[REMINDER] Catch Bit Brigade w/ The Daytona Machines & The Mad Gear | TONIGHT @ Exit/In

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With news that Nintendo’s retro box the NES Classic has been outselling flashier current-generation video game consoles this summer, it’s clear that video game nostalgia is all the rage. If that love for old Nintendo games has hooked you as well, then you’re going to want to meet Athens group Bit Brigade. Adopting conventional rock instruments to meticulously rework classic 8-bit NES soundtracks, the group’s show is essentially a real-time soundtrack to a live speed run of a classic game, projected behind them. For their stop at Exit/In tonight, Aug. 10, the band will tackle none other than The Legend of Zelda (which you can hear them tackle here), with local kindred spirits The Mad Gear kicking things off, and artsy, garage pop group The Daytona Machines in between. This show definitely has a particular niche, but if it’s your niche, tickets are available right here! Read on for more about the show.

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[TICKET GIVEAWAY] Sleigh Bells w/ Torres | Aug. 19 @ The Basement East

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On the heels of a tour supporting Weezer and the Pixies which recently passed through town, and after a last-minute postponement of a planned headlining date earlier this year, Brooklyn noise pop duo Sleigh Bells are making their way back to Music City for a proper headliner, their first in several years, Aug. 19 at The Basement East, out in support of last year’s excellent, surprisingly intimate new mini album Kid Kruschev. Along with former Nashvillian turned Brooklyn based indie rock breakout Torres, this is, without a doubt, one of the coolest shows of the summer, and tickets are still available right here while they last! Or, if you’d rather leave it to chance, we’re also giving away a pair of tickets to one lucky fan! Read on for more about this excellent lineup, and enter for a chance to win below.

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Art + Friends Spotlight: Canon Blue

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As we previously announced, famed local alt rockers Paramore are currently winding down the record cycle (or “era,” as they like to dub it) for last year’s phenomenal fifth album, After Laughter, which, over the past year, has included surprise stops at Exit/In and The End, a headlining outing at The Ryman, and the group’s debut at Bonnaroo, all amidst international tour dates and critical acclaim for their boldest, most personal, and most adventurous LP ever. Before taking a breather and plotting what’s next, however, the band will come home to host Art + Friends, an extra special event Sept. 7 at Municipal Auditorium, meant to highlight Nashville’s wonderful alternative scene, with local art, local venders, and a stacked local musical lineup of COINBullyCanon BlueLiza Anne, and Nightingail– an excellent sample of some of the amazing music coming out of Nashville right now.

Tickets are still available here, and as we count down the weeks until Art + Friends’ arrival, we wanted to help you prepare by providing a spotlight on each individual performer (who, remember, are all local, and can regularly be seen at more intimate spaces as well). So far, we’ve introduced you to bluesy indie folk singer Nightingail and breakout indie rocker Liza Anne. Next up, an artist who we’ve been obsessing over since the site’s earliest days: etherial, indie/orchestral pop project Canon Blue!

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Live on the Green Kicks Off 2018 Season Aug. 9 w/ Dispatch, The Wood Brothers, Mt. Joy, and Roscoe & Etta

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It feels like we were just bidding the 2017 season of Live on the Green farewell, but, here we are again, ready to kick off another exciting year of the annual free outdoor fest this Thursday, Aug. 9 at Public Square Park. Per the format adopted a few years back, Live on the Green will run four consecutive Thursdays and culminate with an epic three-day, two-stage finale. Once again boasting an exciting and stacked lineup, this season will feature performances from the likes of Jimmy Eat World, Matt & Kim, Cold War Kids, Dr. Dog, Car Seat Headrest, X Ambassadors, ZZ Ward, Parquet Courts, and more! This week’s inaugural installment is set to include DispatchThe Wood Brothers, Mt. Joy, and Roscoe & Etta, expanding to four artists a week the first three Thursdays, up from the three of years past (but with a couple shorter sets and quicker changes to mostly keep the same schedule). Clearly, LOTG is geared up to hit the ground running, and you can find out more about all four performers and why you absolutely don’t want to miss them, after the jump!

Per usual, LOTG is free and all ages, and music will run from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Gates open at 5 p.m., and there will be plenty of food and alcohol vendors on site to meet your needs. Parking is $10 at the Public Square Park Garage below the festival site and $5 at Nissan E and F lots across the Woodland St Bridge, and various other garages and street parking options are available on the surrounding blocks (also, ride share is relatively simple with designated drop off and pick up spots). If you’re looking to up the ante on your LOTG experience, VIP tickets and backstage passes are typically available for purchase, however they generally sell out in advance. And finally, the tradition of an official LOTG after party returns this year beginning each week at 11 p.m. at The Valentine on Broadway. Find out more about this week’s installment below, and find out more about the entire season on Live on the Green’s site.

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[TICKET GIVEAWAY] Cake & Ben Folds w/ Tall Heights | Aug. 21 @ Ascend Amphitheater

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Teaming up for an epic, if somewhat oddball, pairing, two acts who first found fame in the mid-’90s, alt rockers Cake and singer-songwriter Ben Folds, will soon embark on a co-headlining summer tour, which brings them to Folds’ home of Nashville Aug. 21 for a performance at Ascend Ampitheater with electro-folk up and comers Tall Heights. Cake’s first Nashville show proper in seven years (in support of their last LP, which they’re finally preparing to follow up), and Folds’ latest in a string of always fresh local outings, this tours promises an excellent blend of nostalgia and fresh tunes, and tickets are still available here. We’re also excited to announce that we’re giving away a pair of tickets to one lucky fan! Read on for more about the show, and enter for a chance to win below.

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