See Mountains Like Wax w/ Little Image, Stay Outside, & Touma | TONIGHT @ The East Room

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Formed originally in Murfreesboro, Mountains Like Wax are a band we’ve had our eye on for several years, from their early days of DIY shows leading up the release of their debut EP, Tetrology, to their well-deserved win in last year’s Music City Mayhem competition, earning them a spot last fall at Live on the Green. Though they exist in the same DIY space as, and often perform with many of the city’s rising punk, alternative, and emo bands we’ve been buzzing about in recent years, Mountains Like Wax adopt a sound that is a kindred spirit to, but sonically distinct from, that punk-informed base. Crafting lush, ambient textures, MLW’s indie/post-rock sound is sweeping, hypnotic, and earnest, more calming than aggressive, though still packed with raw emotion. They’re a must-know band, if, somehow, they’ve eluded you thus far, and tonight, Nov. 16, they celebrate the second anniversary of Tetrology at The East Room, topping a stacked, inexpensive bill.

Hailing from Dallas, Little Image are a perfect compliment to MLW, boasting a similarly ambient, lush, indie rock, honed particularly on this year’s Musings. Indianapolis outfit Stay Outside too take a cue from the Manchester Orchestra-esque school of dynamic laced, emotionally resonant, layer indie, and have been garnering buzz since their debut EP last year. Finally, Touma is the new project/moniker from local artist Kacie Williams. Her solo stuff in the past boasted soaring, powerful, catchy, and stripped down songs that allowed her incredible voice and personal perceptive to hit hard, and we expect Touma to be just as powerful, even if it takes a slightly different direction. From top to bottom this is an excellent lineup, and for just $5 you’d be crazy to miss it.

Mountains Like Wax, Little Image, Stay Outside, and Touma will perform tonight, Nov. 16 at The East Room. The show is 18+, begin at 8:30 p.m. (doors at 8 p.m.), and tickets are available to purchase for $5 at the door.

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Don’t Miss HalfNoise w/ Chrome Pony | TONIGHT @ The End

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Earlier this year, HalfNoise, the indie rock solo vehicle of Zac Farro (originally, then formerly, and now once again, of Paramore), released his latest EP, The Velvet Face, a swift followup to last fall’s sophomore full-length, Sudden Feeling. Recorded here in Nashville at Pioneer Sound, and co-produced by longtime collaborator Daniel James, the EP marks, perhaps, HalfNoise’s greatest sonic shift between albums yet, reeling in from the dense, synthy polish of Sudden Feeling to capture a retro, organic, and groovy new direction, a bit of a callback to his earlier work, though certainly distinctive and perhaps more cohesive than anything else he’s crafted to date.

In celebration of The Velvet Face, HalfNoise hosted an epic release show back in the spring at Lucky Bamboo, which featured Farro’s Paramore bandmates sharing the stage as part of the backing band, their first time officially performing together in years. Since then, Paramore have been busy touring the world, celebrating the success of phenomenal new LP After Laughter, but we’re excited to also see Zac still making time for HalfNoise, apparently already plotting the release of another record, and squeezing in a homecoming show tonight, Nov. 16 at intimate space The End, between time on the road with his other gig (notably, much of the live incarnation of HalfNoise has been also incorporated into Paramore’s live band).

Bear in mind though: while it was super cool and special to see Farro’s Paramore bandmates back him at the last performance (which turned “Scooby” into a fan-favorite encore at Paramore shows this year), you should show up expecting nothing more than HalfNoise show, and that alone, as we’ve been buzzing about for years, is always a blast. Sweeting the deal, local grungy psych rockers and longtime sites faves Chrome Pony have been tapped to open things up. So snag your ticket, revist our podcast from a few years ago for a HalfNoise primer, and get ready to get down at one of the coolest shows of the week.

HalfNoise and Chrome Pony will perform tonight, Nov. 16 at The End. The show is 18+, begins at 9 p.m. (doors at 8 p.m.), and tickets are available to purchase for $15.

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Don’t Miss The Used w/ Glassjaw | TONIGHT @ War Memorial Auditorium

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Following a worldwide 15th anniversary tour last year, screamo/alt rock scene faves The Used, who just released their seventh album and strongest in years, The Canyon, are back on the road for a trek that returns them to Nashville for the first time in two years tonight, Nov. 15 for a performance once again at War Memorial Auditorium. That alone warrants excitement, but making this show ever more essential is the addition of post-hardcore legends Glassjaw, who roared back to life a couple years ago, and made their Nashville debut (or at least first Music City stop in over 15 years) last year with Coheed and Cambria.

Since breaking out with their angsty, eponymous 2002 effort then cementing their status with 2004 followup In Love and Death, The Used have proven an enduring act with surprising range, finding an alt rock bent on more recent work, without abandoning the intensity or passion that made them so beloved. On the flipside, Long Island legends Glassjaw have remained intermittently active over the years, but haven’t released a full-length since 2002, the year of The Used’s debut (they have, however, released a few EPs and singles in the interim). That’ll change Dec. 1, when the band finally unleash their long-in-the-works third album, just announced to be titled Material Control. Fans of earnest, gut-wrenching melodic and heavy music rejoice- this one’s going to be one hell of a scream along! Grab tickets while you can!

The Used and Glassjaw will perform tonight, Nov. 15 at War Memorial Auditorium. The show is all ages, begins at 8 p.m., and tickets are available to purchase for $37-42.

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Catch The Shins w/ Baio | TONIGHT @ The Ryman Auditorium

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Continuing to tour in support of their recent fifth full-length and first in five years, Portland indie rock institution The Shins return tonight, Nov. 15 to Nashville’s own Ryman Auditorium for a performance with New York indie rocker and Vampire Weekend bassist Baio. Though the band just played Vanderbilt’s Rites of Spring earlier this year, they haven’t hosted a proper headliner in Music City since 2012, so a Ryman return is certainly exciting news. Only a handful of single tickets remain, and we suggest heading here to grab yours now, or risk missing out.

Largely centered around frontman and creative force James Mercer, who’s also spent some time away from The Shins as part of supergroup Broken Bells, the band have seen a revolving lineup of backing players over the years, and enter this cycle with an almost all-new roster. Intact are their poppy, hook-laden, indie sensibilities, however, and with new LP Heartworms, we’re reminded of why we first obsessed over the group so hard more than 15 years ago.

The Shins and Baio will perform tonight, Nov. 15 at The Ryman Auditorium. The show is all ages, begins at 7:30 p.m. (doors at 6:30 p.m.), and tickets are available to purchase for $39.50

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Don’t Miss Jay-Z w/ Vic Mensa | TONIGHT @ Bridgestone Arena

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Released earlier this year, hip hop pioneer Jay-Z‘s latest, thirteenth, and intensely personal new album, 4:44, is being heralded as a modern classic, the MC’s greatest in years, and certainly one of the absolute best releases of 2017. In support of the new LP, Jay in currently in the midst of a massive North American area tour, which makes a rare Nashville stop tonight, Nov. 15 at Bridgestone Arena, the rapper’s first time in Music City since ’09, and only his second ever, not counting a headlining outing at nearby Bonnaroo in 2010. This also mark his first proper Nashville headliner, and his previous show was part of Vanderbilt’s Commodore Quake.

With support from buzzy rising talent Vic Mensa, this show is certainly a hot ticket, but compared to some Jay-Z runs in the past, a significant number of sites were priced pretty reasonably at the jump. Although some of those $6 StubHub deals that recently made headlines (and annoyed Jay-Z’s camp, who insist that the tour is doing well) have been all snatched up, plenty of official tickets remain as well, with upper sections priced below $30 (or, if you want to splurge, there are some pretty spectacular, pricier seats left too). It’s not often that one of the most prominent rappers of all time makes it to Nashville, so don’t sleep on this one.

Jay-Z and Vic Mensa will perform tonight, Nov. 15 at Bridgestone Arena. The show is all ages, begins at 8 p.m. (doors at 6:30 p.m.), and tickets are available to purchase for $29.50-175.50.

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