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“COOL” – NEW VIDEO from DAWNS

Hailing from a small town just outside of New York City, DAWNS bends genre and style, creating a brand of indie pop that is entirely its own. Growing up in a rural town, vocalist Joshua Perna taught himself to record and produce music out of necessity, mixing and matching the various sounds he spent his youth listening to. Pena and his…

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REVIEW: THE BALLROOM THIEVES at THE BASEMENT

The Music City was fortunate enough to witness yet another powerful  performance from blog favorite alt-folk outfit The Ballroom Thieves recently; they set up camp at The Basement for a pre-celebration of their release of their new album, Deadeye–the cozy atmosphere of the iconic venue ensured an intimate and friendly experience. The songs on Deadeye were, admittedly, a product of…

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AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW with JOSHUA RADIN

  “I think it was Elvis Costello who said ‘Talking about music is like dancing about architecture’,” says veteran singer/songwriter Joshua Radin with a laugh. “It’s hard to put into words, you just listen to music, and if it works, it works,” he says of his seventh studio album, The Fall, due for release in…

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ALBUM REVIEW: “SLEEPWALKER” by ALLEN TATE

In order to craft the songs on his solo debut, Brooklyn-based musician Allen Tate spent several weeks alone in Copenhagen, inspired by its minimalism and its effortless beauty. This quiet period of solitude echoes strongly throughout the entire album, allowing Tate to create his own brand of effortless beauty. This fact is readily displayed In opening…

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AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW with LETTERS TO CLEO

On October 14th, iconic 90s alt-rock outfit Letters To Cleo released Back To Nebraska, their first new album in 17 years, at which point the high school version of myself let out the highest-pitched squeal of all squeals. Though they haven’t made music together as a band in all that time, the members have been…

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REVIEW: MANDOLIN ORANGE at EXIT/IN

To support the recent release of their fabulous new album Blindfaller, Mandolin Orange has hit the road to share the new tunes with eager listeners—I’ve fallen in love with these new songs and have had their Nashville show date circled on my calendar for weeks. The pair took the stage at the crowded Exit/In with…

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PREMIERE: “EASTERN PARKWAY” from LES YPER SOUND

Once upon a time, two New York session musicians, drummer Miles Arntzen (Antibalas, Will Butler, EMEF) and sax player Jas Walton (Leon Bridges, Sinkane, Father Figures)—who both currently play in the Afrobeat ensemble Antibalas—began experimenting with their respective instruments in Arntzen’s Greenwich Village basement. The duo hunkered down to compose demos that were made up of percussion, woodwinds, and the offbeat…

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“WAVES” – NEW MUSIC from SUSTO

Charleston-based SUSTO has released the first track, “Waves”, from their forthcoming album, & I’m Fine Today, due out January 13th via Missing Piece/Caroline. Following its release, the band will support The Lumineers on a 17-city stretch of shows in the U.S. and Canada, and is on tour now playing select dates with Langhorne Slim and Shakey Graves. Of the record, founder and frontman Justin Osborne…

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SHOP FOR A CAUSE with CREATURE COMFORT

October is Adopt A Shelter Dog Month, and Nashville band Creature Comfort has partnered with East C.A.N., an East Nashville-based nonprofit organization with an established network of caring foster families and volunteers who nourish, love, and train homeless and abandoned dogs to turn them into wonderful companions. East C.A.N. also seeks to educate the public on issues of animal welfare and…