X to Play City Winery May 7

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Celebrating their milestone 40th anniversary as band, seminal Los Angeles punk group have announced a spring run of anniversary shows, which returns them to City Winery on May 7. Best known for their debut, 1980’s Los Angeles, a milestone in first wave punk, and legendary followup, 1981’s Wild Gift, frequently counted among the best records of all time, the band were unique in their affinity for rockabilly, country, folk, and roots music, which transformed their sound over time, and took them into an influential and commercially viable run in the ’80s. Though they’ve split a few times and seen members come and go, the band are still intact, and still original, opting to focus on their legacy instead of force new material, with increasing activity in recent years. Their 40th anniversary run should be an extra special retrospective, and a chance to see one of the most legendary and also one of the most criminally under-appreciated punk groups of all time, so we highly suggest that you grab tickets here while you can!

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Watch the Trailer for Thelma & the Sleaze Doc ‘Kandyland’ Ahead of Nashville Film Festival Premiere

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It’s been a little over a year since local grungy, alt rock outfit Thelma and the Sleaze embarked on their ambitious, month-long, intra-city Kandyland tour, where they played 31 shows in 29 days all around Nashville (often in unorthodox spots, like a laundromat and a McDonald’s) before giving away a van. As you may recall, local filmmaker and journalist Seth Graves tagged along to capture the whole thing, and has since turned Kandyland into a feature documentary. Back in January, the band screened an early cut, along with celebrating a new 7″, with a show at Little Harpeth, but now the doc is nearing its final cut, and has been selected to debut at the Nashville Film Festival, which runs April 20-29 at the Regal Hollywood 27 in 100 Oaks.

Specific screenings times have yet to be announced (and, presumably, some sort of digital release with follow), but, in the meantime, you can catch a glimpse of Kandyland with its first trailer below!

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Forest Fire Gospel Choir, Kid Freud, The Bumbs, & Lydia Brittan Compete in FREE Road to Roo Semifinals | TONIGHT @ 3rd & Lindsley

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After last week’s first Road to Roo 2017 semifinal round, the bracket-style battle of the bands contest sees the second round of semifinalists compete tonight, March 23 at 3rd & Lindsley, before heading into the finals on Tuesday. Of the eight remaining bands from the initial 16, four were chosen at random to compete last week and tonight, and tonight’s two winners will join last week’s winners Omega Swan and Creature Comfort at The Basement East on March 28 for the City Finals.

Tonight will feature Forest Fire Gospel Choir, Kid Feud, The Bumbs, and Lydia Brittan competing for a Bonnaroo spot, at the totally free21+ event, which begins at 7 p.m. (though you must be present before 9 p.m. in order to have a chance to cast your vote). You can read more about the contest below, and preview tonight’s lineup after the jump.

Spread out across town, the Road to Roo, different from the single-location “Road to Bonnaroo” that took place at Mercy Lounge until 2015, is more of a bracket-style series, and results in one single, state-wide winner, selected over the course of several weeks. For a refresher, here’s a detailed rundown: Both March 1 and March 8, eight locals bands were selected to compete in random order, playing short preliminary round sets for an audience who then vote to select four from each show (or eight total) to advance to the semifinals. The semifinals are March 14 at The Basement East and March 23 at 3rd & Lindsley, and four bands from each preliminary round will compete, performing slightly longer sets, in random order (meaning some from each show are likely to be matched up). Two bands from each semifinal round, so four total, will be selected by vote to advance to the City Finals, which will be held at The Basement East on March 28. In the City Finals, the four bands will be given an even longer set time, and one winner will be selected. Surely that’s the end, right? Nope! One final final round, the Tennessee State Finals, will take place April 5 at Acme Feed & Seed, where Nashville’s winner will compete against a winner from Memphis (who, presumably, had to battle their way though a similar process), and one of those two acts will be crowned supreme victor, finally awarded a spot at Bonnaroo 2017.

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Catch Thrice’s Dustin Kensrue & Manchester Orchestra’s Andy Hull w/ Gobotron | TONIGHT @ Mercy Lounge

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Out for their second joint solo tour, after a successful run two years ago, Thrice’s Dustin Kensrue and Manchester Orchestra’s Andy Hull, two beloved frontmen from very different, but equally fantastic punk and indie groups, are back on the road for a short run, which brings them to Nashville tonight, March 23 for a performance at Mercy Lounge, with support from Gobotron, the solo project of Manchester Orchestra’s Robert McDowell.

Best known for fronting seminal California post-hardcore outfit Thrice, who, over their two decade run, have become an unstoppable force in the punk world, Kensrue has had a more formal solo career thus far than Hull, having released five LPs, and ramping up on solo touring the few years his main project recently took a hiatus. His latest, last year’s Thoughts That Float on a Different Blood, is an excellent collection of cover songs, and his live show often tends to incorporate some covers, the occasional Thrice cut, and plenty of his indie rock leaning solo output.

A prolific and busy talent, Andy not only helms Manchester, but also co-fronts Bad Books with Kevin Devine, and operates another solo project under the moniker Right Away, Great Captain!, among other endeavors (like scoring last year’s indie film Swiss Army Man). All of his work stays in the indie, proggy, alternative with a dash of folk realm of Manchester, and with his distinct voice and poignant lyrical style, Hull is incredibly distinctive; expect his live show to include a mix of tunes from every outlet. Similarly, Manchester guitarist Robert McDowell, who scored Swiss Army Man along with Hull, doesn’t stray too far from MO with his solo project Gobotron, albeit with a poppier bent, and has been crafting solo tunes for nearly a decade, his most recent release, Transform, out last year.

Both Manchester Orchestra and Thrice have packed Cannery Ballroom, a room double the size, in recent years, so a chance to see them stripped down and solo in a more intimate space is sure to be a treat for any fan. Tickets are still available right here!

Dustin Kensrue, Andy Hull, and Gobotron will perform tonight, March 23 at Mercy Lounge. The show is 18+, begins at 8 p.m. (doors at 7 p.m.), and tickets are available to purchase for $24.

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[REMINDER] Don’t Miss Dinosaur Jr. w/ Easy Action | TONIGHT @ Cannery Ballroom

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It’s been four and half years since beloved alt rock pioneers Dinosaur Jr. last made an appearance in Nashville, and, thankfully, not much has changed for the reunited and rejuvenated rockers in the time since, other than the release of yet another great late career effort, last year’s Give a Glimpse of What Yer Not. As announced a few months ago, the trio are set to make their return tonight, March 23 at Cannery Ballroom, tapping underrated, John Brannon-fronted Detroit band Easy Action to open. One of the best, loudest, and most influential groups in modern rock, if you haven’t seen Dinosaur Jr. in person, this show should be mandatory (and if you have, then you probably already have this circled 100 times on your calendar). Tickets are still available, and you can grab ’em right here, so secure your spot and read on for more!

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