TWiN | This Weekend in Nashville | Aug. 18–20

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It’s a bit of a scaled down weekend around town, but that only refers to an brief dip in major headlining acts and outdoor festival events, because the local options are plentiful and wallet friendly.  Is everyone just gearing up for the big eclipse on Monday?  Probably.  Of course, living in Music City, there are plenty of smaller billed shows that should provide some kick ass musical entertainment, so head below to check out our top show picks for this weekend, and get out to see some live music.

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TWiN | This Weekend in Nashville | Aug. 11–13

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Tomato Art Fest is the big show stealer this weekend with musical events (and a world record attempt) happening on Friday and Saturday.  If you aren’t a fan of the big crowds (or fruit-vegetables), fret not fearless music lover, this weekend is still spacked to the gills with shows both big and small happening all over town.  Dig in below to plan your weekend with this week’s edition of TWiN.

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*repeat repeat Debut “Girlfriend” Ahead of New LP ‘Floral Canyon’

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It’s lining up to be a big year for local candy surf rockers *repeat repeat.  They just wowed us (and the local media) at this year’s Forecastle Festival, and seemingly caught the eye of many at this year’s Firefly Festival.  All of this providing the perfect momentum for the release of their sophomore LP, Floral Canyon, which is officially set to drop on Sept. 15 and marks their label debut with Dangerbird Records.  In anticipation of that release, the band just debuted the single “Girlfriend,” which you can dig into below. Husband and wife vocalists Jared and Kristyn Corder explain the impetus for the song as, a storyline of the beginning of their relationship, but also is a sort of response to Best Coast’s “Boyfriend,” which they listened to a lot on the road.

*repeat repeat are gearing up for a tour with Beach Slang this fall, and, but unfortunately won’t be on the leg that hits Nashville. However, they will be back in town soon after the Floral Canyon release, and we anticipate a local show in celebration of the new record as summer officially turns to fall.  Keep your eyes open for more news, and open your ears up to one of Nashville’s next true rising stars.

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[REVIEW + PHOTOS] Forecastle 2017

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As we’ve been saying every year since our first time covering in 2013, Louisville’s Forecastle Festival is one of our absolute favorite music fests- not just in the region, but in the whole country. It’s not the the biggest or flashiest event of its kind, and you’ll frequently find its performers at many other festivals, but it excels by not trying to be something gargantuan, focusing, instead, of keeping things lean and well-curated, embracing the spirit and culture of its surroundings, and maintaining one of the best laid out, most organized, and friendliest festival environments we’ve ever experienced. Going into this year, the bill was noticeably stuffed with performers we’d recently seen at other fests- and while it might not drum up the same sense of urgency for people who attend several events, that’s ok; the reason you book acts like LCD Soundsytem, Cage the Elephant, and Weezer is because they’re amazing, and the vast majority of attendees don’t hit nearly the number of events as the diehard few (and music journalists) do. The variety was still great, the ambience as good as ever, the weather cooperative (for once), and the city- one of our favorite things to explore in our annual trek- only seems more exciting and buzzing with each passing year, with new food, businesses and more to explore just outside of the festival grounds, and even more if you take the time to adventure. Needless to say, Forecastle 2017 was another exciting, triumphant year, and you can read all about it and check out our full photo set below!

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TWiN | This Weekend in Nashville | Aug. 4–6

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It’s a weekend of record releases, buzzy touring bands, and a first time festival in Music City (not to mention Birmingham’s Secret Stages is celebrating their 7th year with a killer lineup, chock full of Nashville talent).  We are still in the “slow” summer months, but there is plenty to chose from to satiate your musical thirst.  Head below to see some of our top picks for shows this weekend in Nashville.

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