TWiN | This Weekend in Nashville | April 20-22


While Vandy’s annual festival this weekend may claim the name, it always feels like Record Store Day is an official Rite of Spring, and Nashville, being the music city that it is, puts on some serious big boy pants to blow this event out in epic style. We have a full guide of RSD happenings that you can check out here, but, if you disdain free music, beer, and killer vinyl, then you could always opt for a number of traditional shows that are worth your attention. Hate music, and are for some reason still reading this site? There’s also the Nashville Comedy Festival going on that features some of the nation’s top funny people at venues across the city. Regardless of what you do, enjoy your rite of spring.

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Don’t Miss Durand Jones & The Indications w/ Alanna Royale | TONIGHT @ The Basement East!

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Despite meeting at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music, the story of Durand Jones & The Indications is an unlikely one.  Originally planned as a one-off to explore the band’s love of soul music, they recorded demos in makeshift home studio, with a whopping $450 budget, and a toy karaoke microphone.  The result of that evening became their 2016 debut self-titled album, which harkens back to powerhouse forces in the R&B/Soul world, like Charles Bradley, Lee Fields, and Al Green.  Now working through taste-maker label Dead Oceans, the band are continuing their rise with tons of internet buzz, critical acclaim, and a mounting tally of radio plays.  Tack on an aggressive tour schedule, which sees them stopping in on a number of festival appearances this summer, including Bonnaroo and, the recently sold out Moon River Festival, and it should be hard to see why you don’t want to miss your chance to catch them in an intimate environment before it is too late.

Local R&B/soul standouts and blog faves Alanna Royale will be opening things up on this special evening, and, unless you are fresh off the boat in Music City, they should be a well known entity.  They first swept the scene off their feet with the release of their debut EP, Bless Her Heart, in 2013, and followed that up with an extensive touring schedule and top billing at venues all across town, prior to releasing their debut LP, Achilles, the following year.  The band have been hard at work in the studio of late, and have been retouching their sound just a hair.  While the core lineup remains the same, helmed by powerhouse frontwoman Alanna Quinn Broadus, they have added some depth, including a more horns, keys, and background vocalists.  If you thought Alanna Royale was fun before, then you really need to take in their live set now.  Don’t be surprised if you hear some new tracks either, rumor on the street is that a new AR record is closer than you might think.

Durand Jones & The Indications and Alanna Royale will perform tonight, April 19 at The Basement East. The show is 18+, begins at 9 p.m. (8 p.m. doors), and tickets are available for $15.

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TWiN | This Weekend in Nashville | April 13-15

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It’s finally feeling like spring once more, and this weekend’s show calendar is absolutely bursting with ways to keep busy and entertained, with so many stellar show options. We already told you about two-night residencies from both The Decemberists and Yo La Tengo, at The Ryman and The Basement East respectively, as well as the highly-anticipated Music City return of Lorde. If you’re willing to dig deeper though, you’ll find pop punk favorites, ’80s new wave staples, an immersive workshop from a top-notch DJ, an EDM day fest, a long-running Friday the 13th tradition, and plenty more, ranging from emo to garage rock to alt-country to metal and everything in between. Enjoy your weekend and take in some live music with our latest installment of TWiN!

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[REMINDER] Don’t Miss Yo La Tengo | April 13 & 14 @ The Basement East

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On tour in support of their 15th full-length record, There’s A Riot Going On, seminal indie rock outfit and critical darlings Yo La Tengo are set to return to Nashville this weekend for an intimate two-night run at The Basement East on April 13 & 14. While any YLT show is a not-to-miss affair, we’re even more excited as they return to their New Jersey beginnings by scaling down their Nashville appearance for two full shows in a club at least half the size of most of their other stops on this tour. Tickets are still available for both nights, but we wouldn’t expect that to last. You can snag tickets here for Friday (4/13) or here for Saturday (4/14). Head below to read more about the band.

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TWiN | This Weekend in Nashville | April 6-8


Whether you’re looking for indie rock icons, two days of metal, local indie and garage rock, country, r&b, funk, hip hop, punk, or anything in between, this weekend is stuffed full of shows at all prices and sizes, bound to offer something that suits your fancy. Per usual, we’ve combed through them all and offered up our top picks- check ’em out below in our latest installment of TWiN!

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