[NO COUNTRY PREMIERE] YØUTH Navigates “Blame” with Debut LP Title Track

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Earlier this year, we brought you “Anyway,” the self-reflective first single from YØUTH‘s forthcoming debut full-length, and first taste of new music from the buzzy local singer since 2015. Today, as the record’s Oct. 20 release fast approaches, we’re thrilled to bring you a premiere of the title track, “Blame.’

It’s been two years since local artist Julian Dente released his triumphant debut EP, Start Again, as YØUTH. A project Dente describes as making “music that reminds you of high school. In a good way,” YØUTH builds his jangly, emotionally resonate, and deeply personal style of indie rock on a base of influences that definitely channels the emo and pop punk-leaning stalwarts of last decade, while just as effortlessly incorporating layered, contemporary alt rock and pop sensibilities. Able to balance earnest feelings of teenage nostalgia with darker, more adult themes, YØUTH is a standout artist of the local scene, and one you should check out immediately if he’s somehow slid under your radar.

With “Blame,” Dente navigates the need to take responsibility for one’s own decisions and actions, while also learning to unburden yourself from needless shame and guilt as a byproduct of circumstance. With dense harmonies and driving riffs, the song uses dynamics to underscore the thematic build of navigating its lyrical focus, and by the end, smacks hard with an urgency and sense of emotional catharsis.

Here’s what Julian tells us about the track:

“Blame is a song I wrote about someone(s) who I perceive as a constant victim of their circumstance/decisions. It’s also about my journey from shame/guilt to reality; responsibility for what is mine while also disassociating from burdens that aren’t mine to carry. It’s the title track of the upcoming record and I think it captures the mood of digging oneself out of a self-defeating mindset.”

Check out “Blame” below, look out for the LP Blame on Oct. 20, and keep your eyes peeled for local show announcements!

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Catch Local Natives, Real Estate, & Minus the Bear | TONIGHT @ Live on the Green

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The 2017 season of Live on the Green kicked off last week with a spectacular lineup of St. Paul & The Broken Bones, Michael Franti & Spearhead, and Arkells, setting the bar high for all of the amazing artists in the shows to come. Keeping the ball rolling, the annual, free, outdoor fest continues tonight, Aug. 17  at Public Square Park with another stellar bill, this week featuring Local NativesReal Estate, and Minus the Bear.

Following the format adopted a few years back, Live on the Green will run four consecutive Thursdays and culminate with an epic three-day, two-stage finale, boasting one of the most exciting season lineups ever. Per usual, LOTG is free and all ages, and music will run from 6:15 p.m. to 11 p.m. Gates open at 5 p.m., and there will be plenty of food and beer vendors on site to meet your needs. Parking is just $5 at the Public Square Park Garage below the festival site and at Nissan E and F lots across the Woodland St Bridge, and various other garages and street parking options are available on the surrounding blocks. Finally, if you’re looking to up the ante on your LOTG experience, VIP tickets and backstage passes are typically available for purchase, however they generally sell out in advance. Find out more about this week’s installment below, and find out more about the entire season on Live on the Green’s site.

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Don’t Miss The Sons & Heirs: a Tribute To the Smiths & Morrissey w/ Kevin Max and the Boat Band | TONIGHT @ The Basement East!

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It’s no secret that we’re huge fans of The Smiths and Morrissey. We’ve covered Moz’s two shows (and almost-shows) in recent years after a decade of skipping Nashville, as well as the Pope of Mope’s headliner at last year’s Riot Fest, Johnny Marr’s solo debut at Marathon Music Works in 2013, and in themed weeks leading up to local outings, we’ve run features on post-Smiths projects, Moz and Marr’s estranged relationship, the impact of the band’s debut, and the seminal group’s overall legacy.

Though recent revelations from Marr’s 2016 autobiography revealed that there was a moment, at least, where the group at had talked about reuniting, any Smiths devotee will tell you that it’s a incredibly unlikely prospect. The closest thing we have then, now 30 years removed from The Smiths’ demise and aside from their members’ respective and beloved solo careers, are tributes, many of which are comprised of artists who are faithfully devoted to capturing the group’s legacy in nuanced, worthy, and exciting ways.

A Smiths tribute I first heard rave reviews about from from fellow diehard fans based in their native New York City, The Sons & Heirs are, by all accounts, the greatest tribute to the Manchester group making music today. For over a decade, they’ve toured the world, performing everywhere from Tel Aviv to Los Angeles, and have shared the stage with Smiths bassist Andy Rourke and Morrissey drummer Spencer Cobrin, earning praise from outlets like Rolling Stone and the New York PostTonight, Aug. 16, they’ll make their Nashville debut, which almost marks their 100th show, at The Basement East.

More than simply a tribute act, and far from a novelty cover band, The Sons & Heirs are a genuine loveletter to one of the greatest rock acts of all time, and their performance will, without a doubt, be the closest you can hope to get to the real thing. Notably, drummer Jonathan Flax is a former Nashvillian, performing in town from the late ’90s to mid-’00s, and a former writer for the Scene, which makes this monumental show all the more special. Kevin Max and the Boat Band (Max is a noted Smiths fan) will open, and if you’re a Smiths or Moz fan in the slightest, you seriously don’t want to miss it.

The Sons & Heirs will pay tribute to The Smiths and Morrissey tonight, Aug. 16 at The Basement East along with Kevin Max and the Boat Band. The show is 21+, begins at 8 p.m. (doors at 7:30 p.m.), and tickets are available to purchase for $10.

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[NO COUNTRY PREMIERE] Pujol Unveils Side B of Spoken Word Opus “Political Errors @TheEndOfThe20thCentury”

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In addition to fronting eponymous thinking man’s punk project Pujol, prolific local artist Daniel Lucca Pujol is an accomplished poet and author. His band’s 2015 EP Kisses built upon his musical background while incorporating elements of spoken word poetry, and last fall’s Mighty Stranger chapbook, which featured a collection of poems and musings, provided him a base of new material to perform live in a spoken word format.

Daniel’s latest release further experiments in spoken word, and is a 12″ LP single called “Political Errors @TheEndOfThe20thCentury,” a left of center and resonant political opus, which “tells a short story — using familiar characters — to make a simple statement: We’re living through the end of the 20th century, and we’re bedside watching its death throes.”

Side A of the ambitious work premiered back in the spring, and we’re thrilled to bring you the complete picture with our premiere of Side B, ahead of a vinyl release later this month on Cosmic Thug Records. Produced by Adam Landry and featuring guitar work from Brett Rosenberg, the live recording reasserts Pujol’s status as one of the smartest, most versatile artists in town, and feels especially necessary amidst the current political climate. Hear both sides below!

In celebration of “Political Errors @TheEndOfThe20thCentury”‘s release, Pujol will be reading both sides as well as playing new songs this Monday, Aug. 21 at Cold Lunch Recordings’ Black Out eclipse party at The Pavilion East. You can find tickets and more info right here!

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REVIEW: Live on the Green w/ St. Paul & The Broken Bones, Michael Franti & Spearhead, & Arkells | 8.10.17 [PHOTOS]

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Live on the Green
w/ St. Paul & The Broken Bones, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Arkells
Public Square Park; Nashville, TN
August 10, 2017

Review by Philip Obenschain (@pobenschain). Photos by Jake Giles Netter.

Kicking off its ninth season, the annual Live on the Green free festival series returned last week to Public Square Park, setting the bar high for yet another exciting year. With the returning talents of St. Paul & The Broken Bones and Michael Franti & Spearhead, plus the LOTG debut of Arkells, week one featured all touring acts, but ones very familiar and dialed into the Music City scene, and if the packed and diverse crowds were any indication, they were a wonderful fit for an inaugural show. As it has for several years, Live on the Green will run for four Thursdays this year, ending with an epic three-day affair extending across two stages through the final Saturday and Sunday. We have performers like Spoon, Sheryl Crow, Portugal. The Man, Minus the Bear, Real Estate, Local Natives, and Paper Route to look forward to, but, before we preview the exciting weeks ahead, take a look at our recap and photos from week one below!

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