PHANGS Release Debut Pop Single “Cul De Sac”

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We’ve been big fans of Cardboard Kids’ latest EP, Mint, which features a smoother, pop-leaning direction for the indie trio. Pop lovers, rejoice: Cardboard Kids frontman Jake Germany is releasing arguably even catchier music under the moniker PHANGS. Debut single “Cul De Sac” features Germany’s falsetto vocals and bouncy synths, and the sheer infectiousness makes us want to put the track on an endless loop.

Listen to “Cul De Sac” and follow PHANGS on your favorite networks below.

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STS9 Return to War Memorial Auditorium on Nov. 3

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Making their now seemingly annual pilgrimage to War Memorial Auditorium on Nov. 3, Sound Tribe Sector 9 (or just STS9 for short) are ready to wash over you with their robotic and spacey jams, along with their, now standard, heady AF light show. Tickets go on sale this Friday at 10 a.m. for $32.50 ($37.50 at the door), and, for you super fans out there, there’s even a pre-sale running through Thursday (use the password “ELBOW” as the Promo Code). The fact that this is their third year running at War Memorial, and given the amount of fun we had the last time we saw them, they’re doing pretty well in Music City. So, don’t sleep on this one if it tickles your interest, because tickets may not last long. Stay tuned for more details about the show, and enjoy the latest release, “Give & Take,” from their upcoming record, The Universe Inside, which drops next month!

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The Lees Of Memory Drop Covers Album ft. DeVotchKa, Guided By Voices, & More!

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Local rockers The Lees Of Memory have had quite the past couple of years.  The band helmed by John Davis and Brandon Fisher (both of Superdrag) and Nick Slack (Epic Ditch) brought their new project to life in early 2015 with the release of their stellar shoegazey debut Sisyphus Says, and we were lucky enough to host them for their first live show at Acme Feed & Seed, as a warm up for a forthcoming SXSW run.  They followed that well received record up with this summer’s Unnecessary Evil, which sees the boys veering back into the power pop realm that made them famous through their previous pursuits, and, if you haven’t spent time with that record yet, you’ve missed a lot of summer anthems that you need to hustle and repeat for the waning weeks (though, you’ll have to use paid avenues beyond your monthly Spotify subscription).

In other news, it turns out that the boys used the studio for more than just Unnecessary Evil this summer.  Frontman John Davis gave fans the chance who donated to the crowdfunded record to hear The Lees cover songs of their choice, and he’s now released ten of them.  The covers were recorded at High Bias here in Nashville, and feature tracks from Guided By Voices, DeVotchKa, The Random Theory, Grant Lindberg, Red Hot Radio, Penguin, Joey Stroman, Mark Mallman, and Sean Flores.  You can stream the whole album below, and it’s available for free download at the High Bias Bandcamp page.

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[TICKET GIVEAWAY] William Elliott Whitmore w/ Josiah | Sept. 2 @ City Winery

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A longtime favorite of ours, Americana/alt-country/punk-tinged singer-songwriter William Elliott Whitmore made a name for himself taking the more punk, DIY route of playing dives and clubs across the country over the years, organically building a following for his powerful, heartfelt tunes. While we’d jump at any chance to see him live, Whitmore’s upcoming show at City Winery, next month, Sept. 2, promises to be an especially unique outing, the venue’s wonderful acoustics and intimate setting especially primed for William’s style. Joined by Josiah, tickets for the show are still available here, but we’re also giving away a pair of tickets to one lucky fan! Read on for more and enter below!

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Justin Timberlake Signs On As Partner, Producer for Franklin’s Pilgrimage Festival

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First things first: Justin Timberlake is NOT performing at Pilgrimage Fest. At least not officially, and not as far as we know, so don’t get your hopes up for that.

Alright, do you have your expectations checked? What we can announce is still pretty exciting, and that’s that Timberlake, now a Franklin resident, has signed on as a partner and producer of the local fest, which returns for its second year at The Park at Harlinsdale Farm next month, Sept. 24 & 25. Justin, along with his creative director Trace Ayala, also a local, will join festival founders and producers Kevin Griffin, Brandt Wood, and Michael Whelan, handling the creative direction of next month’s event and for years to come.

Timberlake, originally born in Memphis, said in a statement “I couldn’t be more excited about becoming part of The Pilgrimage Music & Culture Festival. Being a Tennessee native and now a member of the community in Franklin, I have been watching the development of the festival over the past two years. For me, this is an amazing opportunity to help build an exceptional event and contribute to my community.” Co-founder Kevin Griffin adds, “It really is a perfect fit to have Justin on board as a partner not only for his knowledge and accomplishments in the music industry but also his love for the Tennessee area.”

This year’s bill features an exciting array of performers like BeckDaryl Hall & John OatesKacey MusgravesViolent FemmesGrace PotterJason IsbellThe ArcsCakeCity and ColourMargo PriceAnderson East, and more, and tickets are still available here.

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