REVIEW: Paramore w/ Best Coast | 10.17.17 at The Ryman Auditorium [PHOTOS]


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The Ryman Auditorium; Nashville, TN
October 17, 2017

Review by Philip Obenschain (@pobenschain). Photos by Mary-Beth Blankenship.

Less than six months ago, we witnessed Paramore‘s return to stage after the longest touring gap of their career, days before the release of their triumphant fifth album, After Laughter. Also the group’s live reunion with founding drummer Zac Farro, the intimate affair took place in front of a few hundred friends and fans at Exit/In, mere steps from where they played their first show ever 13 years prior, at adjacent dive The End. Though unique and inspired, and certainly a show we won’t soon forget, that performance felt more like a necessary and cathartic need to return to their roots, something of an open practice surrounded by a communal support system, before embarking on bigger, more-involved tours that have taken place since.

It seems fitting, then, that Tour Two (the North American leg of their After Laughter run, following a Tour One in Europe over the summer) would wrap back home, bigger, but still intimate by Paramore standards, in the legendary and perfectly-suited Ryman Auditorium, where the group last played in 2009 (and mind you, they’re not home for long, with festivals in Mexico and South America, winter one-offs, Florida makeup dates, and a European Tour Three all on the horizon). After recently getting a taste of part of this show outside at Chicago’s Riot Fest last month, we were eager to see the current tour from beginning to end in its full glory, and couldn’t have asked for a more magical space in which to witness it. Below, check out our full coverage and photos from Paramore’s epic homecoming!

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[NO COUNTRY PREMIERE] Kopecky’s Markus Midkiff Debuts New Project William Trouble with Provacative Single “Runaway”

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It’s a bit of a bummer in the local scene that indie rock outfit Kopecky have been on hiatus, but the break has also given its various members a chance to creatively explore individual projects.  The latest is from multi-instrumentalist Markus Midkiff and his new solo vehicle William Trouble, which, you may remember, we introduced you to through a duet with Brandy Zdan back in 2016.  The project, which sees Midkiff playing all the instruments, recording, and co-producing, is in the same vein of the beloved Kopecky, but dials down the pop sensibility a bit, and creates a melodic indie rock vibe that will appeal to fans of The Killers or The War On Drugs. William Trouble is gearing up to release debut track “Runaway” on Friday, Oct. 20, but we’re excited to give you a taste of the new tune with our exclusive premiere a couple of days early.

We asked Midkiff about the impetus for the song and the provocative self-portrait used as the album art.  He tells us that he wrote the single while in a relationship, and it’s a plea for his lover not to run away.  We learned that he ultimately couldn’t corral his love, which led to the release of this single with the mantra, “Fuck it.  Time to do what I want and say what I want.” Rumor has it there are a handful of new singles in the pipeline to be released in the coming months, and a debut record could be in the works for the spring of 2018. Dig in below to get hip to William Trouble, and keep an eye out for local show announcements soon.

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[TICKET GIVEAWAY] Hum w/ Sweet Cobra | Oct. 26 @ Mercy Lounge


Though, perhaps, they lack the name recognition of some of their mid-’90s alt rock contemporaries, Illinois’ Hum have deservedly developed something of a cult following and renewed critical interest since first disbanding in 2000, leaving a lasting influence that has crept into modern alternative, post-hardcore, indie, and even metal in a way more significant than they’re often given credit for. The classic lineup of the group have never stayed entirely gone for more than a few years at a time without a sporadic festival or regional reunion here and there, but since properly touring in 2015 for the first time since their split, Hum have been a lot more active and are even working on new music, adding more stability to the longevity of this return. We we thrilled when they kicked of their first tour in 17 years with a Mercy Lounge show a couple years back, and we’re floored that they’re returning to the same spot once again so soon, for an Oct. 26 stop with likeminded Chicago group Sweet Cobra, as part of a mini tour en route to Florida’s The Fest. Tickets are still available here and we implore you not to miss out, but we’re also giving away a pair of tickets to one lucky fan! If you’d rather leave it up to chance, enter below and read on for more about the show!

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Liza Anne Navigates Anxiety with an Upbeat Exterior in New Single “Paranoia”


“There you go, saying I’ll be fine but, I won’t/ Brush it under the bed another time but it won’t stay down/ Crawling into my mind and out my mouth/ I’m scared you’re not mine and you want out” sings Nashville’s Liza Anne on the final verse of her latest single, the powerful, personal, and sad/poppy “Paranoia,” a candid, vulnerable, and anthemic account of her own struggle with panic anxiety disorder.

“Growing up, people would always say I was too happy to be depressed, or too social to have anxiety,” the singer explains, on the song’s inspiration, “In their eyes, because I was one thing, I couldn’t also be something else. I think we all exist in duality, though. I can be everything and nothing all at once.” Anne, a longtime site favorite (perhaps minor obsession of ours would be more accurate), perfectly captures this duality with a shimmering, hook-laden exterior and slow build to complex, gritty pop bliss, juxtaposed with the song’s personal examination of grappling with mental health.

It’s been more than two years since Liza captivated us with her astounding sophomore LP, Two, and her followup, which appears to be called Fine But Dying, is expected arrive early next year, on the heels of recent tours with the likes of  Joseph and Margaret Glaspy. If “Paranoia” is any indication, the forthcoming release seems to be following in the poppy, earnest, indie rock template of Two, and with several years of frequent touring and personal and artistic growth to inform it, we have no doubt it’ll be the best album yet from an exciting and essential young artist who already wows us with each release.

Hear “Paranoia” below!

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REVIEW: King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard w/ Mild High Club | 9.26.17 at Cannery Ballroom [PHOTOS]

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King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard
w/ Mild High Club

Cannery Ballroom; Nashville, TN
September 26, 2017

Review by Jacob Ryan (@GonzoWithGusto). Photos by Amber J. Davis

Rowdy Aussie psych/garage punks King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard recently kicked off their North American tour in Music City, blowing the roof off a sold out performance at Cannery Ballroom with help from alt indie outfit Mild High Club. Known for their high energy, free wheeling live performances, King Gizz did not disappoint, putting on easily one of the best shows we’ve seen all year. Read on for a full review, and some great shots of the festivities from contributing photographer Amber J. Davis.

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