Rocking rock shows tonight

July 23rd, 2010 · 3 Comments · By

I’m at Whartscape in Baltimore, getting ready to run out the door and see like 500 bands today, so I gotta make this lightning fast. I’ll try to report back on what’s good here, or better yet, bring some of them to town real soon! But for now, what you need to know is: there’s a couple real good shows tonight that you should check out.

For starters, there’s three bands at the Tea Bazaar: Heavy Cream, Nurse Beach, and Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling.

Heavy Cream are a true garage-rock act from Nashville and have toured with some bands of a similar ilk you may know: JEFF the Brotherhood and Natural Child (who are here a week from today) to name a couple. Internet buzz is that Heavy Cream really impressed folks in Harrisonburg at a house show last night.

Nurse Beach are a rad new C’ville band, and James has some nice things to say about them from a previous Nailgun thread:

“Nurse Beach have grown by leaps and bounds since I last saw them a few months ago (which was in fact their most recent show, and their first with Kevin on drums). They’ve eliminated the drum machine and the guitar entirely, and now it’s just heavy driving drums, sturdy bass, spooky keyboard loops and screaming. It was a really, really solid set, much heavier and more raw and pleasingly artsy-aggro than anything else I’ve heard from these folks in their various other bands… Nurse Beach has definitely become a band I’m super-psyched to hear more from in the future.”

Finally, leading off the night, is Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling, from Boston, who were sort of tacked on the bill last minute. They’re basically the opposite of their awkward band name, in fact a straight-forward garage rock duo. I’d like to say more about this and the other bands as well, but I’m a bit under the gun, so I’ll move on. This one is $5, at 9PM.

Check. Out. This. Flyer.

HEAVY CREAM w/ Nurse Beach + Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling

Another hot ticket tonight is over at The Southern. Corsair is playing — I’m going to assume that by now most or all of you know and love Corsair by now. If you don’t, one word will suffice: EPIC! They’re appearing once again with Toronto’s Sleep For The Nightlife, who have stopped in Charlottesville once or twice and have proven to be very compelling, aggressive math-rock. Also, apparently, a last-minute special guest has been added to the bill consisting of 3/4 of Astronomers. What do we call them? Are they Astronomers? Or something else? I do not know. That one is $6, at 8PM.

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Meanwhile, tonight, over at The Jefferson, is a band called The Low Anthem. I booked that band at Bennington some years ago at the behest of a classmate who played in the band back then. Frankly, at the time, I was totally unimpressed and thought they sounded like pretty generic and not-very-fleshed-out alt-country. Well, apparently they got a lot better! They’re headlining tonight, with openers Anais Mitchell and The Honey Dewdrops. This is at 8PM and costs $15 at the door.

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3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 James // Jul 23, 2010 at 7:29 pm

    just received word that Ian Thomas is also playing at the Blue Moon tonight at 9; Laura says it’s “really good bluesish tunes from Knoxville” – that one’s free!

  • 2 Jacob // Jul 23, 2010 at 7:36 pm

    Why are even my short posts so long? Geez.

  • 3 Sir Puffers Rabbinald the Third // Jul 24, 2010 at 11:37 pm

    Yeah, THE BEACH pulls out an awesome flyer. Anyone who references such an obscure horror movie deserves credit.