Catch flor w/ joan & Lostboycrow | TONIGHT @ Exit/In

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Oregon forged, LA based indie popsters flor first turned heads with their debut EP, sounds, in 2015, rapidly building a fanbase with their accessible, stylish, electro-laced style. After inking a deal with Fueled By Ramen, the label home of acts like Paramore and Panic! at the Disco (whose fans should definitely flock to this group), the band dropped their first full-length, come out, you’re hiding, in 2017, and have continued to rise in stock ever since, touring with acts like Halsey, Hayley Kiyoko, Paramore, and Walk The Moon, and appearing at events like Bonnaroo. Now a buzzy rising fixture in the trendy, indie sphere that has propelled numerous acts to crossover success in recent years, flor returned just weeks ago with their excellent sophomore LP ley lines, and will return to Nashville tonight, Sept. 18 to headline Exit/In in support!

Presented by Ones To Watch, this lineup is extremely cool from top to bottom, also featuring Arkansas indie pop duo joan, whose love of ’80s pop and ’90s r&b, fused with their nostalgic, shimmering synths and their 1975-esquse pop sensibilities, has attracted a cult following and landed them on tours with bands like COIN in recent years, and link-minded LA artist and longtime flor cohort Lostboycrow, whose stylish, electric fusion of pop and r&b definitely merits showing up early! Grab tickets here while they last, and preview all of the performers below.

flor, joan, and Lostboycrow will perform tonight, Sept. 18 at Exit/In. The show is 18+, begins at 8 p.m. (doors at 7 p.m.), and tickets are available to purchase for $20.

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Don’t Miss Bob Mould w/ Will Johnson | TONIGHT @ City Winery

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One of the most eclectic and influential figures in alternative music (as well as punk and hardcore), Bob Mould has, now for 40 years, been an incredible fixture in the rock scene. The former Hüsker Dü and Sugar frontman has, since the mid-90s, found an unwavering and loyal fanbase with his solo music, and, in recent years, has managed to strike something of a musical renaissance. 2012’s Silver Age found its way onto countless best-of lists, and 2014’s Beauty & Ruin and 2016’s Patch the Sky were just as amazing. For this year’s latest latest, Sunshine Rock, largely crafted while living in Germany over the past several years, Mould finds an uncharacteristic streak of positivity and optimism in spite of the state of the world at large and recent personal strife, culminating in one of his most raw, earnest, emotionally dense, and sonically layered albums ever, even incorporating full orchestral flourish.

Out in support, Bob brings his scaled down solo electric tour back to Nashville’s own City Winery tonight, Sept. 20, for an intimate performance along with indie singer-songwriter Will Johnson. A true legend who still feels as fresh as relevant as ever, Bob Mould is an artist we recommend catching any chance you get, and you can do just that by snagging tickets right here!

Bob Mould and Will Johnson will perform tonight, Sept. 18 at City Winery. The show is all ages, begins at 8 p.m. (doors at 6 p.m.), and tickets are available to purchase for $30-40.

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[NO COUNTRY PREMIERE] Smart Objects Return with Layered and Hypnotic Single “Die Tonight” | See Them Sept. 20 at The 5 Spot!

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Two years ago, we first introduced you to Nashville group Smart Objects with the premiere of their their debut single “The Autumn Man,” and showcased their exciting and adventurous evolution across two subsequent tracks, last year’s “Run Your Own Way” and “Devastator,” all the while watching the band grow to become one of Nashville’s most exciting new rock acts and a regular live fixture in the local scene.

With a highly-anticipated debut full-length on tap for next year, we’re thrilled to once again team up with the group to bring an exclusive premiere of their latest single and first new song of 2019, “Die Tonight,” ahead of its official release this Friday. Stream it right now below!

Fronted by Benjamin A. Harper, who captured acclaim over the years fronting local retro soul/rock outfit Magnolia Sons (and, before that, The Comfies),  Smart Objects materialized shortly after Ben’s first solo release, the sun-soaked, ’60s-inspried, experimental, and layered Get Thee Behind Me, which arrived back in 2015, setting the template for the genre-bending, indie pop rooted sound the group have adopted.

Made up of members of local fixtures The Future, Gardening, Not Architecture, and Luthi, Smart Objects began as Ben’s backing band, but have since evolved into a full-fledged project, forging a sound that mixes retro rock grandiosity with a thoroughly modern, pop accessible, quirky, and smart indie rock sound. Name-checking influences from Bowie to Beck, Talking Heads to Spoon, each single has managed to showcase more nuance, range, and genre-bending creativity, and “Die Tonight” fits perfectly alongside, but feels distinct from the rest of the band’s output so far.

“‘Die Tonight’ is an exaggerated look at a night in which tensions get perpetually worse as the evening slowly doggy paddles its way to the shore of dawn. It’s about being along for the ride when the ride become more than you bargained for,” Harper tells us. Featuring vocals from Laura Mayo, “Die Tonight” was recorded in Nashville at Handmade Productions, produced by Harper and Handmade Productions, mixed by Handmade Productions, and mastered by John Baldwin Mastering. Channeling everything from Paul Simon to Talking Heads to Beck to The Strokes, the tune feels like the best distillation yet of Smart Objects’ unique ability to juggle a range of influences with impressive sonic clarity, without letting their own individual musicality get lost in the shuffle.

In support of the single’s official release this Friday, Sept. 20, Smart Objects will host a release show at The 5 Spot, along with Baltimore indie pop group Super City and local faves Bruns. Grab pre-sale tickets here, check out the Facebook event for more info, and stream “Die Tonight” early right now!

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[REMINDER] Don’t Miss Snarky Puppy w/ House of Waters | TONIGHT @ The Ryman

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Fans of jazz-rooted, worldly, genre-bending music are surely already familiar with New York by way of Texas outfit Snarky Puppy, who, over 15 years and 13 albums, have become one of the most celebrated contemporary fixtures on the world music and fusion landscape, employing a massive lineup and prolific output, regularly touring the globe. No strangers to Music City, the band are set to return to town Sept. 18, making their headlining debut at none other than The Ryman Auditorium with likeminded worldly New York trio House of Waters. Fans of complex, jam-y, jazz-infused music will want to make this a must-see, and tickets are still available right here! We’re also giving away a pair of tickets to one lucky fan, so if you’d rather try your luck, read on for more about the show and enter for a chance to win below.

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[REMINDER] Catch The Early November w/ Have Mercy & OWEL | TONIGHT @ The Basement East

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After stops in town both last fall and earlier this year to play Franklin’s BreakFEST, beloved, long-running New Jersey indie/emo rockers The Early November are slated to return to Music City once more, this time in support of forthcoming sixth full-length Lilac, making their headlining debut at The Basement East tonight, Sept. 17. Accompanied by a stellar supporting lineup of indie punk favorites Have Mercy and ambient, indie rockers OWEL, OG emo and indie punk fans will definitely want to snag tickets right here while they last! Read on for more about the show.

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