[TICKET GIVEAWAY] Bishop Briggs w/ Foreign Air | May 30 @ Marathon Music Works

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On the heels of her highly-anticipated debut full-length, Church of Scars, rising Los Angeles indie pop singer Bishop Briggs returns to Nashville on May 30 after a Music City debut last year at Exit/In, this time for an upgrade at considerably larger sister space Marathon Music Works with electro-laced alt/indie duo Foreign Air. Thanks to a series of breakout singles, transcending blog hype to dominate radio and TV spots, Briggs is already a huge new fixture in the pop scene, and we expect her star power to continue to grow tremendously this year. If you want to catch her on the ascent, tickets are still available right here. We’re also excited to announce that we’re giving away a pair of tickets to one lucky fan, so if you’d rather roll the dice, read on for more about the show and enter for a chance to win below!

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Bonnaroo Unveils Full 2018 Schedule

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Back in January, Bonnaroo unveiled its full 2018 lineup, featuring the likes of Eminem, The Killers, Muse, Paramore, Sturgill Simpson, Future, Bassnectar, Bon Iver, alt-j, Dua Lipa, Sylvan Esso, Nile Rogers & CHIC, Brockhampton, First Aid Kit, Broken Social Scene, T-Pain, Manchester Orchestra, St. Paul & The Broken Bones, Lany, Mavis Staples, The Regrettes, Post Animal, R.LUM.R, Ron Gallo, Okey Dokey, *repeat repeat, and many more.

Since then, we’ve seen the breakdown of daily lineups, along with a variety of news about new experiences, comedy, DJs, food, and more- all of which we’ll be rounding up in a ‘Roo news recap shortly. The last piece of major news each year, however, is the full schedule, and this season it dropped a bit earlier than usual, giving us a couple extra weeks to start meticulosity planing our weekend, and sorting out any inevitable scheduling conflicts.

Returning June 7-10 to Manchester, Tenn., the long-running fest is on sale now, with traditional GA passes, a whole host of VIP options, add-ons for camping or parking, and even a simplified single-day system, all right here. Check out the full schedule below, or visit Bonnaroo’s site for a more interactive version (there’s a separate, very cool activities and experiences schedule too). Finally grab the official app to make a personal schedule, and to stay on top of all things Bonnaroo. See you on the farm!

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Catch Kevin Morby w/ Hand Habits | TONIGHT @ The Basement East

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Raised in Kansas City, Kevin Morby learned guitar at a young age and dabbled with bands in his teens, though had no real aspirations to play music full-time upon moving to New York City at 18- he simply wanted to experience life in a place he’d fallen in love with from afar. Joining beloved noise-folk institution Woods, the band with which he got his professional start and rose to national acclaim, was simply fortuitous, an act of making new friends and fast assimilating into the musical community of New York City. As Woods’ bassist, Morby cut his teeth on the road and in the studio, circling around a time when the band’s own label would give a start to many on-the-rise acts like Kurt Vile, Wavves, and Vivan Girls. Then, after bonding and later rooming with Vivan Girls’ Cassie Ramone, Kevin honed his skills as a frontman, forming well-received indie group The Babies.

Since departing Woods and putting The Babies on pause, Morby has been enjoying a celebrated run as a solo artist, beginning with 2013 debut Harlem River, a love letter to his adopted home of New York, crafted after a move to Los Angles, originally conceived an acoustic effort but fleshed out with a full band. 2014 sophomore release Still Life, a more indie rock rooted departure from his folkier debut, brought Kevin more critical acclaim, and 2016’s Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell channeling Singing Saw further flexed the rising artist’s story-driven, timeless style, which also adopts pieces of punk and lo-fi rock. Last year’s City Music, a sort of ode to the metropolitan experience, calls more to the stylings of Lou Reed and Patti Smith, and further flexes Morby’s range and knack for nostalgia, while keeping his sound modern and fresh.

Along with Hand Habits, the supremely chill, kindred spirit project of Meg Duffy, steadily building buzz in her own right, Morby returns to Nashville tonight, April 17 at The Basement East, for the first time since a Third Man outing more than a year ago with Waxahatchee, and for the fourth time in just as many years. This is Kevin’s first turn on the east side, and tickets are still available here while they last!

Kevin Morby and Hand Habits will perform tonight, April 17 at The Basement East. The show is 18+, begins at 8 p.m. (doors at 7 p.m.), and tickets are available to purchase for $15.

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[NO COUNTRY PREMIERE] Bantug Raises the Temp in “Our Apartment” | New EP Coming This Spring

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With everything going on in the world, our city, and our professional lives, we often turn to our home as a sanctuary. We consider the right furniture, plants, entertainment devices, and decor. But what really makes home, home, isn’t what is in our living space. It’s who.

Nashville artist Bantug hones in on this with new single “Our Apartment.” Woozy synths compliment snappy beats, mirroring a heady love-swoon followed by bursts of passion. Bantug says, “At first it can strike you as a more sensual song, so I try to bring it into a sweeter side in the chorus. The lyrics definitely allude to a more stereotypical kind of intimacy within a relationship, so evening it out in the chorus helped it to be not so one-dimensional.” It’s a stellar example of how effortlessly she adds a subtle touch when melding indie rock, R&B, and pop sounds.

“Our Apartment” is the lead single off of upcoming EP Red. While previous EP Blue was recorded at various times and locations, most of Red’s instruments were fittingly tracked in Bantug’s bedroom. She teamed up with Grayson Proctor of Biyo  to produce the latest collection of songs. As a result, the subjects, locations, processes, and collaborations are all personal extensions of Bantug’s world. It’s like when a movie detective puts together a crime conspiracy map with red string, but the result here is far from nefarious. Red is set to be a personal examination of intimacy, paranoia, loneliness and frustration.

Born and raised in the suburbs of Atlanta, Bantug learned drums, guitar and bass before she was even a teenager. As a young adult, she made the move to Nashville where she found her creative community. Alongside Proctor, Bantug’s artistic circle is made up of people like photographer Kelsey Cherry, designer Jordan Short, photographer Wrenne Evans, Andy Moffett and blog favs Liza Anne, Jake McMullen and Caleb Groh. “Everyone is always so encouraging and inspiring, and makes me want to be better at my craft everyday,” Bantug says. “It’s nice to be in a place where my artistry isn’t ‘weird’ and mocked. It’s embraced and understood.”

Red is set for a spring 2018 release. For now, listen to “Our Apartment” below.

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[REMINDER] Don’t Miss Chastity Belt w/ Lala Lala & Harlan | TONIGHT @ The High Watt

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Out in support of their stellar 2017 third album, I Used to Spend So Much Time Alone, Seattle’s Chastity Belt, who last made a Nashville stop with an appearance last summer at Drkmttr, return to Music City tonight, April 17 to headline The High Watt. Balancing a tongue-in-cheek sense of humor with earnest self-awareness, the indie group will be joined by Chicago punks Lala Lala and Memphis up and comers Harlan, for a stacked lineup of three must-know bands on the rise. Tickets are still available here, so grab yours now and read on for more about the show!

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