Colony 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.
Majestico 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.
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
Check out this secret show session featuring Phoenix filmed by OurVinyl.tv.
Lord Huron performing a secret show for some Lightning 100 listeners before their sold out show at Cannery Ballroom last week.
What 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.”
Raised 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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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.
Join us every Saturday at Pour House Nashville from 1 to 3 for the Hang Out Games! Come to compete for your chance for a Grand Prize VIP package to the Hang Out Festival 2014! We’ll also be giving away several General Admission Tickets! The more you come, the more you have a chance to win. We’ll also have some live performances from some of the local bands that will be performing at the Hang Out Festival 2014. Stay tuned in to Lightning 100 for the up to date information on who and when bands will be performing. Let the games begin!
Koa started in the fall of 2012, with Chase Bader (Vocals, Guitar) and Conor Kelly (Lead Guitar) at Belmont University, following past musical ventures by both. After years of sending material back and forth over the internet to each other, Conor relocated to Nashville, where the two began to reconstruct some of the past ideas. The two met Ryan Ladd (Bass) and began recording what is to be their debut ep Cool It Down, which came out in February 2013. Will Youngclaus (Drums) soon after joined the band locking down the rhythm section, and finally Alex Mathews (Sax), completing the lineup. We’re all about the good vibes and making people dance; come see us play!
Rules for Counterpoint Beer, Bands & Bingo:
Each Tuesday between February 4, 2014 and March 25, 2014 (“contest period”) Lightning 100 & Tin Roof Nashville will play Beer Bands & Bingo for a chance to win a pair of weekend passes to Counterpoint Festival 2014! Counterpoint Festival 2014 will feature performances by Outkast, Foster The People, STS9, Pretty Lights, Moon Taxi, Sleigh Bells, Thievery Corporation and many more in Kingston Downs, Georgia, April 25-27. Complete lineup at www.counterpointfestival.com
How it works:
Join us each Tuesday beginning February 4, 2014 and ask for your Beer Bands & Bingo punch card and hang out to play bingo for a chance at great weekly prizes.
During the Beer Bands & Bingo event each Tuesday during the contest period, each winning Bingo game card may be exchanged for an entry into the Grand Prize drawing. Bring your punch card each week during the contest period and the Tin Roof staff will punch your card after you’ve played at least two games of bingo.
On March 25, 2014, at the end of the contest period, one entry blank will be given for entry in the Grand Prize for every punch on the punch card during the contest period.
Odds of winning Grand Prize depends upon number of eligible entries received.
Grand Prize drawing will be held Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at the conclusion of Beer Bands & Bingo (approximately 10pm) inside the Green Room at Tin Roof Nashville. Eligible participants MUST BE PRESENT TO WIN ON MARCH 25, 2014 AT 10PM. MUST BE 21 YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER TO ENTER.
The band was formed in Nashville, Tennessee in 2009, and currently consists of keyboardist/guitarist/singer Daniel Ellsworth from Minnesota, drummer Joel Wren from Kansas, guitarist Timon Lance and bassist Marshall Skinner both from Ohio. Former member(s) of the band include Ricky Perry who played guitar on their first album, Civilized Man.
In 2010, the band ran a Kickstarter campaign in order to fund their album, Civilized Man. The album was engineered and co-produced by Mark Nevers, who has also worked with Will Oldham, Andrew Bird, Yo La Tengo and Lambchop. The album was recorded at Beech House Studios in Nashville, Tennessee in early 2011, and was released digitally and physically in May 2011.
In late 2011, Amazon MP3 named Daniel Ellsworth and the Great Lakes’ album, Civilized Man, the number 76 album out of the top 100 albums of the year. At the same time, the online music retailer also named the band’s single, “Shoe Fits,” the number seven song of the year. On February 2, 2012, Civilized Man was featured as Amazon MP3‘s Daily Deal and the following week, the album charted on Billboard’s Heatseeker’s chart at position 18.
“Shoe Fits” was released as a music video on August 8, 2011, and was Directed and Produced by Austin Gros, in Nashville, Tennessee. The single was also featured on the Australian Television series Offspring and was included on their Season 3 Soundtrack, released in Australia on June 8, 2012.
The band released their second music video for the song “Bleeding Tongue” on June 6, 2012. It premiered on Paste Magazine.
The single “Passenger” was featured in an episode of Grey’s Anatomy on November 8, 2012. The increased attention landed the song on Amazon MP3‘s Best Songs of 2012 at the number 33 spot.
Daniel Ellsworth & The Great Lakes was named by The Deli Magazine as Nashville’s Best Emerging Artist of 2012. The title was given based on a combination of fan voting and staff opinions.
In May 2013, Daniel Ellsworth & The Great Lakes entered the studio to record their second full-length album at Sputnik Sound in Nashville, Tennessee. The album was co-produced by Grammy Award winner Vance Powell, who has worked withThe Whigs, Kings of Leon, Jack White, and The White Stripes. The album is expected to be released in early 2014 with an extensive tour in support of the album. While in studio, the band was featured in an article in Paste Magazine, including an interview and a write-up saying “There’s very little you can guarantee in life, but one of the surer bets is that Daniel Ellsworth and the Great Lakes will make you dance.”
In anticipation of the band’s new album, Esquire named Daniel Ellsworth & the Great Lakes one of their 15 Bands to Watch in 2014.
The band’s second album, named Kid Tiger, is set to be released on March 4, 2014. The songs were written while the band was touring and represented a collaborative effort of the band members. The first single from the new record, entitled “Sun Goes Out”, was released on January 21, 2014.
Life’s unpredictable purpose always seems to stem from life’s worst tragedies. That is just how Goodbye June was created. In June of 2005, guitarist Tyler Baker received the worst news of his life. His brother, PFC Shane Baker, was home on leave from the military and had been in a fatal car accident. His cousins Brandon Qualkenbush, Landon Milbourn and the rest of the family traveled to southern Indiana to comfort and ease the sting of unexpectedly losing a close loved one. For the next few weeks, the three cousins stayed together to comfort each other, reminisce about old times, laugh and cry over memories and, of course, play music together which essentially lead to the three of them writing songs to help pass the time.
In the months that followed, Landon, Brandon, and Tyler, all first cousins, began spending more time together in a makeshift rehearsal space in Tyler’s basement. “Music became a healthy emotional release,” says Landon, “which helped us to start the healing process and move forward with our lives.” When songs formed, they would take them to a local studio used to record jingles and radio commercials and started recording a demo. Once the demo was ready and they had a few shows under their belt, their family and friends began asking what their band name was. “We decided to name the band Goodbye June, to honor the memory of our brother passing and encapsulate what inspired the beginnings of this band,” explains Brandon, “if he wouldn’t have passed, I’d probably still be painting and never would have pursued music as a career.”
Brandon’s father, a Pentecostal preacher, and Landon’s father, a choir director, evangelized throughout the Bible belt during their childhood. Naturally, the cousins played and sang during these fiery Pentecostal church services. However, their musical influences are not confined to only the music they played in the sanctuary. “I would go and play at the Player’s Pub [a local blues bar in Bloomington, Indiana] and sit in on songs by anyone from Stevie Ray Vaughan to Booker T & The MG’s,” says Tyler. “It changed the way I thought about music. The music was built around moving people, much like the gospel music I was used to playing.” During their teens, Landon and Brandon found themselves listening to the secular music that was never allowed in their homes during childhood. “I remember sneaking in Bush’s Razorblade Suitcase record into my room and playing it with the volume turned down so low I had to have my ear right next to the speaker so my parents couldn’t hear it,” reminisces Brandon. You can hear these shadows of black gospel, blues, and old country hymns mixed into Goodbye June’s brand of rock.
Over the next three years after that long summer of 2005, the boys of Goodbye June began playing their material across the Midwest. They packed up their equipment in a borrowed trailer from a close family friend, and played to whoever would give them a stage. They returned home with stories about near death experiences, sleepless, rowdy nights and a flock of new fans throughout the Midwest. Goodbye June was on the map, and they have been pushing forward ever since. In 2009, taking the advice of close friends in the music industry, the cousins made the plunge and moved to Nashville TN, and became part of Music City’s emerging rock scene.
The members of Goodbye June have spent much of the past decade honing their skill as songwriters along with their proficiency as vocalists and musicians. Although Landon and Brandon are principally identified playing acoustic guitar and electric guitar, both cousins also play piano, drums, accordion and most anything else with strings or keys. Tyler always joked that he could “just play guitar” and that made him less of a man when compared to his multi-talented 1st cousins. Clearly, however, the sum of their collective efforts makes for a much greater musical experience. They typically write together and draw off of each other’s ideas. Being strong songwriters individually, and even stronger as a unit, there is never any shortage of material to build songs around. They have no set method to the songwriting process; the only constant is that everyone gets involved at some point. The fact is, the cousins of Goodbye June are constantly working on their music and perfecting their artistry, because they know that’s what it takes to make music that matters.
Their debut album “Nor The Wild Music Flow” released in June of 2012, alongside their highly anticipated debut music video “Microscope” featuring St. Louis Rams head coach Jeff Fisher and country star Steve Holy. The band embarked on a debut European tour in Fall 2013 where they toured through Germany, Sweden, Finland, Holland, Belgium, France, and Spain during a 6-week stint across the Atlantic. Goodbye June also just announced a new album coming soon with Grammy-nominated producer Paul Moak. The band is fired up about the yet to be titled sophomore project, stating “we want this album to showcase our grit and soul by focusing on straight up rock ‘n roll.”
The nominations for the 86th Academy Awards were announced this morning, with Thor himself Chris Hemsworth and Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Cheryl Boone Isaacs dropping the news. Want to watch the Oscars in style? Click here to find out about Oscars at The Belcourt!
Here are the key nominations:
- American Hustle
- Captain Phillips
- Dallas Buyers Club
- 12 Years a Slave
- The Wolf of Wall Street
- American Hustle, David O. Russell
- Gravity, Alfonso Cuarón
- Nebraska, Alexander Payne
- 12 Years a Slave, Steve McQueen
- The Wolf of Wall Street, Martin Scorsese
Gulf Shores, AL (January 15, 2014) – Hangout Music Festival organizers announce and celebrate the lineup for the fifth annual Hangout Music Fest, featuring The Black Keys, The Killers, Outkast, Jack Johnson, Queens of the Stone Age, Pretty Lights, The Avett Brothers, Modest Mouse and The Flaming Lips on the beautiful beaches of Gulf Shores, AL on May 16-18, 2014. Also included in the stellar over 75-band lineup are STS9, Wiz Khalifa, Zedd, Childish Gambino, Amos Lee, Conor Oberst, Tegan and Sara, Portugal The Man, Fitz and the Tantrums, Capital Cities, Boys Noize, Bloody Beetroots, Ingrid Michaelson, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, The 1975 and Bastille. Bands will play on six stages, including the newly added Red Bull Sound Select stage.
Weekend tickets go on-sale this Thursday, January 16 at 10 a.m. EST at www.hangoutmusicfest.com for $229.
The Black Keys, The Killers, OutKast, Jack Johnson, Queens of the Stone Age, Pretty Lights, The Avett Brothers, Modest Mouse, The Flaming Lips, STS9Wiz Khalifa, Zedd, Childish Gambino, Amos Lee, Conor Oberst, Tegan and Sara, Portugal. The Man, Fitz and the Tantrums, Capital Cities, NEEDTOBREATHE, Boys Noize, Bloody Beetroots, Ingrid Michaelson, Blackberry Smoke, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Bastille, Chance The Rapper, Soja, Allen Stone, The 1975, ALO, Claude VonStroke, Los Lobos, Andrew W.K., Black Lips, Moon Taxi, Little Green Cars, Tom Odell, Balkan Beat Box, Valerie June, Brodinski, Wild Belle, RAC, Daedelus, Robert DeLong, heRobust, RDGLDGRN, Shakey Graves, Bronze Radio Return, Wild Cub, Le1f, Reignwolf, Gemini Club, The Wans, Diarrhea Planet, Bad Suns, Desert Noises, John and Jacob, Ethan Tucker, Mystery Skulls, Lonely Biscuits, Los Colognes, Bagheera, Dugas, and more!
You’ve been hearing Sara Jean Kelley’s song “Train” on Lightning 100, now hear it live!
The Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival takes place April 11-13 & April 18-20 at the Empire Polo Fields in Indio, CA. Tickets for both weekends go on sale Friday, January 10th at 10am PST. More ticket info can be found below or at Coachella.com. General admission festival passes for Weekend 1 must be purchased as a shuttle combination. All pass types are available for Weekend 2. The price you see is the price you pay — prices reflect all fees included. Layaway is no longer an option for either weekend.
Alphabetical : AFI, Alesso, Aloe Blacc, Anthony Green, Anti-Flag, Arcade Fire, Bastille, Beady Eye, Beck, Big Gigantic, Blood Orange, Bombay Bicycle Club, Broken Bells, Cage The Elephant, Calvin Harris, Capital Cities,Carnage, Chance The Rapper, Chromeo, Chvrches, City And Colour, Coachella, Coachella 2014, Coachella 2014 Lineup, Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, Crosses, dillon francis, Disclosure, Duck Sauce, Dum Dum Girls,Ellie Goulding, Empire of the Sun, Fatboy Slim, Fishbone, Flosstradamus, Flume, Foster The People, Frank Turner,Girl Talk, Grouplove, Haim, Holy Ghost!, J Roddy Walston & the Business, Kate Nash, Kid Cudi, Krewella, Lana Del Rey, lineup, Little Dragon, Lorde, MAKJ, MGMT, Mogwai, Motörhead, MS MR, Muse, Nas, Neko Case, Outkast, Pet Shop Boys, Pharrell Williams, Queens Of The Stone Age, RL Grime, Skrillex, Sleigh Bells, Surfer Blood, The 1975,The Afghan Whigs, The Cult, The Glitch Mob, The Head And The Heart, The Knife, the naked and famous, The Replacements, The Toy Dolls, title fight, Warpaint, White Lies, Zedd, ZZ Ward
Aside from the obvious, the band That’s My Kid, and a panda bear don’t share too many similarities with each other. One is a cute, furry, and endangered mammal that mostly resides in the Orient where bamboo chutes are it’s main food source. The other, however, is a rock and roll band whose diet is solely composed of distortion, crash hits, and all things that groove.
Now, entering their second year as a group, That’s My Kid, is making sure everyone knows they’re open for business. From hitting the road touring, gigging around Nashville, or just playing super loud at band practice, odds are you’ll be hearing from them pretty soon.
Forrest Arnold, guitar/vocals, and Abraham Fongnaly, drums/enthusiasm, met in middle school many moons ago in Murfreesboo, TN. It wasn’t until just a few years ago that they started putting some songs together. Shortly after these impromptu sessions had begun, they found the last piece of their musical puzzle, bassist and overall cool dude, Jashaun Smith.
Ever since, TMK has been busy making a name for themselves. That’s My Kid has made themselves regular guests at many different house show venues, and of course many regular licensed venues, as well, all across the southeast. Last April they released their eight-song debut This One which is available for free download on their website www.thatsmykidmusic.com, but their newest release was December’s EP The Dark Horse Sessions recorded in nearby Franklin, TN, also available for a free download on their facebook page.
That’s My Kid is knocking on the door. Nashville’s door, the music door, and most likely your bedroom door because they just wanna hang out. They’re gonna keep on keepin’ on, and pretty soon they’ll be rockin’ and rollin’ right to your front door.
NASHVILLE, Tennessee (February 8, 2012) – Most artists hoping to make it big in country music move to Nashville instead of away from it, but not Sara Jean Kelley. She grew up right here (what if people not in Nashville read this?) in Music City, born into a family of musicians that encouraged artistic expression and never hesitated to jump in the car and head across the country for the opportunity to perform in front of an audience.
Sara Jean could hardly wait to set off on her own adventure, and just days after graduating high school, that’s exactly what she did, loading up her car for a long road trip that would inspire her next move in life. A gal has a lot of time to think while behind the wheel, hours upon hours of asphalt flying by underneath, and what started as a simple vacation turned into a two-year sabbatical spanning the west. She reveled in the vast Colorado wilderness that would become a temporary new home and soaked in the inspiration that surrounded her, never forsaking her Southern roots.
After 2 years in Durango, home called to Sara Jean and she hit the road back to Nashville. She was sharpened by the journey, having had plenty of time to discover what she was put into the world to do and hone her skills as a performer.
Since the age of 16, Sara Jean has been captivating audiences across the country with her classic beauty, sultry voice and haunting lyrical stories. She has both roughed it out on the road, singing for her dinner and a bed to sleep in for the night, and snagged her own private dressing rooms in some of the most notable US venues, sharing stages with her icons: Emmylou Harris, Willie Nelson and Rodney Crowell, just to name a few. Her slew of original songs offer the familiarity of traditional country and bluegrass while mixing in a healthy dose of modern Americana.
Like many great artists whose ambition is driven by their passion, Sara Jean is her toughest critic. In 2010, she performed for thousands of fans at Mobile, Alabama’s BayFest Music Festival. After a heart-wrenching performance received by thunderous applause, she kicked herself unforgivably for reversing the lyrics to a line of one of her songs during the encore. She was almost inconsolable until the next day when, despite the fact that the festival’s bill included a long list of major headlining acts, it was her picture that appeared on the 1A cover of the Mobile Press-Register, under the headline “Perfection.” It was no surprise that she was invited back to the same festival in 2011.
It is that tenacious spirit that drives Sara Jean to always improve, to always challenge herself. She is carrying the torch for a new generation of Americana artists. With her sights set on recording a new album this year (a follow up to 2006’s “Dollhouse”), Sara Jean has been writing relentlessly on her own and with several other Nashville songwriters including Jedd Hughes, Big Kenny and Will Kimbrough (guitarist for Emmylou Harris). Kimbrough is also slated to produce the project, along with Dave Coleman of The Coalmen, which will be released by the end of this year.
We’ve had a great year of new music on 100.1 FM. Thanks for your help and suggestions. Tune in all day for the Count Up, Count Down of our 100 favorite songs of 2013. What song do you think will be #1?
1. – Civil Wars – The One That Got Away
2. – Lord Huron – Time To Run
3. – Vampire Weekend – Unbelievers
4. – Wild Feathers – The Ceiling
5. – Lorde – Royals
6. – The Mowgli’s – San Francisco
7. – The Neighbourhood – Sweater Weather
8. – Milo Green – 1957
9. – Mumford and Sons – Lover Of The Light
10. – Alt-J – Breeze Blocks
11. – Family of the Year – Hero
12. – Vance Joy – Riptide
13. – Frightened Rabbit – The Woodpile
14. – The Lumineers – Stubborn Love
15. – Jake Bugg – Lightning Bolt
16. – Passenger – Let Her Go
17. – The Features – This Disorder
18. – The Head and The Heart – Shake
19. – Fitz and The Tantrums – Out Of My League
20. – Lord Huron – She Lit A Fire
21. – Bastille – Pompeii
22. – Lorde – Team
23. – ZZ Ward – Put The Gun Down
24. – Cage The Elephant – Come A Little Closer
25. – Kopecky Family Band – Are You Listening
26. – Imagine Dragons – Demons
27. – Frank Turner – Recovery
28. – ZZ Ward – 365 Days
29. – Maximo Park – The Undercurrents
30. – Tame Impala – Elephant
31. – The Lumineers – This Must Be The Place (Naïve Melody)
32. – Muse – Madness
33. – Ben Howard – Keep Your Head Up
34. – The Unlikely Candidates – Follow My Feet
35. – Serena Ryder – Stompa
36. – Muse – Panic Station
37. – Jake Bugg – Two Fingers
38. – Leagues – Spotlight
39. – Fitz and The Tantrums – 6 am
40. – The Lone Bellow – Bleeding Out
41. – Man Man – Head On
42. – Kings of Leon – Temple
43. – Pearl Jam – Sirens
44. – Kings of Leon – Supersoaker
45. – Tom Odell – Another Love
46. – Matt Pond – Love To Get Used
47. – Civil Wars – I Had Me A Girl
48. – Avett Brothers – Another Is Waiting
49. – Dawes – Most People
50. – The Weeks – Brother In the Night
51. – Of Monsters and Men – King And Lionheart
52. – Walk The Moon – Tightrope
53. – Will Hoge – Never Give In
54. – Moon Taxi – The New Black
55. – Phoenix – Trying To be Cool
56. – Frank Turner – The Way I Tend To Be
57. – Matt Nathanson – Mission Bells
58. – Jack Johnson – I Got You
59. – Brett Dennen – Wild Child
60. – Portugal the Man – Modern Jesus
61. – Bronze Radio Return – Shake Shake Shake
62. – Aloe Blacc – Wake Me Up
63. – Wallflowers – It’s A Dream
64. – The Kopecky Family Band – Heartbeat
65. – Rubens – My Gun
66. – J. Roddy Walston and The Business – Take It As It Comes
67. – Capital Cities – Safe And Sound
68. – Broken Bells – Holding On For Life
69. – Boy – Little Numbers
70. – Jason Isbell – Stockholm
71. – Phoenix – Entertainment
72. – Telekinesis – Power Lines
73. – Tired Pony – All Things At Once
74. – The Boxer Rebellion – Diamonds
75. – Kings of Leon – Wait For me
76. – Saints of Valory – Neon Eyes
77. – Wild Cub – Thunder Clatter
78. – Amos Lee – The Man Who Wants You
79. – Michael Franti – Life is better With You
80. – Junip – Your Life Your Call
81. – Langhorne Slim – The Way We Move
82. – Wild Feathers – Left My Woman
83. – David Wax Museum – Harder Before It Gets Easier
84. – Jake Bugg – What Doesn’t Kill You
85. – Ivan and Alyosha – Be Your Man
86. – First Aid Kit – Wolf
87. – Lulu Mae – The Fiction of Speed
88. – Night Beds – Ramona
89. – Arcade Fire – Reflektor
90. – Terraplane Sun – Get Me Golden
91. – Vampire Weekend – Diane Young
92. – Jagwar Ma – Let Her Go
93. – Wild Feathers – Got It Wrong
94. – Pearl Jam – Sleeping By Myself
95. – Jake Bugg – Taste It
96. – Little Green Cars – Harper Lee
97. – Brittany Howard and Ruby Amanfu – I Wonder
98. – Bad Books – Forest Whitaker
99. – Laura Marling – Where Can I Go
100. – The Fray – Love Don’t Die
100.1. – The 1975 – Chocolate
Local bands Sol Cat and Kansas Bible Company collaborate to cover “Wonderful Christmas Time” by Paul McCartney. It looks like a pretty fun Christmas party….that we were not invited to.
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After half a decade spinning wheels on the Great American Highway, through the brutal heartbreaks and dire sacrifices that come with chasing the mythical rock & roll dragon, Great Peacock’s Andrew Nelson and Blount Floyd have finally eased up on the throttle. Like rock & roll as it transitioned from the erratic abandon of the late ’60s to the country-tinged storytelling of the early ’70s—donning cowboy boots and dipping its bucket in the well of American folk music—they’ve put their electric guitars back in the case, rolled their stacks back from 11, and let a serene hush wash over them. Their sound now? Beautiful, unadorned, moving—the bountiful harvest of a deep friendship and an unbreakable musical bond.
“The hangover is definitely starting to wear off,” Nelson says. “The amps had gotten a little too loud.”
“With our old band, we’d been playing all this angsty downer rock,” Floyd explains. “So with Great Peacock, we wanted the songs to be simple, poppy—infectious.”
For the first time, Nelson and Floyd weren’t writing songs for themselves, but rather songs they hoped would connect with fans. With Great Peacock they would embrace an unselfish, unpretentious aesthetic. “I don’t want to alienate people any more,” Nelson says, laughing a bit as he recalls the darker, more confessional songs he used to write. “I’m at a point where I want as many people to like our music as possible.”
Floyd and Nelson met in their early 20s in Nashville, the former having come to MusicCity to break into recording and the latter to play rock & roll. When they first ran into each other, neither had any close friends in town yet, and their connection was instant. “From the moment we said ‘hello,’ we realized we were gonna be best friends,” Nelson says. “It’s the only time it’s ever happened in my life. Blount’s brother introduced us, and I was like, ‘This guy is cool!’”
About an hour later, they were shotgunning beers together. “And it’s not like there was a party going on, either,” Nelson explains. “We were talking about music and I said, ‘Let’s get some beer.’ So we went to the gas station and bought a 12 pack of Busch. At every moment in the night, we became better friends—I was like, ‘Dude, we should get the camouflage cans,’ and Blount was like, ‘Hell yes, let’s do it!’”
“And there was this guy in front of us buying a single gas-station rose,” Floyd recalls, “and he says, ‘Yo, can I get some cigarillos and a box of magnums?’”
“We were both like, ‘That’s real love, man. Real love,’” Nelson says. “‘This guy has his life figured out—we need to figure out ours!’ I don’t think we drank a single beer normal that night—we shotgunned the whole 12-pack.”
The new friends soon found that their musical chemistry was just as intense, and that their strengths and weaknesses were the perfect complement. “The big thing about us,” Nelson says, “is that I can’t sing harmony—I’m terrible at it. And Blount doesn’t have a strong lead voice. When we’re riding around listening to music, he never sings the melody; he naturally sings the harmony. So we’re a perfect fit—I need him to sound good, and he needs me.”
Since the pair started playing together, they’ve seen two bands—and about a dozen bandmates—come and go. Through it all, their musical partnership has been a constant. “We always seemed to get what each other was doing more than anyone else,” Nelson says. “He keeps me artistic, and I keep him grounded.”
As far as Great Peacock has already come—recording a stunning debut EP of harmony-driven acoustic pop, performing as part of stylish, socially conscious eyewear company Warby-Parker’s Class Trip, and landing a coveted spot at one of Paste magazine’s 2013 SXSW showcases—the group began, almost literally, as a lark. “We kept noticing this hilarious trend of bands with names like Fleet Foxes, Deer Tick, Vulture Whale—they all had two names,” Nelson says, “one of which was always an animal.”
Kidding around one night, Nelson and Floyd decided to start a new band called Great Peacock. “I thought it was gonna be this cockamamie joke,” Nelson says. “We’ve talked a million times about starting random bands—including a Southern-rock band called Swamp Ass—and didn’t follow through. But even for a while there, when we didn’t really have anything going, I never stopped writing songs because I have to write to maintain my sanity. It’s my version of therapy. And Blount hadn’t stopped, either. Writing gave us an excuse to hang out.
“But I still didn’t think we were actually gonna do it,” Nelson confesses about the new band. “Really, the only reason it happened is because we wrote ‘Desert Lark.’”
Without giving it much thought, Nelson and Floyd posted an acoustic demo of the song on Bandcamp. Friends, family and fans went crazy over it, begging them to follow through on the new project. “We didn’t expect that,” Nelson says. “I wasn’t planning on being in a band again. I really wasn’t.” The chiming, triumphant acoustic anthem would become the centerpiece of the Nashville duo’s new self-titled EP.
Great Peacock’s harmony-driven sound appeals to fans of indie-folk, but the group is different from contemporaries like Fleet Foxes and The Head and the Heart in that their music is inextricalbly linked with the South. It’s who they are—Floyd hailing from a family of Alabama peanut farmers, and Nelson a long line of Mississippi preachers and sharecroppers. “If I had my way in life,” Nelson admits, “I’d be a country singer. My dream is to be George Jones.”
“But those country singers don’t exist any more,” Floyd says.
So instead of trying to live in a long-gone past, Great Peacock draws from the same inspirations that once fueled their now-extinct forebears (geography, aging, love/hate family relationships, blood, death, birds), channeling them into an unmistakably modern sound. For Nelson and Floyd, it’s natural, inutitive. “We know that even though there’s a history we’re connected to, we’re of our time,” Nelson says. “We know most records aren’t made on tape any more, but we’re also very much aware that—no matter the year or the production style—the right melody can be timeless.”