Don’t Miss CAPPA w/ Jeffrey James & Mokita | TONIGHT @ Analog

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Since bursting onto the local scene with her eponymous debut EP in early 2015, and following it up with a series of well-received tracks and a sophomore effort, Queen of Hearts, in 2016, local electropop singer and longtime site favorite CAPPA has reigned as one of the most promising and important figures in the increasingly flourishing Nashville pop realm. Building on a past in the rock world, CAPPA has found a style that feels throughly modern and immensely relevant, paring personal, relatable, and often empowering themes with flourishing synths, dance-ready beats, and fresh, trendy production, juxtaposing moody and layered musical textures with catchy, singalong primed hooks.

A darling of the blogosphere, amassing streams in the millions, CAPPA had a comparatively quieter 2017, electing to play only a handful of shows (including our rooftop Acme showcase), and releasing just one original tune that wasn’t a remix, collab, or cover- the well-recieved, anthemic banger “Waste My Time.” Hard at work on new music, CAPPA recently relocated to Los Angeles, and just last week dropped a stellar new single, “Tension,” which adopts an even more modern, electric, and dreamy bent, and feels destined to be a hit. Tonight, June 13, CAPPA returns home for a free, 21+ performance at trendy new show space Analog (at the Hutton Hotel), along with  a stripped-down set from site favorite Jeffrey James, and a DJ set from Mokita– easily one of the coolest shows of the week.

We’ve been singing the praises of local r&b/pop artist Jeffrey James for several years now, who commanded our attention with 2016’s Walls EP, and followed it up with a sonic leap forward on his latest, last year’s Unsaid. James has continued to dominate the blogosphere with positive press, high-profile playlist spots, and worldwide attention, appearing on some incredible collaborations, performing at festivals, and continuing to craft excellent new tracks and lush, cinematic videos. A local DJ and producer turned vibey pop artist, Mokita has been dropping some great new tracks as of late, including his latest, “Love Alone,” but tonight he’ll just be playing a DJ set. All of this artists are great fixtures of the local pop scene, and a chance to see them for free is one you don’t want to miss!

CAPPA, Jeffrey James, and Mokita will perform tonight, June 13 at Analog. The show is 21+, begins at 9:30 p.m. (doors at 9 p.m.), and admission is free.

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Don’t Miss Harry Styles w/ Kacey Musgraves | TONIGHT @ Bridgestone Arena

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The most visible member of massively successful British boyband One Direction, and the latest to mount a solo career, following the group’s 2016 hiatus, singer Harry Styles made a splash last year with the release of his highly-anticipated, eponymous debut album. Conjuring sonic comparisons to titans of classic soft rock, Britpop, and even psychedelia and glam, Styles’ solo turn has, so far, been well-received by fans and critics, and seems destined to cement a path of artistic legitimacy in the footsteps of greats like Justin Timberlake, using the leverage of a boyband past to launch a long-lasting career with broader appeal.

Last fall, Styles embarked on an intimate, first-ever solo tour, which brought him The Ryman for one of his first dates ever, a show which we caught and lovedTonight, June 12, nearly nine months later, Styles returns as a musical juggernaut, headlining the considerably more massive Bridgestone Arena, a space better suited for his star power. Opening up is Kacey Musgraves, the beloved local country star celebrating her phenomenal new record, Golden Hour, making this show extra essential. A handful of tickets are still available here, and if you want to see a supremely skilled artist coming into his own as a solo perfumer on a grand scale, we urge you to be there!

Harry Styles and Kacey Musgraves will perform tonight, June 12 at Bridestone Arena. The show is all ages, begins at 8 p.m., and tickets are available to purchase for $39.50-99.50.

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[NO COUNTRY PREMIERE] Elijah Newman & The SideEffects Debut Video for New Single “Free Born”

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Hailing originally from Knoxville, Elijah Newman crafts a flavor of punk that infuses elements of folk and heartland rock, landing in a territory similar to performers like The Gaslight Anthem, The Menzingers, Frank Turner, or Chuck Ragan. Along with his band, Elijah Newman & The SideEffects, the singer, who started as a worship performer in his teens, and moved to Nashville a few years back to attend Belmont, have released two EPs in recent years, 2016’s The SideEffects, and last year’s more confident and honed All I Found (Was a Ghost), perfecting their sound and kind of coming of age, earnest, story-driven writing style that has quickly made them an exciting up and coming group to keep an eye on.

Ahead of The SideEffects’ third EP, Free Born, which is set to arrive this fall through Wiretap Records, the band just released a new single, title track “Free Born,” which is streaming now on Spotify and Apple Music. The group also recently gave the new single the music video treatment, and we’re thrilled to bring you an exclusive premiere of the brand new spot Watch it below!

On the background of the single, Newman tell us:

“‘Free Born’ is the title track off our upcoming EP releasing in the Fall. This is one of the more aggressive tunes I’ve written. I suppose I lend that feel to the circumstances under which the song came to life. I was touring solo across the western US. After hundreds of miles through the desert and a dozen shows in, I jotted the lyrics down in a hotel parking lot somewhere between Phoenix and El Passo.  The narrative in the lyric paints a picture of a modern day outlaw running for his life. It mirrored the harsh conditions that can plague you on the road and a general feeling of freedom while still being haunted by something that lies in dirt and dust of miles left behind. It set the tone for the rest of the EP.”

Elijah Newman & The SideEffects will tour thorough the summer and fall, making a few festival stops, including famed Florida punk outing The FEST. While no local shows are currently announced, we imagine it won’t be long until their next appearance in Music City. For now, give their new video for “Free Born” a spin below!

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New On Our Nashville Spotify Playlist: Quinn Lewis, Zayde Wølf, Thrice, Mitski, Snail Mail, Birdtalker & 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

“How You’ve Been” by Quinn Lewis, R3HAB
“Show My Work” by Landon Sears
“Velvet Dresses” by Kirsten Arian
“Good Side” by DAANI
“One Love” by VALA
“Sun and Moon” by Davis Mallory
“Don’t Know What To Say” by Jerome Obholz
“Billionaires” by Zayde Wølf
“Dark Spin” by Future Thieves
“This Town’s a Drag” by Cordovas
“Outside the Lines” by Birdtalker – Playing Basement East on June 29
“I’ll Keep You” by Robby Hecht, Caroline Spence – Playing The Basement on June 24
“Afterlife” by Beth White – Playing Douglas Corner Cafe on June 22
“Tell Me How” by Miki Fiki
“Alright With Me” by Jusreall

Touring artist additions

“Affinity” by Annalia – Playing The High Watt on June 20
“The Grey” by Thrice – Playing Marathon Music Works on October 14
“Geyser” by Mitski – Playing Basement East on November 13
“Golden Dream” by Snail Mail – Playing The High Watt on July 8

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No Country’s Guide to Bonnaroo 2018: 15 Can’t Miss Sunday Performers

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Bonnaroo week is upon us, and, as we prepare to head down to Manchester this weekend, June 7-10, for what is shaping up to be a stellar 17th year for the nearby event, and as we wind down our 2018 Artist Spotlight series, we wanted to help you get ready by taking it a step further, with a guide to our most-anticipated performers for each day of fest. Complete with times, stages, and song previews, we’ve exhaustively done our homework and picked out artists we think should top your list, so if you’re scrambling to pack and still in the dark on making your schedule, give the 15 Sunday performers below a preview (and be sure to check out our Thursday, Friday, and Saturday lists)! See you on the farm!

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