Weekend Round-Up: Radical H8 Style

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An artists rendering of Armed Forces Naked Without Us set
  • An artist's rendering of Armed Forces' Naked Without Us set

You guys following along on this old-fashioned, free-for-all of a comment thread regarding Armed Forces' performance at Exit/In Wednesday night? Good stuff. I unfortunately missed the debacle in question, because I was attending a show at Melrose Billiards. Did you know Melrose Billiards has shows now? Bands set up way in the back, behind the ping-pong tables. Past the smoke, it actually makes for a relatively solid venue locale.

Anyhow, Rites of Spring kicks off at Vanderbilt today with a battle of local bands, Drake, Phoenix and more. Naked Without Us rages on through the weekend at multiple venues, Warthog's playing a very worthy benefit, Peelander-Z and Aretha are both in town, and sprightly little scribe David Sedaris is appearing at the Ryman. How's that for diversity?! Have a look at this weekend's best after the jump, and let us know what we missed. Stay radical.

Friday:

* Rites of Spring feat. Drake, Phoenix, Cold War Kids, Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars & more at Vandy

* Forrest Bride w/Devon Sproule & The Young Republic at The 5 Spot

* David Sedaris at The Ryman

* Mundell Lowe at the Nashville Jazz Workshop (also playing Saturday)

* Chicken Ranch Records Nite feat. The Clutters, We Were the States, Tiger Tiger & Luke and the Late Nights at The Basement

* The Used at Cannery Ballroom

* Matthew Perryman Jones w/Joshua James at Exit/In

* Naked Without Us Fashion and Music Festival feat. JEFF the Brotherhood, The Effects, DJ Coach & more at Mercy Lounge

* Hank Williams Jr. at Bridgestone Arena

The rest is here.


Saturday:

* Rites of Spring feat. Ben Harper and Relentless7, Passion Pit, Melanie Fiona, Doug E. Fresh, J.J. Grey and Mofro & more at Vandy

* Brooks Family Benefit feat. Warthog (Ramones Tribute) & Dan Halen (Van Halen Tribute) at The Basement

*Help for Haiti Benefit feat. TomFoolery and MaxZine, Megan Macaraeg, Melisa Gordan, Chicken Little & Helen Keller’s Ukulele at Little Hamilton

* Manuel's Birthday Party feat. Marty Stuart and his Fabulous Superlatives, Rosie Flores, Paul Burch, Mia Calderon, Danny Salazar, The LoCash Cowboys & Benita Hill

* Ray Stevens at the Country Music Hall of Fame

* The 3rd Annual River Road Bluegrass Festival feat. David Grier, Bearfoot, The Matt Flinner Trio, and Dehlia Low at Norm’s River Road House

* Naked Without Us Fashion and Music Festival feat. De Novo Dahl, The Honeymoon Thrillers & more at Mercy Lounge

* Harrison Hudson w/Milktooth, The Judies & Molly Pardon at The 5 Spot

* Old Union at Exit/In

* Weedeater w/Zopticon, Across Tundras, Evil Bebos & Rintrah at The Muse

The rest is here.


Sunday:

* Aretha Franklin at The Ryman (sold out)

* Peelander-Z w/The Man Power & Tim Chad and Sherry at Exit/In

The rest is here.

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