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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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Congratulations to Lauryn  Peacock, our new Artist of the month! The transient songstress lead a strong and tireless campaign straight out of the gate (excuse the derby reference...) that would eventually secure her rightful place at the top of this site. Peacock built the foundation of her musical career in Chicago and Philadelphia, where she worled on her solo endeavors as well as toured with mewithoutyou. She's drawn upon the great reperetoire of friends and experiences built over the last few years in the making of her newest album, "Euphonia." The album is due out June 26th, with the plainative, haunting single "Wounds Grow Grass" offering a tantalizing glimse into the rich and highly orchestrated universe Peacock has spent the so much time and energy constructing. Peacock will be playing a album release show on June 27th in the loft at Mad Donna's. Check out http://lauryn-peacock.squarespace.com/ for more information and to learn more about our winner!

 

May 03, 2015
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If you missed Nodaway's EP release show at The High Watt on Tuesday night, never fear: the slick Nashville quartet will be hitting The Basement East on May 11th. In the interim, you have their debut EP "500 Days of Whatever" to soak up. If you're in need of something upbeat, cheeky, and entirely danceable, front man Chris Jobe and his crew have you covered. If you're more in the mood for some thundering sythn-driven rhythms, well, they still have you covered. Need proof? Take a listen to their single "Hairspray." The track was inspired by a seemingly innocent relationship that slowly became toxic, much like an overused bottle of Aquanet. See, we said that they were cheeky. Check out their website at nodawaymusic.tumblr.com, and listen to the EP at http://noisetrade.com/nodaway/500-days-of-whatever

 

April 30, 2015
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"Man Up" is the second single from Dalton Diehl, aka Young Brother. "Kamakae" is the title of Young Brother's debut EP, due out June 2nd via Yobro Records. This will be Diehl's first release since his longtime band, Kansas City-based Christian alternative band Samestate parted ways. The track is fun and upbeat, with a little left-field instrumentation in the mix to keep your ears engaged. This listener can hear a few bits of Diehl's past musical life filtering into this song, from a soaring pre-chorus swell and an overwhelming sense of positivity (editor's note: not that there's anything wring with this.) Check out the track below and learn more about Young Brother at www.youngbrothermusic.com.

April 28, 2015
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Smooth Hound Smith is a foot stompin' American roots and blues duo comprised of "One-Man-Band" Zack Smith (guitars/vocals/foot drums/harmonicas) and Caitlin Doyle (vocals/percussion). Established in 2012, they record and perform a varied and unique style of folky, garage-infused rhythm & blues. 
They are going to celebrate the release of their new album on May 30th at The Basement. The record may feature single "Crazy Over You" (streaming below), which was uploaded on Soundcloud in the second half of 2014.

April 28, 2015
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Congratulations to the Mos. Bros. for winning our latest Artist of the Month poll! We're hoping that this was a clean match, and that no one took any advice on how to scam the system from a certain recently-run (and highly entertaining) piece.

We're not at all surprised that the Mos. Bros. won this contest. The North Carolina-born twin brothers, Will and Bobby, build their brand of indie rock on a foundation of solid songwriting with an alt-rock bent. The brothers took a step back after being flattened by the mainstream music wringer, and refocused their energy into playing songs more authentic to themselves. The pair just put out an EP this march, entitled "Three," and are preparing for a live, streaming performance of material off their upcoming full-length on May 5th (more details here.) Keep up with the siblings and their fierce crusade of independence at www.mosbrosmusic.com. 

April 16, 2015
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Pardon the cliche, but it's fitting: Koa blew the roof off Exit In Friday night.

In case you thought pop music achieved total music monopoly, these Belmont music buffs have something to say. Trading off sax, nord, and guitar solos throughout upbeat barn-burners, hell even the sound booth was head-bobbing.

Jam band would be accurate, think O.A.R and Dave Matthews. But then forget I said that. Koa is no wannabe, and moreover dodges the genre’s biggest pitfall: bad songwriting. No amount of noodling creates strong lyric and arrangement. Koa puts a checkmark by it, then has you sing along.

These seven guys need to graduate, drop out, ask pops for money, whatever. It's one thing for skilled musicians to collaborate. It's another to make it work. And yet another to make it a live success. The first two are clear. The 300 in attendance Friday know the third is, too.

-Ben Neumann; Event hosted by Cause A Scene at the Exit In 4/10/15.

April 15, 2015
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