[REMINDER] Don’t Miss Hop Along w/ Kississippi | TONIGHT @ The Basement East

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Still out in support of last year’s stellar new full-length, Bark Your Head Off, Dog, Philadelphia punk and emo infused indie rock outfit Hop Along return to Nashville for the second year in a row tonight, July 13 at The Basement East, on the heels of an opening-day set at Louisville’s Forecastle Fest. With support from another longtime favorite, fellow Philadelphian, indie pop project Kississippi, this is, without a doubt, one of July’s most essential shows, and an inspired pairing of two genre-bending, buzzworthy acts. Tickets are still available right here, so snag ‘em now and read on for more about the show!

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[TICKET GIVEAWAY] Julia Holter w/ Ana Roxanne | July 20 @ The Basement East

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Over five full-lengths, most recently last year’s masterful double album Aviary, Los Angeles based experimental art pop singer, composer, and multi-instrumentalist Julia Holter has emerged as one of the most interesting, compelling, and genre-bending artists in recent memory, moving from electronic-infused bedroom pop to avant-garde and baroque to orchestral-infused, lush, and experimental, along the way earning critical accolades and an organic loyal following. Yet, somehow in her musical travels, Holter has never managed to make it to Nashville, making her upcoming Music City debut, July 20 at The Basement East, hot on the heels of a run in Europe, an extra special affair. Holter and her six-piece backing band will receive support from LA-based experimental and ambient pop up and comer Ana Roxanne, whose debut EP, ~~~, just received a proper wide release, and has been resonating strong with critics, and, certainly, will appeal to fans of Holter’s similar aesthetic. Tickets to this special and unique outing are available right here while they last, but we’re excited to announce that we’re also giving away a pair of tickets to one lucky fan! Read on for more about the show, and enter for a chance to win below.

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Don’t Miss Potty Mouth w/ Sad Baxter & Tetchy | TONIGHT @ Drkmttr

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After wowing us in recent years rolling through town with groups like Skating Polly and Beach Slang (and set to return this fall in support of breakout indie punks PUP), LA poppy punk outfit Potty Mouth are finally set to play a proper headlining Nashville show, returning tonight, July 11 to perform at Drkmttr, in support of their incredible new full-length, Snafu, along with local faves Sad Baxter and Brooklyn’s Tetchy!

After exploding onto the scene with excellent 2013 debut Hell Bent, Potty Mouth, who originally formed in Massachusetts, further churned out critical praise and a respectable following for their self-titled 2015 EP, their first release with their current three-piece incarnation. Fusing an affinity for a grungy, ’90s alt rock and riot grrrl sound with more contemporary indie punk and pop punk, the band balance pop accessible hooks with rock bite, which has landed them on the road with groups as diverse as CHVRCHES and Against Me!, and festival like Riot Fest. They’ve put on a hell of a fun live show show each time we’ve had the chance to see them, and with their best album yet in tow, there’s never been a better time to see Potty Mouth live!

As regular readers know, we’ve been obsessing over local duo Sad Baxter for years now, who, with their grungy riffs, pop accessibility, and personal and melancholy themes craft typically sad, sarcastic songs which are delightfully juxtaposed with singalong worthy hooks, making them an essential rising act in Nashville’s flourishing underground rock scene. Their debut LP, Weirdy, arrived in 2016, and since then the group have only managed to generate more and more buzz, touring the country honing their fun, engaging live show, and crafting one of our favorite records of last year with their fantastic followup EP, So Happy. A couple of recent singles indicate exciting things to come, and this paring with Potty Mouth feels like an especially fitting one.

And finally, Brooklyn based outfit Tetchy seem to be the newest group of the bunch, having only just released their first single, “Fascist,” last week. With grungy, punk spirt and poppy undertones, propelled by the ferocity of singer Maggie Denning, they sound right at home on this bill. We always love discovering new groups and supporting small touring bands, and encourage you to show up early and do the same! Respect the space (the usual reminder: Nashville is exceedingly fortunate to have a venue like Drkmttr), and get tickets here or at the door!

Potty Mouth, Sad Baxter, and Tetchy will perform tonight, July 11 at Drkmttr. The show is all ages, begins at 8 p.m. (doors at 7 p.m.), and tickets are available for $8 in advance or $10 at the door.

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[NO COUNTRY PREMIERE] I&R Unveils Stunning Debut LP ‘Bankrupt City’

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Last fall, we introduced you to I&R, the new local musical collective helmed by the creative vision of multi-faceted artist Josh Cournoyer, who made a strong debut with an earnest, surf-tinged anthem called “Addendum.” In the months since, I&R has unveiled a couple more singles- “Venice” and “Silhouette”- providing a glimpse of the broad and ambitious range of sonic influence and personal subject matter explored on the project’s forthcoming debut LP, Bankrupt City. Officially slated to arrive tomorrow, July 12, we’re incredibly thrill to bring you an exclusive early premiere of I&R’s first full-length, sure to be one of the year’s best local records, which you can stream right now below!

Hailing originally from Providence, RI, Cournoyer left his tight-knight musical community for a fresh start in Nashville back in 2014, but it wasn’t until more recently, after years of playing guitar in other projects, that he felt compelled to create his own music once more. Prompted by the political unrest of the past few years, combined with his own struggles with anxiety and panic attacks, what started as a collection of songs in Cournoyer’s Inglewood home has since morphed into more of an evolving, musical collective as I&R, with Josh’s work rounded out by a revolving door of friends and other Nashville musicians, each adding their own unique touches to his songs.

“Bankrupt City was my first experience recording a full length in Nashville,” Josh tells us, “Operating without a band I had to learn how to ask for help, once I was able to do that everything changed.  There’s nothing quite like making records with your friends, the process was also the most collaborative creative experience I’ve ever had.”

As Cournoyer elaborated last fall, on I&R’s inception and unique lineup,“At a certain point the deepest sense of peace is that there’s nothing static in this world.  I&R is meant to be an intentional revolving door of songwriting themes, even the lineup of musicians is meant to shift.  Instead of fighting to keep a band together or to create a defining sound, I look forward to embracing that what we’re capturing is here in this moment and gone the next.  It’s going to be a series of musical time capsules, each song mirroring back who was in the room on a given day, what record touched an emotional nerve the night before, and what experience is being lived through at that moment.”

On the record’s personal scope in thematic self-reflection, Cournoyer adds, “I wanted to get into the weeds with these songs, two of the big focal points on the record are laying out my journey with mental health and how I’m reconciling with not always being 100% or that 100% isn’t a very realistic aspiration in the first place.  I also spent time putting words and melodies what it was like to step back from the religious community I grew up in, how that’s impacted different aspects of my life and world view.”

Produced by Mike Poorman (Hot Rod Circuit) and Joe Pisapia (Ben Folds, Guster), and engineered by Logan Matheny (Chuck Berry, Bermuda Triangle), Bankrupt City was inspired by observations of societal inequality and immersing in a city that will pave over sacred cultural spaces in favor of sterile tourist traps. The LP features contributions from Arun Bali (Saves the Day), Morgan Eve Swain (The Huntress and Holder of Hands, Brown Bird), and Zac Clark (Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness), who all add their own musical flair and wide-reaching range of influences on what lands as a lush, layered, genre-bending and stunning indie rock effort- an absolute gem of a debut and an album you need to hear right away!

Currently out on a tour of the Northeast, I&R doesn’t currently have any Nashville dates announced, but with regular stops and clubs and DIY spots around town, you’ll surely have a chance to see them live soon. For now, stream Bankrupt City below, and find it on your streaming platform of choice this weekend!

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[NO COUNTRY PREMIERE] J. Marco Returns with Earnest, Hook-Laden New Single “Down & Out”

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Since springing onto the scene with his debut solo LP, Myth, a few years ago, local rocker J. Marco has been a site favorite and a staple of the Nashville musical underground, hooking us in with his unique blend of fuzzed out garage rock, punk, and pop. Originally from Massachusetts and formerly the frontman of New City Savages, J. followed up his stellar debut with another great record, Days of Surrender, in the fall of 2017, honing his sound with a harder, grittier punch while still maintaining a pop accessibility. Since then, Marco has continued to be formidable live presence on the local show circuit (he notably even played our former Acme Feed & Seed showcase series), though he’s been quieter on the recorded front, releasing just one new tune, “Truth,” last year.

Today, however, J. Marco returns with his first new single of 2019, “Down & Out,” and we’re thrilled to bring you an early premiere- hear it below!

“‘Down & Out’ comes from the times in our lives in which we feel defeated, lost, and hopeless,” J. Marco explains, “So much so, that we are willing to give up pieces of ourselves that we never thought we could or would, for a desperate attempt at redemption, or a the chance of a new beginning. How much would you trade for a glimmer of light in the dark?”

Despite its earnest and reflective subject matter, “Down & Out,” which was produced by Stevie Rees and J. Marco, mixed by Chad Howat, and mastered by Ray Kennedy, maintains the multi-talented artist’s signature pop sheen, adopting layered and somewhat retro instrumentation and synths aplenty, incredibly catchy hooks, and a bit of indie and garage rock bite- definitely landing more on the power pop side of the spectrum, but still embodying the full vibe of a J. Marco song, sure to be a staple of many summer playlists.

Hear “Down & Out” below!

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