We don’t know about you, but the very thought of working retail right now makes us want to projectile vomit onto the windshield of a SUV. Some of our poor buds who have the misfortune of being register jockeys will be chained to their posts starting as early as 10 p.m. on Thanksgiving, running until mid-morning the next day. We don’t approve of this sort of thing, no matter what deals are to be had, so why not avoid the Black Friday crowds by hanging out in the Basement and eating strangers’ leftovers?

Nikki Lane and William Tyler head up a free show beneath Grimey’s Friday night, starting around 7:00 p.m. along with Derek Hoke and Tiger Beats. If you’re not hip to Nikki Lane yet, you owe it to yourself to give her latest record, Walk of Shame, a spin. It’s a solid Americana charmer in the vein of scratchy voiced singing ladies of past. If you like Jessica Lea Mayfield, you’ll probably be into Lane’s much more roughly produced tunes. Also, y’all should be well aware of guitar maven William Tyler now. When he’s not playing with Lambchop, he’s making pretty guitar music — as you may remember from this post from months ago.

Anyway, it’s a potluck, so bring food. And money. Don’t trample anyone on Friday, guys.

// Photo by Robert Barney.



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