REVIEW: Anderson East w/ Benjamin A. Harper | 7.24.15 @ The Basement [PHOTOS]


Anderson East
w/ Benjamin A. Harper

The Basement; Nashville, TN
July 24, 2015

Review by Olivia Burd (@nashweekender). Photos by Jen Silver.

Sometimes, 50 minutes late is worth the wait. Benjamin A. Harper (the “A.” distinguishing him from another notable singer-songwriter) was pacing on the back porch of The Basement, almost biting his nails at the thought that a couple guys were missing from his band lineup. It was Friday night and 30 minutes after his opening slot’s start time. That missing horn section included Robert Gay and another member of The Alarms; they were jetting over from their fooBar show just before and had played for Benjamin at his Grimey’s in-store before that! Triple duty. Nashvillian musicians know how to make every minute count. The headliner Anderson East‘s fro-donning keyboardist didn’t look too phased while chatting with friends in the parking lot. Anderson admitted that he wasn’t feeling too well from this long-as-a-highway tour (that will continue you until November), and later exclaimed to the crowd: “y’all made my f***in’ night!”

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REVIEW: Veruca Salt w/ Charly Bliss & American Dream | 7.21.15 @ Mercy Lounge [PHOTOS]


Veruca Salt
w/ Charly Bliss, American Dream

Mercy Lounge; Nashville, TN
July 21, 2015

Review by Jacqui Sahagian. Photos by Mary-Beth Blankenship.

A close-to-sold-out crowd packed into the Mercy Lounge on Tuesday night to witness the reunion of nineties garage-pop cult icons Veruca Salt, who drew an incredibly enthusiastic response despite making the rowdy audience wait nearly an hour for them to take the stage (but what’s another hour after waiting fifteen years for them to break their long and tumultuous hiatus). The packed house of super-fans, who sang every word, definitely felt it was worth the wait for the return of the alternative band named after the spoiled brat from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. New York City-based pop-punks Charly Bliss and local dream pop outfit American Dream gave very well-received opening sets.

Check out our full review and photos from Mary-Beth Blankenship after the jump.

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Bobby Bare Jr. Drops New Single “The Beginning of the End”

Bobby Bare Jr

Nashville singer-songwriter, Bobby Bare Jr. has shared a new single, “The Beginning of the End,” which will appear on the Don’t Follow Me (I’m Lost) soundtrack, out July 31st through Bloodshot Records. The soundtrack was scored to accompany his documentary, released in 2012 and soon to be released widely online. The film follows the Americana legacy on tour and features the likes of his father (Bobby Bare Sr.), Justin Townes Earle and My Morning Jacket. The full soundtrack will feature lots of live performances, one of which was recorded in Nashville’s own The Basement.

The stripped down track gives off a sentimental vibe with acoustic guitar and notes of violin. It’s a great preview into the intimacy of the film, and a peek into how great the full soundtrack will be. The soundtrack is available for pre-order and the documentary is streaming on select websites. Check it out below!

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KAPTAN Releases Shimmery Pop Single “Anywhere We Go”


As we were making our pool jams playlist, this gem by Nashville pop artist KAPTAN hit our inbox. “Anywhere We Go” is the debut single of this Andrew de Torres project, released on Nashville’s own South By Sea record label. It’s a feel-good piece all the way through, with a twinkly melody and enough “ooh’s” and “aah’s” to make you extra confident in your new swimwear.

Listen below and don’t forget to apply the SPF 100.

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Rayland Baxter Continues To Drop Gems With New Single “Young Man”


We’ve previously brought you the first two singles from Rayland Baxter’s Imaginary Man, which drops on ATO Records on August 14th.  The first single “Yellow Eyes” was an introspective affair that was an awesome introduction into the newest batch of gems from the local songwriter, while the second single “Mr Rodriguez” was more of a poppy ode to a hero.  The newest single, “Young Man” is more of a slow burner that simmers in your senses, and you can have a listen to that below, while you wait a few more weeks to grab a copy of one of our most highly anticipated releases of 2015.

Imaginary Man is the follow-up to Baxter’s highly praised debut feathers & fishHooks, which was released in 2012, and the new album was produced by Adam Landry (Deer Tick, Diamond Rugs) and Eric Masse (Andrew Combs, Robert Ellis) and features Bucky Baxter on pedal steel as well as Jessie Baylin, Isaaca Byrd (MYZICA), Mikky Ekko, Jordan Lehning (Caitlin Rose, Steelism) and Matt Vazquez (Delta Sprit) on background vocals.

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