Show of hands: Who here has caught Cream faves Natural Child since the addition of steelman Luke Schneider and ivory-tickler Benny Divine? It's a different game with Natty C as a five-piece, and thanks to the Rollo and Grady Sessions, we can see for ourselves. Look above to watch the boys playing "Blind Owl Speaks" from last year's Hard in Heaven, and look below to read my Critic's Pick on the show they're playing tonight with JP5, Kings of the F**King Sea and Jem Cohen at The Basement.
Well, as far as attending local rock ’n’ roll shows is concerned, this is one that we’ll refer to as a no-brainer. Scuzzy, swampy, Stones- and Young-worshipping rock outfit Natural Child needs little introduction. Their prolific tenure as Nashville’s finest stoner-rock ensemble has given us everything from badass hangover anthems like the excellent “8 a.m. Blues” to occasional reggae cover sets (performed under the name “Natural Lion,” naturally). JP5 — fronted by former King Tuff sideman Joey Plunket — is probably the closest thing to a supergroup that Music City’s rock set boasts, with members of Cy Barkley and the Way Outsiders, The Ettes, Those Darlins and more supplementing Plunket’s strong Southern power pop with well-rounded and well-played instrumentation. Unapologetically loud garage-punk duo Kings of the F**King Sea — yes, that’s how they style their name, which is a reference to a book of poems by Dan Boehl — is basically the sonic equivalent of a neutron bomb, and longtime Ettes bassist Jem Cohen has lately been stepping center stage to deliver power-pop gems he’s kept stashed away from us for far too long. Phew. OK. I think that covers everything. —D. PATRICK RODGERS
Costs $5, starts at 9 p.m.