COIN Experience “Growing Pains” in New Track

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Decisiveness might be on the decline in 2018. We have unlimited options of bars to drink at, people to meet, songs to listen to, and movies to watch. If we struggle to make up our minds, what does that say about us? That’s one of the questions Nashville alt pop band COIN asks in their killer new single “Growing Pains.”

The followup to last year’s full-length How Will You Know If You Never Try marks another big leap forward in lyrical skill, songwriting, and production prowess. Produced by Butch Walker (Weezer, Carly Rae Jepsen, Fall Out Boy), each part of “Growing Pains” brings something new to the table. Guitar tones range from playfully menacing to quietly thoughtful while frontman Chase Lawrence’s vocals strike a myriad of poses.

COIN originally formed while several members attended Belmont University. Chase Lawrence (vocals/keys), Joe Memmel (guitar/vocals), Ryan Winnen (drums) and Zach Dyke (bass) soon started selling out local clubs and gaining a reputation for a polished live show. Jay Joyce produced their self-titled debut in 2015, followed by opening slots for The 1975, Young The Giant and Passion Pit. 2017’s How Will You Know If You Never Try elevated the band’s pop/rock craft to the tune of more than 60 million Spotify streams.

The Nashville quartet are currently on the road for a North American headline tour, though no Nashville date is listed at the moment. Their last hometown show at Cannery Ballroom in November 2017 sold out, and the guys played a high energy Bonnaroo set last year, as well as a nearby stop at Forecastle, so hopefully we’ll get a 2018 homecoming later this year. For now, listen to “Growing Pains” below.

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Rhythm N’ Blooms Expands Lineup for 2018 Festival

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Knoxville’s budding Rhythm N’ Blooms Festival has been steadily growing over the past few years, and, now in their ninth year, has become a spring time staple in venues and at the outdoor stages scattered throughout the city’s Old Town. The event’s lineup has been impressively growing too, with the addition of larger touring acts over the past few years, and 2018 is no different with headliners Dr. Dog, Deer Tick, and Paul Thorn’s Mission Temple Fireworks Revival (ft. The McCrary Sisters) helming the end of night honors. Of course, there are plenty of other exciting acts, including a huge number of Nashville based musicians performing, and you can check out the full lineup poster below.

Three day general admission tickets are still avialable for $70, and a limited number of VIP ticket options remain as well.  Single day tickets will be available in March. You can snag those tickets over at the Rhythm N’ Blooms site.

RNB 2018 Lineup

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Ron Gallo Debuts Hysterical Mini Rock Doc ‘Really Nice Guys’

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Ron Gallo debuted his latest record, an EP titled Really Nice Guys, on Jan. 18 via New West Records, as a followup his 2017 release HEAVY META, which took home our title of best local record of last year. The new EP is largely a satirical and playful commentary on his experience in the music industry. Gallo explains, “Being constantly on highways, in vans, on planes, on stages, in green rooms, on guest lists, turning a person into a brand, turning a real life human moment into a song, into content, into an asset to be monetized, talking to people about myself and stuff I wrote 3 years ago, watching it all unfold in the public eye from a phone in a van on a highway heading to a stage.”

Gallo had a couple of local release events (at Grimeys and Vinyl Tap), and those shows, along with other various locales in Nashville now serve as a hysterical mini rock-doc by Gallo, his bandmates, and a number of his team at his New West label. The doc plays on some of the general industry jokes as noted above, but it also teases Ron exploring his true journey to become a jazz musician and skateboarder.

The video begins with an announcement that “Ron Gallo, international rock icon, is releasing his last rock album. In hopes to either explore jazz or make a career out of skateboarding, this documentary is a raw, intimate look into the last days before the release of his magnum opus.”

As we wind through the days leading up to the release of Really Nice Guys, the video stops into Ron’s house for a jazz jam session that has his roommate considering his future, some more Gallo’s sweet skateboarding moves,  and visits to Grimeys, New West’s office, Vinyl Tap, and quite a bit of time in Kroger.

The video wraps with the overly confident statement of undeniable success, “Despite staggeringly low ticket sales, a worried label, and concerned bandmates, Ron Gallo continues to surprise audiences around the world with his musical conglomerate, fusing jazz with rock and the pro skater appearance.”

Head below for 20 minutes of awkward bliss, as you spend some time with the uber talented (in jazz and skating) Ron Gallo.

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New On Our Nashville Spotify Playlist: COIN, Portugal. The Man, Diamond Carter, Albert Hammond Jr. & More

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Our main goal at No Country is to share music from our favorite local artists and touring acts that hit Nashville. Now you can get straight to listening on our Nashville Spotify playlist.

Local music additions

“Growing Pains” by COIN
“Single-Minded” by Anna Mae
“Roam” by Jeff Carl
“Hopes & Dreams” by Case Arnold – Playing The Nations Warehouse on February 17
“Love me I’m strange” by Diamond Carter
“Crooked Shadows” by Dashboard Confessional – Playing Ryman Auditorium on May 11
“Conduit of Circus Acts” by CHICO – Playing Fond Object Records on March 3
“Easy” by Chelsea Lankes
“Let’s Not Be Kids” by Clinton John
“Galileo” by Super Duper

Touring artist additions

“So Young” by Portugal. The Man – Playing Ascend Amphitheater on May 19
“Hott” by Joywave, Kopps – Playing Basement East on February 20
“Follow Me” by Wild Child – Playing Mercy Lounge on April 11
“Muted Beatings” by Albert Hammond Jr. – Playing Exit/In on March 25

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Catch Daddy Issues, The Jag, Microwave Mountain, Reality Something, Sad Baxter, Idle Bloom,& More | TONIGHT @ Spewfest 3

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The third annual installment of local indie label Cold Lunch Recordings’ epic showcase, Spewfest 3 is so packed with amazing talent, we can hardly believe they’re all in town at the same time! As with all things associated with the tastemakers at Cold Lunch, the bands on the various bills will all be psych/garage/punk/lo-fi friendly, and this year’s event boasts two venues, three stages, and a staggering 31 performers. In addition, food will be available from Taco Terry’s Tacos and Burritos, plus liquid lights by Silver Cord Cinema and projection art by eNIMAL of The Southern Demon Herd will be displayed at some of the shows.

Speaking of shows, once you get into the nitty gritty of these various stage lineups, you’ll notice some prominent local favorites we’ve covered before, like Daddy Issues, Reality Something, Idle Bloom, Lasso Spells, Sad Baxter, The Medium, Really Nice Guys, Solar Twin, Fever Blush, Keeps, and Diamond Carter, as well was psych rock quintet The Jag, garage Americana rockers Microwave Mountain, scussy punk outfit Butthole, acid pop performers Twen, experimental post-punks Telefones, plus Leggy, Spodee Boy, Pinkest, DancersBoa, Kinhin, Supermelt, Black Moon Mother, Country Westerns, SEXX, Stuyedeyed, Lady Legs, Spirit Week, Flesh Eater, and Lacquer. For just $12, you get access to both venues and all the bands, but keep in mind that while The East Room offers entry for those of you who are 18+, the The Cobra is strictly a 21+ venue.

Music starts at The East Room around 4:15 p.m. and will be raging well into the wee hours of the morning, so pace yourselves people. For a full rundown of who is playing where and when, check out the schedule below. If all this still isn’t enough to get your juices flowing, be sure to click on after the jump to sample most of the bands goods ahead of time. This is going to be one of the best, local-centric, one-day only events of the entire year, so get out there to be part of what makes Music City so wonderfully unique; our underground DIY indie rock scene, and if you’re just getting hip to said scene, consider Spewfest 3 your baptism by fire.

Puke Stage (front room of The Cobra):

5:15pm – Lacquer
6:00pm – Spirit Week
6:45pm – Telefones
7:30pm – Lady Legs
8:15pm – Sad Baxter
9:00pm – Really Nice Guys
9:45pm – Stuyedeyed
10:30pm – SEXX
11:15pm – Country Westerns
12:00am – Microwave Mountain

Nashville Psych Alliance Stage (back room of The Cobra):

4:45pm – Black Moon Mother
5:30pm – Supermelt
6:15pm – Kinhin
7:00pm – Solar Twin
7:45pm – The Medium
8:30pm – Twen
9:15pm – Boa
10:00pm – Lasso Spells
10:45pm – Keeps
11:30pm – The Jag

Stringjoy Stage (The East Room):

4:15pm – Flesh Eater
5:00pm – Dancers
5:45pm – Diamond Carter
6:30pm – Pinkest
7:15pm – Butthole
8:00pm – Spodee Boy
8:45pm – Fever Blush
9:30pm – Leggy
10:15pm – Idle Bloom
11:00pm – Reality Something
11:45pm – Daddy Issues

Spewfest 3 will take place today, February 10 at The Cobra and The East Room. The shows are 18+ (at The East Room) and 21+ (at The Cobra). Music begins at 4:15 p.m. (doors at 4 p.m.), and tickets are available to purchase for $12, which grants access to both venues.

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