Courtney Bartnett & Kurt Vile Announce Collaborative LP | Playing The Ryman Nov. 9

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Two of the indie rock world’s most beloved rising songwriters, Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile, have teamed up to write a collaborative album, which will be jointly released later this year by Matador Records, Marathon Artists, and Milk! Records.  Equally exciting, the all-star backing band for the record, nomed The Sea Lice, features Janet Weiss (Sleater-Kinney, Wild Flag), Stella Mozgawa (Warpaint), Rob Laasko (The Violators, The Swirlies), and Katie Harkin (Harkin, Sky Larkin, Sleater-Kinney’s touring band).  This all-star lineup is set to present the new album, along with tracks from their respective catalogues, at The Ryman Auditorium on Nov. 9 with support from Australian songwriter Jen Cloher, and tickets are available here.

Music has yet to be released from the upcoming album, but Vile describes it as, “a cookin’ band and an intercontinental country duo for the ages-minus the country.”  Barnett described the formation of the collaboration, which occurred through 8 studio days over 15 months as tour schedules permitted, with the following. “In 2014 I scored a support slot opening for Kurt at the Abbotsford Convent [outside Melbourne]. We met briefly after the show but I was a bit nervous and didn’t wanna bother him, just grateful for the gig. Years later we started bumping into each other on the festival circuit all around the wide world and we became friends. He hit me up when he was coming to Melbourne next and said he thought we could work together.”  Vile continues, “It started out as, maybe we’ll do a split 7″ together but then I figured let’s make it a 12″ so it doesn’t get lost in the world, shoot for 5 songs. It wasn’t until I had another KV tour booked for the following summer in Oz that we thought we should record as much as we can, just see what happens, no major goal to make it a full length, but it came together that way ’cause the vibe was so strong with everyone.”

Tickets for The Ryman are available for $36, and one dollar from every ticket on the tour will go to support the ACLU and their work defending and protecting individual rights and liberties.  We’ll bring you new music from this project as it is released, but you can check out the adorable tour poster and full tour schedule after the jump.

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TWiN | This Weekend in Nashville | June 9-11

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There are two things on our mind this weekend: Bonnaroo and hockey. But, for those of you not making the trek down to the farm, avoiding the craziness (and uninspired country-ness) of CMA Fest, and/or looking to fill your time between Stanley Cup playoff games, there are still a handful of great live music options happening around town!  If you are going to ‘Roo and need some help with last-minute planning, we’ve got you cover here– otherwise, check out This Weekend in Nashville below!

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TWiN | This Weekend in Nashville | June 2-4

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The weather’s fantastic, summer is officially right around the corner, Bonnaroo is going to be here for you know it, and pool and barbecue season is in full swing- that means there’s a lot of weekend fun competing for your attention, but it also means a ton of great shows happening all over town. Whether you’re looking for classic hip hop or punk, local indie or hardcore, a intimate chance to see a bona fide rockstar, free fests, pop, satirical country, garage rock, or just about anything else, you’ll find something to love this weekend, and we’ve rounded up our top picks once again in This Weekend in Nashville. Get to planning!

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TWiN | This Weekend in Nashville | May 26-28

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It’s Memorial Day weekend, and, if you are sticking around town, you’ll be rewarded with a stacked bill of incredible shows to sink your teeth into.  We have a number of outdoor events, many of them free and family friendly, that, weather permitting, are definitely worth your attention.  Save steam for the evenings though, as this weekend also boasts a slew of noteworthy shows in the pop, punk, rock, metal, jazz, experimental, and post-rock genres.  If you need help making some decisions, head below to dig into our weekend picks. Have a safe and memorable Memorial Day everyone, and GO PREDS!!!

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Wild Cub Return With New Single “Somewhere”

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Three years ago, there was one name at the top of the Nashville indie pop boom, and that name was Wild Cub.  The band signed to Mom+Pop, who released their debut album, Youth, and saw the group explode onto the national scene with cross country tours, major festival slots, radio play, and television appearances.  After retreating from the spotlight (and moving to Los Angeles and Brooklyn) over the past couple of years to write and record new music, we’re thrilled to see Wild Cub re-emerge.  Late last week, they debuted a brand new single “Somewhere,” which sees the band picking up where they left off with boisterous drums and a surprising horn line carrying the new track.

No news yet of a sophomore record or upcoming tour dates, but we would expect that to change in the coming weeks.  In the meantime, dig into “Somewhere” below to get a taste of what Wild Cub have been up to of late.

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