Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Wednesday Night Round-Up: Mac DeMarco (Sold Out), Violent Reaction and The Flex, Music City Roots, More

Posted By on Wed, Apr 16, 2014 at 7:25 AM

Mac DeMarco
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It's true. Moderately endowed Canadian rock 'n' roller Mac DeMarco's show tonight at Exit/In is sold out. If you snoozed and lost on tickets, that's too bad, as DeMarco's brand-new Salad Days is pretty groovy. As a matter of fact, contributor Jordan Lawrence wrote a little something about it for us. Here's an excerpt:

No, for all the buzz hailing DeMarco's recently released Salad Days as the poetic prankster's surprisingly mature second helping, this is still a 23-year-old whose own salad days are very much still at hand. He's unpacking some personal troubles — his girlfriend's since-resolved immigration issues, his own burnout from months of near-constant touring — but he expresses his angst with the same tongue-in-cheek tone that he brought to now-abandoned covers of Limp Bizkit and Metallica. "Salad days are gone," DeMarco sings, itching to deliver his punch line, "remembering things just to tell them so long."

"There was just more serious stuff happening in my life," DeMarco offers, explaining his new album's subject matter. "It's just circumstantial. Weird things happen to me, and I felt the need to write about them."

That one starts at 9 p.m., with Juan Waters and locals JP5 opening. But let's move on to something you actually have a shot at seeing.

Hardcore Brits Violent Reaction and The Flex will play tonight at the charmingly monikered Hymen House, a private residence on Heiman street. Contributor Itoro Udoko did the pick thing on that one for us. This is how it goes:

British hardcore bands Violent Reaction and The Flex have made the jump across the pond and are currently amid a six-week tour of the United States. They’re in Nashville tonight for what’s sure to be a very special show at DIY venue Hymen House, a private residence located on Heiman Street. Violent Reaction is a straight-edge band with a pretty no-frills sound: Their new 7-inch Dead End will be available on their touring dates. The Flex hails from Leeds, and their upcoming new record, Wild Stabs in the Dark, melds fast, heavy traditional hardcore with some pretty expressive power chords. The groups will be joined by local hardcore staples Enough, Jawws and Chainshot. ITORO UDOKO

That one costs $6 and starts at 7:30 p.m. More info here.

So, who's looking for the exact opposite of a DIY hardcore house show? Because I've got just the thing. John Oates in a barn. Tonight's Music City Roots installment at Loveless Cafe's Loveless Barn will feature the yacht rocker alongside Lilly Hiatt, the legendary Bo-Keys and more. Jewly Hight wrote a pick on that one. Check it:

You probably already know that Oxford American devoted its latest music issue to the state of Tennessee — and if you don’t know, you oughta. (Full disclosure: I contributed an essay about clogging with downtown Nashville’s finest drag gospel revue.) Within its 176 pages are excerpts from memoirs by Jim Dickinson and Norbert Putnam, Rosanne Cash’s musings on her Memphis and Nashville migrations, a Holly George-Warren-penned window into Alex Chilton’s muse, and a slew of other good stuff. The accompanying music compilation is stocked equally well. The spirit of it — and in some cases, the actual performers — is reflected in this Oxford American-presented Music City Roots bill. For instance, writerly roots-rock wiseass Tommy Womack’s featured on the first CD — he, Will Kimbrough, Mike “Grimey” Grimes and Tommy Meyer are dusting off the Bis-quits for this show — and the Scott Bomar-led Memphis retro-soul outfit The Bo-Keys are on CD No. 2. JEWLY HIGHT

Tonight's MCR costs $5 and starts at 7 p.m.

Over on the East Side, Bradford Lee Folk and his pals will be releasing a new record at The 5 Spot. Jon Weisberger wrote that one up. Here:

Bradford Lee Folk’s reedy, plaintive lead vocals were the most prominent feature of the Colorado-based trad-grass quintet Open Road, which cut four albums, including three for Rounder Records, in the first six years of the 21st century. The singer/songwriter/guitarist burned himself out at the end of that stretch, but after relocating to Nashville, he’s back with a new formation and a new album. His songwriting, which took something of a back seat in Open Road, is front-and-center here, and it is, if not always completely successful, never less than intriguing. On some songs, like the opening “Foolish Game of Love,” he aims for — and hits — a strongly traditional groove, while others push at the form’s conventions and sometimes leave them aside. When they work — as with the taut, convincing “Trains Don’t Lie” — they work exceedingly well, and with a solid band behind him, Folk’s clearly an artist to keep a close eye on. JON WEISBERGER

Starts at 9 p.m., costs $5. But if none of the above tickles your fancy, there's also a pretty solid local bill tonight at The Stone Fox, featuring Ben Spinks Supermelt, Kin Ship and Beef Oven. Starts at 9, costs $5, and here's the FB event page. Know of any other hip, hot, happening haps? Let us know.

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