[TICKET GIVEAWAY] Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe | Aug. 16 @ Exit/In

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A seasoned vet on sax as well as an accomplished vocalist, Rolling Stones and Lenny Kravitz cohort Karl Denson is back with his big, funktastic, jam friendly backing band, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, to get Music City grooving. Tickets to their upcoming Nashville outing, Aug. 16 at Exit/In, are currently available for purchase here, but we have some even better news: we’re giving away a pair of tickets to one lucky fan! Click on after the jump for more on the band, and keep on scrolling for your chance to win.

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Catch Music, Art Installations, & More at Far Out Fest II | May 11 & 12 @ Mercy Lounge & The High Watt

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The second annual installment of Far Out Fest is so packed with amazing talent, we had to break it down into a full preview just to do the lineup justice. After the independent film festival portion of the event at Third Man Records last night, get ready to enjoy over a dozen mostly local bands, gracing the stages at Mercy Lounge and The High Watt tonight, Friday, May 11, and tomorrow night, Saturday, May 12. Billed as a psychedelic music and arts festival, Far Out is boasting some killer national talent on the music end, including Electric Citizen, Al Lover, Dead Feathers, Nest Egg, A Drug Called Tradition, and Beginner’s Mynd, as well as some area favorites in the underground Tennessee psych scene like The Holifields, Ttoals, Fragment of God, The Chewers, Black Moon Mother, The Spiderberries, and J. Carter. There will be art installations by Sophia Gordon, Shahnaz Lighari, Jake Johnston, and floral artist Meadow Speak, as well as live visuals from Labrys Light Show, Window Light, and the Southern Demon Herd. On Saturday, they are also featuring a Far Out Market from 5 p.m. to midnight, with vendors selling original artwork, records, and artisanal goods. Vendors include Draconis Arcanum, Holly & the Hare, Utopian Slur, Grendel’s Choice, Television Lights, Vapexhale, and Jeff Crawford

Single night passes for Friday or Saturday are available for $15 and $20 respectively, or you can just drop $35 up front for a full weekend pass that gets you access to everything! On both nights, the performances will be staggered between the two stages, with ticket holders being able to wander from one venue to the other. Below you can see who is playing when and where, and if you click on after the jump you can get a taste of some of the tunes you’ll be hearing. Don’t pass on what many are calling the hottest new annual throwdown in all of Music City; hope to see you there!

FRIDAY

Mercy Lounge:

11:45pm – ELECTRIC CITIZEN
10:15pm – TTOTALS
8:45pm – WET PISS

The High Watt:

11:00pm – DEAD FEATHERS
9:30pm – NEST EGG
8:00pm – OPENING CEREMONY

SATURDAY

Mercy Lounge:

12:00am – AL LOVER
10:30pm – A DRUG CALLED TRADITION
9:00pm – FRAGMENTS OF GOD
7:30pm – BLACK MOON MOTHER
6:00pm – WU FEI

The High Watt:

11:15pm – THE HOLIFIELDS
9:45pm – BEGINNER’S MYND
8:15pm – THE SPIDERBERRIES
6:45pm – THE CHEWERS

Far Out Fest II will take place Friday, May 11 and Saturday, May 12 at Mercy Lounge and The High Watt. The event is 18+, begins at 8 p.m. (doors at 7 p.m.) on Friday night and 6 p.m. (doors at 5 p.m.) on Saturday night, and single day tickets and weekend passes are available here.

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Catch Microwave Mountain’s Cassette Release Show w/ Gravity Thong & H.A.R.D. | TONIGHT @ The Cobra

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We gave you the heads up on this one last week, when we premiered the band’s new music video, but now the day has finally come, and Microwave Mountain are poised to celebrate the release of their cassette-only sophomore album, Sick Licks, thanks to the fine people at Cold Lunch Recordings. With help from very special guests Gravity Thong and buzzy newcomers H.A.R.D. it’s going to be possibly the best garage rock show of the weekend, and, based on how 420 friendly MM’s music video is, a wonderful place to celebrate the “holiday” with buds. The show will kick off at The Cobra around 9:30 p.m., and it will be a 21+ event, also featuring a liquid light show from Silver Cord Cinema. You can get in for $5 or $10 with a copy of the cassette, while they last, so be sure to get their on time so you don’t miss out on your chance at a copy of the album!

Birthed in the mind of Utah transplant Jamie Timm, Microwave Mountain are certainly a buzzworthy local band that should be on your radar, if they’re not already. After playing in various touring bands, Jamie decided to grow out his hair and get a fresh start here in Music City, playing the music he wanted to play. He self-recorded all of his 2015 debut under the MM moniker, entitled Shades Up, using only a two track loop pedal and two past their prime guitar amps. With some guitars, a bass, one microphone, and a room in Nashville, he created some incredible psychedelic inspired, lo-fi garage rock that had us paying very close attention immediately. Over the last two years, the “studio” project has begun to blossom into so much more. Mr. Timm began recruiting others (Pat Boyer, Jakey Barnes, Brennan Lethbridge) to help him perform his material live, and show by show, through word of mouth, their reputation has grown. Now they are happy to share with us all their highly anticipated new album, which is sure to be more of the same kick vibes we’ve come to know and love. Don’t pass on this chance to catch the avant garde of Music City’s garage rock underground.

Microwave Mountain, Gravity Thong, and H.A.R.D. will perform tonight, April 20 at The Cobra. The show is 21+, begins at 9:30 p.m. (doors at 9 p.m.), and tickets are available for $5 at the door or $10 with a cassette while they last.

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[NO COUNTRY PREMIERE] Microwave Mountain Unveil “Electric Boogie” Video Ahead of New Cassette Release

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Birthed in the mind of Utah transplant Jamie Timm, Microwave Mountain are certainly a buzzworthy local band that should be on your radar, if they’re not already. After playing in various touring bands, Jamie decided to grow out his hair and get a fresh start here in Music City, playing the music he wanted to play. He self-recorded all of his 2015 debut under the MM moniker, entitled Shades Up, using only a two track loop pedal and two past their prime guitar amps. With some guitars, a bass, one microphone, and a room in Nashville, he created some incredible psychedelic inspired, lo-fi garage rock that had us paying very close attention immediately. Over the last two years, the “studio” project has begun to blossom into so much more. Mr. Timm began recruiting others (Pat Boyer, Jakey Barnes, Brennan Lethbridge) to help him perform his material live, and show by show, through word of mouth, their reputation has grown to the point that we are thrilled to be helping them debut a brand new music video!

The track, “Electric Boogie,” is the perfect introduction to Microwave Mountain’s unique, blues flavored, stoner garage rock sound and, fittingly, the video reminds us of an episode of the classic MTV music video show Beavis and Butthead, with its ’90s inspired stop motion clip art. However, the added element of dank memes gives it that oh-so-right modern day spin, all courtesy of director VHS Vic. The track will appear on the band’s upcoming sophomore record, Sick Licks, set to be released on cassette via Cold Lunch Recordings next Friday (4/20, of course!). A record release show is set to take place at The Cobra on April 20 as well, with help from Gravity Thong, and H.A.R.D. Cover is only $5 or $10 with a cassette, while they last. So look for a reminder about the show next week, and be sure to click on after the jump for our exclusive premiere!

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Jack White Drops Surreal Music Video for “Over and Over and Over” in Support of New LP

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We’ve already given you the heads up on local rock legend Jack White‘s newest solo offering Boarding House Reach, which officially arrived last Friday, March 23, as well as the surprise recent shows at his own Third Man Records in support, and this morning’s news that he’ll headline Franklin’s Pilgrimage Festival later this year. With all of the hype surrounding the new record, it would be easy to overlook that White also dropped a new music video for the track “Over and Over and Over” the same day as the LP. The highly stylized spot is classic Jack; focusing on the monochromatic color combinations of blue, white, and black. Sticking to his trademark Tim Burton-esque weirdness, the visuals reminded us of a haunted funhouse on acid, with trippy little kids running around in vintage halloween masks, an elderly interpretation of himself sitting with his current self, and random people laid out in the sand wearing blue fatigues.

With an incredible number of collaborators, drawing experience from a vast array of genres, this record is quite something to behold, and we highly recommend you dive into it deeply if you haven’t already. If you were lucky enough to snag a spot at his recent Nashville shows, which sold out pretty much instantly, than you know first hand that the new stuff truly is charting new territory for an already incredibly exploratory musician. For those of you who missed out on the Third Man dates, you also have a chance to catch the esteemed performer at Memphis In May and Atlanta’s Shaky Knees, both ahead of Pilgrimage. Though a proper Nashville headliner could be announced, it remains to be seen if a radius clause might push that likelihood into 2019. Until then, watch Jack’s new video below!

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