Bre Kennedy Debuts New Video for “Intuition” | See Her EP Release Show TONIGHT @ Exit/In

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Back in the fall, we premiered local indie pop singer-songwriter Bre Kennedy‘s anthemic single “Broken Record,” a tune that dominated our playlists for months, and an excellent followup to her buzzy debut EP, last spring’s Jealous of Birds. At the time, we also announced that Kennedy was hard at work on her followup, which, excitingly, arrived today! Dubbed Twenty Something, the seven-song record builds on the personal, accessible, and exceptionally well-honed songwriting of Bre’s debut, showcasing her powerful voice and sweeping, contemporary yet timeless indie pop style while also flexing her range, exploring even more narrative themes, and really showcasing her incredible talent. It’s a superior followup and a local record that, despite it only being January, already feels destined to remain one of our favorites of the year.

In celebration, Kennedy is set to headline Exit/In tonight, Jan. 24, for a very special record release show that will feature support from fellow local indie singer (and another artist you should be keeping an eye on) Gatlin, and Jay + Shields, a husband and wife musical duo who also regularly collaborate with Bre on various multimedia projects. Tickets are still available for just $12 right here, and if your 2020 resolutions happened to include making a point to catch more local music, you should make this a weekend priority!

In one final bit of Bre Kennedy news, today also marked the release of the dynamic singer’s brand new music video for “Intuition,” the latest single from her new EP. Filmed by Jay + Shields’ Jason Lee Denton, the dreamy and intimate spot perfectly captures the stripped down, beautiful, and melancholy nature of the song, a total sonic leap from “Broken Record” in a way that wonderfully sums up Kennedy’s sonic range (and nuance of her latest release). As Bre explains: “I wrote ‘Intuition’ & ‘Twenty Something’ back to back days of writing with the vision of making a record dedicated to the growing pains of getting older and surviving my twenties. These songs are nostalgic anthems for anyone going through the same trials of life I am: reflecting, heartbreaking, forgiving & getting back up despite it all,” a sentiment so vulnerably and dreamily convened on this wonderful single.

Watch “Intuition” below, see Bre Kennedy live this evening, and stream Twenty Something on your platform of choice right now!

Bre Kenndy, Gatlin, and Jay + Shields will perform tonight, Jan. 24 at Exit/In. The show is 18+, begins at 8 p.m. (doors at 7 p.m.), and tickets are available to purchase for $12.

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[TICKET GIVEAWAY] Piebald w/ Waterfall Wash & Through the Motions | Feb. 1 @ The Basement East

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Since springing back to life just a few years ago after a near decade-long split, Massachusetts alt/emo outfit Piebald have been keeping intermittently active, undertaking a small run of festival and tour dates, where they’ve been met with enthusiasm and nostalgia for their criminally underrated original run from the late ’90s to late ’00s, which saw them flirt with mainstream success, but ultimately never quite reach the recognition of some of their peers. We caught one of their earliest shows back at Atlanta’s Wrecking Ball in 2016, and have been hoping ever since that the band might eventually make their way to Music City for the first time in many years. We’re thrilled that that will finally happen Feb. 1 at The Basement East, for a show that features local support from longtime site faves Waterfall Wash and pop punk newcomers Through the Motions. Whether you’re nostalgic for the early days of ’00s emo and the golden era of Warped Tour, or a fan who fell into Piebald after they’d already split, we urge you not to miss this performance, since there’s no telling when or if the band might be back in Nashville. Tickets are available right here, but if you’d rather leave things to chance, we’re excited to announce that we’re also giving away a pair of tickets to one lucky fan! Read on for more about the show, and enter for a chance to win below!

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Hayley Williams Unveils “Simmer” Single and Video Ahead of Debut Solo LP, ‘Petals for Armor’

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Since winding down a lengthy, world tour cycle in support of their stellar (and career-best) 2017 fifth LP After Laughter, a run which ended with an epic, hometown celebration dubbed Art + Friends in late 2018, acclaimed Nashville alt rock outfit Paramore have been understandably quiet. At the time, singer Hayley Williams told us in an interview that Paramore had no update on what would come next because they genuinely didn’t know, and planned then to take a well-earned breather (and to focus on personal ventures like drummer Zac Faro’s other band, HalfNoise, and Williams’ successful hair dye company, Good Dye Young). While we have no doubt that Paramore will be back and reenergized eventually, with Williams’ recent an unexpected tease of a new solo project, the band’s continued silence makes more sense; they’re simply making room for the singer to branch out on her own for the first time.

After posting a cryptic series of photos, video and sound clips and even flyers in several major cities, Hayley has unveiled a brand new single and music video, “Simmer,” the first track from her forthcoming debut solo LP, Petals for Armor (a moniker fans initially believed might be the alias for the project, however it will instead be released under her own name). Though she’s no stranger to features, dropping in with groups like CHVRCHES, American Football, B.o.B, Zedd, Say Anything, Set Your Goals, and more over the years, and did technically release a solo track, “Teenagers,” over a decade ago as part of the Jennifer’s Body soundtrack, “Simmer” is, for all intents and purposes, the most singular encapsulation of Williams’ true expression as a solo performer.

Written by Williams, along with Paramore guitarist Taylor York and live member Joey Howard, and produced by York, “Simmer” certainly benefits from existing apart from Paramore’s oeuvre, distinct as its own new thing (not that Paramore have seemed particularly married to their pop punk past in recent years, as evidenced by the alt pop turn on their eponymous 2013 LP, or the Talking Heads spirited After Laughter), channeling an almost Radiohead-like frenetic groove juxtaposed with piercing and hypnotic vocals and Williams singular spirit of delivery. Navigating the personal and contemplative nature of rage the temptation to succumb to it, “Simmer” is seemingly, like much of Paramore’s recent work, a reflection of a fraught and intense personal navigation being aired through song. And its appropriately matched video, a particularly narrative spot directed by Warren Fu (and involvement from a ton of other talented creatives), showcases a dark and raw side of Williams that so effortlessly suits the song.

What’s next for this solo chapter of Williams’ career reminds to be seen, but with a full album on the way, we’d imagine some shows might not be far behind (especially since she had a habit of intimate hometown warmups with Paramore). We’ll surely update you if we learn more. One confirmed item on the calendar we can share, however, is Hayley’s return to Bonnaroo in June to curate her Sanctuary of Self Love plaza for a second year- definitely exciting news whether or not it might include a performance.

For now, watch “Simmer” below, and keep an eye on the site for updates ahead of Petals for Armor‘s release this May1

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[TICKET GIVEAWAY] Beach Fossils w/ Negative Gemini | Jan. 30 @ The Basement East

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As we move forward into not only a new year, but a new decade, there is, inevitably, a period of reflection of the last- a sometimes strange and fast moving era for music, that saw indie rock begin at the absolute height of critical consciousness, before fading in buzz in more recent years. Of all of the subsets of ’00s indie, the lo-fi, poppy, dreamy stylings of artists like Mac Demarco, Wild Nothing, DIIV, and the like remains one of the most enduring musical movements, and there’s no denying that Brooklyn’s Beach Fossils were and remain an integral fixture of that scene. While we await a followup to their lush and layered 2017 third LP Somersault, the band are out for a run which brings them back to town for the first time since that same year, Jan. 30 at The Basement East with buzzy LA electronic pop singer Negative Gemini. A seriously cool show for fans of modern indie (and those of us already starting to get nostalgic for the ’00s), tickets are still available right here while they last. We’re excited to announce that we’re also giving away a pair of tickets to one luck fan, however, so if you’d rather leave things to chance, read on for more about the show and enter for a chance to win below!

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