As you may already know, the whole thing kicks off tonight at War Memorial with performances from M. Ward, Dawes and the inimitable Jonny Corndawg. You can read my Critic's Pick on that show, but I'll give you the general gist of it here, with ellipses inserted liberally:
Ward, vexingly known to most for being the “Him” in She & Him ... this year’s revamped SoundLand festival ... Sitting in as the backing band for part of his set will be openers Dawes ... heartfelt class of folk rock ... just a bit like Summerteeth-era Wilco. ... the nomadic, sometimes-Nashvillian trad country troubadour Jonny Corndawg ... Down on the Bikini Line is as funny as it is genuinely good, and one of the more noteworthy releases of the year. ... RODGERS
You get the point, yeah? Well, despite all the official SoundLandian haps, those beloved local punkers at Nashville's Dead have also strewn together a pretty solid run of shows — a decent alternative for folks without the scratch or interest for SoundLand. It starts with a Grimey's in-store today at 6 p.m. featuring Acid Baby Jesus and Hell Shovel. Tonight at Exit/In, the good vibes continue with a show from Ty Segall, Mikal Cronin, Heavy Cream and D. Watusi. As a matter of fact, contributor Seth Graves penned a Critic's Pick on that show, and it goes like this:
Much like the proudly lo-fi Segall, music critics rarely get a chance to step inside a real-life recording studio, so we just assume there’s a panel of knobs labeled “weed,” “acid,” “speed” and “downers” used to control the music. It covers our ass and keeps us from actually accusing anyone of doing drugs. As far as Ty Segall is concerned, we also assume those knobs are responsible for the purist, reverb-swamped, bash’n’pop garage burner Lemons, the psych-fuzz grunge freak-out Melted, and now the slow-roasted, hook-laden Goodbye Bread. While Segall has perfected his fragile, fractured acid-pop, he’s stayed true to his amphetamine-controlled, garage-stomping roots without losing the aroma of Seattle’s Best (grunge, not coffee). Now, thanks to the aid of a few quality microphones and such, the new album serves as a moment of clarity for both fans and Segall himself. And the undercard reads like a roster of local favorites: Heavy Cream and D. Watusi. —SETH GRAVES
Also on that bill is Mikal Cronin, who Nashy's Dead describes as "a modern-day Del Shannon or something." Tomorrow night, Sept. 22, Human Eye — who are also playing the Third Man Records SoundLand show on Friday — will play with Cream faves Natural Child and Cy Barkley and the Way Outsiders as well as newcomer Brooklynites Habibi.
Late night Sept. 22 at The Other Basement will be Portland party-punkers The Mean Jeans, supported by Hollywood and some sort of mystery act referred to only as "Mountain of Power" — expect some familiar faces in that outfit, whatever it is.
So whether you're on the SoundLand tip, the Nashville's Dead tip or BOTH TIPS SIMULTANEOUSLY, godspeed you, and enjoy the rock. Now, here are a bunch of tunes from a few of the bands mentioned above: