[REMINDER] Don’t Miss Charly Bliss w/ Sad Baxter | Saturday, April 29 @ The High Watt

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Returning after a pair of supporting shows at Mercy Lounge and The Stone Fox in 2015, Brooklyn grunge pop group Charly Bliss are back in town this Saturday, April 29, on the heels of their incredible debut full-length Guppy, to headline The High Watt, along with local duo and kindred spirits Sad Baxter! A buzzy, band-you-should-know, Charly Bliss combine a nostalgic, poppy, energetic pop rock sound with more serious and personal lyrical themes, and with several years of cultivating a following and refining their style and live show in the DIY scene, they feel primed to break out to broader national recognition. Tickets to The High Watt performance, easily one of our most-anticipated of the spring, are still available here, and you can also see the band at Grimey’s for a free in-store beforehand at 5 p.m.! Read on for details.

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Catch Balance and Composure w/ From Indian Lakes & Queen of Jeans | TONIGHT @ Mercy Lounge!

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Across 10 years and three fantastic albums, Pennsylvania’s Balance and Composure have become one of the most prominent fixtures in the indie rock scene, channeling early influences of post-hardcore, emo, and punk to inform a more harmonic, artsy, alternative sound. After crafting an unbelievable debut in instant classic Separation and following it up with their commercial breakthrough and near-masterpiece The Things We Think We’re Missing, the band took an even more dynamic and melodic turn with last year’s Light We Made, which further flexes their impressive range and unique artistic sensibilities. A formidable live force honed by years of nonstop touring, B&C return to Nashville tonight, April 28 for their first headlining Nashville show in several years, and largest to date, at Mercy Lounge!

Rounding out the bill, and helping to make this one of our top picks of the weekend, genre-bending California indie rockers From Indian Lakes, whose fourth album, Everything Feels Better Now, arrived last year, are one of our absolute favorite bands around, with their atmospheric, dream, pop-accessible alt rock sound and incredible live presence. And, though a bit of curveball, openers Queen of Jeans sound like a great reason to show up early, channeling a sort of dreamy, retro indie rock sound with lush harmonies and infectious hooks. Tickets are still available, but we’d suggest grabbing them in advance; they might not last.

Balance and Composure, From Indian Lakes, and Queen of Jeans will perform tonight, April 28 at Mercy Lounge. The show is 18+, begins at 8 p.m. (7 p.m. doors), and tickets are available to purchase for $17.

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[REMINDER] Don’t Miss Dawes | April 28 & 29 @ The Ryman

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No strangers to Music City (last year alone they headlined The Ryman and Live on the Green, and hosted a special record release show at The Basement East), Los Angeles folk rockers Dawes are continuing their rapid ascent, still reeling with support from last year’s fifth album We’re All Gonna Die, with a two-night return to The Ryman Auditorium this weekend, April 28 & 29. Billed as “an evening with Dawes,” each super-sized show will feature two sets of songs new and old, and with Dawes’ reputation for their captivating, engaging live presence, they’re sure to be a one of the most memorable performances of the spring. While tickets for both nights are still available here and here, they’re going fast, so grab your spot and read on for more on why you don’t want to pass this one up!

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Harry Styles to Play The Ryman Sept. 25

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The most visible member of massively successful British boyband One Direction, and the latest to mount a solo career, following the group’s 2016 hiatus, singer Harry Styles has made a splash over the last month with the release of his highly-anticipated debut single, “Sign of the Times,” and appearances on Saturday Night Live and The Graham Norton Show. With sonic companions to legends like David Bowie and Queen swirling around ahead of his eponymous, forthcoming debut LP, due out May 12, it’s clear that expectations are through the roof, but so far, Styles’ foray into making music under his own name has been pretty intriguing, and we’re eager to see if he can follow in the footsteps of greats like Justin Timberlake, using the leverage of a boyband past to lunch a long-lasting career with broader appeal.

In support of his debut album, Styles has just announced an inanimate world tour, his first ever as a solo artist, and, as it stands, Nashville is one of his very first nights on the run, with a Sept. 25 performance slated for The Ryman Auditoium! Needless to say, with the hype surrounding Harry’s solo activity, and the huge presence of his former band (they played Nissan Stadium last time they were here), tickets will be next to impossible to get, but you can try beginning Friday, May 5 at 10 a.m. CDT right here (you’ll need to sign up to verify first, so check it out early).

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JEFF The Brotherhood Debut “Punishment” Video, Starring Reverse Driving Champion

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Nine months after first unveiling “Punishment,” the lead single from last year’s Zone, beloved local garage rock duo JEFF The Brotherhood recently gave the single an overdue music video treatment, and it’s one of the long-running band’s most interesting spots ever.

Directed by Jen Uman and Grant Davis, and shot in Bathinda, Punjab, India, the video stars “reverse driving champion” and instructor Harpreet Pappu, who tears through the streets of his town in reverse, flawlessly navigating in his vintage car, shot and edited with a film grain and color palate that feels out of place and time.

Needless to say, it’s a thrill to watch, and a great remember to dust of Zone, one of last year’s best local releases, if you haven’t listened lately. Check out “Punishment” below!

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