One of the standout performers earlier this summer at Forecastle Fest in Louisville, indie pop duo Sylvan Esso have been a favorite of ours since they first erupted onto the scene a few short years ago. It was only last year that the band made their Nashville debut at Cannery Ballroom, but the group are already set to return tonight, Sept. 8 for an even bigger outing at Marathon Music Works with pop punks All Dogs. Surely one of the summer’s most-anticipated events, you can still grab tickets here while they last. Read on to find out why you don’t want to miss this show!
The swift success of North Carolina indie pop duo Sylvan Esso might be one of the most pleasant musical surprises of the past couple years. Vocalist Amelia Meath originally wrote the hit song “Play It Right” for her previous band, Mountain Man. However, on a fortuitously booked bill at a small club where Mountain Man was playing, she shared the song with electronic producer Nick Sanborn, then playing solo as Made of Oak, and the genesis of duo Sylvan Esso sprung to life. They worked out the rest of their eponymous debut in Durham, North Carolina, before its near-overnight buzz helped make them the darlings of taste-making festivals like SXSW, Bonnaroo, and Coachella. By the time the album arrived in 2014 on Partisan Records, Sylvan Esso were already a rapidly rising force in the blogosphere, and even made their national television debut soon after. With the undeniably catchy, electro-infused indie pop tracks like “Coffee,” “Play It Right,” and “Hey Mami,” the group are quickly becoming a staple of the indie world, and their live show brings to life their enthralling, nuanced compositions. The duo also recently debuted “Radio,” the first single from their highly-anticipated forthcoming sophomore album, so hearing new tunes is a definite possibility. Every time we’ve seen the group live we’ve been blown away, and their return to Nashville should absolutely be on your must-see list for the fall.
Fronted by Maryn Jones, also of Saintseneca, Columbus, Ohio’s All Dogs craft poppy indie punk which perfectly captures earnest emotion of anxiousness, frustration, confusion, and sadness. With their debut, last year’s Kicking Every Day, the group managed to command the attention of fans and press alike, and even got a nod from famed Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong. Though they have more in common with fuzzy, lofi indie pop and punk-tinged emo than with the more electronic-leaning influences of Sylvan Esso, they’ll no doubt be a fine compliment, and one very compelling reason to be punctual.
Sylvan Esso and All Dogs will perform tonight, Sept. 8 at Marathon Music Works. The show is 18+, begins at 8 p.m. (doors at 7 p.m.), and tickets are available to purchase for $28.