It’s probably no surprise that support and love for our local music scene is a huge motivator behind the work we put in here at No Country. In fact, few things make us happier than watching smaller local acts grow and cultivate their fanbase. You can imagine, then, how excited we were to hear that indie rockers Staying for the Weekend will be headlining the Exit/In on a Friday night (March 21). SFTW will be joined by fellow local acts Keeps and The Astrochimps, both of whom have been kicking up dirt around town with their infectious respective takes on traditional indie rock/pop.
Anyway, we’ve got more for you about all three of these skilled acts after the jump, but, in the meantime, we’d like to announce that we have a pair of tickets to give away for this event. That’s right, you could see this fantastic show for free. All you’ll need to do is follow us through the jump, scroll on down, and fill out the form at the bottom of this post. If you’re the selected winner, we’ll get back to you via e-mail on March 20th around noon, so be sure to check those inboxes.
STAYING FOR THE WEEKEND
Like we began to say in the intro, Staying for the Weekend have been a constant blip on the No Country radar for some time now. Their shining moment last year was undoubtedly their amazing Bonnaroo performance, but they’ve had a plethora of other great shows around the South over the past year that’ve kept them busy as well. In addition, the group released a new EP in late 2013, which has been embedded below for your listening pleasure (and trust us, it will be pleasurable). We’ve loved having a chance to watch this band grow, and we highly suggest that you hop aboard the SFTW train as soon as possible.
Three piece self-described “psychedelic dreamrock” band Keeps really started taking off around Nashville with their EP Rift. It’s easy to tell why this EP has carried Keeps to their current position; it’s one of those thoughtful releases that immediately makes obvious the skill and dedication of the musicians involved. Like any great act, however, where Keeps really shine is the live show. If only you had a chance to come see this awesome band play live… oh. Wait. You totally do, on the 21st. See you there.
While Staying for the Weekend might wow you their upbeat, raw energy and Keeps’ thoughtful and intricate songwriting will draw you far into their set, five-piece opener The Astrochimps will employ an entirely different tactic to get audience involved: the undeniable magnetism of pure fun. Go ahead and click on one of the songs below, and you’ll see exactly what we mean. Sure, the lyrics are there and the songwriting and form is not bad by any stretch of the imagination, but far and away the most engaging aspect of The Astrochimps is the good-timey attitude they seem to infuse into most everything they do. You can share in that attitude by checking them out live next weekend.
ENTER TO WIN TICKETS
Must be 18+ to enter, per the show’s age requirements. Winner will be announced Thursday, March 20 at noon, and will receive a pair of tickets. For a bonus chance to win, RSVP to the event here and share it on your Facebook wall. Enter below (you will be redirected to your e-mail, where you will need to hit send):
If you’re having issues with the above form, you can alternately send your full name in an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with “SFTW Giveaway” in the subject line.
Staying for the Weekend, Keeps, and The Astrochimps will perform March 21 at Exit/In. The show is 18+, begins at at 8:30 p.m. (doors at 7 p.m), and tickets are available to purchase for $5.