Regular readers should already know *repeat repeat, a local group who we’ve followed from literally day one, back in 2012. With their breezy, indie, poppy, and layered surf rock sound, they’ve become an essential fixture in the Nashville musical landscape, and the group’s upcoming sophomore effort, Floral Canyon, is easily one of our most-anticipated records of 2016. The band are set to headline 3rd & Lindsley tonight, April 5 along with fellow locals American Dream and Benjamin A. Harper, and you can still grab tickets to this can’t-miss right here! Read on for details!
Since their formation in 2012, poppy, surf rock trio *repeat repeat have been one of our absolute favorite local acts. Anchored by guitarist/vocalist Jared Corder and drummer Andy Herrin, the group brought in Corder’s wife, Kristyn, upon realizing that their earliest tracks needed female vocal harmonies, cementing their lineup and helping craft the breezy, retro, genre-bending sound that has characterized all of their releases. Channeling the west coast, aural landscape and visual flair of the 1960s funneled through a contemporary indie pop lens, *repeat repeat wowed us with a slew of early singles throughout 2013, before dropping their debut LP, Bad Latitude, in 2014 (which we ranked among our top 10 local favorites of that year). Nashville radio play soon followed, and, over the past few years, the trio have graduated from local scene fixture (we loved those early East Nashville Underground days) to national touring act. The band completed their sophomore effort, Floral Canyon, last year, once again helmed by producer Gregory Lattimer, and are currently prepping its release, fueled by buzz from a pair of fantastic early singles, “Mostly” and “Plugged In.” If we were the betting type, we’d wager that 2016 is going to be a huge year for *repeat repeat.
Though they started as a dream pop duo in 2011 in New York City, American Dream relocated to Nashville a few years back, promptly expanding their lineup and incorporating lap steel guitar to add a psychedelic western tinge to their hypnotic indie sound. Citing influences as varied as Mazzy Star, Beach House, and Fleetwood Mac, the band released their debut LP, Music, last year, and have appeared on a variety of great local bills since first popping onto the Nashville radar. They’re always a treat to witness in person, and they’re a great compliment to *repeat repeat’s breezy, surf rock sound.
BENJAMIN A. HARPER
Not to be confused with that other Ben Harper, Nashville singer-songwriter Benjamin A. Harper (billed under his full name for solo releases for that very reason), released his first solo effort in years, and first full-length ever, Get Thee Behind Me, last summer. A definite departure from Harper’s work with popular local retro soul/rock outfit Magnolia Sons, the LP adopts a sun-soaked, ’60s-inspried, experimental, and layered flavor of indie pop, and is a definite gem amidst the local musical landscape. Ben’s fantastic in any context, but getting to see him play a crop of fresh solo originals is a really exciting and welcome new outlet.
*repeat repeat, American Dream, and Benjamin A. Harper will perform tonight, April 5 at 3rd & Lindsley. The show is all ages, begins at 8 p.m. (doors at 6 p.m.), and tickets are available for $10.