Fleet Foxes to Play The Ryman May 21

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Seattle based indie folk outfit Fleet Foxes revived their flourishing career earlier this year with the release of their third full length, Crack-Up, after a six year hiatus. That highly-acclaimed album has spawned a tour that will see the band return to Nashville’s The Ryman Auditorium on May 21 for the first time in as many years.  Tickets go on sale this Friday, Dec. 8 at 10 a.m. CST and you can snag them right here.

Fleet Foxes caught the attention of their first fans over 10 years ago, gigging around Seattle with their unique, harmony drenched, retro pop influenced brand of folk, and one of the ears they caught belonged to producer Phil Ek (Band of Horses, Modest Mouse, The Shins, Built to Spill).  Ek teamed up with primary songwriter Robin Pecknold and co-founders Skyler Skjelset and Casey Wescott to record their EP Sun Giant and their self-titled debut LP, which was quickly snatched up by Sub Pop and distributed to worldwide acclaim, nabbing year end nods from most every credible media outlet, and setting the stage for the rise of Fleet Foxes.

The band toured extensively on their debut, and it was another two years before they returned with another absolute gem in their sophomore release, Helplessness Blues, in 2011.  The resulting effort was designed to be more of a concept album, and marked a pinnacle in the young band’s career, when they notched a Grammy for Best Folk Album in 2012.  At that moment, when it seemed like Fleet Foxes would become a runaway freight train, they slowed into a hiatus that saw drummer Josh Tillman leave the band to focus on Father John Misty and Robin Pecknold take time off to study at Columbia in New York.

There was clearly a lot of songwriting going on over that period, and collaborations with some high profile musicians.  While it was amazing that it took six years to release their follow up, Crack-Up, the resulting record feels like catching up with an old friend, but maybe one that has been traveling for a while with lots of stories that need to be unpacked.  If you haven’t spent some time with this new record, it should be on your end of the year list for sure, and their gig at The Ryman on May 21 should definitely be on your most-anticipated list of shows for the spring.

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TWiN | This Weekend in Nashville | Dec. 1-3


As we wrap up the first week of intense consumerism to fire up the holidays, it’s probably time that you give yourself a present, and, of course, we recommend some live music.  After a fairly quiet weekend following Thanksgiving, we’re back with a stacked slate of shows to kick off December, including a massive charity show, some blues, lots of punk, and tons more from both local and killer touring acts.  Head below to check our staff picks for the weekend!

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[REMINDER] Catch Okey Dokey w/ The Lonely Biscuits, Ian Ferguson, & Swarming Branch | TONIGHT @ The Basement East

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Put down the Turkey and the Netflix, it’s time to get your body back in motion.  Local psych pop outfit Okey Dokey are back in town tonight, Nov. 30  headlining a stellar bill featuring some hot up and coming bands from the local scene and beyond.  Head to The Basement East to catch them along with some of the hottest acts in town.  You’ll also get to spend some time with the likes of alt rock outfit The Lonely Biscuits, bluesy psych rocker Ian Ferguson, and Columbus, OH based smooth rockers Swarming Branch.

Tickets for the show are still available here, and you can head below to read why this is one show that you definitely don’t want to miss.

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No Country Presents: 6th Annual Christmas Carol Show | Friday, Dec. 8 @ Dee’s Country Cocktail Lounge


It’s hard to believe that it’s the holiday season already. While that may mean stress and anxiety for some, it means a joyful and merry time to us, and nothing better exemplifies that spirit than our annual Christmas Carol Show. For this, our sixth year, we move the celebration to our new home of Dee’s Country Cocktail Lounge in Madison on Friday, Dec. 8, to bring you a night full of Christmas and holiday tunes, along with caroling fun with more than a dozen of our favorite local artists, co-curated by our friends at PØPSQUAD.

Those of you who have joined us in the past will remember arm in arm singing, shenanigans and laughs galore, tons of booze, and some awesome takes on the holiday standards and original tunes.  This year, we can expect the same from some repeat performers like ELEL, Alanna Royale, The Beech Benders, and Hot Tub Club, and we’re also thrilled to feature some fresh blood from the likes of SHEL, Daniel Ellsworth & The Great Lakes, Lauren StrangeBrasko, Skyway ManWhissellMy PoliticPet EnvyTaylsLonely Benson, Spazz Cardigan, and SUP., with more to be announced!

Even better? This sucker is FREE! That’s right. Come one, come all (as long as you’re 21+) to this celebration of friends, the holidays, and music starting at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 8 at Dee’s!

As we do every year, we’ll get in the spirit of the holidays with a charitable drive. This year we’ll collect food for Second Harvest Food Bank, so bring unopened, nonperishable items to the show with you, and we’ll make sure they get to folks in need. Hint: the most needed items are peanut butter, canned meat (chicken or tuna), canned vegetables, canned fruit, pasta, and cereal.

We’ll have more to come on this one as the date approaches, but for now, check out a sampling of all the performers below (with holiday tunes from several) and keep an eye on the Facebook event page for the latest!

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TWiN | This Weekend in Nashville | Nov. 24-26


It’s Thanksgiving weekend, which means you are hopefully going to be spending time with family, stuffing yourself with the autumn bird, and preparing for the official kickoff to the holidays.  It also means, for many, a long weekend providing plenty of time to get out to celebrate with some live music.  As you can imagine the slate is a little light this weekend, but there are still a handful of worthwhile shows for you and maybe even some of your family!  Head below to check out all of our staff picks in this week’s edition of TWiN.

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