One of the standout performers at last month’s Forecastle Fest in Louisville, indie pop duo Sylvan Esso have been a favorite of ours since they first erupted onto the scene a few short years ago. It was only last year that the band made their Nashville debut at Cannery Ballroom, but the group are already set to return next month, Sept. 8, for an even bigger outing at Marathon Music Works with pop punks All Dogs. Surely one of the summer’s most-anticipated events, you can still grab tickets here while they last. Or, if you’re feeling lucky, we’re also giving away a pair of tickets to one fortunate fan. Read on to find out why you don’t want to miss this show, and enter below!
The swift success of North Carolina indie pop duo Sylvan Esso might be one of the most pleasant musical surprises of the past couple years. Vocalist Amelia Meath originally wrote the hit song “Play It Right” for her previous band, Mountain Man. However, on a fortuitously booked bill at a small club where Mountain Man was playing, she shared the song with electronic producer Nick Sanborn, then playing solo as Made of Oak, and the genesis of duo Sylvan Esso sprung to life. They worked out the rest of their eponymous debut in Durham, North Carolina, before its near-overnight buzz helped make them the darlings of taste-making festivals like SXSW, Bonnaroo, and Coachella. By the time the album arrived in 2014 on Partisan Records, Sylvan Esso were already a rapidly rising force in the blogosphere, and even made their national television debut soon after. With the undeniably catchy, electro-infused indie pop tracks like “Coffee,” “Play It Right,” and “Hey Mami,” the group are quickly becoming a staple of the indie world, and their live show brings to life their enthralling, nuanced compositions. Every time we’ve seen the group live we’ve been blown away, and their return to Nashville should absolutely be on your must-see list for September.
Fronted by Maryn Jones, also of Saintseneca, Columbus, Ohio’s All Dogs craft poppy indie punk which perfectly captures earnest emotion of anxiousness, frustration, confusion, and sadness. With their debut, last year’s Kicking Every Day, the group managed to command the attention of fans and press alike, and even got a nod from famed Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong. Though they have more in common with fuzzy, lofi indie pop and punk-tinged emo than with the more electronic-leaning influences of Sylvan Esso, they’ll no doubt be a fine compliment, and one very compelling reason to be punctual.
ENTER TO WIN TICKETS
Enter to win tickets by filling out the form below. Must be 18+ to attend. After you have entered, there will be the option to share this contest via social media. For each person that you refer to the contest, you will receive an additional entry. If you experience any trouble with the contest widget, or have any questions, feel free to email us at [email protected].
Winner will be announced Wednesday, Sept. 7 at 2 p.m. CDT, and will receive one pair of tickets. Good luck!
Sylvan Esso and All Dogs will perform Thursday, Sept. 8 at Marathon Music Works. The show is 18+, begins at 8 p.m. (doors at 7 p.m.), and tickets are available to purchase for $25-28.