Catch Local Natives, Real Estate, & Minus the Bear | TONIGHT @ Live on the Green

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The 2017 season of Live on the Green kicked off last week with a spectacular lineup of St. Paul & The Broken Bones, Michael Franti & Spearhead, and Arkells, setting the bar high for all of the amazing artists in the shows to come. Keeping the ball rolling, the annual, free, outdoor fest continues tonight, Aug. 17  at Public Square Park with another stellar bill, this week featuring Local NativesReal Estate, and Minus the Bear.

Following the format adopted a few years back, Live on the Green will run four consecutive Thursdays and culminate with an epic three-day, two-stage finale, boasting one of the most exciting season lineups ever. Per usual, LOTG is free and all ages, and music will run from 6:15 p.m. to 11 p.m. Gates open at 5 p.m., and there will be plenty of food and beer vendors on site to meet your needs. Parking is just $5 at the Public Square Park Garage below the festival site and at Nissan E and F lots across the Woodland St Bridge, and various other garages and street parking options are available on the surrounding blocks. Finally, if you’re looking to up the ante on your LOTG experience, VIP tickets and backstage passes are typically available for purchase, however they generally sell out in advance. Find out more about this week’s installment below, and find out more about the entire season on Live on the Green’s site.

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[NO COUNTRY PREMIERE] Heathen Sons Debut Live In-Studio Video for “Futures”

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We’ve been enjoying southern rockers Heathen Sons since they first caught our attention in 2015, when they melted skulls at our Acme showcase. The group continued to perform around town frequently after, only recently retreating to work on new music. Now they’ve re-emerged, after some time shutt away in the studio, and the end result is their highly-anticipated, debut, self-titled LP, slated for a Sept. 8 release via Metropolitan Groove Merchants.

With a sound that blends all the best bits of early Kings of Leon, with the less depressing parts of Ryan Adams and the Cardinals, Heathen Sons are instantly likable and a perfectly pure Americana rock band you should have in your life, if you’re not already hip to them. Of course, you don’t have to take our word for, because the band were excellent enough to let us debut their live in-studio video for stellar new track “Futures,” which you can watch below.

“I wrote this song not knowing it was basically a prayer,” Joshua Huggins of the Sons said. “I had no intentions for it [to] be that nor did I know until I finished it and listened back.”

If you pay attention to the words as you listen, you’ll begin to understand just what kind of prayer he is speaking of. So, click on after the jump for our premiere of “Futures,” and mark your calendars for the Sept. 8 release of the band’s eponymous debut. When the day finally comes, you’ll be able to enjoy the featured track with eleven other original songs, plus some special bonus East Side Sessions recordings. No word yet on a local release show, but knowing these guys, one will likely materialize shortly.

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Don’t Miss The Sons & Heirs: a Tribute To the Smiths & Morrissey w/ Kevin Max and the Boat Band | TONIGHT @ The Basement East!

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It’s no secret that we’re huge fans of The Smiths and Morrissey. We’ve covered Moz’s two shows (and almost-shows) in recent years after a decade of skipping Nashville, as well as the Pope of Mope’s headliner at last year’s Riot Fest, Johnny Marr’s solo debut at Marathon Music Works in 2013, and in themed weeks leading up to local outings, we’ve run features on post-Smiths projects, Moz and Marr’s estranged relationship, the impact of the band’s debut, and the seminal group’s overall legacy.

Though recent revelations from Marr’s 2016 autobiography revealed that there was a moment, at least, where the group at had talked about reuniting, any Smiths devotee will tell you that it’s a incredibly unlikely prospect. The closest thing we have then, now 30 years removed from The Smiths’ demise and aside from their members’ respective and beloved solo careers, are tributes, many of which are comprised of artists who are faithfully devoted to capturing the group’s legacy in nuanced, worthy, and exciting ways.

A Smiths tribute I first heard rave reviews about from from fellow diehard fans based in their native New York City, The Sons & Heirs are, by all accounts, the greatest tribute to the Manchester group making music today. For over a decade, they’ve toured the world, performing everywhere from Tel Aviv to Los Angeles, and have shared the stage with Smiths bassist Andy Rourke and Morrissey drummer Spencer Cobrin, earning praise from outlets like Rolling Stone and the New York PostTonight, Aug. 16, they’ll make their Nashville debut, which almost marks their 100th show, at The Basement East.

More than simply a tribute act, and far from a novelty cover band, The Sons & Heirs are a genuine loveletter to one of the greatest rock acts of all time, and their performance will, without a doubt, be the closest you can hope to get to the real thing. Notably, drummer Jonathan Flax is a former Nashvillian, performing in town from the late ’90s to mid-’00s, and a former writer for the Scene, which makes this monumental show all the more special. Kevin Max and the Boat Band (Max is a noted Smiths fan) will open, and if you’re a Smiths or Moz fan in the slightest, you seriously don’t want to miss it.

The Sons & Heirs will pay tribute to The Smiths and Morrissey tonight, Aug. 16 at The Basement East along with Kevin Max and the Boat Band. The show is 21+, begins at 8 p.m. (doors at 7:30 p.m.), and tickets are available to purchase for $10.

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No Country Presents: Manrelic, CAPYAC, & Harry Paradise | Tuesday, Aug 22 @ Acme Feed & Seed

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In our constant quest to bring you new and fresh showcases in our long-running live music series at Acme Feed & Seed, we’re switching up the format for the next three months to host extra special rooftop parties, something we’ve done only a handful of times in the pasts. The first show in our new rooftop series will take place Tuesday, Aug. 22, and will feature eclectic alt pop performer Manrelic, live dance music DJs CAPYAC, and synth popster  Harry Paradise. This is a 21+ event, and the music will start at 7 p.m. Best of all? It’s still 100% free! Read on after the break for a full preview, and we hope to see you busting a move on the roof.

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[NO COUNTRY PREMIERE] Pujol Unveils Side B of Spoken Word Opus “Political Errors @TheEndOfThe20thCentury”

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In addition to fronting eponymous thinking man’s punk project Pujol, prolific local artist Daniel Lucca Pujol is an accomplished poet and author. His band’s 2015 EP Kisses built upon his musical background while incorporating elements of spoken word poetry, and last fall’s Mighty Stranger chapbook, which featured a collection of poems and musings, provided him a base of new material to perform live in a spoken word format.

Daniel’s latest release further experiments in spoken word, and is a 12″ LP single called “Political Errors @TheEndOfThe20thCentury,” a left of center and resonant political opus, which “tells a short story — using familiar characters — to make a simple statement: We’re living through the end of the 20th century, and we’re bedside watching its death throes.”

Side A of the ambitious work premiered back in the spring, and we’re thrilled to bring you the complete picture with our premiere of Side B, ahead of a vinyl release later this month on Cosmic Thug Records. Produced by Adam Landry and featuring guitar work from Brett Rosenberg, the live recording reasserts Pujol’s status as one of the smartest, most versatile artists in town, and feels especially necessary amidst the current political climate. Hear both sides below!

In celebration of “Political Errors @TheEndOfThe20thCentury”‘s release, Pujol will be reading both sides as well as playing new songs this Monday, Aug. 21 at Cold Lunch Recordings’ Black Out eclipse party at The Pavilion East. You can find tickets and more info right here!

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