Todd Snider Music Business Radio

East Nashville’s own, Todd Snider, has a new band with Dave Schools of Widespread Panic called, Hard Working Americans.

Catch them this Friday with another great Nashville act, Turbo Fruits, at Marathon Music Works.


Trent Dabbs & Sam Palladio – Gunnar from ABC’s Nashville

Last week I had some great in studio guests for an even better cause. Nashville resident Trent Dabbs and Nashville cast member Sam Palladio, along with musician Colin Linden, came into the Lightning 100 studio. They chatted about writing together, ABC’s Nashville, and helped raise awareness for the victims of the Typhoon Haiyan. Haiyan was an exceptionally powerful tropical cyclone that devastated portions of Southeast Asia, particularly the Phillipines, in early November 2013. It is the deadliest Phillipine Typhoon on record,killing over 6,000 people in that country alone.


Griffin Technology Presents Pre-Show Live with Local Natives

localnatives2Did you get your tickets to the SOLD OUT Local Natives at Marathon Music Works on March 18th?  Our friends at Griffin Technology are giving you the opportunity to see them live…..before the show!  Leave a comment on the photo to enter to win tickets to Griffin Technology Present Pre-Show Live with Local Natives.  We are giving away 5 pairs!


Win tickets to Marathon Music Works NYE Bash!

Want to get away from the downtown crowd for New Years Eve?  Leave a caption on the photo above and you might just win tickets to The Del McCoury Band at Marathon Music Works on NYE!  Join Lightning 100 at Marathon Music Works for The Del McCoury Band and Keller Williams Featuring The Travelin’ McCourys!  Bring the 2013 in right with Lightning 100!

Winning Quote: Well I think I am one of your Biggest Fans! I love you I love you I love you! It would be my xmas gift from you for me always showing the Love of Lightning 100 to everyone I know. Infact – If you ask anyone about me – They would tell you “deb’s fav radio is Lighting 100, she should be working for them! So please – WHat a better way to spend the new year – A gift from my peeps at Lightning 100! Love! – Deb


Caption Contest: Dr. Dog

Dr. Dog is coming to Marathon Music Works this Saturday!!! Leave a comment on the photo of Dr. Dog and you could win tickets to Lightning 100’s Pre-Show Live sponsored by Griffin Technology!


Passion Pit – Take a Walk

Passion Pit Take A WalkPassion Pit performs “Take A Walk” live at Marathon Music Works.  You’ve been hearing Passion Pit on Lightning 100 since Manners debut out in 2009.  Tune in to hear their new song of Glossary entitled “Take a Walk”.  You might recognize the song from TV from the Taco Bell commercial.  Lightning 100 does not endorse eating Taco Bell’s Doritos® Locos Tacos Supreme in any way.  Check out this video we shot with Passion Pit live sponsored by Griffin Technology at Marathon Music Works.



Hank 3’s Happy Tales Humane Benefit Show

Lightning 100 and Happy Tales Humane teamed up with Hank 3 again for One Big Wag.  It was the 4th annual benefit for Happy Tales Humane, this year hosted at Marathon Music Works, raising money to help foster dogs and cats that are available for adoption.  Click here to see our videos for “Smoke and Wine” and “Guttertown” live at Marathon Music Works. Visit for more information on adopting a pet or donations.

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Keane Soundcheck Party

Back in June, Keane stopped in at Marathon Music Works for an excellent performance that was unfortunately cut short when a transformer blew down the street. Fortunately for us… and for you, we at Lightning 100, along with some lucky fans, got an exclusive performance and interview during their soundcheck. Here they are with “Silenced By The Night.” Enjoy!


M83 takes us on a dream journey at MMW

By Sarah Sharp

Photo by Sarah Sharp

Let’s take a moment and thank whoever is responsible for building Marathon Music Works. Finally, Nashville has a home for acts of such caliber, like that of M83, this past Tuesday. Acts that don’t quite fit nicely into one category, that teeter on the edges of electronic, rock, experimental, ambient, fusing them together in a way that has made them for whatever reason in the past, skip Nashville altogether. Perhaps because Nashville’s moneymaker market is labeled as country, rock, or something in between, it has been common assumption that there isn’t a market for other genres. But Marathon Music Works to the rescue, because finally we are acknowledged in mass quantities!

M83 put on a beautiful spectacle. They were in front of a spacescape-like background—lights resembling starry nights, transforming colors, shifting spotlight on each member of the band as they had their moments to shine.

They put on a show as epic as their most recent 2011 release, Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming. Everything was so pronounced, intense, and sounded even better live. Seeing the bodies behind the music gave more context and life to the process, and they played their hearts out.

Everyone within that brick warehouse was hype, literally begging for more as they finished each song. When they came to the end of what seemed like an all-too-short set, we wouldn’t accept their exit. How could we let this dream be over so quick? As everybody howled for their return, they filed back on stage one at a time and banged out a few more dance rock anthems, while the rest of us bounced and shuffled uncontrollably to our collective wet dream being played in front of our eyes.

Photo by Sarah Sharp

Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming is exactly what you would imagine it to be. An epic journey, one of embracing your dreams. Whether caught behind closed eyes, or simply in the back of our minds, dreams are more beautiful than reality could ever achieve.

Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming lives in another dimension. One intangible yet alive, drowning in heavy synths and irresistible hooks, trekking back to the 80s.  The first single, “Midnight City”, is the ultimate invitation to the double album, like a teaser, employing M83’s signature electronic synth-heavy sound with more live instrumentation—guitars, saxophone, flutes.

This multi-dimensional aspect of the album shows the band’s progression into a sound more mature and unified, and a band more comfortable with their instincts to experiment.

From the beginning, the album moves like a dream. There are complete thoughts like the ambient and heartfelt “Wait”, or the upbeat 80s dance ballad, “OK Pal”. There are short thoughts, like “This Bright Flash” and “Klaus I Love You” that would seem unfinished separate from their respective neighbors, but in accordance, fit perfectly in the grand scheme.


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