In mid-August, the Scene's music blog Nashville Cream — the closest thing this scribe has to a beloved (if occasionally defiant and frequently snarky) child — will turn 7 years old. That's seven years — going on 9,000 posts and 54,000 comments — since Cream founder and former Scene music editor Tracy Moore promised readers a place "for expansive coverage of the ever-changing local scene." Ever-changing indeed: We've seen Nashville-dwelling rock bands go platinum, from Kings of Leon to Paramore; we've seen our music scene named the best in the country by Rolling Stone; and we've seen a hit prime-time network TV show depicting — however caricature-ish — Nashville's music scene.
That's seven years worth celebrating. So for our anniversary, in conjunction with the Scene's third annual Sounds Like Summer concert series, Nashville Cream and the Nashville Scene have put together a two-night celebration at three venues on Cannery Row: Cannery Ballroom, Mercy Lounge and The High Watt. Below you'll find rundowns for each bill at each venue for both nights. Stay tuned to NashvilleCream.com for more lineup additions.
Friday, July 19
This year, Middle Tennessean indie rockers and longtime underdogs The Features released The Features — their fourth full-length album, and their second for Kings of Leon's label, Serpents and Snakes Records. It's a characteristically excellent release, populated equally by power-pop scorchers and New Wave-recalling sonic explorations. Opening will be Bowling Green natives and psychedelic rockers Morning Teleportation — whose 2011 release Expanding Anyway was produced by Modest Mouse's Isaac Brock — and the recently revived local indie-rock wrecking crew Hotpipes. DJ Coach will spin after the bands.
We're calling Mercy Lounge the "Cream Anniversary Stage" on Friday and Saturday night, and we've filled it with a slew of Cream faves. Indie darlings Those Darlins recently wrapped up recording their highly anticipated follow-up to 2011's Screws Get Loose with noted local producer Roger Moutenot, and recent performances have been known to feature new tunes. The hardest working stoner-rock purveyors in Nashville, Turbo Fruits, are known for their high-kicking, full-throttle live show, and they've also been road-testing new material as of late. Opening will be Promised Land Sound (formerly Promised Land), who are, for our money, one of the best up-and-coming rock 'n' roll acts in Nashville, and their eponymous debut LP is out Sept. 24 via Paradise of Bachelors.
The High Watt
Friday night at The High Watt is Bowling Green Invasion Night, with performances from Kentucky-bred rock 'n' rollers including Plastic Visions, Buffalo Rodeo, The Fair-Weather Kings and J. Simon.
Saturday, July 20
Like The Features, Mississippi natives and Kings of Leon protégés The Weeks — a young crew of classic- and Southern-rock-cribbing garage rockers — released their latest, Dear Bo Jackson, via KOL's Serpents and Snakes. Similarly retro-minded Atlanta natives The Whigs — the kings of late night, it would seem, as they've played Letterman, Leno and Kimmel multiple times — have been touring on last year's Enjoy the Company. The Kingston Springs fit neatly on the bill with a high-energy set of tight and bobbing indie rock.
Saturday night on the Cream Stage, pristinely poppy New Wave revivalists How I Became the Bomb surface from the studio for a rare appearance, which they promise will feature new music along with crowd favorites. Indie songstress Tristen — still riding high on the buzz and acclaim for 2011's Charlatans at the Garden Gate — is currently closing in on the release of her long-awaited CAVES, her less-folky, more-poppy follow-up, which is slated for a late-summer/early-fall unveiling. Kyle Andrews — another practitioner of tightly arranged electro-centric pop — rounds out the bill as he celebrates the July 23 release of his latest, Brighter Than the Sun. NOISE FLOOR will DJ after the bands.
The High Watt
Hard-partying and hard-touring garage punks Bad Cop are the flagship band of local DIY label Jeffery Drag Records, and tonight they celebrate the July 23 release of their Light On EP. Former Brooklynites Clear Plastic Masks have already made a name for themselves locally as wild, blues-rooted rock 'n' rollers, and Majestico's Graham Fitzpenn has been doing the psychedelic garage rock thing — and well — since before it was cool in Nashville.