With perks like bed-bug-infested tour vans and bank balances that make ATMs feel like slot machines, playing in a rock band is probably the most fun way to learn about the unfairness of life. For most bands, the good times, sweaty gigs and sweet riffs end in tears before they ever make waves outside their local scene. Just ask Java Christ. The long-defunct local ska-punk contemporaries of Reel Big Fish and Goldfinger could’ve just as easily made it onto the radio in yours and millions of other bedrooms worldwide, but they didn’t. Or ask one-time Murfreesboro mainstays Imaginary Baseball League and Serotonin, who could have ridden last decade’s emo and post-hardcore waves (respectively), but didn’t. But you can see them tonight and only tonight. It’s Scene contributor/local rock roustabout Seth Graves’ [age redacted] birthday, and he’s celebrating by reliving the bygone days and long rock ’n’ roll nights of yesterday’s Middle Tennessee music scene by hosting his first annual 8 off 8th: Reunion Edition. Joining the aforementioned Java Christ, Imaginary Baseball League and Serotonin are amp-cranking noise-rockers Daphne’s Operation, Snakeskin Machine Gun (a once-upon-a-time Ass Chapel offshoot with a penchant for East Bay punk), baroque-poppers Jetpack (the Joy Division to locals The Nobility’s New Order), heartland-y bar rockers The Lonely Hearts
and pop-rock troupe Tommy and the Whale. —ADAM GOLD
As always, the 8 off 8th is free and kicks off around 9 p.m.
Update: Tommy and the Whale have reportedly dropped off of tonight's bill.