Catch The Sword & Royal Thunder Tonight @ Exit/In!

Austin-based stoner metal foursome The Sword will be bringing its sound and fury to Exit/In on Tuesday, Nov. 24 at 9pm. (Doors open at 8pm; this event is 18 and over.) With psychedelic rockers Royal Thunder scheduled to open, this show is sure to be a mind-blowing, face-melting return to Nashville. The Sword has been pummeling audience ears since the mid-aughts and has shared stages with such hard rock titans as Metallica, Ozzy, and Motörhead. Grab your $16 tickets here, and head below to read more.

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Get The Quick ’n’ Dirty On Nashville’s Musical Diversity With ‘City Limits Tapes’ Mashup

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Need a primer on local, non-country music? Former Nashvillian Jonathan Stewart, aka DJ Skarface, the mastermind behind the mixes MadDILLAiny (that’s Madvillain versus J Dilla) and Deltron 1983 (Deltron 3030 versus Flying Lotus), has dropped City Limits Tapes, a dizzying new mix that highlights the diversity of Music City’s local music.

Divvied up into four parts (rock, indie dance, EDM, and hip-hop), City Limits Tapes is not a song-by-song slog through the local scene, but a continuous, high-energy blend of superb tunes and beats that makes an impressive case for Nashville as hub for any and all kinds of music. Stewart says his motivation for creating the mix was to show off the different musical sides of Nashville that don’t come immediately to mind, but with silly introductory bumps and everyone from Jack White to Turbo Fruits to Cherub to Illuminate getting licks in, it also comes off like a love letter from a local music obsessive.

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Dan Deacon to Headline Star Party’s Witching Hour Halloween Trip-Out Oct. 23 at The East Room!

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Baltimore singer-songwriter/21st-century classical composer Dan Deacon will headline Star Party’s Witching Hour Halloween Trip-Out at The East Room this Friday, Oct. 23. Tickets for the event, which kicks off at 8 p.m. and will include yoga exercises, professional huggers, a viewing of The Rocky Horror Picture Show played backwards and an opening set by Nashville’s own Pineapple Explode, cost $15. Buy them here.

Deacon first made a splash in the late 2000s with seminal electro-pop releases like Spiderman of the Rings (2007) and Bromst (2009). Since then, he’s expanded his horizons with the relatively pastoral and mature America (2012), a cover of Brian Eno’s “1/1” for the Translational Drifts: Moogfest Vol. 1 EP, and scoring the most disturbing Adult Swim meme video yet. Perfect for Halloween.

Check out the video for “Feel the Lightning,” the opening track from this year’s Gliss Riffer, after the jump.

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REVIEW: Destroyer w/ Jennifer Castle| 10.10.15 @ Mercy Lounge

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Destroyer
w/ Jennifer Castle

Mercy Lounge; Nashville, TN
October 10, 2015

Review by Chris Clancy.

It’s been four and half years since we last got an album out of Destroyer, the ongoing project of Canadian singer-songwriter Dan Bejar (though I suppose there was the just-for-laughs stopgap EP, Five Spanish Songs, back in 2013). That’s an awfully long time between albums, especially in this age of constant content creation. So it was with high hopes that the crowd settled in last Saturday night, eager to see how Bejar and company might blow off the dust and find the groove.

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REVIEW: The Chris Robinson Brotherhood | 10.6.15 @ 3rd & Lindsley

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The Chris Robinson Brotherhood
3rd & Lindsely; Nashville, TN
October 6, 2015

Review by Chris Clancy.

In the same way that the Black Crowes gained notice–and suffered backlash–for wearing their influences on their sleeve, The Chris Robinson Brotherhood, frontman Chris Robinson’s new project, expertly recreate the moves of their classic rock forebears. But where The Crowes mined the ideas of Sticky Fingers-era Stones and Humble Pie, The Chris Robinson Brotherhood walk the well-worn paths of The Grateful Dead. But, what is perhaps most notable about this shift is that, among the hundreds gathered for a sold out show at Nashville’s 3rd & Lindsley on Tuesday night, I think I was the only one to give a damn about influences. The rest just wanted to see the former Black Crowes frontman doing what he does best: sing rock and roll.

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