Our favorite weekend of the season is upon us! Starting tonight at 9 pm, East Nashville Underground's spring lineup hits the East Room for their last festival weekend in the two-story venue on Gallatin Road. Tonight starts strong with the Kicks and the Weeks headlining, and the weekend has no intention of slowing down, with Erin McCarley and Alyssa Bonagura headlining the Saturday day show and the Kingston Springs and Chancellor Warhol taking the big spots for the night show.
In the past, we've spared no expense fawning over the Corders and their independent festival that started in a basement, so there's no doubt that you're in for a wild ride this weekend. For the price of a wristband, you get two nights (and one day!) of rad music, free drinks, and a $1 candy buffet (where you'll find me, hi). If you haven't pre-ordered your day pass or wristband, be sure to show up early to get in, and we can't wait to see all of your sweaty, happy faces tonight at the East Room!
Let the games begin...
Friday NIGHT (May 10, doors at 9pm, to 3am) EVAN P. DONAHUE
THE YOUNG INTERNATIONAL
THE KICKS (headliner)
THE WEEKS (headliner)
BANG OK BANG
Saturday Bands + Brunch + Beer ("the day show") (May 11, 1pm to 8pm)
BEARS OF BLUE RIVER
NATALIE PRASS (headliner)
ERIN MCCARLEY (headliner)
JUSTIN KALK ORCHESTRA
Saturday NIGHT (May 11, doors at 9pm, to 3am)
BRANDON JAZZ & HIS ARMED FORCES
CHANCELLOR WARHOL (headliner)
THE KINGSTON SPRINGS (headliner)
DJ JAZZY JAZZ
Nick Scalise and Gregory Shanahan (aka Bestfriends) recently released a new single called "A-Sides". The tracks delve even deeper into the duo's love from shimming '80's electro-pop, and improve upon what the started last year with their debut ep.
We’re getting closer to Memorial Day Weekend, which is traditionally considered the beginning of summer and trips to the beach. Well, tonight you can party like you’re taking a summer vacay at Underground Arts for Vacationer’s Nude Beach Party. The dream-pop crew will be headlining their continuing event as well as spinning some tunes once again this evening, and they’ve assembled a truly rad lineup with rising Deli Philly fave sex-pop outfit, Night Panther, and former Deli NYC cover guys and gal, Body Language, providing the type of jams that will get the crowd shedding off some clothes and showing some skin. It’s definitely a party weekend, and now, you know where to start it off right! Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill St., 9pm, $8 adv/$10 door, 21+ - Q.D. Tran
Other things happening this warm and possibly wet weekend…
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI Little Big League, SUN Lockets, Acres of Diamonds
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI (Upstairs) The Mighty Paradocs, Revolution, I Love You, RoseMary Fiki, SAT (Downstairs) The Whips, (Upstairs) Ape!, The Cloth, Tile, Killer of Sheep, SUN Le YIKES Surf Club, The Eeries, Mike Bell & The Movies
Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) FRI Vacationer, Night Panther, SAT Boris Garcia, Reverend TJ McGlinchey
Union Transfer (1024 Spring Garden St.) SAT The Ocean Blue, Riverisde, Don Peris
Art Star Craft Bazaar (Penn’s Landing) SAT Gretchen Lohse, Kwesi Kankam, Grubby Little Hands, Joey Sweeney & Long Hair Arkestra, The Bailey Hounds, Arrah and the Ferns, SUN The Spinning Leaves, Cherokee Red, All Boy All Girl, Katie Frank & The Pheremones, The Fleeting Ends, TJ Kong and the Atomic Bomb
North Star Bar (2639 Poplar St.) FRI Good Graces, Pulling Punches, Only On Weekends
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI A Day Without Love, Parple, Last Full Measure, When Ships Collide, SAT Gianna's Sweet Debut, No Stranger' Griz, Hatchets & Hammers, Vilebred, Highkick, SUN Milhaus, The Electric Menace
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI Cabin Dogs, SAT Center City Jazz Festival
Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI Needle Points, Bridge Underwater, Ang & The Damn Band, SAT (Early) The Bigness, (Late) Barakka
San Francisco based electro pop femme fatal musician, Violent Vickie has released a new single. This aggressive pop punk song entitled, Men, is a track from full legnth album, Monster's Alley, which is a collection off kilter and uniquely composed electronic tracks that will attract riot grrrls and punk rockers alike. Violent Vickie is currently playing live in the United States and Europe.
Violent Vickie Tour Dates:
May 17 -Oakland @ RCA (Scream Queens Fest)
May 19 - @ El Rio – San Francisco, CA
June 28-30-Belligham, WA (Fempowerment Festival)
June-Olympia, PDX, Seattle—TBA
July 24 – Heldne Bar – Zurich
July 28 – Pork – Berlin
August 2 – Bar 122 – Huddersfield, UK
August 3 – TBA – Manchester
August 4 – TBA – London
August 5 – Riots Not Diets – Brighton, UK
San Francisco based indie psych, chamber pop band, The Visibles are releasing a new self titled/self recorded album this month. This ecelctic, genre bending band exudes a Beatle-esque sound with folk pop aesthetics. The new album sounds great and is produced well. You can attain this new record digitally on Itunes and Amazon on May 13th, and the album will be available on vinyl on May 22nd of this year.
You can also catch The Visibles live at Brick and Mortar Music Hall in San Francisco on May 22nd.
There’s a big summer brewing for Post Post alums Little Big League, who recently announced that they will be part of the Tiny Engines (Restorations, Tigers Jaw, Dikembe) lineage and that the indie label will be releasing their debut LP These Are Good People, which was produced by Craig Hendrix. And if the single My Very Own You is any indication, things should be heating up for the local four-piece. Tonight’s show at Johnny Brenda’s will be a great time to catch the band and preview some new tunes, especially since they’ll be opening for shred queen (and rock 'n' roll crush to many) Marnie Stern. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford St., 9pm, $12, 21+ - Bill McThrill
Under the guise Port St Willow, native New Yorker Nicholas Principe creates spacious, ambient music led by roving guitar lines and the artist's lingering falsetto, all showcased on his fine debut full-length record Holiday. The record's conception was inspired by a three year period living in the Pacific Northwest, and the region's grand, mountainous terrain seeps into the compositions which veer from soaring anthems to crushing ballads, all of which is draped in layers of atmospheric resonance as Principe assembles his arrangements with meticulous care. Met by critics with rapturous approval, the album has recently been re-released by Downtown Records with new 25 minute composition "Soft Light Rush" as a companion piece. - Read Dean Van Nguyen's interview with Nicholas Principe here.
Brooklyn's Vassals released their first full length "In My Dreams I Am A Sailor" this past fall. Stand out tracks like "Informers" utilize sparse bass guitar patterns and tom tom driven beats, allowing for a change to clearly understand the vocals. Singing about "ghosts" by way of their "father," the song builds from quiet levels to a bombastic finish. Another track we like, "Dark Circles" initially moves things into further solemn ground, before (again) rising to a dramatic sonic peak. There are references to "dead little stars" that "used to burn so bright." "Tambourines" presents itself as a start-to-finish rave up rocker, and finding the album title embedded within these lyrics positions it as a signature track. Album closer "The River" makes effective use of bended guitar notes to create a sonic image of water in motion. - Read Dave Cromwell's interview with the bands here.
Local rock trio Sherman recently dropped their new album Ghosts on Grass. With each spin, we are hearing elements of Dire Straits, Pink Floyd, The War on Drugs and a whole bunch of other artists that you'll most likely find in our collections. So obviously, we're digging it! Take a listen for yourself below.