“Next likely Nashville success story” is a tag we toss around regularly, but with a scene so rich, it often feels justifiably applied. One longtime favorite definitely worthy of that descriptor are Future Thieves, who, over the last few years, we’ve watched grow from a promising new local rock group to a critically acclaimed, soon to be internationally touring outfit, whose 2015 debut full-length ranked among our favorite local releases of last year. Ahead of their new live album and before we break for the holidays, Future Thieves are heading up a “Not-So-Silent-Night” show tonight, Dec. 16 at 12th & Porter, joined by fellow buzzy local Guthrie Brown and Miami’s SunGhosts, for an affordable, fun weekend escape before the holiday grind. Tickets are still available here for just $5, so grab yours now and read on for more about the lineup below!
Formed only in late 2013, local rockers Future Thieves have had quite the wild ride over the last few years, transforming from scrappy local upstart to viable national act, gracing the stage at events like Bonnaroo, Forecastle Fest, Live on the Green, and SXSW, as well as our own Acme showcase series, and packing clubs from coast to coast. All Nashville transplants, the quartet’s paths fortuitously crossed upon relocating to Music City, and, soon after forming the band, they were met with immediate local buzz, drawing praise for their first show at The Basement and strong early material. By their debut full-length, last year’s self-released Horizon Line, and thanks to the countless shows in the years leading up to its release, Future Thieves had become a formidable emerging act, fusing their versatile, old school, unpretentious rock sound and diverse influences with Americana flair. With a growing national audience, the band are prepping to release their first live album, Live at Blue Rock, next month, which they recorded in Texas shortly after this year’s SXSW. Soon after, they’ll venture to Europe for the first time, further reinforcing our assumption that 2017 will be the biggest year yet for one of Nashville’s mot exciting bands on the rise. Catch ’em while they’re still playing clubs!
Hailing from “old Montana,” gifted young songwriter Guthrie Brown made his way to Nashville at 17 to pursue a career in music, drumming up attention with his self-titled debut EP. After a followup, Spirit of the Elk, Brown put together a band dubbed “The Family Tree” (a moniker he’s since seemingly dropped), and swiftly began bagging impressive opening spots, festival slots, and more. When we were first turned on to Brown, his singer-songwriter style drew heavily from a background in folk and Americana, though still retained a rock edge. More recently, the talented up and comer has landed a major publishing deal, and worked with Grammy Award winner producer Jacquire King on his latest EP, Natural, which expands his eclectic sound to include broader pop accessibility and a contemporary alt/indie rock flair. If you haven’t yet jumped on the Guthrie Brown bandwagon, there’s never been a better time!
Formed in 2013, Miami’s SunGhosts just released their first EP last year, met with acclaim in their hometown thanks to their surf/garage/psyched out flavor of indie rock. Now, the eclectic and energetic band are setting their sights on capturing a national audience, celebrating the release of this year’s self-titled debut LP, produced by Grammy winner Joel Someillan. A bit more polished and contemporary than the rest of the bill, SunGhosts nonetheless make a perfect compliment to this lineup, and since they’re from out of town, you should make a special effort to show up early and see what they’re all about!
Future Thieves, Guthrie Brown, and SunGhosts will perform tonight, Dec. 16 at 12th & Porter. The show is 18+, begins at 8 p.m. (doors at 7 p.m.), and tickets are available to purchase for $5.