There are three kinds of rock ’n’ roll fans who will skip Monday night’s Oblivians appearance at Exit/In: those who don’t live in Nashville or neighboring cities; Labor Day revelers who can’t hold their liquor; and utter fools. The groundbreaking Memphis garage-rock legends — currently reunion touring to support Desperation, the band’s first full-length in 15 years — top Nashville’s Dead’s Fourth Birthday Bash, which will feature Ex-Cult, Heavy Cream, Fictional Boys and Cy Barkley and the Way Outsiders on the under-card. The gig also doubles as Barkley’s record release.
Labor Day be damned, Oblivians frontman Greg Cartwright will pull double-duty on Monday, as Fond Object just announced that Cartwright will make an early-evening, solo-acoustic in-store appearance at the newish East Nashville record shop.
And you should go, as (in addition to his work in Oblivians) Cartwright is relentlessly prolific pop-songwriter savant, having also fronted Compulsive Gamblers and Reigning Sound among other bands that be hallmarks of the “required listening” genre, including Cartwright’s latest project, Parting Gifts, which he co-fronts with Fond Object purveyor and Ettes singer Coco Hames. Assuming you’re not a fool, expect to hear gems from across the Cartwright canon. Show starts at 6:30 p.m. And it's free, y'all!
Can’t get enough Oblivians this holiday weekend? Then trek out east to Cookeville Saturday, where the band’s Jack Oblivian appears with Deadbolt, “Black Flag” and others at the Muddy Roots Festival.