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May 102014


Betty’s Grill on the west side has been kicking ass lately. When artist and promoter Leslie Keffer stopped working there, everyone assumed Betty’s would stop booking experimental music. But now thanks to the efforts of Betty’s booker Crom Giguere, they’re booking more great shows than ever before.

Case in point: Tonight’s show with Chicago’s The Humminbird. Singer Muyassar Kurdi channels spirits with  harmonium, autoharp, Raagini, and other instruments. sugar sk*-*lls‘ Ben Marcantel creates melodies with a Nintendo Gameboy. Voight Kampff Duo (Brady Sharp and Stephen Seifert) create experimental improv music with prepared guitar and synthesizers. Peggy and John play in The Cherry Blossoms and will be performing as a duo tonight.

Listen to the songs below to see if it’s your thing. More info on the Facebook event page.

The Humminbird, sugar sk*-*lls, Voight Kampff Duo, Peggy & John
Saturday, May 10th, 2014, 10 p.m.
$5, 21+

@ Betty’s Grill
407 49th Ave N
Nashville, Tennessee 37209

May 072014


There’s a great show at Betty’s this Wednesday featuring Lexington, Kentucky outsider artist Ma Turner, Los Angeles lo-fi rock band Avner Community Band, and locals Cherry Blossoms and Voight-Kampff Duo (Brady Sharp and Stephen Seifert).

Show starts at 10 p.m. Listen to the samples below to see if it’s your thing. More info on the Facebook event page.

Ma Turner, Avner Community Band, Cherry Blossoms, Voight-Kampff Duo
Wednesday, May 7th, 2014, 10 p.m., $5, 21+

@ Betty’s Grill
407 49th Ave N
Nashville, Tennessee 37209

Mar 252014


Circuit Benders’ Ball alum Joey Molinaro will be back in town Sunday night for a show at Betty’s Grill. (Btw, the full lineup for Circuit Benders’ Ball 2014 will be announced here VERY SOON!)

Also on the Betty’s bill are Graphic Tease, Marid, and Pleasuredome. Graphic Tease is the noise project of Maddy Madeira from How Cozy. Pleasuredome is the solo project of Anderson Cook, 1/2 of Hadals. Marid is a band inspired by Persian black metal, featuring members of The Most Amazing Century of Science, Protomen, and Call Me Savage. This should be an amazing show. Joey is consistently kickass.

You can find out more on the Facebook event page.

Sadly, I will be out of town for Big Ears Fest in Knoxville. Please take lots of pictures and videos for me!

Joey Molinaro, Graphic Tease, Marid, Pleasuredome
Sunday, March 301th, 2014, 10pm, $5 to touring act, 21+

@ Betty’s Grill
407 49th Ave N
Nashville, TN 37209

Dec 112013


Tim Carey from the space music duo 84001 just tipped me off to a FREE under-the-radar holiday noise fest happening this Saturday at Betty’s Grill. Tim and Chris Murray (Square People, Textbook Punk) are releasing a split cassette and performing. Also on the bill are the Xists, the brilliant project of wrestler Jocephus Brody and his brother. Other bands include Malocchio (Derek Schartung), Brady Sharp, Sparkling Wide Pressure (Frank Baugh), Harvest Team (Reid Cambell), Terror’ish, Spacemen Saturday Night, and Dug. Each band will perform for 15 minutes or less.

More info on the Facebook event page.

Free Holiday Noise Fest
Saturday, December 14th, 2013, 9 p.m.

@ Betty’s Grill
407 49th Ave N.
Nashville, Tennessee 37209