Spring is officially, calendrically (that's a word) less than a month off, and you know what that means for your concert calendar: It means that, not only will monsters of pop, post-punk, once-good indie rock and mope be rolling through town, but also that some super-radical mid-level bands will be filling up Music City venues in the coming months.
As a matter of fact, in the weeks leading up to industry smorgasbord SXSW, the show announcements come at such a feverishly relentless pace that it can become difficult to keep up with all of them. So what I'm saying is, follow me after the jump to see a quick rundown of concert announcements that have landed in the ol' Cream inbox today.
Karmin, April 17 at Cannery Ballroom
Fans of genre-bending pop (their words, not mine) rejoice: Boston duo Karmin, who, to my ears, sound a bit like a not-totally-good Nicki Minaj, will hit Cannery Ballroom on April 17. That's the same night Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band will play Bridgestone Arena. Decisions!
Tickets for Karmin at Cannery are on sale now (for $18) at this link.
Jessica Lea Mayfield, May 2 at Mercy Lounge
You guys remember indie-rock songstress Jessica Lea Mayfield, who has more than a few ties to Music City. She recorded her forthcoming record Make My Head Sing … (out April 15 via ATO) at Club Roar here in Nashville, and her upcoming tour will bring her to Mercy Lounge shortly thereafter. Mayfield will play the Lounge with Dylan LeBlanc on May 2, and tickets are available for $12 right here. Hear her brand-new tune "I Wanna Love You" below.
Tegan and Sara, May 12 at Marathon Music Works
Last time totally solid sibling duo Tegan and Sara came through Nashville, it was an opening gig for dork-pop try-hards fun. Fortunately, when they come through town in support of their upcoming 19-date Let's Make Things Physical Tour, they will be fun.-less. The sisters Quin will play Marathon Music Works on May 12, and tickets for that go on sale this Friday, Feb. 28, at 10 a.m. via this link. The Courtneys and Lucius will appear in support.
Manchester Orchestra, May 31 at Cannery Ballroom
Man, this one came along after I'd already started in on this post. That's how rapidly these things are flying at us. Anyhow, Manchester Orchestra — who I once referred to as "by-the-books, sentimental indie rock" — will release their Cope on April 1, and they'll hit Nashville's Cannery Ballroom just two months after that. Tickets for MO's May 31 show at Cannery Ballroom are available for $19 via this link.
Sharon Van Etten, June 21 at Exit/In
Good Shit Alert! MTSU alum Sharon Van Etten will release her Are We There May 27 via Jagjaguwar, and her ensuing tour will bring her back to Middle Tennessee on June 21. Tickets for that one go on sale tomorrow, Feb. 26, at 10 a.m. via this link. And now, since we're done here, check out Van Etten's Are We There album trailer: