Just when you thought it was safe to go back to the Rock Block, the Freakin' Weekend is back for another four days of punk-rock devastation and mosh-pit bruises shaped like Australia. There are plenty of reasons to be stoked for the annual celebration of Nashville getting freaky deaky — chief among them being a performance by the long-thought defunct Cali surf punks The Traditional Fools — but it's the mini-fest's inauguration night featuring New Jersey's Titus Andronicus that has got me pumped. Cliché as it may be for Springsteen to rear his ugly head in descriptions of Garden State-bred rock 'n' roll, Titus' honest, sprawling punk odes to suburban misery reflects undeniable shades of The Boss. 2010's The Monitor is a hyper-literate punk masterpiece, thrashing wildly against drunken despair that deserves to be seen live. Fellow Garden State warriors Screaming Females and local party punks Diarrhea Planet open. —LANCE CONZETT
Door for that one is $12. And if — rather than a sticky, punk-flavored sonic blowout — you'd rather hear the ginger strains of an outlaw country-flavored tribute, Dino's is hosting an event called A Gentle Evening With Townes Van Zandt in honor of TVZ's birthday. Performers will include Lylas, Aquariums, Greg Horne, Lance Whalen, Samantha Harlow and Steve Poulton, and there's even a Facebook event page. That one's $free. And finally, if you just want a strong dose of the local flavor, Ri¢hie is appearing tonight at Mercy Lounge along with Little Bandit, Jasmin Kaset and Joel J. Dahl. Guess what! There's a Facebook event page for that one, too, and tickets will run you $8.