As we announced yesterday, acclaimed local rockers Moon Taxi, still celebrating the success of last year’s incredible new album Daybreaker, and hot off of huge New Year’s Eve show at War Memorial Audition, have announced their first-ever headlining appearance at The Ryman Auditorium, April 1 with fellow locals COIN. This is without a doubt a big and well-deserved moment for Moon Taxi and we’re so excited that we’re giving away a pair of tickets! Read on for more about the show and how to enter, or simply buy tickers here beginning Friday, Jan. 29 at 10 a.m. CST.
One of Nashville’s definitive rock and roll success stories of the past few years, Moon Taxi began almost a decade ago, while several members were students at Belmont. Quickly finding a regional audience following the 2007 release of their debut, Melodica, the group’s early days were characterized by a compelling and polished live show, and an affinity for jam-inspired rock with progressive tendencies. A 2008 live album would follow, and gave way to further touring, early festival appearances, headlining spots at local clubs, and increased Nashville prominence through slots at events like Live on the Green.
The group’s sophomore release, Cabaret, arrived in 2012, and really set the wheels in motion for the whirlwind of success they’ve since experienced. Finding a poppier balance, doubling down on their songwriting (after often being praised more for their live show), and incorporating electronics, Moon Taxi quickly found a larger critical and commercial audience, going, in a matter of months, from local events like East Nashville Underground, to prominent spots at national fests (including a 2012 debut at Bonnaroo), appearances on late night television (Letterman, Conan, Seth Meyers), and nonstop touring. 2013’s Mountains Beaches Cities followed a sonically similar approach to proggy, poppy, alternative rock, paving the way for their latest, last year’s Daybreaker, perhaps the most broadly accessible Moon Taxi release to date, and the best recorded representation of the power and energy of their live show, doubling down a honed-in focus on tight, dynamic songwriting. Following Moon Taxi’s packed New Year’s Eve outing at War Memorial Auditorium, it’s no surprise to see them finally headlining the Mother Church, and we can’t think of a more deserving act to find so much success.
Like Moon Taxi, local indie/synth-pop outfit COIN came together while several members were attending Belmont, quickly finding buzz and a local following through their high-energy, polished live show and infectiously catchy and layered sound. With only a handful of tracks to their name, the group were already selling out local clubs less than a year into their existence, bagging them a deal with Columbia Records imprint StarTime International, through which they released their Jay Joyce-produced self-titled debut LP last year. Still a relatively young act, COIN have already toured with some heavy-hitters like Walk the Moon and Neon Trees, and are steadily becoming a festival favorite. Given their busy schedule, hometown shows are few and far between these days, so this one will be extra special.
ENTER TO WIN TICKETS
Enter to win tickets by filling out the form below. 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 Tuesday, Feb. 9 at 3 p.m. CST, and will receive one pair of tickets. Good luck!
Moon Taxi and COIN will perform Friday, April 1 at The Ryman Auditorium. The show is all ages, begins at 8 p.m. (doors at 7 p.m.), and tickets will be available for $30-35 beginning Friday, Jan. 29.