[REMINDER] Don’t Miss Beyoncé | Sunday, Oct. 2 @ Nissan Stadium


During a show stealing Super Bowl performance, reigning R&B queen Beyoncé announced a lengthy stadium tour earlier this year, which originally included a May outing at Nissan Stadium, though it was last-minute postponed for this weekend, Oct. 2. As a result, it feels like we’ve been waiting forever for this one to roll around, but, finally, the time has come, and in just a few shorts days Queen Bey will return to Music City for her largest local performance to date, and first in three and a half years.

Dubbed the Formation World Tour, Beyoncé’s latest run is in support of her critically-acclaimed new album Lemonade, released as something of a surprise with an accompanying cinematic concert film earlier this year, sparking rumors of marital problems with her husband Jay-Z, with overt themes of infidelity, independence, and revenge. A longtime musical chameleon, Beyoncé has gone through several artistic and personal reinventions since her Destiny’s Child days, and now stands as a beacon for equality, social justice, and female independence, her sound a high-concept, thoroughly modern flavor of R&B.

Despite the fact that the show has been on sale for months, a wide range of tickets are still available, from $45 nosebleeds to $280 near front row seats, not to mention a plethora of resale tickets. If you’ve been procrastinating, and you don’t want to miss out on one of the year’s biggest events, you can grab your tickets right here!

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GZA to Perform ‘Liquid Swords’ in Full (Twice) Nov. 8 at City Winery

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With nine primary members and countless associates, seminal, long-running New York hip hop outfit Wu-Tang Clan have spawned dozens upon dozens of albums that could be directly or indirectly linked to the group and its offshoots. Of wildly varied quality, the numerous Wu and Wu-related albums range from good and great to bad or forgettable, and a small handful even stand unanimously praised and heralded not only as the best of the bunch, but as certifiable modern classics and among the greatest hip hop albums of all time. Aside form 1993 Wu-Tang debut Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) and, perhaps, Raekwon’s 1995 Only Built 4 Cuban Linx…, none are as beloved as GZA‘s sophomore solo effort, 1995’s Liquid Swords. Singlehandedly transforming GZA, also known as The Genius, into a solo star in his own right, and a critically-acclaimed, crossover figure in hip hop who’s fame has endured ever since, the LP takes Wu-Tang’s template of hard, pop culture-referencing, experimental, and uncompromising hip hop, and adopts it through a near singular lens, firing on all cylinders in a way that has phenomenally managed to stand the test of time.

Paying tribute to the groundbreaking release, GZA has partnered with City Winery to announce string of intimate shows where he’ll perform Liquid Swords in full, at the franchised venue’s locations in Chicago, New York, and Nashville. The local stop will take place on Nov. 8, with both an early (7 p.m.) and late (10 p.m.) show, and tickets are available now for $30-45 here and here. The performance also promises more than just one album’s worth of music, plus “audience interaction,” and we have no doubt it’s going to sell fast; don’t sleep on it!

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[REMINDER] Catch Ryan Bingham & Brian Fallon w/ Paul Cauthen | Sunday, Oct. 2 @ The Ryman


LA Americana singer-songwriter Ryan Bingham and New Jersey heartland punk turned folk solo artist Brian Fallon, who took very different paths to arrive at a very similar place in their respective careers, are currently in the midst of a co-headlining tour, which makes a highly-anticipated and well-suited stop this weekend at The Ryman Auditorium on Sunday, Oct. 2. With support from Paul Cauthen, also preparing to mount a new solo career, the mix of country, rock, folk, and roots music should be enough to appeal to any fan of quality, heartfelt music, and primed for the Mother Church. You can still grab tickets here, so secure your seats and read on for details.

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Aaron Krause Releases Upbeat Dreampop Single “Thinkin’ Bout You”


Local electro-pop artist and producer Aaron Krause made waves with last year’s Jade EP, and this year’s stellar cover of “I Would Die 4 U” with blog favorite Liza Anne. New single “Thinkin’ Bout You” shoots for the stars with dreamy samples, tremolo keys, and charming vocals.

Krause says, “It’s a song about following your dream, and it’s been amazing getting to sing it every night while I follow mine. I hope it finds its way into everyone else’s heart, too.” He’s currently on tour with fellow Nashville pop artists Matt Wertz and CAPPA, who all played Exit/In a few weeks back. Listen to “Thinkin’ Bout You” below, and follow our Nashville Spotify playlist for more indie pop gems.

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Julia Knight Makes Powerful Pop Debut with “Ghost of You”


There’s something about ghost themes that make scary good pop songs. Take “Ghost” by Chelsea Lankes, “Ghost” by Halsey, and now “Ghost Of You” by Nashville songstress Julia Knight. Knight is a newcomer to the Nashville pop scene, with songwriting history in country music. Her killer songwriting chops translate wonderfully with a powerful vocal performance and hooks that resonate throughout the entire jam.

Knight elaborates on the track, saying “‘Ghost of You’ is about falling in love all over again and about the places that I believe love can take you. It’s about that one person you never could quite get over, and maybe to be honest you don’t totally want to. I’m so stoked for everyone to finally hear the things I’ve been keeping under wraps for over a year and so excited for people to roll their windows down, turn the volume up, and jam out to this one.”

“Ghost Of You” is just in time for gorgeous fall weather to match the beautifully melodic single. Listen to it, turn up the volume, and roll down those windows.

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