Don’t Miss The Sons & Heirs: a Tribute To the Smiths & Morrissey w/ Kevin Max and the Boat Band | TONIGHT @ The Basement East!

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It’s no secret that we’re huge fans of The Smiths and Morrissey. We’ve covered Moz’s two shows (and almost-shows) in recent years after a decade of skipping Nashville, as well as the Pope of Mope’s headliner at last year’s Riot Fest, Johnny Marr’s solo debut at Marathon Music Works in 2013, and in themed weeks leading up to local outings, we’ve run features on post-Smiths projects, Moz and Marr’s estranged relationship, the impact of the band’s debut, and the seminal group’s overall legacy.

Though recent revelations from Marr’s 2016 autobiography revealed that there was a moment, at least, where the group at had talked about reuniting, any Smiths devotee will tell you that it’s a incredibly unlikely prospect. The closest thing we have then, now 30 years removed from The Smiths’ demise and aside from their members’ respective and beloved solo careers, are tributes, many of which are comprised of artists who are faithfully devoted to capturing the group’s legacy in nuanced, worthy, and exciting ways.

A Smiths tribute I first heard rave reviews about from from fellow diehard fans based in their native New York City, The Sons & Heirs are, by all accounts, the greatest tribute to the Manchester group making music today. For over a decade, they’ve toured the world, performing everywhere from Tel Aviv to Los Angeles, and have shared the stage with Smiths bassist Andy Rourke and Morrissey drummer Spencer Cobrin, earning praise from outlets like Rolling Stone and the New York PostTonight, Aug. 16, they’ll make their Nashville debut, which almost marks their 100th show, at The Basement East.

More than simply a tribute act, and far from a novelty cover band, The Sons & Heirs are a genuine loveletter to one of the greatest rock acts of all time, and their performance will, without a doubt, be the closest you can hope to get to the real thing. Notably, drummer Jonathan Flax is a former Nashvillian, performing in town from the late ’90s to mid-’00s, and a former writer for the Scene, which makes this monumental show all the more special. Kevin Max and the Boat Band (Max is a noted Smiths fan) will open, and if you’re a Smiths or Moz fan in the slightest, you seriously don’t want to miss it.

The Sons & Heirs will pay tribute to The Smiths and Morrissey tonight, Aug. 16 at The Basement East along with Kevin Max and the Boat Band. The show is 21+, begins at 8 p.m. (doors at 7:30 p.m.), and tickets are available to purchase for $10.

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No Country Presents: Manrelic, CAPYAC, & Harry Paradise | Tuesday, Aug 22 @ Acme Feed & Seed

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In our constant quest to bring you new and fresh showcases in our long-running live music series at Acme Feed & Seed, we’re switching up the format for the next three months to host extra special rooftop parties, something we’ve done only a handful of times in the pasts. The first show in our new rooftop series will take place Tuesday, Aug. 22, and will feature eclectic alt pop performer Manrelic, live dance music DJs CAPYAC, and synth popster  Harry Paradise. This is a 21+ event, and the music will start at 7 p.m. Best of all? It’s still 100% free! Read on after the break for a full preview, and we hope to see you busting a move on the roof.

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[NO COUNTRY PREMIERE] Pujol Unveils Side B of Spoken Word Opus “Political Errors @TheEndOfThe20thCentury”

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In addition to fronting eponymous thinking man’s punk project Pujol, prolific local artist Daniel Lucca Pujol is an accomplished poet and author. His band’s 2015 EP Kisses built upon his musical background while incorporating elements of spoken word poetry, and last fall’s Mighty Stranger chapbook, which featured a collection of poems and musings, provided him a base of new material to perform live in a spoken word format.

Daniel’s latest release further experiments in spoken word, and is a 12″ LP single called “Political Errors @TheEndOfThe20thCentury,” a left of center and resonant political opus, which “tells a short story — using familiar characters — to make a simple statement: We’re living through the end of the 20th century, and we’re bedside watching its death throes.”

Side A of the ambitious work premiered back in the spring, and we’re thrilled to bring you the complete picture with our premiere of Side B, ahead of a vinyl release later this month on Cosmic Thug Records. Produced by Adam Landry and featuring guitar work from Brett Rosenberg, the live recording reasserts Pujol’s status as one of the smartest, most versatile artists in town, and feels especially necessary amidst the current political climate. Hear both sides below!

In celebration of “Political Errors @TheEndOfThe20thCentury”‘s release, Pujol will be reading both sides as well as playing new songs this Monday, Aug. 21 at Cold Lunch Recordings’ Black Out eclipse party at The Pavilion East. You can find tickets and more info right here!

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REVIEW: Live on the Green w/ St. Paul & The Broken Bones, Michael Franti & Spearhead, & Arkells | 8.10.17 [PHOTOS]

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Live on the Green
w/ St. Paul & The Broken Bones, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Arkells
Public Square Park; Nashville, TN
August 10, 2017

Review by Philip Obenschain (@pobenschain). Photos by Jake Giles Netter.

Kicking off its ninth season, the annual Live on the Green free festival series returned last week to Public Square Park, setting the bar high for yet another exciting year. With the returning talents of St. Paul & The Broken Bones and Michael Franti & Spearhead, plus the LOTG debut of Arkells, week one featured all touring acts, but ones very familiar and dialed into the Music City scene, and if the packed and diverse crowds were any indication, they were a wonderful fit for an inaugural show. As it has for several years, Live on the Green will run for four Thursdays this year, ending with an epic three-day affair extending across two stages through the final Saturday and Sunday. We have performers like Spoon, Sheryl Crow, Portugal. The Man, Minus the Bear, Real Estate, Local Natives, and Paper Route to look forward to, but, before we preview the exciting weeks ahead, take a look at our recap and photos from week one below!

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[REVIEW + PHOTOS] Dylan McDonald & The Avians, The Rooks, & Jeff Carl | 7.25.17 @ Acme Feed & Seed

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Dylan McDonald & the Avians, The Rooks, Jeff Carl
Acme Feed & Seed; Nashville, TN
July 25, 2017

Review by Jacob Ryan (@GonzoWithGusto). Photos by Nolan Knight.

Our long-running, free, bi-monthly Acme Feed & Seed showcase series was really cookin’ recently, when we returned to the three band format, to give you guys as much live music as humanly possible before curfew. Locals, who blew us away so much the first go ’round we had to ask them back, Dylan McDonald & The Avians earned top billing, but we also snagged soul/rock outfit The Rooks, who were passing through from NYC. Throw in talented resident singer songwriter  Jeff Carl to kick things off, and you have one hell of a fabulously free night of music! Read on for a full recap of all the action, and check out some great shots from contributing photographer Nolan Knight.

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