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I'm Here for the BOOs: Nashville's Halloween Playlist

Get tipsy off pumpkin beer? Check.
Watch Hocus Pocus and re-realize how awesome it is? Check.
Stress over the whole couples-costume thing? Check.

Create a totally badass Halloween playlist featuring some of my favorite local bands? CHECK.

Get in the spirit and give it a listen! -Caroline Bowman


Show Alert: Those Darlings, Tristen and Adia Victoria at 3rd and Lindsley 8.17

 Starting early on August 17, 6pm to be exact, there will be three great bands at 3rd and Lindsley. Tristen and Adia Victoria will be opening for Nashville fixtures Those Darlins. It’s a female-fronted night and Those Darlins' last Nashville show for a while. Adia Victoria finally, finally, finally released single "Stuck in the South" after months of buzz based off her live show alone.  Check out the track below. The show is all ages so the whole family can join. Tickets are $10 online or at the doors. -Amanda Aydelott


Tristen Album Release Show 11.1 at The Stone Fox

Tristen released CAVES on October 15th on her own label, PUPsnake. This is a move that exemplifies her whole approach to music: sister's got to do it herself. She comes from the South Side of Chicago, but followed the best path to serve her music down to Nashville, TN. Her sound retains bubblegummy innocence of 60’s pop, the attitude of Dolly Parton and the spirit of David Bowie. According to her video for “Baby Drugs” she is also Nashville’s sweetest little drug mule. She and her faithful band play the Stone Fox this Friday with Meadownoise and Penicillin Baby. -Terra James-Jura


Mercy Lounge Announces Lineup for 10th Anniversary Party

Next Friday and Saturday nights, on January 11th and 12th, Mercy Lounge will celebrate its 10th birthday in true Cannery Row fashion, throwing a party that will span all three venues. On Friday night, you can catch JEFF the Brotherhood, Tristen, Wild Cub, and RiCHiE, and on Saturday, performers will include Cherub, Ravello, The Weeks, and Machines Are People Too. With three stages to fill, more performers will be announced within the coming week via Twitter and Facebook.

If you're broke or just the type to arrive empty handed at parties, Mercy Lounge has your cover covered. On both nights, the first 250 people through the door will get in for free. After that, tickets are $10 for one night or $15 for both and can be purchased here (for night one), here (for night two), or at Grimey's New and Preloved Music, The Groove Record Shop, and Parlour & Juke Salon.

In addition to the full bars in Mercy Lounge, Cannery Ballroom, and the High Watt, both shows are presented in part by Yuengling and Brooklyn Brewery.

See Tristen Play Exit/In Tonight

Monday night, Passion Pit canceled their show at Marathon Music Works, so the band that was going to open for them (Future Islands) scheduled a free show the same night at the Exit/In. I hadn’t really listened to Future Islands much, but I went anyway. And god, I’m glad that I did. This post isn’t about them, though they’re great-- it’s about their opening band, Nashville-based Tristen.

I smoked a Lucky and walked in. The three band members were onstage, setting up. There was the lead guitarist, Buddy, the bassist Jordan, and then Tristen on acoustic. Everything seemed pretty relaxed, soundcheck and all. But then they started playing. And she can sing. She can really sing. You know those high notes that you wince at because no one can ever hit them and you wish they just wouldn’t try? Well she can hit them, and there’s a timbre to her voice that is too perfect. It reminds me a little of Neko Case, but a little more raw. She can get guttural (don’t you hate that word?) and screamy too. She gave me goosebumps.

And what a great show! They’re all talented. Buddy, who I’ve found out is actually Tristen’s fiancé, is a great lead guitarist. I enjoyed watching him; his blues influenced licks make their edgy folk even edgier. Jordan is a solid bassist and sings great harmonies. When they sang “Heart and Hope To Die” I shivered every time they harmonized. You can check that song out below.

They’re playing another show tonight. It’s at the Exit/In, and if you don’t go, I’ll be disappointed in you. --Ben Dunn


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