Monday, August 20, 2012

Monday Round-Up: Good Shows Tonight at Dino's, Exit/In and Mercy Lounge

Posted By on Mon, Aug 20, 2012 at 11:34 AM

Who says today has to be just another manic Monday? Who says Monday night can't be the new, I dunno, Thursday night? You know, not necessarily full-steam party, but at least there are plenty of options. What' I'm getting at here is that there's a handful of good shows going on this evening, and we'd like to keep you abreast. Allow me:

* Windhand, Across Tundras and All Them Witches at Dino's. Virginia's Windhand makes heavy, droney, sludgy stoner metal (hear their self-titled EP here). A perfect fit with fellow locals Across Tundras — whose 2011 release Sage was labeled "an album of epic scope, brutal and beautiful, packed with monster riffs that blaze a bold path for the future of Nashville heavy music" by contributor Sean L. Maloney in our Top Local Albums of 2011 list. And then of course there's All Them Witches, whose Our Mother Electricity I recently discovered and thoroughly enjoyed. Listen to that. It may be a tight one in Dino's tonight, and your ribcage may be rattled loose by heavy, dirge-y, quality metal. [FB event page]

* Tristen, D. Watusi, The Paperhead and Hanzelle at Exit/In. Honestly, none of these outfits really needs much in the way of an introduction around these parts. Tristen's 2011 release Charlatans at the Garden Gate was once called "a strikingly confident record, marrying intense lyrical depth with some of the catchiest pop hooks we heard all year" by our own Lance Conzett. Garage-rocking, retro-popping, psychedelic road warriors D. Watusi will release their debut LP Dark Party next month, and their "Brother and Sister" single sounds pretty good. Then there's psych rockers The Paperhead, whose debut I once labeled "pleasantly loose and soupy — a collection of day-tripping excess barely congealed in the afternoon sun," and adroit synth-pop party monsters Hanzelle, whose recent collaboration with Brandon Jazz and Cherub is worth a listen. [FB event page]

* Griffin Technology 8 off 8th at Mercy Lounge feat. Anchor Thieves, The By Gods, Richard DuBois, Donkey Show, Eastern Block, The Special K's, Tower Defense and Roman Williams and the Prey. So Griffin Technology — you know, the guys who put all those earbuds in the swag bag you got at that music festival — is hosting an 8 off 8th with a big pile of local bands. I won't break down every single act on this bill for you, but I will say this: Grungy power-popsters Anchor Thieves sent us one of the most impressive packages we've ever seen, and Tower Defense features two bass players who happen to be married to one another. Come on, that's solid right there. [FB event page]

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