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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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 This weekend, like so many others, is rife with many conflicting opportunities to see great music.  The Deli Nashville trusts you will make the right decision...

Friday:

Steelism, JP5, Andrew Combs and Takaya at The Basement, 9pm, $5

Cardboard Kids Album Release Party with Golden YouthLenachka, and Poema at The High Watt, 8pm, $10

Gunther Doug, Army of Infants, and Hurts to Laugh at Springwater, 9pm, $5

Good Sex, The Grayces, Featuring Richard Koozie and Thundefrog are the feautured musical entertainment along side an army of visual artists with works on display at The East Room.  Some of the bands will be sonically interpreting chosen pieces, so it is bound to be an experience not soon forgotten.  8pm, $5

Saturday:

Surfer Blood and the Misfruits play The Stone Fox, 8pm, $12.  

Josephine and the Wildfront join Stagolee and Bree at The Boro, 8pm, $5

The Daily Howl join Hot Mess Loves You in opening for Shannon Labrie at The Basement, 9pm, $5

Sunday: 

The Grayces double-fist the weekend (that means the same as double-booking, right?) by playing Exit/In with the always excellent Subway Lights and The Dead Towns, 8pm, $5

The Basement's Sunday Post is there for you with The Banditos, Kim Logan, The Bad Lovers, and Blackfoot Gypsies, 8pm, no cover. 

 

May 23, 2014
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Tonight Ben Cameron is among the lineup at The Stone Fox, opening for Swear and Shake and Brave Baby. He describes himself as “yacht rock meets folk rock,” which is something we might quickly pass along to our aunts back in the midwest suburbs, if it weren’t for this track, “I Believe.” The Deli Nashville, as it turns out, might have a secret affinity for white guys singing gospel with conviction. Feel free to compare and contrast this track with older material like “Eloise,” and if his versatility appeals to you, head down to the Stone Fox tonight to check him out! -Terra James-Jura

May 21, 2014
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Maybe the release of this single from Josehpine and the Wildront flew under our radar, but we’re catching it this go-round thanks to a gentle Facebook reminder from Ms. Moore herself. “Sovereign” features a low guitar line that sounds as though it comes out of the mist, supported by splashy drums and spectral background vocals. Moore plays with dynamics a little, going softer just when the listener is expecting things to get loud. The now foursome is recording their new EP, “Strange Gold.” You can catch them playing at The Boro this Saturday with Bree and Stagolee. -Terra James-Jura

May 20, 2014
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Cardboard Kids have been toiling away on their debut release for several months, and the fruit of their labor, “Echo Boomer” is about to meet the public on May 20th. Their music has an unabashed swagger to it thanks to their Texas upbringing, countered by a pop-punk sneer borrowed by their 90’s influences. Title track “Echo Boomer” showcases the grit and attitude that makes up the album. The band will have their release party at The High Watt this Friday with Golden Youth, Lenachka and Poema. -Terra James-Jura

May 19, 2014
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With Willie Nelson and the Wild West Comedy Festival going on around town, weekend plans may already be in place, but there's always room for some local flavor.  

Friday: 

Ex-Cult is playing with The Slammers, Weekend Babes and Waxed at The End, 9pm, $10

Scale Model celebrates the release of their album "Star" at fooBar with The Grayces and Levi Ray, 9pm, $5

The Deli Nashville has already reccomended joining Lulu Mae at Exit/In to ring in their new album "Mean River" and bid farwell to Joel Finley as he starts his journey in becoming a Doctor (maybe you can ask him if he needs a Companion).  The Oak Creek Band and ELEL round out the bill; the show starts at 7pm, cover is $5.

Catch songstress Erin Rae and The Meanwhiles opening with Pageant for Oxford, MS stars Water Liars at The Basement, 9pm, $7

Former Artist of the Month Winners Blue Matches open for Black Market Research at 12th and Porter with Hollywood Kills, 8pm, $5

Saturday: 

This will be a rager: The East Room is hosting the release party for PUJOL's new album "Kludge." The lineup is a roll call of notable Nashville riff raff: Natural Child, Fox Fun, and Denney and the Jetts.  The show starts at 9pm, cover is $5.  

Do your good deed for the month, and support the rescue of abused animals by attending Rock for Paws at The Rutledge.  Micheal Ashley Cloyd, Vahalla, Jonesworld, Killing Grace, and Fever Hound come together to raise money for Tennessee Death Row Dogs and The Tennessee Chapeter of the SPCA. 7pm, $10

Sunday:

Gift, Lines in the Sky, Fouled Out and Spacetrain play The End, 8pm, $5 

The Basement's Sunday Post features The Dead Deads, Tennesee Scum, Megajoos, and The Revolutions, 8pm, no cover.

May 16, 2014
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Congratulations to Fast Astronaut, for absolutely carrying the win for The Deli Nashville's Artist of the Month poll. The group started when dorm mates EJ Morgan and Andy Wildrick decided to write a song one evening, wherein they realized they had complimentary visions of creating epic yet relatable pop music.  After finding drummer John Scaffer, the threesome created EP "Invisible Sun," and are moving forward at a brisk pace.  "Stranger" manages to be anthemic and heartfelt, somewhat similar to Fun if they were relieved of their grating, wide-eyed earnesty.  The Deli Nashville urges readers to creep on all their social media feeds to stay abreast of what they do next! -Terra James-Jura

http://www.fastastronautmusic.com/

May 16, 2014
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