I'm not sure who's been booking these awesome local shows at Exit/In lately, but keep it up, mystery dude! Following up a stellar show with Tristen, Birdcloud, William Tyler and Ranch Ghost earlier this month, Exit/In hosts a gig headlined by the perennially underrated Bows & Arrows. The onetime ’Boro dwellers have been Nashville's answer to The Jesus & Mary Chain since the late Aughts, playing pop-conscious, occasionally shoegaze-y indie rock that avoids simple classification. Also along for the ride are relative babies in the local rock scene Fox Fun, Mom & Dad and (once again) Ranch Ghost. If you somehow managed to miss all of the roughly 17 shows Ranch Ghost played last week, you owe it to yourself to see their dusty fuzz rock in person. —LANCE CONZETT
But wait, there's more! I not so long ago wrote a pick on the merits of tonight's openers, Mom and Dad. We've also spilled some ink on Ranch Ghost in recent weeks and months. For further critical appraisal of tonight's bill — a bill that you can catch for $5, by the way — follow me after the jump.
My Mom and Dad pick, in which I wax big-picture just a bit:
In regard to music, the parameters of the term “pop” have been stretched and tested and toyed with so thoroughly and for so long that it’s hard to know what, if anything, someone means when he or she describes a song or a band or an album as “pop.” But if we put commercial viability out of our minds for a moment — because pop is a sound, after all, and not a number — there’s a handful of attributes that have always accompanied pop music of all stripes: amalgamating various contemporary and bygone styles, a focus on melody and danceable rhythms. While locals Mom and Dad don’t emphasize pristine performances or the high-tech production commonly associated with pop music, this year’s Cave Art is absolutely pop music. It’s sloppy, fuzzy, lo-fi and couched in aesthetics typically reserved for garage-rock bands — and, technically, Mom and Dad is of course a garage-rock band — but it’s insistent, catchy, upbeat music with undeniable power-pop melodies that could probably be called “happy” if they weren’t so youthfully angst-ridden. Cave Art is pop the same way that … well, cave art was pop. It’s folks expressing themselves viscerally and simply, and with an accessibility that we can all grab onto if we just pay attention. Headlining tonight’s show will be badass up-and-coming local psych rockers Ranch Ghost, and Don Coyote and Bad Back round out the bill. —D. PATRICK RODGERS
And to hear Ranch Ghost's latest single, "New News," see this post, in which I call them "Nuggets-y," get busted for it, and then kind of maybe adequately defend myself. See also: This Spin, in which we call Ranch Ghost (ha!) "authentic, purist, Nuggets-era psychedelic soul that rivals the very legends they’re aping," and this Spin, in which we call Ranch Ghost (ha!) "bobbing, feel-good, Nuggets-y psych rock [that] called to mind fellow locals Natural Child — if, that is, Natural Child didn't reference getting high quite so often."