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Superdrag's John Davis and Nada Surf's Matthew Caws reunite for new single

John Davis of Superdrag and The Lees of Memory runs a four-track cassette production label out of Nashville. He and Nada Surf's own Matthew Caws -- old pals from the scene -- happened to touch base last May after Caws wrapped up a tour in Music City. Their new release "We Are In The Wild And We Are Home", is the result of their hangout, and it emanates pure delight. Indian instruments phasing over a motorik bass and drums with Caws' and Davis's voices chiming lyrics of love and self-care makes this a must-play track for the beginning of 2019, a year which -- let's face it -- follows a few pretty down ones. Davis and Caws seem to have their eyes on something brighter for the next twelve months; even if it's something far out of reach, this song will make you feel like it's possible to catch it.

Take a listen to "We Are In The Wild And We Are Home" below; should you decide to purchase it, all proceeds from the single go to disaster relief organization Americares. Side note: The cover art for this single -- painted by Davis himself -- bears the title "Remember To Look For Beauty When Christmas Shopping (Especially Then)". - Will Sisskind





Nashville's local acts go Nirvana at The Basement East on 01.10

At the start of a new year, you may find yourself thinking about the music that you listened to in the past, and realizing that many of your favorite albums came out decades ago, making you feel quite old. However, "old" is just a state of mind, and at a concert celebrating thirty years since the release of Nirvana's Bleach, you'll throw yourself into the pit with the reckless abandon of a riled-up fourteen-year-old. 

Join some of Nashville's most rollicking acts on January 10th at The Basement East as they cover Nirvana's discography -- Bleach, Nevermind, and In Utero, along with some well-known B-sides -- in honor of three decades since the band put out their first record. Acts include HER, Taco Mouth, Step Sisters, and many more, all of whom will share the stage and channel Kurt, Krist, and Dave through their voices and instruments. Among the bands on the bill are The Dead Deads, who just released a live album on Christmas Day. Take a listen to it below and imagine the Deads pounding out their version of "In Bloom", then get down to The Basement East on the 10th and hear it for yourself. - Will Sisskind





Milk People play the Cobra on 01.10 with MA's Daisybone

The close of a year seems like a good time to look through the many artists we've covered over the years, pick one out of a hat, and think out loud: "Say, what's Milk People been up to lately?" Then you ring them up on the old Facebook and see that they're playing a show at The Cobra on January 10th, along with solo act Ever and Cali-tinged 90s-throwback group Sandra Bullets, whose EP Lightweight got a bit of buzz this past year. Visiting Music City from the cold, cold city of Boston is headliner Daisybones, who've just released their record Gold. This is a night of music you'll want to catch, especially since Milk People are taking the stage, and you never know what kind of lightning will strike when they do that. Take a listen to "I'm Not Changing My Mind", the single from their latest album Hullabaloo, below. - Will Sisskind

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Power-pop group Pacific play The High Watt on 01.10

Folks, if you're searching for New Year's Eve plans, here's a word of advice: Stay home. If you've ever gone out on the so-called NYE, you know the risks you take by exposing yourself to the masses. Save yourselves!

But: After you've avoided the drunken carousals and traffic nightmares, perhaps you'll venture outside to see a show. And if you do, you should catch power-pop group Pacific play The High Watt on January 10th. The Nashville indie newcomers take their sound from the early 2000s; think All American Rejects or softer Blink-182. That kind of catchiness will get to you on their newest single "Crumble", a crunchy track with all the makings of an indie pop radio-ready hit. Pacific will play their January 10th single release show with openers RYLY and Chasing Ella; start your new year off right with some new tunes from all of those fine groups. Take a listen to "Crumble" below. - Will Sisskind

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Glam-rock The Blam Blams drop debut EP early for Christmas

Greta Van Fleet may have nailed the Led Zeppelin impression despite their dismal showing on Pitchfork, but The Blam Blams have arrived to give you your dose of throwback glam rock goodness. The group, which convened through Craigslist communications in late 2017, just released their debut EP as a holiday offering; the disc includes three tracks from their upcoming full-length record Opening Night. The first track, "Roll On", smacks of Queen and David Bowie without getting too derivative; you can imagine lead vocalist Brad Owens strutting across the stage a la Freddie as he sings. Speaking of stage, if you want to make the drive up to Clarksville, The Blam Blams will play at Wicked Good Sandwiches on January 26th; the band will tour throughout next year to support the LP. Watch their socials for upcoming dates, and take a listen to their EP below. - Will Sisskind

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