Here's my two cents on The Privates' show:
As individuals, local power-pop quartet The Privates never stopped working for a second. Frontman Dave Paulson heads up the tremendously popular party-time ’90s covers outfit My So-Called Band, drummer Rollum Haas tours the country with longtime local faves The Features, and top-notch sidemen Keith Lowen (bass) and Ryan Norris (guitars/keyboards) seem to spend their lives onstage with various outfits. But it’s been about three years since they took the stage as a unit, and as a result, the city’s indie-rock scene has had a great-big gaping hole where The Privates once lived. Via blisteringly energetic live shows and weird, jagged, angular, defiant, scrappy little pop songs like “Pocari Sweat,” “Heart’s Got a Hole” and “I’ll Be Honest,” The Privates marry punk freneticism with true musicianship — not unlike Elvis Costello and Joe Jackson before them. “Giddy” is probably the best word to describe how we feel about their return, even if it’s just for one show. Fingers crossed there’s more to come. Fellow local indie rockers Echo Group and What Up English will open. —D. PATRICK RODGERS
That one costs $5 and starts at 9 p.m. And now, contributor Sean L. Maloney's thoughts on the Grand Palace fiesta:
It may seem like eons ago, but there was a time when there wasn’t a whole hell of a lot going on in the Nashville indie scene. So little, in fact, that people actually hung out in Murfreesboro to see the latest and greatest bands. We know it sounds weird, and it’s a little tough to wrap the noggin around, but them’s the facts, y’all — you can look through our back issues if you don’t believe us. And if you question of the quality of the tunes, head out to this time machine of a show that might have been ripped from a photocopied flier at the Red Rose Cafe. Apollo Up has always delivered Elvis Costello hooks at Hüsker Dü speeds, Joey and Kelly Kneiser form the core of Southern indie majordomos Glossary, and Booty Hoop is a little-seen but legendary party band. —SEAN L. MALONEY
Doors at 8 p.m., costs $5.