We’ll post more about the actual festival later this week, but you should go ahead and prepare by getting to know these 8 performers who will be rocking it at East Nashville Underground this weekend. It’s gonna be another fun 8 off 8th kind of night down at The High Watt tonight. Listen to these bands below, and get out to see some live music tonight. It’s free so what do you have to lose? Oh, you might get bored? Is that what you are thinking? Don’t sweat it man, you can also head over to the Mercy Stage to see a completely different 8 off 8th for free as well, with DWNTWN, The Dead Towns, Oaklynn, Dead Armadillo, Echo Group, Schtompa, The Phantom Farmer & NORM. That’s 16 bands playing in the same building for freakin’ free. Now, what was your excuse again?
If you fused the dynamic vocal style of Prince with Spoon’s tight minimalist pop hooks and a bit of Arcade Fire’s heights of grandeur, you’d kindle a spark that is The Future.
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Bear Cub are a 6 piece band based out of Nashville, TN. They have self-released 3 albums S/T, Always Be Down, and Good Morning, Every Morning. You can check out a couple of tracks from the most recent release below.
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Brandon Jazz & His Armed Forces
These dudes are not afraid to bring the energy, and honestly killed it during their Road to Bonnaroo set. It’s another free Monday night set for you to check them out. They have a crazy long bandcamp discography, so head over there if you want to check out more. If you don’t have an inkling for that, you can just listen to what I posted below.
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Frances & The Foundation
New to you? New to me too, though I feel like I have heard this song below before.
The Gills are a 4 piece rock band consisting of 2 sets of brothers. The Wheeler Brothers,(Jesse and Chris)and The Prince Brothers (Matt and Andy). There is a lot of emotion in their music, and that comes from the story of Jesse’s struggle with cancer some years ago. Their main motto on stage is to pour every ounce of sweat and emotion out on the stage in hopes of showing the crowd just how much joy music brings them, and trying make it spill into every human soul that’s present. You can check out their release Motor Running below.
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With the attitude and swagger of vintage country and rock lore from the past, the authentic trans-western vibe funnels the traditional roots of American music. The Blackfoot Gypsies are genre benders, and you can check out their awesomely titled release Dandee Cheeseball below.
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The Black Shades
Fun. That is the best word to describe Bowling Green’s The Black Shades. Have a listen below, and you’ll see what I mean.
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To mix things up just a little bit, you have singer/songwriter Kiernan McMullan. You can check out a little bit about him below.