Sheer Mag to Play Third Man Records May 25

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Formed a few years ago in Philly by brothers Kyle and Hart Seely, and fronted by the incomparable force that is Tina Halladay, rockers Sheer Mag combine a love for arena-ready ’70s rock, punk, and pop, harboring just as strong an affinity for influences like Thin Lizzy as Fleetwood Mac. With scrappy punk spirit and huge, catchy songs, the fiercely independent group have attracted fast-growing hype, and their bombastic live show and three lean, killer EPs, has already earned them spots at major events like Coachella, and an appearance on Late Night with Seth Meyers.

Almost two years after making their Music City debut at the now-defunct Stone Fox, the group have announced a return, May 25 for a performance at Third Man Records. One of our favorite spots to see live music in all of Nashville, tickets for the all ages event are available here!

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Julien Baker Debuts Stripped-Down Version of “Good News”

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The unstoppable force that is young, ambient, indie rocker Julien Baker continues with the recent release of a few gorgeous and emotionally powerful new tracks, while she preps her highly-anticipated, forthcoming sophomore LP. As we announced a few months back, the Memphis native and former Nashvillian is set to make her debut at The Ryman on April 12, supporting The Decemberists, and, after her sprawling, stunning, sad 2015 full-length debut, Sprained Ankle, she inked a deal with Matador, who recently released new 7-inch “Funeral Pyre” (and also re-released her debut). The A-side track has been floating around since January, but with the single’s official March 17 street date, we also finally got to hear B-side “Distant Solar Systems,” a dreamy, lovely new song which, as the title suggests, has a bit more of a spaced out sound, with mesmerizing harmonies (stream it on Apple Music or Spotify).

Even more recently, Baker took part in Our First 100 Days, an group releasing new and exclusive tracks each day throughout Trump’s first 100 days in office, in order to raise money for a numbers of organizations that benefit causes under threat by our current administration. For her part, which debuted last week, Julien stripped down “Good News,” one of the most powerful tunes from Sprained Ankle, reworking it as a piano ballad. Though normally sparse, with just vocals and guitar, the substitution of a piano brings an interesting and intimate new angle to Baker’s unbelievable ability to deliver raw emotion, and this version of the song rips through our heart all over again.

Hear “Good News” below, learn more about and contribute to Our First 100 Days here, and scoop up one of the last few tickets to see Julien with The Decmeberists while they last!

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Tim Kasher to Play The High Watt May 27

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Best known for fronting legendary emo/indie/post-hardcore group Cursive and folky indie outfit The Good Life, both of which are still active, Omaha native turned Angeleno Tim Kasher has been releasing albums under his own name as well since 2010, exploring genre-bending, conceptual, and cinematic soundscapes with his pop accessible indie rock. Kasher’s lastest and third LP, No Resolution, arrived earlier this month through 15 Passenger, a new label he runs with other members of Cursive. Already the subject of critical acclaim, Tim’s latest is especially story-driven and cinematic, and will serve as the soundtrack for his upcoming directorial debut of the same name, which he also wrote, due out later this year.

Continuing to tour in support of his new album, Kasher has just expanded the North American leg of his current run of shows with a ton of east coast dates, including a May 27 stop at The High Watt, where he last played with The Good Life in 2016 (this will be Tim’s Music City debut as a solo artist). Backed by a full band, this is an amazing and intimate chance to see one of the best songwriters of the last two decades showcase material from all of his projects, and you can grab tickets right here!

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Daisyhead Premiere “Common Ground” Video Ahead of New LP | Catch Them May 5 at The End

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Ahead of the April 28 No Sleep Records release of their sophomore LP In Case You Missed It, and the May 5 show at The End they recently announced in celebration, emotionally-charged local alt rock outfit Daisyhead have premiered a new music video for their latest track, “Common Ground.” Following first single “Don’t Feel Bad,” which also got video treatment, “Common Ground” is more introspective and layered, a sonic gut-punch of anxiety and self-doubt that perfectly encapsulates frontman Michael Roe’s ability to tap into raw emotion; at once painful and cathartic. Shot partially in the style of home movies, the video does a great job of tapping into the song’s nostalgic and personal feel, and leaves us counting down the days until we can hear the rest of what is fast becoming one of our most-anticipated local records of the year.

Watch “Common Ground” below, and grab tickets to Daisyhead’s upcoming release show, which also features Fossil Youth, On Point, Cash Basket, and Renaissance Fair, right here.

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Bonnaroo Unveils 2017 Club Stage Artists

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Following a main stage lineup announcement, a comedy slate, daily lineups, and even the introduction of a “new” stage, Bonnaroo is inching closer, and that means it’s time for the full lineup to be rounded out with the addition of this year’s Club Stage bands. For the uninitiated, the Club Stages (the New Music on Tap Lounge and the Who Stage) are where the festival’s tiniest acts perform, and are a great way to get up and close and personal with the best rising talent. In the past, they’ve frequently included performers who’ve gone on to play much larger slots, sometimes even just the next year, and have historically included some of our favorite and most interesting Bonnaroo moments.

This year’s Club Stage slate features some familiar names (per usual, several locals), and plenty of acts we’re looking forward to getting acquainted with, including Allan Rayman, Alekesam, Albin Lee Meldau, Backup Planet, Baskery, Blossoms, Charlotte Cardin, Cloves, Corey Harper, Ella Vos, Ethan Gruska, Flint Eastwood, Goody Grace, Great Good Fine Ok, Jack Harlow, Jacob Collier, James Hersey, Jay Som, Johnny Balik, LANCO, Malcolm London, Magic City Hippies, Mt. Joy, Nightly, Njozma, Ruen Brothers, Springtime Carnivore, Sweet Crude, Ten Fé, Tucker Beathard, Two Feet, Urban Cone, Waker, Walker Lukens, and Yoshi Flower.

We’ll bring you some artist previews in the coming months to help you get acquainted, so be sure to snag tickets while they’re still available right here, because Bonnaroo’s 16th season will be here before you know it, June 8-11 in Manchester.

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