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SXSW 2017 Memories – Okey Dokey

SXSW 2017 Memories – Okey Dokey

Since 2015, we have asked independent artists to share their favorite memories from their time at SXSW. In just a couple of years, this project has become one of our most popular features thanks to the growing interests of bands and singers from around the world. Forty-five artists participated in this year’s edition, including Okey Dokey. The project commenced by […]

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SXSW 2017 Memories – EZA

SXSW 2017 Memories – EZA

Since 2015, we have asked independent artists to share their favorite memories from their time at SXSW. In just a couple of years, this project has become one of most popular features thanks to the growing interests of bands and singers from around the world. Forty-five artists participated in this year’s edition, including EZA. An electro-pop artist from Nashville with […]

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Emmy Rival – “Native Gold” (single premiere)

Emmy Rival – “Native Gold” (single premiere)

At its core, music is therapeutic. At its peak, music is cathartic. When a song brings these two elements together, people take notice. To arrive at this intersection, too often an individual must travel down a path full of pain, loss, and fear. A sense of loneliness and vulnerability are the likely companions, but at some point the darkness ebbs […]

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Brady Toops – ‘Tried & True’ (album review)

Brady Toops – ‘Tried & True’ (album review)

Our premiere of the signature single “Carolina” from Brady Toops’ sophomore album Tried & True praised his strong yet authentic vocals. Was it too much to expect that the rest of the album would deliver the same quality? After all, the single release usually showcases the artist’s best work, and Brady had set the bar high. He does not disappoint. […]

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Brady Toops – “Carolina” (video premiere)

Brady Toops – “Carolina” (video premiere)

The transition from pro baseball player to reality TV star to successful singer-songwriter may seem to encompass everything that anyone could ever want from life. By 2015, Brady Toops had achieved all this and more, yet there was something missing. He reveals: I think I had slowly lost heart, and didn’t realize it. The youthful zeal of my 20s had […]

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Ron Gallo – “Heavy Meta”

Ron Gallo – “Heavy Meta”

As we entered the Newport Blues Cafe after Day 1 of the Newport Folk Festival, a three-piece rock band was tearing up the venue. Their rock ‘n roll was loud and blistering. After each of the four songs they would play, they finished with stoic, business-like expressions, acting like they’ve been here before and done it all. My friend asked […]

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Taylor Noelle – “Out Of My System”

Taylor Noelle – “Out Of My System”

When music comes out of Nashville, you’d expect country. When an artist comes from Los Angeles, you’d expect indie-rock with a polished edge. Taylor Noelle brings a blend of both, which is hardly surprising since she moved from her native Los Angeles to Nashville to make her music. Out Of My System, Taylor Noelle’s debut EP, reveals a singer-songwriter with […]

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Heathen Sons – “Heathen Sons”

Heathen Sons – “Heathen Sons”

Last summer, I heard whispering of a band called Heathen Sons. It was through that grapevine that I heard they were rocking the Nashville scene with acts like Two Cow Garage, American Aquarium, and the Turnpike Troubadours. In 2015, they released a killer EP, Through The Eyes of a Lion, which gave audiences a small taste of their stellar rock […]

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Carl Broemel – “4th of July”

Carl Broemel – “4th of July”

Carl Broemel sits at the far end of a long, brown leather couch. A huge expanse lies to his right. There, you expect to find his fellow band mates from My Morning Jacket, with whom he developed a reputation as one of the preeminent guitar players of his generation. Instead, Broemel’s solitary figure merges into the no-frills space, and his […]

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Waterfall Wash – “Married to the Sound” (single premiere)

Waterfall Wash – “Married to the Sound” (single premiere)

There are no shortage of love songs out there, but what about songs inspired by marriage? Take a moment to think about that one as there are not too many specifically about tying the knot and its long-term commitment. Neil Young’s “Harvest Moon” might be the most popular of the bunch and there’s the Orleans’ classic, “Still The One” (although […]

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Diarrhea Planet – “Turn to Gold”

Diarrhea Planet – “Turn to Gold”

At some point, the gents of Diarrhea Planet will grow up. Whether they want to or not, their bodies will start breaking down due to their frenetic and physical live shows. Maybe they will change their name in the process or their musical choices. This is not the time, however, to think about those possibilities, but rather we should enjoy […]

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Lonely Benson – “Lazy Lover” (single premiere)

Lonely Benson – “Lazy Lover” (single premiere)

It’s June 1st, which means sunnier and hotter days are ahead. It also means the music gets as warm as the overhead sun and as cool as the breeze coming off the ocean. Combining these two wonderful things about summer is the brand new single by Dan Young, who goes by the moniker Lonely Benson, and we are extremely pleased […]

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Creature Comfort – “Echoes & Relics”

Creature Comfort – “Echoes & Relics”

Nashville’s Creature Comfort calls themselves “Indie Space Rock.” This very accurately describes their sound (spanky, clean guitars soaked in echo and woozy synths bending in and out of tune with themselves), but it leaves one thing out that I think is a huge reason to give this band your attention: Their songwriting. On their latest EP, Echoes and Relics, out […]

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Idle Bloom – “Some Paranoia”

Idle Bloom – “Some Paranoia”

We’ve featured a few artists from Nashville, Tennessee, which has quietly emerged as one of America’s hotbeds for indie music. It’s not just a country music city anymore, but instead it’s home to artists like Lauren Strange, CAPPA, KAPTAN, and Bully. Another one to add is Idle Bloom. Like Bully, Idle Bloom are creating some awesome indie-rock, which is showcased […]

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Single Premiere – “Ralph Nader” by Staying for the Weekend

Single Premiere – “Ralph Nader” by Staying for the Weekend

Today we have the premiere of the single “Ralph Nader” by Staying for the Weekend. The track is a stellar showing from the Nashville based quintet. The band has a knack for important yet witty lyrics and just the perfect amount of raucous tone sprinkled with memorable indie pop chorus’.  Staying for the Weekend is comprised of Ryan Morris (vocals), […]

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Show Revue: Lindi Ortega at NAC Fourth Stage

Show Revue: Lindi Ortega at NAC Fourth Stage

Canadian-born and Nashville-based country singer-songwriter Lindi Ortega played to an almost sold-out crowd at the NAC Fourth Stage. The evening began with Toronto artist Sam Cash. The roots-rocker, whose style resembles that of Elvis Costello and Joel Plaskett and two artists he admires, played songs from his debut album, 2011’s Teenage Hunger  and his most recent album, 2013’s Stand Together, Fall Together. For those […]

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One-on-one with country artist Lindi Ortega

One-on-one with country artist Lindi Ortega

Canadian-born, Nashville-based singer and songwriter Lindi Ortega is back with a fourth album called Faded Gloryville. Since its release in August 2015, the  artist known for her authentic country voice and red cowboy boots has been touring the country sharing stories of love, loss and faded dreams. Ortega was recently awarded Roots Artist of the Year at the 2015 Canadian Country Music Awards, her second win […]

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Melodic Tonic, vol. 17

Melodic Tonic, vol. 17

Happy Monday! Today we’re serving up a collection of singer/songwriters from around the globe who all have something in common besides their music. This “six degrees” post of folk, pop, indie rock, and electronica begins in Nashville, where last weekend’s Americana Music Festival took place. The Revue followed the winners and performances by established artists with new albums (like Glen […]

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Impersonators No Longer, the Rise of Poema

Impersonators No Longer, the Rise of Poema

One could say that sisters Elle and Shealeen Puckett were destined to be musicians and be involved in show business. The two grew up in a musical environment. Their parents were musicians who played in bands, and the home was filled with the classics. The entertainment genes were passed on to the sisters at a very young age. When they were […]

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Los Colognes – “Backseat Driver

Los Colognes – “Backseat Driver

Location: Nashville, Tennessee via Chicago, Illinois, USA Members: Los Colognes are Jay Rutherford (vocals, guitar); Aaron Mortenson (drums, vocals); Gordon Persha (bass); Micah Hulscher (keys); Chuck Foster (keys); and Wojtek Krupka (guitar). For those who like: Dire Straits, American Wrestlers Our take: We never thought it would be possible to make Dire Straits sound like a hip indie-rock band, but that’s […]

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