[TICKET GIVEAWAY] Futurebirds w/ T. Hardy Morris | Dec. 16 @ Mercy Lounge

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If you missed Georgia-based alt rockers Futurebirds’ stop in Nashville earlier this year, you’re in luck. They are bringing their unique mix of southern rock and grungy 1970s psychedelia to Mercy Lounge on Dec. 16, along with support from T. Hardy Morris. Tickets are still available for only $15, but we’re also giving away a pair of tickets to one very lucky reader. Click below for your chance to win and to find out more about this awesome show.

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ELEL Find Love In Vinyl With “Automatic” Video

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Local indie popsters ELEL have been hot on the promo cycle for their recently released debut full length Geode, which dropped on Mom + Pop Records on Oct. 21.  In continued support, they have just released an ace-filmed video for “Automatic,” which features bassist Jo Jo Jackson finding an undeniable love a co-worker at a vinyl pressing plant, and ultimately they realize that their “automatic” response towards one another is more powerful than their daily duties.

You can check out the stellar video below, and, if you haven’t already, you should grab a copy of one of the best local records of 2016, Geode, at your local record store or online retailer.  To those in the Nashville area, mark your calendar to see ELEL performing at our 5th Annual Christmas Caroling Party at The 5 Spot on Sat. Dec. 17.

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[TICKET GIVEAWAY] Future Thieves w/ Guthrie Brown & SunGhosts | Dec. 16 @ 12th & Porter

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“Next likely Nashville success story” is a tag we toss around regularly, but with a scene so rich, it often feels justifiably applied. One longtime favorite definitely worthy of that descriptor are Future Thieves, who, over the last few years, we’ve watched grow from a promising new local rock group to a critically acclaimed, soon to be intentionally touring outfit, whose 2015 debut full-length ranked among our favorite local releases of last year. Ahead of their new live album and before we break for the holidays, Future Thieves are heading up a “Not-So-Silent-Night” show Dec. 16 at 12th & Porter, joined by fellow buzzy local Guthrie Brown and Miami’s SunGhosts, for an affordable, fun weekend escape before the holiday grind. While tickets are still available here for just $5, we’re also giving away a pair of tickets to save one lucky winner a few bones, and you can read on for more about the lineup and enter below! 

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[No Country Premiere] Eagle Johnson & Clean Machine Serenade On New Single “Hero”

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Eagle Johnson & Clean Machine recently popped onto our radar with the first single, “Push Pin Jane,” from their upcoming debut Tennessee Beach, which is due out April 21.  That first single has a vibe that reminds us of Tom Petty run through a retro pop filter, and had us eager for more.  Eagle shared the next single “Hero” with us, and we jumped at the opportunity to premiere it.  The song actually has a pretty lengthy back story, in that, it was written as a romantic response to Grammy winning Kiwi artist Kimbra’s ear worm “Settle Down,” even referencing her desired child Nebraska Jones.  On a whim, Eagle shared the demo with Kimbra’s Major Dudes production team of Timon Martin and Stevie McQuinn Jr., and a bond was formed.  For the next year, the trans-pacific team worked together to create the single that we’ll premiere today.  It features Martin and McQuinn providing synths that were mixed in to the live recording of the track by Billy Bennett (MGMT, The Whigs) at Bomb Shelter Studios in Nashville.  The result is a fuzzed out, poppy, alt-rock gem that has a very nice blend of the Nashville garage scene and the Australian continent’s buzzing scene led by psych bands like Tame Impala, and synth pop outfits like Cut Copy.  The result is a memorable early release from Eagle Johnson & Clean Machine.

Johnson reflected on the new single when he told us, “I originally wrote the song almost word for word in a freestyle stream of consciousness type way in about 3 minutes.  At first, I thought I had received a mystical romantic response to Kimbra’s track, “Settle Down.” It got even more mystical when Stevie and Timon wanted to produce it. At some point though, I got in my head about it while working with them. I thought that I had crossed some sort of imaginary artistic line, and I tried to make the song go away. I even told Timon and Stevie that I couldn’t continue the project because I was basically living in a mental hell over it. I tried to tell a few people what I was going through, but no one could even understand what I was talking about. They just thought I was crazy for abandoning the opportunity. I lost my job, my apartment, and my girlfriend at the time left me; I ended up crashing at a “musician’s lodge” off of Brick Church Pike that the landlord tried to tell me was once occupied by KOL. While there, I showed my Mom Kimbra’s song, and told her to listen to it next to “Hero.” I never told her what I went through, but I asked her if she thought it was crossing some sort of personal artistic line. She said she didn’t think so at all, and gave me her blessing. Somehow that little bit of Mother’s love pulled me out of my mental hell, and I got another job and back on my feet. It made the lyrics of the song more real too (The first verse of “Hero” ends with, “trade your mothers love for your fear”). Timon and Stevie were rad enough to not judge me as broken, and with them and my band Clean Machine, we reopened the project and finished what we started. “

If you want to find out more about Eagle Johnson & Clean Machine, head out to The Basement on Dec. 9 for their show with blog faves Chrome Pony and Mountains Like Wax.  Tickets are available here for only $5.

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Catch Jessie Baylin w/ The Watson Twins & More Tonight at The Basement East

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‘Tis the season to mix music with the holiday spirit, and in Music City there is no shortage of events promoting this attitude.  Soulful local singer Jessie Baylin will headline an event tonight at The Basement East with proceeds going to the Second Harvest Food Bank.  Baylin, who blew us away with her 2015 release Dark Place, and her band will be joined by the sweet singing Watson Twins and cabaret jazz outfit Nanty & The Nephews.  The 21+ show gets started at 8 p.m., and admission will run you $12 in advance or $15 at the door.

The show will also serve as a celebration for the broad release of Baylin’s version of “Purple Snowflakes,” first made famous by Marvin Gaye in 1964.  Head below to hear her psychedelic and dreamy take, and get out for some live music for a good cause tonight.

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