In reference to last weeks Live on the Green I’ve heard phrases such as, “Largest Live on the Green crowd ever.” If it wasn’t the largest crowd that was being talked about it was the massive LCD screen that was put up so even the people down on Broadway honky-tonkin’ could see what Lulu Mae, Leagues, and Local Natives were delivering. Nashville, we have done it again! For the past five weeks local Nashville and nationally known artists have brought us all together on Thursday nights for some local brew, good food, and good times. Here at Lightning 100 we hope you all have had a terrific Live on the Green season and will join us for the final blowout down in Public Square Park this Thursday at 6 P.M. Come on down early to grab a beer, a spot on the lawn, and to sign up to win V.I.P. tickets among many other prizes at the Lightning 100 tent! It’s the last Live on the Green of the season so we hope to see you all there!!
Formed in 2006 at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, Moon Taxi, the inaugural Music City Mayhem Contest winners, have been playing festivals and touring around with such acts as Gov’t Mule, Umphrey’s McGee, Matisyahu, and The Apache Relay. With two studio albums, Melodica and Cabaret, and one live-album, Live Ride, recorded at Nashville’s 12th and Porter it’s needless to say that Moon Taxi has been busy. With their third studio album set to release September 10, 2013 it is a perfect time for them to be headlining this weeks Live on the Green. Their sound has been described as, “roots-rhythms, Latin-ismo, Phishy riffs, complex fusion and gutbucket, blue collar rock into a pretty enjoyable ball they hurl with serious gusto.” Lightning 100 is very proud to have Nashville’s own Moon Taxi wrap up this Live on the Green series, make sure to be there to catch it!
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”.
After cleaning all of the sand out of our camera lenses, tripods, computers(some how), and other places we don’t care to mention, Lightning 100 is able to start posting our backstage performances at 2013 Hangout Music Fest. Nashville artists were definitely representing at the festival this year performing at small/major stages and even the shuttle buses. The Nashville lineup included Moon Taxi, The Kingston Springs, Chancellor Warhol, The Weeks, Luella and the Sun, Josh Farrow, Wild Cub, The Wild Feathers, and a few others that were just enjoying the festival. Click here to check out photos from the festival! We’ve got more backstage performances coming!
The Weeks perform “Ain’t My Stop” and “King-Sized Death Bed” off their new record Dear Bo Jackson live at Lightning 100. Click here to check out previous in-studio performances and a live set for Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival! Have you listened to full album Dear Bo Jackson? Any other songs off the album you would like to hear on 100.1 FM? The Weeks will be performing at East Nashville Underground on May 10th and then on tour for a while with Kings of Leon in the U.K. We’ve also posted the entire interview via soundcloud here.
Mondays from 9-10pm CST on WRLT/Lightning 100, Nashville’s Independent Radio lightning100.com
Indie Underground Hour 5-06-13
The National – Don’t Swallow The Cap (Trouble Will Find Me, 4AD) Frank Turner – Recovery (Tape Deck Heart, Epitaph/Interscope) The Replacements – I’m Not Sayin’ (Songs For Slim, New West) Telekinesis – Power Lines (Dormarion, Merge) Phoenix – Trying To Be Cool (Bankrupt!, Glassnote) !!! – Fine Fine Fine (Thr!!!er, Warp) The Weeks – Dear Bo Jackson (Dear Bo Jackson, Serpents & Snakes) Father John Misty – Nancy From Now On (Fear Fun, Sub Pop) Daughter – Human (If You Leave, Glassnote) Shuggie Otis – Miss Pretty (Inspiration Information, Epic) Marnie Stern – East Side Glory (The Chronicles Of Marnia, Kill Rock Stars) Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Mosquito (Mosquito, Interscope) Guided By Voices – Islands (She Talks In Rainbows) (English Little League, GBV Inc)
Mondays from 9-10pm CST on WRLT/Lightning 100, Nashville’s Independent Radio lightning100.com
Indie Underground Hour 4-15-13
Futurebirds – Virginia Slims (Baba Yaga, Fat Possum) The Weeks – Brother In The Night (Dear Bo Jackson, Serpents & Snakes) Hanni El Khatib – Penny (Head In The Dirt, Innovative Leisure) Villagers – Nothing Arrived (Awayland, Domino) Paramore – Ain’t It Fun (Paramore, Fueled By Ramen) Born Ruffians – Ocean’s Deep (Birthmarks, YepRoc) Dawes – Most People (Stories Don’t End, HUB Records) Josh Rouse – A Lot Like Magic (Happiness Waltz, Bedroom Classics) Charles Bradley – Love Bug Blues (Victim Of Love, Daptone) Lady – Good Lovin’ (Lady, Truth & Soul) Goat – Run To Your Mama (World Music, Rocket Recordings) Bombino – Amidinine (My Friend) (Nomad, Nonesuch) Hotpipes – Magic Is Everywhere (DUST, YewKnee)
The sound of wind through the pines, bare feet brushing through leaves, snapping sticks like the spines of the weak. When we started we were small and strong at heart, five southern souls damned to speak the truth. But with this responsibility comes pain and loss. And as the years passed our numbers grew smaller, and there were four. This did not stop these brave soldiers of thought, keepers of truth. They were older now and their soft footsteps through the forest had grown louder and stronger. Like the dust filled hoof beats of a thousand wild horses, they layer sound like musket fire, their melodies bend and twist like train-tracks. A music shaped from the calloused hands and wrinkled faces of their fathers. They have walked through the fire wide-eyed and crazy, and came out enlightened. You cannot stop these men, your armies can’t cease their hands, dampen this thunder, or silence their tongues. We have trudged through the muddy swamps to freedom.
Our shoes are tattered and torn, but our feet are dry. As for our places in history, we will run naked through your streets before we sit decorated in your halls.
General Admission tickets, plus VIP, Super VIP and Big Kahuna festival passes, will go on sale beginning on Friday, February 15 at 11:00 AM ET at www.hangoutmusicfest.com/tickets. Fans should act quickly, as the festival is expected to sell out of all tickets at all price levels. Daily tickets will not be available, and tickets will not be available at the door. The limited number of “Early Bird” tickets and passes sold out within five minutes of going on sale in December, and last year’s Fest sold out of all general admission tickets in less than two weeks after going on sale.
Lightning 100 has been to every Hangout Music Festival! Check out our coverage over the years.
Lightning 100 had a great 2012….for in-studio performances! We made a list of our some of our favorite performances from the year, click here to see the full list.
Imagine Dragons – Radioactive We gave 20 lucky fans the chance to see a private performance with Imagine Dragons before their sold out show at Cannery Ballroom. One of our listeners included lead singer, Dan Reynolds, younger brother who won tickets during the lunch request hour. Watch Imagine Dragons performs “Radioactive” live at Lightning 100. Click here to see the band perform their big single “It’s Time” live in our studio.
Alabama Shakes – Hold On Band of Horses used to wear the crown for biggest crowd at Live On the Green until Alabama Shakes performed in 2012. Check out Alabama Shakes performance “Hold On” at Live On the Green. Filmed and edited by Make It Pop
Passion Pit – Take A Walk Passion Pit performs in front of a few fans in Griffin Technology’s Pre-Show Live event at Marathon Music Works. The band was running late, so we had to cut out the interview. Michael Angelakos, lead singer of Passion Pit was a little offended by this. Check out this live version of “Take A Walk”. We’ve also recorded “Constant Conversations” and “Sleepyheads” at the show.
The Lumineers – Classy Girl If you heard The Lumineers first on Lightning 100, you’ve got Wells Adams to thank for that. After a few weeks of playing “Ho Hey” during our music meetings, the song made it to the airwaves. Lightning 100 was one of the first stations in the country to play The Lumineers…..and now you hear them everywhere.
Walk The Moon – Anna Sun The young up-and-coming band Walk the Moon stopped by the studio without their face paint. Check out their performance “Anna Sun” live at Lightning 100. We’ve also got a recording of “Tightrope” on our HD On-demand Page. Read more
Recently transplanted, The Weeks, relocated to East Nashville from Jackson, Mississippi visited the studio to be guest on the615. The guys talk about the difference living in Nashville has already made in their career and perform “Slave to the South” live in the studio. Click here to watch the video. Do not miss The Weeks upcoming show with The Whigs at Nashville Sunday Night on December 16th.
After two days of running around taking photos and filming backstage performances, we finally got some down time at the radio compound. Click here to check out photos from the what, where, this, that, and other tent.