First up, The Melvins have been going strong for three decades and counting, pulling apart heavy music and reshaping it according to their own design like grungy Picassos. Third Man Records announced this week that the Pacific Northwest giants will be dropping by The Blue Room on Thursday, May 30, with local OG-minded punks Cy Barkley and the Way Outsiders on hand to warm up the crowd. The last couple of visits The Melvins have made to Music City have been pretty epic hangs at Exit/In; feast yer peepers on Adam Gold's conversation with frontman Buzz Osborne prior to last May's rager. You'll probably want to jump on tickets for this intimate show with a quickness.
For those of you who like to think long-term and/or have a taste for testing the boundaries of soul, Exit/In's calendar holds a treat: Psychedelic soul pioneer Shuggie Otis will grace their stage on Oct. 10. The son of R&B bandleader Johnny Otis, Shuggie's skill at composition and with a variety of instruments earned him the praise of fellow musicians and the attention of record labels when he was still in his teens. One notable early professional adventure: handling the low notes on the zany and complex Frank Zappa composition "Peaches en Regalia." The younger Otis released a trio of albums on Epic in the early '70s, featuring an infectious and way-out amalgam of pop, soul and funk that you'll be right at home with if you're into Prince. Despite critical and popular success of varying degrees, Otis vanished from view in the later '70s, leaving a 1977 Brothers Johnson cover of his biggest hit to date, "Strawberry Letter 23," as his most public document for decades. Shuggie began recording and touring again in the late '90s, and Luaka Bop turned a cult classic into a popular icon by reissuing his last complete album, Inspiration Information, in 2001, and a new reissue includes previously unreleased tracks. Tickets go on sale at 10 p.m. tonight via the Exit/In site.