TWiN | This Weekend in Nashville | Sept. 22-24

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The third annual Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival down in nearby Franklin is making the biggest waves, unless you consider the waves in the Cumberland River from crashing manmade flying vehicles at Red Bull’s Flugtag, this weekend with a stacked lineup including Justin Timberlake, Eddie Vedder, Ryan Adams, Mavis Staples, The Avett Brothers, and tons more.  We have full festival previews for Saturday and Sunday that you can check out here to get you up to speed, if you managed to score tickets before they sold out.  If the festival scene isn’t your in your wheelhouse (or bank account), or if you want to make your post-Pilgrimage nights late ones, there are number of other more than worthy shows going on around town that deserve your attention as well.  Head below to dig into all of our staff picks in this week’s edition of TWiN.

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No Country’s Guide to Pilgrimage Fest 2017: 12 Can’t Miss Saturday Performers

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We’ve been buzzing about it for months, and the week has finally arrived, as we prepare to head to Franklin’s Park at Harlinsdale this weekend, Sept. 23 & 24 for the third annual Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival. We had a blast at years one and two, and thanks to an impressive lineup, even more buzz, and one high-profile new partner turned headliner, this year’s installment promises to be by far the biggest yet. With around 50 acts, both local and national, slated to perform across four stages over two days (not to mention a kids stage), plus local artisans and vendors, Pilgrimage is a community-rooted fest designed for music lovers of all ages and walks of life, and we feel incredibly happy to have such a great, growing event in our backyard. While tickets have now sold out entirely, we still wanted to help those attending make the most of the weekend with our handy festival guide, highlighting our top 12 artist picks, three from each stage, broken down for each day of the fest. To get you ready to make the Pilgrimage, check out our 12 most-anticipated Saturday performers below!

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Father John Misty to Play Free, Lunctime Third Man Records Show Sept. 26

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As we announced earlier this year, polarizing yet brilliant, eclectic singer-songwriter and multi-instumentlaist Joshua Tillman, who’s found something of cult-like fame since conceiving his Father John Misty persona and musical vehicle five years ago, is set to play The Ryman Auditorium on Sept. 26 in support of his phenomenal and transcendent third LP, Pure Comedy.

Unsurprisingly, tickets to Father John’s Ryman debut- the stage in town he’s perhaps best suited for- managed to sell out pretty quickly. However, those who didn’t snag their spot in time, or superfans who just can’t get enough FJM, now have another shot at a very special afternoon show the same day, Sept. 26 at Third Man Records‘ famed Blue Room; even better? It’s FREE!

Set to take place at 12:30 p.m., with doors opening at noon, the acoustic, daytime performance, which will be recorded live for future release, is first come, first serve, unless you’re one of the lucky 25 winners of Lightning 100’s guaranteed ticket giveaway. We suspect you’ll need to line up incredibly early for a shot at getting in, but at least food trucks and beer will be available on-site for purchase. Good luck!

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Ron Gallo Debuts New Video for “Put the Kids to Bed”

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It’s been a banner year for local rocker Ron Gallo, and his LP, Heavy Meta, which dropped Feb. 3 on New West Records, is a frontrunner for local record of the year.  Keeping the buzz going, Gallo just dropped a new video for his track “Put the Kids to Bed.”  You can check it out below, and then we recommend you take the time to read his informative interview with Billboard, where Ron discusses moving to Nashville, the relationship that inspired a lot of the songs on Heavy Meta, addiction, and more.  Gallo is currently touring, and those in Nashville should mark the calendar for Nov. 11, when the buzzy rocker is set to play a hometown show at Exit/In with Naked Giants.  Tickets are on-sale now, so grab ’em here then watch “Put the Kids to Bed” below!

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[NO COUNTRY PREMIERE] J. Marco Unveils “Bad News” Ahead of New LP | See Him Oct. 7 at The High Watt!

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We’ve been buzzing about local rocker J. Marco for a awhile now, and even invited him to play our Acme showcase series earlier this year. Though he’s been a fixture in the Nashville scene for a minute, previously fronting New City Savages after relocating to Music City from Massachusetts, his introduction for many likely came from last year’s strong debut solo LP, Myth, which showcased J.’s unique blend of fuzzed out garage rock, punk, and pop, and immediately hooked us as one of the best local releases of 2016.

In the year since his debut, Marco has become a formidable live presence on the local show circuit, and is already prepping to independently release another album, Days of Surrender, on Sept. 29. The last couple of months have seen several singles arrive already- “Say Goodbye,” “Now That It’s Over,” and “Days of Surrender”- all of which suggest that J. has further honed his sound and adopted a harder, grittier punch while still maintaining a pop accessibility, and we’re very excited today to bring you one more track before the record drops: “Bad News.

On the inspiration behind the single, Marco explains, “Bad News, you know people that are addicted to it. Maybe it’s you. It’s me sometimes, too. Loving, spreading, and worshipping bad news turns you into a bad feelings generator, draining everyone. Bad News launches millions of invisible misery inducing microscopic missionaries spreading the word of ‘the glass is half empty’. This song comes from the bad news negative feedback vortex of destruction.  And, it was fun to make.”

Unlike some of his more polished, glitzy, and sterile local indie, pop, and garage rock contemporaries, J. Marco manages to maintain the raw, gritty earnestness of his punk upbringing, and funnel it into guitar-driven, hook-laden, anthemic rock  bliss. With “Bad News,” and the rest of Days of Surrender we’ve heard so far, he’s become an even more essential rising force in Nashville’s diverse rock scene, and will certainly be a short-list contender for best local release for yet another year.

Hear “Bad News” below, and celebrate Days of Surrender‘s release Oct. 7 at The High Watt, with support from Creature ComfortWhoa Dakota, and Pet Envy– tickets available here!

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