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Grunge revivalist Welles plays the Basement on 03.16

What do you do when you've received accolades from the press for your debut album, toured Europe, performed with Greta Van Fleet and the Regrettes, and been compared to Kurt Cobain? You come home to Nashville and you play a show for your friends. That's what Welles -- the moniker of singer-songwriter Jesse Wells -- is doing on March 16th, as he thunders back into town to play a rip-roaring set at the Basement. If you've missed out on his smash single "Seventeen" or his debut album Red Trees and White Trashes, think of Welles's sound as Ty Segall meeting Jay Reatard and going at it all over the genre spectrum. On stage, Welles's higher-octane tracks will have you jumping as he gets in your face; his more soulful tunes will leave you standing in awe. Check him out at the Basement on March 16th, and take a listen to "Seventeen" below. - Will Sisskind


Welles plays the Basement 6/28

 Welles is from a very small town in Arkansas called Ozark, which gives context for the nostalgia at the forefront of his song "Seventeen." It starts small, with Welles' voice accompanied by an acoustic guitar, but builds into a gritty, anything-goes rock chorus that feels like it represents the emotional conundrum of being a teenager. "I can see past your short hair / tellin' me that you don't care / he ain't here but he's somewhere / I'm all fucked up so I don't care" are some of my favorite lines in song to date. A little honesty goes a long way. Catch Welles live at the Basement 6/28. -Geena Kloeppel



Welles kicks off summer tour at Mercury Lounge tonight (04.09)

New York's alt-folk powerhouse Welles has delivered again with his new single, "Seventeen." It's at once easy listening and a foreboding portrait of a young person's foray into intimacy. Welles paints a first-person picture of someone who's contemplating whether or not a hook-up will have deleterious effects on the other person's psyche, while also acknowledging the lust that seems to have overtaken the narrator. "It's cold in the water/I wonder if I should bother/When she gets old it'll haunt her/I'm here tonight and I want her/I'm here tonight and I got her." It's a balladic pop song at its core, with an eminently singable hook ("Seventeen/So unclean"), yet a darkness lines the song's edges. Welles kicks off a U.S. summer tour at Mercury Lounge on April 9th, with Wild Moon. Listen to "Seventeen" below! - Ethan Ames


Welles release video for "Life Like Mine," and play The Knitting Factory 06.02

The Nashville-based Welles has released an official music video for their song, "Life Like Mine" from their debut EP, Codeine. "Life Like Mine" is an up-tempo rock tune hearkening to the '90s sensibilities of artists like Beck and Pavement. Using 1960s music iconography to ironic effect (the band members are dressed like Sgt. Pepper's-era Beatles and Hendrix at Monterey), Welles wonders aloud what kind of person is able to "live a life like mine," detailing scenes of destitution, substance abuse and confusion. With swelling keys, booming percussion and overdriven guitars, it's self-aware as a rock song, even as the lyrics eschew the fabled rock n' roll lifestyle. Welles is playing the Governor's Ball Music Festival After Dark at the Knitting Factory in Brooklyn on June 2nd. Check out the video below! - Ethan Ames



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