I won't be so bold as to name one show in particular as The Show of the Year. But if The Spin is to be believed — and why wouldn't you believe The Spin! — then I'd say Nashville's Dead's third birthday back in September ranks awfully damn high. Alongside West Coast rock 'n' rollers Thee Oh Sees and The Ty Segall Band and Tennessean garage punks Gnarwhal, Useless Eaters and Ex-Cult, proto-punky Cream faves D. Watusi played a set that doubled as their debut LP's unveiling ceremony. Dark Party — which you can stream all of below — is an excellent and surprisingly diverse slab of rock 'n' roll, but the limited-edition physical copies unleashed at that show in September swiftly ran out.
According to Nashville's Dead, however, there will be more copies "very soon." Along with fellow throwback rockers Ranch Ghost, the Watoos will open up for The King Khan and BBQ Show Monday, Dec. 3, at Exit/In — I wrote a Critic's Pick on that one, since you asked. Have a look at a Jen Uman-shot D. Watusi performance from that Zombie Shop/ND Anniversary show above. That tune is so new, as it happens, that it isn't even on Dark Party. Oh also, since it's semi-relevant, the NEW Zombie Shop will host their first official show tomorrow night, with The Ettes, Blackfoot Gypsies and more. There's a pick for that, too.