[REMINDER] Catch M. Ward w/ Molly Parden | TONIGHT @ The Basement East

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Versatile, genre-bending, timeless, and prolific, with a solo career spanning 20 years, prominent and beloved collaborative groups like She & Him and Monsters of Folk, and a seasoned run as a producer, songwriter, and composer, Portland’s M. Ward is, without a doubt, one of the indie folk scene’s most important modern fixtures. Still buzzing from last year’s great, personal latest LP What a Wonderful Industry, Ward is set to return to Nashville for the first time since an opening set with Jenny Lewis more than three years ago (and for the first time as a headliner in ages), tonight, Aug. 24 at The Basement East with local favorite Molly Parden. A must-see for fans of era-spanning, earnest indie folk, tickets are still available right here while they last! Read on for more about the show.

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[REMINDER] Don’t Miss Judah & the Lion | TONIGHT @ Ascend Amphitheater

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Celebrating the brand new release of their best, most experimental, personal, and uninhibited album yet, Pep Talks, local folk pop turned alternative/hip hop/pop rock genre-benders Judah & the Lion, still riding high on the buzz and acclaim from their massive past few years, are set to play their biggest hometown headliner to date tonight, Aug. 24 at Ascend Amphitheater! A band we’ve truly loved watching evolve creatively and grow from their humble Belmont beginnings to global musical sensations, Judah remain fiercely independent, and a shining example of the eclectic talent still coming out of Music City. Their homecoming promises to be one of the summer’s best bets, and we strongly urge you to snag tickets right here while they last, then read on for more about the show!

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See Greyhaven, Idle Threat, Beginning, Bloom, En Love & More | Aug. 23 & 24 @ Smyrna’s Threat Fest

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Bringing together a spread of some of the best local bands making punk, indie, post-hardcore, metal, pop punk, hardcore, metalcore, emo, ambient rock, alt rock, post-rock, and more, as well as a handful of touring acts with a national presence, for 24 sets across three stages over two nights this Friday, Aug. 23 and Saturday, Aug. 24, DIY, annual, communal affair Threat Fest returns for 2019 looking more impressive than ever. Curated by local pop punk/post-hardcore stalwarts Idle Threat, the event is happening once again at Carpe Artista (101 Front Street) in Smyrna, and if you’ve been waiting for an annual reminder for us to say “you seriously need to check out this cool show in Smyrna,” the time has finally come.

Both nights, music starts at 7 p.m. sharp (doors at 6), and tickets to the all ages affair are just $10 a day, or $15 for the whole weekend, available at the door. While Friday leans a little more indie/emo and Saturday boasts a few heavier additions, you’ll find plenty of balance throughout. Many of the names on the bill are bands you’ve surely seen us cover before, and even more are up and comers you should absolutely be paying attention to if you’re a fan of the punk and indie scene.

In a city rich with music, and one growing at such a rapid pace, it can sometimes be easy to overlook all of the exciting, communal, DIY artists bubbling up just beneath the surface, so events like Threat Fest, bringing it all together in one place, are essential in preserving, bridging, and cementing this side of the scene. Preview the performers below, then make the trek to Smyrna for the weekend’s coolest event.

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Catch Slaughter Beach, Dog w/ Cave People & Air Ralley | TONIGHT @ The End

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What originally began as a sort of songwriting exercise to get over a hump writing for the  beloved emo/indie punk group he co-fronts, Modern Baseball, Philly musician Jake Ewald’s solo songs soon gave way to a full album’s worth of material, and new project Slaughter Beach, Dog was born. 2016 debut Welcome was warmly received, and, the following year, after announcing that Modern Baseball would be taking an indefinite hiatus, Ewald really came into his own as Slaughter Beach, Dog with an even better followup, Birdie. More introspective and indie, the project isn’t a huge leap form Modern Baseball, but, certainly, sees Jake fully adopting his own voice and sensibility, playing more with genre and writing without his other group’s built-in expectations. Now formally fleshed out with a backing band, and a regular touring fixture in the indie punk scene the past few years, Slaughter Beach, Dog returned just a few weeks ago with a highly-anticipated third album, Safe and Also No Fear, which is without a doubt the project’s most cohesive and fully-realized work to date, and the sound of a songwriter who’s always had an incredible knack for crafting earnest, emotionally-charged compositions becoming even more wise and focused with age.

Tonight, Aug. 23, Slaughter Beach, Dog will bring their thoughtful and confessional tunes to The End, along with similarly earnest and resonant Philly outfit Cave People, and Nashville’s own Air Ralley. Fans of low-key, raw, accessible, indie, punk,S and emo will want to make this a priority (especially if you’re not already catching Pedro the Lion and mewithoutYou across town). Tickets are available here while they last, and you can listen to all the perfumers below!

Slaughter Beach, Dog will perform tonight, Aug. 23 at The End with Cave People and Air Ralley. The show is 18+, begins at 7:30 p.m. (doors at 7 p.m.), and tickets are available to purchase for $17.

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