No Country’s Best Nashville Albums of 2016

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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 2016, and, today, we announce our top Nashville albums of the year. With so much amazing music pouring out of Nashville, it’s always tough to pair 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 batch of albums best represents our collective favorites, and the top two especially stand as a testament to the wide range of important releases catching our attention, name of the site be damned.

Head below to see our top 10 (actually 11, because of ties) overall local albums of 2016, and, if you see one you need to revisit or catch up on, you can follow links to your preferred streaming service. Stay tuned for our individual picks for the top shows we saw this year.

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[REMINDER] Vinyl Thief Farewell Show w/ JMR & Kaptan | TONIGHT @ Mercy Lounge

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If you haven’t caught a show from Vinyl Thief, one of Nashville’s best indie synth-pop groups in history, tonight is your last chance. Earlier this week, they announced that tonight’s show at Mercy Lounge would be their last ever as a band. As bummed as we are about the announcement, we couldn’t be more excited to send them out with one more epic dance party. Before they take the stage to perform tracks from throughout their career, including their recent Touch EP, JMR and Kaptan will take the stage for a night of stellar pop music. You can still snag your ticket to their farewell show for only $10, so grab yours, and come out to send them off in style.

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[NO COUNTRY PREMIERE] Vinyl Thief Unveil “Bad Decisions” Video Ahead of Aug. 26 Farewell Show

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As we announced last week, beloved Nashville indie popsters Vinyl Thief are planning to disband following what will now serve as their farewell show this Friday, Aug. 26 at Mercy Lounge with JMR and Kaptan (buy or win tickets). Before the boys hang it up, however, they’re leaving one last parting gift, a video for single “Bad Decisions,” which they’ve given us the honor of exclusively premiering.

Originally unveiled in late 2015, “Bad Decisions” appears on the group’s Touch EP, released last month, which will serve as a fitting final record, as it explores broader sonic textures, layered production, and minimalism, oozing with confidence and realized potential as a summation of the band’s impressive run.

Fun and light-hearted, perfectly matching the vibe of the single, and produced by filmmaker Ian Maravalli, “Bad Decisions” chronicles a man (Andrew Thetford) seeking to escape the mundane nature of late night laundry, who subsequently takes a mystery pill to spice up his night, to the disapproval of his dog (played by VT vocalist Grayson Proctor’s dog Theo). Watch it below!

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New On Our Spotify Playlist: Warpaint, AWAS, Goth Babe, Schoolboy Q & 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:

“Here In The Moment” by Vinyl Thief – Playing Mercy Lounge on August 26
“What Are You Waiting For” by Apollo LTD
“Seasons” by AWAS
“Something About You” by Taylor Buono
“Dazed” by Goth Babe
“Finally” by Elise Davis – Playing 3rd and Lindsley on September 11

Touring artist additions:

“New Song” by Warpaint – Playing 3rd and Lindsley on November 12
“Semaphore” by Flock of Dimes – Playing The High Watt on November 8
“Colors” by The Head and the Heart – Playing The Ryman on October 15 and 16
“THat Part” by ScHoolboy Q – Playing Marathon Music Works on September 23
“Cruel World” by Phantogram – Playing Marathon Music Works on October 31

Follow along so you don’t miss the best of No Country for New Nashville!

Vinyl Thief to Disband After Final Aug. 26 Show at Mercy Lounge

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It is with a heavy heart that we exclusively bring you a piece of sad local music news: beloved Nashville indie popsters Vinyl Thief, who we’ve covered from their (and our) earliest days, have decided to disband, with their performance next Friday, Aug. 26 at Mercy Lounge serving as their final show. In a statement from the group’s publicist, we’re told that everything is amicable, and “members are pursing other projects on very friendly terms.”

Made up of  Grayson Proctor, Logan Purdom, Sam English and Andrew Broadway, Vinyl Thief came together during their high school years in nearby Columbia, Tenn., honing their sound while using an abandoned church as their adopted practice space. The group made waves in Music City with their debut EP, Rebel Hill, in 2012, and captured a broader national audience with 2014 full-length Fathoms, in support of which they toured the nation. Throughout their buzzworthy run, the band received praise from the likes of Consequence of Sound, The AV Club, Paste, Noisey, and NYLON, and were frequently counted among the most promising up and coming acts amidst Nashville’s thriving indie pop scene, a movement in which they undoubtedly led the charge.

Vinyl Thief released what will be their final EP, Touch, earlier this year, marking a shift from their rock-centric roots towards more synth and bass heavy lush and layered production, minimalist instrumentation, r&b-tinged falsetto, and more personal and reflective lyricism. A fitting bow for one of our favorite local acts, Touch feels like the culmination of a band who’ve spent many years and many shared experiences growing together and navigating the waters of the music world, all the while honing their live show to become one of the best performing acts to emerge from Nashville in recent memory.

I, personally, met the Vinyl Thief guys at an East Nashville Underground pre-party in late 2012, just months after first moving to Nashville. They were one of the first local bands I got to know, and one I’ve known to be some of the nicest, most talented, and hardworking musicians around. I sincerely wish they had found even more success during their run, which they surely deserved, but I’m proud of everything they accomplished, and thrilled I got to witness it. I have no doubt that their future endeavors will be every bit as exciting and successful, and the whole No Country crew wishes everyone in Vinyl Thief the best!

Enter for a chance to win tickets to the group’s final show, or buy them here to ensure your spot. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to say goodbye.

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