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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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This is going to be one hell of a night, and proof that South is just a state of being. Canadian refugees Bootleg Glory released their album "Buddy" on October 21st, and has been building up to tomorrow's show at the Basement by releasing a video for each day between point A and B. If you like your musicians fast, furious and showing a more leg than social mores dictate, (as demonstrated by video #2, "Build a State") these guys are for you. Their album release show tomorrow features Thelma and the Sleaze, Beef Oven, and Ben Spinks Supermelt, and is sure to lead to at least one misplaced pair of panties. So bring extra just in case. Show starts at 9, cover is $5. -Terra James-Jura

 

October 24, 2014
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We may have touched upon this upcoming show when talking about Tetherball earlier, but we're worried that the depth and scope of the event wasn't fully communicated. Monster Bash 2014 is scheduled for October 31st at Silver Point Studios, and will offer 16 bands on two stages, as well as a costume contest, tarot readings, and, most appropriately, a haunted house (because anyone that has sought out 10 Quality Way has probably already had a moment of fear that they were one wrong turn away from Saw VII.) Behind the madness is Palaver Records and Madhouse Management, which accounts for the awesome lineup including the likes of Kyle Andrews, The Wans, Sol Cat, The Blackfoot Gypsies, and Kelly Ruth.

Speaking of Kelly Ruth, the laid-back princess of quirk has released a video for her rendition of "Monster Mash" in honor of the occasion. Cute, campy, packed with familiar faces and lacking in neither confetti or the macabre, it sums up the spirit of the evening in one fell swoop. Tickets for the night are $15 in advance and $20 at the door, and are available HERE. -Terra James-Jura

 

October 23, 2014
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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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