This week at Nashville Sunday Night, we have a holiday themed show featuring Matt Wertz, KS Rhoads, and Emile West! Matt Wertz will be perform songs from his album “Snow Globe” and might just bring a few friends along. Who knows, it’s Nashville. Click here to get your tickets!
In the midst of a full-on rock revival, Nashville, Tennessee’sMODOC has established itself as one of the most irresistibly and undeniably fearless new acts to emerge from Music City, USA.
Having turned out two blistering, full-length albums of potent, unvarnished rock in little less than 18 months, the hard-hitting four-piece is turning heads and earning favor with many of the city’s industry heavyweights, not to mention fans. Managers, producers, publishers – even network television – have taken notice of one of the smartest, most original sounds to come out of Nashville in a long time.
“True rock n roll, coming from Nashville!” raves producer Nick Raskulinecz. The multiple Grammy-winner would certainly know, having worked with acts like Foo Fighters, Alice in Chains, Rush, Superdrag and Queens of the Stone Age, just to name a few.
“One of my favorite new acts,” confirms Nashville producer Marshall Altman (Marc Broussard, Natasha Bedingfield, Matt Wertz). “Definitely on the rise and poised to be a break-out band from Nashville.”
Veteran rock manager Steve Hutton (Kid Rock, Better Than Ezra, All That Remains) pegs the MODOC vibe perfectly: “Urgent rock n roll. No gimmicks, just raw soul.”
Even Hollywood has been quick to recognize MODOC’s refreshingly elusive sound. In 2012, Universal Music Publishing heard a rough version of the band’s “Devil On My Shoulder” and immediately put them in touch with Grammy nominated producer Paul Moak. When the finished version ended up in the hands of executives at ABC, the network snatched it up for the fall promos of its 666 Park Avenue television series.
While Nashville was once regarded almost exclusively as a boots n’ buckles kind of town, the city has undergone something of a renaissance in recent years, with diverse rock entities like Jack White, The Black Keys, Kings of Leon, Paramore and JEFF the Brotherhood all calling Music City home. Since relocating to Nashville in 2011, MODOC has been welcomed like a long lost brother, collaborating with rock royalty like Black Crowes guitarist/co-founder Rich Robinson and working with revered producers Raskulinecz and Moak. In February, the band celebrated a new management and publishing deal with Nashville-based Zavitson Music Group, and this summer they landed a coveted spot at the Nashville Dancin’ downtown concert series. Clearly, MODOC has found its rightful place in Music City.
“I think this band is really something special, and people are taking notice of it,” says ZMG President Russ Zavitson. “MODOC has a unique ability to create songs that punch you in the gut, but somehow it just feels good! They’re raw, passionate, forceful – exactly the kind of band that rock music needs today.”
The four members of MODOC (Clint Culberson on vocals/guitars, Kyle Addison on lead guitars/vocals, Caleb Crockett on bass/vocals and John Carlson on drums/vocals) first met through the regional music scene at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. Culberson, who had previously lived in a nearby, one stop light town called Modoc, suggested the name during a band brainstorming session. The moniker was unique, direct and memorable. And it somehow fit perfectly.
After migrating south to Nashville, MODOC wasted little time putting out its gritty 2012 debut,Fortune & Fame, as well as a single and music video for the fan-favorite “Coward.” Fortune & Fame’s indie-vintage aesthetic – smart, punchy melodies, shifting rhythms and occasionally Zeppelin-esque riffs bubbling over gang style backing vocals – was a fitting way to announce MODOC’s arrival as a serious rock n roll contender. On stage, Culberson balances the band’s feverish intensity with innate coolness, leading the unit with a ragged howl that can morph seamlessly from a startling shriek to a soul swagger to a pleading falsetto.
“I think Fortune & Fame was really about us trying to get over the hump of life, in general, and trying to come to terms with how to do something you love to do and make a living at it,” reflects Culberson.
Within months, the band was back in the studio, itching to record some of the new material they had written in the wake of their debut effort. Turning to a mounting pile of work tapes, the band began recording their 2013 release, the self-titled powerhouse MODOC. While the project often mirrors Fortune & Fame in its pure electric force, the new record broadens the MODOC sound with a mix of introspective tracks (“If I Can’t Live For Love”), ominous rockers (“Devil On My Shoulder”) and some of the band’s most radio-friendly material to date (“Runnin”). More than anything, the twelve tracks on MODOC sound very much like a band finding its niche in the modern rock world.
“We wanted this record to sound a little more live, so we kept a lot of raw tones and scaled back on stacking so many tracks,” says Culberson. “We were still conscious of song structure and the overall quality of the songs of course, but we paid a little more attention to the recording and production process. On the other hand, just like Fortune & Fame, we kept this record brutally honest in the lyrical and musical sense. We wrote what we felt, and played like MODOC. It’s the only way we know how to do it.”
With their new album due out in August, the band is ready once again to hit the road and play a new batch of songs for their fans. Following an appearance at Austin’s legendary SXSW, the foursome began penciling in a series of key 2013 summer festival dates, including Milwaukee’sSummerfest, St. Louis’ Loufest and the Nashville Dancin’ concert series, among others.
The Colourist first stumbled upon one another in an underused warehouse in Orange County, CA, where Adam and Maya discovered the harmonic chemistry that has come to define the band’s bright and anthemic signature sound.
Having spent much of 2012 honing their live show with the likes of Grouplove, Electric Guest and Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., The Colourist begin 2013 holed up in a small studio in Southern California. It’s there that Adam Castilla (vocals, guitar), Maya Tuttle (drums, vocals), Kollin Johannsen (guitar, bass), and Justin Wagner (bass, keys) committed their pop-fueled, indie-bred rock to tape before embarking on their first tour which included appearances at Coachella along with support shows with Metric and Youngblood Hawke and Atlas Genius.
On August 20th The Colourist will release their first recorded music into the world with an EP called Lido. The 4 songs represent a sampling of this band’s ability to write smart, engaging songs laced with hooks that leave you wanting more.
Episode74. the615 12/02/13
Local Artist of the week
Hammel – Golden Youth- We Are Alive- Quite Frame, Wild Light
Wells – Adam Burrows- The Worlds Largest Pumpkins
This Just In
Army Of Me- White Flag Flies- Searching For You
Silver Trees- Paper Hearts- Paper Hearts EP
Live in the Lightning 100 Studios- Korby Lenker- Playin’ Live Tuesday Dec 3rd at Stone Fox 8pm W/ Kate Tucker & the Sons of Sweden, THe Whistle and the Bells, Jillian Edwards, Emily West, Shannon Labrie
Korby Lenker Live- My Little Life- Korby Lenker
Korby Lenker’s pick- Kate Tucker- Revolution
Bands Around Town
Zeke Duhon – Open Up Your Eyes-(Playin’ Live tonight 12/2 at Mercy Lounge for 8 off 8th w/ Justin Kalk, Gavin Shea, Them Vibes and others)
Los Colognes- Working Together- Working Together (Playin’ Live Saturday 12/7 at the Basement w/ Steelism and Belle Adair)
Matt Wertz- Carolina- (Playin’ Live Sunday 12/8/13 at 3rd & Lindsley for Nashville Sunday Night w/ Emily West and KS Rhodes)
Fitz and the Tantrums has always been a Lightning 100 favorite on 100.1 FM. The band was in town for a show at Marathon Music Works and decided to do a quick preview on air at William Colliers. We just finished the videos for “Out of My League” and “The Walker”, but have two more coming your way. You can also listen to the full performance via SoundCloud posted below!
Listen in to Lightning 100 all day on December 3rd to support Second Harvest Food Bank. Second Harvest will be taking over the station, and you will have opportunities to donate to this worthy cause all day! Support hungry Middle Tennesseeans this holiday season, and you’ll have a shot to win one of several great giveaways, including first-row tickets to see John Mayer at Bridgestone Arena!
When: Tuesday, December 3rd from 6:00am to 7:00pm
Where: On Your Radio – Listen in to get involved!
Cost: As much as you’d like to donate!
ABOUT THE DONATION DRIVE
Lightning 100 will be broadcasting all day on December 3rd in support of Second Harvest Food Bank. We will be raising money for this incredible cause, working to feed local families who would otherwise go hungry this holiday season. Listen in all day for opportunities to donate. Making a donation to Second Harvest will enter you into drawings for three different pairs of concert tickets throughout the day, including first-row tickets to see John Mayer at the Bridgestone Arena! Not only are the prizes awesome, but the cause is even better, as you’ll help to bring holiday cheer to local families, a gift that is truly priceless.
HOW TO DONATE
Click here to visit the Second Harvest website to donate. Under “What motivated your gift?”, please select radio!
Call Second Harvest at 615-627-1579
ABOUT SECOND HARVEST
Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee opened its doors in 1978 with commitment from several community leaders. The purpose of the organization was to provide a central distribution center for companies, groups and individuals who wished to help provide food for hungry people in Middle Tennessee. Second Harvest’s mission is to feed hungry people and work to solve hunger issues in our community. Modeled after the first food bank established in Phoenix in the mid-1970s, Second Harvest was designed to collect food that would otherwise be wasted, inspect and sort this food, and distribute it to soup kitchens, pantries, and shelters serving the hungry. During the first year, this process resulted in a total distribution of 160,000 pounds of food to 75 member agencies.
Today, Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee is one of the largest and most comprehensive of over 200 food banks and food distribution centers nationwide. During the 2012/2013 fiscal year, Second Harvest distributed 23,955,957 pounds of food to over 400 Partner Agencies providing close to 20 million meals of food to hungry children, families and seniors throughout our 46-county service area. Second Harvest’s vision of ending hunger is more important than ever. Hunger is a big problem, and we need everyone’s help to solve this issue. According to the USDA, an estimated 50.1 million Americans are at risk of hunger, and 16.7 million U.S. children under 18 are food insecure. One in four children in the state of Tennessee are food insecure, and in Middle Tennessee alone, 31 percent of the people Second Harvest serves are children.
Help shape the future of Team Green Adventures, and enter yourself in a drawing for prizes that YOU get to choose from: VIP Passes to a Live On the Green 2014 show of your choice, a Two-Year Team Green Adventures Membership, concert tickets to Imagine Dragons at Bridgestone Arena, Season passes to the 2014 Full Moon Pickin Party, and more! Our 2013 Year End Survey is only 35 questions and takes about 8-10 minutes to complete.
When: November 25th through December 24th
Where: Your Computer!
Cost: FREE… in fact you could win some stuff!
Difficulty: It’s a beginner friendly survey. All you need is a computer and about 10 minutes of spare time. No experience necessary!
Registration Deadline: December 24th at 11:59pm
Group Size Limit: We hope to get 400 survey responses. Help us reach this survey milestone!
WHO SHOULD TAKE THE SURVEY
- Anyone interested in attending events in 2014
- Anyone who has attend events in 2013
- Anyone who has ever had a Team Green Adventures Membership
- Anyone planning on getting a Team Green Adventures Membership in 2014
- Anyone who has ever visited the Team Green website
- Anyone who reads Team Green’s weekly eNewsletter
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- Anyone who knows anyone involved in Team Green Adventures
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- Anyone who has ever listened to Lightning 100
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ABOUT THE PRIZES
A pair VIP passes to one Live On the Green 2014 Show of your choice. Live On The Green VIP includes VIP tent access, complimentary food and beverage, VIP bathrooms, plus front and side stage viewing during the shows. Live On the Green 2014 concert series dates and lineup will be announced in the Summer of 2014. Winners of this package will be contacted (again) when dates and artists are announced, to choose the show of their choice. (Approx $110 value)
Two-Year Team Green Adventures Membership Renewal, including member t-shirts each year, access to member only events, member only online giveaways, discounts around town, member only discounts on most events, and the ability to share your discount with a non-member friend on select events. The winner can choose between a Two-Year membership Renewal, or two One-Year Memberships (one renewal, and one Gift Membership to share with a friend). Winners of this prize must be a current Team Green Member by January 2nd, when winners are announced, in order to be eligible for this prize. Not a member yet? All Survey takers will receive a Half-Off promotion code at the end of the survey. (Appox. $65-$70 Value)
Pair of tickets to see Imagine Dragons at Bridgestone Arena on February 24th, 2014. Imagine Dragons is an American alternative rock band from Las Vegas, Nevada. The band gained exposure following the September 2012 release of their debut studio album, Night Visions, which peaked at number 2 on the weekly Billboard 200 chart, and has performed live at Lightning 100 studio and showcases on more than one occasion. Winners of this prize will receive a pair of tickets to the show at Bridgestone Arena on February 24th, 2014. (Approx $115+ Value)
Pair of Season Passes to Warner Park’s Full Moon Pickin Party 2014, a fundraising event for Friends of Warner Parks, aiding in the protection and preservation of the park’s green space, and funding educational opportunities. The Full Moon Pickin Parties feature live bluegrass music under the light of the full moon, each month from May through October. On the other side of Steeplechase Barn, attendees with their own pickin instruments participate in jam sessions, which has become as big an attraction as the main stage performance. Attendees receive four complimentary drink tickets. This is a dog friendly, family friendly event free for ages 6 and under. Winners of this prize will have their name added to the guestlist for each show in 2014. Passes are non-transferable. (Appox. $180-$240 Value)
Brett Manning Singing Success package, which includes a 7 Steps to Singing Success CD, $125 gift card, and vocal care products. ($175+ Value)
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Complete each page in the survey to be entered in the drawing for the above prizes. You’ll be asked to enter your email address and choose each of the prizes you want to be entered into. Why is this awesome? If you win, you know you’ll be getting a prize you really want!
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Episode73. the615 11/25/13
Hammel – Pug Johnson – The Pug Song (Here & Now) – The Throwed Off & Glad E.P.
Wells – Jacob Thomas Jr. -Bored with You- Original Sin
Live in the Lightning 100 Studios- The Wild Feathers- Got It Wrong
This Just In
Hard Working Americans- Down To The Well- (Playin’ Live 2/22 at Marathon Music Works)
Carolina Story- Your Children’s Children-Chapter One
James+The Wild Spirit – Silver Tongue- The Fires
Blue Of Colors- They Always Come Back- Small Little Pieces
Marquee Mayfield- Breakdown- Dust Off Your Moonshoes
Bands Around Town
Will Hoge- Ms. Williams -Live Nashville Sunday Night (Playin’ Live Saturday 11/30 at Marathon Music Works w/ Red Wanting Blue)
Promised Land Sound-Empty Vase- Map of Nashville Tennessee (Playin’ Live Saturday 11/30 at Mercy Lounge w/ D. Watsui and JP1)
Phin- Those Killers
Each year we send out a Team Green Adventures Year End Survey
to get feedback from YOU: Lightning 100 listeners, Team Green’s supporters and fans, first-time adventure seekers, volunteers, and community members… so YOU can help us plan events and activities for 2014.
We take your advice seriously, and we REWARD you for sharing it with us! Take the 2013 Year End Survey
, and you could win one of 5 GREAT prizes:
At the end of the survey, select the prizes YOU WANT to win! Winners will be announced January 2nd, 2014. The deadline to take this survey is December 24th at 11:59pm.
Past survey results have helped us redesign our website, reduce our membership pricing, choose our member t-shirt color, add new events to our calendar, discover new Non-Profits to partner with, change our event policies, offer more online giveaways, and promote more of Lightning 100′s events on the Team Green calendar!
EVEN IF YOU ARE NOT INTERESTED in becoming a part of Team Green Adventures, we still hope you’ll take our survey. Responses from listeners and community members who are not interested in the Team Green program also help us to make improvements for the future… plus you can still win the prizes!
Lightning 100′s “Festivus” with The Features and Wild Cub benefiting The Salvation Army’s Forgotten Angels at Marathon Music Works; December 13th at 8pm
Happy Festivus everyone!! Come gather around the Festivus Pole as Lightning 100 celebrates the “holidays” with The Features and Wild Cub all to benefit The Salvation Army’s Forgotten Angels program! Tickets are only $10 with a donation or $20 without.
Lightning 100′s Festivus Charity Show will have all the elements of a Festivus celebration including,The Festivus Pole Photo Booth, The Airing of Grievances Twitter Wall, and The Feats of Strength with Pong Rock Nashville; and you know Festivus Miracles will be happening all night long! There will also be a Seinfeld dress up contest where the best dressed will win a grand prize pack filled with all kinds of Seinfeld swag provided by our friends from My Tv 30!
For more information about the The Salvation Army’s Forgotten Angels Program and how you can get involved: http://www.salarmy-nashville.org/
Scotland indie rockers, Franz Ferdinand, stopped by the Lightning 100 studio for an interview and performance with Lt. Dan! Wonder how Alex Kapranos (lead vocals and guitar), Bob Hardy (bass guitar) sound acoustic? We were pretty excited to find out. Click here to watch a performance of “Right Action” and “Love Illumination”. Listen to the full interview posted below via Soundcloud.
Episode72. the615 11/18/13
Local Artist of the week-
Fabrizio & the Fever- Lately I’ve Been Waiting
Hammel – DeRobert & The Half Truths- My Mamma Told Me
Wells – Bearheart- Before I Die
Live in the Lightning 100 Studios- Humming House -Single Release Show Thursday 11/21 at Mercy Lounge w/ The Farewell Drifters
Humming House- Fly On- New Single
Humming House Live- Great Divide
This Just In
Dead Martinis- Whispering -Gypsy
Madeleine Slate – Different Too – Fine Lines
Live in the Lightning 100 studios
The Weeks pick- Turbo Fruits- Sweet Thang
The Weeks- Ain’t My Stop- Dear Bo Jackson (Playin’ Live Friday 11/22 Saturday 11/23 at Mercy Lounge)
Bands Around Town
Rebecca Roubion- Here Lies My Pulse -Fields (Playin’ Live Thursday 11/21 at Music City Pie Co.)
Little Green Cars can trace their roots back to a former band, The Revolts, founded in the mid 2000s in Dublin, Ireland. O’Regan and Seaver-O’Leary (as well as former Little Green Cars member Utsav Lal) played with this band which subsequently grew on to become Little Green Cars upon its dissolution. Since signing professional terms, the band has toured America and the UK extensively, released three singles and supported Jake Bugg on his UK tour. The US portion of the 2013 tour included a live performance of their single Harper Lee on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. The band has played at the 2013 SXSW music festival in Austin, Texas, the Coachella music festival in California, Lollapalooza 2013 in Chicago, IL and the 2013 Osheaga festival in Montréal.
FnF is FUN. highly energetic, infinitely passionate and making a serious impact on the Nashville indie rock scene. With an electric grouping of songs written by singer/songwriter Michael Fabrizio FnF leaves a mark on all of their audiences. More than music, FnF is striving to promote peace and unity in a movement and it’s catching on.
With Nathanial Lee on standup bass and Steve Wolfe on drums/percussion, the groove of FnF is strong and full of force. Alex Conerly and Brian Wooden add to the mix with wicked guitar melodies. Fabrizio provides a solid musical contribution with vocals acoustic guitar, piano and harmonica.
“We come from a good place, we want to see the good in people and promote the idea of understanding, Musically, we really love what we do, you can see that passion in our performances” -Fabrizio
Laura Marling performed “Master Hunter” on my show on Monday, November 11 before her show at Marathon Music Works that night. I didn’t get video of it, but thought you might want to check her out performing it live on Letterman earlier this year. You can hear my chat with her and her Lightning 100 in studio performance in our Audio Archive.
Ed Kowalcyk of the band Live stopped by the Lightning 100 studio before his concert at Franklin Theatre to chat with Lightning 100′s Lt. Dan.
11/13/13 The Colorist -”Little Games” -Lido EP
11/6/13 King Khan and The Shrines - “Born To Die” – Bite My Tongue
10/31/13 Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings – “Stranger To My Happiness” – Give The People What They Want
10/23/13 The Head And The Heart- “Another Story”- Let’s Be Still
Lightning 100 debuts “Fixman” by Roots of a Rebellion. ROAR is in the very house that once belonged to Hank Williams Sr. that has risen up a new spirit, a new generation, and a new sound. In a town filled with country music comes a sound so unique and diverse that attention must be shifted. Having shared the stage with such acts as The Wailers, Slightly Stoopid, NEEDTOBREATHE, North Mississippi Allstars, Iration, and Passafire. Roots of a Rebellion actively seeks the hearts and ears of its fans everywhere!
Episode71. the615 11/11/13
Local Artist of the week-
Roots of a Rebellion- Fixman (Playin’ Live Friday 11/16/13 at Soulshine Pizza at 7:15)
Hammel – Pang-Summer Daze- Follow Your Dreams
Wells – The Wans- Satisfied
This Just In
That’s My Kid- When You Gonna Go- New EP
Kim Logan – Black Magic Boy – Kim Logan
Live in the Lightning 100 Studios
Tristen- Island Dream(Live Acoustic)- Caves
Moon Taxi – Morocco – Mountains, Beaches, Cities (On David Letterman Tonight 11/11/13)
Bands Around Town
Alanna Royale- Animal-Bless Her Heart- (Playin’ Live Wednesday 11/13 at Mercy Lounge w/ Lee Fields & the Expressions)
Vitek- Sun Bird- (Playin’ Live Thursday 11/14 at Mercy Lounge Communion Show w/ Tennis & 4 on the floor)
Click here to watch the live views!
After performing at Zac Brown’s Southern Ground Music Festival, The Head and The Heart stuck around an extra day to perform a secret show for a few lucky Lightning 100 listeners at William Colliers. Our friends at OurVinyl.tv were kind enough to film the performance! Click here to see The Head and The Heart perform “Down In The Valley”, “Shake”, “Let’s Be Still” and “Lost In My Mind”.
Once again Yuengling presents Nashville Sunday Night at 3RD and Lindsley this week featuring Ivan & Alyosha, Matrimony, and The Falls. Our very own Ana Lee will be hosting and Lightning 100 will be broadcasting both Matrimony, and Ivan & Alyosha’s sets on air so if you cannot make it out to the show be sure to listen to Lightning 100 this Sunday night from 8-10 PM!
Ivan & Alyosha
Another powerhouse band coming out of the Seattle area, Ivan & Alyosha deliver intriguing lyrics through infectious harmonies supported by powerful melodies. Their latest effort, All the Times We Had, is the bands first full-length album to come after their two EP releases. Known for their high-energy live performances the band combines elements of folk, Americana, and rock in an impressive way that is sure to capture your attention. Take a listen to “Be Your Man”
Montibello Drive is this Charolette. North Carolina based bands highly anticipated debut album, and it was worth the wait. Matrimony has opened for a variety of acts such as Langhorne Slim, and Passion Pit. This energetic band has been performing and touring relentlessly and their connection as not only a band but a collective group of pairs of brothers and pairs of lovers alike. Take a listen to “Obey your Guns.”
Make sure you show up early to catch The Falls! This pair of songwriters have had romantic ups and downs in their lives that they are not afraid to write about and share with their fans. The twist is that the songs are about the romantic ups and downs of their own relationship, with each other. Truly an interesting pair this band will not disappoint. Take a listen to “Home”
Written by Jesse Nordstrom
Here’s the video for the song “Green Garden” you’ve been hearing recently on Lightning 100. It’s from her record “Sing To The Moon”
Here’s the official video for “It’s About Time” from the new record “Mind Over Matter” due out on Jan. 21st, 2014…
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You’ve been hearing “Stranger To My Happiness” from their new record “Give The People What They Want” due out on Jan. 14th, 2014… Here’s another track that’s got Sharon animated!!! It’s called “Retreat”