David Byrne to Play The Ryman May 6

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Though we had him pegged as a potential candidate for Bonnaroo, once it was revealed that prolific art rocker and famed former Talking Heads frontman David Byrne wouldn’t be making a trek to the farm this year, despite prepping to release his first solo LP in 14 years (not counting three excellent, high-profile collaboration albums), American Utopia, on March 9, we assumed it was all but guaranteed we’d soon see a Nashville date announced. With this morning’s expansion of his upcoming world tour, Byrne did just that, adding a May 6 show at The Ryman Auditorium, where he’s frequently stopped over the years, most recently in 2012 with St. Vincent, in support of one of the aforementioned collaborations.

Described as “a choreographed concert that Byrne has called ‘the most ambitious show I’ve done since the shows that were filmed for Stop Making Sense,'” the American Utopia tour sounds very, well, David Byrne, who’s become an icon not just for his music, but for his contributions in film, photography, opera, literature, and more. The forthcoming LP itself is an extension of Byrne’s ongoing “Reasons To Be Cheerful” multimedia series, which collects stories, news, ideas, and other items that all either embody or identify examples of things that inspire optimism. Adds Byrne: “…Many of us, I suspect, are not satisfied with that world—the world we have made for ourselves. We look around and we ask ourselves—well, does it have to be like this? Is there another way? These songs are about that looking and that asking. This album is indirectly about those aspirational impulses.”

Hear new single “Everybody’s Coming to My House” below, check out a full list of North American dates, and grab tickets beginning Friday, Jan. 19 at 10 a.m. CST right here. They surely won’t last.

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Jack White Premieres “Connected By Love,” “Respect Commander” Ahead of New LP ‘Boarding House Reach’


We’ve long known that new music from resident local rocker and Third Man Records head honcho Jack White was on the way, after he revealed last spring that he’d been holed up in a small apartment, writing with no distractions. Weeks of musical teases and a wave of huge festival announcements- Jack’s first full-scale live dates in about three years- gave way this week to not one, but two new tracks, lead single “Connected By Love” (which also arrived with an accompanying music video, below), and more experimental b-side “Respect Commander.” Both offer a taste of the more ambitious and expansive direction the prolific musician is said to have taken on his upcoming third full-length, Boarding House Reach, which has just been reveled for a March 23 release via Third Man/Columbia.

Featuring a staggering cast of collaborators which include “drummer Louis Cato (Beyoncé, Q-Tip, John Legend, Mariah Carey), bassists Charlotte Kemp Muhl (The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger) and NeonPhoenix (Kanye West, Lil Wayne, Jay-Z), synthesizer players DJ Harrison and Anthony “Brew” Brewster (Fishbone, The Untouchables), keyboardists Neal Evans (Soulive, Talib Kweli, John Scofield) and Quincy McCrary (Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Pitbull), percussionists Bobby Allende (David Byrne, Marc Anthony) and Justin Porée (Ozomatli), and backing vocalists Esther Rose and Ann & Regina McCrary of Nashville’s beloved gospel trio, The McCrary Sisters,” along with returning familiar names like “drummers Daru Jones (Nas, Talib Kweli) and Carla Azar (Autolux, Depeche Mode, Doyle Bramhall II),” as well as singer-songwriter C.W. Stoneking on a spoken word track, the album was recorded in Nashville, New York, and LA, and conceived the aforementioned sparse apartment, where White used only the simple gear akin to what he owned at 15.

Simultaneously a timeless, deconstructionist return to his roots and an ambitious and expansive exploration of his wide-ranging and eclectic musical tastes, Boarding House Reach sounds poised to be the most unique effort of Jack’s solo discography, and certainly one of our most-anticipated albums of the year. It wouldn’t be a Jack White album without some special, physical releases as well. You have until Jan. 31 to sign up for a pretty stellar Vault package, featuring what will be the only variant of the full-length plus so much more. Additionally, “Connected By Love” will be available as an exclusive, one day only tri-color variant 7-inch at Third Man’s storefront on Saturday, Jan. 13, on a first-come, first-served basis and for only as long as there’s a line; details here. Check out the new tracks below, and keep an eye out for live show announcements; so far, Shaky Knees in Atlanta is the closest show, but we suspect a full tour is imminent.

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[TICKET GIVEAWAY] Walk the Moon w/ Company of Thieves | Jan. 28 @ The Ryman


Returning to Nashville proper for the first time since 2015, breakout Cincinnati pop rockers Walk the Moon are slated to once more headline The Ryman Auditorium on Jan. 28, with support from reunited Chicago indie rock trio Company of Thieves. Out in support of their recent fourth full-length What If Nothing, the highly-anticipated followup to their breakout 2014 effort Talking Is Hard, Walk the Moon are known for their theatrical, visual, and dazzling live performance style, refined from years on the road. Tickets to their latest Music City stop, one of the year’s first essential major shows, are still available here, but we’re thrilled to announce that we’re also 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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Bonnaroo 2018 Lineup Announced with Eminem, The Killers, Muse, Paramore, & More!


Following in the earlier timeframe adopted over the past few years, and keeping in pace with other major national festivals, which have become increasingly more competitive in getting a jump on extra early lineup announcements, Bonnaroo has revealed its full 2o18 performance slate, featuring EminemThe Killers, and Muse in the headlining spots. The rest of the bill, which, this year sees the return of a band-heavy lineup and more widespread name recognition, despite continuing to diverge from the legacy and jam side of the event’s past, includes FutureBassnectarBon Iver (performing two different sets), 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 and many more, plus some local favorites like Sturgill SimpsonSheryl CrowMoon Taxi, Old Crow Medicine Show, the Grand Ole Opry (likely for a Superjam-esque block and seemingly replacing The Bluegrass Situation), R.LUM.RRon Gallo, Mikky EkkoBlank RangeThe Brummies, Okey Dokey*repeat repeat, and, for the first time, Paramore!

Along with the lineup, tickets are set to back on sale in a variety of options this Friday, Jan. 12 at 9 a.m. CDT (we’ll have a ticket guide up for you shortly), so if you’re sold on the bill, you might want to grab them before they increase in price. As previously announced, Bonnaroo returns to Manchester, Tenn. June 7-10 for its 17th year. Check out the full 2018 lineup below, and look out for additional Club Stage artists, comedians, and more to be announced in the coming months!

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Catch Fever Blush, TWEN, Spirit Week, & No Ritual | TONIGHT @ The Cobra


Formerly known as Lean (and, for a brief time before that, Slowtalker), local up and comers Fever Blush are something of a Nashville DIY supergroup. Fusing dreamy, lo-fi, indie pop sensibilities with a clear love of shoegaze, punk, and alt rock, the band, who count members of local favorites Daddy Issues, Beer Head, and more among their ranks, function as a group of writers, crafting songs as a unit and spreading the weight evenly. Though they’ve been an active part of the underground live scene for a couple of years, frequenting houses, dives, and DIY spaces all over town, Fever Blush only recently released their debut EP, Remember, Forget, and seem to have an exciting 2018 ahead.

The band will head up our friends Cold Lunch Recordings’ Christmas party tonight, Dec. 19 at The Cobra, along with TWENSpirit Week, and No Ritual, for a spirited affair that includes an ugly sweater contest, eggnog special, and, of course, great music. A buzzy local fave, TWEN’s psyched out, genre-bending, jangly, garage pop is even better in person; groovy, indie rockers Spirit Week make the trek from nearby Bowling Green; and locals No Ritual get things going with their lo-fi, garage, and noise rock influenced sensibilities, making for one fantastic and diverse slate from top to bottom. Don’t be late!

Fever Blush, TWEN, Spirit Week, and No Ritual will perform tonight, Dec. 19 at The Cobra. The show is 21+, begins at 9 p.m., and admission is $5 at the door.

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