[TICKET GIVEAWAY] J Roddy Walston and The Business, Amanda Shires, & SUSTO ft. | May 4 @ Sevier Park Fest

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With a mission to bring “together the 12South/Belmont /Hillsboro Village communities for the best in local food, art, shopping, pups, music & more,” the Sevier Park Fest hosted in, where else, Sevier Park, has become a great annual tradition. An all-day, all ages, free Saturday event is slated this year for May 5, with a variety of great local venders, food, art, games, bike races, books, a dog area, and three stages of music and DJs, including Devon GilfillianForest Fire Gospel ChoirThe Medium, and more.

Of course, the Friday evening pre-festival concert returns this year as well, on May 4, with performers J Roddy Walston and the BusinessAmanda Shires, and SUSTO. Unlike Saturday, you’ll need a ticket for this portion, which you can grab right here. Or, you’d you’d rather try your luck, we’re also giving away a pair of tickets for Friday to one lucky fan! Read more about the lineup and enter below, then scroll on to check out the full Saturday slate too.

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Don’t Miss Wreckless Eric w/ Parker Gispert | TONIGHT @ Fond Object 4th Ave

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Of course, best known for his surprise breakout hit (and enduring classic) “Whole Wide World,” written barely out of high school and released in 1977, ahead of his eponymous debut LP the following year, English new wave and punk-tinged rocker Wreckless Eric is so much more than most famous song (and trust us, you’ve heard it, even it was one of countless covers, like the recent one by Cage the Elephant, or an unlikely take in Will Ferrell’s Stranger Than Fiction).

Born Eric Goulden in East Sussex, England, the rocker cultivated his punk, garage, and new wave infused style playing in bands and gigging around England, before landing on the early roster of tastemaking label Stiff and gaining the ear of famed BBC DJ John Peel. “Whole Wide World” helped his debut garner critical and commercial success, and led to two quick and cult favorite followup LPs, before Eric left Stiff to spend much of the ’80s pursuing collaborative ventures, launching side projects (Captains of Industry, The Len Bright Combo, Le Beat Group Electrique), and honing his DIY ethos.

Goulden returned as Wreckless Eric for one record in the ’90s and one in the ’00s, all the while continuing to pursue other projects, penning an autobiography, and balancing growing legacy success with a strive for ongoing modern relevance. Over the last decade, especially, he’s been on a particularly prolific tear, crafting three releases as a duo with Amy Rigby, and two as Wreckless Eric, 2015’s amERICa and this year’s Construction Time & Demolition, which are not only his quickest two WE releases since the earliest days, but perhaps the best in decades, eschewing nostalgia in favor of artsy, personal, experimental and inspired garage and power pop flair.

When he plays the 4th Ave location of Fond Object tonight, April 18, you’ll hear plenty of Wreckless Eric classics, to be sure, but if you’re expecting a full-blown nostalgia show, you’re in for a pleasant surprise. An unlikely rock icon who never went away, Goulden has remained committed to growing and pressing on as an artist, and his shows, as DIY as ever, reflect his that unfaltering commitment, and his interest in looking forward (that’s why we gave you a taste of both old and brand new below). The Whigs’ Parker Gispert, who’s become increasingly active as a solo performer, kicks things off, and at just $10 and open to all ages, this is the must-see under the radar show of the week.

Wreckless Eric and Parker Gispert will perform tonight, April 18 at Fond Object (downtown). The show is all ages (with free Little Harpeth beer for those over 21), begins at 8 p.m. (7 p.m. doors), and tickets are available for $10.

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[TICKET GIVEAWAY] Bishop Briggs w/ Foreign Air | May 30 @ Marathon Music Works

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On the heels of her highly-anticipated debut full-length, Church of Scars, rising Los Angeles indie pop singer Bishop Briggs returns to Nashville on May 30 after a Music City debut last year at Exit/In, this time for an upgrade at considerably larger sister space Marathon Music Works with electro-laced alt/indie duo Foreign Air. Thanks to a series of breakout singles, transcending blog hype to dominate radio and TV spots, Briggs is already a huge new fixture in the pop scene, and we expect her star power to continue to grow tremendously this year. If you want to catch her on the ascent, tickets are still available right here. We’re also excited to announce that we’re giving away a pair of tickets to one lucky fan, so if you’d rather roll the dice, read on for more about the show and enter for a chance to win below!

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Bonnaroo Unveils Full 2018 Schedule

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Back in January, Bonnaroo unveiled its full 2018 lineup, featuring the likes of Eminem, The Killers, Muse, Paramore, Sturgill Simpson, Future, Bassnectar, Bon Iver, alt-j, Dua Lipa, Sylvan Esso, Nile Rogers & CHIC, Brockhampton, First Aid Kit, Broken Social Scene, T-Pain, Manchester Orchestra, St. Paul & The Broken Bones, Lany, Mavis Staples, The Regrettes, Post Animal, R.LUM.R, Ron Gallo, Okey Dokey, *repeat repeat, and many more.

Since then, we’ve seen the breakdown of daily lineups, along with a variety of news about new experiences, comedy, DJs, food, and more- all of which we’ll be rounding up in a ‘Roo news recap shortly. The last piece of major news each year, however, is the full schedule, and this season it dropped a bit earlier than usual, giving us a couple extra weeks to start meticulosity planing our weekend, and sorting out any inevitable scheduling conflicts.

Returning June 7-10 to Manchester, Tenn., the long-running fest is on sale now, with traditional GA passes, a whole host of VIP options, add-ons for camping or parking, and even a simplified single-day system, all right here. Check out the full schedule below, or visit Bonnaroo’s site for a more interactive version (there’s a separate, very cool activities and experiences schedule too). Finally grab the official app to make a personal schedule, and to stay on top of all things Bonnaroo. See you on the farm!

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Catch Kevin Morby w/ Hand Habits | TONIGHT @ The Basement East

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Raised in Kansas City, Kevin Morby learned guitar at a young age and dabbled with bands in his teens, though had no real aspirations to play music full-time upon moving to New York City at 18- he simply wanted to experience life in a place he’d fallen in love with from afar. Joining beloved noise-folk institution Woods, the band with which he got his professional start and rose to national acclaim, was simply fortuitous, an act of making new friends and fast assimilating into the musical community of New York City. As Woods’ bassist, Morby cut his teeth on the road and in the studio, circling around a time when the band’s own label would give a start to many on-the-rise acts like Kurt Vile, Wavves, and Vivan Girls. Then, after bonding and later rooming with Vivan Girls’ Cassie Ramone, Kevin honed his skills as a frontman, forming well-received indie group The Babies.

Since departing Woods and putting The Babies on pause, Morby has been enjoying a celebrated run as a solo artist, beginning with 2013 debut Harlem River, a love letter to his adopted home of New York, crafted after a move to Los Angles, originally conceived an acoustic effort but fleshed out with a full band. 2014 sophomore release Still Life, a more indie rock rooted departure from his folkier debut, brought Kevin more critical acclaim, and 2016’s Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell channeling Singing Saw further flexed the rising artist’s story-driven, timeless style, which also adopts pieces of punk and lo-fi rock. Last year’s City Music, a sort of ode to the metropolitan experience, calls more to the stylings of Lou Reed and Patti Smith, and further flexes Morby’s range and knack for nostalgia, while keeping his sound modern and fresh.

Along with Hand Habits, the supremely chill, kindred spirit project of Meg Duffy, steadily building buzz in her own right, Morby returns to Nashville tonight, April 17 at The Basement East, for the first time since a Third Man outing more than a year ago with Waxahatchee, and for the fourth time in just as many years. This is Kevin’s first turn on the east side, and tickets are still available here while they last!

Kevin Morby and Hand Habits will perform tonight, April 17 at The Basement East. The show is 18+, begins at 8 p.m. (doors at 7 p.m.), and tickets are available to purchase for $15.

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