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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Indie Underground Playlist for 3-4-13

Indie Underground Hour 3-04-13
    
Caitlin Rose
-Only A Clown (The Stand-In, ATO)
Mount Moriah – Younger Days (Miracle Temple, Merge)
Josh Rouse – Simple Pleasure (The Happiness Waltz, Bedroom Classics/YepRoc)
Hey Marseilles – Bright Stars Burning (Lines We Trace, Onto/Thirty Tigers)
Jamie Lidell – Big Love (Jamie Lidell, Warp)
Javelin – Airfield (Hi Beams, Luaka Bop)
The Mavericks – Come Unto Me (In Time, The Valory Music Co)
Marcos Valle – Melena (Vento Sul, Light In The Attic)
Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors – Good Light (Good Light, Magnolia Music)
Bobby Long – Devil Moon (Wishbone, ATO)
Wavves – Demon To Lean On (Afraid Of Heights, Warner Bros)
The Whigs – Staying Alive (Enjoy The Company, New West Records)
The Relatives – It’s Coming Up Again (The Electric Word, YepRoc)

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The Whigs in-studio performance

The Whigs perform “Couple of Kids” and “Waiting” live at Lightning 100.  Check out their new album Enjoy the Company.  Any other tracks you want to hear off the record?

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Filmed and edited by Brian Waters

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