New On Our Nashville Spotify Playlist: American Authors, Billy Raffoul, Spazz Cardigan, Xandra Lee, Playboi Carti, & More


Our main goal at No Country is to share music from our favorite local artists and touring acts that hit Nashville. Now you can get straight to listening on our Nashville Spotify playlist.

Local music additions

“Say Amen” by Billy Raffoul, American Authors
“cool for you” by Julia Knight
“Please Don’t Try To Stop Me” by Kirsten Arian
“Cemetery” by COIN
“DOIDOIT” by Spazz Cardigan
“Say Whatever” by Jonie
“Vessels to You” by Super Duper
“Connection” by Xandra Lee
“Until It Ends” by Genuine Joy
“Hell or High Water” by Ben Donaher
“Life in the Goldilocks Zone” by Parker Gispert
“Diy” by Peachy
“Forgotten Kindness” by Oginalii
“Change Your Lock” by Blank Range
“It’s Not Yours” by Alanna Royale
“Rain” by Jess Coppens
“La Di Da” by Lennon Stella
“Down Together” by Jordan Xidas
“Lie to Me (Lazarus #2)” by PONCÉ

Touring artist additions

“Sunshine” by Playboi Carti – Playing Marathon Music Works on November 25
“FUN!” by Vince Staples – Playing Bridgestone Arena on December 2

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REVIEW: Live On The Green ft. Trampled By Turtles, Rainbow Kitten Surprise, Parquet Courts, & Alanna Royale | 8.23.18 [PHOTOS]

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Live on the Green
w/ Trampled By Turtles, Rainbow Kitten Surprise, Parquet Courts, Alanna Royale
Public Square Park; Nashville, TN
August 23, 2018

Review by Matt Hall. Photos by Jeremy Harris.

It’s hard to believe that last week was already the third Live On The Green event of their tenth annual season. After a great kickoff week, which included Dispatch, The Wood Brothers, Mt. Joy, and Roscoe & Etta, and a strong week two lineup including Cold War Kids, Car Seat Headrest, Colony House, and *repeat repeat, the free, all ages fest hit its halfway point this past week with bluegrass folk outfit Trampled By Turtles, breakout indie rock sensation Rainbow Kitten Surprise, garage punks Parquet Courts, and the soulful sounds of local rockers Alanna Royale.

LOTG wraps this week with an epic three-day affair extending across two stages Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, with performers like Jimmy Eat World, Dr. Dog, X Ambassadors, Matt and Kim, The Wild Feathers, Lissie, Savannah Conley, and Natalie Prass to look forward to, but, before we preview the exciting weekend ahead, take a look at our recap and photos from week three below!

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Catch Trampled By Turtles, Rainbow Kitten Surprise, Parquet Courts, & Alanna Royale | Thurdsay, Aug. 23 @ Live On The Green


Live on the Green is in full swing as the third week of the 10th season of the annual, free outdoor fest goes down this Thursday, Aug. 23 at Public Square Park. Per the format adopted a few years back, Live on the Green runs four consecutive Thursdays, and culminates with an epic three-day, two-stage finale. Once again boasting an exciting and stacked lineup, this season will feature performances from the likes of Jimmy Eat World, Matt & Kim, Cold War Kids, Dr. Dog, Car Seat Headrest, X Ambassadors, ZZ Ward, Parquet Courts, and more! After a great first night which included Dispatch, The Wood Brothers, Mt. Joy, and Roscoe & Etta, the event tried to best itself with a stellar week two featuring Cold War Kids, Car Seat Headrest, Colony House, and *repeat repeat. While you would think that would be hard to top, it returns this Thursday with another solid lineup featuring beloved local neo-soul rockers Alanna Royale, garage punk outfit Parquet Courts, indie rock sensations Rainbow Kitten Surprise, and bluegrass folk rock studs Trampled By Turtles.  With a predicted high temperature in the mid ’80s with low humidity on Thursday, this is one event where weather whiners and true music fans will all rejoice.

Per usual, LOTG is free and all ages, and music will run from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Gates open at 5 p.m., and there will be plenty of food and alcohol vendors on site to meet your needs. Parking is $10 at the Public Square Park Garage below the festival site and $5 at Nissan E and F lots across the Woodland St Bridge, and various other garages and street parking options are available on the surrounding blocks (also, ride share is relatively simple with designated drop off and pick up spots). If you’re looking to up the ante on your LOTG experience, VIP tickets and backstage passes are typically available for purchase, however they generally sell out in advance. And finally, the tradition of an official LOTG after party is back this year, beginning each week at 11 p.m. at The Valentine on Broadway. Find out more about this week’s installment below, and find out more about the entire season on Live on the Green’s site.

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New On Our Nashville Spotify Playlist: Amanda Shires, Houndmouth, Alanna Royale, Ron Gallo, The Band CAMINO, & More


Our main goal at No Country is to share music from our favorite local artists and touring acts that hit Nashville. Now you can get straight to listening on our Nashville Spotify playlist.

Local music additions

“Leave It Alone” by Amanda Shires – Playing Ryman Auditorium on August 12
“Starting from Scratch” by Carl Broemel – Playing Mercy Lounge on October 6
“Giving It All Away” by Alanna Royale – Playing Live on the Green on August 23
“It’s All Gonna Be OK” by Ron Gallo – Playing Basement East on November 17
“Daphne Blue” by The Band CAMINO – Playing Ryman Auditorium on October 19
“Running” by Daniel Ellsworth & The Great Lakes – Playing Exit/In on September 28
“Rose Colored Glasses” by Whissell
“Sleepless Nights” by ayokay, Nightly – Playing The High Watt on August 19
“Believer” by Saint Nomad, IOLITE
“Love’s Like Drumming” by Lackhoney, Mary

Touring artist additions

“Uh Huh” by Jade Bird – Playing Pilgrimage Festival on September 23
“Modern Love” by Houndmouth – Playing Marathon Music Works on October 10
“Eleven Days” by Max Frost – Playing The High Watt on November 6
“Staring Out The Window” by Erika Wennerstrom – Playing Basement East on August 12

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Alanna Royale Debut “Cruel Cruel World” Video Ahead of New LP | See Them TONIGHT at Basement East!


We’ve written about breakout local act Alanna Royale more times than we can count at this point (since literally their first show), and for good reason- they’re one of the absolute best bands to emerge from Music City in recent years. After moving from Boston in the summer of 2012, frontwoman Alanna Quinn-Broadus and guitarist Jared Colby quickly and organically formed what would become a soulful horn-infused funk/r&b outfit, exploding onto the scene mere months later with no recorded music but one hell of a turbocharged live show. They quickly became the buzziest new act in Nashville, and went on to release an EP in early 2013, shortly before nabbing a spot at Bonnaroo and beginning to tour, then dropping their debut LP, Achilles, in 2014.

In the few years since, Alanna have continued their rise as a critically-beloved, road-worn musical powerhouse, cementing their status as legends in the local scene. We’ve been hearing chatter of new music for a couple of years now, and, finally, after tons of hard work, recalibration, and self-reflection, the group’s sophomore album is imminent. Dubbed So Bad You Can Taste It, Alanna Royale’s new record will arrive tomorrow, Aug. 3, and is currently available to pre-order in physical and digital formats (and 10% of proceeds will go to benefit LGBT youth outreach program Just Us).

Early last month, the band gave us a first taste with incredible, triumphant new single “I Know,” along with a ridiculously cool accompanying video, showcasing a diverse array of local artists, musicians, dancers, and performers who use their feminine bodies and energies to express themselves artistically. Confident, lighthearted, and anthemic, the track and video embody all of our favorite things about Alanna Royale and turbocharge them with a renewed sense of focus.

With their latest new tune, “Cruel Cruel World,” the band take a much more serious turn, with Quinn-Broadus penning some of her most vulnerable, confessional, and earnest lyrics to date. Ahead of its release, she explained “this song comes from a place of deep pain and confusion. wondering why some people are born to carry the burden of being ‘different’ or ‘damaged’. some of us walk through this world feeling truly unfixable. addiction, depression, rape, gender dysphoria, abuse, neglect, too fat, too gay, too dark – the list never ends. some of us die never finding the peace or the support that we all deserve as human beings. ‘cruel cruel world’ was written when i was in a hole. i didn’t know how i would ever find my way out but thankfully i wasn’t alone. and neither are you.”

In their recently released video for the track, shot and edited by Jason Lee Denton, Alanna expertly conveys the emotional complexity and difficult subject matter of the song, delivering an impassioned rendition in moody red lighting as the camera hovers close to her face. Coupled with “I Know” (you can watch both new videos below), “Cruel Cruel World” really flexes Alanna Royale’s incredible range, both musically and personally, and we’re already warming up a spot for So Bad You Can Taste It on our year-end list in anticipation for the rest.

The band will perform live tonight, Aug. 2 at The Basement East for Lightning 100’s Thunderground, along with Bearing TorchesMr. Gabriel, and Elise Davis. The show is 21+, begins at 8 p.m. (doors at 7 p.m.), and tickets are just $5!

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