[TICKET GIVEAWAY] Win Weekend Passes to Forecastle 2018!

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We’re fresh off of another amazing Bonnaroo, and our summer festival season is in full swing. Next up for us is Louisville’s Forecastle Festival, which takes place July 13-15 at the city’s downtown Waterfront Park, and is one of our favorite fests in the nation, with its picturesque downtown setting and incredibly well-organized setup! Forecastle revealed its 2018 lineup earlier this year, and has since announced daily lineups, the Party Cove lineup, late night shows  (which are separately ticketed), the official kick off party, this year’s bourbon offerings, and, of course, the full 2018 schedule. In the coming weeks, we’ll be getting you ready with artist spotlights and festival guides!

Once again, we’re also excited to offer one reader the chance to win a pair of general admission weekend passes to the fest, which includes an amazing slate of performers this year like Chris Stapleton, Arcade Fire, Modest Mouse, Jason Isbell, The War On Drugs, Father John Misty, Courtney Barnett, Jimmy Eat World, Kurt Vile, T-Pain, Jenny Lewis, Margo Price, White Reaper, PVRIS, Colony House, Ron Gallo, Biyo, and tons more! General Admission, Yacht Club, VIP, and Bourbon Lodge tickets are also still available right here, with both single day and weekend options, if you’re not our lucky winner but hoping to make the trek regardless!

Head below to check out Forecastle’s official 2018 Spotify playlist, check out the full lineup here, be sure to download the official app, then enter for your chance to win a pair of tickets!

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Catch SUP. w/ Bang OK Bang, Lauren Strange, & fauna halø | TONIGHT @ The East Room

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It’s been a a couple of years now since beloved local rockers Moseley seemingly fizzed out, but that hasn’t stopped frontwoman Suzie Chism from returning under a new moniker: SUP. An acronym for Suzie Under Pressure, SUP. first emerged early last year with an excellent first single, “Palm Tree,” and has since dropped a few more official tunes like “Better Never” and “Girl Gone Wrong,” while hard at work on a proper debut record.

Adopting a breezy, modern indie meets ’90s alt rock influenced sound, in the vein of No Doubt and Hole, SUP. was originally conceived of as a solo vehicle for Chism, but has since morphed to more formally include engineer/multi-instrumentalist Paul Cossette. With plans to soon relocate to Los Angeles to continue to pursue the project, as well as operate as a writing and production duo, SUP.’s Nashville appearances are becoming a rarity, so their performance tonight, June 13 at The East Room, along with a stacked local lineup of Bang OK BangLauren Stange, and fauno halø is an especially enticing mid-week pick!

While only intermittently active lately, seemingly not having played a show in over a year, sludge/punk/metal duo Bank OK Bang, which includes Moseley drummer Abby Hairston, have been a fixture of the local underground for a number of years, and always deliver a loud, badass, rock-fueled live show. Longtime site fave (and former contributor) Lauren Strange plays a stellar style of grungy, indie alt rock that vibes well with SUP., and she’s celebrating an excellent new EP, SHAKE, so you can expect some new tunes. And fauna halø is the musical alias of  experimental alt/indie rocker Aubriana, who gained acclaim in her native Florida for her impressive “one-woman-band” performances, which she’s often expanded to a more formal band setup in recent years. All of this local awesome will set you back only $5; don’t miss it!

SUP., Bang OK Bang, Lauren Strange, and Fauna Halø will perform tonight, June 13 at The East Room. The show is 18+, begins at 9 p.m., and admission is $5 at the door.

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Don’t Miss CAPPA w/ Jeffrey James & Mokita | TONIGHT @ Analog

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Since bursting onto the local scene with her eponymous debut EP in early 2015, and following it up with a series of well-received tracks and a sophomore effort, Queen of Hearts, in 2016, local electropop singer and longtime site favorite CAPPA has reigned as one of the most promising and important figures in the increasingly flourishing Nashville pop realm. Building on a past in the rock world, CAPPA has found a style that feels throughly modern and immensely relevant, paring personal, relatable, and often empowering themes with flourishing synths, dance-ready beats, and fresh, trendy production, juxtaposing moody and layered musical textures with catchy, singalong primed hooks.

A darling of the blogosphere, amassing streams in the millions, CAPPA had a comparatively quieter 2017, electing to play only a handful of shows (including our rooftop Acme showcase), and releasing just one original tune that wasn’t a remix, collab, or cover- the well-recieved, anthemic banger “Waste My Time.” Hard at work on new music, CAPPA recently relocated to Los Angeles, and just last week dropped a stellar new single, “Tension,” which adopts an even more modern, electric, and dreamy bent, and feels destined to be a hit. Tonight, June 13, CAPPA returns home for a free, 21+ performance at trendy new show space Analog (at the Hutton Hotel), along with  a stripped-down set from site favorite Jeffrey James, and a DJ set from Mokita– easily one of the coolest shows of the week.

We’ve been singing the praises of local r&b/pop artist Jeffrey James for several years now, who commanded our attention with 2016’s Walls EP, and followed it up with a sonic leap forward on his latest, last year’s Unsaid. James has continued to dominate the blogosphere with positive press, high-profile playlist spots, and worldwide attention, appearing on some incredible collaborations, performing at festivals, and continuing to craft excellent new tracks and lush, cinematic videos. A local DJ and producer turned vibey pop artist, Mokita has been dropping some great new tracks as of late, including his latest, “Love Alone,” but tonight he’ll just be playing a DJ set. All of this artists are great fixtures of the local pop scene, and a chance to see them for free is one you don’t want to miss!

CAPPA, Jeffrey James, and Mokita will perform tonight, June 13 at Analog. The show is 21+, begins at 9:30 p.m. (doors at 9 p.m.), and admission is free.

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Don’t Miss Harry Styles w/ Kacey Musgraves | TONIGHT @ Bridgestone Arena

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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 made a splash last year with the release of his highly-anticipated, eponymous debut album. Conjuring sonic comparisons to titans of classic soft rock, Britpop, and even psychedelia and glam, Styles’ solo turn has, so far, been well-received by fans and critics, and seems destined to cement a path of artistic legitimacy in the footsteps of greats like Justin Timberlake, using the leverage of a boyband past to launch a long-lasting career with broader appeal.

Last fall, Styles embarked on an intimate, first-ever solo tour, which brought him The Ryman for one of his first dates ever, a show which we caught and lovedTonight, June 12, nearly nine months later, Styles returns as a musical juggernaut, headlining the considerably more massive Bridgestone Arena, a space better suited for his star power. Opening up is Kacey Musgraves, the beloved local country star celebrating her phenomenal new record, Golden Hour, making this show extra essential. A handful of tickets are still available here, and if you want to see a supremely skilled artist coming into his own as a solo perfumer on a grand scale, we urge you to be there!

Harry Styles and Kacey Musgraves will perform tonight, June 12 at Bridestone Arena. The show is all ages, begins at 8 p.m., and tickets are available to purchase for $39.50-99.50.

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[NO COUNTRY PREMIERE] Elijah Newman & The SideEffects Debut Video for New Single “Free Born”

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Hailing originally from Knoxville, Elijah Newman crafts a flavor of punk that infuses elements of folk and heartland rock, landing in a territory similar to performers like The Gaslight Anthem, The Menzingers, Frank Turner, or Chuck Ragan. Along with his band, Elijah Newman & The SideEffects, the singer, who started as a worship performer in his teens, and moved to Nashville a few years back to attend Belmont, have released two EPs in recent years, 2016’s The SideEffects, and last year’s more confident and honed All I Found (Was a Ghost), perfecting their sound and kind of coming of age, earnest, story-driven writing style that has quickly made them an exciting up and coming group to keep an eye on.

Ahead of The SideEffects’ third EP, Free Born, which is set to arrive this fall through Wiretap Records, the band just released a new single, title track “Free Born,” which is streaming now on Spotify and Apple Music. The group also recently gave the new single the music video treatment, and we’re thrilled to bring you an exclusive premiere of the brand new spot Watch it below!

On the background of the single, Newman tell us:

“‘Free Born’ is the title track off our upcoming EP releasing in the Fall. This is one of the more aggressive tunes I’ve written. I suppose I lend that feel to the circumstances under which the song came to life. I was touring solo across the western US. After hundreds of miles through the desert and a dozen shows in, I jotted the lyrics down in a hotel parking lot somewhere between Phoenix and El Passo.  The narrative in the lyric paints a picture of a modern day outlaw running for his life. It mirrored the harsh conditions that can plague you on the road and a general feeling of freedom while still being haunted by something that lies in dirt and dust of miles left behind. It set the tone for the rest of the EP.”

Elijah Newman & The SideEffects will tour thorough the summer and fall, making a few festival stops, including famed Florida punk outing The FEST. While no local shows are currently announced, we imagine it won’t be long until their next appearance in Music City. For now, give their new video for “Free Born” a spin below!

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