Lambchop Perform Nixon: Mary Mancini for State Senate Benefit

When: Tue., July 15, 7 & 9 p.m. 2014

Way back in January, Merge Records reissued Nixon, the landmark 2000 release by Kurt Wagner’s Nashville-residing indie-rock/alt-country stalwarts Lambchop. It was also announced that Nashville’s self-pronounced “most fucked-up country band” would play the record in its entirety on two occasions: Wednesday, July 23, at the Merge 25 Festival in Durham, N.C., and Thursday, July 21,​ ​at the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago. Until, that is, news came along less than one month ago that Lambchop would tack two more front-to-back performances of Nixon onto the agenda: 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. July 15 at The Basement. Now, if The Basement seems like an exceptionally small venue for a band that has headlined London’s Royal Albert Hall … well, it is a bit. The show will serve as a fundraising event for Wagner’s wife, Mary Mancini, who is running for state senate. Still, hot a show as this one is, tickets were still remaining as of the Scene’s press time, and this is a pretty special opportunity to see a band that has since become a Nashville institution playing one of the most lush, smart, evocative, ambitious and unlikely records ever to come out of Music City. D. PATRICK RODGERS

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