REVIEW: Dan Deacon, Pineapple Explode, & More | 10.23.15 @ The East Room [PHOTOS]

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Dan Deacon
w/ Pineapple Explode, Hypochondriak & Madwarrior, More

The East Room; Nashville, TN
October 23, 2015

Review by Carson O’Shoney. Photos by Jake Giles Netter.

When you go to enough shows, they start becoming routine. Maybe you show up a bit after doors open and grab a beer. Then the opener comes on and you half pay attention while chatting with your friends. Finally the headliner plays, you party hard (or, you know, sit calmly and enjoy depending on the show) for an hour and a half then you head home. It’s not a bad routine, but it can sometimes feel stale. That’s why it’s good to shock the system every once in  awhile, and no local show has done that better recently than Star Party’s “Witching Hour Halloween Trip-Out”, which went down at The East Room last Friday, Oct. 23. Dan Deacon headlined the mini-festival, with opening sets from Pineapple Explode and Hypochondriak & Madwarrior, but that’s just scratching the surface of the night that was. Read on after the jump to find out more about one of the strangest shows of the year!

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Catch of Montreal w/ Diane Coffee | TONIGHT @ Mercy Lounge!

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If you haven’t seen of Montreal in Nashville lately, you really have no one to blame but yourself. Not only will tonight’s show be their second Mercy Lounge show just this year, but it will mark their 11th in the last 10 years in Music City. Seeing them on Cannery Row has become a yearly tradition, as they’ve played either Cannery Ballroom or Mercy Lounge six of the last seven calendar years. If you’ve somehow missed out on all of those – tonight, Oct. 21, is your chance to finally rectify that. This time touring in support of their latest effort Aureate Gloom, Kevin Barnes & co. will bring the same supreme weirdness and psychedelia to the stage as always, complete with plenty of props and costumes. Diane Coffee will open the 18+ show, which starts at 9 p.m. (doors at 8 p.m.) and will cost $15. You can buy tickets right here, or purchase them at the door. Read more about the bands after the jump!

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REVIEW: Modest Mouse w/ Hop Along | 10.13.15 @ War Memorial Auditorium [PHOTOS]

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Modest Mouse
w/ Hop Along

War Memorial Auditorium; Nashville, TN
October 13, 2015

Review by Carson O’Shoney. Photos by Jen Silver.

Modest Mouse have been circling the waters since their last Nashville show, at The Ryman in 2007. Since then, they’ve played Knoxville (2010), Chattanooga and Memphis (earlier this year), and even Louisville’s Forecastle Fest (this summer), but finally made their much anticipated return to the Music City last week for a two-night stand at War Memorial Auditorium. The first show they announced sold out so fast that the band added a second night just over a week later, as if we needed proof that we had been waiting for them to come back for a long time. Check out our review of night one below, which included openers Hop Along, along with some photos from Jen Silver.

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Knoxville’s Big Ears Festival Announces 2016 Lineup!

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Did you realize that there’s a world-class avant-garde festival that happens just down I-40 every year? If you didn’t know, now you do – Knoxville’s Big Ears Festival is one of the most diverse, classy and exciting festivals in the entire world, and it’s just a short drive from Nashville. The lineup for this year’s edition – their 5th year – just dropped this morning, and it might just be their most all-encompassing yet. Over 40 acts will descend upon Knoxville Thursday, March 31 – Saturday, April 2, including artist-in-residence John Luther Adams and a special collaboration between Laurie Anderson & Phillip Glass. Some other highlights include Andrew Bird, Sunn 0))), Yo La Tengo, Shabazz Palaces, Anthony Braxton, Nicolas Jaar, Faust and local favorites Lambchop. They will perform in venues spread around the city and include the Tennessee Theatre, Bijou Theatre, the Square Room and the Standard. Tickets start at just $139, and you can purchase them here starting this Friday. Check out the rest of the lineup and the full announcement graphic after the jump!

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REVIEW: Run the Jewels w/ Boots, Fashawn, & Cuz Lightyear | 10.5.15 @ Marathon Music Works

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Run the Jewels
w/ Boots, Fashawn, Cuz Lightyear 

Marathon Music Works; Nashville, TN
October 5, 2015

Review by Carson O’Shoney. Photos by Amber J. Davis.

According to El-P, Nashville had a big part in making Run the Jewels a permanent group. On stage on Monday, he said that their show at Exit/In two years ago (billed as El-P & Killer Mike) had a crowd so great they decided they wanted to keep the ball rolling. At that point, “Run the Jewels” was just the name of the collaborative album he and Killer Mike made together, not officially the name of what is now the best duo in hip hop. But as Killer Mike put it, thanks to the dirty south, they’re still here. El-P made sure we knew he was sincere about how special Nashville was to the group – “Look that shit up on YouTube, I’ve never said this to any other city.” With that in mind, their triumphant return to Nashville as Run the Jewels, at a sold out Marathon Music Works filled with a cross section of every type of person in Nashville, was even more special. Read more, and check out some photos from Amber J. Davis after the jump!

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