Tickets are $12 in advance or $14 on the day of the show. This is an 18-and-up show. The doors will open at 8 p.m., and the music will start sometime around 9.
Fronted by Sharon Silva, Kinsey Lee and Mackenzie Howe, a trio of shiver-inducing singers whose work blurs the line between pop, rock and country, The Wild Reeds create a sound that sits at the crossroads of these genres while feeling absolutely unique. They build this distinct sound from the remnants of familiar rhythms and melodies but carve out a truly insular aesthetic where each of their voices is given license to soar and demolish any expectations we might have. Drawing from the histories of bluegrass, old-school country and classic rock ‘n’ roll, the band (backed by drummer Nick Jones and bassist Nick Phakpiseth) delivers a gut-wrenching introspection that’s held aloft by the collective emotions and raw nerve insight that they offer wrapped inside each song.
But the group isn’t interested in staying in one musical moment for too long, as they’ll often switch gears and careen through different genres within the span of a single song. Moving along in the same circles as artists like Hurray for the Riff Raff and Jenny Lewis, The Wild Reeds blend their harmony-drenched country-rock with a nod toward the underlying pop mechanics of their work. Gorgeous acoustic stories give way to blistering riffs, dense percussive beats and the odd bit of surf rock noise. Their music is all about the buildup to a really good rhythmic catharsis, the kind of emotional release that doesn’t care about the surrounding music but is intent on prying loose the devastation and joy that we collect every day.
With the release of their new record, “The World We Built,” the band revels in complex guitar tones and a rhythm section that matches the dense but effervescent weight of their three-part harmonies. Heartache, fear and salvation all come into play across these songs, but they’re presented in a way that doesn’t feel cloistered or rote. After spending some time with the album, it becomes instantly clear that these tracks can tenderly pluck your heartstrings before ripping that collection of muscles and sinew from your chest. As a band already known for their fierce live shows, the temperament of this new collection should shake the walls apart at Revelry Room.
Sharing the stage at Revelry Room will be Nashville psych collective Okey Dokey, a group that was formed from the ruins of The Weeks, Morning Transportation and Sol Cat. Add a bit of ‘6os garage rock and classic soul and you’ve got a good idea of the sounds with which the band seems most comfortable. Looking to add something new and distinct to the already-expansive Nashville music scene, the band (built around the matching musical tendencies of Aaron Martin and Johny Fisher) developed a perspective that allows them to conveniently rearrange some disparate influences into a weird and ferocious outlook on life.
Across the length of their latest album, “Love You, Mean It,” the duo explores a psychedelic soul and boogie that rambles along, zigzagging when the band thinks people aren’t watching. Written in a cabin outside Nashville, the record doesn’t really favor any specific stylistic endeavors but adheres to an amalgam of inspirations that range from wobbly doo-wop to Motown melodies to roughed-up rock rhythms. It’s the kind of sound that feels immediate but alien, evincing a familiarity that slowly wastes away to reveal a noise that conjures warped pop-rock landscapes and sun-scorched experiences.
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