Bully Debut New Video for “Focused,” Announce March 8 Show at Third Man Records

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Back in the fall, breakout local grunge pop group Bully released their highly-anticipated sophomore LP and first for Sub Pop. Dubbed Losing, the album is an earnest, raw, anxious, and vulnerable triumph that has dominated our playlists ever since, and a worthy followup to the band’s explosive 2015 debut, Feels Like.

Leading up to and following the new release, Bully have been keeping incredibly busy, with constant touring (including a three-night hometown residency back in December) and a string of singles and accompanying videos, all of which have drawn a respectable amount of buzz and acclaim. The group’s latest video, for standout track “Focused,” dropped this week, and comes care of animator Rozalina Burkova.

“Loosely based on the theme of coming of age and the ups and downs friendships and relationships,” singer Alicia Bognanno comments on the new spot: “I let Rozalina take the reins on this one. I am a huge fan of all her animation work and wanted her to do what she felt was best for this video.” The result is stellar, and you can watch it below!

Additionally, as Bully fully ramp back into tour mode, they’ve announced yet another hometown show, and this one will be extra special, as it’s happening at none other than Third Man Records on March 8. Third Man, as a label, showspace, and curator, and Bully, as a band, represent the best of the best in Nashville’s thriving and unique rock scene, and seeing them come together for any reason is a recipe for magic.

Tickets don’t yet seem to be live, but keep an eye out here and here for the latest!

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No Country’s Best Nashville Albums of 2017

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For the past few years, the No Country team has nominated all of our favorite records of the past year from a “National” and Nashville perspective, then put them to a vote to come up with top ten lists for each. Our team is diverse with individual tastes all across the spectrum, and, accordingly, we usually end up with a huge number of overall albums receiving votes.

Yesterday, we shared our top national albums of 2017, and, today, we announce our top Nashville albums of the year. With so much amazing music pouring out of our  city, it’s always tough to pare our top picks down, and, inevitably, there are plenty of records and EPs we absolutely loved that didn’t make the cut. However, we feel like this list represents our collective favorites, and serves as a crossroads of the diverse musical tastes of our crew.

Our methodology is based on a weighted point system, so rather than an editorially curated ranking, we poll everyone’s individual picks, then arrive at our cumulative list by tallying our most frequent and best-liked choices. Ties are not broken, which regularly pushes us beyond ten slots. Our Nashville list is, of course, all-local, while our National list may include Nashville artists as well.

Head below to see our top ten (actually 12, because of ties) albums from local artists in 2017, and, if you see one you need to revisit or catch up on, you can follow the link to your preferred streaming service. Stay tuned for our final look back on 2017: our individual picks for the top shows we saw this year.

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[REMINDER] Don’t Miss Bully’s Hometown Residency! | Dec. 14-16 @ Mercy Lounge

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On the heels of the release of their highly-anticipated and unsurprisingly stellar sophomore LP, Losing, breakout local grunge pop group Bully are gearing up to celebrate with not one, not two, but three nights of homecoming shows at Mercy LoungeDec. 14 with Adia Victoria and Western MedicationDec. 15 with Daddy Issues and Butthole, and Dec. 16 with Pujol and Sad Baxter. Though they’ve remained active, appearing at Live on the Green and a plethora of major regional fests over the last year, these shows will be Bully’s first formal, hometown headlining dates in nearly two years (22 months to be exact), making them, perhaps, December’s most essential happening. Tickets are still available for Thursday (here), and Saturday (here), but Friday is sold out and we don’t expect the others to be far behind, so snag yours for one or more nights, to help kickstart a new chapter for one of the city’s best bands, and read on for more below!

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[TICKET GIVEAWAY] Bully w/ Adia Victoria & Western Medication | Dec. 14 @ Mercy Lounge

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On the heels of the release of their highly-anticipated and unsurprisingly stellar sophomore LP, Losing, breakout local grunge pop group Bully are gearing up to celebrate with not one, not two, but three nights of homecoming shows at Mercy LoungeDec. 14 with Adia Victoria and Western MedicationDec. 15 with Daddy Issues, and Dec. 16 with Pujol and Sad Baxter. Though they’ve remained active, appearing at Live on the Green and a plethora of major regional fests over the last year, these shows will be Bully’s first formal, hometown headlining dates in nearly two years (22 months to be exact), making them, perhaps, December’s most essential happening. Tickets are still available here (12/14), here (12/15), and here (12/16), but we don’t expect them to last, so snag yours for one or more nights, to help kickstart a new chapter for one of the city’s best bands!

In honor of Bully’s return, we’re also excited to announce that we’re giving away a pair of tickets to night one, Dec. 14, and our lucky winner will also receive an autographed test pressing of Losing on vinyl! Read on for more about the show, and enter for a chance to win below!

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Bully Debut New Video for “Feel The Same” | See Them Dec. 14-16 at Mercy Lounge

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Breakout local grunge pop group Bully recently released their highly-anticipated sophomore LP and first for Sub Pop. Dubbed Losing, the album is an earnest, raw, anxious, and vulnerable triumph that has dominated our playlists for weeks, and a worthy followup to the band’s explosive 2015 debut, Feels Like.

As we told you awhile back, Bully will celebrate Losing with three hometown shows next month at Mercy Lounge, their first proper club shows in Nashville in almost two years, with Adia Victoria and Western Medication supporting Dec. 14 (tickets here), Daddy Issues supporting Dec. 15 (tickets here), and Pujol and Sad Baxter supporting Dec. 16 (tickets here).

Leading up to their tour and on the heels of the new release, the band have just dropped a band new video for ferocious lead single “Feel the Same.” Created by “a food focused team of creatives” called Lazy Mom, the spot is a bright, surreal, stop motion affair that feels like a weird and compelling companion to the track. Watch below!

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