Episode125. the615 11/17/14
Local Artist of the week
Steve Moakler – Damn, Do I Think About You – Wide Open (Playin’ Live Friday 11/21/14 at 12th & Porter FREE)
Hammel - Cory Branan – Meantime Blues
Wells - How I Became The Bomb – Something’s Got To Give – Narcissus
This Just In
Carousel Rogues – Better Than I Do – Seize The Day
Steve Taylor & The Perfect Foil – Standing In Line – Goliath (out tomorrow) (Cannery Fri w/ Fleming & John)
Live in the LC studios
Margo & The Price Tags (Playin’ Live Tuesday 11/18/14 Rolling Stone Country presents: Margo and the Pricetags w/ Raelyn Nelson & Cale Tyson)
Bands Around Town (On Tap Thursday at Tin Roof Nashville FREE at 8pm)
The Gills – Make It Pop
Jet Black Alley Cat – Poison
Candle Kid – Waiting For Dead
James Bay performing at William Colliers
Some lucky Lightning 100 listeners got a chance to sit in on a James Bay (not so) secret show that took place before his two sold out shows with Hozier in Nashville at Exit/In. Bay played four songs including “If You Ever Wanna Be In Love”, “Let it Go” off of his new EP, “Move Together” and “When We Were On Fire”. Lightning 100 was able to capture video of the first two songs. Click here to check the performance out.
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This week on The Tasting Bar, Dave from The Bottle Shop warms us up with us a fantastic Rye Whiskey from Old Scout and the boys try out an affordable alternative to Chateauneuf Du Pape wine.
John Butler Trio performs “Spring to Come”, “Better Then”, and “Livin’ in the City” live in the studio. Click here to get tickets to their show at Ryman Auditorium on November 13th.
Episode124. the615 11/10/14
Local Artist of the week
Bearheart - God Only Know – Glass Half Full
Music City Breakthrough Winner –
Kirsten Arian – Figured Me Out -
Hammel - Tesla Rossa – Ralston – Tesla Rossa
Wells - Crackerboots – Little Hipster – Crackerboots
This Just In
Dedsa – Anathematizer – Thrash Plastik
Alexa – Red
Ryan Horne – Good Thing Going – Vanilla Lightning
Oak Creek – Soul & The Stars – Glorietta (Fri exit)
Bands Around Town
Screaming Eagle – Big Black Dog – The Echo Zulu – (Playin’ Live Thursday 11/14/14 at Foobar Too)
Dinner And A Suit – Can’t Get Enough – Stay (Playin’ Live 11/10/14 at Mercy Lounge w/ Brace Town)
Ásgeir Trausti Einarsson
A few weeks ago, Lightning 100 was lucky enough to have Asgeir stop by for a visit on his way to play a Not-So-Secret Secret Show at 12th and Porter. The 22-year-old phonem from Iceland chatted with our own Lt. Dan and played two songs, “Going Home” and “Leyndarmal”—the original Icelandic version of his hit “King and Cross.”
Asgeir hails from a hamlet called Laugarbakki, about as remote a location as you can imagine producing a prodigious artist. “My town is about 40, 50 people,” he told Lt. Dan. “I grew up with Internet, but we didn’t have CD stores, or music stores, or venues. Even guitar strings, we had to drive three hours to get that.” Even so, he was able to develop prodigious songwriting skills, and his first album, Dýrð í dauðaþögn, broke several Icelandic sales records—it is estimated that ten percent of the country’s population purchased the LP. Working with American expatriate John Grant, he translated the original lyrics (written by his father) into English and released the album online as In the Silence in October 2013. For the most part, Asgeir feels as though the team was able to ensure that no meaning was lost in the translation. “[Grant] helped us a lot with it,” he said, “and kind of to get the same poetic lyrics into English it was kind of a difficult job, but he did a good job on that.” In the Silence has done well over the past year and spawned the single “King and Cross,” which has received regular airplay on Lightning 100 since its release.
Asgeir recently returned home upon completion of his United States tour, but not before making his second trip to Tennessee, his first being Bonnaroo this past June. Below, you can check out the full in-studio interview and performance as well as the Secret Show he subsequently played at 12th and Porter. Listen to Lightning 100 for your chance to get in on future Secret Shows and hear more incredible artists drop by our LC Studios, and visit our Soundcloud page to listen to archives of past performances!
Written by Zach Blumenfeld
Bearheart is a Nashville based band whose song writing and instrumentation often defies the Alternative Country label that is usually assigned to them. Their musical influences range from traditional bluegrass and folk to classic country and Indie Americana rock.
Within the same set, traditional bluegrass instrumentation gives way to lap steel and heavily effected electric guitar, each of which serve the unique and emotional songwriting talents of two Alabamans, lead singer Matthew Leonhardt and multi-instrumentalist Taylor McMillen.
Mobile, AL raised McMillen is a sonic chameleon, jumping between mandolin, guitar, lap steel and occasionally has even been seen playing a length of galvanized chain. Simultaneously, he contributes back up vocals and harmonies, which are a perfect counterpoint to Leonhardt’s clear tenor voice.
In 2007, a chance encounter in a Tennessee university between Nashville native percussionist Chris Barrett and Huntsville, AL born Leonhardt began a long friendship and musical collaboration. Six years later, McMillen and Los Angeles transplant and upright bass player Craig Higgins joined, and Bearheart was formed. Between the addition of Higgins and the driving beats of Barrett, came a solidified rhythm section which filled out the band’s sound to create a well balanced experience. In early 2014, Jon Galletti, on banjo, and Brenna Fitzgerald, on fiddle, joined the ranks, which helped drive Bearheart further toward their bluegrass and folk endeavors.
Since releasing their debut self-titled EP in September 2013, they have been featured on Brite Revolution’s weekly sampler, featured on American Songwriter’s Daily Discovery page, and were selected as one of Nashville’s top 32 bands to participate in Lightning 100’s Music City Mayhem 2014.
Bearheart is becoming well known and loved around Middle Tennessee with new songs that provide an old sense of familiarity.
Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn
It’s always a treat to have musical guests at the station, and today we had two of them! First, all five members of OAR managed to squeeze into the LC Studios to chat with Lt. Dan in advance of their show tonight at Marathon Music Works. You can check out the full interview below to hear the band talk about their hometown of Rockville, Maryland and discuss the writing process behind their June release The Rockville LP, much of which was written and recorded in Nashville. They also performed a trio of songs from the album live on the air: “Favorite Song,” “Peace,” and “Caroline The Wrecking Ball.” All three take a nostalgic turn, mixing the best storytelling elements of Nashville-written lyrics with overt nods to OAR’s roots.
Then, after a busy Facebook Friday on Lunch Request Hour, Lt. Dan was visited by hometown heroes Abigail Washburn and Béla Fleck, who will play tomorrow night at the Country Music Hall of Fame. They talked about their decision to tour together as a banjo duo–motivated by the married couple’s desire to maximize their time with their infant son–and their experiences as the first American musicians to perform in Tibet. You can listen to the full interview below, which features the two musicians playing a version of “I’ve Been Working On The Railroad” and a murder ballad written from the female perspective. Washburn and Fleck utilize a variety of banjoes during the performance, ranging from the tiny ukulele banjo to the massive cello banjo.
You can explore our massive archive of in-studio interviews and performances on our Soundcloud page. Tune into Lightning 100 every day to hear more amazing musical guests chat with our amazing DJs!
This morning on The Tasting Bar, Lisa from The Bottle Shop showed us some high priced wines followed by some crazy good alternatives that won’t break the bank. Love the Prisoner? Try the Imposter! Love Rombauer Chardonnay? Try the Butter. Is it as good as the Rombauer? You butter believe it! Remember tasting times are Friday 4-7 & Saturday 1-7.
photo by Tich McWilliams
Dave Grohl rockin’ The Ryman on Halloween, 2014! He called in earlier that day and spoke with Ana Lee all about Sonic Highways and his love for Nashville. Click here to listen to the interview.
Lightning 100’s Tich McWilliams was up close and got this great shot of Dave. The entire band came out in Halloween make up, including Zac Brown when he joined the band at the end of the night for a cover of Black Sabbath’s War Pigs.
Listen to Lightning 100 to hear the Foo Fighters new song, “Congregation” written and recorded here in Nashville at Zac Brown’s Southern Ground Studio.
Swedish folk duo First Aid Kit, comprised of sisters Johanna and Kiara Söderberg, stopped by the LC Studio the day after their packed out show at the Ryman. It was their first time ever performing at the Ryman and the sisters said it was “a dream come true to play there”. They performed the songs Silver Lining, the track you’ve been hearing on Lightning 100, and the title track to their new album Stay Gold in the studio.
Mike Mogis of Bright Eyes, who has been a big inspiration to the girls at an early age, produced their third album, Stay Gold, which was released back in June. “Hearing their music was like opening a door to all this folk and country music”, the girls said about Bright Eyes. They have also had the opportunity to work with Jack White, who they did a cover of his song Love Interruption during their show at the Ryman, and got to tour with him in Europe back in 2012.
Here are the videos of their live in studio performances of Silver Lining and Stay Gold.
Written by Kelsey J Stewart
Episode123. the615 11/3/14
Local Artist of the week
Isaac Hayden - Cruel World (Playin live Friday 11/7/14 at 12th & Porter 7:15 FREE)
Hammel - Super Shaker – Kong
Wells - Cale Tyson – Borrowed Love To Go- Cheaters Wine
This Just In
Coyotes In Boxes – Sheepskin – Yowler
Captain Ivory – Quiet Casualties –
Caleb Hawley – Would You Even Try – Side 1
Bands Around Town
Patrick Sweany – Working For You (Playin’ live Thursday 11/6/14 6pm at The 5 Spot)
Richie – So Funky (Playin’ Live Friday 11/7/14 at Acme Feed & Seed)
Bobby Bare Jr. – North Of Alabama By Morning ( Playin’ Live Friday 11/7/14 w/ Bobby Bare at City Winery)
Jacob Thomas Jr. – Bored With You ( Playin’ Live Tuesday 11/4/14 w/ Guthrie Brown at Acme Feed & Seed)
Then Came The Morning is The Lone Bellow’s title track off of their new album that is due to be released at the beginning of 2015. The follow-up album from their self-titled 2013 debut, which is produced by The National’s Aaron Dessner, exhibits that they have not lost their “sleekly soaring charm”.
Zach Williams, the lead singer and principal songwriter, first came to songwriting during a terrible tragedy. While William’s was still living down south, his wife was devastatingly injured in a horseback riding accident, which led physicians believing that she would leave the hospital a paraplegic. Miraculously doctors at the Shepard Center in Atlanta thought otherwise and soon enough, after months of rehab, she regained the ability to walk. Throughout this catastrophe, Williams had been writing down all his thoughts into a journal and his good friend, Caleb Clardy, suggested that he turn his writings into songs. Williams expressed, “I started reading my friends these journal entries. I was writing in a kind of rhyming form because it helped to keep my mind focused. Caleb said, these are songs, man, you need to learn how to play the guitar and sing at the same time.”
Williams and his wife decided to pack up and head to New York City to pursue their creative paths. Several of their friends followed and they created a tightly kit community in Brooklyn, where Williams started as a solo artist backed by a hired band. Following a soul-searching trip he’d taken with his wife, a pile of deeply personal songs arose. These are the songs that Williams took with him to Dizzy’s Diner in Park Slope, Brooklyn where his old friend, the Lone Bellow’s guitarist Brian Elmquist, was working. Williams had asked fellow singer Kanene Pipkin to the diner and the trio performed. It was there that Williams realized that he should quit what he was doing and “just make music with these people”. That morning was the beginning of what became the Lone Bellow.
Take a listen to the title track from their new album, which Williams points to a very different inspiration of Vegas-era Elvis.
Michael Dorf is founder and CEO of City Winery, Nashville’s newest venue and sister to City Wineries in New York City, Chicago, and Napa Valley.
In 1986, at only 23 years old, Dorf founded The Knitting Factory, New York City’s go-to venue for independent music. Since that time, he produced over 200 records, a TV series, and become a very respected producer and promoter of indie music.
Dorf talks about his early career on the road managing artists, starting the Knitting Factory, record producing and how his love of music and wine lead to the creation of City Winery’s truly unique dining and concert experience.
From a childhood on San Juan island in Washington State and in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, Isaac’s songs all promote a realness that touches on both where he comes from and what stirs the soul.
“Growing up on an island was incredible. Me and my buds would hang on the docks and catch shrimp, build tunnels and forts through the vines in the forest, or help my Mom pick blackberries for her famous jam. It was a magical place. When my family moved to Wyoming, it was a whole new kind of magic… wide open, and big.”
Isaac began learning guitar while attending a small liberal arts college in Spokane where he also played for the basketball team. It wasn’t long before his academic education began to take a backseat to his musical one.
“A good friend in Wyoming had heard a couple of my songs, and he offered to record a demo for me, so I went and recorded six songs. That was my start in music. I started writing songs more proactively from that point on, and I started playing shows. It was an exciting time for me because no one I knew really thought of me as a musician, so there was a lot of ‘What!? I didn’t know you could sing!'”
Isaac took some time to travel landing in several different cities including San Diego, and then Nashville, where he’s lived the last five years.
“When I moved to Nashville, I went the Bluebird Cafe one night to see what the deal was. I listened to four songs by four different songwriters, the last of whom was Eric Paslay. He was awesome. I went home immediately after his song and started writing. It was going to take a lot of work for me to succeed. The level of songwriting in Nashville is truly remarkable.”
That hard work eventually started to pay off, landing Isaac opening spots for Keb Mo, Martin Sexton, Fitz and the Tantrums, Toni Joe White, Ricky Lee Jones, Chuck Prophet, Big Head Todd, Shelly Fairchild, and Sam & Ruby, among others. His live shows also started to garner a lot of attention around Nashville.
“I was fortunate to cross paths with a great Australian drummer, Jared Kneale. Jared was able to bring a certain style and rhythm to the music that took the songs to a whole other level, and it was cool to see people really respond to his influence.”
Isaac and Jared’s intriguing live show and new set of songs caught the ear of Artist Revolution Records founder Sam Brooker, who signed Isaac to an artist development and publishing deal in 2013. Artist Revolution is also publisher of Florida Georgia Line’s Billboard record setting #1 song, “Cruise.” Sam and Isaac are currently finishing work on Isaac’s debut album, a collection of songs written over the last six years. The album includes cameos from some awesome local and national talent, like The McCrary Sisters, Jeremy Lister, Daniel Ellsworth, trumpeter Quentin Ware, Jimmy Wallace, Tyler Cain, Jerry Navarro, and Jared Kneale, who is now playing drums for Kacey Musgraves.
When asked what he loves most about playing live, Isaac says, “getting to the place where I’m able to perform with the same energy and emotion that I feel exists in the song.” It’s a testament to the value he puts on human emotion. And that’s just what fans will hear in Isaac’s music.
This week on The Tasting Bar Dave from The Bottle Shop lets us try the Founders Breakfast Stout and the guys make a fantastic drink called The Tennessee Woodsman.
Donate food for a chance to win!
Are you one of the lucky few that got a ticket to Foo Fighters at Ryman on Halloween? If it makes you feel any better, most of the Lightning 100 staff did not get one either. Lightning 100 has one more shot for you to get a pair of tickets. Join us at Edley’s 12th South from 1-3pm with a food donation for Second Harvest for a chance to win. The official rules are posted below.
1. Nonperishable Food Donations will be accepted from 1pm to 3pm at Edley’s BBQ located at 2706 12th Ave S. Nashville, TN
2. No purchase necessary. Must 18 years of age or older to participate in the Foo Fighters giveaway. Must show valid ID at the time of entry.
3. Each Five pounds of nonperishable food donated earns one additional entry for a chance to win 2 seats (winner’s name will be placed on a guest list) to the Foo Fighters concert on Friday, October 31, 2014 at the Ryman Auditorium
4. Food will be weighed onsite by a Second Harvest Food Bank representative and donation receipt given. One additional entry for every 5lb’s on nonperishable food.
5. All food donations will benefit Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee.
6. Winner will be announced onsite at approximately 3:30pm CST. Must be present to win.
7. Must arrive & be in line by 3:00pm CST
8. Most needed items are peanut butter, canned meat (chicken/tuna), canned fruit and vegetables, soups and stews, pasta and cereal.
9. Monetary donations will not be accepted for entry in the giveaway.
10. Winner cannot already have purchased tickets to the Foo Fighters concert at The Ryman Auditorium on 10/31/14.
11. Please go to http://ryman.com/event/FooFighters for more specific information on ticketing.
To learn more about Second Harvest and our mission, please visit secondharvestmidtn.org
Said to “hit the sweet spot between Mumford & Son’s power-folk and My Morning Jacket’s passionate post-Southern rock”, Roadkill Ghost Choir headlines this week’s Nashville Sunday Night, Live from 3rd & Lindsley. Brothers Andrew, Zach, and Maxx Shepard, with friends Stephen Garza and Kiffy Meyer, makeup this alternative rock band from DeLand, Florida. In Tongues, their debut full-length album, was released this past summer and received wide critical acclaim. The group’s accolades include touring with Band of Horses and performing on the David Letterman Show, as well as festival inclusions at Bonnaroo, SXSW, and Lollapalooza.
Desert Noises will open up for Roadkill Ghost Choir this week at Lightning 100’s Nashville Sunday Night. In order to establish a reputation as a “must-see live act”, Desert Noises has spent the majority of its time touring. Leaving behind their family and friends, front man Kyle Henderson and fellow band-mates hit the road three years ago to begin touring relentlessly, and haven’t stopped since. 27 Ways, the group’s most recent album, features “beat-oriented soul” as well as “classic psychedelic rock” influences, and pays tribute to their decision to leave their Utah Valley homes in pursuit of music.
Lightning 100’s Nashville Sunday Night is a weekly live concert broadcast from 3rd & Lindsley, located at 818 3rd Ave. S. in Nashville. Doors open each Sunday at 6pm and the music and live broadcast begin at 8pm, brought to you by Yuengling and New Amseterdam Vodka. This week, Desert Noises kicks off the show and live broadcast at 8pm, and Roadkill Ghost Choir are set to take the stage at 9pm. Tickets are just $10 and are available here!
Best gig poster ever!
Here is the info we have posted on Foo Fighters Facebook page about their Halloween show at Ryman Auditorium!
Friday, October 31st
Tickets on sale Wednesday, Oct. 29th at 10am
Doors Open 8:30 pm.
#SonicHighways Screening followed by FF.
* This event is open to All Ages
* Please see ticket http://ryman.com/event/FooFighters for Costume policies
* All seats for this show are electronic Ticketmaster Paperless Tickets ONLY
* Ticketmaster Paperless Tickets are NON TRANSFERABLE. ORIGINAL TICKET PURCHASER MUST ATTEND THE EVENT.
* At ENTRY you must provide the CREDIT CARD USED TO PURCHASE AND VALID PHOTO ID. Name on credit card must match photo ID.
* Entire party MUST enter the venue at the same time.
* Gift cards and single use credit cards may not be used to purchase paperless tickets.
* Ticket Limit of 2 per household
Episode122. the615 10/27/14 Halloween Special
Delta Saints – Death Letter Jubilee
Candle Kid – Waiting For Death
Karen Elson – The Ghost Who Walks
Phin- Those Killers
Fly Golden Eagle – Devil Eyes
Bi-Polar Bears – Zombie
Kelly Ruth – Monster Mash
Kyle Andrews – Get Mad
Adam Burrows – Worlds Largest Pumpkin
The Weeks – King Sized Death Bed
How I Became The Bomb – Killing Machine
Matthew Perryman Jones – waking Up The Dead
Live at William Colliers
Lightning 100 was able to hook up a few lucky listeners for a private performance with Hozier over at William Colliers. Hozier sold out two night stand at Exit/In and then Ryman Auditorium within the first year of his debut album. Guess who played his single first? To thank Lightning 100, Hozier performed “To Be Alone” and his hit single “Take Me To Church“. Click here to watch the HD video performance!
Not actually the Lightning 100 studio
“The first album was me wanting to burn down my life, cut my hair off, and run screaming into the woods,” says Alejandro Rose-Garcia. “This album is the trials and tribulations of becoming domesticated, letting people into your world and letting go of selfishness-the story of becoming a pair, losing that, and reconciling with the loss and gain of love.”
Rose-Garcia is professionally known as Shakey Graves, and with his new record, And the War Came, he extends the ground-emotionally and sonically-broken by his 2011 self-released debut album, Roll the Bones, which brought him national acclaim and, three years later, still ranks near the top of Bandcamp’s digital best-seller charts.
Roll the Bones established the powerful, mesmerizing Shakey Graves sound of Rose-Garcia accompanying himself on guitar and a handmade kick drum built out of an old suitcase. NPR Music named him one of 10 artists music fans “should’ve known in 2012,” describing him as “astonishing…unclassifiably original. And frighteningly good.” Paste included him in a “Best of What’s Next” feature, praising his “gnarly composite of blues and folk,” while The New York Times observed that Shakey Graves “makes the one-man band approach look effortless.”
But while this distinctive arrangement continued to earn him an ever-expanding fan base on the road, Rose-Garcia knew that he wanted the follow-up to achieve something different. “With the first album, I didn’t have any expectations except my own,” he says. “This time, I was making something people were going to listen to out of the gate. I tried to maintain everything I enjoy about recording, the weird homemade aspect, but I was seeking a new, shining sound quality. The concepts for the songs are a little bigger. This is not the ‘Mr, Folk, Hobo Mountain’ album-it’s more of the Cyborg Shakey Graves. It’s definitely the next step in the staircase.”
An experienced actor who had a recurring role on Friday Night Lights and appeared in several of Robert Rodriguez films, Rose-Garcia started making music as part of New York City’s “anti-folk” scene. While knocking around the underground music community in Los Angeles, he saw a performance by one-man band Bob Log III that pointed his work in a new direction. Since returning to Austin, Rose-Garcia has become so closely associated with his hometown that for the last three years, Austin has celebrated “Shakey Graves Day” by mayoral proclamation.
To record And the War Came, co-producer/collaborator Chris Boosahda brought all of his gear to Rose-Garcia’s house and converted the space into a big, open studio. Though the signature Shakey Graves set-up remained the starting point, other instrumentalists came in and multiple, wildly different arrangements of the songs were attempted for what was initially planned as a double album.
Most notably, Rose-Garcia wrote and sings three of the album’s songs with Esme Patterson, a solo artist and member of the Denver-based band Paper Bird. “We started out just having fun and writing, and then that turned into some of my favorite songs on the album,” he says. “We actually wrote ‘Dearly Departed’ on Halloween as a tongue-in-cheek, haunted house sex joke, and then we played it that night and people went bonkers. Esme and I write so similarly it kinda freaked us out, and I really learned the power of writing music with someone you get along with.”
Soon enough, Rose-Garcia found that the experience of making the record was being mirrored in the songs themselves. “I was letting go of that one-man everything,” he says. “I did need people’s help, and my control freak nature had to subside a bit. It meant learning collaboration, but also knowing when to stick to my guns-all of that was the experience of this year, and the songs were some of the more genuine experiences; some of them even became sort of prophetic.”
“Only Son,” a meditation on solitude (“I used to be an only son/My heart was like a stranger”), became the opening track and “thesis statement” for And the War Came. “Hard Wired” is not, as it may first appear, about a relationship falling apart, but “about having friends with problems-watching a friend struggling and not doing anything about it.”
The themes of these ten songs, explains Rose-Garcia, return over and over to the idea of the “other.” “It’s not about any single person, it’s about being that second, other person. Even the title-I never thought about whether I was able to handle that aspect of things, of having these relationships. And the War Came is a little bit of, be careful what you wish for.”
Songs like “The Perfect Parts” and “Family and Genus,” meanwhile, represent a very different sound for Shakey Graves. “Those have a lot more aggression, they’re heavy and big,” he says. “I’m a little worried because it is a new step out, and people have gotten really precious about the stuff I’ve done-which is a huge compliment, and a dream come true-but I’m interested in what a Shakey Graves song is to people.”
Another crucial influence on the direction of And the War Came has been Rose-Garcia’s lengthy and far-flung touring schedule (which has recently included stops at the Winnipeg and Newport Folk Festivals, prior to a headlining run this fall). “I’m constantly flying places and moving at a fast rate,” he says. “Imagining what it was like a year ago is almost incomprehensible to me now. I feel like I’ve almost seen too much this year-bands, music, places. And if that doesn’t affect you in certain ways, then you’re doing it wrong.”
While his remarkable success story continues to unfold, Alejandro Rose-Garcia sees And the War Came as a pivotal step in the evolution of Shakey Graves. “This is a doorframe album, as we’re going into a new building,” he says. “It’s taste of everything-what might come in future, which might include just guitar or the one-man band thing, but not pigeonholed to any one sound. I wanted to open some stuff up and get people ready for wherever it’s going.”
Episode121. the615 10/20/14
Local Artist of the week
Boom Forest- Baby Teeth ( Playin’ Live Friday 10/24/14 at 12th & Porter 7pm FREE!)
Hammel – Bird Dog – Faux Coup – The Age Of Anxiety
Wells – Taro – Living In Static
This Just In
Mouth Reader – I’m Not Me
Devan Dubois – Other Lovers – Le Fou
Bad Cop – Wish You Well
KiND – Gloss (Formerly Vitek) – Eunoia (spring of 2015)
Bands Around Town
Lonely Biscuits – Pool Day (Playin’ Live Saturday 10/25/14 at Exit/In with Coin and Creature Comfort)
Courtney Jaye – Morning (Playin’ Live Friday 10/24/14 at The Basement with William Tyler, Angela James and more)
The Cunning – Lonesome No More (Playin’ Live Tuesday 10/21/14 at The Acme with Emily Wolfe
Fast Astronaut – Home (Playin’ Live Tuesday 10/21/14 for Music City Breakthrough)
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Boom Forest is the spiritual wailings of John Paul Roney from the automated woods of Tomorrow…..and that’s all we know about Boom Forest. Wanting to know more? Come see Boom Forest at 12th and Porter for a FREE show for Friday Afternoon Live.
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