Size up local indie talent at The Birdhouse, an under-the-radar makeshift concert space located in the 4th & Gill district where house-show styles are thrown by a neighborhood music association—check out the electrifying dozen-membered circus-rockers I Need Sleep play there November 10. Or space out to jangly shoegazers Gamenight, playing November 21 at the Pilot Light, a lo-fi venue in the neighboring Old City district.
Catch jazz and folky singer-songerwriters like Imogen Heap (11/21) at the Square Room a performing arts venue--opened last December in Market Square--that lures talent with its top-notch lighting and sound. Their new Jazz Lunch series ($15), started up in September, pairs lunch from the upscale Café 4, located next door, with tributes to the music of John Coltrane and Sonny Rollins (11/2) and jazz guitarist Wes Montgomery (12/2).
Catch a touring act at the 800-capacity Cider House, the music venue opened last April near Worlds Fair Park where post-rock instrumentalists Pelican (12/9) are on the roster this fall. Or mosh to metal giants All That Remains (11/3) and Megadeth (11/22) at the Valarium, an alt and hard rock megavenue next door (1213 Western Ave.; thevalarium.com; 865-522-2820).
Belt out Allman Brothers with local southern-rock cover band Confederate Groove, playing most weekends at the brand-new sports and rock bar Level 10. For regional roots-rock talent like Nashville’s Chris Weaver, get a table at the new Tin Roof rock club, which opened in August on the University of Tennessee “strip.”