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It’s been over five years since reunited, seminal west coast hardcore outfit Black Flag last played Nashville, and a whopping 35 years since their last show before that. Formed in their youth way back in the ’70s, the group, who had a ton of members in their initial decade-long run, commanding a cult following in their day, and only managed to become more iconic and influential in the years after their 1986 split, making the hope of a reunion, despite chilly relationships and a general sense of disinterest between many key members, a long-running wish from fans. A handful of one-offs in the early ’00s notwithstanding, it wasn’t until 2013 that Black Flag roared back to life, albeit it with a retooled lineup anchored by guitarist and founder Greg Ginn. The new Black Flag released an LP and went on tour, then largely fell silent, until returning once more last year for a world tour, extending into 2020 with a long-overdue Music City return, this time at Cannery Ballroom on Jan. 30. Though they haven’t released any new music yet this run, we suspect most Black Flag fans want to hear the old stuff anyway, and that kind of nostalgia is still in full effect, even if a few of the group’s most recognizable former members are no longer involved (current singer Mike Vallely was never in the band pre-reunion, but has his own punk bona fides). Fans of classic punk will want to grab tickets right here while they last, but if you’d rather leave it to chance, we’re excited to announce that we’re also giving away a pair of tickets to one lucky fan! Read on for more about the show, and enter for a chance to win below.
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
“Sad World” by Yacht Money, Jung Youth
“the movies” by Nightly – Playing Mercy Lounge on January 16
“All the Time” by Jonie – Playing Tempo on January 18
“Brightest Star” by Lilly Hiatt – Playing Basement East on April 18
“Good Times” by The Lone Bellow – Playing Ryman Auditorium on April 24
“Loving Her” by Katie Pruitt – Playing The Basement on February 21
“Nothing Without You” by My Sister, My Brother
“Obsessed” by Personal Trainer, Huck
“You Know I Got It” by Alaina Cross
“The Good Life” by Devon Gilfillian – Playing Ryman Auditorium on February 19
“Pokey/Same” by Richard String
“Treat Ya Better” by The Criticals – Playing Analog on January 28
“No Room” by The Rally Club – Playing Basement East on January 19
“Surf Lords” by Blackpool Mecca – Playing Drkmttr on February 20
Touring artist additions
“Half Your Age” by Joywave – Playing Mercy Lounge on April 28
“So Long, Marianne” by Courtney Barnett – Playing Ryman Auditorium on January 20
“Young Republicans” by Lower Dens – Playing The High Watt on February 16
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If you’re still getting into the 2020 groove, and looking to ease back into showgoing with some quality local tunes, we have a stacked local lineup to recommend for Sunday, Jan. 19 at The Basement East! Still relatively new to the scene (though formerly members of long-running outfit Forlorn Strangers) headlining indie pop rock duo The Rally Club are a buzzy local fixture you should be keeping an eye on, especially with a debut album set to arrive soon. Joining the group are a pair of acts regular readers should be more than familiar with: eclectic retro pop artist Harpooner and folky rockers Roanoke, both highly-recommended, stellar live acts. While you can still snag tickets right here, we’re thrilled to announce that we’re giving away a pair of tickets to one lucky fan, in our first contest of the year. Read on for more about the show, and enter for a chance to win below!