It's February and the weather here in Nashville is inexplicably balmy. While that makes Music City feel pretty fuckin' far from England right now, it does lend itself well to local scooter riders. If that means you, consider setting your Vespa for Mercy Lounge, where tonight is Mod Night. Read all about it in one of my Critic's Picks from this week's Scene below.
What can you say about England that Ray Davies, Pete Townshend and Paul Weller haven’t already said? … Nothing. But Pete Townshend managed not to die before he got old, Faces-era Rod Stewart is more of a memory than the threat of communism, and a winning Lottery ticket is probably easier to find than a person under the age of 40 who can tell you what a Teddy Boy is. Perhaps that explains why local blue-eyed soul man and avowed anglophile Greg Mangus has put together this hours-long third wave mod revival tonight at Mercy Lounge. The gig will feature local rockers (though not Rockers) playing tribute to Britain’s bygone eras of suits, scooters, amphetamines and Maximum R&B by the likes of The Kinks, The Who, The Move, The Jam, Small Faces, Joe Jackson, The Action and more. Wait … Joe Jackson?! If the suit fits, right? —ADAM GOLD