You should receive Communion every week. It’s good for the soul. Unfortunately, for 3 out the 4 weeks in each month, you’ll have to sit through an hour of church first, but on this, the first Thursday of the month, you can skip that and head over to The Basement and check out a host of great artists at Communion Nashville.
Sorry we’re a day late getting this feature posted. As you can probably see, we’re revamping the format a bit this week. Just like before, we’re bringing you our picks for the best musical performances on television for the week, with an essential recommendation and a bonus or two each night. We’ve streamlined things a bit to focus on the most important info, and hopefully made the feature a little easier to navigate.
Each band name still links to Spotify for a further preview. Additionally, we’ve more clearly placed the live show info. This is something we’ve been adding in for awhile, but, in case you didn’t notice, you can find dates and ticket links for band performances in Nashville and surrounding areas.
It’s another great week for music on television! We’ve got old legends, young Grammy winners, friends of the site, and even some Nashville artists representing, starting tonight with Escondido!
MONDAY | 4.8
DON’T MISS: Ghostface Killah on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon [NBC; 12:35AM/11:35c]: Ghostface doesn’t always get as much attention as some of his Wu-Tang peers, but he’s had one of the most consistently solid solo careers of the whole bunch. He’s also been extra prolific lately!
[Live | 5.18.13 | Terminal West, Atlanta | Info]
Bonus: Local Natives
Last Call with Carson Daly | NBC; 1:35AM/12:35c
It’s official. The world now knows what we’ve all known for a long time; Nashville has a fantastic music scene beyond mainstream country such as T-Swift and our more radio-friendly rock friends like Jack White, The Black Keys, and Kings of Leon.
And now there’s a carefully curated iTunes playlist that you can share with friends to prove how nationally viable your local taste happens to be! So get ready to both be validated and (admit it) a little annoyed when your favorite local indie act breaks it big!
The complete list of Nashville Indie Spotlight artists:
Mindy Smith, Heather Bond, Shannon LaBrie, The Kicks, The Vespers, Lara Landon, Escondido, Paper Route, Erin McCarley, Emily West, Matthew Perryman Jones, Kate Tucker, K.S. Rhoads, Trent Dabbs, Katie Herzig, Amy Stroup, Courtney Jaye, Holly Williams, The Saint Johns, Leagues, Sandra McCracken, Brooke Waggoner
It’s a GREAT deal, too. 22 songs for just $7.99. So hurry up and buy it already! Plus all the featured albums on the list are also on iTunes promo for a limited time, so get to downloading. You can also check out more details on Facebook if that’s how you like to show your love.
And, if you’re looking for more great new music to get you through the home stretch of 2012, be sure to check out our recap of the best December releases in our New Release Spotlight | December 2012, Part 1 (Part 2 coming soon!)! Aside from certain party-starting popstar, they’re national, not Nashville, releases (we know better than to put records out in the slowest sales month), but great finds nonetheless!
We’re lacking any big Monday night shows, so, let’s take a look at the always fun, always free way to check out lots of new local music. It’s another 8 off 8th at Mercy Lounge (actually 9 off 8th), and you can have a listen to all the performers below. Things get started at 9pm, and, as always, it’s free!
The Lonely H
Luella and the Sun
You are on for YUMZAH. Get out and see some live music.
It’s the final night for you to send a band to Bonnaroo. By Lightning won the first round, and the Wild Cub locked down the second competition. So, let’s take a look at who will be vying for the title tonight. If you don’t remember the details, lemme refresh your memory. Each band gets a three song set to blow your mind, and get your vote. To be fair, the set times are chosen at random about 30 minutes before the music starts. This is some serious fun, so get out and support some local music tonight.
The Captain Midnight Band creates “Water Bed Rock & Roll” for the mind, booty, and soul. Crunchy Rock Guitar, Soaring Vocal Harmonies, and thick R&B grooves create a sonic landscape for the band’s suggestive, Sci-Fi imagery and improvisational interplay. You can hear the influence of The Grateful Dead, Steely Dan, Funkadelic, Boz Scaggs, Little Feat, Joe Walsh, Frank Zappa, Joni Mitchell, Todd Rundgren, and the humor of Richard Pryor. Check out the track “Witch’s Tit” below, and you can browse more of their music here.
Courtney Jaye brings her blend of tropically infused country to the competition. You can have a listen to her track “Don’t Tell A Girl” below.
We’ve talked quite a bit about The Electric Hearts here at No Country. It’ll be fun to see which three songs they pull out to wow the audience tonight. You can have a listen to their self titled EP below.
Escondido is the project of Tyler James and Jessica Maros. While James has been around the Nashville music scene for a while, his best known work was as the keyboardist for Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros. Escondido has a self described sound of “We wanted it to be like Clint Eastwood playing pop songs at one of the honky-tonks downtown, but we’ve been told it sounds like desert sex.” Have a listen to “Cold October” below, and you can visit their website for more tracks.
Fly Golden Eagle has a different sound that channels the indie rock all the kids are talking about these days, but there’s something very unique about it. You’ll just have to listen to see what I mean on that one. Their record Swagger is attached below.
I’ve been hearing quite a bit about Oh No No around town, and that is usually a good sign that they are going to be the front runners in tonight’s competition. After seeing their video for “I Am A Robot”, I am pretty interested in seeing what antics they pull off tonight.
Ravello has been around for a little bit, and we’ve touched on some of their shows in the past. You can check out their studio session for “Sober” below, and you can head over to their website to download their EP for FREEEEEE!
Last just because of alphabetical order is Sol Cat. I had a great time with them on Friday night at the same Mercy Lounge, and I’m pumped to see them again tonight. You can check out one of those vids from Friday’s post of Sol Cat below.