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Do some stretches, because Nashville-based Overwatcher are bringing the melodic hardcore madness, and some soft moshing is imminent.

Although a relatively new band, the guys have come out swinging with red-blooded live shows and a victory in our Band of the Month competition. The release of their debut EP "Metaphysics" will undoubtedly add fuel to their face-melting fire.
With the ample sound you'd expect from a six-piece, the guys are bringing a new vitality to the melocore scene. "Metaphysics" features the melodic exploration and merciless pulse of predecessors like Touche Amore, mewithoutyou and Defeater, with the brutal lyrical honesty and self-awareness of post-grad punk kids.
Overwatcher has created an engaging and discerning debut EP that is just as dynamic (if not more so) live. During their most recent performance at The East Room, lead vocalist Alex MacWilliam, performing through a head-wound he earned early in the set, filled up every ounce of space he could get his hands on. Often on tables and chairs, level with the crowd, even lying down, MacWilliam lead his crew through an intense, energetic set. Whether the audience is of five or 5,000, the performance remains wholehearted, and there is definitely something to be said for that.
Overwatcher is putting a refreshing spin on melodic hardcore, and "Metaphysics" is a testament to their musical prowess and clear passion for the genre. And, I can only assume this is just the beginning.  -Caroline Bowman

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Last Tuesday The Cordovas released their new “Prison Guards” EP. Accompanying the album was this simple video of frontman and former Carson Daly bandleader Joe Firstman picking through the title track. It's a gentle song championing the strength of the spirit that remains true to itself, the same uplifting, beautiful stuff that Firstman has proven so adept at casually tossing out. This EP is quite bare-bones compared to previous efforts. It's a departure from the genre-hopping of 2014's "Love Bravely" and the Southern blues of their self-titled debut, placing Firstman's songwriting front and center. The Cordovas mainly stick to their acoustic guitars and keys with some handclaps thrown in, and raise a some goosebumps with a few instances of striking vocal harmonies (check out the end of "Winter Blues.") "Prison Guards" is a straighforward EP of unembellished lyrics with amazing flow and a little bit of soul. Check it out for yourself HERE. -Terra James-Jura

February 25, 2015

 We hope you are just as excited as we are for The Last Chance Dance this Friday. We've teamed up with Kelly Ruth to put on a pop-up show at Lucky Bamboo China Bistro (5855 Charlotte Pike), an unlikely but then again totally perfect venue to catch a night of great music, giveaways, and fun. In addition to Kelly Ruth and her band, we have Twiggs, Blackfoot Gypsies, and Korby Lenker in the lineup, as well as DJ AyDamn spinning between sets.  We've even made if Valentine's Day-themed for all those lacking the huevos to ask out their crushes on the 14th. To sweeten the deal even more, tickets are up for sale via Soundstamp for a cool $6, saving you a couple bucks from door price of $10. Need another reason to get out on Friday night? How about the fact that this show is BYOB? Come on out, booze it up and maybe even get down. Do you have a crush like Korby Lenker's "Book Nerd?" This could be your last chance to make a move! -Terra James-Jura


February 23, 2015

 Remember last fall when we we blown away by the weird, grotesque, grease-painted antics of "scamp-rock" troupe Fable Cry? It took us their entire 8 off 8th set to  realize we liked them, but when it his, it stuck. Well, they just premeired their latest single "Onion Grin" on Popmatters, and it is every bit the same ghoulish take on chamber music that we could only hope for. This go-round covers the pursuit and eventual murder of an ingénue-cum-entree, rather than visions of one's impending hanging. It goes without saying that their upcoming album is going to keep things light. Get sucked into their universe a fablecry.com. -Terra James-Jura

February 22, 2015

Congratulations to The David Motel for winning our latest Artist of the Month poll! It was a close race betweem The Vamptones and The David Motel, until a last minute push sent the vote in their favor. "People, Places, Things" is the title of their debut album, released just last month. The trio (all named David, by the way) spin Americana yarns about love and the gradual heartbreak of living. Fiddle, harmonica, and straight rock'n'roll beats all find their rightful place on the album, though we particularly loved the Western twang to "Goodbye Loneliness."Check out thedavidmotel.com for shows, news, and a full stream of the album. -Terra James-Jura

February 18, 2015

Secret Club just sent their song "Why Can't Friends Just Kiss on the Lips Sometimes?" into the world last week, just in time to fall into ironic lockstep with Valentine's Day. It's a heavy, psycho-surf track that the trio grinds through with just enough sleaziness to give it some flavor. There's a definitely a strain of frustration in vocalist AJ Babcock's voice as he sings "who makes the rules?" in the breakdown. This is the first single from their upcoming debut album. There's no release date yet, but the band has been busy playing gigs around Nashville, and have a big show on February 25th at 12th and Porter. Check out their website, and, if you REALLY dig them, visit their amazing fan site. -Terra James-Jura 

February 16, 2015

We covered Easy Roscoe when their album first hit earlier in January. "Keep the Dancin' Dancin'" is a high-spirited album that had a surprising amount of depth beneath it's pop surface. Well, the band is going to be at Grimey's this Thursday for a free album release show. Come out early (6pm) to see the band crank out a few numbers like "Learn to Laugh," then stick around to pick up their debut album. In case you miss Thursday's show, Easy Roscoe has a solid block of March dates coming up: Exit/In 3/9, Soulshine Pizza 3/11, and The End 3/17. Check out website for announcements and the full rundown of their spring shows. -Terra James-Jura

February 16, 2015

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