Free Throw Celebrate New LP Today with Grimey’s In-Store, Listening Party at The Basement East Pub, Nashville Is The Reason

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We’re just two days away from Bear Your Mind, the highly-anticipated sophomore LP from from local emo/indie punk outfit Free Throw. A followup to 2014’s Those Days Are Gone, which helped propel the group from the Nashville DIY scene to the national spotlight, Free Throw’s latest marks a shift to more mature, personal, and introspective songwriting, while still maintaining their raw, earnest style.

Leading up to the album’s the release, the band have unveiled “Randy, I Am the Liquor,” “Better Have Burn Heal,” and, most recently “Hope Spot” (hear it below), and are planning to treat local fans to the whole thing a little early with two special events today, May 24! First up, the band will appear at Grimey’s at 6 p.m. for a free, acoustic, all-ages in store performance, where they’re also be selling copies of Bear Your Mind a couple days early on vinyl and CD. Shortly after, they’ll team up with our pals at Nashville Is The Reason to host a free, 21+ listening party at The Pub at The Basement East, followed by a normal NITR punk/emo/indie DJ night, with Free Throw guesting behind the booth (as well as prizes fro their label).

We’ve been trumpeting Free Throw for like four years now, and while the last couple have seen plenty of rising stock in the punk world, it’s great to see so much hometown attention surrounding their latest release as well- it’s long overdue, as the band serve as one of most exciting products of Nashville’s often overlooked but absolutely thriving underground punk scene. Show them some hometown love, and get treated to their new album early tonight, then be sure to catch the band’s official, full release show on their July 1 homecoming tour stop at The End (tickets here)!

Free Throw will perform today, May 24 at Grimey’s for an all ages, acoustic, in-store performance then will host a free, 21+ ‘Bear Your Mind’ listening party at The Pub at The Basement East, followed by a guest DJ spot at Nashville Is The Reason.

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[REMINDER] Don’t Miss The Mountain Goats w/ Mothers | TONIGHT @ Cannery Ballroom

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North Carolina indie folk cult favorites The Mountain Goats seem to make it to Nashville every record cycle these days, and with as frequently as they make albums, that’s always good news for us. Their latest, upcoming 16th LP Goths, is extra special, because this time round they actually recorded in Nashville too, culminating in one of the biggest sonic departures and coolest concepts in years from a band known for subverting expectations. Upgrading to Cannery Ballroom for their latest Music City stop tonight, May 23 with buzzy Athens up and comers Mothers, John Darnielle and co. are guaranteed to dazzle with their eclectic, high-brow, story-driven indie folk and magnetic live show. Tickets are still available here, so secure your spot and read on for more!

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[NO COUNTRY PREMIERE] ELEL’s “Animal” Gets Remixed by MIG50

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As they hit the road today for a short run of spring dates with Ripe, local indie rockers and longtime site faves ELEL have shared with us a brand new remix of “Animal,” a single from their 2016 debut Geode, to exclusively premiere. Helmed by producer MIG50, the “Animal”remix brings a brighter, shimmering, tonal shift, transforming it into a fun, dance-ready jam from its groovier, moodier, original take.

On the remix, singer Ben Elkins tells us “I was thrilled when Tony [MIG50] reached out and wanted to remix Animal, I never expected to hear such a different version of that song. Our version is really intense but his version is just so joyful. It feels like the end of a movie I wanted to see when I was a kid, where everyone is dancing because everything worked out in the end.”

With more music in the works, it shouldn’t be long until ELEL drop some new tunes; for now, check out a re-imaginging of an old favorite below! You can also catch ELEL and Ripe at Mercy Lounge on June 1 (tickets here), and as part of Frist Fridays on July 28.

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[REMINDER] Don’t Miss Perfume Genius w/ serpentwithfeet | TONIGHT @ Exit/In

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On the heels of stunning new album No Shape, artsy, eclectic, genre-bending soul/indie/pop singer Perfume Genius, the live moniker of Mike Hadreas, is set to return to Nashville for the first time in nearly five years tonight, May 21 for a performance with likeminded New York up and comer serpentwithfeet. Both moody, unabashedly queer, poignantly personal, and artistically unparalleled, the two artists serve as a perfect compliment, and will make for one of the coolest, most interesting shows of the spring. Tickets are still available here, so grab yours now and read on for more about this incredible lineup!

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Hot Tub Club Return with Banger “Move Your Body (Extended Workout Mix)”

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It’s been a minute since we last checked in on local dance-rap crew Hot Tub Club, but the group have been keeping active; playing shows and crafting new tunes in the interim. Formed at Bonnaroo after the disappearance of their dear friend Ricky, HTC dropped the aptly-named Songs 4 Ricky mixtape in 2015, and have popped up for local appearances here and there ever since.

Earlier this week, they returned triumphantly with their official debut single, “Move Your Body (Extended Workout Mix),” out via the mysterious Live Nation Records. Though it seems like the club’s ranks may have shrunk a bit (and there’s still no sign of Ricky), their classic rap callback meets Red Bull-fueled party anthem primed style is as fresh as ever. Between a DJ night at new bar Rosemary and a performance at The High Watt, it looks like Hot Tub Club are ramping up their live activity again too, so keep an eye out for the next chance to see their wild live show, and hit play below, but only if you’re ready to move your body!

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