REVIEW: Albert Hammond, Jr. w/ Day Wave & Reno Bo | 9.30.15 @ Exit/In


Albert Hammond, Jr.
w/ Day Wave, Reno Bo
Exit/In; Nashville, TN
September 30, 2015

Review by Meagan Whitney. 

When Albert Hammond Jr. released his latest album this year, it had been seven years since his last solo effort. After a stint in rehab, among other significant life changes, and working on music with The Strokes, Hammond’s touring band started working on reinterpreting his older songs and eventually recorded an EP. He was so excited about how it turned out that he decided to test out the incarnation of the band he’d been touring with and work on a new album. The result, Momentary Masters, is something that looks at life through different angles, always seeing the joy in triumph, but aware that the feeling doesn’t always last. The band’s show at Exit/In last week made it evident why Hammond was so excited to record with this group. Their take on his earlier solo material brought something new to the music, and didn’t leave you wanting to hear the recorded versions instead. Opening the show were Hammond’s former bass player, Reno Bo, and poppy, indie rock band Day Wave. Read on for our thoughts!

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[TICKET GIVEAWAY] The Milk Carton Kids | Nov. 5 at TPAC


Since the release of their third studio album Monterey, acclaimed indie-folk duo the Milk Carton Kids have been touring relentlessly. On Nov. 5, they’ll stop at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center’s James K. Polk Theater for a night of sweeping acoustic ballads that are sure to tug at your heartstrings.

Don’t assume this show will be just another acoustic singer-songwriter gig in the Music City. These two talented musicians have been nominated for many impressive awards, including a Grammy for Best Folk Album of 2013. Although their recorded musical work is impressive on its own, their live performance is where their talents are truly showcased. If you’re a fan of amazingly crafted ballads and enchanting acoustic sing-alongs, this concert is a can’t-miss. Tickets are are still available for $30-40, but we have you covered if you are a little short on cash. Click below and enter for your chance to win two passes to the show.

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Get To Know Chico And Stream The New EP ‘Pipe Dreams’


Whether it’s some enormously successful internationally touring act or a local underground up-and-comer, whenever we hear about anything cool happening in the Nashville music scene, it’s our duty to report it to you readers. That’s why it’s our distinct pleasure to introduce you all to the talented guys in Chico. If you haven’t heard of Chico yet, you’re not alone, as the group is just getting started, but you owe it to yourself to give them a listen. The group plays the kind of grungy, psychedelic rock that’s so popular in the Nashville house party scene, and their sound really captures what it’s like to be an active part of our city’s thriving underground rock scene.

Just today, Chico dropped their first official release, after months of unofficial demos and smaller shows. Titled Pipe Dreams, the EP is really quite an impressive debut for the band. Unlike so many modern releases, Pipe Dreams plays better as a whole unit, rather than a collection of singles. Each of the seven tracks teeters the fine line between spaced out psychedelia and traditional indie garage rock. The result of this balancing act is an EP that makes you both think and dance, that’s equally fitting played through your headphones on a rainy day or through the PA at a grungy rock venue. The band has managed to capture a complex array of emotions and wrangle them into both the lyrics and music, displaying a level of artistry and maturity that’s far beyond their years.

Stream the new EP Pipe Dreams below, and make sure you get hip to this hot new outfit now.

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REVIEW: Four Year Strong w/ Defeater, Superheaven, & More | 9.29.15 @ Exit/In


Four Year Strong
w/ Defeater, Superheaven, Elder Brother, Renaissance Fair

Exit/In; Nashville, TN
September 29, 2015

Review by Jackson Lord.

Last week, Massachusetts heavy, technical pop punk outfit Four Year Strong brought their headlining tour to Exit/In in support of their fifth studio album, Four Year Strong. This is a solid band with a solid album, and they had a solid bill to back it up, featuring DefeaterSuperheavenElder Brother, and Renaissance Fair. Read our full review after the jump!

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Don’t Miss Jon Foreman w/ Brad Corrigan | TONIGHT at Mercy Lounge!


Jon Foreman, the lead singer and prolific songwriter for the San Diego brotherhood of Switchfoot, will play music from his new solo release The Wonderlands, tonight, Oct. 5 at Mercy Lounge. Switchfoot are known for emotional, grand songs like “Dare You to Move” and “Meant to Live,” but I always liked them more for their SoCal, surfer roots like “Chem 6A” and “Company Car.” Their 2006 album Oh! Gravity (a favorite) showed their skater/surfer, California rock vein pumping with blood. A source at Word, his record company, says that Jon Foreman writes so many songs for Switchfoot, and in general, that the extra songs which don’t quite fit their mold often end up on solo albums of his. Brad Corrigan of Dispatch will open with his solo efforts. The photographer, filmmaker, and musician will share one of his many talents tonight (this one being music). Read more to hear about Jon Foreman’s new album and his mission to play “25 Shows in 24 Hours!”

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