[NO COUNTRY PREMIERE] Hear Oginalii Strip Down “No Littering” and “Static” for OOKO Live Session

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Buzzy local group Oginalii have seen their sound evolve from the stripped-down acoustic stylings of frontperson Emma Hoeflinger back in the project’s earliest days in 2013, to a hard to pin down, sludgy, hazy, psych-tinged, hard-hitting, genre and era spanning flavor of rock and roll across two EPs and a handful of songs, earning them a reputation as one of Nashville’s most essential underground rock fixtures. Filled out by guitarist Ryan Quarles, drummer Simon Knudtson, and bassist Emma Lambiase, Oginalii have, in recent years, become a breakout live staple both around down and beyond, and are gearing up in just a couple weeks to hit the road for a quick trek with rising WV outfit Hello June, before heading to SXSW in March.

Ahead of their new album, Cause and Affection, an electrifying, dynamic artistic leap forward for the band, co-produced by All Them Witches’ Ben McLeod and set to arrive April 5, it feels fitting that we exclusively premiere two special new tunes, “No Littering” and “Static,” which were recorded live and stripped down at OOKO Studio, channeling the more intimate vibe of the group’s acoustic beginnings (before they reappear on the album in all of their electric, face-melting glory). In their deconstructed format, the songs really showcase Hoeflinger’s powerful and earnest vocal delivery, and expert ability to craft nuanced and layered tunes at their core, weaving between genre conventions and building to soaring, gut-punching sonic highs.

Hear both “No Littering” and “Static” below, look out for more from Oginalii as they gear up to release their album this spring, and see them live both March 8 at The 5 Spot for Cold Lunch Recordings’ SXSW send off, then April 5 at The Basement for their album release show, along with Lacquer and Idle Bloom (tickets here)!

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[REMINDER] Catch Copeland w/ From Indian Lakes & Many Rooms | TONIGHT @ The Basement East

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Celebrating their first album since 2014, which drops today, Feb. 14, the same day they play Nashville tonight for the first time in years, headlining The Basement East, Florida bred and now semi-local indie/alt rock fixtures Copeland have, with new effort Blushingcrafted their best record in years, and one that feels like a stunning encapsulation of the vast catalogue that came before it. For their latest Music City outing, the band have recruited an inspired supporting lineup as well, with beloved California ambient indie project From Indian Lakes, and fantastic up and coming singer-songwriter Many Rooms, tapped to open things up. One of the most essential shows of the winter, tickets are still available right here while they last! Read on for more about the show.

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[TICKET GIVEAWAY] Daughters w/ Wolf Eyes & Hide | Feb. 21 @ Mercy Lounge

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Touring in support of their first album in eight years (though they’ve been reunited for awhile), Rhode Island noise rock staples Daughters are set to play Music City for what appears to be the first time in at least a number of years, Feb. 21 at Mercy Lounge with experimental, underground noise rock favorites Wolf Eyes and buzzy, rising Chicago industrial electro-goth duo HIDE. Fans of all things heavy, weird, and experimental will want to make this a priority, and you can still get tickets right here! Or, if you’d rather leave it 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] Airpark Unveil Tennis-Produced “Dissipate” Ahead of New EP

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Formed in 2016, a year after the premature demise of their prior project The Apache Reply, local duo Airpark, made up New Orleans raised brothers Michael Ford, Jr. and Ben Ford, have a been a favorite of ours from the very start, quickly becoming a buzzworthy local group you should be keeping an eye on thanks to a pair of strong EPs, Early Works, Vol. 1 and Early Works, Vol. 2, last year. A contrast to Apache’s big, layered, folk-informed sound, Airpark take a minimalist, deconstructed approach to indie rock and pop, with melodic and groove heavy arrangements and no shortage of big, engaging hooks.

For their next, highly-anticipated new EP, Songs of Airpark, which arrives Feb. 22 via Eugenia Hall Records, the duo recruited beloved Colorado husband and wife indie pop duo Tennis to helm production duties, and the result is a glorious melding of style and influence that marks Airpark’s best work to date. Ahead of the record’s release, we’re beyond thrilled to bring you an exclusive premiere of shimmering, melodically dense new single “Dissipate” – hear it right now below!

“‘Dissipate’ was the last song we tracked for ‘Songs of Airpark’ and it proved to be the most challenging,” explains Michael, “It took a minute to find our footing because the demo was vastly different from any of the tunes we’d tracked that week. Throughout the day, the song started revealing itself and by the time we finished later that evening it was all of our collective favorite off the EP. Coincidentally, it was the 4th of July and it felt like some sort of strangely timed celebration to mark the end of the tracking process.”


For ‘Songs of Airpark,’ the local duo recruited Tennis to produce.

As you may recall, Airpark opened for Tennis at The Basement East a couple years ago, and found in the group’s Patrick Riley and Alaina Moore musical kindred spirits whose sensibilities made for a stunning new record. “The idea of being produced by a husband and wife was really appealing to us and Pat and Alaina’s particular dynamic, connection and level of understanding of each other was super inspiring to witness and be around – not only as a production team but as a couple,” Ben tells us.

With its timeless, warm tones, hypnotic slow burn of melody, and earnest vocal delivery, “Dissipate” feels like a refined distillation of everything we’ve heard from Airpark thus far, weaving from Spoon-esque builds to harmony drenched choruses where Tennis’ touch really shines through. While we eagerly await the rest of the EP’s arrival next week, stream “Dissipate” below right now. And, finally, you can catch Airpark live in support of their latest, opening for Valley Queen next Saturday, Feb. 23 at The Basement– head here for tickets!

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[REMINDER] Don’t Miss VHS Collection w/ Future Generations | TONIGHT @ The High Watt

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Riding high on the buzz for last year’s excellent debut full-length, Retrofuturism, New York alt rock and synth pop trio VHS Collection are poised to make their Nashville headlining debut tonight, Feb. 12 at The High Watt with likeminded NY indie electropop group Future Generations. The fiercely independent outfit have only been around for a few years, but thanks to widespread buzz throughout the blogosphere, they’ve managed to amass millions of streams, tour the nation, and snag spots at multiple major music fests, honing their layered, electro-laced, and pop primed live show along the way. Tickets to the group’s Music City outing are still available right here, so snag yours now and read on for more about the show!

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