Don’t Miss mewithoutYou w/ Into It. Over. It. & Needle Points | TONIGHT @ Mercy Lounge!


While no strangers to playing Nashville at a regular clip, Philadelphia indie/art rock outfit mewithoutYou and seminal Chicago emo rockers Into It. Over It. are two of our favorite groups making music today. We’ve written about each band individually countless times over the last several years, and always jump at a chance to see either; on the same bill, their combined musical appeal makes this one of our most-anticipated shows of the fall. Rounded out by Philly retro rockers Needle Points, tickets for this eclectic show are still available here, and if you need any extra convincing that it’s the best way to end your weekend, read on for details!

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R. Kelly to Celebrate New Christmas Album Dec. 5 at Bridgestone Arena


Listed by Billboard as the most successful r&b/hip hop artist of the last 25 years, and the most successful r&b artist in history, singer, controversial public figure, and certifiably eccentric person R. Kelly just released his very first Christmas album, a collection of original tunes dubbed 12 Nights of Christmas, today, Oct. 21. Originally planned for late 2014, the LP got postponed to this holiday season, and, along with its release, Kelly has announced a small string of Christmas themed shows, which kick off Dec. 5 at our very own Bridgestone Arena, exactly two years to the day from the famed singer’s last Music City outing. Whether or not you’re a fan of Kelly’s music, you’re inevitably familiar with his hits, and, over the top antics and legal troubles aside, it’s undeniable that the dude can siiiing. While that might be enough for fans of r&b, the real appeal for us is just how crazy his live shows tend to be, and adding a top layer of holiday themed weirdness to the mix promises to make this R. Kelly outing even more memorable than usual. Tickets go on sale Friday, Oct. 28 at 12 p.m. CDT; get into the spirit with a brand new lyric video below!

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[REMINDER] Don’t Miss Rooney w/ Royal Teeth & Swimming with Bears | Sunday, Oct. 23 @ 12th & Porter


Celebrating their fourth album and first in six years, Washed Away, LA’s Rooney, now effectively a solo vehicle for frontman Robert Schwartzman, are set to return to Nashville for the first time since 2011, this Sunday, Oct. 23 at 12th & Porter with buzzy up and comers Royal Teeth and Swimming with Bears. Experiencing something of a second wind, this definitely feels like the most exciting time to catch Rooney live in years, and if you want to feel both nostalgia for their early ’00s beginnings while looking towards the band’s future, you can grab a ticket right here. Read on for more about the lineup!

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The Flaming Lips to Play War Memorial Auditorium March 29


It’s been an especially strange recent period for seminal psych rock outfit The Flaming Lips. In more than three and a half years since the group dropped their uncharacteristically dark and pessimistic last full-length, The Terror, the band have gone through lineup changes, continued a slew of re-releases and gimmicks, partnered up with a star-studded array of collaborators for a Beatles tribute, served as Miley Cyrus’s muse and backing band for her experimental Dead Petz album and tour, managed to flirt with some controversy, and, all the while, have continued to appear at festivals and tour intermittently, constantly evolving their trippy, surreal, uplifting, and unparalleled live show. While hardcore fans, ourselves included, are always eager to see what the unpredictable group will do next, certainly in the back of our mind, and, likely, moreso in the minds of more casual Lips fans, we’ve wondered when the band might return to the more pop-centric, song-focused approach of the late career renaissance started by 1999’s The Soft Bulletin, and continued on with 2002’s Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots and 2006’s At War with the Mystics. It seems that that might just be the group’s intention with newly-announced 15th LP Oczy Mlody, slated for release Jan. 13 via Warner Bros. First single “The Castle” sounds more akin to The Flaming Lips of a decade ago than anything they’ve put out recently, and even the visuals feel like a big of a return to form for the celebrated and eclectic band.

In celebration of their new LP, the Lips have also announced a string of spring tour dates, slated for clubs a bit smaller than your typical Flaming Lips show, which is great news for Nashville, since they’re set to play War Memorial Auditorium on March 29. This will be the band’s first proper Music City headliner in almost six years, and first time in Nashville since last year’s SoundHarvest Festival. Tickets go on sale Friday, Oct. 28 at 10 a.m. CDT, and we have no doubt they’ll go fast!

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[TICKET GIVEAWAY] Flobots | Oct. 31 @ City Winery


Alternative hip hop outfit Flobots are bring their live band to drop some knowledge on the crowd at City Winery on Halloween night (Monday, Oct. 31), and tickets to the all ages show are currently on sale here. It’s listed as as standing room only, which suggests it’s going to be packed, so don’t sleep on this one, but while you’re here, you might as well click on after the jump for your chance to win two free tickets. Take some time to learn more about the eclectic performers, and start plotting your Halloween costume, because chances are most people will be in full character for the duration of the show.

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