Nine Inch Nails to Play Ascend Amphitheater Sept. 29 with The Jesus and Mary Chain


Iconic industrial rock outfit Nine Inch Nails have announced a lengthy North American tour spanning from the fall through winter, their first such trek in four years. With nearly all shows scheduled for smaller than usual spaces for the band, many for two (and in the case of Los Angeles, four) dates, Trent Reznor and co. have opted to combat the prevalent problem of ticket scalping by giving fans a chance to pick up limited, in person pre-sale tickets at each venue’s box office.

For the first time since a 2013 performance at Bridgestone, the run includes a Sept. 29 stop in Nashville, this time at the considerably smaller Ascend Amphitheater. Nashville is one of the few markets only to receive one show as well, and while the schedule could allow for a second to be added, we wouldn’t recommend procrastinating, especially since alt rock icons The Jesus and Mary Chain, who released their first album in 20 years last year, have been tapped to support.

The in person only pre-sale will take place Saturday, May 19 at the Ascend box office from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., with all seats available at a first come, first serve basis and a limit of four per person- an incredibly democratic and fan-focused setup. What’s left with be sold online at a later date, but if you’re serious about getting a spot, especially a good one, we’d strongly suggest carving out some time to go in person.

Along with the tour announcement came news that the band will release a new album, Bad Witch, on June 22. While it’s the first full-lengh it five years, the record will complete a trilogy that began with EPs Not the Actual Events and ADD VIOLENCE, released the past two years. Expect new music to arrive shortly, but until then, hear Hesitation Marks single “Came Back Haunted” and check out a full list of tour dates below!

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Catch Maddie Medley, Rose Hotel, HARI, & Blond Bones | TONIGHT @ The 5 Spot

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We’ve mentioned local singer Maddie Medley a handful of times in the past, who, with her 2016 lo-fi debut EP Garland, and a couple of prior promising singles, all released while still in high school, has become an increasingly more active part of the local scene, frequenting bills with indie acts, and garnering buzz for powerful voice and eclectic style.

With the recent release of her excellent, earnest new single “Coming of Age,” however, the 20-year-old alt rocker has begun to capture broader critical attention, and rightfully so. Something of a more formal and proper debut, the song- with just electric guitar and vocals- pulls from elements of art pop, anti-folk, and grunge pop, anchored by her captivating, nuanced singing style and earnest delivery.

The latest in a string of must-know Nashville solo acts, Medley possesses a wise beyond her years knack for songwriting, and an intangible and enchanting star power which makes her rise to widespread recognition feel all but inevitable. Not just one of the best songs to come out of Nashville this year, “Coming of Age” is one of our favorite tracks of 2018, period, and it should find its rightful place on your playlists immediately.

As she preps to release more new music, Maddie has been playing more and more shows around town lately, and tonight, May 10, you can catch her at The 5 Spot, on a bill curated by the fine folks at Cold Lunch. Rounding out the lineup are dreamy, Atlanta indie folk singer-songwriter Rose Hotel, local poppy, shoegazing indie rockers HARI, and breezy indie/dream pop outfit Blond Bones– a well-paired, supremely talented, buzzworthy local and regional lineup if we’ve ever seen one. Don’t snooze!

Maddie Medley, Rose Hotel, HARI, and Blond Bones will perform tonight, May 10 at The 5 Spot. The show is 21+, begins at 9 p.m., and the cover is $7.

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Don’t Miss Unwed Sailor, Early Day Miners, & James and the Wild Spirit | TONIGHT @ Fond Object 4th Ave


Formed in 1998 in Seattle by Oklahoma native Johnathon Ford, Unwed Sailor are a band that should strike a particular chord with indie fans of a certain age. Particularly if you obsessed over groups like Pedro the Lion (which Ford has been a member of), Minus the Bear, The Appleseed Cast, and numerous similar, often less ubiquitous bands that populated the indie, ambient, emo, post-rock, math rock, and slowcore scene, largely niche and frequently DIY, but an immeasurably formative few years for a particularly faction of indie fans of the late ’90s and early ’00s.

Often instrumental and anchored around Ford’s primary instrument, the bass, Unwed Sailor have continued to tour with a rotating cast of players over the years, and while they haven’t released a full-length in a decade, the project dropped an excellent new EP, Take a Minute, last year. The band return to Nashville tonight, May 10 at Fond Object 4th Ave, for what appears to be their first Nashville show in years, and we imagine if you’re already familiar, you’ve long had it circled on your calendar. If you’re new to the band, though, and the other groups we mentioned sound like your cup of tea, it’s a cool chance to catch up on an excellent experimental, ambient, post-rock outfit that never got quite the attention they deserved.

Also on the tour, midwest rockers Early Day Miners have been around for nearly as long as Unwed Sailor, and released seven well regarded full-lengths between 2000 and 2011. With a shoegazing, indie, and slowecore sound, they fit even more squarely into the scene Unwed Sailor have always been associated with, landing more similar in sound to Pedro. And opening things up are poppy, western-tinged local indie rock outfit James and the Wild Spirit, who really caught our ear with 2015’s excellent Hearts + Knives. We couldn’t find a cover for this all ages show, but it’s not likely to be more than a few bucks, and certainly worth every penny.

Unwed Sailor, Early Day Miners, and James and the Wild Spirit will perform tonight, May 10 at Fond Object 4th Ave. The show is all ages, begins at 8 p.m. (doors at 7 p.m.), and the cover should be no more than a few dollars.

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[REMINDER] Catch Speedy Ortiz w/ Nnamdi Ogbonnaya & Zenizen | TONIGHT @ The High Watt


Returning to Nashville for the first time in a couple of years, with their latest, weirdest, best, and most topical album to date, Twerp Verse, in tow, indie rockers Speedy Ortiz are set to headline The High Watt tonight, May 10. Along with experimental, multi-instrumentalist and rapper Nnamdi Ogbonnaya, as well as soulful, genre-defying up and comers Zenizen, this is without a doubt one of the coolest shows of the spring, and one you’d be crazy to pass up. Tickets are still available here while they last, and Speedy’s latest LP is streaming and in stores now, if you need any extra convincing. Read on for more about the show!

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[TICKET GIVEAWAY] Guided By Voices | May 19 @ The Basement East


Just a few years ago, it seemed like iconic indie outfit Guided By Voices‘ prolific and improbable reunion had flamed out for good, and our chances of seeing them once more in Music City looked slim. To our pleasant surprise, however, it wasn’t long before frontman Robert Pollard once again willed the band back into existence, recruiting a fantastic new lineup, which has released an impressive four new full-lengths since 2016, and has been touring relentlessly, with several stops in Nashville since their return. The group are back once more on May 19, this time at The Basement East in support of excellent recent effort Space Gun. Known for their epically long sets and Pollard’s legendary presence and rock pedigree, no two GBV shows are the same, and whether you’re a longtime fan or newcomer, you’re bound to have a blast. Tickets are available here, but we’re also giving away tickets to one lucky fan! Read on for more about the show, and enter for a chance to win below.

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