Genre-bending, boundary pushing Canadian post-rock collective Godspeed You! Black Emperor return to Nashville for their first headlining show in three years later this month, Sept. 19 at Marathon Music Works (notably, Godspeed played Bridgestone Arena with Nine Inch Nails in 2013) with Xylouris White, out in support of their new album, Asunder, Sweet and Other Distress. With a live show like no other, a loyal cult following, and a reputation for being one of the best experimental/ambient/instrumental groups in existence, this is sure to be one of the year’s best shows, and is a can’t-miss for fans of layered, technical songwriting. While tickets are still available here, we’re excited to announce that we’re giving away a pair to one lucky winner! Read on for more about the show and enter below!
GODSPEED YOU! BLACK EMPEROR
Formed two decades ago in Montreal, Canada, post-rock/experimental outfit Godspeed You! Black Emperor have developed nothing short of a cult following throughout the many years of touring and through their five expansive albums. Currently boasting an eight-person roster, the band have seen various contributors come and go throughout the years, but have always maintained a core group of players, helping shape their politically charged, dark, droning, and ambient sound. Largely inactive from 2003-2010, Godspeed reemerged more focused and expansive as ever with their phenomenal 2012 release, Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend!, and followed it with this year’s fantastic Asunder, Sweet and Other Distress. Their live show is characterized by film loops and projections, all perfectly planned to help deliver their intricate, layered songs in the most unique and effective way possible.
Hailing from the Greek Island of Crete, acclaimed lute player George Xylouris teamed up with Australian drummer Jim White (of the Dirty Three) to form Xylouris White, a unique, melding of cultures and musical sensibilities. Fusing traditional Cretan music with rock, the band released their debut Goats last year, and possess the right mix of eclectic and weird needed to open for a band like Godspeed.
ENTER TO WIN TICKETS
Enter to win tickets by filling out the form below. Must be 18+ to attend, per the show’s age restrictions. After you have entered, there will be the option to share this contest via social media. For each person that you refer to the contest, you will receive an additional entry. If you experience any trouble with the contest widget, or have any questions, feel free to email us at [email protected].
Winner will be announced Friday, Sept. 18 at 12 p.m. CDT, and will receive one pair of tickets. Good luck!
Godspeed You! Black Emperor and Xylouris White will perform Saturday, Sept. 19 at Marathon Music Works. The show is 18+, begins at 8 p.m. (doors at 7 p.m.), and tickets are available for $22-25.