Catch Microwave Mountain’s Cassette Release Show w/ Gravity Thong & H.A.R.D. | TONIGHT @ The Cobra

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We gave you the heads up on this one last week, when we premiered the band’s new music video, but now the day has finally come, and Microwave Mountain are poised to celebrate the release of their cassette-only sophomore album, Sick Licks, thanks to the fine people at Cold Lunch Recordings. With help from very special guests Gravity Thong and buzzy newcomers H.A.R.D. it’s going to be possibly the best garage rock show of the weekend, and, based on how 420 friendly MM’s music video is, a wonderful place to celebrate the “holiday” with buds. The show will kick off at The Cobra around 9:30 p.m., and it will be a 21+ event, also featuring a liquid light show from Silver Cord Cinema. You can get in for $5 or $10 with a copy of the cassette, while they last, so be sure to get their on time so you don’t miss out on your chance at a copy of the album!

Birthed in the mind of Utah transplant Jamie Timm, Microwave Mountain are certainly a buzzworthy local band that should be on your radar, if they’re not already. After playing in various touring bands, Jamie decided to grow out his hair and get a fresh start here in Music City, playing the music he wanted to play. He self-recorded all of his 2015 debut under the MM moniker, entitled Shades Up, using only a two track loop pedal and two past their prime guitar amps. With some guitars, a bass, one microphone, and a room in Nashville, he created some incredible psychedelic inspired, lo-fi garage rock that had us paying very close attention immediately. Over the last two years, the “studio” project has begun to blossom into so much more. Mr. Timm began recruiting others (Pat Boyer, Jakey Barnes, Brennan Lethbridge) to help him perform his material live, and show by show, through word of mouth, their reputation has grown. Now they are happy to share with us all their highly anticipated new album, which is sure to be more of the same kick vibes we’ve come to know and love. Don’t pass on this chance to catch the avant garde of Music City’s garage rock underground.

Microwave Mountain, Gravity Thong, and H.A.R.D. will perform tonight, April 20 at The Cobra. The show is 21+, begins at 9:30 p.m. (doors at 9 p.m.), and tickets are available for $5 at the door or $10 with a cassette while they last.

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[NO COUNTRY PREMIERE] Microwave Mountain Unveil “Electric Boogie” Video Ahead of New Cassette Release

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Birthed in the mind of Utah transplant Jamie Timm, Microwave Mountain are certainly a buzzworthy local band that should be on your radar, if they’re not already. After playing in various touring bands, Jamie decided to grow out his hair and get a fresh start here in Music City, playing the music he wanted to play. He self-recorded all of his 2015 debut under the MM moniker, entitled Shades Up, using only a two track loop pedal and two past their prime guitar amps. With some guitars, a bass, one microphone, and a room in Nashville, he created some incredible psychedelic inspired, lo-fi garage rock that had us paying very close attention immediately. Over the last two years, the “studio” project has begun to blossom into so much more. Mr. Timm began recruiting others (Pat Boyer, Jakey Barnes, Brennan Lethbridge) to help him perform his material live, and show by show, through word of mouth, their reputation has grown to the point that we are thrilled to be helping them debut a brand new music video!

The track, “Electric Boogie,” is the perfect introduction to Microwave Mountain’s unique, blues flavored, stoner garage rock sound and, fittingly, the video reminds us of an episode of the classic MTV music video show Beavis and Butthead, with its ’90s inspired stop motion clip art. However, the added element of dank memes gives it that oh-so-right modern day spin, all courtesy of director VHS Vic. The track will appear on the band’s upcoming sophomore record, Sick Licks, set to be released on cassette via Cold Lunch Recordings next Friday (4/20, of course!). A record release show is set to take place at The Cobra on April 20 as well, with help from Gravity Thong, and H.A.R.D. Cover is only $5 or $10 with a cassette, while they last. So look for a reminder about the show next week, and be sure to click on after the jump for our exclusive premiere!

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Jack White Drops Surreal Music Video for “Over and Over and Over” in Support of New LP

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We’ve already given you the heads up on local rock legend Jack White‘s newest solo offering Boarding House Reach, which officially arrived last Friday, March 23, as well as the surprise recent shows at his own Third Man Records in support, and this morning’s news that he’ll headline Franklin’s Pilgrimage Festival later this year. With all of the hype surrounding the new record, it would be easy to overlook that White also dropped a new music video for the track “Over and Over and Over” the same day as the LP. The highly stylized spot is classic Jack; focusing on the monochromatic color combinations of blue, white, and black. Sticking to his trademark Tim Burton-esque weirdness, the visuals reminded us of a haunted funhouse on acid, with trippy little kids running around in vintage halloween masks, an elderly interpretation of himself sitting with his current self, and random people laid out in the sand wearing blue fatigues.

With an incredible number of collaborators, drawing experience from a vast array of genres, this record is quite something to behold, and we highly recommend you dive into it deeply if you haven’t already. If you were lucky enough to snag a spot at his recent Nashville shows, which sold out pretty much instantly, than you know first hand that the new stuff truly is charting new territory for an already incredibly exploratory musician. For those of you who missed out on the Third Man dates, you also have a chance to catch the esteemed performer at Memphis In May and Atlanta’s Shaky Knees, both ahead of Pilgrimage. Though a proper Nashville headliner could be announced, it remains to be seen if a radius clause might push that likelihood into 2019. Until then, watch Jack’s new video below!

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Catch LUTHI w/ DJ Sets from KiND & Kevin Kendall | TONIGHT @ The Basement

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Building a strong local following one show/dance party at a time, genre bending collective LUTHI (fronted by Christian Luthi) have been hard at work in the studio since the release of their stellar EP, Home Again, back in 2016. Their frenetic indie pop-rock sounds have been in heavy rotation with us for several years  now, so we’re as stoked as anyone to get word that there are very near finished tracks waiting to be unleashed.

“This new record is about to have all the folky-funky-interplanetary vibes,” Christian tells us. “The crew started the recording in Denver with Steve Voss and worked through mixing here in Nashville with Nick Curtis. It’s an eclectic mix of old school and new. There’s a little something for everyone.”

Based on everything we’ve heard from him and his crew so far, the new material will be just as groovy and dance ready as the rest. Best part of all? You don’t have to wait any longer than tonight, March 22 to see for yourselves what we have been raving about. Catch LUTHI performing two sets at The Basement, with DJ sets from KiND and Kevin Kendall before and after the first LUTHI performance. You get all this awesome for just twelve beans, but be sure to wear comfortable shoes, because you will definitely wanting to bust a groove!

LUTHI will perform two sets tonight, March 22, at The Basement with DJ sets from KiND, and Kevin Kendall in-between. The show is 21+, music begins at 8:30 p.m. (doors at 8 p.m.) and tickets are available to purchase for $12.

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[NO COUNTRY PREMIERE] Joel Levi Debuts “Middle of Everywhere” Ahead of Self-titled LP

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We’ve been tuned onto the musical talents of Indiana transplant Joel Levi for a while now, and the last time we caught him live, we couldn’t help but notice some tremendous lyrical growth on his new songs. That’s not to say he was lacking before, but Music City has a knack for rubbing off on artists, thus helping them to step up their game to ever higher levels. It also helps to be born with a natural gift for songwriting, which Joel certainly was.

With his new self-titled record on deck for a May 4 release, we’ll all be able to enjoy an album’s worth of the sensational new martial as we roll into the summer. The first new single, “Will We Ever Change?,” was an honest glimpse at a life rife with marital dispute, and how the narrator finds release. Now Joel is ready to unveil more of what he’s been working on with our exclusive premiere of new single “Middle of Everywhere,” which has a more windows down, summer road trip aspect to it.

“It’s got a lot of early ’90s Petty vibe to it,” Joel explained via e-mail. “‘Middle of Everywhere’ is a song about longing. When you’re out on the road playing shows, you can really miss home. I wanted to write a song that captured that feeling, but also still had a positive edge to it.”

With his Springsteen-esque ability to write true, red blooded American-feeling characters, into folk/Americana inspired rock arrangements, we think he’s describing his sound pretty near spot on. Of course you don’t have to take our word for, because you can see him for yourself locally this spring before he embarks on a southeast summer tour, and midwest tour this fall. Details on a Nashville record release show are still in works, so stay tuned for that, but until then, jam out to “Middle of Everywhere” below!

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