I screwed up and didn't sneak 'em into this week's Critics' Picks
as I should have, but I want to offer a humble recommendation that you check out instrumental rock quintet Saxon Shore
, who will be coming to town Friday. This is sweeping, swooping, surging, emotional music that lifts you up, flies you over a few mountains, knocks the wind out of you and finally sets you down safely. Go here
and have a listen to a few tracks from their new album, The Exquisite Death of Saxon Shore
(produced by Flaming Lips/Sleater-Kinney knob-twiddler Dave Fridmann), if you don't believe me. They're playing at The End at 8 PM Friday evening, along with Anathallo
and Forget Cassettes
(it's the latter's final Nashville show of the year, btw).