Catch Post Animal w/ Illiterate Light & Dan Luke and The Raid | TONIGHT @ Mercy Lounge

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While yes, Post Animal does count Joe Keery, best known as Steve from Stranger Things, among their lineup, the actor’s recent fame shouldn’t overshadow what is, in fact, an excellent up and coming psych rock group on their own (plus, Keery’s involvement has seemingly diminished, and he opts out of live shows these days). Hailing from Chicago, the band earned positive praise for their early efforts, particularly 2016’s The Garden Series, and inked a deal with Polyvinyl ahead of their excllent full-length debut, When I Think of You in a Castle, earlier this year. The road worn outfit have broken out of the DIY circuit to appear at an increasing number of festivals over the last year, including this summer at Bonnaroo, and have also hit the road with acts like White Reaper, Wavves, and Twin Peaks. With mounting hype, it’s no surprise to see the band headlining Mercy Lounge tonight, Dec. 12, after packing out The High Watt earlier this year.

Joining Post Animal are buzzy alt/indie rock duo Illiterate Light, who hail from Virginia and have made quite a splash with their earnest, layered, and harmonic sound in just a few short years, and locals by way of Bowling Green Dan Luke & The Raid, the fast-rising psych-rock project fronted by Dan Shultz, the little brother of Cage the Elephant’s Matt and Brad Shultz. Needless to say, this is a solid bill from top to bottom, and if you’re looking for a cool mid-week show to tickle your psych and indie rock fancy, you can’t go wrong with this one; grab tickets here!

Post Animal, Illiterate Light, and Dan Luke & The Raid will perform tonight, Dec. 12 at Mercy Lounge. The show is 18+, begins at 8 p.m. (doors at 7 p.m.), and tickets are available to purchase for $15.

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Don’t Miss Tom Morello’s Atlas Underground Experience | TONIGHT @ 3rd & Lindsley

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Though he rose to prominence and perhaps remains most famous as the guitarist of pioneering ’90s alternative/rap metal outfit Rage Against the Machine, musician and activist Tom Morello has had an incredibly busy and prolific run in the near two decades since Rage first split (they returned in 2007 and spent a few years playing big shows, but not much else came of it). Supergroup Audioslave (with the late Chris Cornell) brought Tom an admirable second act in the ’00s, and more recent supergroup Prophets of Rage has proven RATM’s unlikely ability to function without famed frontman Zack de la Rocha, subbing in members of Public Enemy and Cyrpus Hill in his stead.

While also participating in other projects, collaborating with huge artists like Bruce Springsteen, and generally remaining an esteemed figure in the rock scene, Morello has also found time to function as a solo artist, beginning first with a folk and acoustic project he dubbed The Nightwatchman, a moniker he’s used to release several great albums of protest songs under since the mid-00s- his last release arriving in 2011.

More recently, Morello has stepped out for the first time to craft an LP under his own name, The Atlas Underground, which arrived this fall with a fusion of Tom’s hard rock, alternative, and hip hop leaning past, recruiting a staggering group of collaborators-  Knife Party, Bassnectar, Big Boi, Killer Mike, Portugal. The Man, Whethan, Vic Mensa, Marcus Mumford, Steve Aoki, Tim McIlrath, K.Flay, Pretty Lights, Carl Restivo, Gary Clark Jr., Nico Stadi, Leikeli47, GZA, RZA and Herobust- and returning Morello’s fiery passion for social and political activism.

In support of his latest, Morello has been playing new tunes (and, of course, some familiar hits) at intimate venues around the country, a rare chance for fans to see the seminal guitarist in rooms way smaller than other of his other bands ever play. Tonight, Dec. 11, the tour hits Nashville’s own 3rd & Lindsley, and while tickets- still available here– aren’t cheap, it’s sure to be a cool, engaging, and unforgettable experience for longtime Morello admirers (and will quite possibly include some special guests). Don’t miss it!

Tom Morello brings his Atlas Underground Experience to 3rd & Lindsley tonight, Dec. 11. The show is all ages, begins at 8 p.m. (doors at 6:30 p.m.), and tickets are available to purchase for $55.

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Catch Good Old War w/ Beta Radio & Allman Brown | TONIGHT @ The High Watt

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Hailing from Philadelphia, PA, indie folksters Good Old War formed in 2008 as a trio, following the end of prior project Days Away. Quickly gaining a following with the release of their electrifying debut, Only Way to Be Alone, the prolific band soon found themselves touring with the likes of Dr. Dog, Alison Krauss, Brandi Carlile, and Counting Crows, headlining clubs around the nation, and performing on shows like Conan and Jimmy Kimmel Live! Ahead of their most recent and fourth LP, 2015’s Broken into Better Shape, drummer/vocalist/multi-instrumetnalist Tim Arnold departed to focus on his family, though subsequently rejoined the group two years later, contributing to their two latest releases, a set of companion EPs, 2017’s Part of Me, and this year’s Part of You, both marking some of the best, most concentrated and versatile songs the band have produced to date.

Tonight, Dec. 11, Good Old War return to Nashville to headline The High Watt, a perfect place to catch their signature harmony-laden, musically dense, and intimate style up close and personal. Joining them are North Carolina indie, folky group Beta Radio, who are certainly sonic kindred spirits, and London based folky singer-songwriter Allman Brown. Needles to say, Good Old War fans will want to arrive early to see these supporting acts, and even if you aren’t familiar with the headliners themselves (Good Old War are, perhaps, one of the most criminally underrated bands making music today), if you enjoy earnest, harmony-dense, personal folk and indie music, you’re sure to love this. Grab tickets here while they last!

Good Old War, Beta Radio, and Allman Brown will perform tonight, Dec. 11 at The High Watt. The show is 18+, begins at 8 p.m. (7 p.m. doors), and tickets are available to purchase for $18.

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New On Our Nashville Spotify Playlist: Soccer Mommy, The Kooks, Molly Parden, Copeland, Fleurie, Twiceyoung, & 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

“Cool” by Soccer Mommy – Playing Mercy Lounge on December 15
“Bolting Volts” by Molly Parden
“Don’t Wanna Cry” by Dara
“Love Has No Limits” by Fleurie
“Mirror” by Thad Kopec
“10th Avenue” by Charli Adams
“The Edge” by Alicia Michilli
“Wrist” by Alocodaman
“Of Course” by Derek Minor, Byron Juane
“Honey” by Ria Marie
“War Paint” by Jay Putty
“All Into Nothing” by Mokita, R3HAB
“Good Year” by Sun Seeker
“Keep” by Twiceyoung
“Someone to Blame” by Sister Kit

Touring artist additions

“All the Time” by The Kooks – Playing Cannery Ballroom on February 18
“Pope” by Copeland – Playing Basement East on February 14

Follow along so you don’t miss the best of No Country for New Nashville on our Nashville Spotify playlist!

Catch The Regrettes, Welles, & Micky James | TONIGHT @ The Basement East

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The latest project from precocious teenage rocker Lydia Night, Los Angeles group The Regrettes are fast establishing themselves as a formidable force in the rock scene, combining an affinity for retro pop and doo-wop with grungy, contemporary garage punk stylings, all laced with unabashedly feminist themes and riot grrrl vibes. Though definitely raw and reflective of the teenage experience, the group’s music and message are wise and relatable beyond their years, and their debut LP, last year’s Feel Your Feelings Fool!, is a defiant, bombastic, and unapologetically honest triumph, positioning the band as not just the latest young group of rockers to attract some buzz, but as a likely candidate to be the next champions of the future of their scene.

Tonight, Dec. 9, the band will appear at The Basement East as part of AltNation’s Advanced Placement Tour, sharing billing with fellow buzzy up and comers Welles and Micky James. Tickets are still available here, and as we head fast into the holidays and see stops from touring acts start to slow down, this is one of the last under the radar happenings of the year you should have circled on your calendar.

Hailing from right here in Nashville (by way of Arkansas), Welles is an equally noteworthy artist you should be keeping an eye on. Though he’s been making music for many years, the singer only last year released a debut EP under the Welles moniker (he previously made music as Jeh Sea Wells), Codeine, with his first full-length, Red Trees and White Trashes, arriving earlier this year, earning the young performer mountains of positive press and drawing comparisons to rock legends. With an earnest, growling voice and a knack for penning personal, poetic, and honest lyricism, Welles adopts a style that draws from nostalgic, psychedelic, and grandiose tones fused with grungy, alternative, and modern indie sensibilities.

And rounding out the lineup, New York alt rocker Micky James might be the greenest of the bunch, with just one officially released tune to his name, but given the grandiose, nostalgic, Bowie-esqe throwback power of his single, “Give It to Me Straight,” which is already finding critical acclaim and radio love, we suspect big things are in store for this exciting up and comer. There’s a lot of talent on this bill, and we’d urge you to check out any one of these performers; all together, this is a no-brainer!

The Regrettes, Welles, and Micky James will perform tonight, Dec. 9 at The Basement East. The show is 18+, begins at 7:30 p.m. (doors at 6:30 p.m.), and tickets are available to purchase for $17.

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