Don’t Miss Charli XCX w/ Tommy Genesis | TONIGHT @ Marathon Music Works

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Though still her in 20s, British pop singer Charli XCX has already had a career extending for a decade, and while only within the past couple of years has she became a well-deserved breakout sensation, for quite sometime she’s been an important pop figure both underground and behind the scenes, appearing on and co-writing tracks for countless huge artists since springing onto the scene. Raised in Essex, Charli, born Charlotte Aitchison, got her start as a teen releasing songs online and playing raves and warehouse parties, soon attracting label attention and launching a solo career while also transitioning into working with other artists. Her mainstream introduction came with Icona Pop’s ubiquitous 2013 tune “I Love It,” which Charli co-wrote and appeared on, extending her reach the following year both on Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy” and with her own first solo tune to attract buzz, “Boom Clap.” After releasing her debut LP, True Romance, in 2013 (around which time she made her Nashville debut at Mercy Lounge), and swiftly following it up with Sucker the following year, Charli spent half a decade becoming a beloved staple of the pop and dance circuit, regularly touring and collaborating with acts across pop, indie rock, and hip hop, sharing the stage with artists like Paramore, Katy Perry, and Halsey.

Since about 2017, Charli has managed to rapidly attract more mainstream attention, with singles and great videos for tunes like “Boys” and “1999” (along with Troye Sivan), also opening for Taylor Swift’s massive Reputation Stadium Tour while maintaining her presence on the club scene with intimate show and DJ sets, also persistently killing it at the social media game and remaining part of the pop zeitgeist. All of that increased buzz paved the way for long-overdue third full-length, Charli, which just dropped earlier this month and is by and large the singer’s best, distilling her personality and artsy electropop sound with more focus and bite than ever. Out in support, Charli mades her headlining return to Nashville for the first time in six years, to play Marathon Music Works tonight, Sept. 21, along with buzzy Canadian alt hop hop artist Tommy Genesis, a perfect pairing if ever we’ve seen one. Tickets are still available here while they last, but given Charli’s recent wave of buzz, we wouldn’t procrastinate!

Charli XCX and Tommy Genesis will perform tonight, Sept. 21 at Marathon Music Works. The show is all ages, begins at 8 p.m. (doors at 6:30 p.m.), and tickets are available to purchase for $30.

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Dashboard Confessional to Play The Ryman March 28

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It’s been a busy few years for now-Nashville based emo trailblazers Dashboard Confessional, who, since first regrouping in 2015, have steadily returned to regular touring, festival appearances, crafting new music, and gracefully balancing embracing nostalgia while keeping an eye on the future. 2017 saw the group play an incredible five-night residency at The Basement East, before hitting the road for a larger summer run, which returned them to Ascend Amphitheater. After nearly a decade of anticipation, the band finally released their long-in-the-works seventh album, Crooked Shadows, early last year, and once again played an adopted hometown show, selling out The Ryman in celebration.

Now celebrating 20 years since Chris Carrabba first adopted the Dashboard moniker, and capping off a year that included additional tour dates, re-recordings of some of the group’s classic material, and more, the band are heading into next year with a ton of exciting news. First is a surprisingly swift followup album, The Best Ones of the Best Ones, which is due out Jan. 31. Next is the launch of an official fan club and a whole new merch store, all of which can be found on the band’s site. And finally and perhaps most excitingly, DC will celebrate their 20th with an extensive tour early next year, performing classic records The Places You Have Come to Fear the Most and A Mark, A Mission, A Brand, A Scar in full across two nights in cities with multiple dates, and select cuts from each in cities with single dates. Nashville falls into the latter category, and once again the tour with cap off at home, with a March 28 stop at The Ryman Auditorium!

Making this performance all the more essential is that legendary emo outfit The Get Up Kids have been tapped to open (Piebald will also open select dates), and tickets are set to go on general on sale today, Sept. 20 at 10 a.m. CDT right here! Given all of the associated nostalgia, we wouldn’t procrastinate.

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Bon Iver & TU Dance Bring “Come Through” to TPAC Feb. 25 & 26

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Though beloved and eclectic Wisconsin indie artist Bon Iver just returned earlier this summer with his highly-anticipated fourth album, i,i, a lush, ambitious, and masterful work which feels like a bridge between his more conventional early indie folk days, and more recent journey into lush, electronic, art pop, when he returns to Nashville Feb. 25 & 26 of next year to play TPAC‘s Andrew Jackson Hall, it won’t be in support of his latest, but, instead, the continuation of a performance art project along with contemporary dance troupe TU Dance, dubbed “Come Through.”

First commissioned by The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra’s Liquid Music in 2017, “Come Through” features original compositions from Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon and choreography from TU Dance co-founder Uri Sands, culminating in the sort of immersive, multimedia, genre-bending, high-art, and conceptual realm Vernon has become known for in recent years. Founded in 2004 and based in Saint Paul, Minnesota, we first got a taste of TU Dance at last year’s Bon Iver late night set at Bonnaroo, but the full show has only been performed a handful of times, and even its upcoming stop in Nashville is part of a very limited run, rather than a proper tour.

Following a pair of Ryman dates in 2017, and one in 2011, this marks only Bon Iver’s fourth appearance in Music City proper this decade, and while it won’t be a conventional show (if even there is such a thing for this unique artist), it’s a one-of-a-kind pairing of two fantastic artistic entities, both unique and masterful as what they do. Bon Iver fan, dance fan, or both, this is surely coming to be one of the most memorable happenings of 2020, and you can get tickets when they go on sale today, Sept. 20 at 10 a.m. CDT right here!

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[REMINDER] Don’t Miss Marina w/ LPX | Sept. 20 @ The Ryman

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Out in support of great new double album Love + Fear, her first in four years and first under her newly shortened moniker, eclectic pop singer Marina (formerly Marina and the Diamonds) is set to make her headlining debut at Nashville’s own Ryman Auditorium tonight, Sept. 20. One of the most unique and interesting pop artists of the last decade, we can’t think of a more perfect room in town to see the singer live, and with support from LPX, another must-know, genre-bending pop singer on the rise (and, notably, the co-founder of tastemaking label Neon Gold), it’s sure to be one of the coolest shows off the year. You can still get tickets here while they last, and read on for more about the show!

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