Catch Thrice’s Dustin Kensrue & Manchester Orchestra’s Andy Hull w/ Gobotron | TONIGHT @ Mercy Lounge

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Out for their second joint solo tour, after a successful run two years ago, Thrice’s Dustin Kensrue and Manchester Orchestra’s Andy Hull, two beloved frontmen from very different, but equally fantastic punk and indie groups, are back on the road for a short run, which brings them to Nashville tonight, March 23 for a performance at Mercy Lounge, with support from Gobotron, the solo project of Manchester Orchestra’s Robert McDowell.

Best known for fronting seminal California post-hardcore outfit Thrice, who, over their two decade run, have become an unstoppable force in the punk world, Kensrue has had a more formal solo career thus far than Hull, having released five LPs, and ramping up on solo touring the few years his main project recently took a hiatus. His latest, last year’s Thoughts That Float on a Different Blood, is an excellent collection of cover songs, and his live show often tends to incorporate some covers, the occasional Thrice cut, and plenty of his indie rock leaning solo output.

A prolific and busy talent, Andy not only helms Manchester, but also co-fronts Bad Books with Kevin Devine, and operates another solo project under the moniker Right Away, Great Captain!, among other endeavors (like scoring last year’s indie film Swiss Army Man). All of his work stays in the indie, proggy, alternative with a dash of folk realm of Manchester, and with his distinct voice and poignant lyrical style, Hull is incredibly distinctive; expect his live show to include a mix of tunes from every outlet. Similarly, Manchester guitarist Robert McDowell, who scored Swiss Army Man along with Hull, doesn’t stray too far from MO with his solo project Gobotron, albeit with a poppier bent, and has been crafting solo tunes for nearly a decade, his most recent release, Transform, out last year.

Both Manchester Orchestra and Thrice have packed Cannery Ballroom, a room double the size, in recent years, so a chance to see them stripped down and solo in a more intimate space is sure to be a treat for any fan. Tickets are still available right here!

Dustin Kensrue, Andy Hull, and Gobotron will perform tonight, March 23 at Mercy Lounge. The show is 18+, begins at 8 p.m. (doors at 7 p.m.), and tickets are available to purchase for $24.

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[REMINDER] Don’t Miss Dinosaur Jr. w/ Easy Action | TONIGHT @ Cannery Ballroom

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It’s been four and half years since beloved alt rock pioneers Dinosaur Jr. last made an appearance in Nashville, and, thankfully, not much has changed for the reunited and rejuvenated rockers in the time since, other than the release of yet another great late career effort, last year’s Give a Glimpse of What Yer Not. As announced a few months ago, the trio are set to make their return tonight, March 23 at Cannery Ballroom, tapping underrated, John Brannon-fronted Detroit band Easy Action to open. One of the best, loudest, and most influential groups in modern rock, if you haven’t seen Dinosaur Jr. in person, this show should be mandatory (and if you have, then you probably already have this circled 100 times on your calendar). Tickets are still available, and you can grab ’em right here, so secure your spot and read on for more!

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HalfNoise Streams ‘The Velvet Face’ EP Early | Catch His April 8 Release Show at Lucky Bamboo

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Though his latest EP, The Velvet Face, isn’t officially slated to arrive until this Friday, local artist HalfNoise, the solo musical outfit of recently reunited Paramore drummer Zac Farro, has made the whole thing available to stream a few days early.

Across five groovy tunes, Farro takes a sharp turn from the polished, layered, electronic, and contemporary stylings of his recent sophomore LP, Sudden Feeling, instead opting for a more retro, organic, and dreamy direction, which lands more akin to his earlier work, but definitely stands as something wholly unique. Recorded in Nashville at Pioneer Sound, and co-produced by longtime collaborate Daniel James, The Velvet Face feels like the most confident and fun effort HalfNoise has ever made, and stands as a true reflection of Zac’s laid back demeanor and pop sensibilities. It’s, perhaps, our favorite HalfNoise effort to date, and is certainly one of the best local releases of the year so far.

Though no release date for Zac’s other band, Paramore, has been announced, their highly-anticipated fifth album is also coming soon. Until it arrives, you can get your Paramore fix on new HalfNoise tune “As U Wave,” which debuted with the EP today, featuring guest vocals from bandmate Hayley Williams, marking the first time Farro and Williams have shared vocals on a track.

Pre-order The Velvet Face EP on iTunes, stream the whole thing below, and celebrate its release with a special party at Lucky Bamboo on April 8, complete with dancing, drinks, treats, tunes, and more. Tickets are available for just $5 right here!

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[TICKET GIVEAWAY] Nicolas Jaar | April 8 @ Marathon Music Works

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Producer, composer, label head, DJ, and one-half of short-lived group Darkside, Chilean American artist Nicolas Jaar wears a lot of hats, and, with a prolific number of releases and collaborations over the past few years, most recently last year’s full-length Sirens, he’s earned more than enough cred to justify his numerous endeavors. Mixing experimental and Spanish influences with hip hop and house, Jaar has become a fixture in the underground electronic scene, and he’s bringing his heralded live show to Nashville for the first time on April 8, for an all ages show at Marathon Music Works. Tickets are still available here, but if you’d rather leave it to chance, we’re also giving away a pair of tickets to one lucky fan! Read on for more, and enter below!

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The Weeks Premiere “Bottle Rocket” Ahead of New LP | Catch Them April 22 at Cannery Ballroom

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The local music scene has been abuzz with the impending release of Easy on April 7 from longtime site faves The Weeks.  We already shared their self-directed video for “Talk Like That” a few weeks ago, and that accompanied “Gold Don’t Rust,” which caught the attention of those in Nashville and beyond earlier this year.  The Weeks return this week with another new single, “Bottle Rocket,” which sees the group return to more of their southern inspired, blues tinged garage rock sound.

The Weeks are set to headline Cannery Ballroom on Apr. 22 with The Lonely Biscuits, so grab here, and hear “Bottle Rocket” below!

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