Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Beirut, Jacuzzi Boys, Screaming Females and Fitz and the Tantrums to Play Here Soon [Guess Who's Coming to Nashville]

Posted By on Tue, Sep 20, 2011 at 1:17 PM

If you happened to read the music blurbs in our Fall Guide issue, then you know that we're pumped about some upcoming Nashville shows — from Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks at Mercy Lounge and OFF! at Exit/In to Sonny Rollins at the Schermerhorn and Aretha Franklin at The Ryman. But some other upcoming hot haps have hit our inboxes since press time for the Fall Guide, so I figured I'd give you a quick run-down of what looks promising. Have a look.

* Beirut, Nov. 7 at Cannery Ballroom. They're named after a Lebanese city, and their sound is best described as "Balkan folk" — it's created with horns, accordions, ramshackle percussion and throaty vocals that reference bygone better days — but it was created by a young white fella from New Mexico. Zach Condon's Beirut has fetched rave reviews from Pitchfork, The Guardian, Allmusic Guide and more. On Nov. 7, Cannery Ballroom gets next-level old-timey with instruments made of brass and ivory. Tickets go on sale right here this Friday, Sept. 23, at 10 a.m.

* Jacuzzi Boys, Oct. 29 at The End. You know how most bands from Florida suck? Barring Tom Petty's Heartbreakers, of course. (And I've heard at least one person argue in favor of Molly Hatchet. Fair enough.) Well, Miami's Jacuzzi Boys don't suck — they're muchly unsucky, as a matter of fact — and they've brought their dirty, Nashville-friendly garage punk through our city on more than one occasion. They'll be bringing it back to The End on Oct. 29, so mark your calendars, ye fans of modern bands who sound like they listen to 13th Floor Elevators and The Monks.

* Screaming Females, Oct. 26 at The End. Lots of Nashvillians have noticed how great tiny shred wonder Marissa Paternoster and her band, Screaming Females, are. Screamales have toured with The Dead Weather, released a split with JEFF the Brotherhood, and been blogged about by your favorite local blog on more than one occasion. Paternoster's impossibly quick fingers — along with the rest of her, and the rest of her band — will grace The End with their presence on Oct. 26.

* Fitz and the Tantrums, Oct. 24 at Cannery Ballroom. If there's one trend in pop music I have absolutely no qualms with, it's neo-soul entering the household-name pop pantheon. So thank you, Mark Ronson or Amy Winehouse or Dap-Kings or whoever I should be thanking. Anyway, Fitz and the Tantrums are big and resounding and serious with the horns, and tickets for their Oct. 24 show at Cannery Ballroom oughtta go on sale right here in the not-too-distant future.

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