by Steve Haruch
Well, shit. Normally, you'd say that too many highly attendable shows in one night would be a good problem to have, wouldn't you? And you'd be right, normally, this being Nashville, most skipped-over city in Middle Tennessee and all. But tonight's a tough call, because you've got no less than three incredibly worthy lineups vying for your attention, what little is left of it after all that C-SPAN last night.
Over at Mercy Lounge, there's the most important musical event in the whole world since the last one and until the next, that being the hotly anticipated, highly contested, vote-rigging-conspiracy-theory-generating mortally wounding competition known as Road to Bonnaroo. If you read this here blog, you're probably familiar.
Here's what D. Patrick had to say about it in this week's glossy:
With Conan O'Brien recently announced as the Roo's comedy headliner, this year's lineup is looking more and more promising as the weeks go by. Despite strong showings from a diverse stable of artists at last month's local Road to Bonnaroo competition -- not to mention some impressively engineered laser-robot suits sported by Moon Taxi -- local new wave/dancy indie-pop outfit The Non-Commissioned Officers took home the gold, meaning they're the first of four local bands to be offered a spot at Manchester, Tenn.'s most swingin' event of 2010. Well, round two of BMI's notoriously competitive Road to Bonnaroo series at Mercy Lounge is upon us, meaning we're about to throw one more local act into the mix. This week's bill includes frontrunners and heralded synth-pop masterminds How I Became the Bomb, fellow Holly House Collective members Shoot the Mountain and Tristen -- an indie-rock power trio and an idiosyncratic folk-pop songstress, respectively -- frantic rockabilly troupe Hillbilly Casino, pop rockers Brenn and Modoc (a la Kings of Leon) and relative newcomers The Kicks and Tessla Rossa. As always, the 8 off 8th is free, but last month's show reached capacity pretty swiftly. Show up early.
Maybe you've had enough democracy for one week. Maybe something's telling you NOT to go to RTB tonight. Maybe you just want to rock out. Well, the Rock Block's got what you need. Over at The End, the Jersey shore invades in the form of surfy indie-rockers Real Estate and the most hippest record labelists in the five boroughs, Woods. They'll be joined by locals And the Relatives (congrats to our caption contest winners, btw). This'll be like a little slice of SXSW, without the drive or the hula-hooping.
Not leastly, The Basement plays host to Miles Kurosky, formerly of Beulah and presently the most owl-armed man in America, playing a mix of his new solo stuff and whatever Beulah songs people on Facebook have requested. Read Lance Conzett's preview feature here and complete interview with Mr. Kurosky here, head down to the show at 9 p.m. Duquette Johnston opens.
It may be a while before it's this hard to pick a show for the night. Well, until tomorrow, maybe (Awesome Color/Tyvek v. Hockey v. We Are Scientists).