Brian Waters

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Biography

After living in Nashville for 20 years, Brian ventured off to college to attend MTSU.  Brian graduated from college in 2008 with a degree in Entrepreneurship.  In his spare time he enjoyed writing, booking shows, attending shows, traveling to festivals, and listening to the radio.   Before even looking at jobs, Brian got an internship at Lightning 100 in 2008.  He work on projects such as Music Business Radio, Local Lightning Spotlight, and festival coverage for the stations website.

I'm the web guy.  I own this website.

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AJ and the Jiggawatts

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If you are familiar with the soul scene of Nashville, then you have heard about AJ & The Jiggawatts. Born and raised in the south, AJ Eason has played in a number of bands ranging from The Spades to Space Capone since 1998 and his latest work helps spread the group’s groovy funk-rock from East Nashville to Murfreesboro and beyond. The Jiggawatts all play with other bands in the funk-soul genre, and use that musical experience to bring a deeper element to AJ & The Jiggawatt’s sound. A few days after releasing their first full-length album, which is self-titled, I had the chance to catch up with AJ of AJ & The Jiggawatts.

Q: What path did you take to get in to music?

A: I was born in Atlanta and raised in Memphis since the age of 5. I started singing around campfires and had a little bit of church in there. I went to University of Tennessee to study business and started playing drums. I released an album with a three piece band, Hitch, around 2005. Around that time I got tied in with the G.E.D. Soul Records crowd and was able to tour with the band Sky Hi in Atlanta. I then moved to Clarksville for a job, and later traveled with other bands. I moved to Nashville around 2008 and started playing with Space Capone after begging them to play percussion. I toured with them from 2009-2011and got to play a lot of festivals, including Bonnaroo. AJ & The Jiggawatts formed soon after with G.E.D. Soul Records founder Nick DeVan. DeVan plays drums, Andrew Muller, who plays with Deep Fried 5 is on guitar, and Tim Hawkins is on bass, while I made the move to the front of the stage. We pick up players along the way and for certain performances. Austin Little joins us on trombone, and Andrew Hagen joins us on saxophone. We have had the chance to tour the St. Louis and Chicago circuits, as well as the southern circuit, opening for acts such as Nappy Roots and Dirty Dozen Brass Band.

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Dean Fields

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Over 1000 shows, 10 years, and 200,000 miles have passed since Dean Fields went on the road to pursue a career in music. During that time his address changed from Richmond VA to Miami to Boston until most recently settling in Nashville TN. Now, he hits the road again to promote his most recent release “Any Minute Now.”

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Phantogram – Fall In Love

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Phantogram (formerly Charlie Everywhere) is an American electronic rock duo from Greenwich, New York, formed in 2007 and consisting of Josh Carter (vocals, guitars) and Sarah Barthel (vocals, keyboards). They write and record in a remote barn in upstate New York called Harmony Lodge. The band name was partially inspired by an optical illusion called a phantogram, in which two-dimensional images appear to be three-dimensional. They described their sound as “street beat, psych pop”. According to Josh Carter, their music has “lots of rhythms, swirling guitars, spacey keyboards, echoes, airy vocals.”

The band has released two studio albums (Eyelid Movies in 2009, Voices in 2014), four EPs (Phantogram and Running From the Cops in 2009, Nightlife in 2011, Phantogram in 2013) and eight singles.

Josh Carter and Sarah Barthel have been friends since junior high school. In the summer of 2007, Barthel returned home dissatisfied with pursuing a visual arts degree and Carter returned home after a brief stint in New York City with Grand Habit, an experimental band formed with his older brother, John. The two friends reunited and worked on finishing some songwriting ideas Carter made earlier and then finally formed the band. Carter and Barthel were inspired by artists like J Dilla, Madlib, Cocteau Twins, The Flaming Lips, Sonic Youth, Yes, The Beatles, David Bowie, John Frusciante, Serge Gainsbourg, Kevin Shields and Prince.

The duo collaborated with Big Boi from OutKast on three songs (“Objectum Sexuality”, “CPU” and “Lines”) from his second studio album, Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors. Phantogram are also credited as producers for the song “Objectum Sexuality”. Phantogram are also featured on the song “You Lust” by The Flaming Lips from their 2013 album The Terror. Barthel revealed in an interview with Variance Magazine in February 2014 that Phantogram plans to release an EP with Big Boi of OutKast.

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Justin Forrest

Justin ForrestDescribed as the next guitar phenomenon, Nashville Singer/Songwriter and guitarist, Justin Forrest, 21, brings a breath of fresh air to today’s music industry. Since winning the 2012 SESAC Project Next Showcase, Justin has started to build quite a reputation on the Nashville music scene and gained a good following here in the southeast. The Project Next Showcase is sponsored by SESAC to put a spotlight on up & coming writers and or Artists and it found a gem in Justin. After winning the showcase, Justin went on to debut himself at Hard Rock Nashville and sold out the venue. Since the beginning of 2013, Justin has been in a hiatus creating the groundwork to his career, and recording his debut album entitled “Chapters.”

Q: How long have you been in Nashville playing music?

A: First time was when I was 11 and have just been doing it ever since. Around 15 years now.

Q: Who are the biggest musical influences, and who do you think you sound like?

A: Before my father passed away he put in  a DVD of Stevie Ray Vaughan. This was probably when I was about 6 or 7 years old. After watching him on the DVD player it moved me and I knew I wanted more of it, so that’s what I think really influenced me first. As far as songwriting goes, definitely Bob Dylan, John Mayer, and even Jay-Z because of his empire that he’s built and his determination that he has with his music.

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Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival Lineup 2014

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Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival has become a cherished event that the city of San Francisco has embraced as fans from across the country flock to spend an incomparable weekend in one of America’s greatest parks. Each year, festival organizers ensure that every facet of the event highlights the Bay Area and all of the components that make it one of the most desirable places to live and visit. They also like to the say thank you to the city and the local communities surrounding the park by giving back in substantial ways. In its first six years, Outside Lands has raised over $8.3 million for the benefit of the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department. Based on a 2011 economic study, it is estimated that the festival generates over $70 million annually to the San Francisco economy.

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The confirmed Outside Lands 2014 lineup is below:

Kanye West, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, The Killers, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Arctic Monkeys, Tiësto, Death Cab For Cutie, Disclosure, The Flaming Lips, Ray LaMontagne, Spoon, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Atmosphere, Cut Copy, Tegan & Sara, Duck Sauce, Haim, Chromeo, Ben Howard, Lykke Li, Chvrches, Paolo Nutini, Capital Cities, Kacey Musgraves, Local Natives, Jenny Lewis,Grouplove, John Butler Trio, Tycho, The Kooks
SBTRKT, Nicki Bluhm and The Gramblers, Boys Noize, Phosphorescent, Run the Jewels (El-P & Killer Mike), Deer Tick, Holy Ghost!, Warpaint, Flume, Lucius , Typhoon, Dum Dum Girls, The Soul Rebels, Gold Panda, Christopher Owens, Bleachers, Big Freedia, Jagwar Ma

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Fenwick Photo Arts LLC

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With a rich background in fine art gallery shows, Fenwick Photo Arts brings a level of artistic quality to Nashville from the artist’s native Chicago that transcends fine art prints to weddings, album art, & family sessions.

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Bad Suns – Cardiac Arrest

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Southern California rock band Bad Suns formed in 2012 and in the short time since inception, have managed to be musically beyond their years. Made up of Christo Bowman (vocals), Gavin Bennett (bass), Miles Morris (drums) and Ray Libby (guitar) the four piece ranges from ages 19-22 yet has a sound reminiscent of rock stalwarts from generations past.  “I grew up with a lot of world music playing in the house. When I was 10, I started getting heavily interested in the guitar, and my dad began introducing me to his records from the 70’s and the 80’s. Initially Elvis Costello, then to The Clash, The Cure, and so on,” notes Christo. “All of these artists and bands had a big impact on me, at a young age, as far as song composition goes. “ Influences are apparent on the band’s upcoming EP Transpose, where angst-ridden riffs and ethereal yet charismatic vocals pay tribute to post-punk legends of the early 80’s. “ I started writing my first songs at that time,” Christo continues, “Though we can now reflect on that era of music, those artists were ahead of their time in a lot of ways. That’s what’s most inspiring.”

Transpose was recorded in the studio with producer Eric Palmquist (The Mars Volta, Wavves, Trash Talk) and serves as a prelude to the band’s debut full-length slated for 2014. “The writing and recording process is always exciting, because it’s constantly changing and unique to each song. Inspiration comes and goes as it pleases, so a night when a song gets written is a very good night,” says Christo. Comprised of four tracks, Transpose flows effortlessly from start to finish showcasing the band’s stadium ready anthems and undeniably catchy hooks. “Music has the ability to evoke certain feelings in people, a way that not much else can. The pairing of words and sounds can be an extremely powerful tool, when done right. I think the ultimate goal for this band is to make music that causes people to really feel something.”

Transpose will be released everywhere in the early months of 2014. The band will be playing ‘Nashville Sunday Night’ at 3rd and Lindsley on July 6th.

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Kongos – Come With Me Now

kongos (1)Kongos is a South African alternative rock band consisting of four brothers: Johnny, Jesse, Dylan and Daniel. They spent their childhoods in the city of London and in South Africa. They compose, record, and perform in Phoenix, Arizona. The four men are the sons of multi-million-seller British singer-songwriter John Kongos.

They are of Greek origin and have attended the Greek Saheti school in Gauteng, South Africa. Their song “Come with Me Now” was used in the official trailer for the film Holy Motors used.

The band’s debut album Lunatic was released in 2012. With the single “I’m Only Joking”, from the album topped various South African charts including all three of Tuks FM’s charts and received copious airtime on 5FM and on many other stations in South Africa. The music video for the song debuted on TV 5 on SABC 3 and was in rotation on MKTV. Their second single “Come with Me Now” was in rotation on both 5FM and Tuks FM. The song appeared on the 5FM Top 40 and the Tuks FM Top 30 charts.

In late October 2013, the band self-released Lunatic in the United States. In 2014, both “I’m Only Joking” and “Come With Me Now” began receiving noticeable exposure in the United States, gaining momentum in airplay on radio and being featured in television commercials there. As a result, the band was signed by Epic Records in late January 2014 and the band re-released Lunatic. “Come With Me Now” has sold more than 70,000 copies as of March 2014.

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LP – Night Like This

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After playing a ‘Nashville Sunday Night’ and coming into the Lighting 100 studio in February 18 to play live, there is no doubt LP is a gripping performer. LP is a curly-headed force of nature who looks like a cross between a young Bob Dylan and Marc Bolan, albeit often wielding a ukulele. A rockin’ ukulele, in front of a dynamic, versatile band, that is. And her voice is instantly ear-catching, a natural instrument of power and grace.

 

But there’s much more to it. There’s just something about the Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter-artist that grabs hold — a spirit, an exuberance, and a belief in her gifts as a musician and in the power of music to reach people. It comes through in her songs, whether written for Rihanna (the 2011 hit “Cheers”) and Christina Aguilera (“Beautiful People” from the movie Burlesque), or for herself, such as “Into the Wild” (the song that has tantalized ears through its use in a Citibank Card TV commercial) and the hauntingly epic “Tokyo Sunrise,” also from the “Live At EastWest Studios” EP (6-song CD + DVD) released April 24th, 2012.

 

While writing songs for others was rewarding,her most natural habitat is on stage. It was playing the L.A. club gigs that reenergized LP’s drive to write songs for herself as a solo artist. Fueled by a contagious, pure love of performing, LP’s stage presence is inherently powerful with a free-flowing, infectious confidence honed through her years of touring.

 

LP — born and raised in New York and now a Los Angeles — came to music early, despite hailing from a “family of doctors and lawyers.” Her mom loved to sing, though, and the youngster was not to be deterred. She was drawn heavily to transformational artists, those who blended mystique with the rare ability to make an instant connection with listeners, both as performers and writers.

 

When LP talks about the music and artists who have provided inspiration, she says: “I’m a huge Jeff Buckley fan. Kurt Cobain is another one — he was able to make the most unique music that stands on its own. I also love Chris Cornell’s voice and Chrissie Hynde’s swagger. I love Joni Mitchell, Jim Morrison, and Robert Plant; and I really appreciate rappers like Jay-Z. The wordplay is really important to me. I’m into so much music and I draw from everywhere.”

LP’s highly anticipated full length album will be released on June 3rd, 2014 via Warner Bros. Records. The album is titled Forever For Now and was produced by Grammy Award winning producer, Rob Cavallo. The album’s first single, “Night Like This,” is out today.

 

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Jack White new track “High Ball Stepper”

“High Ball Stepper” from Jack White’s new album LAZARETTO out June 9/10.  So it’s not actually the full song, just the instrumental version.  It’s still a good listen.  Jack White will be headlining the Bonnaroo Music And Arts Festival.

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Artist of the Week: Forlorn Strangers

942245_529069903826945_486815161_nForlorn Strangers is made up of Ben, Chris, Jesse, Hannah and Abigail. Hailing from different states around the country, they are united by their love for Americana music and their passion for songwriting. They are a heavy, harmony based, Americana influenced group that brings positive vibes to every show they play. Their first CD “While The Grass Grows” was released in September and they have since been touring the east coast. The writing and recording process is something special to them as they all contribute and get to watch a song come to life.

You are from Florida, Maryland, Minnesota, and Virginia, how did you all meet and form?

Chris: Ben, Hannah and I met at a college in West Palm Beach, FL called Palm Beach Atlantic University. Then we moved to Waco, TX and worked on a farm before making the move to Nashville.

Hannah: We met Jesse as soon as we moved to Nashville last Fall, a little over a year ago. Then we begged my sister Abigail to move here to be in the band. We were like “We need you!”

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Kate Tucker & Sons of Sweden

KTSOS web IMG_8926Seattle-born, Nashville-based Kate Tucker and the Sons of Sweden have characteristics of The Cardigans, Cocteau Twins, and early U2 on their new album The Shape the Color The Feel. 

It began with a rebirth, as Tucker moved from Seattle to Nashville via NYC, where she met Wes Chandler and Ethan Place, two musicians recently relocated from southern Illinois. Their combined sound was closer to the first KT+SOS record than it was to Tucker’s solo Americana work, so with the blessing of the original Seattle lineup, the Sons of Sweden name was resurrected. 

Produced by Konrad Snyder (Kopecky Family Band) at The Brown Owl in Nashville, with additional production from Jordan Lehning, The Shape The Color The Feel was a collaborative effort from the beginning. Original Son of Sweden Nic Danielson joined the new lineup in Nashville to put his signature spin on the tracks, and singer-songwriter Matthew Perryman Jones lent his voice to a song, as did Wilder Embry, and Hannah Holbrook of SHEL. 

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Jillian Edwards – Apologies

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Jillian Edwards is a 25-year old Nashville based singer-songwriter originally from Dallas, TX. Edwards has had the chance to work with or open for a number of acts, including: Drew & Ellie Holcomb, Josh Garrels, Ben Rector, David Ramirez, The Civil Wars, and Bethany Dillon. Edwards released her first EP, Galaxies & Such, Edwards’ in 2009 and released her second effort, Headfirst, in 2011, which held the #1 spot on singer-songwriter charts for its entire release week. She married Will Franklin Chapman and the pair along with her brother-in-law, Caleb Chapman, both members of the band Colony House, created an indie-folk side project called “The Inlaws.” Edwards co-wrote and sang on the title track of Ellie Holcomb’s latest album, “With You Now.” She also sang vocals on “How Great Thou Art,” a track from Steven Curtis Chapman’s bluegrass record, “Deep Roots.”  The title track from her latest work, “Daydream,” is featured on an iTunes compilation album and her most recent effort was released on March 11, 2014. I had the chance to chat with Lightning’s artist of the week about her latest piece of work and how this Texas native made her way to Nashville.

Q: You are originally from Dallas, TX and recently moved to Nashville. How does the music scene differ in these two cities and how has it influenced your style of music?

A: My transition was more from college to Nashville because I started playing shows while in college. There is a combination of growing up in Dallas and the college culture. It’s more common for people to make a living through music in Nashville. You can view it either as encouraging or be intimidated and act competitively. Everyone wants to help people here.

Q: How did you get to where you are now?

A: I grew up singing in school and church, and had parents who sang. Music has always been in my family’s blood. I have always known that’s what I wanted to do, but also wanted to go to college. I went to college knowing that I wanted to be an artist, as I believe that to be my purpose, but studied communication. I had planned to move to Nashville as soon as possible. I lived in Nashville summer before my senior year at Waco. There were a few mentors that encouraged and believed in me. Being a student highlighted my desire to pursue being an artist full time. It felt like the right time and I was ready to go. Moving to Nashville was the natural next step in my career. Now living in Nashville and not being a student, it feels like home.

Q: You’ve worked with or opened for a range of artists (Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors, Ben Rector, The Civil Wars, David Ramirez, etc.), who is your favorite collaborator?

A: Ellie Holcomb is one of my favorite people to write with. If I write with her, I know I am going to like the outcome of it. I was able to open for those artists on their tour stops through Texas. There was one venue in Waco, called Common Ground, that these artists played at and I made myself available to open for any artists of the artists coming through.

Q: Your last EP was released two years ago, how does it differ from your new EP, if at all?

A: I really love the sound on this record. It matches what I hoped it to be and it feels very organic. There are things about each record that I want to keep progressing. This 8-song EP was produced by Joe Causey, and he was able to capture my sound and highlight it.

Q: Do you have a favorite track?

A: There is a live version of “In Just A Little While,” which is a song I wrote for my husband. It’s sort of me speaking to him and speaking words that both of us live by. They are all special to me, but that one stands out because of its truth.

Q: Some of your influences are Allison Krauss, Patty Smith, and Mindy Smith. Would you consider these your influences or consider yourself in the same genre?

A: I consider my genre as singer/songwriter. I don’t like to label my music as pop, folk, or country as some songs vary in their sound.

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Music City Mayhem tracks

Lightning 100 wants to thank every band that enter into Music City Mayhem.  We had over 340 bands submit and we could only accept less than 10% of these bands for the contest.  Take some time to listen to the tracks!  Voting begins on March 17th.

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Lewis – Flex

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Both raised in Indianapolis, IN they unknowingly attended the same high school. Chris left to study music in Bloomington, IN, and Peter to study music in Evanston, IL. They met through a mutual friend and relocated to Chicago where they formed Peter Terry & The City Profits in 2010, having set out to find a blend between folk/rock & soul. In 2011 they relocated once again to Nashville, TN. As PTCP, the guys began receiving acclaim after being featured on indie radio station, Lightning 100, with their single “The Lawyer”. After 3 years of being on the scene, they soon realized their sound was evolving into what is now known as “LEWIS”.

As a duo, LEWIS released their debut self-titled EP in February 2014 with help from former member Stephen Juergensen on cello and Zach Allen at the production helm.
LEWIS is a bit more electronic and fresh compared to their first album “I Am Jackson” when they were known as PTCP. Mixing their numerous musical influences (from jazz, classical, rock, blues, electronic, to folk) has produced a fresh, adventurous sound. They’re using their roots of blues, soul, and rock as a foundation to further explore afro-beat and synth pop. LEWIS is very excited to share their latest EP as they delve into this new chapter.

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Colony House – Keep On, Keepin On

841228_247179208772444_1325660462_oColony House is a three piece rock band from Franklin, TN founded by brothers Caleb and Will Chapman, and shortly thereafter joined by friend/guitarist Scott Mills. From the beginning, the chemistry between the three young men has defined their approach to music and the road.

The members of Colony House are joined together by many things, and it has developed into a unique brotherhood where three stories have melded into one.

“We believe we have a story to tell – a story of hope and perseverance. That’s what we want to leave people with.”

With three EP’s setting the framework of this story – Colony House EP (2010), Trouble (2010), and To The Ends Of The World (2011) – Colony House is currently writing the next chapter in the form of their debut full length album, When I Was Younger, scheduled to release later this year.

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Majestico – I Just Want To

217031_10150209887039467_8356715_nMajestico was born from the breath of a new America, a land at the end of reason, where dogma meets God. At the beginning, he found himself living in a bungalow behind the local zoo. Amid the sounds of monkeys and elephants, he began recording what would be his first record “Boundary Conditions”. It was released into that great void they call the Inter-Net and although it remains undiscovered by the outside world, it was received with much excitement among peers.

Majestico then moved to Little Biv Town and made a bed in the studio there. Attempts were made at new recordings but the project was plagued with technical problems, personal disputes, and money was scarce. But late that summer, there was a breakthrough. A show was planned to be held in the studio so Majestico gathered a band to perform. That night people poured into the room as a cloud of steam formed above. While he played, they danced. This was all new to him, and although recording had been stunted, a new vision was realized. He just wanted to rock. Marked by this new freedom, Majestico continued to write songs and play everywhere that was cool; bars, clubs, houses, warehouses…wherever. Then Jeffery Drag Records approached him to record a 7″. He agreed and took the band to Battletapes to record the “Love is God” EP. It was released in 2012. This brought him to the doorstep of producer Andrija Tokic and Bomb Shelter Studios, where his friends the Alabama Shakes had recorded their album. This time, recording was a sinch. The music fell onto the tape and the album “When Kingdom Come” materialized. A new saga has been formed in Nashville, Tennessee and the future has no bounds.

Editor’s Note: Majestico is currently surfing your airwaves. He’s cruising a tram ride on the milky-way highway searching for the key to life, He’s totally cool, laid back, and humble. He doesn’t believe in slaughtering wheat or vegetables just to eat them. That’s wrong, but if you disagree he respects your opinion because freedom is the price we pay to get to blow stuff up with hand grenades and bazookas.

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Bastille’s Pompeii / Lion King mashup

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Lightning 100 loves Bastille’s song Pompeii.  We joke around how the intro sounds similar to the Lion King theme song.  So we put the two together for your enjoyment.  Click here to watch the video. Read more

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Phoenix Secret Show

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Check out this secret show session featuring Phoenix filmed by OurVinyl.tv.

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Lord Huron Secret Show

Lord Huron performing a secret show for some Lightning 100 listeners before their sold out show at Cannery Ballroom last week.

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Echosmith – Cool Kids

photo-credit-smallz-raskind-extralarge_1383852233770What a difference a year makes. In 12 short months, Echosmith have gone from little-known Los Angeles alt-pop gem to Warped Tour’s undeniable breakout band. Basking in the glow of a summer spent playing to thousands of fans all over the country, the quartet—which consists of Sierota siblings Jamie (vocals/guitar), Sydney (vocals/keyboard), Noah (vocals/bass), and Graham (drums)—is even more excited to share their music with all the people who weren’t able to see them on the annual punk-rock summer camp.

“We were super excited when we found out we’d be playing [Warped Tour],” remembers Jamie. “So many bands grow from that and come out with tons of fans.” Adds Sydney, “Going into it, I was totally nervous because we were so different, style-wise and age-wise, from almost every other band and I wasn’t sure if that was going to work against us, but it ended up being the exact opposite.” The band was originally slated to play just the first half of the tour, but the reaction was so overwhelming, they were invited to stay until the end, which meant more people would get to hear music off the band’s upcoming debut album, Talking Dreams, out Oct. 1.

The full-length was produced by Mike Elizondo (Tegan And Sara, Gary Clark Jr., Maroon 5), who also happened to sign the band to Warner Bros. along with WBR chairman and fellow producer Rob Cavallo. Though the members of Echosmith might be young, they are heavily influenced by the music they listened to growing up—which includes a lot of early-’80s New Wave—and can be heard on songs like “Come With Me” and “The Safest Place.”

The band’s new album might not be out until fall, but if you go to any Echosmith show, in the meantime, you’ll already hear the audience singing right along. In June, Echosmith released a 3-song Summer Sampler, featuring tracks from the LP, including fan favorites like “Come Together,” “Cool Kids” and the debut’s title track, the video for which was directed by famed actress Clea DuVall (Argo, American Horror Story).

“I remember the first time it happened [on Warped], it seemed so weird to me,” remembers Sydney. “I’d get the chills every time—even though it was 110 degrees. It’s just so cool to see other people as passionate about the band as we are.”

With a blend of style and substance, it’s no wonder Echosmith is connecting with both critics and fans. Alternative Press named them as one of the “100 Bands You Need To Know in 2013,” MTV declared them a “Buzzworthy Obsession” and Seventeen called Sydney’s voice “stunning.” Plus, after seeing the band’s electric live show, recent converts are constantly tweeting glowing endorsements like “I listened to @echosmith for four hours straight in the car yesterday” and “I am so freaking excited for the @echosmith new album!!! #cantwait.”

One song that seems to get the loudest crowd response is “Cool Kids,” a dreamy Smiths-esque strut that encourages people embrace our differences because that’s actually what makes each and every one of us cool. With lyrics like, “I wish that I could be like the cool kids / ’Cause all the cool kids seem to fit in,” it’s no wonder fans of all ages are relating to the sentiment. Echosmith’s “in crowd” of outsiders is sure to grow when the band hits the road for more tourdates this fall. So what’s it like for them to look out on-stage and see a sea of smiling young faces staring back? “I think it’s really cool to be the same age as our fans,” explains Sydney, “because when we meet each other and start talking, it’s like we’re friends already.”

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Rebecca Roubion – What Love Looks Like

rebecca roubionRaised in the Heart of Dixie, Rebecca Roubion is more than a pretty face with a song. At times, a sleight, speckled songbird commanding affection to a sprightly, weightless tune; at others, Roubion presents as a barely-hinged crooner, bearing her heart in a soaring, emphatic ballad. Carol King and Eva Cassidy are anything but strangers, and while she borrows from these soulful matriarchs of yore, there’s something fresh and enticing about her interpretation of folk-infused indie-pop.

“There’s a beautifully fresh voice on the Nashville music scene, and it belongs to Rebecca Roubion. It’s time to be introduced to the sweet sounds of this emerging artist with tastings of soul and folk that mark the start of a promising future for this independent Nashville artist.” – John Tumminello, Musicians Corner

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Nickel Creek Poster Contest

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Submit a photo with 2 of your friends in front of the poster for a chance to win 3 front row tickets to the show!  Visit one of these locations to take the picture!  Click here to upload your photo.  Voting end son Feb 21st at 5pm(CST).

Locations
Soulshine
Tin Roof & The Green Room
Fat Bottom
Garage Coffee Company
Pour House Nashville

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Foster the People – Coming of Age

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Foster The People have unveiled the official music video for “Coming Of Age,” the first single from their highly anticipated forthcoming album Supermodel (out March 18 on Columbia Records). Directed by BRTHR, the nostalgic video can be seen HERE, as well as on air on MTV, MTV2, mtvU and MTV Hits throughout the day. VH1 will also premiere the video on the Top 20 Countdown this Saturday, February 8 at 9:00 a.m. and Sunday, February 9 at 8:00 a.m. Additionally, watch a special behind-the-scenes video and interview on MTV HERE and VH1 HERE.

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