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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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November 20, 2014
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A band has to be good when their name makes you giggle a tiny bit. Beef Oven is fairly new on the scene, having released their 6-track EP "Gimme the Blood" just this past June. Recorded by none other than Ben Spinks (of Supermelt fame), the EP grinds out some fuzzed-to-the-max jams with just the barest trace of blues and surf. Beef Oven is among the lineup for the second edition of 2 Jung 2 Dye's Book Swap this Wednesday night (aka Thanksgiving Eve.) Phantom Farmer and Shoot the Mountain round out the bill; bring a book that you would like to share with a total stranger in hopes that it will bring the same joy into their life as it did your. Wednesday's show starts at 8pm at The East Room. Dig our favorite track off "Gimme the Blood" to get in the spirit. -Terra James-Jura

November 25, 2014
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Hotel War dropped this little nugget last week: the official video for their single "Devil's Breath." The song is off their EP "Nashville Nights," released earlier this month. The video plays out like a grainy, kung-fu B-movie, with the band gallantly saving an innocent woman from the clutches of some sort of Hell's Angels Don (they drive home the point that: goatee + pony tail = clearly up to no good.) The fight choreography is shit, but the song is great. Actually, the whole EP is one wallop of screeching rock and roll, and definitely worth a listen (check it out HERE.) The trio are already back in the studio cooking up their next batch of badassery, and will be appearing on December 19th for The Stone Fox's 3rd Annual Christmas Caroling Show. -Terra James-Jura

www.hotelwar.com

November 25, 2014
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October 14th marked the release of Fly Golden Eagle's "Quartz," a 26-track odyssey inspired by 1973 art-flick "Holy Mountain." A month later, after an LA release and an epic fall tour they brought it home to Nashville. The Deli caught the last show in a weekend full of performances, a stacked lineup including Faux Ferocious, Chrome Pony, and Clear Plastic Masks put on at Meth Dad HQ Queen Art Collective. Read more about the evening by clicking HERE, and listen to the scaled-down, stand-alone accompanying Fly Golden Eagle release "Quartz Bijou" below.

November 20, 2014
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We highly recommend heading out to The Stone Fox tonight to catch this lineup: Kelly Ruth, Dustin Sellers and Kylie Rothfield. These three artists boast distinctly different styles, but when taking into account their healthy respect for classics, the evening comes together as a cohesive whole. We're always tickled when there's an underlying un-or-intentional theme. The show tonight starts at 8pm, and cover is $5.

Kelly Ruth channels a 1940's-jazz-chanteuse-via-Jenny-Lewis in her indie-folk tunes. It's always a question whether she will break out her upright bass during a show, but intelligent songwriting and poignant lyrics are never a variable.  Ruth recieved a ton of buzz around her interpretation of "Monster Mash," a video created to help promote epic Halloween party Monster Bash 2014, in which she sings really well and murders a few Nashville friends.

Dustin Sellers carries on the retro tradition of his other project The Magnolia Sons, hitting the stage with a group of American Bandstand-ready musicians. He the counters skinny ties and homages to soul greats with a hefty dose of folk and alternative to his music, ending up at an intersection of some unlikely roads that totally mesh thanks to his studied songwriting. Sellers is working on a second full-length album with a tenative December release date.

Kylie Rothfield interprets American blues in the school of Stevie Ray Vaghan with a Adele filter. The 22-year-old is already a salty road dog since her graduation from Boston's Berklee College of Music, with a few national and one internatinoal tours already under her belt. She's putting the finishing touches on a brand new single, but for right now we're charmed by the walk she takes up and down the fretboard on her song "Cold in My Soul."

November 19, 2014
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We caught Bones Owens by chance in March at The End. We were there to see the band before, and figured we'd stick around a little to check out the next guy. We could always bounce if he sucked. What we heard left us gobsmacked. Owens and his band whipped through a set of beautifully hewn, strikingly sad, alt-country twinged songs that gave us the same sort of shivers we'd probably have gotten if it were fourteen years ago and we were watching Ryan Adam's try out some tunes from his new solo album. Since then we always managed to miss the scant handful of shows he played around Nashville, and Owen's appeared to be pretty busy as a touring musician for Yelawolf. So imagine our surprise when this 5-song EP "Hurt No One" was quietly released a few days ago with a brief message and some thanks to its many contributors. We're so glad that it wasn't a fluke that we witnessed back in the spring. Do yourself a favor and throw the man five bones (c'mon folks, you knew it was coming) and download the EP from iTunes. -Terra James-Jura

http://www.bonesowens.com/

 

November 18, 2014
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