[NO COUNTRY PREMIERE] Genuine Joy Unveils Reflective New Tune “Until it Ends” Ahead of Concept Album, Live Theatrical Performance

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Best known for his work with local folk rock outfit Humming House, singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Joshua Wolak has taken a dramatic departure with his new solo project Genuine Joy, crafting an artsy, conceptual, flourishing, and poppy debut, Resolution, set to arrive this Friday, Nov. 16 though Soundly Music.

Raised in a fundamentalist church, Wolak shook free from his religious upbringing years back, though, in finding his singular artistic expression, fearlessly deconstructs traditional and contemporary gospel influences in a search for “agnostic gospel” (something he’s blogged about on a site of the same name) with Genuine Joy. Additionally drawing influence from classic piano men, folk favorites, contemporary indie artists, ’80s synths, and bombastic, operatic flourish, the Mitch Dane produced Resolution is captivating from start to finish, ebbing and flowing with emotional, provocative, nuanced, compelling, vulnerable, and triumphant movements.

This Saturday, Nov. 17, one day after the concept album arrives, Wolak will team up with the dancers of  FALL to create a live, theatrical performance based on the work, accompanied by the string quartet La Vie Quartet, and choir voices from Portara Ensemble. Hosted at local art gallery abrasiveMedia, the stage set-up will “blur the lines between artist and audience in an intimate and immersive multi-medium experience,” a show that sounds unlike any other, and certainly a special, one of a kind break from the usual local concert fare.

In preparation for this ambitious, high-art public display, Genuine Joy recently released a music video for single “PREACHERMAN,” providing a proof of concept glimpse of what to expect at the live performance, and serving as a visually stunning spot in its own right. Before the full album arrives on Friday and ahead of the Saturday performance, we’re thrilled today to exclusive premiere another new Genuine Joy song, “Until It Ends,” which you can stream right now below!

Described by Wolak as “a chill reflection that questions the intriguing emptiness of modern life while simultaneously embracing it,” the tune feels like a particularly existential and hypnotic point of the record. The singer adds that, “The paradox feels quite comfortable, though, making this a fitting preview for an artist self-described as an ‘agnostic gospel’ musician.” With its synthy flourishes, the track conjures elements of modern acts like fun., as well as more classic (and classical influences) of the myriad of artists and styles Genuine Joy name-checks, and, like the rest of the album, is a gorgeous, conceptual, and complex piece of art.

If you love what you hear as much as we do, be sure to stream or buy the album on your digital platform of choice when it officially drops this Friday, then grab tickets to Genuine Joy’s theatrical album release show this Saturday, Nov. 17 right here. You can even save $5 off your ticket price with the code ‘NOCOUNTRY’! And finally, keep an eye on the site for more from Genuine Joy going forward; though a show of this scope and ambition is not something that happens frequently (so be sure not to miss out!), we’re keeping our fingers crossed for more immersive, theatrical outings in the future.

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[REMINDER] Catch Fucked Up w/ Bad Waitress & Candy | TONIGHT @ The High Watt

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Over the years we’ve seen artsy, adventurous Canadian hardcore band Fucked Up at a variety of spots around town like Exit/In and Third Man Records, but when they return tonight, Nov. 13 in support of their first proper album in four years, the brand new Dose Your Dreams, it’s to headline The High Watt for the first time- a pretty inspired choice, as the band are at their best in an imitate spot, but deserve the sonic clarity of a nicer room. Adopting a new psych rock bent with their latest, Fucked Up will be joined by fellow Toronto garage punks Bad Waitress and bombastic Vancouver up and coming hardcore group Candy, making for one of the coolest punk shows you’re likely to find on Cannery row all year. Tickets are still available, but they’re not likely to last, so grab ’em here while you can, then read on for more about the show!

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Don’t Miss Iron & Wine w/ OHMME | TONIGHT @ The Ryman Auditorium

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The live alias of modern indie folk icon Sam Beam, Iron & Wine found prominence in the early ’00s, and has continued to rise in stature, craft new music at a prolific clip, and maintain a cult following ever since. Raised in South Carolina, Beam attended college in Virginia and Florida, studying art and film, and spent time as a professor before transforming years of a songwriting in a viable musical career, eventually attracting the attention of taste making label Sub Pop, who released his debut LP in 2002, and  launched a decade and a half run that has made Iron & Wine a beloved and enduring musical figure.

It was 2004’s sophomore effort, Our Endless Numbered Days, that brought broader attention and critical acclaim to the project (often stripped down and acoustic, though regularly fleshed out with backing players), and, the same year it was released, a cover version of The Postal Service’s “Such Great Heights,” originally a b-side, found its way onto the Garden State soundtrack and a national commercial, widening Iron & Wine’s crossover appeal. 2007’s The Shepherd’s Dog proved to be another instant classic, and helped cement Beam as widely heralded songwriter, touring the world, finding prominent musical placements and collaborations, and becoming a regular fixture on the festival circuit.

After a few years of collaborative efforts (notably, records with Ben Bridwell and Jesca Hoop), Iron & Wine released their six full-length and first proper LP in four years, Beast Epic, in 2017, marking a return to a more simplistic, deconstructed presentation and personal style. Beam appeared at Third Man Records last fall in support, and was set to perform at Live on the Green as well, before ultimately getting rained out. Tonight, Nov. 12, Iron & Wine finally make a larger return to Music City, to headline The Ryman, an absolutely perfect space for the group’s folky, understated style, promoting both Beast Epic and recent followup EP, Weed Garden, which features tracks worked on for the album, that were later finished and recorded. 

Chicago indie rock duo OHMME kick things off, so we’d certainly suggest arriving early, and a handful of tickets are still available (including some pretty great seats), so snag ’em here while you still can!

Iron & Wine and OHMME will perform tonight, Nov. 12 at The Ryman Auditorium. The show is all ages, begins at 7:30 p.m., and tickets are available to purchase for $29.50-49.50.

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[TICKET GIVEAWAY] Ron Gallo w/ Ian Ferguson & TWEN | Nov. 17 @ The Basement East

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One of the most buzzworthy talents in the local rock scene, who broke out in a big way with his 2017 LP (and No Country album of the year) HEAVY META, and managed to follow it up with an equally impressive new effort, Stardust Birthday Party, last month, showcasing a tweaked sound and new outlook on life, Nashville transplant Ron Gallo is an artist you should be keeping a close eye on. After the past year of touring, festival appearances, and positive press, Ron returns home to celebrate his latest record with a Nov. 17 headliner at The Basement East, along with psych rocker Ian Ferguson and garage pop outfit TWEN, two additional long-running site favorites. Tickets to this stacked local outing are still available here, and we strongly urge you not to miss it! But, if you’d rather leave things to chance, 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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[NO COUNTRY PREMIERE] The Roosevelts Navigate Loss with Reflective New Single “Meant to Me”

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Originally formed in Austin, Texas and now Nashville based, indie pop duo The Roosevelts have, this year, undergone a metamorphosis, shifting away from their alt rock beginnings, with guitarist Jason Kloess teaming up with new lead singer Mitchell Kilpatrick to find their current, stylish sound.

Recently chosen as the Artist of the Week by Lightning 100, the duo have swiftly put their stamp on the flourishing Music City pop scene, having released two great singles over the summer and nabbed syncs on several TV shows, all the while playing out around town and putting the finishing touches on this version of the band’s debut album.

Adopting a contemporary pop and alternative flair, taking influence from great artists like Frank Ocean, The 1975, Justin Timberlake, and The Weeknd, The Roosevelts are set to release their latest single, “Meant to Me,” tomorrow. However, we’re thrilled to bring you an exclusive early premiere today of the reflective, poignant tune, which “was written after the loss of a loved one and details the struggle with finding purpose and direction when you lose someone you love.”

Hear “Meant to Me” below, and keep an eye out for local show announcements and additional releases from this buzzworthy duo as we head into the new year!

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