Anyway, there's a bunch of stuff to do tonight, and we talk about a lot of it in said dead-tree edition of the Scene. Let's start out with local psych-groovin' indie rockers Sol Cat, who will celebrate the release of their Welcome to Cowabunga EP tonight at Mercy Lounge. Contributor Stephen "Goose" Trageser did the pick thing. Check:
Pop music shares at least one uncanny thing with subatomic particles: At any given time, it’s really hard to give an accurate description of either one. Locals Sol Cat embody that spirit with their new EP, Welcome to Cowabunga, in which new-school dance grooves and dark crooning mingle with seasick Eno-phonic synths. They’ve kindly set out a smorgasbord of pop for the release party, including The Lonely Biscuits, who do a pop-soul thing you’ll dig if John Mayer and John Legend are in your wheelhouse. If they aren’t, The JAG brings swampy blues and rock, while Body of Light, centered on twin brothers Mike and Mitch Kluge, holds down the experimental electronic angle, as demonstrated on their new self-titled release. —Stephen Trageser
That one costs $8 and starts at 9 p.m. Stream Cowabunga below, or download it for $3 via Sol Cat's Bandcamp page. All right, more action after the jump.
The Thom Yorke-led, Flea-featuring supergroup Atoms for Peace hits War Memorial Auditorium tonight. Contributor Jordan Lawrence wrote us a piece on that one that focuses mostly on AFP's decision not to make their material available via streaming services like Spotify. Here's an excerpt:
"Streaming suits catalogue," Godrich offered via Twitter in July. Spotify pays out based on a percentage of the service's total streams, meaning bigger bands and labels with extensive inclusions end up making most of the money. "[It] cannot work as a way of supporting new artists' work. Spotify and the like either have to address that fact and change the model for new releases or else all new music producers should be bold and vote with their feet. They have no power without new music."
The Atoms' stand is certainly justified, but removing music from Spotify and other streaming services is tougher for up-and-comers. Throwing away the chance to reach 20 million listeners is hard to imagine when you aren't already playing to packed crowds — a reality felt by many Nashville bands.
O rly? Tickets for that one are still available, but they aren't cheap — $47.50 apiece.
Now, the Commodore Quake will be going down over at the Vanderbilt University Memorial Gymnasium, with our boy Kendrick Lamar headlining. Creamster Adam Gold wrote a pick on that one:
Kendrick Lamar might be the most vital voice in hip-hop right now — and he knows it. The West Coast MC sent shockwaves through the rap world recently when he sang a verse on the Big Sean track “Control” threatening to lyrically “murder” contemporaries Jermaine Cole, Big K.R.I.T., Pusha T, Meek Mill, A$AP Rocky, Drake, Jay Electronica, Tyler the Creator, Mac Miller, even Big Sean himself, not to mention Wale, who opens for Lamar at tonight’s Vanderbilt Commodore Quake. “What is competition? I’m trying to raise the bar high,” Lamar spit during the rant. Either that, or as Eminem might say, Lamar wants to be another rapper dead for popping off at the mouth with shit he shouldn’t have said. Anyone who saw Lamar on Bonnaroo’s main stage basking in the sound of 60,000 voices rapping along to his rhymes, or who caught the rapper when he took over War Memorial last year, can tell you what a captivating performer he is. This might be your last change to catch him while he’s still on the rise. —Adam Gold
That one starts at 8 p.m., with tickets ranging from $25 to $40.
And — keeping it diverse — let's throw in one for the metalheads. Kylesa will play tonight at Exit/In, and resident gnarly misanthrope "Bawston" Sean Maloney picked that one for us:
While our opinions may not count for much in the metal community — we’re more hipster than hesher, even if we could really use a haircut, and our favorite shirt says “Slayer” — we have got to say that the 2013 crop of progressive, heavy music is fucking killer. Leading the pack is Ultraviolet, the latest album from Savannah, Ga.’s Kylesa, which may have done more to expand metal’s horizons than any album in recent memory. Sprawling and psychedelic, Ultraviolet finds the veteran band branching out sonically and compositionally, creating songs that are as brutal as they are beautiful, pushing guitarist Laura Pleasants’ gnarly vocal stylings front and center. And while some purists may decry the more melodic and mystical bent of the material, we say fuck ’em — they don’t know how to party. —Sean L. Maloney
If you need more of an incentive for that one, listen to our metal photographer Diana "Porkchop" Zadlo, who says opening band Pinkish Black is "amazing." That one starts at 8 p.m., and tickets are $15.
If you're still not satisfied, poke around in our listings — you're bound to find something that tickles your particular fancy.