Don’t Miss The Nude Party w/ Ranch Ghost & Lasso Spells | TONIGHT @ The East Room

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Since they burst onto the scene in 2014 with their spectacular release Forbidden Fruits, we have been huge fans of ’60s flavored psych/garage rockers The Nude Party. Despite getting their start in the peaks and valleys of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Boone, NC, the six man ensemble have been known to also dip into surf rock riffs, with splendid keyboard work and howling vocals that bring to mind legends of bygone eras like The Doors, and when you see their incredibly high-energy live show, you’ll understand why that comparison isn’t just hyperbole. The equally epic Hot Tub EP followed in 2016, and they’ve been touring nearly nonstop ever since. Honestly, we’re shocked they haven’t been picked up by a label yet, but we have a feeling that it’s not to0 far from happening. After taking up residency in the Catskill Mountains, tales of a self-titled full-length have been building for over a year now, and we look forward to seeing what they’ve been working on when they melt skulls at The East Room tonight, Jan. 20.

With help from local rock scene staples Ranch Ghost, and friends of the blog Lasso Spells, this gig has the potential to be the first best show of 2018. Music starts at 9 p.m. (doors at 8 p.m.), and you got all this talent for just $5 at the door. The headliners will be rounding out their extensive North American Paper Trail Tour in early February, and then we imagine they may take some time off to finish the new record, so jump on this opportunity to see one of the best unsigned bands in all the land for cheap, before they’re selling out much bigger venues with ease. If you’re familiar with all the group’s work, you know this is a not-to-be-missed-event, and if you’re not hip, trust us, just go. For the latter group; you can thank us later when you have a new favorite band.

The Nude Party, Ranch Ghost, and Lasso Spells will perform tonight, Jan. 20 at The East Room. The show is 18+, begins at 9 p.m. (doors at 8), and tickets are available to purchase at the door for $5.

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TWiN | This Weekend in Nashville | Jan. 19-21

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If you are one for getting out and about, this week has been the pits. Fear not, cabin-weary friend, as temperatures are going to climb this weekend, just in time for Women’s March 2.0, and there are a lot of cool shows, including a special free Happy Birthday to our friends at Mercy Lounge, to get you out of your Netflix binge. Head below to see all of our top shows picks in this week’s edition of TWiN!

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[NO COUNTRY PREMIERE] Uncle Knuckle Returns with Hypnotic Single “Jealous Type” | Catch Him Jan. 19 @ The East Room

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We first introduced you to local singer-songwriter Chris Plank, who performs under his musical moniker Uncle Knuckle, when we premiered a pair of early singles last year, “Brush Yer Teeth” and “Out of Bed.” Boasting a commanding, baritone voice and earnest lyrical style, with a penchant for lo-fi, nostalgic, dance ready yet self-reflective and melancholy tunes that harbor a bit of an ’80s post-punk affinity, the raw and unique performer is definitely worth wading through the vast local talent pool to keep an eye on.

With only a string of singles to his name so far, Uncle Knuckle is prepping to release his debut EP this spring, and, ahead of that, we’re thrilled to bring you a premiere of his first new single of the year: “Jealous Type.” Tracked live in town at Gnome Studios, produced and mixed by Owen Lewis, and mastered by Brian Foraker, the song sees Plank backed by a new full band, and will officially arrive on streaming platforms tomorrow, Jan. 19, which Uncle Knuckle will celebrate with a performance at The East Room with Fox Grin (also celebrating a new release), The Burps, and Chloe Kat (details here).

As the title implies, “Jealous Type,” perhaps Uncle Knuckle’s most polished and nuanced track to date, details a decent into jealousy, portrayed in a slow-burn, hypnotic, powerful, and melancholic way that’ll stay stuck in your head all day. Give it a spin below!

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[NO COUNTRY PREMIERE] Jacob Thomas Jr. Returns with Spicy New Single “Man In Need”

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It’s been a few years since we’ve heard new music from talented songwriter Jacob Thomas Jr. He made waves in the local scene with his stark and honest debut, Original Sin, back in 2014, which described his fall from God that ultimately led Jacob to Nashville to pursue his passion. His first record tackled his dramatic life-changing journey from Louisiana pastor to aspiring musician, when he was fired by his own church for spending too much time performing in bars, left his wife, and moved to Music City, but, backed only with an acoustic guitar and ragged voice, showcased a talent that perked the ears of the music world.

We hosted the rising artist at a showcase around the time of the original release, and found that he had more to offer than simply a man and a guitar act, as he kicked things up a notch with a full band performance that nodded more towards Ryan Adams than brooding solitaire. His upcoming record, Electric Sex (due out March 16), brings that style and those songs to the surface, as Thomas continues his self-growth and exploration. “At 25 years old, I said ‘fuck it all,’ he tells us, “and this album is me trying to reclaim my sexual identity after years of growing up in the church.”

For the new record, Thomas has enlisted the help of a talented troupe of artists, including pedal steel wiz Drew Belk, Jason Morant on keys, bassist Jason Harris, and Jake Finch on drums. The result is powerful and enticing, and, as you can hear in our premiere of the single “Man in Need,” downright sexy too.

Head below to give it a spin, and mark your calendar to see Jacob Thomas Jr. at The Basement on Jan. 24 as part of Caroline Spence’s ongoing residency.

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Catch Kishi Bashi w/ Julian Saporiti & Takénobu | TONIGHT @ Fort Houston

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We last checked in on orchestral indie pop multi-instrumentalist Kishi Bashi last year, when he both headlined The Basement East and played the inaugural Church Street Block Party. Since bursting onto the scene in 2012 with his debut solo effort 151a, the eclectic artist, who previously toured backing both Regina Spektor and of Montreal, has become a beloved musical fixture, known for his smart, layered and worldly style, most recently showcased on 2016 third full-length Sonderlust. Kishi returns to Music City tonight, Jan. 18, for an especially intimate performance at Fort Houston, amidst a fundraising effort to produce a new documentary, Omoiyari: a Songfilm by Kishi Bashi, described as “a groundbreaking film and soundtrack exploration about history, empathy, and social change.”

Not your typical Kishi Bashi show, this stripped down acoustic performance will feature music mixed with multimedia and storytelling, focusing on Japanese internment during WWII. Julian Saporiti, a collaborator on Omoiyari as well as a Brown PhD student is a perfect compliment to this bill, as he’s developing his own similar spirited multimedia project, No-No Boy, which mixes music, storytelling, and media inspired by his doctoral research and growing up the son of a Vietnamese refugee right here in Nashville. Neo-classical cellist Takénobu opens what’s sure to be a unique night of music and social discourse, centered on a topic that feels more relevant than ever in our current political climate. Grab tickets here.

Kishi Bashi, Julian Saporiti, and Takénobu will perform tonight, Jan. 18 at Fort Houston. The show is all ages, begins at 7 p.m. (doors at 6:30 p.m.), and tickets are available to purchase for $20.

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