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Veteran punk rockers, Dr. Gonzo, open for the Reverend Saturday at Gilligan's.
The music season is in full force and Murfreesboro has stepped up to provide another grand showcase.

Reverend Horton Heat will take the stage at Gilligan’s on Sunday night, bringing with them years of experience in their psychobilly genre, a blend of punk, rockabilly and swing among a few other styles.

Dating back to 1985, the group has maintained a core set of fans while having songs like “Psychobilly Freakout” featured in commercials and video games.

Currently on an extensive tour, the group has dates booked which extend into August.

Another group who will perform is Murfreesboro’s Dr. Gonzo, who brings more than 20 years of experience as well because the band formed around 1990.

A blend of Murfreesboro punk, the band has went through different formations over the years, which is noted in member Greg Cannon’s memoir as he states, “the one thing that has remained consistent throughout the history of this band is perpetual change while sticking to our punk rock roots.”

For anyone wanting to sample what may take place on this occasion, there are a few videos available for your viewing pleasure on YouTube from the group’s show at The Boro Bar & Grill last summer.

Doors open at 8 p.m. and the show is 18 and up. Tickets are $15 and for more information, visit Gilligan’s Facebook page.

Band of Skulls conquering rock ‘n’ roll
One of the most complete and inventive albums of 2011 belonged to We Are Augustines and their introspective work on Rise Ye Sunken Ships.

Led by the powering vocals of Billy McCarthy, the album tells the story of the singer and a harrowing period in his life where he lost not only his schizophrenic mother but his brother, James, to suicide as well.

Tracks like “Headlong Into The Abyss” expand on this story while “Book of James” acts a eulogy to his brother.

Rise Ye Sunken Ships is loaded with incomparable songwriting and textured arrangements that act as a testament in a work that could be somewhat dismal but is nothing except uplifting and prevailing.

Nonetheless, to see them in an opening spot for Band of Skulls at Cannery Ballroom on Tuesday night in Nashville will make the evening even more agreeable.

Band of Skulls, touring on their latest album Sweet Sour, are the comprehensive rock n’ roll trio.

The band hails from England and is composed of members Russell Marsden, Emma Richardson and Matt Hayward.

The Skulls have a couple of albums to their credit and found star-power with Baby Darling Doll Face Honey, which contained the tracks “Light of the Morning” which was featured on a Ford Mustang commercial and “Death by Diamonds and Pearls.” On the same note, their song “Friends” was featured on The Twilight Saga: New Moon Soundtrack.

With one of the heavier blues-rock sounds around, this show will be a “can’t miss” for any music fan.

Tickets are $20 and for more information visit mercylounge.com.
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