by Adam Gold
First off, David Byrne and St. Vincent are headed for The Ryman Oct. 2. The cross-generational art-rock pair are touring in support of Love This Giant, the LP they collaborated on, which is slated for a Sept. 11 release via 4AD/TodoMundo. Check out the album’s track listing, cover art and opening track via download here. Like what you see? Like what you hear? Tickets are $49.50 and go on sale next Friday, June 22 here.
The dream of the ’90s is alive in Nashville, at least musically speaking. Here on the Cream we’ve already announced on-horizon Nashville dates from Built To Spill, Sebadoh, Fiona Apple and Godspeed! You Black Emperor. Well, former 120 Minutes viewers (raises hand), add Dinosaur Jr., Shonen Knife and … wait for it … Archers of Loaf to the list of Nashville-bound golden-era indie-rock gods.
That’s right. According to an announcement sent out by Mercy Lounge this morning, J Mascis & Co. will hit the Cannery Row club on Monday, Oct. 1, while touring in support of their forthcoming 10th LP, I Bet on Sky, which drops Sept. 18 via Jagjaguwar. (Seriously, the indie-rock oldies circuit has got Lou Barlow busier than a crosswalk in Times Square.) If I Bet … is anywhere near as good as Dino J’s previous pair of stellar post-reunion LPs, 2007’s Beyond and 2009’s Farm, then the band won’t even need to play the classics to make this show rule. Tickets are $20 in advance and go on sale next Friday, June 22. Pick up yours at Grimey’s, The Groove, Parlour & Juke Salon or right here.
In Related News: There will be no 8 off 8th at Mercy Lounge on Oct. 1.
Finally! The best thing to come out of North Carolina since Krispy Kreme (and Superchunk and Polvo, arguably), Archers of Loaf have solidified a Nashville date on their sporadic reunion jaunt that’s been underway since last summer. According to another announcement Mercy Lounge sent out this morning, Southern indie rock’s favorite sonically fucked-up sons will stick a pin in the club’s backbone on Aug. 18. Tickets are $18 in advance and go on sale this Friday. Pick up yours at … betcha can’t guess where … Grimey’s, The Groove, Parlour & Juke Salon or right here, naturally. And stay tuned for some other exciting info pertaining to this show that we might (just maybe) announce in the days to come.
Oh yeah, and Shonen Knife plays Exit/In Aug. 19. White Mystery is opening.
Get reacquainted with your inner chicken for $10 in advance here. Also, and not to ask for too much in life, but the reunited Chavez are playing Pitchfork Festival next month. Would a Nashville appearance be too much to wish for?
Are Shonen Knife, Dino J and Archers a little loud for your taste? Fear not: Grizzly Bear is coming to The Ryman Sept. 18. RAWR! Tickets for that audiophillic, bookish serenade are $35 (i.e., the price of, like, 15 cups of coffee) and are currently on sale here.
Here’s some exciting news: Die Antwoord is returning to Nashville. (Talk about burying the lede, right?) The wonderfully grotesque part rap-rave duo, part dildo-wielding performance art ambassadors of South African zef culture (here’s a primer if you're confused) will transform Marathon Music Works into an intercontinental house of trashy, over-sized clothes, terrifying haircuts, Pink Floyd boxer shorts, munchkin-voiced rhymes and other hilarious horrors on Oct. 19. Tickets are a totally-worth-it $22-$25 and go on sale next Friday, June 22, here.
And lastly, our comrades over at Nashville's Dead have a birthday coming up. Yup, Ben Todd & Associates' terrible twos are over, and on Sept. 20 their local rock blog/label is celebrating its third birthday in style, with a rock 'n' roll bash at Zombie Shop that will feature World's Greatest Contemporary Rock Band candidate Thee Oh Sees, Ty Segall and more. This will be Thee Oh Sees' first visit to Nashville and, if I may say so myself, it's about fucking time. Putrifiers II, the band's next LP, drops Sept. 11. Nashville's Dead even has a track from the record up for preview. Check that out, along with show info and cover art, here.
Below is a list of upcoming local shows by noteworthy national acts spanning the rest of the summer and into the fall. Did I miss anything? Well then let me know in the comments. Check out venue sites for more info.
Richard Lloyd at The High Watt, June 18
Roger Waters: The Wall Live at Bridgestone Arena, June 19
Of Montreal w/Yip Deceiver & Chappo at Cannery Ballroom, June 20
ZZ Top w/3 Doors & Gretchen Wilson at Bridgestone Arena, June 20 (It’s recommended you get there late.)
Yeasayer w/Delicate Steve at Cannery Ballrooom, June 22
Tenacious D at The Ryman, June 23
Dan Sartain w/Phil Hummer and the White Falcons at The End, June 23
Norah Jones at The Ryman, June 24
Explosions in the Sky at The Ryman, June 27
Def Leppard w/Poison and Lita Ford at Bridgestone Arena, July 3
King Tuff w/Natural Child & Birdcloud at The Stone Fox (venue opening), July 12
James Taylor at Bridgestone Arena, July 12
Fiona Apple at The Ryman, July 13
Fruit Bats at The High Watt, July 14
Neon Trees at Cannery Ballroom, July 14
Wye Oak at Mercy Lounge, July 15
The Passion Pit w/Future Islands & Kishi Bashi at Marathon Music Works, July 16
Kaskade at Limelight, July 16
Death Cab for Cutie w/Surfer Blood at The Ryman, July 17
The Gaslight Anthem at Mercy Lounge, July 18
Jackson Brown at The Ryman, July 18
Jonny Corndawg w/Chris Scruggs & Jill Andrews at Mercy Lounge, July 20
The Casualties at Exit/In, July 21 (lol)
Rod Stewart & Stevie Nicks at Bridgestone Arena, July 24
Old Crow Medicine Show at The Woods at Fontanel, July 28
Drivin’ N’ Cryin’ at Exit/In, July 28
The Black Angels w/Night Beats at Exit/In, August 10
The Dirty Projectors at Cannery Ballroom, August 13
Sebadoh at Mercy Lounge, August 14
Archers of Loaf at Mercy Lounge, August 18
Bonobo at Cannery Ballroom, August 18
Shonen Knife w/White Mystery, August 19 at Exit/In
The B-52s at The Ryman, August 25
Meat Loaf at The Ryman, August 29
KISS and Motely Crue at Bridgestone Arena, September 4
Dan Deacon at Exit/In, September 4
Dead Can Dance at The Ryman, September 4
Built To Spill w/Helvetia & Sister Crayon at Exit/In, September 14
Metric at The Ryman, September 14
Beach House at Marathon Music Works, September 15
Grizzly Bear at The Ryman, September 18
Nashville’s Dead’s We Three! We Three! We Three! Bash Featuring Thee Oh Sees, Ty Segall & more at The Zombie Shop, September 20
The Walkmen at Cannery Ballroom, September 27
Dinosaur Jr. at Mercy Lounge, October 1
David Byrne & St. Vincent at The Ryman, October 2
Gotye at The Ryman, October 3
Grimes at Mercy Lounge, October 3
First Aid Kit w/Dylan LeBlanc at 3rd & Lindsley, October 5
The Shins at The Ryman, October 7
Bombay Bicycle Club w/Vacationer at Exit/In, October 7
Godspeed You! Black Emperor at Cannery Ballroom, October 12
Die Antwoord at Marathon Music Works, October 19
Dr. Dog at Marathon Music Works, November 17