TWiN | This Weekend in Nashville | March 16-18


It’s a busy weekend in Nashville.  There are various St. Patrick’s Day parties going on, including a genre bending good time in Germantown, a hip-hop leaning block party on Demonbreun, rock and roll at The Cobra and Little Harpeth, dancing to the ’90s at Cannery, and DJs at The Back Corner, to name just a few.  Also, keep in mind while you are watching your March Madness bracket fall to shambles, don’t forget, Nashville is also hosting games downtown this weekend, adding another notch of crazy to the weekend. If you are looking for a sense of normalcy, don’t fret, because, even if you don’t have tickets to see Jack White perform at Third Man, there are still plenty of great shows going on around town that you can sink your teeth into without fear of them turning green.

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[NO COUNTRY PREMIERE] Hanna Rae Unveils Whimsical Video for Heartfelt Single “I Found You” Ahead of New EP


A burgeoning fixture in the Nashville indie pop scene, singer-songwriter Hanna Rae made her debut with 2015’s excellent Rookie in the Ring. Now she’s back with a crowdfunded followup, Without Letting Go, which is set to arrive March 30. Ahead of the new EP’s release, we’re incredibly excited to bring you an exclusive premiere of the official music video for first single “I Found You,” which you can watch right now below!

Despite both being Nashville rooted for a number of years, Hanna and I hail from the same small town in Virginia, and I’ve known her since we were both in our teens. Even back then, she was a precocious aspiring musician and performer, so it comes as no surprise that all these years later, she’s every bit the polished, confident, refined songwriter I assumed she would be.

Directed by Ives Salbert, Hanna Rae’s new spot maintains the balance of quirky charm and humor that’s long been her signature, juxtaposed with a lovely and earnest track, which builds upon her folkier early sound and expands it with elements of pop and indie rock. Akin to Ingrid Michelson’s folk-laced pop fused with HAIM’s self-assured, layered soft rock, Hanna’s sound is both familiar yet refreshingly different from many of her local contemporaries, landing a bit more organic and heartfelt than a lot of what arrives in our inbox.

Just a first taste of what we can expect on her new EP, Hanna described in a recent blog post the forthcoming record’s creative inception: “Two-and-a-half years ago, I released my debut EP Rookie In The Ring. A lot has changed since then. I got married. I gained new friends and lost a few. I’ve lived a bit longer, and have experienced incredibly good days, and a handful of not-so-good days. These new songs are a reflection of that period in my life. Marking a distinct beginning and middle, and a glimpse of the days to come.”

Complete with wizards, dancing fish and Furbys, tiny instruments, bubbles, and a whole lot of whimsy, hit play below to watch “I Found You,” and pre-order Without Letting Go right here!

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[TICKET GIVEAWAY] Caroline Rose w/ WASI | March 27 @ The High Watt


Few musical reinventions have been as stunning or as gratifyingly well-executed as Caroline Rose‘s turn from alt-Americana up and comer to full-fledged synth-punk-pop-feminist rock badass with her stellar new sophomore effort LONER. Quirky, darkly funny, self-assured, and unique, Caroline Rose has never seemed more in tune with her own artistic self-expression, and when she returns to town March 27 for a performance at The High Watt, it’ll be for the first time since she shed her old digs. Featuring support from likeminded Los Angeles riot pop duo WASI (another change from the rootsier acts Rose used to share the stage with), tickets to what is sure to be one of the spring’s best shows are available right here. Additionally, we’re giving away a pair of tickets to one lucky fan, so read on for more about the lineup and enter for a chance to win below!

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New Found Glory to Host Breakfast-Themed Punk Fest, BreakFEST, June 24 in Franklin


As we’ve reported in the past, Florida-bred pop punk pioneers New Found Glory, who, last year managed to hit Music City on three separate occasions for their extensive 20th anniversary tour, have for several years maintained Nashville ties, with guitarist Chad Gilbert a local resident, and much of the band’s musical activity centered around our city. In addition to co-founding the long-running Movie Gang series of nostalgic film screenings at the Franklin Theatre, Gilbert has been no stranger to organizing community-focused events, and his latest and most-ambitious to date is a NFG-headlined day festival at The Factory at Franklin’s Liberty Hall, centered around breakfast food and punk rock.

Yep, that’s right, the inaugural BreakFEST will take place June 24, and, in addition to New Found Glory, is set to feature BaysideThe MovielifeWilliam Ryan Key (formerly of Yellowcard), Hot Rod CircuitFree Throw, an acoustic performance from Cartel‘s Will PughDaddy IssuesThe Dangerous Summer, and Idle Bloom. Nearly every act is local or partially local (NFG cohorts The Movielife and Hot Rod Circuit are the only two we’re not clear about), and represent some of the best of pop punk, emo, and indie of the past and present. Of course, for a breakfast-centic event, the food has to be top-notch as well, and with Five Daughters Bakery, High Brow Coffee, Frothy Monkey, Franklin Juice Co., Honest Coffee Roasters, and Triple Crown Bakery tapped to be among the on-site vendors, you can be sure that the unique fest will live up to its name.

Set to be an daytime affair, doors will open at a breakfast-appropriate 8 a.m., and tickets go on sale tomorrow, March 16 at 12 p.m. CDT right here. If love pop punk, breakfast food, community, and celebrating the local scene, this sounds like it might just be the coolest new event of the summer!

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Spazz Cardigan Creates a Binge-Worthy Bop with New Single “Episode”


Love in 2018 is a lot like watching Netflix. There are a million options available, and many of them are totally not for you. But once you find that perfect show or person, you’re hooked. Nashville pop songwriter Spazz Cardigan nails the sentiment in his latest single “Episode.” He woos a lover with lines like “Can I get one more episode / This might be my new favorite show” and “If you like the story / We can kick it till the morning.” It’s all very lighthearted, witty and sweet. Addictive vocal harmonies and binge-worthy beats make Spazz Cardigan an artist to watch.

A native of the Louisville area, Chaz McKinney began his musical journey as a classically pianist before teaching himself guitar, bass, and drums. He began performing live in a handful of punk cover bands starting at 11 years old while learning how to produce music on a Tascam 4-track tape recorder. McKinney moved to Nashville two days after graduating high school in 2013 to pursue making music full-time. He incubated his production technique with local hip-hop collective The Diatribe before recording as Spazz Cardigan. Debut LP I came out at the end of 2017 after McKinney spent nearly two years couch hopping.

Listen to “Episode” by Spazz Cardigan below. Watch out for more music and live performances from him this year.
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