Two strong bills on this week's radar; both are free, and both feature more local acts than you'll typically catch on a weeknight. The boys at We Own This Town have already determined your plans for this evening, like it or not: "You will be headed to Mercy Lounge for a night of free music from a myriad of local talent that you may or may not have heard of; depending on how closely you pay attention to our podcasts." That one features The New Protestants, The Lake, Goldroom, Cobra Cheetah Tiger Viper, The Kingston Springs, Downtown Handshake, My Tyger & Hanzelle. UPDATE: The Cream's resident gamemaster, Ashley Spurgeon, would like me to inform everyone that Mercy Lounge's Rock 'n' Roll Trivia will take place before the 8 off 8th at 7 p.m. (same as every week). That's free, too, and it's a weekly opportunity to try and outshine Adam Gold in the music knowledge department.
Scene shutterbug and unabashed science nut Steve Cross has also set up a free bill over at Exit/In for tomorrow, Mar. 2. The bands: POWERBRRRD, Jordan Caress, Tristen, We Were the States, Cody Blaine & Bows and Arrows. Both shows are bristling with mostly undersung local rock 'n' roll talent. I know you guys like free things that are bristling. Get on it.