Looks like they aren’t quite ready to turn the lights out in Detroit, after all. Jessica Hernandez and the Deltas' emergence from that city, with a sound that borrows from its past and moves straight into the present without owing a thing to Motown or Kick Out the Jams, demonstrates what huge potential exists in that scene. The High Watt. You just might kick yourself, somewhere down the line, if you miss this one. The Silver Palms and The Electric Hearts open.
Here’s the rundown for tonight’s shows, assuming no weather-related cancellations. Use your Nashville.Net iPhone app to call clubs and double-check.
The High Watt: Hoots and Hellmouth – um, wow. If Morrissey ever wanted to be in a countryish band, I think this is exactly what it would have sounded like. Holy Ghost Tent Revival opens. They’re a 6-piece band from Greensboro, NC and they bring a whole new blend of Dixieland, Folk and horn-driven vibes to the table.
Exit/In, get all trippy with Dax Riggs. Dax was in the thrash-metal scene for years, before moving to Austin. The music’s a little more tempered now, but he still has song titles like “Terrors in the Night Life” (GoT, anyone?) and “I Hear Satan” in the mix. If you were ever a a Julian Cope fan, you’ll like this one.
At 12th & Porter, Nashville’s synth-poppers and Lollapalooza veterans Machines Are People Too are headlining the late show. Belmont grads The Lonely Biscuits open the show.
Wow, this week started off slowly but tonight it picks up. At the Loveless Cafe Barn, there’s a stellar line-up for tonight’s Music City Roots: Nashville’s electro-pop sweetheart Tristen and hillbilly performance poet Minton Sparks are joined by Northerners Deer Tick & Deep Dark Woods. Also on the bill is newly-formed Sheriff Scott & the Deputies.
Della Mae emerged from the bluegrass scene late 2012/early 2013 to rave notices and they’re at the Station Inn tonight.
San Franciscans Leopold and His Fiction echo one of the Bay Area’s 1960s greats, bringing Jorma-era Jefferson Airplane to mind. That’s a High Watt happening.
Finally, there’s a guitar guy playing at Bridgestone Arena named John Mayer, who you might want to go check out
The hottest show anywhere, tonight, has been sold out for weeks. The BBC picked Glasgow’s Chvrches as a Sound of 2013 for their sparkly synth-pop and thoughtful lyrics. Expect them to play a much larger venue than Exit/In next time.
Remember when the most credible musicians came with social consciousness? Tonight’s a flashback at Mercy Lounge. Thanks in part to growing up around the international melting pot of Brixton, the neighborhood south of London that was so inspirational to the Clash, The Melodic mixes its brand of polite-sounding folk with way South-of-the-border accents to delightful results. While singing about victims of Salvadoran death squads. No kidding. Opener Vikesh Kapoor spent time apprenticed to a Boston stone mason before embarking on a music career that led him to, among other things, to a performance at the Howard Zinn’s (A Peoples’ History of the United States) funeral.
If you’d rather not think about it all that much, head upstairs to the High Watt for London Souls, who are actually from NYC and may have just the tiniest amount of Bolan envy.