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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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October 28, 2014
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In case you missed Whoa Dakota's unveiling of this video for "The Sand" earlier this month, here it is for your Monday morning. It's a quick number with a slow burn; we dig the gopro action and their gradual creep up to a vengeful crescendo. They may look like kids, but they can sing some mean blues. Stay tuned to this band for an upcoming single as a follow-up to their six-song EP ealier this year, and catch them at The 5 Spot on December 2nd. -Terra James-Jura 

October 27, 2014
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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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