PREVIEW: MICHAEL RAULT at THE BASEMENT, 5/25/18

“I started playing guitar at 12, it took me a couple of years to make my own bands and then decided that I wanted to play music seriously from that point on,” says Canadian alt-rocker Michael Rault, who grew up in a musical family in Edmonton, Alberta. “I’ve never changed my mind.” The now-Montreal-based Rault…

PREVIEW: ANIMAL YEARS at THE BASEMENT on 4/30/18

If you happen to have a free 19 minutes, head over to your favorite streaming service and check out Far From Home, the recently-released EP from Brooklyn-based folk-rock outfit Animal Years. It’s a rollicking good time, one that will make you stomp your feet and clap your hands—it’s evident that the band behind the music…

LIVE SHOW REVIEW: MO LOWDA & THE HUMBLE

Mo Lowda & The Humble may not have been prepared for the intensity of a Nashville crowd when the trio took the stage at The Basement: “This is the first time we’ve played Nashville on a weekend,” frontman Jordan Caiola noted early on. “This is the largest Nashville crowd we’ve had,” he reflected as the audience…

PREVIEW: HIGH UP at THE BASEMENT on 3/5/18

“The winters are still brutal, and I haven’t gotten used to it even after five years. Every time winter rolls around I ask myself “Why?? Why did you move here?” laughs Christine Fink, frontwoman of Omaha-based alt-soul outfit High Up. “We’ve made so many good friends here though, there are a lot of opportunities and…

PREVIEW: AARON ESPE at THE BASEMENT on 11/13/2017

“I needed to get out of Nashville for a second,” reveals singer/songwriter Aaron Espe, who recorded his latest album, Passages, with producer Brian Joseph in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. “If you’ve been here a while, anytime you go out of Nashville you realize that music isn’t 24-7 for everybody else. Music maintains some level of magic…

PREVIEW: TREVOR SENSOR at THE BASEMENT on 7/20/17

“The record’s out, it’s time to dig in and entertain people. How can people resist? I’m bare-chested on the cover. Dad bods are in right? I’m totally rocking the dad bod. I’m trying to show the world you don’t have to  be Justin Bieber to pose shirtless,” says the quick-witted Trevor Sensor of his latest…

WIN FREE TICKETS to BEHOLD THE BRAVE at THE BASEMENT on 7/13/17!

Nashville-based Behold The Brave released their soul-shaking self-titled debut album on July 7th via WITHYN Records; the fuzzed-out guitar-driven stunner features Stax-insipred Southern rock, blues-tinged grit, and West Coast-style psychedelia at their finest. As vocalist and guitarist Clayton Davis explains, “We want every song to create a different vibe and feeling that adds the right…

ALBUM PREMIERE: THE DULL BLUE LIGHTS

“We acknowledge that genre exists, but have no interest in confining ourselves to being just a soul band, or a mod band, or a reggae band, and on and on,” says Todd Fausnacht, lead vocalist/guitarist of Philadelphia-based band The Dull Blue Lights. A wise speaker once said, “Once you’re through changing, you’re through,” and The Dull…

PREVIEW: THE QUIET HOLLERS at THE BASEMENT on 6/30/17

Louisville’s beloved post-punk outfit Quiet Hollers, who toured for the greater part of last year, and who will appear at Nashville’s The Basement on Friday, June 30th, will release their new album, Amen Breaks, on  July 7th via sonaBLAST!. In keeping with frontman Shadwick Wilde’s penchant for double and triple entendres, the record’s title has…

LIVE SHOW REVIEW: THE DELTA SAINTS at THE BASEMENT

Fans and friends of Nashville favorites, The Delta Saints, packed the always intimate Basement for the release of “California,’ the band’s first single from their new album, Monte Vista. Even before the Saints took the stage, you could feel an excited energy from the members as they mingled with the crowd, waiting for their chance to show…