[TICKET GIVEAWAY] Low Cut Connie w/ RI¢HIE & Chloe Kat of Kat Milk Blu | Jan. 25 @ Mercy Lounge

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Philadelphia retro-inspired rock and rollers Low Cut Connie are in town and are bringing their energetic live show to Mercy Lounge on Jan. 25 in support of their latest record, Dirty Pictures (Part 1). This high-energy outing will feature two local acts, the unpredictable party rocker RI¢HIE and Chloe Kat of Kat Milk Blu to kick things off. Tickets to the Nashville tour stop are still available here, but we’re also giving away a pair of tickets to one lucky fan. Read on for more about this great lineup and enter for a chance to win below!

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MGMT to Play The Ryman March 11

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After months of buildup and a string of excellent singles, oddball indie duo MGMT have finally revealed a release date for their highly-anticipated fourth album, Little Dark Age. Slated to arrive Feb. 9, the record marks the group’s first effort in nearly five years, and first since the somewhat lukewarm reception to their eponymous third LP. Both in descriptions and as evidenced by what we’ve heard so far, Little Dark Age is, by all accounts, a focused, relaxed return to form, aligning the band’s more off-kilter, psyched out tendencies with a pop focus, and positioning itself to perhaps be their best received album since 2007 debut Oracular Spectacular.

While a bit surprising that they’re not more prominent on the festival circuit this summer, MGMT are opting instead to gear up with a string of theater dates, which includes a just-announced March 11 show at The Ryman Auditorium, where they played their last Nashville concert way back in 2010. Needless to say, it feels like a particularly inspired time to see the group in action, and with Music City stops few and far between, interest is sure to be at an all-time high. We’d recommend snagging tickets as soon as they go on sale, Friday, Jan. 19 at 10 a.m. CST (or various pre-sales beginning as early as today) right here.

Watch MGMT’s recent video for the title track from their upcoming album, and check out a full list of North American dates below!

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David Byrne to Play The Ryman May 6

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Though we had him pegged as a potential candidate for Bonnaroo, once it was revealed that prolific art rocker and famed former Talking Heads frontman David Byrne wouldn’t be making a trek to the farm this year, despite prepping to release his first solo LP in 14 years (not counting three excellent, high-profile collaboration albums), American Utopia, on March 9, we assumed it was all but guaranteed we’d soon see a Nashville date announced. With this morning’s expansion of his upcoming world tour, Byrne did just that, adding a May 6 show at The Ryman Auditorium, where he’s frequently stopped over the years, most recently in 2012 with St. Vincent, in support of one of the aforementioned collaborations.

Described as “a choreographed concert that Byrne has called ‘the most ambitious show I’ve done since the shows that were filmed for Stop Making Sense,'” the American Utopia tour sounds very, well, David Byrne, who’s become an icon not just for his music, but for his contributions in film, photography, opera, literature, and more. The forthcoming LP itself is an extension of Byrne’s ongoing “Reasons To Be Cheerful” multimedia series, which collects stories, news, ideas, and other items that all either embody or identify examples of things that inspire optimism. Adds Byrne: “…Many of us, I suspect, are not satisfied with that world—the world we have made for ourselves. We look around and we ask ourselves—well, does it have to be like this? Is there another way? These songs are about that looking and that asking. This album is indirectly about those aspirational impulses.”

Hear new single “Everybody’s Coming to My House” below, check out a full list of North American dates, and grab tickets beginning Friday, Jan. 19 at 10 a.m. CST right here. They surely won’t last.

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The National to Play Ascend Amphitheater May 3

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In support of their highly acclaimed, Grammy nominated, seventh record Sleep Well Beast, The National have added dates to an already extensive 2018 tour, which now includes a stop at Ascend Amphitheater on May 3. The show will mark the first proper Music City stop for the band since a 2013 date at The Ryman, though members of the National did act as a backing band with Bob Weir in October of 2016.  For those who were hoping to see The National perform at Bonnaroo this year, this will provide a chance locally to see the band perform tracks from their latest, which, in addition to being nominated for two Grammys, has seen the group take another significant step in their musical direction. The hour long journey is ripe with the band’s inward brooding journey toward self-discovery, but it also is rounded out with some of the best musicianship to date for the talented Brooklyn (via Ohio) outfit. Equally exciting, the additional tour dates will feature breakout act Big Thief, whose stellar debut album, Masterpiece, garnered international acclaim, and wound up on a number of Best of 2017 lists.

Tickets for the Nashville date go on sale this Friday, Jan. 19, and you can see the full tour schedule for The National below.

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Surreal Meets Too Real in Johnny Phrank Video for R&B Single “Stunt”

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Nashville R&B artist Johnny Phrank has made a couple appearances on our Spotify playlist, so when he dropped the video for single “Stunt,” we had to hit play. The track itself goes down like a tumbler of fine cognac with Phrank’s smooth vocals and atmospheric production. The video for “Stunt” takes a swerve into the surreal with contrasting images of an otherworldly picnic and a hotel tryst that goes south super fast. Buckle up, because it’s not always a pretty experience when things get out of hand.

Phrank collaborated with director T. Barksdale and actress Tara Ptacek on the video for “Stunt.” Barksdale sheds some light on the concept, saying “The surreal world is the idea of ‘chasing the dragon.’ Filling oneself with pleasure and vice to get to that perfect high, but of course, you can never catch the dragon. That’s when things go upside down, and a super intense reality sets in.”

Johnny Phrank is currently working new music with a Grammy-nominated, multi-platinum producer. Expect more killer tracks and visuals as the year progresses, but for now, hit play on the video for “Stunt” below.
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