Now that Live on the Green season is underway, it might become easy to overlook the
increasing onslaught of touring acts coming through Nashville in the months of August and early September, but no need to fret, my dear reader, as we’ve got yet another full week’s slate of shows. This week sees everyone from the sweet timbre-d Corinne Bailey Rae to indie-phenomenon Lucy Dacus make their way into our fair city, including a jam packed Tuesday night at the Cannery compound, along with a whole slew of other great shows happening in and around town.
Late edition of the Weekly Agenda – Internet issues, my bad to the Monday night set(s) – so let’s jump in:
Omni with Daddy Issues & JP5 at The End, 8/15
A little bit of local action tied into a touring show to ease you into the week of decidedly non-Nashville shows. Omni hail from Atlanta, but they “vibe” well with many a Nashville band, as they will Monday night, sharing a bill with local DIY heroines Daddy Issues and JP5. Expect a lot of spacey guitar and post-punk personality throughout the evening. Show at 9. $8 DOS.
Corinne Bailey Rae at Cannery Ballroom, 8/16
Corinne Bailey Rae is one of those acts that comes out to fanfare and continues to quietly (but steadily) cultivate her following along with consistently putting out solid records (and receiving proper recognition in the forms of Mercury Prizes and Grammys). Bailey Rae is touring in support of her third full-length record, The Heart Speaks in Whispers. Show at 7:30. $35 DOS.
The Julie Ruin at Mercy Lounge, 8/16
Straight out of Greenpoint, Brooklyn and headed by Kathleen Hanna take their synth-fi tunage to Mercy Lounge this Tuesday. The band is touring in support of their 2016 release, Hit Reset, so expect a lot of airy chorus backed by pop-punk guitar and synth beams. Show at 8. $18 DOS.
Kyle Craft at The High Watt, 8/16
Ragtime rock. You might be familiar with the genre – as it’s only uses have been for drummer Daniel Glass’ educational DVD on the evolution of music in the past 100 years – but its an excellent descriptor for Sub Pop youngblood Kyle Craft’s brand of musical making. Craft is touring in support of his solid debut LP, Dolls of Highland, which could liken him to Mika’s grungy younger brother who watched way too many Bowie videos. Show at 10. $10 DOS.
Kree Harrison at The Basement East, 8/16
The first of a few album release shows this week, Kree Harrison is headlining her the show in support of the release of her LP, This Old Thing. The LP marks Harrison’s first full-length album, and touts a number of excellent individual tracks, including “Dead Man’s House,” that features a Delta soul crunch mixed with a funky grunge vibe that laughs in the face of country song-writing conformity. Show at 7. FREE
Daniella Mason at Mercy Lounge, 8/17
The second album release show of the week, this time from Daniella Mason. She’s been hard at work writing her newest eponymous EP, which will undoubtedly showcase her skill as one of Nashville’s finest pop songwriters. Mason will have support from Wave & Rome and Kingsbury throughout the night. Show at 8. $10 DOS.
EZTV at The End, 8/18
Heady pop music is hard to come by these days, but Ezra Tenenbaum has managed to exceed any and all pop music pretense through EZTV’s early run as a band. A three piece that includes Michael Stasiak and Shane O’Connell, the band is doing a brief tour run in support of Jenny Lewis as well as a handful of stops with local heroes, Lionlimb. They’ll be going up against their tour cohort Jenny Lewis this particular night, as she’ll be playing at Live on the Green, so if you’re not feeling the crowds of LOTG, then EZTV is the “EZ” choice (okay, sorry about that). Show at 9. $8 DOS.
Butch Walker at Cannery Ballroom, 8/19
Imagine if the movie Drive had happened in Nashville rather than Los Angeles – who would be the Nashville equivalent to Ryan Gosling’s “the driver?” I don’t know – Charles Esten? – anyway, Butch Walker’s upcoming LP Stay Gold would be the soundtrack to the Nashville-version of Drive. Walker is playing a headlining spot at Cannery Ballroom to preview the album in anticipation for its 8/26 release. Show at 8. $25 DOS.
Lucy Dacus at The Basement, 8/19
I know its not like Courtney Barnett has been around forever, but if we ever start looking for the heir apparent to Barnett’s sad-fi folk rock throne, we’ve found her – its Lucy Dacus. One of the buzzier acts on the tour circuit this year, Dacus is touring in support of her excellent debut record No Burden. This is a show you’ll want to check out if you’re someone who wants to be able to say you saw her first. Show at 9. $12 DOS.
Modern Inventors at The Basement, 8/20
Modern Inventors are a local group by way of Philly, and they’re playing one of their first headlining shows in Nashville. If you’re looking for a point of reference of their sound, think Tame Impala with a little more chillwave enthusiasm, or just listen to their most recent single, “Closer” which features long time Jack White drummer Daru Jones. Show at 9. $10 DOS.
Carl Broemel and Sun Seeker at The Basement East, 8/20
For the uninitiated, you might best know Carl Broemel from his time spent in My Morning Jacket, but he’s actually been doing some solo stuff for a little while too, releasing his last solo record in 2010. His upcoming full-length LP is entitled 4th of July, which he’s currently touring in support of. Broemel will have support from local dudes Sun Seeker as well. Show at 9. $15 DOS.