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Vinyl Thief

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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 Here's a little bit of what's going on around Nashville this pre-de Mayo weekend: 


The End is Nashville's platform for The International Pop Overthrow Festival with Dave Rave, The Scruffs, Walter Egan and the Walternative Band, Wyatt Funderburk and Neilso.  Check out some talented and well-deserving pop bands starting at 7pm; cover is $8. 

Foreverandnever, Red Sun Rising, We are the Finale and The Sweetest Sleep play 12th and Porter, 9pm, $10

Danny Trashville, Anthony Adams and the Nite Owls, Tumbleweed Company and The Joel Meeks Excuse at fooBar, 8pm


The International Pop Overthrow Festival's Saturday Lineup includes The RA-660, Dark Circles, Richard Dubois, Nine Times Blue, Greg Pope and The Decandence.  

Musician's Corner kicks off with Holly Williams, Jars of Clay, The David Mayfield Parade, Levi Hummon and Joel Levi.  Head down to Centennial Park for the free concert starting at noon. 

Sevier Park Fest goes down in the 12 South area with Brandy Clark, KS Roads, The Midnight Riders, Magnolia Sons, Scale Model, Oh Dang Lo Mein, Zeke Duhon, Deep Fried 5 and Stacey Randol

Bobby Bare Jr. Album Release show at Mercy Lounge with Bobby Bare Sr., Cory Branan and Birdcloud, 9pm, $10.


The Internatinoal Pop Overthrow Festival continues at The End with The Great Affairs, Joshua Ketchmark, Anchor Thieves, The Alarms and Duette, 7pm, $8.

The Basement's Sunday Post features The Heavy Heavy Hearts, Guthrie Brown and the Family Tree, The Low Down, Them Dirty Roses and The Hunter Tynan Trio, 8pm, no cover. 

May 01, 2014

Congratulations to The Acorn People and Friendship Commanders, our new Artists of the Month!  While the Deli may have a quibble with the biological actuality of the band being "a love child of Janis Joplin and Joan Jett," The Acorn People obviously have charmed enough listeners into look past the cold hard truths of science and vote them into victory.  The Acorn People released their debut album, "Secrets" on February 28th, and it is very much a roll in the in the sweet, dewy grass between rock and blues.  Vocalist and rhythm guitarist Grace Jermysk makes sure that no hair is left unruffled and no heart unbroken with her sassy yet intensly emotional approach.  Their next show is this Saturday in Murfreesboro for a house/art show (more details here), followed by at show at The Kitchen on May 8th and a set at Music Tree Festival in Manchester, TN on June 10th.  Here's "Oh My," the first track off their album, to drive home what The Acorn People are all about. (For extra credit, listen to final track "Monster" and see if you don't get caught up in the awesome breakdown at the end.)

Friendship Commanders throw a hat into the ring of the nineties revival, keeping things fresh with driving, bass-heavy beats lifted right out of the punk rock playbook, counterbalanced by crystal-clear vocals and intelligent lyrics provided by B. Arson.  They've hit their stride in a very brief period of time, recording their debut 6-track EP, "Amos" in June of 2013, and finding bassist Cody Mcall the following October, thereing completing the current lineup of this power trio of alt-rock. They've been making regular appearances at The High Watt and Mercy Lounge, turning on enough hard core followers to vote as many times as their IP addresses allowed to move them into such a tight margin that a declaration of "TIE!" was in order.  The band is working on an as-yet-unreleased track called "Tuxedo Means Wolf," which, if it's half as well done as "Unkissed," I'd be satisfied.  Friendship Commanders next play in Nashville on May 17th at The 5-Spot, closely followed by May 20th at The End.  

Be sure to check out both of these winners this month, and thank them for contributing their blood, sweat and tears to the rich local music scene that makes Nashville amazing! 

 -Terra James-Jura



May 01, 2014

Mark your calendars, May 6th is an important day. That’s when the album “...And the Walls of the City will Shake” will be coming at you. If you haven’t heard of The Colored Parade (aka the product of multi-intrumentalist Andrew Adkin’s experimentations) check it out. The newest single is called “Hysterically Speaking”. “Hysterically Speaking” has very thought provoking lyrics that are mainly sad, but a little happy, thanks to a melody and quirky instrumentation keep the tune upbeat. This song is available for free download, or you can pre-order it on Amazon. You know you want to. –Amanda Aydelott

April 30, 2014

Bobby Bare Jr. released his 7th album, “Undefeated,” on April 15th, after 4 years of dormancy.  Recorded with Lambchop’s Mark Nevers, it’s everything you can want in a Bobby Bare Jr. album: sharp pop sensibility fortified with distortion and the bracing bite of good ol’ rock and roll, visitation of grave subject matter with his congenial sense of humor. In short, Bobby Bare Jr. feels your pain, and can articulate it in a way that will make you smile.  He nails the universal longing to flip the bird to the daily grind in “The Big Time.”   

The release show will be at Mercy  Lounge this Saturday, May 3rd.  Bobby Bare Sr., Cory Branan and Birdcloud will be joining in to make it a night as irreverent as it is heartfelt.  If you need more Bobby Bare Jr. immediately, check out this trailer for “Don’t Follow Me (I’m Lost),” a documentary on Bare Jr. created by William Tyler and Reelhouse. –Terra James-Jura

April 29, 2014

80's babies ought to feel a wave of warm fuzzies listening to Trinity Schill Kill's "Would You Be My Lover?" (the intro could be lifted right out of "Billie Jean.") The electronic duo combines bare-bones grooves with Reagan-era synthesizers to arrive at a song that's a little throwback, a little hokey, and entirely danceable. The band just put up three tracks on Soundcloud, and have been playing a few shows around Nashville as of late, the next of which at The East Room May 20th with Brother Lover.  -Terra James-Jura

April 27, 2014

Earlier in April, this editor made the trip out to Hermitage to sit down with The Daily Howl, Reader’s Choice winners of The Deli Nashville’s Best Emerging Artist of 2013 Poll. Between their hyperactive stage show, devotion to specific era of the Beatles career, and savvy promotion tactics, The Daily Howl are a powerhouse of a band that demanded their own feature this Friday. Read on to learn more about their history, social media strategies, and the worst place to get a burger in North Carolina. -Terra James-Jura

April 25, 2014

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