31, 2009

Weekend Round-Up: Check out My Costume Style Part 2

Posted By on Sat, Oct 31, 2009 at 2:30 AM

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Halloween, y'all! Tonight:

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The Avett Brothers w/Nicole Atkins and the Black Sea at the Ryman.

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Haunted Valley feat. Warren G, Sanchez & The Shockers, Coach vs. Kase, DJ Rod & Play Me at 12th & Porter.

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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.

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Electric 6 w/The Gay Blades & Millions of Brazilians at Exit/In.

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Halloween Bash feat. Hillbilly Casino, The Trip Daddies, Hellfire Revival & Music City Burlesque at The End.

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Hustler Hollywood's Nightmare in Music City at Mercy Lounge.

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Monster Boo Four at Limelight.

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Sound Tribe Sector 9 at War Memorial.

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Metalween at The Basement feat. Smell The Glove: Spinal Tap Tribute, Loose Cougar, Hard Rock Zombies, Dan Halen: Van Halen Tribut & more.

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Les Honkies More Tonkies at The 5 Spot.

Here is everything else. Godspeed, 'weeners!

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Friday, October 30, 2009

Turbo Fruits Debut Toothy, Campy, Japanese-y Video for 'Naked With You' [Updated]

Posted By on Fri, Oct 30, 2009 at 3:18 PM

I think we're alone now. There doesn't seem to be anyone ar...wait a minute. What the hell?!
  • I think we're alone now. There doesn't seem to be anyone ar...wait a minute. What the hell?!

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.

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Avoid the Clichés: Your New Halloween Soundtrack

Posted By on Fri, Oct 30, 2009 at 3:09 PM

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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.

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Weekend Round-Up: Check out My Costume Style Part 1

Posted By on Fri, Oct 30, 2009 at 12:49 PM

This didn't turn out creepy at all!
  • This didn't turn out creepy at all!
So as you can see, given my brand-new mask and Bruce shirt, I'll be going as Gold for Halloween. See if you can spot me. I'll be the guy that looks like Gold but isn't Gold. Obviously plenty of options this weekend. Here's tonight:
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Hallo-Cream Party at Mercy Lounge feat. Matt Friction and the Cheap Shots, Chris Crofton, Tallest Trees & The Zut Alors. That alcoholic whip cream shit wasn't a joke. Say the secret word and I'll buy you a shot with some of that on top.
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Heartbeater EP Release at The 5 Spot feat. Powerbrrrd & Bad Cop.
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Jandek w/Lone Official & The Mattoid at The Basement.
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Herman Dune w/Wye Oak, Julie Doiron & Caitlin Rose at The End.
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Berlin Techno Night at Mambu.
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Stryper at the Wildhorse. Ew.
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Roger Daltrey at the Ryman. Or, more accurately, Roger Daltrey performs the songs of Pete Townshend and others at the Ryman.
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Annual Movement Nashville Halloween Bash feat. AutoVaughn, Heypenny & Modoc at Exit/In. That's what's on our radar, but you can see the rest here. Back tomorrow with more spooky listings for your asses.

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Video: An Introduction to YEAH

Posted By on Fri, Oct 30, 2009 at 11:41 AM

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!

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Heartbeater EP Release Tonight at The 5 Spot

Posted By on Fri, Oct 30, 2009 at 10:08 AM

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Not into awesome free parties with seasonally appropriate entertainment and alcoholic whip cream? Seriously? You're not? Well then what the hell's wrong with you? Anyway, point is you can still hear some worthy rock 'n' roll over on the East Side if the Hallo-Cream party isn't your style. Locals Heartbeater are releasing their new EP at The 5 Spot, and that's something I approve of heartily:
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.

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Hallo-Cream Party Tonight at Mercy Lounge

Posted By on Fri, Oct 30, 2009 at 9:18 AM

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Do you like fun? Do you like free shows? Do you like American music? Do you wanna try some alcoholic whip cream? All this and more can be yours tonight at Mercy Lounge--yours!--for the low, low price of nothing. There will also be bloodening on the big screens, lots of smoke and, I don't know, zombies or some shit. I already know what my costume's going to be (home invader), so hopefully you've got one picked out. If you're going as a tandem, maybe go as this and this. Anyway, the lineup tonight: Seriously, though. Alcoholic whip cream. This show is free and starts at 9 p.m. Boo!

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Paramore, Wye Oak, Jandek and More: Inside This Week's Music Section

Posted By on Fri, Oct 30, 2009 at 8:35 AM

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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.

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Thursday, October 29, 2009

Secret Agents, 'New Orleans' 45 on Nashville Label

Posted By on Thu, Oct 29, 2009 at 2:55 PM

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?

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How I Became the Bomb's Spooky Shindig, Tonight at The 5 Spot

Posted By on Thu, Oct 29, 2009 at 12:57 PM

Officially my worst work ever.
  • Officially my worst work ever.
Let's get this Halloween weekend kicked the hell off. How I Became the Bomb are hosting a seasonal soiree on the East Side this evening, and they're sharing the bill with Matt Friction and the Cheap Shots, Shoot the Mountain and M Coast. If that last act rings a bell, it's because that's the Andy Gonzales-fronted, Elephant Six-affiliated, sometimes "Marshmallow Coast"-monikered indie-pop act out of Atlanta. In a combination mass text-Facebook invite media bomb, HIBTB frontman Jon "Pinky Ring" Burr had the following to say:
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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