While it was initially slated as the debut show at forthcoming venue The Stone Fox, tonight's King Tuff show was moved to VFW Post 1970 down on Charlotte Pike. Just as well though, as the VFW is genuinely one of my favorite spots in town to catch a show — it's got the ambiance of Dino's but with room to breathe. Just, don't breathe too deeply.
The point? Psychedelic rock 'n' rollers King Tuff will play tonight alongside Cream faves Natural Child and Birdcloud. I've really been enjoying Tuffy's eponymous sophomore LP lately, and I even wrote a Critic's Pick on the damn thing. Check it out:
Last time freewheeling, psychedelic freak flag-flier Kyle Thomas and his project King Tuff rolled through Nashville, they played a house show at an inconspicuous little joint near Belmont that calls itself The Other Basement with fellow far-out friends JEFF the Brotherhood. While this appearance was initially slated to go down at forthcoming venue The Stone Fox, it will instead take place at VFW Post 1970 — arguably the most OG, legitimately cool place to see a show in Music City. And with an eponymous, completely outstanding new record to showcase, we’re betting Tuffy’s set will be one of the best rock ’n’ roll performances you’ll see all season. You see, 2009’s Was Dead was great, full of grooving, lo-fi, folk- and garage-powered jangling gems. But this year’s King Tuff is a powerhouse LP, complete with boogieing, catchy, riff-along party-time monsters like “Anthem” and “Stranger”; laidback Marc Bolan-meets-Bob Dylan, folk-fueled slow-burners like “Swamp of Love” and “Unusual World”; and unapologetic statements of rock ’n’ roll stonerdom like “Alone and Stoned” and “Baby Just Break the Rules.” Fellow pro-pot rockers Natural Child and sidesplitting weirdo lady-folk duo Birdcloud appear in support. —D. PATRICK RODGERS
As pointed out on the Facebook event page, ticket holders are invited to swing by the Fox beforehand — between 6 and 8 p.m. — for a pre-show barbecue. The show itself will cost you $8. But hurry up and get your tickets. Word on the street is that "this shit will sell out." Although, you may get a chance to see King Tuff again very, very soon. Ahem.