[TICKET GIVEAWAY] MUTEMATH w/ Colony House | Oct. 3 @ The Ryman Auditorium

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Partially Nashville based alt/indie/electro rock icons MUTEMATH recently released their fifth album, Play Dead, which both calls back to the band’s earlier, fan favorite work, and infuses their time and recent influences from the road and in their newfound independence, boasting huge hooks and progressive instrumentation to stunning, anthemic results. Despite the unfortunate recent exit of drummer Darren King, MUTEMATH are still one of the most exhilarating live bands in the world, and after previously hitting spots like War Memorial Auditorium, Ascend Amphitheater, Municipal Auditorium, and The Basement East, they’re set to play The Ryman Auditorium for the first time ever, Oct. 3 with locals Colony House. We can’t think of a more perfect spot to see MUTEMATH live, and strongly encourage you to grab tickets right here while they last; you can thank us later. Or, if you’d rather roll the dice, we’re also giving away a pair of tickets to one lucky fan! Read on for more about the lineup and enter below!

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No Country’s Guide to Riot Fest 2017

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What began as a modest multi-venue club festival in Chicago just over a decade ago, and has, over the years, grown to become the city’s second-largest music fest, just behind Lollapalooza, the punk-centric Riot Fest is now a certifiable institution, spawning spinoffs in various other cities across North America, while doubling down on its Chi-Town roots, with jaw dropping, headline grabbing lineups and major reunions in recent years. This weekend, Sept. 15-17, Riot Fest returns to its home of Douglas Park, and with a somewhat paired down but every bit as expertly curated lineup, the event reigns as not just one of the year’s best punk festivals, but one of the best festivals around period. Per usual, Riot Fest Chicago’s entire bill is absolutely stacked from top to bottom, and we’re we’re road-tripping north to be there in person. In case you’re ready to Riot too (or if you’re joining us from elsewhere), we’ve put together another handy festival guide, with our top ten picks from each day of the fest. Grab tickets here if you still need ’em, find full festival details (along with after party info and more) right here, and check out our picks below for 30 Riot Fest performances you don’t want to miss!

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Japandroids Premiere “North East South West” Video | See Them Nov. 7 at Cannery Ballroom

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Five years after the release of their masterpiece sophomore effort Celebration Rock, Canadian indie/garage punk duo Japandroids, now more than a decade into their run, remerged earlier this year with a long-awaited followup: Near to the Wild Heart of Life. Written and recorded over two years in four cities across all of North America, the LP, more polished and honed than anything that’s come before it, follows the band’s established eight-song template, and channels influences of Tom Waits, Townes Van Zandt, The National, authors Clarice Lispector and James Joyce, and more to inform its punk-spirited, noise poppy, heartland rock-adjacent aesthetic.

As we announced earlier this year, the group are set to finally make their way back to Nashville, following 2010 and 2012 shows at The End and Exit/In, for a Nov. 7 show at Cannery Ballroom with Cloud Nothings. Ahead of that outing, they’ve just released a brand new music video (which is actually quite a rarity for them) for single “North East South West,” capturing their time on the road, and serving as something of a sequel to their one and only other video, 2012’s “The House that Heaven Built.” Watch the spot below to get excited for their Music City return, and grab tickets here if you haven’t yet!

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Depeche Mode Debut New Video For “Cover Me” | Catch Them Sept. 18 at Ascend Amphitheater!

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Earlier this year, we told you that famed English synthpop and new wave pioneers Depeche Mode are set to play their first Nashville show since 1988, and only second ever, at Ascend Amphitheater on Sept. 18. While tickets managed to promptly sell out, there are still some VIP/Platinum seats left for superfans willing to shell out, as well as more moderately priced (but still gouged) verified resale tickets here (and, surely, even more if you want to pursue other resale sites or take your chances with Craigslist), making it totally possible, though expensive, to still attend.

Achieving massive fame in the mid ’80s, which has continued on ever since, making them one of the most commercially successful rock bands in history, the group helped popularize and influence synth-heavy, electronic rock and the new wave boom, which, in turn, inspired techno, electronica, and industrial rock in the ’90s. Unlike many of their peers, Depeche Mode have never stopped releasing new music at a pretty regular clip, and their latest and 14th album Spirit arrived earlier this year.

Continuing to support their inspired new effort, the group have just released a new video for single “Cover Me,” which, with an artsy, black and white vibe, helmed by Dutch filmmaker Anton Corbijn, chronicles frontman Dave Gahan both drifting through space and wandering LA in astronaut gear- perhaps a not so subtle nod to the LP’s self-proclaimed Bowie inspiration. Watch the new spot below, and, even if it breaks the bank a bit, search long and hard for tickets if you don’t already have them, because this is going to be an amazing show!

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Watch Bleachers Perform for NPR’s Tiny Desk | See Them TONIGHT at Marathon Music Works

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We already gave you the full rundown on Bleachers‘ performance tonight, Sept. 13 at Marathon Music Works with Tangerine. The Jack Antonoff-helmed project’s first appearance in Music City in three years, on the heels of absolute incredible sophomore effort Gone Now, it is, without a doubt, one of our most-anticipated shows of 2017. Miraculously, tickets are still available right here, and you should seriously snag them immediately.

If you still not some convincing though, we encourage you to watch the band’s recent appearance on NPR’s popular Tiny Desk series. It’s always interesting when groups as layered and electronic as Bleachers strip down to the Tiny Desk format, and often revealing of their core artistry and the strength of the songs themselves. Navigating “Everybody Lost Somebody,” “Don’t Take the Money,” and “Foreign Girls,” all from Gone Now, with just piano, keyboard/drum machine, and sax, it’s absolutely captivating, and should give you just a preview of how great tonight will be. Watch below!

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