Watch Cage the Elephant Cover Daft Punk’s “Instant Crush”

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Local rockers Cage the Elephant are gearing up to release a new stripped down, career spanning, live album, Unpeeled, this Friday, July 28, and have been sprinkling videos from the live performances to promote the record.  The band previously released spots for “Rubber Ball” (from Thank You, Happy Birthday) and  a cover of “Whole Wild World” (Reckless Eric / Bahamas). Cage returned today with a live video from their stripped down show at The Ryman back in April where they covered the Daft Punk and Julian Casablancas smash “Instant Crush.”

Unpeeled, which was recorded live during their mini-run of shows in Los Angeles, Washington D.C., Knoxville, and Nashville, is a bit of a surprise turn for Cage.  While they are very well-known for their high energy live show, they chose to strip back the layers of the songs for this recording with a string section and additional percussion to open the songs up.  As frontman Matt Schultz said of the inspiration for the album, “Many times you’re adding sonic layers looking for something to hide behind, and what you don’t realize is that that vulnerability and that nakedness might be the most compelling and interesting thing about the song.”

Unpeeled is officially out this Friday, July 28.  Head below for the full track listing and the live video from The Ryman, of Cage The Elephant’s fantastic take on “Instant Crush.”

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Kishi Bashi, Porches, Brooke Candy, & More to Play Inaugural Church Street Block Party Sept. 3

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A newcomer in the Nashville music scene, the inaugural Church Street Block Party was just announced for Labor Day Weekend.  On Sunday, Sept. 3, the one-day, music-centric block party will feature an impressive, eclectic, and diverse lineup featuring the talented multi-instrumentalist Kishi Bashi, pop rapper Brooke Candy, hip hop activist Mykki Blanco, buzzy indie rockers Porches, rising pop star Mary Lambert, and Glee star Alex Newell.  The bill also features rising locals including singer-songwriter morgxn, powerhouse popster Daniella Mason, and DJ Jane Dupree.  Music aside, the fest will also feature a slew of performers from Magnificent Light Entertainment, Suspended Gravity, and Dylan Radford, and the will be hosted by Bob the Drag Queen from RuPaul’s Drag Race.

The all ages event, which will be located on Church Street between 15th & 16th Ave, is designed to celebrate the diversity, and all are welcome.  Tickets options are available from $25 for general admission, $30 for those under 21, and $95 for a VIP experience. Grab your tickets here, and head below to watch the announcement video to get familiar with all of the artists.

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Don’t Miss Wavves w/ Foreign Air & Ne-Hi | TONIGHT @ Exit/In!

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Celebrating a newfound independence, beloved San Diego indie punks Wavves‘ latest album, You’re Welcome, is their first entirely self-released through their own label Ghost Ramp. Previously something of a hobby imprint to release a 7″ or some merch here or there, Wavves’ creative core Nathan Williams took a frustrating few years on a major label (and some of its financial benefits) as motivation to legitimatize the label and open a skate shop/store, also approaching his latest LP with more focus and less fuss, crafting it largely during the daytime with producer Dennis Herring, who helmed fan fave King of the Beach. The result is a lean, poppy, punk callback to some of the band’s earlier work from a decade ago, but with a newfound, mature sense of social and political commentary and more emotional exploration, as well as some surprising navigation of a variety of genre influences, all making for a really great and compelling release.

In celebration of their latest and thanks to the fine folks at Red Bull, Wavves return to Nashville tonight, July 27 for a performance at Exit/In, and admission is just $3 with RSVP (though it’s still first come, first served, so don’t be late). Joining them are buzzy, rising indie/electropop duo Foreign Air and Chicago garage rockers Ne-Hi, adding even more variety, range, and value to yet another phenomenal show in Red Bull’s excellently curated series. Given their newfound sense of liberation and artistic freedom, it feels like the best time to see Wavves in years- don’t miss it!

Wavves, Foreign Air, and Ne-Hi will perform tonight, July 27 at Exit/In. The show is 18+, begins at 9 p.m. (doors at 8 p.m.), and tickets are available to purchase for $3 with RSVP and $10 without. RSVP does not guarantee entry; arrive early.

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[TICKET GIVEAWAY] Royal Teeth w/ Mountains Like Wax & Volunteer | Aug. 4 @ The High Watt

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Louisiana indie pop outfit Royal Teeth are enjoying a renewed wave of buzz thanks to their latest EP, Amateurs, and will bring their eclectic talents and honed live show back to Nashville for a headlining performance Aug. 4 at The High Watt. Making this bill even sweeter, local post-rockers Mountains Like Wax, a group you should definitely be keeping an eye on, and indie pop talent Volunteer, another site fave, are set to support, and tickets are still available right here. Or, if you’re feeling lucky, we’re also giving away a pair of tickets to one lucky fan! Read on for more about the show, and enter for a chance to win below.

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Beach Slang to Play The Basement East Oct. 31

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Led by frontman James Alex, Philadelphia’s Beach Slang co-opt elements of punk, heartland, and indie rock, playing with an energetic earnestness that feels like a love letter to classic punk without entering the territory for full-blown nostalgia; their sound is both fresh and familiar, which has helped them rack up endless critical praise from so many tastemaking media outlets and punk fans. Formed in 2013, the group made an amazing amount of early headway with only a few songs to their name, Alex’s style compared to the great Paul Westerberg, and, fueled by enough initial positive response, toured extensively long before releasing an album. In the short few years since, they’ve managed to produce not one, but two incredible full-lengths, 2015’s The Things We Do to Find People Who Feel Like Us, and last year’s A Loud Bash of Teenage Feelings, and with their genre-bending sensibilities have straddled touring with more pop punk and emo geared contemporaries, as well as underground and old school artists and more conventional punk acts.

After a bit of a lineup change (their last Nashville outing with Bleached saw James play solo and acoustic, following a last minute band shakeup), and continuing a seemingly endless string of tours, the band have expanded their already-packed schedule to include a ton of new fall dates, including an Oct. 31 headlining return to Nashville, for a Halloween performance at The Basement East with equally exciting support from Dave Hause & The Mermaid and Pet Symmetry. We’ll certainly have more as the one approaches, but for now check out a full list of Beach Slang dates below, and grab tickets to their Basement East debut beginning Friday, July 28 at 11 a.m. CDT right here!

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