Following this summer’s release of Gone Now, his highly-anticipated sophomore full-length under indie pop solo moniker Bleachers, acclaimed producer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Jack Antonoff has is set to return to Nashville tonight, Sept. 13 for a stop at Marathon Music Works with LA indie pop up and comers Tangerine. Bleachers previously played Music City once, at Cannery Ballroom in 2014, and made a nearby appearance at Bonnaroo in 2015, so this return feels long overdue, and, for now, you can still grab tickets right here while they last! Read on for more about why this is sure to be one of the can’t-miss shows of the year!
Though, undoubtedly, Jack Antonoff’s introduction to many came thanks to his role as 1/3 of breakout indie pop outfit fun., the prolific New Jersey artist’s career dates back much, much further. Antonoff cut his teeth in the Garden State’s rich punk scene, dabbling in a variety of projects before forming Steel Train, his first group to achieve widespread attention, while still a teenager. Over three albums and constant touring, which overlapped with the start of fun.’s career, the folk-tinged indie group flexed Jack’s range as a frontman, though after the unprecedented attention of fun.’s sophomore effort, Some Nights, Antonoff’s role as guitarist and co-writer for the band briefly became his apparent sole focus.
Created first in secret, Bleachers began as a solo creative outlet for Antonoff while on the road with fun., and debut LP Strange Desire was largely recorded throughout 2013 before the project was formally unveiled, following a few initial festival announcements, in early 2014. Jack has always been hesitant to call it a “side project,” as he views no one vehicle as his main or secondary focus, but as Bleachers’ prominence has continued to rise, and fun. have largely gone dominant since announcing an open-ended hiatus in early 2015, it seems to be his sole gig these days, aside from prominent production work with big names like Lorde and Taylor Swift.
Earlier this summer, Bleachers released their highly-anticipated sophomore effort, Gone Now, further building and expanding on the slick, retro, indie/synthpop sound of the project’s debut, packing in the huge hooks, unabashed love for anthemic pop, and indie rock cred that quickly made the band so beloved. After several years of touring the world, finding, if not the same level of mainstream attention as fun., at least as fervent a dedicated fanbase, Bleachers is still the most undistilled taste of Jack Antonoff’s unparalleled artistry of any project he’s been apart of, and live, the group are exhilarating and unmatched. Don’t miss their Nashville return!
Made up of sisters Marika and Miro Justad and Toby Kuhn, native Seattleites Tangerine have been making music together in some form or another off and on for over a decade, though they formally formed their current indie pop project in 2013. After a few years of generating a healthy amount of buzz across the blogosphere and in appearances throughout the Pacific Northwest, the trio recently relocated to Los Angeles, and with just a handful of singles and EPs under their belt, most recently last year’s Sugar Teeth, are setting their sights on reaching the next chapter of career success. A perfect fit for supporting Bleachers, you’ll want to show up early to catch this very cool act on the rise.
Bleachers and Tangerine will perform tonight, Sept. 13 at Marathon Music Works. The show is all ages, begins at 8 p.m. (doors at 7 p.m.), and tickets are available to purchase for $28.50.