After immediately hooking us in with her 2017 debut, I Love You Like a Brother, providing one of the best surprises of last year’s Bonnaroo, and delivering one of the year’s coolest, most underrated efforts in her latest, The Best of Luck Club, we’ve been dying to see Australian alt/indie singer on the rise Alex Lahey play a headlining show in Nashville. She’ll finally do just that tonight, Aug. 20 at Exit/In, for an outing that also includes one-time Nashvillian Kingsbury, whose synthy indie pop sound has made her another must-know artist on the rise, and local indie fixture Katy Kirby. Tickets are available right here, and we encourage you to snag them while they last, then read on for more about the show!
Part indie rock, part disaffected garage rock, and part pop punk, Melbourne, Australia’s Alex Lahey is fast becoming the next DIY up and comer you should be keeping an eye on (it’s too obvious to compare her to fellow Aussie indie rocker Courtney Barnett, but the buzz feels similar to when Courtney was about to really break). Clearly not that much of a secret, as she’s been getting a lot of press love and a fast-growing following the past couple years, Lahey first stepped out as a solo artist, following a stint studying saxophone then dabbling in bands in Melbourne’s art scene, in 2016 with her B-Grade University EP, following it up in 2017 with a phenomenal full-length debut, I Love You Like a Brother. Conjuring a smart, personal, wry, and relatable writing style, Alex has perfected an ability to distill millennial angst and her own personal life struggles and triumphs into brisk, poppy, and punk tinged tunes that pack an earnest punch, which feels even more nuanced and refined on this year’s stellar sophomore effort, The Best of Luck Club. Lahey’s already shared the stage with big names like Blondie and Tegan and Sara,, and though she might not yet be a household name stateside, after appearances at fests like Bonnaroo and an increasing number of nationwide club dates, the young singer has all of the makings of a profound and long-lasting new artist. Believe the hype and don’t miss her headlining Nashville debut!
If Caroline Kingsbury, who now makes music as Kingsbury, seems familiar, you’re not imagining things. The Florida born singer did formerly call Music City home, at the time dabbling in soulful folk pop under the moniker The Red Headed Indian. Over the past several years, however, the young singer has made a new home in Los Angeles and fallen under the allure of dreamy, contemporary indie pop, retooling her sound and stage name and evolving her artistic identity with a synth-infused, electronic fueled, and ’80s indebted vibe that has been capturing plenty of early buzz. With only half a dozen or so singles to her name from the past couple of years, Kingsbury, like so many young pop singers on the rise, has managed to capture an impressive online following, and brings her own unique spin and refined vocal prowess to a style that feels like a bridge between pop icons of eras past and contemporary faves like Carly Rae Jepsen. Where Lahey swerves guitar rock, Kingsbury embraces electro pop, but they definitely meet in the middle at catchy, hook-friendly, and refreshingly personal songwriting. Don’t be late!
Nashville based by way of Austin, local artist Katy Kirby channels a thoughtful, pleasant, and earnest low-key indie sound that makes her a great and well-suited addition to this lineup. Kirby has put out some excellent independent singles and EPs over the past few years, most recently last year’s Juniper, and is a regular live fixture in clubs, dives, and DIY spaces around town. Don’t be late!
Alex Lahey, Kingsbury, and Katy Kirby will perform tonight, Aug. 20 at Exit/In. The show is 18+, begins at 8 p.m. (doors at 7 p.m.), and tickets are available to purchase for $19.