[REMINDER] Catch Cool Kids w/ Pell & Jung Youth | TONIGHT @ The Basement East


We can always count on Red Bull’s Sound Select concert series to curate some of the best local and national acts around, all for just $3. Tonight, Feb. 18 at The Basement East continues this trend, bringing together reunited Chicago hip hop duo The Cool Kids, buzzy up and coming southern rapper Pell, and Nashville’s own Jung Youth, plus DJ Owen Bones, for a stellar showcase at a steal of a price. As always, you need to RSVP to lock in your $3 admission, and show up early to guarantee entry (it’s first come, first served, and we have a feeling this one will fill up).

It’s been a decade since The Cool Kids erupted onto the scene, their contemporary meets old school, eclectic, expansive sound primed for the MySpace generation. After gaining fast and widespread buzz with their debut EP The Bake Sale, a slew of mixtapes, and their one and only studio LP, 2011’s When Fish Ride Bicycles, the duo of Chuck Inglish and Sir Michael Rocks abruptly called it quits in 2012, going on to pursue commendable solo careers. Despite shooting down persistent rumors of a reunion over the years, the group finally made amends, and staged a surprise return last summer, which has, so, far produced a few singles as they prep their long-awaited new album. One of the most interesting hip hop acts of the last decade, and one whose run was undoubtedly cut short, we’re beyond thrilled to have The Cool Kids back in action.

A buzzworthy fixture in the new guard, Pell’s career began after being displaced from New Orleans by Hurricane Katrina to Jackson, Miss. Since his 2014 debut mixtape, Floating While Dreaming, and LIMBO EP the following year, the rising MC has appeared at numerous festivals, drummed up critical buzz, and collaborated with big names like G-Easy. Likewise, Nashville local Jung Youth, who we’ve written about on numerous occasions over the years, has amassed a growing buzz with his genre-bending, electro-infused, lyrically sharp and fresh rhymes, and honed live show. This lineup is phenomenal for fans of contemporary hip hop, and at just $1 a performer, it might be the weekend’s most essential show.
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TWiN | This Weekend in Nashville | Feb 17-19

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Just when you thought that the winter show doldrums were going to last for the rest of whatever season this is, we have a stacked weekend of top notch shows going on around Music City.  We’ve got future folk at Third Man, jam bands, hip hop reunions, and legends from the past three decades performing around town, not to mention a slew of gigs from local acts going on.  Head below to navigate your way through a busy weekend with this week’s edition of TWiN.

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DIY Space Drkmttr Launches GoFundMe to Reopen for Shows, Nashville Comes Through


If you’ve kept up with show happenings this year, you’ve probably noticed that we haven’t reported on any events at DIY, all ages arts collective Drkmttr in months. That’s because back in December, the volunteer-run space, which originally began in the Chestnut Hill area before relocating to The Nations last year, was shut down by the fire marshal, after a wave of stricter enforcements on DIY venues in the wake of the tragic events of Oakland’s Ghost Ship.

Fortunately, Drkmttr, which was founded expressly for the purpose of providing a more inclusive, all ages, arts space in our scene, has been working with the city to meet the necessary requirements  to began hosting shows again, and in order to do so, they launched a GoFundMe earlier this week. Within in a day, the goal of $2,500 had been met, which will go towards making the bathroom ADA compliment, installing a crash door for the emergency exit, sound proofing, updating lights and paint, adding to the community ‘zine library, and more.

As it stands, the campaign continues to receive donations, and, just three days in, currently tops $3,200. We’re also seeing some events starting to pop up for March, which is a promising indication that Drkmttr will be back up and running very soon. If you still wish to donate, you can do so right here; we’re sure everything extra will go towards making the space even better for everyone. Regardless, it’s incredibly cool to see how fast the local scene snapped to action to save one of our best arts spaces, and we can’t wait to welcome Drkmttr back; way to go Nashville!

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Hear Eisley’s New Album ‘I’m Only Dreaming’ Early | Catch Them Feb. 20 at Exit/In!


It’s technically been two decades since beloved Texas indie pop group Eisley, initially made up of all siblings, first formed, though their proper debut album wouldn’t arrive until 2005, and has been followed by a succession of captivating releases, world tours, and critical praise ever since. After a decade of touring with their longstanding, original lineup, Eisley saw a shift in 2015, which left frontwoman Sherri DuPree-Bemis as the group’s core remaining songwriter and vocalist, and bassist and cousin Garron DuPree the only other remaining longtime member. Since then, they’ve toured with the likes of Copeland and The Dear Hunter, backed by a semi-roatating cast of family members and live players, keeping the Eisley name and legacy alive, while crafting a long-awaited followup 2013’s Currents in their home of Tyler, Texas with producer Will Yip.

Eisley’s highly-anticipated fifth LP, I’m Only Dreaming, is finally slated to arrive tomorrow, Feb. 17 via Equal Vision Records, though the group have made it available to stream early on YouTube, for those of you who, like us, just can’t wait (spoiler: it’s the same classic dreamy, layered, whimsical sound you’ve come to expect). Along with their new album, the band are also kicking off a lengthy spring tour today, which brings them to back to Exit/In next week, Feb. 20 along with Nashville’s own Civilian and new labelmates Backwards Dancer. Tickets are still available right here, and as a longtime Nashville favorite, we wouldn’t suggest procrastinating on snagging yours!

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[TICKET GIVEAWAY] Vince Staples w/ Kilo Kish | March 7 @ Marathon Music Works


Hitting the road for a tour he’s dubbing “The Life Aquatic,” eclectic, poignant, and alternative hip hop artist Vince Staples is set to return to Nashville for the second time ever, and first time in a headlining slot, March 7 at Marathon Music Works. After the recent release of politically charged single “BagBak,” and ahead of new music, Staples seems more relevant and urgent that ever, and along with equally buzzworthy artist Kilo Kish, this should be one of the year’s most essential hip hop shows. Tickets are still available here, but, if you’d rather take your chances, we’re also giving away a pair of tickets to one lucky fan. Read on for a full preview and enter below!

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