Presented by local radio station 107.5 The River, three great artists will be performing tonight at The Rutledge to benefit the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.
Headlining the event, pop rock group Boys Like Girls are warming up in preparation for the release of their forthcoming album Crazy World (due out December 11 on Columbia Records). Following up the well-received and top 10 charting Love Drunk, the group’s sound draws equal inspiration from the pop punk explosion of the early ’00s (Fall Out Boy, Relient K) and the melodic sensibilities of the late ’90s alt-rock scene (Third Eye Blind, Goo Goo Dolls). The band recently supported The All-American Rejects at Marathon Music Works, but tonight marks Boys Like Girls’ first headlining date in Nashville in several years.
Bridgit Mendler might have come from the Disney Channel, but don’t write her off because of it. There’s one undeniable fact that sets the Good Luck Charlie star apart from many of her actor-turned-singer peers: Mendler can siiiiiing. And not only that, but Mendler seems to possess a focused and skilled artistic vision; her recently released debut Hello My Name Is… shows off not only her impressive vocal range but showcases a diverse and, for a big pop album, fairly eclectic and strong batch of songs. Though she still exists under the mainstream pop umbrella, it’s clear that the singer actually has a reason to be there, and her talent merits the attention she’s receiving. I’m very curious to see the evolution of her career over the next few years.
Nashville natives Megan and Liz were the recent winners of Macy’s iHeartRadio Rising Star contest and as a result were featured in a (still airing) national commercial and were invited to perform at the iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas (yep, the Billie Joe Armstrong freakout one). Not bad for a teen twin duo who started their careers on YouTube. Largely known online for their reworked covers of popular songs (and elaborately produced videos), the duo has more recently transitioned into mostly original music and have a new EP, Bad for Me, coming out next week. Oh, and did I mention that their YouTube channel has over 191 MILLION views. Yep.
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