[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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Jack Berry Debuts Live Performance Video for “Bad Dog” Ahead of New EP

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Spending a lot of time all around the U.S., but originally hailing from Reno, NV, Jack Berry has been calling Music City home for a few yers now, and we’ve been following the trajectory of the indie rock flavored bluesman from the start.  We were such fans of Berry’s last release, a kickass 2016 full-length entitled Mean Machine, that we helped him debut the single “Cole,” and we’re happy to report that Jack’s been recently hard at work in the studio on his next project. He’s planning on it being an EP, and keeping a winning pairing going, he’s teamed up with producer Luke Forehand again, at the same Nashville studio where they created Mean Machine together.

“Essentially the entire EP was knocked out in live sessions over the span of a few days,” Berry said via e-mail. “I feel like sonically the framework has been laid for the attitude of what’s trying to be conveyed. What’s to come, is going to have a little more character. I plan to let the tracks breathe a little more […] let the groove speak up.”

Look for new singles this spring, followed by the new EP soon after. For now, enjoy a live performance video for “Bad Dog,” a standout track off of his last record. The video was recorded and produced by OKY productions, during Jack’s most recent studio sessions. It’s part of a series of videos from the production duo (Luke Forehand & Matthew Hornbeck) dubbed “OKY Sessions,” which will feature other area artists performing live. So click on after the break to check out Jack’s performance, and stay tuned to No Country for more on his new EP.

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