DIY Space Queen Ave Turns to Crowdfunding to Reopen

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As we’ve previously addressed, and as you’ve no doubt noticed if you’re dialed into the DIY scene, many of Nashville’s most prominent DIY spaces, arts collective, and house venues have disappeared or hit pause in recent months, following a wave of stricter enforcements in the wake of the tragic events of Oakland’s Ghost Ship late last year. One such space that’s been off the grid is East Nashville’s Queen Ave Art Collective, which is currently working hard to reopen in the coming months for shows.

Founded in 2014 by Tyler Walker, Taylor Jensen, and Mike Kluge, the DIY space changed hands to a new trio of operators, Nashville natives Rachel Warrick, Molly Hornbuckle, and Arthur Leago, late last year, and, while a break and updates were already in the works while the venue moved to new ownership, adhering to codes in the wake of new enforcements has made it a lengthier and more expensive process than expected.

Queen Ave’s new team seem to be taking it all in stride though, and, since officially taking over Jan. 1, have been working hard to remodel and update the beloved community space. In order to finish the process, which includes some very expensive (but ultimately very beneficial) requirements like making the bathroom ADA-complient, Queen Ave turned to GoFundMe earlier this month, asking the community for help in funding the final stretch.

Fellow DIY arts space Drkmttr recently did the same, and managed to hit their goal, but it looks like Queen Ave still needs a boost. You can check out the venue’s site to look at all the work the team put in, self-funded no less, before even asking, and head to Queen Ave’s GoFundMe page to read about the scope of the renovations, an itemized list of costs, and to make your donation!

DIY venues are an immeasurably important to any healthy music scene. Not only a creative, communal space where smaller, lesser known or less conventional artists can find an outlet, spaces like this help build up the foundation of a local scene by letting newcomers grow, giving smaller touring acts a space, and by bringing together people of all ages and walks of life in an imitate and accessible environment to experience and share art. We NEED Queen Ave and more spaces like it, to help Nashville maintain an identity and foster a new generation of creatives, and whether you have fond memories of this space, or hope you make some new ones in the future, we implore you to help speed up the process of bringing this venue back to life. Donate here.

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Daddy Issues Unveil “Locked Out” Ahead of Debut LP ‘Deep Dream’

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Fresh off a tour with Diet Cig, and gearing up to release their debut full-length, Deep Dream, May 19 via Infinity Cat, local grunge pop trio Daddy Issues have treated us to yet another brand new single, “Locked Out.”

Following biting ode to terrible exes “In Your Head,” and the more serious reflection on the realities of the trauma and impact of sexual abuse and assault, “I’m Not,” Daddy Issues’ latest, which feels like more of a callback to their first release, Can We Still Hang, is about blacking out, losing your keys, and the fleeting nature of summer flings- all told with the group’s signature ability to lace lightheartedness with anxious, earnest, and self-depricating alternating with empowering lyrics, set to breezy, engrossing melodies.

No local dates are currently on the docket, but we’d be shocked not to see a release show materialize soon. For now, hear “Locked Out,” and pre-order Deep Dream while you count down the days until its release!

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Diet Cig to Play The High Watt June 1

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Since first catching them at The End early last year, then being blown away by their summer performances at both Shaky Knees and Wrecking Ball, we’ve been pretty obsessed with Brooklyn by way of New Paltz, NY poppy, punk duo Diet Cig. Having just wrapped a tour with local faves Daddy Issues, and celebrating their brand new, debut full-length, Swear I’m Good At This (which we’ve been spinning on repeat the past few weeks), the band, made up of singer/guitarist Alex Luciano and drummer Noah Bowman, are experiencing their biggest wave of buzz yet- and for good reason.

With an impossibly energetic live show fueled by Luciano’s infectiously positive energy and enthusiasm, backed by punk songs with fuzzy, pop hooks and hyper personal, earnest, feminist, and coming of age themes, Diet Cig are a pop punk band primed less for the Warped Tour and more for the DIY indie punk scene, definitely relatable and accessible for teen fans, but substantive and sincere enough to have the same emotional resonance for 20-somethings and beyond.

Touring extensively in support of their debut, Diet Cig earlier this month expanded their summer leg of dates to include a June 1 appearance at The High Watt, with support from SPORTS and locals Reality Something. Needless to say, we couldn’t be more thrilled for the group’s Music City return, and if you like your punk poppy with a dash of hyperactive, hyper-honest energy, this show is for you. Grab tickets right here while they last!

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[TICKET GIVEAWAY] Sinkane w/ Eric Slick (of Dr. Dog) | May 3 @ The High Watt

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Fresh off the release of his sixth solo album, Sinkane is headed to The High Watt on May 3 for a night of funky flowing rhythms that are guaranteed to have you grooving. Sudanese artist Ahmed Gallab and his talented bandmates are bringing their worldly blend of Afro-pop, groovy soul and funky electronica for a night that you won’t want to miss.  Eric Slick, longtime drummer for Dr. Dog, is also on hand to kick things off, and a limited amount of tickets are still available here. But if you’re feeling lucky, you’ll be happy to hear that we’re giving away a pair of tickets to one lucky reader. Read on for all the details on this exciting show and for your chance to win.

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New On Our Nashville Spotify Playlist: Paramore, Louis the Child, Andrew Combs, The Harmaleighs, & More

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Our main goal at No Country is to share music from our favorite local artists and touring acts that hit Nashville. Now you can get straight to listening on our Nashville Spotify playlist

Local music additions:

“Hard Times” by Paramore
“Moments” by Biyo
“Other Voices” by Scale Model – Playing Little Harpeth on May 12
“I’m Not” by Daddy Issues
“The Feel Good” by Rio Ville
“Dirty Rain” by Andrew Combs – Playing 3rd and Lindsley on May 26
“Lady Brain” by The Harmaleighs – Playing Musicians Corner on May 13
“Backwoods Royalty” by Dylan McDonald and the Avians – Playing Acme Feed & Seed on April 25
“Listen Repeat” by Dead Cures – Playing Little Harpeth on May 5

Touring artist additions:

“Love Is Alive” by Louis The Child – Playing Bonnaroo on June 10
“Epoch” by Tycho – Playing Marathon Music Works on May 9 
“Avery” by Generationals – Playing Mercy Lounge on April 30
“My Heart Beats 4 U” by Rooney – Playing The High Watt on June 28

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