GWAR, Anti-Flag, The Adolescents, The Ataris, More Announced for 2017 Warped Tour | June 27 at The Fairgrounds

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Now entering its 23rd consecutive year, premier summer traveling punk extravaganza (and longest-running North American music fest) the Vans Warped Tour will return to Nashville on June 27, its fourth year back in Music City after an extended absence, following the 2006 closure of the Starwood Amphitheatre.

If, like us, you grew up going to the Warped Tour many years ago, then you’ve probably also felt less and less connected the lineup in recent years, which, though as musically varied as it’s ever been, has become increasingly geared towards newer bands, and firmly aimed at the fest’s teenage demographic.

This year, however, Warped has renewed its focus on celebrating its musical roots, and has landed a much higher number of prominent deep legacy acts and favorites from last decade, including names like GWAR, Anti-Flag, The Adolescents, The Ataris, Streetlight Manifesto, Save Ferris, CKY, Bowling for Soup, Valient Thorr, Hawthorne Heights, Never Shout Never, Sick of It All, Silverstein, Municipal Waste, Strung Out, Hatebreed, and more, plus some especially exciting newer artists like Microwave, Bad Cop / Bad Cop, War On Women, American Authors, and Neck Deep.

It’s been a minute since we could confidently call Warped Tour’s lineup primed for fans of all ages, but between a great smattering of punk, hardcore, indie, metal, emo, and more, spanning from the ’80s to today, this old festival has proven to still have some new tricks, and hopefully the shift in strategy will pay off and continue for future installments. Tickets are just $50, which averages out to less than $1/band, and per Warped tradition, the fest features tons of venders, activist groups, activities, and more. Whether you never miss it, or you’re waxing nostalgic, it looks like another fun summer is in store.

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Forecastle Fest Announces 2017 Daily Lineups

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Headed up by LCD Soundsytem, Weezer, Odesza, Cage the Elephant, Sturgill Simpson, PJ Harvey, and more, this year’s Forecastle Fest, which shared its initial lineup back in December, and expanded it a month later, is shaping up to be one of the most promising events of the summer, per usual. With a bill that also includes Spoon, Run the Jewels, Phantogram, Conor Oberst, Judah & The Lion, K.Flay, Whitney, Beach Slang, Rayland Baxter, Coin, Adia Victoria, Farro, *repeat repeat, and tons more, the long-running Louisville fest returns July 14-16 to the waterfront! An easy road trip, an impeccably well-curated and managed event, and a bargain by festival standards, tickets are available here!

As we dive into spring, and summer inches closer, Forecastle has just revealed its daily lineups, which means a limited number of single-day GA, GA Plus, and VIP tickets will be available this Friday. For those of us road-tripping to Kentucky, it also means we can start thinking about our weekend plan, and dreading any potential conflicts, before the full schedule drops closer to the fest. Check out the daily lineups below!

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Omega Swan, Creature Comfort, The Bumbs, & Forest Fire Gospel Choir Compete in FREE Road to Roo Finals | TONIGHT @ The Basement East

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After last week’s second Road to Roo 2017 semifinal round, the bracket-style battle of the bands competition inches closer to a close with the City Finals tonight, March 28 at The Basement East. Whittled down from an initial 16 competitors, just four bands remain, after two preliminary and two semifinal rounds, and those four will play longer sets tonight, with one being voted the Nashville winner, then moving on next week the the State Finals, where one band from either Nashville or Memphis will earn a slot at Bonnaroo.

Tonight will feature Omega Swan, Creature ComfortThe BumbsForest Fire Gospel Choir competing at the totally free21+ event, which begins at 7 p.m. (though you must be present before 9 p.m. in order to have a chance to cast your vote). You can read more about the contest below, and preview tonight’s lineup after the jump.

Spread out across town, the Road to Roo, different from the single-location “Road to Bonnaroo” that took place at Mercy Lounge until 2015, is more of a bracket-style series, and results in one single, state-wide winner, selected over the course of several weeks. For a refresher, here’s a detailed rundown: Both March 1 and March 8, eight locals bands were selected to compete in random order, playing short preliminary round sets for an audience who then vote to select four from each show (or eight total) to advance to the semifinals. The semifinals were March 14 at The Basement East and March 23 at 3rd & Lindsley, and four bands from each preliminary round competed, performing slightly longer sets, in random order. Two bands from each semifinal round, so four total, were be selected by vote to advance to the City Finals, held at The Basement East on March 28. In the City Finals, the four bands will be given an even longer set time, and one winner will be selected. Surely that’s the end, right? Nope! One final final round, the Tennessee State Finals, will take place April 5 at Acme Feed & Seed, where Nashville’s winner will compete against a winner from Memphis (who, presumably, had to battle their way though a similar process), and one of those two acts will be crowned supreme victor, finally awarded a spot at Bonnaroo 2017.

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Catch DK The Drummer (MUTEMATH’s Darren King) | TONIGHT @ The High Watt

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Best known for co-fronting beloved and long-running alt rock outfit MUTEMATH (who are currently hard at work on a new album), Nashville transplant Darren King, who only recently began performing solo shows under the moniker DK The Drummer, manages a feat few drummers have- he’s become perhaps the most visible member of his band, known for his unparalleled and bombastic playing style, participatory antics, and more involved musicianship than the vast number of artists who share his instrument. Over the years, King has branched out into production, working with artists as diverse as Say Anything and Kanye West, and, in addition to drumming, flexes his skills as a DJ and multi-instrumentalist.

Tonight, March 28, Darren will bring his DK The Drummer show to The High Watt, where he’ll perform “live mashups of his favorite Electronic, Hip-Hop, and Instrumental tunes of the last 50 years,” handling drums and electronics. If you’ve ever been to a MUTEMATH show, odds are you could barely take your eyes off Darren’s intense and unbelievable drumming, so turning that into the whole show feels like the next logical step, and sure to be a treat for MUTEMATH fans and newcomers alike. Grab tickets for just $10 right here, and check out a clip of DK The Drummer’s first ever solo show from earlier this year in New York, which he performed while in town sitting in with Seth Meyers’ 8G Band.

DK The Drummer will perform tonight, March 28 at The High Watt. 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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Thelma and the Sleaze, Boyscott, Cold Creeks, & Butthole Host a Benefit for Planned Parenthood | TONIGHT @ Exit/In

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We’ve been raving about the wacky, trashy antics and immensely fun and kickass live performance of local grungy, alt rock outfit Thelma and the Sleaze for years, so anytime they headline a show, whether it’s somewhere you never expected to see a band like a McDonald’s or laundromat, or somewhere more conventional like their performance tonight, March 25 at Exit/In, we’ll always recommend them. Tonight’s extra special though, and not just for the added allure of the strong local lineup- Jersey transplants and breezy indie rockers Boyscott, bluesy indie group Cold Creeks, and grungy indie punks Butthole– the show also doubles as a benefit for Planned Parenthood, an important organization that seems to be unfairly under fire at increasing frequency these days.

While the misconception (or conservative smear campaign) used to vilify Planned Parenthood is that it’s effectively just an abortion clinic (PP does provide abortions, but that accounts for only a small fraction of their services, and is never funded by federal tax dollars, as that would be illegal – ironic, since that’s the motivating issue used to push to defund the organization), the truth is Planned Parenthood provides essential health and screening services, education, treatment, contraception, counseling, and more to women, and is an invaluable resource for sexual and reproductive health, and pregnancy prevention. If you’re looking for a way to give to the organization, simply buying a ticket for tonight will go to their benefit, plus you get to see four amazing bands, and if you want to give even more, Planned Parenthood will be on site accepting donations, handing out condoms, and more. Great music for a great cause; doesn’t get much better than that!

Thelma and the Sleaze, Boyscott, Cold Creeks, and Butthole will perform tonight, March 25 at Exit/It. The show is 18+, begins at 9 p.m. (doors at 8 p.m.), and tickets are available to purchase for $12, with proceeds going to benefit Planned Parenthood.

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