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Congratulations to The Wooly Mamas, The Deli Nashville's newest Artist of the Month.  The band may have caught your ear once or twice around town, as they have been sharing bills with quite a few other Nashville sluggers: The Daily Howl, Blackfoot Gypsies, and That's My Kid, to name a few.  The Wooly Mamas got their start as a cover band, and built their catalog of originals as the trio outgrew their sets of Tom Waits, Hank Williams and Wilco tunes and sought an outlet for their creativity while maintaining their respect for the classics.  It was a very organic, and really, most optimal outcome for a story that starts with 'three dudes in a cover band-.' Whether you're a long-term, devoted fan that threw down a vote on Day 1, or this is the first time that you've heard of the trio, one thing has been made clear: they rock hard enough to win this month's poll.  Listen to "Make Sure," one of the two songs they released this past December, then buy them a beer at fooBar on April 26th for being winners. -Terra James-Jura

April 16, 2014
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Fast Astronaut lost a point with me for not being efficient enough to name their band Fastronaut, but really, that’s my own bias against the space bar (or spacebar?) They earned it back with the track “Balance,” which gets better and dancier with each minute, and won me over completely after I listened to their entire “Invisible Sun” EP. Released March 1st, it’s a very well-produced bundle of synth-pop that, while mainstream-friendly, throws in some interesting turns that prevents me from immediately dismissing it as Top-40 flotsam. The EP has a hopeful heart that I can appreciate. Check out “Balance” for yourself below, and pick it up from their Bandcamp if you like what you hear. –Terra James-Jura

April 14, 2014
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Trade in an ampersand and take out ‘the,’ and Melon and the Mayhem could easily pass for the name of a trendy new localvore restaurant somewhere in The Gulch, instead of an indie-pop band strongly influenced by jazz and Big Band swing. Mary Ellen “Melon” Klein leads her band The Mayhem through vintage numbers that are smooth enough to flirt with the boundaries of easy listening. The band is kicking off their East Coast tour in support of their second EP, “Bluerise” with a show at The End this Wednesday. “Cinnamon Eyes” is the first song off the album; it definitely hits its stride when the saxophone enters the picture during the bridge, but, face it, few things do not benefit from a sax solo. –Terra James-Jura

April 13, 2014
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Has anyone been tapering their training schedule and carbing up in anticipation of The Tour de Fun on Saturday?  No?  Has anyone cut back to one pack per day to at least make it to The East Room without keeling over? Yeah... about that...

This weekend finds some great bands coming through town with some great local bands supporting them, as well as plenty of opportunities to watch music, ride bikes, and day-drink.  

Friday:

Bully is about to get a huge bump in notoriety and awesomeness in opening for Superchunk at The Mercy Lounge.  9pm, $15

Over on the other side of the compound, Vinyl Thief is playing with INTL (formerly The Young International) and Phin at The High Watt, 8pm, $7 (check out their new live video for "Slow Down" below)

 Wandering EyeTake the Power Back and The Cherry Bombs make up a night of cover bands that you will actually want to see at the Stone Fox.  I mean, who wouldn't want to see an all-female tribute band to Rage Against the Machine? (Well, I guess anyone with Superchunk tickets...) The show starts at 8pm, and cover $5.

Current Deli Nashville Artist of the Month Mouth Reader is playing at The Boro in Murfreesboro with Thumper, Boyfriend and Good Sex, 9pm

Saturday:

*repeat repeat Album Release Show at Mercy Lounge with ELEL, Blank Range and Churchyard, 8pm, $10

Lightning 100 Spring Block Party at Marathon Music Works with The Wild Feathers, The Apache Relay, Sol Cat, Roots of a Rebellion and more. Doors are at 3pm, tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door, and more details are available here.

Tour de Fun in East Nashville starting at 11am with a cookout at Riverside village, and going on all day. 30 bands at 13 venues; full schedule here.

Saintseneca with Blessed Feathers and Honey Locust at the High Watt, 8pm, $12

Sunday:

The Sunday Post at the Basement includes Radar Vs. Wolf, Them Vibes, Nelo, Sound Cards and The Summer Country.  The show starts at 8pm, no cover. 

Kylie Rothfield EP Release Show at 12th and Porter. The show starts at 8pm, and the $10 cover gets you a free EP as well.  

April 10, 2014
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Was there a better way to start a week than with a lineup of female leads? The East Room hosted "The Ladies of Rock" on Monday, April 7th, and among them were New York transplants The French Lips. Vocalist Sophie Kadow possesses a smoky voice that has a strong capacity to kick ass. The East Room lent the kind of dirty that Monday night drinking calls for with a stellar line-up including Kelly Ruth, The Dead Deads, and Lady E and the Blacklight.  All of these groups deserve greater attention, but the slow burn of "Stray Dogs" warrants your immediate concentration, so you can pick up on the nuances of Kadow's exchanges with the growing guitar noise in the track. Those lucky enough to catch the show (and ignore the thought of working on Tuesday morning) will agree how phenomenal the song was live.  -Amanda Aydelott

April 09, 2014
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Congratulations to Kansas Bible Company for being the third and final band to win The Road to Bonnaroo series at The Mercy Lounge.  While the 11-member strong marching-cum-rock band may have had the numbers in their favor, their utter attack on the last slot of the night, complete with choreography and drummers planted in the audience, gained them the winning vote. Guthrie Brown and the Family Tree came out as fan favorite of the night, but, like the rest of the contenders, will have to shelf their 'Roo aspirations of smelling 10,000 dreadlocks roasting in the sun for another year.  Check out the classic video for "How to Build a Planet" for a reminder of the rambunctious physicality that makes KBC so freakin' fun to watch.  The band's next Nashville show will be Arpil 19th at Mercy Lounge. -Terra James-Jura

April 08, 2014
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