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Tetherball
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Steve Voss paints the picture of a mid-aughts major label stalwart that eventually buckled under the weight of feedback from the mess of people involved in the process. Framed with this context, the moniker Tetherball comes into sharp relief. At the end of his rope and refusing to be swatted back and forth into submission, Voss withdrew from Atlantic Records and his home state of Colorado. He receded to a studio in an industrial neck of Nashville, still tinkering with sound but with a very cracked perspective; essentially the industry version of Lazlo Hollyfeld.

 

Tetherball's album will officially drop October 28th via Silver Point Recods. Even if this backstory weren’t true, “Whimsy” still sounds like someone reveling in their eccentricity. It’s weird, and deals it out its peculiarity in mid-tempo canters and clearly-baked moseys. Sci-fi plays just as big of a thematic influence as personal experience, so if you have a taste for the slightly off-center, parts of this album will have you clapping your hands in delight. The guitar tone has a tendency to do infectiously cool things, like the jangle at the opening of “Vegetarian” or the tit for tat that kicks off “Bootss.” This album could probably play in tandem with any South Park episode and mirror it with frightening accuracy.

 

This is not to say that Voss has lost all awareness of pop sensibility. For very Primus off-note there is an alternative snarl, which makes for an interesting and palatable listen. Tetherball maintains a high level of theatrics throughout, from the grand sweeping boredom of “Hometown” to the Western swing of "Boulderado" the big top rhythm of “Spring Chicken,” a track that had me playing indie-rock matchmaker and wondering for a second how cool it would be to see them on tour with Thao and the Get Down Stay Down.

 

“Whimsy” is an amazing first statement from this fledgling band. It’s clear that this is a pin pulled from a grenade, and that the Tetherball dimension is something that will only expand. We can’t wait to see how this band evolves. Stream the album HERE, and check out their website at: www.tetherballmusic.com


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We are so excited to bring you this exclusive stream of Tetherball's debut album "Whimsy," a week before it's release date of October 28th. The single "Spring Chicken" first caught out ear in September, and put us back in touch with long-lost fantasies of going fishing with Les Claypool. The subsequent video for "Bootss" put us over the edge. We were so taken by their twisted genre-hopping that we made "Whimsy" our CD of the Month, and the Tetherball camp was kind enough to let us stream the album before it officially drops. The band is doing some great things this month, including a CMJ showcase in New York on October 25th, and a show at homebase Silver Point Studios on Halloween. Take a listen below to what has got us all hot and bothered. -Terra James-Jura

http://www.tetherballmusic.com/

October 21, 2014
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Because bikes are just as likely as cars to have tape decks these days, Good Sex will be releasing their second full length album this Tuesday, October 21st with a show at Halycon Bike Shop. Titled "Tucked In," it will be available as a cassette for 5 bones at the show. This is a follow up to last July's "Get Bent," and maintains their slutty, lo-fi brat rock. The show will be supported by Deli favorite Mouth Reader as well as Western Medication. The show is free, so there's no reason not to head out to 12 South and let Good Sex inject one more gasp of summer into your week. -Terra James-Jura

October 19, 2014
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We had a friend that twists knobs at one of Nashville's fine musical establishments turn us on to Super Shaker the other day. Lo and behold, it had been only two hours since they posted "Kong" on their Facebook page when we finally decided to creep on their social media. This is the first single from a recent marathon recording session, and it is one hell of an introduction to the band. It has an lead in similar to a Super Mario Bros. boss theme and may have a kazoo that surfaces somewhere in the middle, a few of the wtf moments that, after a few extra moments of deliberation, make this track awesome in a darkly weird way. We dig it, and respect Super Shaker's altruism in providing dance rock for stoned gamers. The next chance to check them out live will be at The 5-Spot on October 30th. -Terra James-Jura

 http://mysupershaker.com/index.html

October 17, 2014
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Just when we thought this poll had quieted down, Dustin Sellers pulled a final campaign that earned him the vote in the last few days. While he may be known for cutting a figure stage right on background vocals for Magnolia Sons, Dustin Sellers has been quietly building his solo career. Last winter saw the release of EP "The Valley," with a full-length tenatively planned for this December. Sellers keen sense of songwriting combines a homespun familiarity with a 90's alternative edge, and it is no small feat to present something organic that hits rock, folk and soul in one breath. Sellers also puts on an impressive, professional-grade live show, two of which are on the horizon: October 28th at The Basement, and November 19th at The Stone Fox with Kelly Ruth and Kylie Rothfield. -Terra James-Jura

October 16, 2014
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Today, I would like to introduce you to another up and coming Nashville act, Future Thieves. They  formed about a year ago when long time collaborators Elliot Collet (vocals and rhythm guitar) and Stan Nickell (lead guitar) teamed up with Nick Goss (bass), Austin McCool (lead guitar), and Gianni Gibson (drums).

You may have heard their song "Secret" on the radio recently. They were featured as Lightning 100's local artist of the week last month.

They are definitely a rock act with bluesy influences and a nice blend of indie and classic rock. Collett pens the lyrics and hails from the hills of Kentucky. Before forming the band, he studied audio engineering and ran live sound at shows. Nickell, also a native Kentuckian, has a strong blues background. He can not only play the hell out of a guitar, but he also loves fixing them and performing other technical modifications. McCool and Goss are longtime friends from Indiana and Gibson comes from a musical family in Los Angeles. They all joined forces in Nashville where they are living and making music together. Their first EP is tightly and masterfully engineered and comes from their own home studio.
 
The band writes and arranges the music together to share Collett's stories in a powerful way. There is a big sound, but you can still pick out great guitar melodies and tight vocal harmonies. 

Last Tuesday evening the guys played a rare, stripped-down acoustic set at Two Old Hippies as an unofficial kick-off to some East Coast tour dates. Stay tuned for an exciting Future Thieves announcement next month!​ -Jared Godar

October 15, 2014
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Fly Golden Eagle released sophomore album "Quartz Bijou" today. It serves as a porthole to their broader, 26-track concept album "Quartz," a psychedelic opus inspired by "The Holy Mountain," a 1973 avant-garde film by Alejandro Jodorowsky that inspired frontman Ben Trimble to create an album that would accompany up to the storyline. "Quartz Bijou" is a condensed version of the concept that stands alone in its own right, an invitation to move in closer and get lost in Fly Golden Eagle's messy, visceral psych-rock microcosm. The quartet is on the road with J. Roddy Walston at the moment, culminating with two Nashville shows: a free screening of "The Holy Mountain" synched with "Quartz" at The Stone Fox on November 14th, and a show with Clear Plastic Masks, Paperhead, and Chrome Pony at Queen's Art Collective on November 15th. -Terra James-Jura

 

October 14, 2014
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