A different side of Nashville can be heard at the Hi-Tone Café Thursday, June 10th, when singer-songwriter Paul Burch makes an appearance. A sometime member of understated Nashville indie rockers Lambchop, Burch has released five albums since 1998, recording for such vaunted indies as North Carolina's Merge and Chicago alt-country standard-bearers Bloodshot. Burch will be joined by Athens, Georgia indie-rockers The Mendoza Line, named after one of the most poetic phrases in all of sport, a standard of mediocrity that refers to former shortshop Mario Mendoza's career-long struggle to keep his batting average above the .215 mark. The underdog reference is a perfect moniker for a modest, literate indie rock band.
There are also plenty of locals of note playing this week: DJs and record collectors Colin Butler (Big Ass Truck) and Jimmy Blasingame (Reginald, the Cloots) have teamed up as The Meat and 3 Soundsystem and will be spinning at the Two-Way Inn Saturday, June 12th. Over at the Center for Southern Folklore, local musicologist David Evans teams up with musician Steve Keith for a tribute to late bluesman Babe Stovall. The performance, which is being taped for use in a documentary on Stovall, is set for 5:30 p.m. Friday, June 11th. Admission is free. Neo-soul and jazz vocalist Candice Ivory performs at the Bon-Ton Café Wednesday, June 16th, with Eden Brent. Showtime is 8 p.m. Metal notables Mrs. Fletcher and Crippled Nation team up at the New Daisy Friday, June 11th. Finally, two of the city's hottest current bands, the impressionistic indie-cum-classic rockers The Glass and the hip-hip/soul hybrid Free Sol, will both be in action on Friday, June 11th. The Glass performs at the Hi-Tone Café, while Free Sol plays Automatic Slim's.