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The Harmaleighs
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College pals  Haley Grant and  Kaylee Jasperson bonded over shared musical tastes as students at Belmont University, . They were both also familiar with the hardships possessing the voices of angels; it was inevitable that a musical project would come of the union. The Harmaleighs formed in 2013, and the two proceeded to develop their sound, learning how to filter their shared experiences through an Americana sieve, until every heartbreak and setback sounded as though it occurred decades ago somewhere in the Appalachians.

 

The Harmaleigh's debut album, "Pretty Picture, Dirty Brush" will be released February 3rd. It covers the gauntlet of relationships that a young adult can encounter: partners, friends, hometowns. It also showcases the pair as the crackerjack musicians that they are. The same razor-sharp tightness that makes bluegrass so satisfying to hear is present in the entire album. Everything rings out as clear as a bell, and nothing is overdone or unnecessary. The girls have a healthy respect for the traditional, and can whip out a down-home rhythm as easily as a teenaged missive on heartbreak.  

 

Speaking of teenaged missives, a delicate balance is at work here. There are moments that the pair hit Watson Twin-levels of harmonies (like the ghostly intro of opening track "Hesitate") and there are times they turn right around with something more juvenille like "Got fired for dropping a glass of wine/ screw it I'm running out of time," in their recent single, "I Keep Ticking On." There's alot that can go wrong: their music acoustic guitar driven, with some lap steel and banjo thrown in, and they have a propensity to break into foot-stomping jags that recall the receding arena-folk wave. But it doesn’t matter. They’re so good, by grace of their conviction and clarity, that I’d probably be sucking this album down and singing along even if I were a 50-year-old truck driver.

 

That's the appeal of "Pretty Picture..." The album concentrates being young and new into something potent and delivers it with a little bit of sass; that's a combination capable of crossing quite a few boundaries. It's the emotional equivalent of four seasons of summer camp, thirty friendship bracelets, or ten viewings of "Milo and Otis." This album is bound to strike a chord within the most jaded of bastards. Keep up with The Harmaleighs at their website www.theharmaleighs.com


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Got plans this weekend? Cancel them, because you belong at Mercy Lounge this Saturday night. This night consists of a double dose of Deli favorites: tribal noise hipsters Chalaxy are celebrating the release of their moody psychedelic single "Dizzy" and are premiering a newly revamped live set. Joining the night are Nashville standbys Blackfoot Gypsies, who have their own big excitements from a recent record deal with Plowboy Records and a new video for "Under my Skin" to boot (check it out below.) We're stoked to see these two merry bands of hustlers in one night, and are equally excited to catch Matt Owen & Eclectic Tuba and Levi Ray for the first time. Saturday's show kicks off at 9pm and will only set you back $5. -Terra James-Jura

 

May 28, 2015
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We had this curiosity come across our desk recently, and we're slowly being pulled into the meticulous soundscape of "Rotator" by avant-indie group Summer Palace. Delivered to us via our Open Submissions page with about as much fanfare as there is info about this mysterious individual(s?), we're digging it for two reasons: it is 6 tracks of graceful experimentation with looping, harmonies and repetition, and the lack of an online presence suppresses our usual need to know the background of a group and the inevitable judgements we tend to pass in the research process. So we give props to Summer Palace for freeing up our minds to simple enjoy the aural stimlulation, which is currently lighting up the same drool-inducing sypapses as someone dragging their nails over our scalp (seriously, we could fall into a sweet, dreamless sleep to final track "Shanti, Shanti, Shanti.")  We'll leave you with opener "Do I Do All I Can" and let you pass your own judgement. -Terra James-Jura

 

May 25, 2015
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We're stoked for this opportunity to see eclectic indie rocker James Wallace and the Naked Light at the Stone Fox this Thursday. With a sprawl of influences from gospel to African music to The Kinks, Wallace's creations may be some of the easiest-listening sonic schizophrenia this side of the Mississippi. This 2013 release "More Strange News from Another Star" was as proudly out there as anything from Devendra Banhart, with the same comfortable hominess as fellow Nashvillian Langhorne Slim. Being vigins to his live show, we're interested to see how it translates to the Stone Fox stage on the 21st, when he and the crew opens up for 'baroque folk" of Asheville's River Whyless. The lineup is further complimented by Southern Gothic outfit and Deli faves Honey Locust. The show kicks off at 9pm, and cover is $8.

 

May 18, 2015
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In case our little blurb on Mr. Wheeler last week caught your ear, he's bringing his brand of revival folk to The 5 Spot tonight with a cast of friends and talented musicians. Joining the lineup are Kyle Cox, Molly Parden and Carl Anderson. We're especially excited to catch Wheeler's pal and future tourmate (tonight kicks of the two's "Southern Run" tour) Kyle Cox. This show also doubles as Cox's vinyl release show for his album "The Plan, the Mess." The Orlando, FL native is capable of offering up cheeky songwriting with some good time rock and roll, like the first track off his record, "I Ain't Been Lonely, Until I Met You." Rounding out tonight are local artists Molly Parden and Carl Anderson, making this show a steal at a $10 cover. Things kick off at 8pm, so don't miss this double header of a release show! -Terra James-Jura

 

May 14, 2015
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Liza Anne's newest single "Ocean" opens with the ambient buzz of some train system, lending a sense of the impersonal to an otherwise deeply personal track. The song covers the songwriter's reaction to a sudden change in a relationship, and the common sounds of transit provide a backdrop for the resulting anxiety and turmoil that can wrack one's brain with brutal perisistence. This track dropped ahead of the May 19th release of Liza Anne's second full-length album, TWO. Produced by Zachary Dyke of COIN, TWO is a follow-up to her debut album The Colder Months, released when the Georgia-born singer was barely nineteen. TWO has Liza Anne experimenting more with instrumentation (listen for the slowly rising swell of strings in "Ocean") as well as introducing more pop into her sound (single "Take it Back" is a prime example.) While it is a few more days until the album officially drops, you can check out this freshly posted Daytrotter session with our folkstress HERE. -Terra James-Jura

http://www.lizaannemusic.com/

May 14, 2015
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Turbo Fruits' new album 'No Control' sees the Nashville quartet tackle more "adult" themes like relationships, break-ups and losses, conveying a full range of not-so-fun emotion without ever giving up their signature, punchy rock'n'roll sound. While on tour with Eternal Summers and Surfer Blood, front man Jonas Stein answered a few questions about the creative process of being in a band - check out the Q&A on our sister blog Delicious Audio.

May 12, 2015
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