Friday, June 6, 2014

Split Wigs Tape Release at The End Saturday, Splashville at Crying Wolf Sunday

Posted By on Fri, Jun 6, 2014 at 2:45 PM

CMA Fest is here for the weekend, and Lower Broad is brimming with bandanas, cowboy hats, tall boots and short shorts. If that doesn't sound like somewhere you want to be, you've got plenty of options this weekend, including a couple of commendable shows that somehow didn't make it through our filter.

First up is Saturday night's release show for Split Wigs' inaugural cassette on Rhed Rholl Recordings. RR chief Thomas Nyström was pretty psyched about this one when I talked to him a couple of weeks ago, but knowing the vagaries of delivery dates when you're dealing with physical media, didn't have a specific release date to report. Physical copies of the quartet's debut EP Reservoir Park have arrived (see the art above), chock-full of garage energy, psych riffage and some unexpected directions. Their compact songs are decidedly not "jammy," but several of them feature cool composed sections, little instrumental gems that are worth exploring on a repeat listen. The shred-pop demons of Roadblock will be there to light the candles on the cake, as well as Of Archers, Couched and The Royal Family, and DJs from Outside the Circle will keep things moving. Doors are at 8 p.m., and the cover is your standard five bucks. You can also keep up with 'em on Facebook.

Lazy summer Sundays seem purpose-built for the pool party. Don't have a pool, and not interested in crashing some random apartment complex's digs? Splashville in Nashville brings a bunch of kiddie pools and a water slide to The Crying Wolf, along with some solid bands and DJs and a few pop-up boutique booths. The swell outdoor brunch alternative starts at noon with bikini yoga, if that sounds like something you're into, followed by DJ sets from Summer Wolf, Spice J and QDP's LaForce, sprinkled between sets from The Beech Benderts, Meth Dad and Tipper Whore (don't sleep on their new LP, we told you it's good!). An as-yet unnamed Special Guest will close out the clambake with a set from 5-6 p.m. The soiree is a freebie, but there will be alcohol, so it's a 21-and-up affair. Make sure to bring your sunscreen! And a towel.

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