Community, Camaraderie, and Sentiment Ran High, as Paramore Said Goodbye to ‘After Laughter’ with Epic Hometown Celebration Art + Friends

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Paramore
w/ Coin, Bully, Canon Blue, Liza Anne, Nightingail

Nashville Municipal Auditorium; Nashville, TN
September 7, 2018

Review by Philip Obenschain (@pobenschain). Photos by Roxy Moure.

On Friday, at Nashville Municipal Auditorium, Music City’s biggest rock band, Paramore, hosted, headlined, and curated a mini day fest called Art + Friends, a loveletter to their hometown and an end of tour celebration, featuring performances from locals COINBullyCanon BlueLiza Anne, and Nightingail. A fitting, emotional, celebratory, communal, and reflective end to one of the most challenging, transformative, important, and, ultimately, triumphant periods of personal and professional transition in the band’s 15 year history, the show was a perfect finale to a journey that began in the spring of 2017 at Exit/In, a chapter marker that concludes the cycle for last year’s stellar After Laughter, and the start of a break that, for once, feels like an incredibly optimistic point in Paramore’s existence, and one with endless possibilities for where things could go next. Of course, we had to be there to bid the group farewell (for now), and to dance and cry and celebrate After Laughter one more time, in a room full of so many people who’ve helped Paramore persevere, endure, and flourish along the way. Needless to say, it was every bit the transcendent and emotional night we expected, and you can read all about it below!

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[REMINDER] Paramore Host ‘Art + Friends’ w/ COIN, Bully, Canon Blue, Liza Anne, & Nightingail | Sept. 7 at Municipal Auditorium

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As we previously written about at length, famed local alt rockers Paramore are currently winding down the record cycle (or “era,” as they like to dub it) for last year’s phenomenal fifth album, After Laughter, which, over the past year, has included surprise stops at Exit/In and The End, a headlining outing at The Ryman, and the group’s debut at Bonnaroo, all amidst international tour dates and critical acclaim for their boldest, most personal, and most adventurous LP ever. Before taking a breather and plotting what’s next, however, the band have come home to host Art + Friends, an extra special event this Friday, Sept. 7 at Municipal Auditorium, meant to highlight Nashville’s wonderful alternative scene, with local art, local venders, charities, and a stacked local musical lineup of COINBullyCanon BlueLiza Anne, and Nightingail– an excellent sample of some of the amazing music coming out of Nashville right now.

Tickets to the all ages event are still available here, and after weeks of individual artist spotlights, we’ve compiled a rundown of all of the musical performers below! Art + Friends is about much more than music, though, and with doors set to open at 3:30 p.m. (with performances beginning an hour later), there will be so much more cool, local fare to see and experience. Expect weird and wonderful art vibes from Elephant Gallery, products and demos from Hayley Williams’ hair dye company Good Dye Young, a curated selection of vinyl from famed local shop Grimey’s, a limited edition event poster from Kangaroo Press, a booth for Zac Farro’s boutique local label Congrats Records, a vintage popup from The Hip Zipper, an A/V instillation from Mike Kluge Audio Visual, food collection from charity Second Harvest Food Bank, food available from Daddy’s Dogs, posters from Hatch Show Print, a booth from community organization Epic Girl, photos by Nashville Smile Bar, and more!

Finally, head of the show, we caught up with Paramore’s Hayley Williams for a chat, reflecting on the band’s most personal album, opening up about hardship, and expressing her love for Nashville. Give it a read, then find out everything you need to know about the Art + Friends lineup below!

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New On Our Nashville Spotify Playlist: The Wombats, Wolf Parade, Teyana Taylor, Pale Waves, Sarah Reeves, & More

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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

“Fake Happy” by Paramore – Playing Municipal Auditorium on September 7
“Hate and Control” by Bully –Playing Municipal Auditorium on September 7
“Want You Now” by Saaneah – Black Is Beautiful Premiere Party at Main Street Gallery on August 29
“Bullet” by Stasney Mav – Playing OUTLOUD Music Festival on September 8
“Black Sand Vertigo” by Fleurie – Playing The Cowan on October 16
“Thank You” by H. Kenneth
“Right Now” by Whoa Dakota – Playing The 5 Spot on August 25
“Always Been You” by Sarah Reeves

Touring artist additions

“Turn” by The Wombats – Playing Marathon Music Works on October 15
“You’re Dreaming” by Wolf Parade – Playing Basement East on August 24
“Gonna Love Me” by Teyana Taylor – Playing Marathon Music Works on August 21
“Beyond” by Leon Bridges – Playing Ascend Amphitheater on August 29
“To Be Free” by Passenger – Playing Cannery Ballroom on October 13
“Taste” by Betty Who –Playing OUTLOUD Music Festival on September 8
“Black” by Pale Waves – Playing Mercy Lounge on November 6
“Black & White” by DREAMERS – Playing Exit/In on September 24
“home” by morgxn –Playing Exit/In on September 24

Follow along so you don’t miss the best of No Country for New Nashville on our Nashville Spotify playlist!

Art + Friends Spotlight: Bully

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As we previously announced, famed local alt rockers Paramore are currently winding down the record cycle (or “era,” as they like to dub it) for last year’s phenomenal fifth album, After Laughter, which, over the past year, has included surprise stops at Exit/In and The End, a headlining outing at The Ryman, and the group’s debut at Bonnaroo, all amidst international tour dates and critical acclaim for their boldest, most personal, and most adventurous LP ever. Before taking a breather and plotting what’s next, however, the band will come home to host Art + Friends, an extra special event Sept. 7 at Municipal Auditorium, meant to highlight Nashville’s wonderful alternative scene, with local art, local venders, and a stacked local musical lineup of COINBullyCanon BlueLiza Anne, and Nightingail– an excellent sample of some of the amazing music coming out of Nashville right now.

Tickets are still available here, and as we count down the weeks until Art + Friends’ arrival, we wanted to help you prepare by providing a spotlight on each individual performer (who, remember, are all local, and can regularly be seen at more intimate spaces as well). So far, we’ve introduced you to bluesy indie folk singer Nightingail, breakout indie rocker Liza Anne, indie/orchestral pop project Canon Blue. Next up, one of our favorite bands of the past few years, local or otherwise: punk-rooted grunge pop breakouts Bully!

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Bully Debut New Video for “Guess There” | Catch Them Sept. 7 at Art + Friends

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Back in the fall, breakout local grunge pop group Bully released their highly-anticipated sophomore LP and first for Sub Pop. Dubbed Losing, the album is an earnest, raw, anxious, and vulnerable triumph that has dominated our playlists ever since, and a worthy followup to the band’s explosive 2015 debut, Feels Like.

Leading up to and following the new release, Bully have been keeping incredibly busy, with constant touring (including a three-night hometown residency back in December) and a string of singles and accompanying videos, all of which have drawn a respectable amount of buzz and acclaim. The group’s latest video, for slow-burn track “Guess There,” dropped this week, and, apparently a long time coming, is helmed by Chicago based artists/directors Aleia Murawski and Samuel Copeland.

The surreal spot features a day in the life of an adorable snail, interacting with an expansive and meticulously crafted world of miniatures, Murawski and Copeland’s specialty. Perfectly suited to the tone of the track, it, like Bully’s last few videos, is a joy to watch, and takes a creative approach well beyond your typical band-centric vids.

As we previously announced, Bully’s first Nashville show of the year will take place Sept. 7 at Municipal Auditorium, as part of Paramore’s hometown celebration of the city’s alternative music and art scene, Art + Friends. Grab tickets here and watch “Guess There” below!

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