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Vinyl Thief
""Fathoms"
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In high school, my friend Craig Lee took it upon himself to educate me on what to do when I got high, which was: take a 311 CD and play it through Windows media player, and set the visualization to “Ambience.” With those days behind me (and a few subsequent years lost devil-sticking for tips as I followed 311 tours) I had long forgotten that particular use for Windows until I listened to Vinyl Thief’s debut album, “Fathoms.”

 

Released July 22nd, “Fathoms” listens like an entity. Granted, all albums vary song to song, and this one is no different, but few pluck the same rubber band in your brain and sustain it throughout it the duration. Fewer still can be so closely likened to getting lost watching a pixelated visualization of music on your ’01 Dell, wondering:“Whoa, how did they know to do that?”

 

Vinyl Thief is a synth driven powerhouse of a band that has been gathering acclaim since the release of their “Rebel Hill” EP in 2012. The group has essentially come of age playing together, from their high school inception to logging hours of practice in a church-sanctuary-turned-rehearsal space to perfect the sound and rapport that makes Vinyl Thief extraordinary. There are not many bands with such an expert handle on their sound.

 

There are a few anchors in Vinyl Thief that make them so listenable. Their synthesizers are going to do something beautiful. Grayson Proctor’s vocals are going to run through an impressive range without ever sounding forced or theatrical. And every song is going to reliably blow your mind in some way. It might be on a smaller scale, like when the guitar breaks the silence after the bridge in “London” with what I can only imagine a swoon would sound like. Or it could be big, like when the track “Rebel Hill” finally reaches a crescendo after a series of goosebump-inducing change-ups. The band has a knack for zig-ing when a zag is expected, going soft instead of loud, or even bigger when they’re already turned up.

 

Vinyl Thief is one of the best examples of the modern face of Nashville music, where already talented musicians go through great pains to learn their craft and the business around it. This is a band that is one sync away from national exposure. Be prepared to hear much more Vinyl Thief after Apple or Toyota licenses one of their tracks. Considering that “Fathoms” is a collection of their best material meticulously recorded and lovingly presented like a bowl of all-red jelly beans ready for the grabbing, this is only a matter of time. –Terra James-Jura


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Congratulations to The Ugly Kids Club for winning our Artist of the Month Poll. The duo has been winning Nashville hearts and minds with their method to electro-pop music: go back to the initial spark of the 1980's and take flight from there. What results is bright, fun, and entirely organic. Their nomination is just a fraction of the flurry of attention they've been recieving since the release of their single "Good Love," which has only intensified after a stellar show at The High Watt last Tuesday with Field Day and Lylas. Keep up with them at: http://www.uglykidsclub.com/ -Terra James-Jura

September 02, 2014
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Okay, at this point Diarrhea Planet is hanging on the "Emerged" side of the playground, but we couldn't resist posting this music video that premiered on NYLON last Friday. It just feels so good to have some local riff-raff on a national stage. "Platinum Girls" will be on their upcoming EP "Aliens in the Outfield," due to be released November 18th.  While it's shot at the original Pete and Pete house and features the Mr. Tastee of our dreams, our favorite part is the drummer's GBV t-shirt.  Because the devil is in the details.  -Terra James-Jura

 diarrheaplanet.blogspot.com/

September 01, 2014
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The October release of The Grayce's full-length album "Westing" is drawing near.  We had the opportunity to get an advanced listen to it this spring, (read the full review here), and this prolonged awareness has only served to make time creep by. Granted, this is an album that makes perfect sense nestled in amongst goblins and all things Halloweenie, but damned if we don't want the rest of Nashville to get the full run of their unapologetic grunge rock. Until then, The Grayces have been keeping their fanbase plied with a steady trickle of shows, videos, and singles, the latest of which it "Do It To Me." Take a listen only if you like it when things get a little wierd.  -Terra James-Jura

 

August 28, 2014
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NIMA had its eighth-annual awards ceremony on August 24th at The Listening Room Cafe.  Wings of Apollo took home an award not only for "Best Rock Band," but also "Best Live Rock Performers." We wrote about the epic scope of their EP "By Force" earlier this summer, and we're thrilled that the trio has received some of the recognition they deserve, though we understand that WOA recieved this award only because there was no "RAWK" category. Wings of Apollo understand that making it as a band is a many-fronted campaign, involving not only patience and persistence, but also many, many more backflips than one would ever anticipate.  Catch them in all their headdressed, moustached and shirtless glory at The Rutledge on Friday, September 12th.  -Terra James-Jura

 

August 27, 2014
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Harrison B just released this video for single "Me." The track upholds his glam mashup of rock and soul, and allows his supersonic vocal ability takes front and center. The band's groove tsunami is evocative of Lenny Kravitz, but their random sense of humor makes this video. Granted, there's not too much of a differentiation between his battling representations of Ego and Consience aside from sunglasses and lighting (is there ever?), but it's a fun ride with enough searing looks and flowing locks to fill a Harlequin paperback. This video coincides with the band's return to the Lower 48 after a stint in Alaska, so keep eyes peeled for a local show at http://www.harrisonbmusic.com/. -Terra James-Jura

 

August 27, 2014
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It's been a minute since Penicillin Baby showed their psychedelic skin on a Nashville stage; as in, almost two months. This is not to say that slice of summer was not occupied with tours and studio time. In fact, this blitzkrieg of activity has been the status quo for the foursome since the release of their debut 7" in May.  The band managed work on a full-length album and put a few miles on their van playing to hipster masses from Kentucky to New York, who seem to have the same appetite for slightly skewed trip-pop as Nashville does.  Friday's show at the 5-Spot is the start of a string of Tennessee shows, though not all dates can boast a lineup with the likes of Canadians-on-eternal-summer-holiday (do they call it 'holiday' up there?) Shark Week, slacker-rock-revivalists Sundonistas and Laurel Canyon mutts Bear in the Campsite.  The show starts at 9, and cover is $5.  Below is the video for their seasonally-appropriate ode to wasted time "Not Getting Any Younger." -Terra James-Jura

http://penicillinbaby.com/

August 26, 2014
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