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PREVIEW: IVAN & ALYOSHA at THE HIGH WATT on 6/2/15

Seattle-based five-piece folk-pop outfit Ivan & Alyosha will be rolling into the Music City for a show at The High Watt on Tuesday, June 2nd, to show off their recently-released sophomore LP, It’s All Just Pretend, on Dualtone Records.  Indie-folk band Kris Orlowski, also based in Seattle, will provide opening support.   The album, at 11-songs strong, has received positive praise…

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REVIEW: DIAMOND RUGS at MERCY LOUNGE

Supergroup Diamond Rugs performed at Mercy Lounge in Nashville recently, supported by Athens, Georgia-based New Madrid, and Nashville’s own Justin Collins. Justin Collins’ unique musical stylings garnered lots of support from the hometown crowd; New Madrid’s brand of vibe-y psychedelic rock, and all of their glorious hair, had us all entranced during their atmospheric and…

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PREVIEW: THE CONTENDERS at THE HIGH WATT on 6/3/15

There are some new contenders in town…called…The Contenders (see what I did there?)…and they’ll appearing at The High Watt on June 3rd.  The Contenders are a duo comprised of veteran musicians (singer/songwriter) Jay Nash, and drummer Josh Day (who has toured with/drummed for artists like Sara Bareilles, Jennifer Nettles, and legend John Oates).  I met…

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RECAP: TORO Y MOI at EXIT/IN

South Carolina’s Toro y Moi appeared at Exit/In recently, with Los Angeles-based Vinyl Williams providing opening support; if you missed the festivities, never fear!  We’ve got photographic highlights just for you! Photographs are courtesy of the incomparable Samuel Katz on behalf of East of 8th (IG portfolio: @samuel_katz).

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PREVIEW: AVERS at EXIT/IN on 5/21/2015

Happy Wednesday beloved readers! I wanted to let you know that Richmond, Virginia-based rock supergroup Avers will be back in the Music City TOMORROW NIGHT!  I had the great fortune to interview the band the last time they were in town, back in March.  They’ve been busy since then, with a successful run at SXSW…

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PREVIEW: REY PILA at MERCY LOUNGE on 5/25/2015

I recently caught up with Diego Solorzano from Mexico City-based indie electro-rock band Rey Pila, currently on a nationwide tour with The Rentals.  Rey Pila, which began initially as Solorzano’s solo project, will be releasing their follow-up to 2010’s self-titled debut in the very near future.  You can catch them live with The Rentals at Mercy Lounge…

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RECAP: YOUNG BROTHER at MERCY LOUNGE

Nashville’s Young Brother performed at The Mercy Lounge recently, along with other Nashville faves Cardboard Kids, Golden Youth, and Youth, a show curated and presented by Cause A Scene and titled “Never Growing Up” (seriously, I just love that).  Young Brother has released two singles so far, “Kamikaze” and “Man Up,” which should both be in your…