[NO COUNTRY PREMIERE] Uncle Knuckle Returns with Hypnotic Single “Jealous Type” | Catch Him Jan. 19 @ The East Room

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We first introduced you to local singer-songwriter Chris Plank, who performs under his musical moniker Uncle Knuckle, when we premiered a pair of early singles last year, “Brush Yer Teeth” and “Out of Bed.” Boasting a commanding, baritone voice and earnest lyrical style, with a penchant for lo-fi, nostalgic, dance ready yet self-reflective and melancholy tunes that harbor a bit of an ’80s post-punk affinity, the raw and unique performer is definitely worth wading through the vast local talent pool to keep an eye on.

With only a string of singles to his name so far, Uncle Knuckle is prepping to release his debut EP this spring, and, ahead of that, we’re thrilled to bring you a premiere of his first new single of the year: “Jealous Type.” Tracked live in town at Gnome Studios, produced and mixed by Owen Lewis, and mastered by Brian Foraker, the song sees Plank backed by a new full band, and will officially arrive on streaming platforms tomorrow, Jan. 19, which Uncle Knuckle will celebrate with a performance at The East Room with Fox Grin (also celebrating a new release), The Burps, and Chloe Kat (details here).

As the title implies, “Jealous Type,” perhaps Uncle Knuckle’s most polished and nuanced track to date, details a decent into jealousy, portrayed in a slow-burn, hypnotic, powerful, and melancholic way that’ll stay stuck in your head all day. Give it a spin below!

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Catch Kishi Bashi w/ Julian Saporiti & Takénobu | TONIGHT @ Fort Houston

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We last checked in on orchestral indie pop multi-instrumentalist Kishi Bashi last year, when he both headlined The Basement East and played the inaugural Church Street Block Party. Since bursting onto the scene in 2012 with his debut solo effort 151a, the eclectic artist, who previously toured backing both Regina Spektor and of Montreal, has become a beloved musical fixture, known for his smart, layered and worldly style, most recently showcased on 2016 third full-length Sonderlust. Kishi returns to Music City tonight, Jan. 18, for an especially intimate performance at Fort Houston, amidst a fundraising effort to produce a new documentary, Omoiyari: a Songfilm by Kishi Bashi, described as “a groundbreaking film and soundtrack exploration about history, empathy, and social change.”

Not your typical Kishi Bashi show, this stripped down acoustic performance will feature music mixed with multimedia and storytelling, focusing on Japanese internment during WWII. Julian Saporiti, a collaborator on Omoiyari as well as a Brown PhD student is a perfect compliment to this bill, as he’s developing his own similar spirited multimedia project, No-No Boy, which mixes music, storytelling, and media inspired by his doctoral research and growing up the son of a Vietnamese refugee right here in Nashville. Neo-classical cellist Takénobu opens what’s sure to be a unique night of music and social discourse, centered on a topic that feels more relevant than ever in our current political climate. Grab tickets here.

Kishi Bashi, Julian Saporiti, and Takénobu will perform tonight, Jan. 18 at Fort Houston. The show is all ages, begins at 7 p.m. (doors at 6:30 p.m.), and tickets are available to purchase for $20.

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[TICKET GIVEAWAY] Greta Van Fleet | May 16 @ Marathon Music Works

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Only a few weeks ago, Michigan hard rock revivalists Greta Van Fleet headlined Mercy Lounge, and a few months before that, made their Nashville debut at The High Watt. With just two EPs, both released last year, to their name, the young band seem fueled only by limitless potential and a stunning and well-deserved comparison to Led Zeppelin, and before their debut full-length arrives later this year, they’ve plotted their biggest Nashville outing to date: May 16 at Marathon Music Works. It’s impressive when any band blows up so fast, and doubly sound for an old school inspired rock group in a climate where rock has all but faded from the mainstream, but Greta are the real deal, and you you’ll definitely want to grab tickets for their Music City return beginning Friday, Jan. 19 at 12 p.m. CST right here. Or, if you’re feeling lucky, we’re also thrilled to announce that we’re giving away a pair of tickets to one fan, so read on for more about the show and enter for a chance to win below!
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Chris Stapleton, Arcade Fire, Modest Mouse, More Announced for 2018 Forecastle Fest

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Chris StapletonArcade Fire, Modest MouseHoundmouthThe War On Drugs, and Father John Misty top a stellar 2018 Forecastle Festival lineup, which also includes performers like Courtney BarnettJimmy Eat WorldKurt VileJenny LewisRainbow Kitten SurpriseWhite Reaper, PVRIS, Nashville’s own Jason IsbellMargo PriceBrent CobbRon GalloDevon Gilfillian, ArlieBiyo, and more!

The annual Louisville fest returns for its 16th year July 13-15, and, following with this morning’s lineup announcement, tickets are set to go back on sale Friday, Jan. 19 at 9 a.m. CST here, in a variety of new and retooled options. Easily one of the festival’s best bills ever, rivaling 2017 year’s epic installment we don’t expect spots to last. Relive last year with a recap video, and take a look at the full 2018 lineup below. See you on the waterfront!

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MGMT to Play The Ryman March 11

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After months of buildup and a string of excellent singles, oddball indie duo MGMT have finally revealed a release date for their highly-anticipated fourth album, Little Dark Age. Slated to arrive Feb. 9, the record marks the group’s first effort in nearly five years, and first since the somewhat lukewarm reception to their eponymous third LP. Both in descriptions and as evidenced by what we’ve heard so far, Little Dark Age is, by all accounts, a focused, relaxed return to form, aligning the band’s more off-kilter, psyched out tendencies with a pop focus, and positioning itself to perhaps be their best received album since 2007 debut Oracular Spectacular.

While a bit surprising that they’re not more prominent on the festival circuit this summer, MGMT are opting instead to gear up with a string of theater dates, which includes a just-announced March 11 show at The Ryman Auditorium, where they played their last Nashville concert way back in 2010. Needless to say, it feels like a particularly inspired time to see the group in action, and with Music City stops few and far between, interest is sure to be at an all-time high. We’d recommend snagging tickets as soon as they go on sale, Friday, Jan. 19 at 10 a.m. CST (or various pre-sales beginning as early as today) right here.

Watch MGMT’s recent video for the title track from their upcoming album, and check out a full list of North American dates below!

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