[REMINDER] Don’t Miss Gang of Youths w/ Gretta Ray | TONIGHT @ The Basement East

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Though already an established, widely successfully, chart-topping, and award winning act in their native Australia, thanks to two strong records in just a three year span, eclectic, high-flying, and poignant rockers Gang of Youths have had their biggest year yet stateside, as last year’s sophomore LP Go Farther in Lightness, continues to propel them to a wider international stage. After making their Music City debut back in the spring, the band are set to return for an even bigger headliner tonight, Dec. 4, when they stop through to play The Basement East with another great Australian up and comer, indie pop singer Gretta Ray. Tickets to this buzzy outing are still available here, so snag yours now and read on for more about the show!

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Don’t Miss Turnstile w/ Angel Du$t & Vein | TONIGHT @ Exit/In

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When it comes to the modern hardcore scene- as in real-deal, heavy, fast, ’80s and ’90s infused, unfiltered hardcore punk- no band is hotter right now than Baltimore’s Turnstile. The buzzy group have been around since 2010, but only over the past few years, and especially after 2015 debut full-length Nonstop Feeling, have they defied the typical hardcore band trajectory and leapt out of the DIY scene to become an act with critical acclaim (from unlikely sources like NPR, to boot) and the beginnings of a crossover following. Their sophomore effort, Time & Space, arrived earlier this year through major label Roadrunner, which, again, is kind of insane for an unrelenting hardcore group such as this. Their records are good, but to see Turnstile shine you really need to see them live, where they’ve cultivated one of the most unabashedly fun, energetic, and of course chaotic live shows in the scene.

You can do just that when Turnstile return to town tonight, Dec. 2, moving across the street from their usual haunt at The End, this time to headline the bigger Exit/In. Better yet, they’ll be joined by fellow Baltimore hardcore act Angel Du$t, formed by Trapped Under Ice frontman Justice Tripp a few years back during his other project’s hiatus, who also just released a brand new LP through Roadrunner, and Boston’s Vein, who veer more into the metal side of the spectrum with their own flavor of hardcore. Needless to say, fan of hardcore would be hard-pressed to find a better pairing of modern acts, and if you want to end your weekend with a wild-ass show at Exit/In, you can still snag tickets right here!

Turnstile, Angel Du$t, and Vein will perform tonight, Dec. 2 at Exit/In. The show is 18+, begins at 7:30 p.m. (doors at 7 p.m.), and tickets are available to purchase for $22.

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Catch Smallpools w/ Spazz Cardigan & J. Human | TONIGHT @ The Basement East

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After years of playing together in various projects in the New York area, guitarist Mike Kamerman and singer Sean Scanlon decided to get serious about forming a new band, opting to make the move to Los Angeles where they met drummer Beau Kuther (and former bassist Joe Intile), forming Smallpools in 2013. That spring, the group debuted their first single, “Dreaming,” which promptly shot to #1 on the TheHypeMachine, and earned praise throughout the blogosphere, earning the band a deal with RCA ahead of their eponymous debut. Hitting the road with acts like The Mowgli’s, Walk The Moon, Two Door Cinema Club, and Twenty One Pilots, Smallpools have continued to rise as a prominent new fixture in the indie pop scene, and their 2015 debut full-length, LOVETAP!, spawned several more singles that scored major placements, radio, and blog love.

More recently, Smallpools, who now call Music City home, have been independently releasing a string of new material, further exploring new sonic territory and returning to their roots with a catchy, remix friendly, and electro-laced sound and packed tour schedule. Following last year’s great The Science of Letting Go EP, the band are celebrating their latest release, another new EP called So Social, which arrives next Friday, with a headlining outing in their new adoptive hometown tonight, Dec. 2 at The Basement East! Smallpools alone would be worth ending your weekend on, but local support really seals the deal, with none other than buzzy pop up and comer Spazz Cardigan and longtime site fave J. Human tapped to kick things off! Grab tickets here while they last.

Smallpools, Spazz Cardigan, and J. Human will perform tonight, Dec. 2 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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Claudio Simonetti’s Goblin Perform Their Legendary Score to ‘Suspiria’ Live | TONIGHT @ Marathon Music Works

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Formed in Italy in the early ’70s out of the ashes of various prog rock groups, Goblin began their life as the Cherry Five, failing to make an early splash, but fortuitously catching the ear of Italian horror filmmaker Dario Argento, who tapped them to score his 1975 cult classic Deep Red. With a new name and a new niche, Goblin went on to lend their brooding, progressive, synth-heavy, iconic tones to a variety of other famed horror films, including George Romero’s Dawn of the Dead, also finding time to craft beloved original work, including 1976 LP Roller. Decades removed and more influential and lauded than ever, the band’s most enduring work is, perhaps, their score to Argento’s 1977 cult hit Suspria, with both the film and music going on to influence countless other musical acts, composers, and filmmakers in the 41 years since.

On the heels of  Luca Guadagnino’s stellar, recent high-art remake (complete with a new, distinct, albeit comparatively understated, score from Thom Yorke), Goblin are out on the road to prove why the original is still so timeless and unparalleled, embarking on unique run that both cult horror fans and lovers of Italian prog rock won’t want to miss, as they play their Suspiria score live in its entirety each night to a screening of the film (so it’s equal parts concert and seated film screening). This unique run makes its way to Music City tonight, Dec. 2 at Marathon Music Works, and while we’ll be the first to admit that this is not a show for everyone (if you’re not familiar with the film, it’s unlikely to drum up the same level of excitement, though classic horror fans that’ve slept on it still might want to consider this), for a niche few, it’s guaranteed to be a surreal and special evening. 

One note: over the years, Goblin have disbanded and reformed, changed names, gone through a revolving door of members, and, as many long-running acts with various strong personalities are wont to do, have fractured into various competing factions simultaneously active. A version of Goblin, simply called Goblin and helmed by founding guitarist Massimo Morante, made their way to Exit/In last year on a national tour. The version of the band performing tonight is not that band, but instead one led by founding keyboard player (and perhaps best-known member) Claudio Simonetti, sometimes called Claudio Simonetti’s Goblin or Daemonia. Unless you’re a super fan, this shouldn’t really matter, but having Simonetti on the keys for this particular event sounds great to us. Grab tickets here, and get ready for the coolest Suspiria screening you’ve ever seen!

Goblin will perform their score live to a screening of Suspiria tonight, Dec. 2 at Marathon Music Works. The show is all ages, begins at 8 p.m. (doors at 6:30 p.m.), and tickets are available to purchase for $25-40.

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Don’t Miss Childish Gambino w/ Vince Staples | TONIGHT @ Bridgestone Arena

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Although it’s been two years since Donald Glover effectively musically reinvented his Childish Gambino alter-ego with a transcendent, Grammy winning, critically lauded masterpiece of a third album, Awaken, My Love!, a soulful, psychedelic, adventurous and retro r&b departure from his more alternative hip hop earlier output, the record is still resonating hard with its extended cultural relevance and obvious path to modern masterpiece status.

Glover, too, has been enjoying nothing but increased celebrity, elevating from his cult acting, writing, and comedy background to achieve bona fide mainstream recognition, thanks to his position as star, creator, and creative force behind FX series Atlanta (frequently hailed as the best show on television right now), increasing movie roles, including that of iconic Star Wars character Lando in recent Han Solo prequel Solo, and the voice role of Simba in next year’s pseudo-live action Lion King remake, and a hosting gig at SNL earlier this year, among other ventures.

Something that initially began as a casual side project (even the name famously came from a Wu Tang name generator site) along with Community composer Ludovin (who’s not only stuck with Glover over the years, but has branched out to work on huge projects like Creed and Black Panther), Childish Gambino has been one of Glover’s longest artistic endeavors, and one that seems to have transcended its course and come to, at least in his mind, a natural stopping point, prompting the decision to retire the mantle in the near future, but not before embarking on the first proper post-Awaken tour and release another album.

That’s not to say Glover, despite how incredibly busy and in-demand he is these days, will be walking away from music- in all likelihood, he’ll continue under his own name or a new one. Still, with as enigmatic a figure he is, and one who clearly likes endings (he’s often deleted his internet presence, dropped from projects when he felt the time was right, and has strived to be transparent and true to his own sensibilities), there’s no guarantee you’ll get to see him play a full-on Childish Gambino show again anytime soon, or ever, after this upcoming run of dates and any that might be added.

That’s why tonight, Dec. 2 at Bridgestone Arena (originally rescheduled from October, after an injury forced Glover to postpone a run of dates) is, as far as we can tell, your likely final chance to see Childish Gambino in Nashville, along with exciting breakout rapper and artistic visionary Vince Staples in the opening spot. With a new album looming, likely to surprise release any day now (Gambino loves winter dates), and at the end of the year which saw him drop culturally resonant single and video “This Is America,” as well as a handful of other promising new tracks (and even more unreleased jams in his live set), there’s never been a more exciting time to see one of the most interesting artists in the world live.

Even if he returns someday under a different moniker, or with a different project, this evening marks Glover’s first headlining show in Nashville proper since a Cannery Ballroom outing in 2011, and with his packed creative slate across multiple mediums, we wouldn’t be surprised if a number of years pass once again before we see him in action. Needless to say, if you have any interest in this show, likely to be one of the last large-scale essential outings of 2018, grab tickets here (starting at a reasonable $35, and with a variety of sections still available), or regret it later.

Childish Gambino and Vince Staples will perform tonight, Dec. 2 at Bridgestone Arena. The show is all ages, begins at 8 p.m., and tickets are available to purchase for $35-125.

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