We’ve been obsessing over Nashville’s flourishing pop scene since our earliest days, which, by now, is hardly a secret, with a number of indie and synth pop infused artists, singers, and songwriters finding national success in recent years. Since first springing to viral fame in 2016, duo Nightly have become a prime example of the kind of cool, widely accessible, quality indie pop Music City has to offer, and since the release of their latest EP, The Sound of Your Voice, last fall, there’s never been a better time to catch them live. You can do just that tonight, March 31, when the group return home for a headlining show at Exit/In. Nightly alone would be more than worth checking out, but with the addition of Charli Adams and Phangs, this is a seriously cool sampling of the some of the best of Nashville’s contemporary pop scene, and definitely one of the best local shows of the spring. You can still grab tickets right here, then read on for more about the show!
Made up of cousins Jonathan Capeci and Joey Beretta, local alt pop duo Nightly seemingly sprung out of nowhere in early 2016, achieving viral success with their debut single, “XO,” swiftly landing them a major label deal with Interscope ahead of that fall’s Honest EP. But, of course, no band truly materializes out of thin air, no matter how fast their rise. Nightly’s origins can be traced to vocalist Capeci and guitarist Beretta’s childhood in Pennsylvania, where they found a mutual love for music at a young age, and played together off and on through their teens, eventually dropping out of college and moving to Nashville to pursue music more seriously, at the time with their band Dinner and a Suit. Given how quickly Nightly has eclipsed DAAS in reach, and how their contemporary, synthy sound seems to be resonating so well, the duo’s former group might ultimately prove to be a stepping stone in perfecting their flourishing, contemporary new style, but, as a fixture in the local scene a few years ago, Dinner and a Suit definitely helped tee up Nightly for making all of the right moves in rapid succession. Realizing “XO”‘s broad appeal, the duo self-released the song only to achieve millions of streams at a staggering speed, and between internet buzz and local radio play, they became Nashville’s next “it” band overnight.
Thanks to the hype of their EP and resonance throughout the blogosphere, Nightly spent much of the past couple of years on the road, appearing at events like Bonnaroo and SXSW, and sharing the stage with big names such as Ke$ha, The All-American Rejects, K.Flay, and The Struts. After beginning to tease new music last year, the duo returned in the fall with a highly-anticipated second EP, The Sound of Your Voice, which continues to fuse their pop accessibility and layered, contemporary, and synth-soaked flourished, showcasing even more range with everything from earnest, ballad-esque tunes to upbeat, dance-primed numbers. Thanks to their experience with prior projects, Nightly have always had a strong live show from the start, but after a few years on the road really honing what makes this band so unique, and especially thanks to a stellar batch of new material, there’s never been a better time to see one of Nashville’s best breakout indie pop acts in action!
Hailing originally from Gulf Shores, AL and now Nashville based, singer-songwriter Charli Adams has been making music since her preteen years, transitioning lately from her earlier alt/Americana style to full-on pop, with a sort of retro, synth-infused, ’80s edge. Over a series of singles released late last year, particularly standouts “Black Tee Shirt” and “Backseat,” Adams proved adept at using her remarkably powerful voice to anchor layered, emotionally resonant, and timeless pop tunes, harkening back to a time when true vocal prowess was a necessity, before the effects and augmentation that are a large staple of modern pop. Easily one of the most unique and refreshing up and comers in the Nashville pop scene, Charli Adams is a singer you should be keeping an eye on, and a great addition to this bill.
Like Nightly, local pop project Phangs sprung onto the scene in 2016, and, in another parallel, also has roots to a prior Nashville fixture. After a respectable run fronting buzzy rock group Cardboard Kids, frontman Jake Germany took a decidedly pop turn with his solo endeavor Phangs, impressing us out of the gate with his first single “Cul De Sac,” and remaining incredibly prolific ever since. 2017 saw Phangs drop his debut EP, Get in My Arms, expanding his dreamy, catchy, indie pop sound, exploring even further distinct and emotional vibes with last year’s Happy Season EP, and completing a planned trilogy last fall with N°1 Loves You. Long one of our favorite local pop artists, Phangs cements this bill as an essential sampling of Nashville pop- don’t be late!
Nightly, Charli Adams, and Phangs will perform tonight, March 31 at Exit/In. The show is 18+, begins at 8 p.m. (doors at 7 p.m.), and tickets are available to purchase for $15.