Sounds Like Summer Review

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Photo by Wrenn Evans

As Nashville enters the dog days of summer, it seems as if the only escape from the sweltering heat is an unexpected torrential downpour. While both of these unpleasant weather sensations occurred outside of the Cannery Complex on Friday and Saturday, patrons of Nashville Cream’s Sounds Like Summer 7th birthday bash were protected from the elements and serenaded by 27 local bands and DJs at all three venues. While the Cannery Ballroom provided a stage for veteran local bands like The Features and the Whigs, the High Watt offered performances from promising up and coming acts like What Up English and Majestico. While it was impossible to catch all of the bands playing this weekend, spontaneous venue hopping made for a frantic and exciting concert experience that could only happen in a city with a music scene as vibrant and exciting as Nashville.

Although they were added to the line-up a mere four hours before the doors opened, What Up, English were the perfect band to kick off night one of Sounds Like Summer. These dudes are constantly referred to as the youngsters of the Nashville music scene, which does them an incredible disservice. Their relentlessly upbeat and infectious dance rock is the result of honing their craft for years. Preston and Noah’s guitar work intertwined with each other seamlessly and effortlessly while Rob and Jamie laid it down on the bass and drums with machine like precision. Southern drawl and old school country influences may be the new “it factor” for Nashville bands, but What Up English have been kicking out dance grooves for longer than Nashville has been the “it city”.

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The Features performing “This Disorder” and “With Every Beat”

the-features-this-disorder-liveOne of our favorite local bands, The Features, join us in the Lightning 100 studio to debut two new songs off self titled record.  The Features perform “With Every Beat” live in the Lightning 100 studio.  Second camera died in the middle, but didn’t want to waste the footage.  The Features also performed their first single we’ve been playing on 100.1 FM, “This Disorder” in the studio.   What do you think of the acoustic versions of these songs?  Click here to see both performances.

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Indie Underground Playlist for 4-22-13

Mondays from 9-10pm CST on WRLT/Lightning 100, Nashville’s Independent Radio

Indie Underground Hour 4-22-13

Iggy & The Stooges – Burn (Ready To Die, Fat Possum)
Wire – Love Bends (Change Becomes Us, Pink Flag)
The Features – This Disorder (The Features, Serpents & Snakes)
Phoenix – SOS In Bel Air (Bankrupt!, Glassnote)
Major Lazer feat Amber – Get Free (Free The Universe, Secretly Canadian)
Devendra Banhart – Your Fine Petting Duck (Mala, Nonesuch)
Paramore – Holiday (The Holiday Sessions 7″, Atlantic)
Marcos Valle – Os Ossos Do Barao (Previsao Do Tempo, LITA)
The Shouting Matches – Gallup NM (Grownass Man, Middle West)
My Morning Jacket – Leaving On A Jet Plane (The Music Is You, ATO)
Mikal Cronin – Weight (MCII, Merge)
Little Green Cars – The John Wayne (Absolute Zero, Glassnote)
R.E.M. – Strange (Live In Greensboro EP, Warner Bros)


The Features

Song: How It Starts
Album: Wilderness
Air Date: 8/22/11
Playing Live: CD Release Show
Where: Mercy Lounge
When: 8/27/ at 9pm


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