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August 2014
Vinyl Thief
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In high school, my friend Craig Lee took it upon himself to educate me on what to do when I got high, which was: take a 311 CD and play it through Windows media player, and set the visualization to “Ambience.” With those days behind me (and a few subsequent years lost devil-sticking for tips as I followed 311 tours) I had long forgotten that particular use for Windows until I listened to Vinyl Thief’s debut album, “Fathoms.”

 

Released July 22nd, “Fathoms” listens like an entity. Granted, all albums vary song to song, and this one is no different, but few pluck the same rubber band in your brain and sustain it throughout it the duration. Fewer still can be so closely likened to getting lost watching a pixelated visualization of music on your ’01 Dell, wondering:“Whoa, how did they know to do that?”

 

Vinyl Thief is a synth driven powerhouse of a band that has been gathering acclaim since the release of their “Rebel Hill” EP in 2012. The group has essentially come of age playing together, from their high school inception to logging hours of practice in a church-sanctuary-turned-rehearsal space to perfect the sound and rapport that makes Vinyl Thief extraordinary. There are not many bands with such an expert handle on their sound.

 

There are a few anchors in Vinyl Thief that make them so listenable. Their synthesizers are going to do something beautiful. Grayson Proctor’s vocals are going to run through an impressive range without ever sounding forced or theatrical. And every song is going to reliably blow your mind in some way. It might be on a smaller scale, like when the guitar breaks the silence after the bridge in “London” with what I can only imagine a swoon would sound like. Or it could be big, like when the track “Rebel Hill” finally reaches a crescendo after a series of goosebump-inducing change-ups. The band has a knack for zig-ing when a zag is expected, going soft instead of loud, or even bigger when they’re already turned up.

 

Vinyl Thief is one of the best examples of the modern face of Nashville music, where already talented musicians go through great pains to learn their craft and the business around it. This is a band that is one sync away from national exposure. Be prepared to hear much more Vinyl Thief after Apple or Toyota licenses one of their tracks. Considering that “Fathoms” is a collection of their best material meticulously recorded and lovingly presented like a bowl of all-red jelly beans ready for the grabbing, this is only a matter of time. –Terra James-Jura


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Song Premiere: Dohse, "Fireworks and Lead"

Dohse, aka Nathan James Dohse is in the thick of becoming a Nashville success story.  Arriving here from Flagstaff, AZ after a decade with pop-meets-dance-party outfit Fight the Quiet, and seeking a new direction for his craft, Dohse began making music under his own name.  What he creates is a an alternative-leaning take on Americana, with a focus on writing a good flippin' song above all else.  His newest track, "Fireworks and Lead," is so solid that if it were stripped down, passed around and spun on a country station, it would probably be a hit, because good music can cross genres with no border issues.  This is the second single from his upcoming debut EP "Old Roads," which is scheduled for release on Sept. 9th. His album release show will be this Wednesday, August 13th at the East Room.  With The Problems and Kristen Cothron & the Darkside rounding out the bill and cover at only $5, there is ample reason to get out on a Wednesday night.  -Terra James-Jura 

 

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Show Alert: Dustin Sellers at The Basement 8.11

Dustin Sellers might not be a name immediately recognized, but point out the immaculately-coiffed hypeman on a Magnolia Son's stage, and things click into place.  Sellers has been cultivating his solo work for years, resulting in a far reaching range of material he describes as "different songs for different years." His sound is very riff-heavy rock with shades of 90's alternative, interspersed with the occasional rueful acoustic number.  He can craft a pretty sharp tune, as evidenced in this video for "Bruiser" (and see if you don't crack a smile when his trumpet player makes his first appearance.) This summer he culled some of his best pieces and released them as "The Valley" on June 24th.  On Monday evening he will be performing with Kentucky natives Ondezvous.  This evening will also have Angie Fenton baring her Motown heart after a two-year hiatus (if that name sounds familiar, it's because she is Feedback Revival frontman Dan Fenton's better half.) It should be a night of compelling performances, so consider staying home if you are allergic to emotion. The show starts at 9pm, and cover is $5. -Terra James-Jura

 

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Friday Feature: Vinyl Thief, "Fathoms"

For this Friday Feature we review Vinyl Thief's "Fathoms." It is their first full-length album released July 22nd, and it is every bit of the masterful synth-pop joyride you would expect from the quartet.  To read on, simply avert your eyes to the left sidebar. Yep, we loved it so much, it's our Record of the Month!

 

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August 2014
Vinyl Thief
""Fathoms"
"
mp3

In high school, my friend Craig Lee took it upon himself to educate me on what to do when I got high, which was: take a 311 CD and play it through Windows media player, and set the visualization to “Ambience.” With those days behind me (and a few subsequent years lost devil-sticking for tips as I followed 311 tours) I had long forgotten that particular use for Windows until I listened to Vinyl Thief’s debut album, “Fathoms.”

 

Released July 22nd, “Fathoms” listens like an entity. Granted, all albums vary song to song, and this one is no different, but few pluck the same rubber band in your brain and sustain it throughout it the duration. Fewer still can be so closely likened to getting lost watching a pixelated visualization of music on your ’01 Dell, wondering:“Whoa, how did they know to do that?”

 

Vinyl Thief is a synth driven powerhouse of a band that has been gathering acclaim since the release of their “Rebel Hill” EP in 2012. The group has essentially come of age playing together, from their high school inception to logging hours of practice in a church-sanctuary-turned-rehearsal space to perfect the sound and rapport that makes Vinyl Thief extraordinary. There are not many bands with such an expert handle on their sound.

 

There are a few anchors in Vinyl Thief that make them so listenable. Their synthesizers are going to do something beautiful. Grayson Proctor’s vocals are going to run through an impressive range without ever sounding forced or theatrical. And every song is going to reliably blow your mind in some way. It might be on a smaller scale, like when the guitar breaks the silence after the bridge in “London” with what I can only imagine a swoon would sound like. Or it could be big, like when the track “Rebel Hill” finally reaches a crescendo after a series of goosebump-inducing change-ups. The band has a knack for zig-ing when a zag is expected, going soft instead of loud, or even bigger when they’re already turned up.

 

Vinyl Thief is one of the best examples of the modern face of Nashville music, where already talented musicians go through great pains to learn their craft and the business around it. This is a band that is one sync away from national exposure. Be prepared to hear much more Vinyl Thief after Apple or Toyota licenses one of their tracks. Considering that “Fathoms” is a collection of their best material meticulously recorded and lovingly presented like a bowl of all-red jelly beans ready for the grabbing, this is only a matter of time. –Terra James-Jura

The Alarms Album Release Show at The Stone Fox 8.9

It took two years for The Alarms to get their debut album, "Real Tough Love" release-ready, because good stuff takes time and most things music always, always take much longer that one expects. However, listening to the title track (thanks to their label, Science Camp Records) makes those two years completely worth it.  There's a strong '60 rock sound to it, from the organ and the tone of the fuzz on their guitars, but it's dished out with the energy of a basement full of punk rockers. The Alarms got some love from Lighting 100 earlier this year, and for plenty of good reasons: they're distinct, coming across as a really aggressive version of the Kinks, and they can get it done in less than 2.5 minutes.  And they have tons of personality. Their album release show takes place at The Stone Fox this Saturday, with No Regrets Coyote, Bear in the Campsite, Jordan Hull and Juliana rounding out the bill. It is sure to be a stellar night of music, and a steal at only a $5 cover.  -Terra James-Jura 

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Bird Dog Release Video for "Until the Sadness is Gone"

Bird Dog rolled out this video for "Until the Sadness is Gone" on July 22nd via the blog Audiofiles.  It's pretty straightforward, consisting of a simple street performance by the quartet, but goddamn if it doesn't inspire a wave of well-or-mis-placed feels to see a band of bros demonstrating their ability to pull some gear out of their van and make their 'Muricana magic happen anytime, and anywhere.  Its a very organic representation of the lifestyle, right down to the beer bottle on the floorboards in the background that makes me want to grow a moustache, pack up my guitar and head for the sunset.  Bird Dog found their way to Nashville from New Braufels, TX, further upholding this city as the Ellis Island of the industry.  They showcase their brand of dusky Southern rock on their album, "Age of Anxiety," released independently thanks to a successful Kickstarter campaign. It's crunchy and gritty with an undercurrent of pathos, kind of like an ice cream cone dropped in the red dirt of their homeland. However, their own description of "Lowdown chooglin' Americana" probably does Bird Dog the most justice.  The band is going to be performing in at The End on September 18th.  -Terra James-Jura

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Daniella Mason, "Shade of You"

Anyone who doesn't get caught up a little in the bombacity of hyper-produced, aggressively emotional pop love anthems have probably had one too many dreams crushed in the slow unravel of their existence.  The rest of us whose lives cannot be compared to a tattered sweater flapping on a tree branch until it disintegrates will find something to to enjoy in Daniella Mason's single "Shade of You." So many elements of this track scream Top 40, but something in the delivery makes it go down as a well-made dream pop gem rather than spiritless club remix fodder.  The lyrics are essentially the inverse of a love song, and the line that hooked me is also the most satirical of the track: Everyone loves you, so I do too/ I need what they want, and I guess that's you.  She's drawn comparisons to Ellie Goulding and Jessie Ware.  -Terra James-Jura

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