[NO COUNTRY PREMIERE] HARI Unveil Dreamy Debut EP ‘Daze in the Sun’

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As with many musical projects, HARI began as a bedroom recording vehicle for Taylor Lowrance, until he recruited fellow Shy Guy alums Ben Crannell and Brennan Walsh and bassist Seth Ferguson to flesh out the new sound.  The result, that you’ll hear in their debut EP Daze in the Sun, is a shoegazey pop gem whose shimmery guitars echo of DIIV, Real Estate, and Slowdive, but with songwriting inspiration from the likes of idols Springsteen, Neil Young, and Ryan Adams.

We’re thrilled to be bringing you an exclusive premiere of Daze in the Sun below before its official release this Friday, Oct. 13.  The band are also hosting a local release show at The 5 Spot on the same day, with a stacked supporting lineup including a like-minded, garage-leaning outfit Only, rising local songwriter Mark Fredson, and Bleary (a new project featuring members of Dogtooth).  You can find out more about the event via the Facebook page.  HARI will also be back at The 5 Spot again on Sunday, Oct. 15 to perform at the benefit for local bad ass Caroline Bowman.

Stream Daze in the Sun below!

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Aaron Lee Tasjan and Lilly Hiatt Team Up For Touching Tribute with Petty’s “Walls”

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Ever rising East Nashville alt-Americana songwriter Aaron Lee Tasjan and soaring local songwriter Lilly Hiatt are no strangers to collaboration, as we found with their Third Man Record supported Luck Mansion Sessions earlier this year, and they have again teamed up for a timely release of the Tom Petty (R.I.P.) single “Walls.”  Recorded in the summer of 2017 at East Nashville’s Magnetic Sound studio, just as Hiatt was gearing up to release her highly-acclaimed Trinity Lane and Tasjan was riding high on his 2016 record, Silver Tears, “Walls” was chosen because both (and their bands) are big-time Petty fans (who isn’t, really). Tasjan explains, “The melody is as timeless at the Everly Brothers, and thought it would be a great fit to sing as a duet,” and he continues with the apt and true statement, “Tom’s music really brings people together, and we were happy to be singing one of his many incredible tunes together that day.”  Hiatt expanded on the events that unfolded on that rainy summer day in the studio, “Guards came down and magic followed.  It was pouring rain all day and I felt gleeful, like a little kid. I  think we all did.  Some days are diamonds, and this certainly was one of those.  Tom Petty, you will be greatly missed.”

If you are like us, you’ve been reminiscing Petty’s songwriting genius with endless playlists of singalong hits, and the “Walls” duet below is worthy of an add.  You can also purchase the song at either Tasjan or Hiatt’s bandcamp pages, with proceeds from sales of the song going to Music Health Alliance in Petty’s name.  If you are looking to catch Hiatt or Tasjan in Nashville, the former will be performing as part of the Nashville Gives Back benefit for the victims of the Las Vegas shootings at Mercy Lounge on Oct. 9.  No dates on the books for Tasjan right now, but we’d expect something to come around before the end of the year.

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The Weeks Premiere Star-Studded “Bottle Rocket” Video

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Local southern tinged indie garage rockers The Weeks have been riding high since the release of their third LP, Easy, earlier this year, and have spent a good portion of 2017 on the road in support, including a stellar set in front of one of the most packed Live On The Greens that we have ever seen.  They are keeping the hype machine rolling with the release of their latest video for the buzzy single “Bottle Rocket,” and have enlisted the help of a ton of site faves to help them out.

The new video essentially depicts a hipster race weekend, complete with a (much needed) Birdcloud performance of the national anthem at Bridgestone, some debaucherous tailgating, and, for the big event, a high stakes indoor go-kart race.  Keep an eye out in the video below for additional cameos from Diarrhea Planet, Rayland Baxter, Okey Dokey, The Lonely Biscuits, and H.A.R.D, and, then ask yourself, why wasn’t this all important motorsport event more highly publicized.  If this what racing is really all about, then we really should rethink our sporting allegiances.

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TWiN | This Weekend in Nashville | Oct. 6-8

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If you are not one of the 300,000 people imbibing in Germantown this weekend at Oktoberfest, or among the 40,000 or so that helped sell out two nights of Ed Sheeran at Bridgestone Arena, you’re likely looking for some music to get your fix (and probably avoiding downtown like the plague).  Fear not, friends, as per usual, we’ve run down our top shows of the weekend in another edition of TWiN, with a wide range of picks to fit just about any taste and budget. Start making plans below!

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Lilly Hiatt, Caroline Spence, and More to Play Nashville Gives Back Benefit Concert Oct. 9 at Mercy Lounge

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On Monday, music fans across the globe were shocked by the mass shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas. Whether you were at the festival yourself or just a music fan, the effects of this terrible tragedy has hit everyone here in the Music City. To help begin the healing process, Nashville Gives Back: A Benefit Concert for Las Vegas will be held at Mercy Lounge on Oct. 9 to help raise money for victims of the shooting. All proceeds will go toward the Music City Cares Fund, which distributes 100% of funds directly to those directly affected by the attack. The benefit show will feature acoustic and stripped-down performances from local singer-songwriters Lilly Hiatt, Caroline Spence, Michaela Anne and Savannah Conley, as well as country groups Jericho Woods, Moonlight Social and alt-country troubadour Boo Ray. Tickets for this gathering for a good cause are on sale for $10 while they last. Grab yours now and click below to get a preview of Monday night’s incredible lineup.

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