Don’t Miss Jay-Z w/ Vic Mensa | TONIGHT @ Bridgestone Arena

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Released earlier this year, hip hop pioneer Jay-Z‘s latest, thirteenth, and intensely personal new album, 4:44, is being heralded as a modern classic, the MC’s greatest in years, and certainly one of the absolute best releases of 2017. In support of the new LP, Jay in currently in the midst of a massive North American area tour, which makes a rare Nashville stop tonight, Nov. 15 at Bridgestone Arena, the rapper’s first time in Music City since ’09, and only his second ever, not counting a headlining outing at nearby Bonnaroo in 2010. This also mark his first proper Nashville headliner, and his previous show was part of Vanderbilt’s Commodore Quake.

With support from buzzy rising talent Vic Mensa, this show is certainly a hot ticket, but compared to some Jay-Z runs in the past, a significant number of sites were priced pretty reasonably at the jump. Although some of those $6 StubHub deals that recently made headlines (and annoyed Jay-Z’s camp, who insist that the tour is doing well) have been all snatched up, plenty of official tickets remain as well, with upper sections priced below $30 (or, if you want to splurge, there are some pretty spectacular, pricier seats left too). It’s not often that one of the most prominent rappers of all time makes it to Nashville, so don’t sleep on this one.

Jay-Z and Vic Mensa will perform tonight, Nov. 15 at Bridgestone Arena. The show is all ages, begins at 8 p.m. (doors at 6:30 p.m.), and tickets are available to purchase for $29.50-175.50.

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Adia Victoria Reimagines the Standards in ‘Baby Blues’ EP

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Adia Victoria has been on our radar for several years now with her fresh, alternative take on the blues.  She made waves with the release of her highly acclaimed, Roger Moutenot produced, debut record, Beyond The Bloodhounds, which dropped last year via Canvasback Music, and followed that up with a French inspired EP, How It Feels, in early 2017.  The buzz has been growing around Victoria, and she has found herself touring with a ton of big acts, nabbing festival slots, and her television debut.  Somehow, amidst the madness, she found time to get back to her roots in the new EP, Baby Blues, that released on Friday.

The new record sees Adia tackle three blues standards, including Robert Johnson’s “Me And The Devil,” Victoria Spivey’s “Evil Hearted Me,” and Lee Hazelwood’s “Ugly Brown”.  Of course, all of these reimaginations are done through Victoria’s uniquely gothic filter, transforming the more than 50 year old songs with a contemporary production effort that really make them uniquely exquisite.  The record was dedicated to the memory of her very close friend Jessi Zazu (Those Darlins), whom we all lost from our world earlier this year.

Of the inspiration for the EP and love of the blues, Adia says, ” When I first rolled into Nashville, I didn’t have my own music.  All I had were the blues.  To keep me company on endless bus rides ’round the city, these songs served as an affirmation of my silenced inner life.  The blues keep me true to myself.”

Head below to stream the audio of the new record.  You can track down digital copies on the streaming audio services, and, best yet, can buy a physical copy on Victoria’s website or preferred digital retailer.  If you want to catch Adia live, she’ll be opening for Bully at Mercy Lounge on Dec. 14, and tickets are still available here.

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[NO COUNTRY PREMIERE] Watch Low Mass Perform “Half Asleep,” “Fear,” & “Churches” Live for ‘Sanctuary Sessions’

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Founded by members of promising but short-lived local project Cellars, Low Mass bounded onto the scene swinging last year, shortly after their formation, with bombastic and intense debut single “Churches.” Based on its strength and a buzzy handful of live appearances, the group earned positive early praise (in an article for Noisey I also penned, I compared them to the “post-hardcore intensity of Toucé Amoré and the dynamic experimental sensibilities of late-career Brand New”), and landed on the radar of producer Gary Cioni (Crime in Stereo, Free Throw, Sorority Noise), who recorded their debut EP, Sleepwalker, at Barbershop Studio in New Jersey back in the spring.

Originally a trio, the band added Michael Pfohl, who also fronts local emo favorites Secret Stuff, at the start of the year, and his presence along with the imminent departure of bassist Thomas Nystrom, who moved out of state after recording and a final leg of touring, informed the style and tone of the EP, which just arrived Nov. 3 (stream it here). While “Churches,” which doesn’t appear on the release, gave us an early glimpse of what the group are capable of, Sleepwalker truly feels like a band settling into their own, exploring a range of dynamics, melodic intensity, earnest, personal, and angsty themes, and an overarching element of melancholy.

As Frontman Nick Dowell explains, “Sleepwalker is a reflection of a period in my life where I really wasn’t present and wasn’t paying attention.  I was moving through the day to day completely on autopilot and lost sight of who I was and what my goals were, until I had a moment of clarity and woke up in a manner of speaking.  These songs conceptualize that journey and the record stops just as I’m coming to this realization.  I’m working on the follow up to that now.”

Ahead of the EP’s release and Nystrom’s exit, the band, who are rounded out by drummer Christopher Hauser, filmed a performance for local live video series Sanctuary Sessions, featuring renditions of new tunes “Half Asleep” and “Fear,” as well as the one that started it all, “Churches.” Low Mass’s ability to not only faithfully recreate their sound live, but also to capture every bit of nuance and dynamic, is a sign that we should expect big things from this promising group in the future, and we’re very excited to exclusively premiere the live performance for you below!

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Catch The Maine w/ Dreamers & Night Riots | TONIGHT @ Cannery Ballroom

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Hailing from Tempe, Arizona, pop punk turned nostalgic alt rock revivalist act The Maine rose to prominence in the late ’00s, as part of the short-lived “neon wave” of radio-ready pop punk. Unlike most of their peers (many of whom have since faded away), the group have always benefited from a more transcendent, timeless musical sensibility, and a knack for crafting unparalleled, unabashedly poppy rock songs. Throughout the years, their sound has drifted more towards straightforward rock meets late ’90s alternative (Third Eye Blind comparisons come up a lot), and they’ve proven unafraid to push themselves artistically, going so far as to record 2013’s Forever Halloween on analog tape, with the aid of Nashville’s own Brendan Benson. In never limiting themselves to any one style or trying to ride a musical fad, The Maine have remained one of the freshest, most underrated acts to emerge from the pop punk scene in recent years, and have constantly pushed their fans to evolve along with them.

Now firmly established as a fiercely independent band, the group’s 2015 fifth album American Candy and this year’s Lovely Little Lonely have proven to be some of their best, most inspired work to date, and keeping with their trend of celebrating the new, they’re performing both of their most recent efforts in full on their current “Modern Nostalgia Tour,” which returns the band to Cannery Ballroom tonight, Nov. 14. If you’re only a stickler for the old stuff, this likely won’t be the show for you, but if you love every era of the group or if you’re a relative newcomer going in fresh, it’s a a pretty cool chance to see a band really flex where they are at the moment, instead of just going through the motions of covering the hits. Tickets are still available here, and with a buzzy alt rock trio Dreamers and site faves Night Riots set to open the all ages affair, we suspect they won’t last.

The Maine, Dreamers, and Night Riots will perform tonight, Nov. 14 at Cannery Ballroom. The show is all ages, begins at 7 p.m. (doors at 6 p.m.), and tickets are available to purchase for $25.

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Don’t Miss Carl Broemel w/ Steelism | TONIGHT @ The Basement East

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Hailing from Indianapolis, Carl Broemel was a musical prodigy from a musical family who tinkered around in various local rock bands before catching the attention of Louisville’s My Morning Jacket.  He’s been contributing his guitar, pedal steel, and back-up vocals during their wild ascension since 2005’s Z, and it has earned him tons of praise for his intricate guitar work.  He’s managed to find time to break away on trips home to Nashville to work on a few solo records in the years since, most recently, his incredible third solo LP, 4th of July, in 2016.

Broemel has been touring on that record, when not on the road with MMJ, and teamed up with local instrumental wizards Steelism to work as his backing band for his set at this year’s Newport Folk Festival.  The two acts toured together for a short run of shows following the fest, and they are teaming up again tonight, Oct. 14 for a local show at The Basement East, with Steelism acting as both opening act and backing band.  Needless to say, this is sure to be a special show for fans of virtuosic instrumental talent, but also a chance to see some of the best of Music City share the stage.

Carl Broemel and Steelism will perform tonight, Nov. 14 at The Basement East. The show is 21+, begins at 8 p.m. (doors at 7 p.m.), and tickets are available to purchase for $15.

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