Next Big Nashville: Stuff and Such’s Choices

If I’m able to survive this upcoming week of (for a lack of a better word) bullshit, this weekend hopefully make up for it. I’ve heard good and bad things about Next Big Nashville, but since the lineup looks decent and I’m in town this time, I figured I’d give it a shot. School and stuff’s gonna make me miss Thursday night, but Friday night and Saturday night have fantastic sets. So here’s Stuff and Such’s choices for Next Big Nashville (in no particular order):

1. A Place To Bury Strangers- I’ve wanted to see this band for such a long time and it fucking kills me that I can’t catch their show on Thursday because of a Biology test on Friday. I hate being the lame ass who does that, but I can’t fuck up for a class I sleep in everyday. Anyways, blah blah blah, fuck that personal stuff. For those who are a fun of noise rock, this is a great band for you. When I first heard their self-titled, I was a little put off at how dark it was. However, after I gave it another listen, I really liked it. If the Reid brothers from The Jesus and Mary Chain had illegitimate childern who went on to form a band, I think this is what they’d sound like. If I could go, I would definitely hit this show up Thursday night.

Missing You

To Fix the Gash In Your Head

2. Diarrhea Planet- Not exactly the most pleasant name, so thank God the music is good. I saw them live back in May and they were pretty damn good. I wish I could say more, but besides their songs on their myspace ( and from what I sa2 at their show, I don’t know much more other than they are definitely a great live band worth checking out.

Ghost with a Boner

3. Jeff the Brotherhood – While I bummed I’ll be missing these dudes cause I’ll be waiting for Wavves, they’ll be playing MTSU later so I can catch them later. They’ve been gaining a lot of press attention recently and a lot of it is well deserved cause the music is great. I’ve never seen them live before, but hopefully their live setup sounds better good with two people (for failures on that aspect, check out Death From Above 1979). However, the music is good and this band is worth trying to check out. I will in 2 weeks.

You Got the Look:

Heavy Days:

4. Wavves – The reason I’m missing Jeff is for this band. For those haven’t already read my review of King of the Beach ( or any of my other stuff on Wavves, to put it simply, this band rules. I hate repeating myself, so to sum it up, Nathan Williams is the poster child for everyone who grew up smoking weed, playing guitar and watching Pauly Shore movies. Check out what all the well-deserved hype is about:

Post Acid:

No Hope Kids:

5. Pujol- I’ll admit I’m new to Pujol. They caught my attention when I heard that they were Jack White’s favorite Nashville band at the moment and that my buddy Adam is putting out one of their singles via Third Man. The brain child of Daniel Pujol is definitely one of the best punk/garagebands currently in the Nashville. I’d say they are like the bits of the Blakes, the Strokes, the Ramones (the best bits, not the shit) and the lo-fi-ness of Wavves all spliced and diced nicely together. If they have Jack’s seal of approval, you know they are worth at least a listen. They’re here to shake butts, not knock em around.

Too Safe:

Mission from God:

6. Turbo Fruits- Fronted by Jonas Stein (Be Your Own Pet), this new(er) project of his has been getting a lot of well deserved attention. Combining garage rock with elements of southern rock and cheap whiskey, the band produces a sound that simply makes you want to get down. Try listening to Want Some Mo’ or Trouble and not finding yourself nodding your head. Yeah, it’s good shit.

Mama’s Mad Cos I Fried My Brain:

Shakin All Over:

7. Heartbeater- Another local band from Nashville, this band takes pages from Sonic Youth, the Pixies and surf rock. What sold me for this band was when I first heard their song “She’s a Pistol.” Try not to like that intro lick. It’s been awhile since I’ve heard something catchy that I actually like. Their new album hasn’t come out yet, but you can buy their E.P. digitally at their and I like it a lot. Be sure to catch them at the 5 Spot.


8. Jacuzzi Boys- If you didn’t like any of the bands I listed above, you probably won’t like this one (and you yourself probably blow). The best way I can describe them is a mix of King Khan and the BBQ Show, Iggy Pop if he sang a bit higher and wasn’t AS high as he usually was and the beach. Make sense? No? Then check out the tracks below and see if you can understand what I’m saying. It’s definitely a good set to close out Next Big Nashville with. The best? Nah, but it’s better than going to watch the Pink Spiders or any of that shit.

Island Ave:

Dock Ellis:

Oh, it’s gonna be a good weekend.

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