Catch The Mowgli’s, New Politics, & Plain White T’s | Saturday, Dec. 7 @ The Cowan

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While dual band co-headlining tours are not an uncommon sight, it’s rare to see a truly triple headlining trek, but that’s exactly what we’ll get this Saturday, Dec. 7 at Topgolf’s The Cowan, when alt rockers The Mowgli’s, poppy alt rock outfit New Politics, and pop punks the Plain White T’s bring their epic Three Dimensional Tour to town. The order of the bill has rotated throughout (again, all three acts are jointly billed), so we’re not totally sure in what order they’ll perform in Nashville, but if you’re a fan of one, you’re all but guaranteed to dig the other two, and tickets are still available right here while they last!

Hailing from Southern California, The Mowgli’s have been going strong for nearly a decade, but it was 2012 debut LP Sound the Drum, and breakout single “San Francisco” that really helped them erupt into broader recognition (and brought them to Nashville for many a raucous, small show in their early days). Since then, the band have released three more full-lengths, have been relentlessly touring the globe, have become a festival and TV fixture, and continue to churn out expertly crafted, pop accessible, west coast alt rock.

Originally from Denmark, but based in the states for the bulk of their career (including at least one member in Music City), New Politics formed in 2009 and found immediate buzz for their eponymous debut the following year, but didn’t truly break into the mainstream until 2013 followup A Bad Girl in Harlem. Having released three more LPs and netting tons of radio and internet buzz for their unbelievably catchy stylings, the band have toured with everyone from Fall Out Boy to Thirty Seconds to Mars, acclaimed for their wild and unpredictable live show.

And the longest running act of the bunch, Chicago’s Plain White T’s came together in their youth all the way back in the late ’90s, making some waves in the pop punk and emo scene of the early ’00s, before becoming breakout internet sensations thanks to accidental smash hit single “Hey There Delilah” in 2006. While they’ve never found quite the widespread reach of “Delilah” since, few bands ever do in the first place, and the T’s have continued to craft substantive, polished rock records, moving more towards indie and alternative rock in more recent years, while still maintaining their legacy as one of ’00s pop punk’s most enduring acts. Needless to say, every band on this bill deserves your attention- don’t miss out!

The Mowgli’s, New Politics, and Plain White T’s will perform Saturday, Dec. 7 at Topgolf’s The Cowan. The show is all ages, doors open at 7 p.m., and tickets are available to purchase for $25-28.

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Don’t Miss Tobe Nwigwe w/ The Amours | TONIGHT @ The Cowan

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Hailing from the Houston suburb of Alief, TX, first-generation Nigerian-American Tobe Nwigwe had, originally, envisioned a career playing professional football, even serving as a star linebacker for the University of North Texas with would-be NFL prospects, before an injury his senior year brought Tobe’s plans to a halt and sent him into an existential crisis, reevaluating his future, priorities, and passions. Eventually urged by those around him to turn his knack for freestyling into a more serious musical pursuit, Nwigwe began independently releasing music several years ago, quickly honing his fine-tuned, imposing, and smooth delivery and fresh style, which attracted plenty of positive praise for the rising MC (with a cult following online, thanks to engaging social media), and earned him some impressive fans like Erykah Badu, Sway Calloway, and Dave Chappelle.

With regular contributions from his wife and muse Fat and producer and collaborator LaNell Grant, Tobe has forged a sound and vibe unlike another other up and coming rapper today, enhanced by a strong and inventive visual aesthetic, and propelled by themes of growing up around violence and hardship, but emerging with a sense of purpose, faith, and a pursuit of excellence, with Nwigwe’s songs regularly professing love for his wife and for God, analyzing his place in the world and a man and as an artist, examining black culture and the state of modern hip hop, and more. Over several albums, EPs, mixtapes, playlists, singles, and multimedia releases, Tobe Nwigwe has positioned himself as one of the most exciting, sharp, refreshing, and prolific figures in modern hip hop, and after a stunning debut in Music City earlier this year, we’re thrilled to see Nwigwe return so soon, this time to headline Topgolf’s The Cowan tonight, Dec. 6, along with The Amours, PJ Morton’s background singers turned buzzy sister act.

A December happening you definitely don’t want to overlook, tickets are still available as of writing in both General Admission and VIP, which includes early entry, exclusive tour merch, and a commemorative lanyard, as well as a meet and great VIP option with a photo op, all right here! Preview Tobe below if you’re not yet familiar with his complex, earnest, and resonant stylings, then snag your tickets before they’re gone.

Tobe Nwigwe and The Amours will perform tonight, Dec. 6 at The Cowan. The show is all ages, doors open at 7 p.m., and tickets are available to purchase for $30-100.

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H.A.R.D. Get into the Holiday Spirit with Heyrocco, Reality Something, & Shoe | TONIGHT @ Mercy Lounge

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Founded in early 2017 by members of Light Beam Rider, after that promising former Mississippi-bred project split, Nashville’s Have A Rad Day, or H.A.R.D., as they generally go by, have been gaining local buzz since first appearing on a number of bills that year. The group garnered attention for first single, “Bellyacher,” not long after coming together, and with production and co-writing from Diarrhea Planet’s Jordan Smith, and guest vocals from The Weeks’ Cyle Barnes, it served as an exciting, commanding, confident introduction, establishing the band’s sound somewhere between DP’s shred-worthy, riff-tastic, fun loving party punk, and The Weeks’ sludgy, southern rock.

Another early single, “Hometown Hero,” further flexed H.A.R.D.’s range and had us keeping a close eye on the group ahead of their absolutely fantastic debut EP, Have A Rad Day, which dropped in 2018, and serves a hell of an introductory effort, landing as one last year’s best local releases, and asserting H.A.R.D. as the next great Nashville rock band to watch, especially if you’ve been mourning the loss of Diarrhea Planet as hard as we have (Smith’s production hand is definitely felt, and he even appears as a guest on standout track “Sports Sinner”).

The hard-hitting, fun-loving, riff-shredding indie punks dropped an inspired new single- a first taste of new music since their EP- the beer-guzzling, guitar-soaring, chant-along-primed “Thank God There Are People Like Me,” back in the summer, and have wowed us with several shows already this year, including a debut at Louisville’s Forecastle Fest. Tonight, Dec. 5, they’ll wind down the year with an extra special show at Mercy Lounge, dubbed Have A Rad Christmas (Or Any Other Holiday), an outing we hope becomes a new annual tradition! Set to benefit The Heartstrings Foundation, and boasting a “drunk Santa” and “gift shop,” the lineup also includes Charleston poppy grunge rockers and longtime site faves Heyrocco, grungy alt rock locals Reality Something, and local indie artist Shoe! A killer rock lineup to help get you into the holiday spirit, you can still get tickets right here while they last!

H.A.R.D. host Have A Rad Christmas (Or Any Other Holiday) tonight, Dec. 5 at Mercy Lounge, along with Hey Rocco, Reality Something, and Shoe. The show is 18+, begins at 9 p.m. (doors at 8 p.m.), and tickets are available to purchase for $10.

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Don’t Miss Ariana Grande w/ Social House | TONIGHT @ Bridgestone Arena

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No, you’re not imagining things; pop megastar Ariana Grande did just headline Nashville’s own Bridgestone Arena back in June, but with not one, but two critically-acclaimed, career-defining, smash hit albums, last year’s Sweetener and this year’s Thank U, Next, released in a six month span, it feels only fitting that she’d play two arena shows in under six months as well, with a return slated for tonight, Dec. 5! If you didn’t catch this summer’s in-demand outing (or you’re understandably eager for a round two), tickets for Grande’s pre-holiday return, which once again feature Social House as support, seem a tad easier to get ahold of, with seats in most sections and at most price points still available right here!

Though she’s been no stranger to Bridgestone in years past, the pop star, who got her start as a child actor on Broadway, and rose to fame in her teens as a Nickelodeon star, before graciously transitioning into a solo pop career, has really come into her own over the past few years. Since 2016 third LP Dangerous Woman, Ariana has matured her sound and artistry, propelled by one of the strongest voices in modern pop, becoming both a Grammy winning, critically lauded musical icon as well as a bona fide celebrity in her personal life and style as well (for better or for worse- as her personal life has become subject to intense media attention as a result). Grande’s most recent albums, both with a high presence on many a year-end list, are, undeniably, proof that the young singer has firmly come into her own as one of modern pop’s most seminal talents, balancing commercial and critical appeal, and like the JTs and Mileys and other former child stars along the way, are a vibrant evolution into what’s shaping up to be a fruitful and legacy-making adult career. If you wrote her off as just as another pop star and haven’t yet listened to Sweetener or Thank U, Next, we urge you to correct that immediately, then catch one of music’s most exciting and influential contemporary artists in person tonight!

Ariana Grande and Social House will perform tonight, Dec. 5 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 $49.95-279.95.

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