[Review + Photos] Ivan & Alyosha w/ Kris Orlowski | High Watt | 6.02.2015

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Ivan & Alyosha
w/ Kris Orlowski

High Watt; Nashville, TN
June 2, 2015

Review by Jeff Moody. Photos by Justin Humbert.

As mentioned here previously, we have been following Ivan & Alyosha (I&A) for several years so we were pretty excited to be able to catch them headlining at The High Watt, one of our favorite venues.  I wasn’t familiar with Kris Orlowski but based upon exhaustive research, I was looking forward to catching his opening set as well.  There was already a line out front when I arrived but it turned out to be for the industrial metal band Ministry at the Cannery.  (I didn’t think it looked like the I&A crowd)  As I finished checking in, Tim Wilson from I&A was walking in so we had a brief conversation as we walked the stairs to the venue.  I shared that I had first seen them in 2011 at Kimbro’s in Franklin and he recalled the owner keeping them well stocked with beer during the show.

We have our full review, and some great photos from Justin Humbert.

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Catch Ivan & Alyosha w/ Kris Orlowski | TONIGHT at The High Watt

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As we previously announced, Ivan & Alyosha will be at The High Watt TONIGHT, June 2.  What we didn’t tell you at the time is that they will be joined by another Seattle-based artist, Kris Orlowski.  The show starts at 8 p.m. and doors are at 7 p.m..  Tickets are still available for $14.  As you might expect, we are excited about this show. Keep reading to hear more.

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Ingrid Michaelson: A Live Dress Rehearsal at TPAC Tonight!

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Indie-pop singer-songwriter Ingrid Michaelson is previewing her “A Summer Night Out” Tour with a performance at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center’s James K. Polk Theater tonight, June 1 at 8:00 p.m. Billed as Ingrid Michaelson: A Live Dress Rehearsal, this is (at this point) the only scheduled Nashville area show on the tour, and tickets are still available for $28 at the TPAC.org site. The Tour officially kicks off in Vienna, VA on June 3.  She will be joined on tour by Jukebox the Ghost for all dates, while Oh Honey, Greg Holden, and Secret Someones will be joining in select cities.

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Family & Friends To Play Musicians Corner June 20 Ahead of New EP

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Family & Friends are a seven piece indie folk-rock band who met and formed at University of Georgia and through the Athens music scene, under the mantra of “good music, good people.”  A consistent theme running through the band’s music and live show is their focus on being a “collective” with the ideology that the sum is greater than all of the individual parts at the foundation. Adding to the band’s unique vibe is the fact that their two drummers face each other, allowing them to feed off each other’s intensity. We caught their entertaining, high energy set at Music City Roots back in February.

The eclectic septet will be independently releasing XOXO, their second EP, on July 17.  This followup to their 2014 release, Love You, Mean It, was recorded at Echo Mountain studio in Asheville, NC with producer Dan Hannon (Manchester Orchestra) and all five songs are originals.  Check out Family & Friends performing “My Life, My Love” live at Atlanta’s Glow In The Dark Studios below, and be sure to catch them for FREE at Centennial Park for Musicians Corner on Saturday, June 20. Details here.

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Ryan Culwell Announces Shows at Music City Roots, The Basement East

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Following the release of his critically-acclaimed album Flatlands, Ryan Culwell took SXSW by storm, and recently announced a string of dates with Hayes Carll as well as a couple hometown shows, including a solo set at Music City Roots on June 3 and a performance at The Basement East on June 18 with Ben Nichols of Lucero.  Rolling Stone Country named Culwell one of their “21 County-Music Artists You Need To See” at SXSW and Ann Powers of NPR Music also caught one of his SXSW sets and said, “His songs themselves wring grace from plain and often dark details, expressing the realities of class and region in ways that many other writers barely touch. Here was a working man, a working musician, delivering his best. It was a star turn, no matter how many people witnessed it.”

Culwell’s been on the No Country radar for while… we previewed his opening set at Amy Speace’s CD Release show at The Basement in April, and then caught his Local Artist of the Week set at Soulshine later that month. Don’t miss another opportunity to catch this fast rising star. Watch his performance of “I Think I’ll Be Their God,” live for Guitar World Acoustic Nation, below.

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