It’s no secret that the local pop and indie scenes are absolutely thriving right now, and a whole host of exciting artists seem poised to explode in a major way. Among them, and representing different facets of what makes Music City so great, are electro-pop songstress EZA, ambient, alt pop rocker Trenton, and indie group Phin, all of whom will be teaming up Feb. 17 to perform at The Basement East. We’ve sung all of these artists’ praises before, and 2016 is shaping up to be an exciting and transformative year for all three. Catch them while they’re still local, and for a low price no less! We have full details about the lineup, plus a chance to win a pair of tickets, below!
A prominent fixture in Nashville’s growing electro/synthpop scene, akin to acts like CAPPA, Daniella Mason, and REMMI, dark and complex indie pop songstress EZA first fell on our radar with the release of her buzzy single “Headlights” a little over a year ago. Raised on a steady diet of classics like jazz and opera, the young singer learned to incorporate elements of pop and electronics when forging her buzzy, synthesized, and layered sound, employing the use of loops and dense, moody textures. EZA released her debut EP, Means of Escape, in 2014, and has since racked up hundreds of thousands of plays for a handful of stunning, standalone singles. It’s no secret that Nashville’s pop scene is about to explode in a major way, and EZA is poised to help lead the charge. Catch her now, while she’s still playing clubs around town!
A veteran of our Acme showcase series, Florida transplant Trenton, the live moniker of gifted performer and songwriter Ryan Courtney, ambitiously takes cues from acts like Radiohead and Sunny Day Real Estate. With three strong releases to his name, the latest, last year’s Ghost Runner EP helmed by Grammy award wining producer Joshua D Niles, Trenton’s moody, ambient, alt pop style lends itself perfectly to crossover appeal, and has already found its way into high-profile television placement. Combining earnest lyrics with synthy, cinematic arrangements, Trenton has managed to both find a prominent place in Nashville pop landscape, and firmly stake out a sound and direction all his own. Perhaps one of Music City’s best-kept secrets, Trenton won’t stay secret for long.
Soon after forming as students in 2013, local indie rockers Phin were met with almost immediate praise, propelled to local fame by their impressive debut EP, Those Killers. Fronted by singer-songwriter Toby Haydel, the sextet’s pop accessible, indie rooted sound helped them win Lightning 100’s Music City Mayhem in 2014, nabbing them a spot at Live on the Green. 2014 gave way to 2015, and, aside from a show here and there, the band seemed to slow down a bit, apparently making some life changes in order to focus on music full-time. While last year brought a new single, the deliciously poppy, synth-laced, and hypnotic banger “The Pieces,” a followup to Those Killers has been long in the works, and should finally arrive in the near future. Still one of Nashville’s most exciting up and coming acts, we look forward to what is shaping up to be a huge 2016 for Phin!
ENTER TO WIN TICKETS
Enter to win tickets by filling out the form below. Must be 21+ to attend, per the show’s age restrictions. After you have entered, there will be the option to share this contest via social media. For each person that you refer to the contest, you will receive an additional entry. If you experience any trouble with the contest widget, or have any questions, feel free to email us at [email protected].
Winner will be announced Monday, Feb. 15 at 8 p.m. CST, and will receive one pair of tickets. Good luck!
EZA, Trenton, and Phin will perform Wednesday, Feb. 17 at The Basement East. The show is 21+, begins at 9 p.m. (doors at 8:30 p.m.), and tickets are available for $5.