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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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This is a great show to catch if you find yourself at the end of Broadway tomorrow night or are just jonesing to see some talented bands for $0.

We’ve been tickled by Dustin Sellers and his reformed alt-rocker with an old-school soul visage ever since he won our Artist of the Month poll last fall. We’re excited for his upcoming album “Mint Market,” and are looking forward to hearing some cuts off of it tomorrow night when he and his Rat Pack play No Country for New Nashville’s weekly showcase at Acme Feed and Seed. We're especially digging the driving, Western vibe of "Mind at All" (check out the Shaker Steps video below.) Joining the lineup are Whoa Dakota, whose blues rock machine has been gaining steady momentum since their self-titled debut EP last year, and has been propelled in no small part to front woman Jessica Ott’s steamy dynamics. Rounding out the evening’s new traditional theme is Amanda Broadway, who is taking a quick step away from being part of Acme’s Funky-Tonk house band to belt out a set of solo material.

Catch Dustin Sellers, Whoa Dakota and Amanda Broadway at Acme Feed & Seed on Tuesday, March 24th.  The show starts a 7pm, and cover is free!

March 23, 2015

All your buds down in Austin right now? Well, enjoy a night out with your extra funds not spent on gas and tacos at The 5 Spot this Saturday. Our buddies and Artist of the Month winners Creature Comfort are returning from a brief hiatus with a few friends to make you thankful you stayed in Tennessee. The quartet put out the amazing "Fox Tales" last year, an intelliegent mashup of dream pop and Modest Mouse-level prosiacism (check out the beautifully shot and NSFW video for "All My Friends" below.) They are being joined by darkly catchy Cincinnati crew of Injecting Strangers and more hometown sounds from female-fronted party rockers The Saturday Night Specials. The show starts at 8pm and is a measly $5. Come on out! -Terra James-Jura


March 20, 2015

Our post on BASECAMP earlier this week must have whet our ears for moody, slightly off-kilter soundscapes, because they were totally primed when we listened to “Monolith” by Realms. There’s a similar bass-heavy tension to the album, and tracks like “Progress” have kindred slow, unnerving builds that resonate like a frozen lake cracking underfoot. Realms is a trio consisting of Josh Pantana, David Gross and Graham Blecher, who built their startling chemistry over five years of acting as studio band for several Nashville acts (including Andrew Bell and Neulore.) “Monolith” is the first stand-alone effort as Realms, recorded over the course of a year in their home studio and officially released March 10th. Check out opening track "Dinosaurs" to see if it hits you in a sweet spot. If you’re a fan of Sigur Ros, Radiohead, or strikingly pretty atmospheric experimentation, then this album is worth checking out. –Terra James-Jura


March 19, 2015

Growing up Amarillo style is a far cry from nascent. Just Texas sun, oil riggers, and firebrand folk tunes.

Ryan Culwell’s debut release, Flatlands, packs rootsy grit and redemptive rest stops. Opening track "Amarillo" rings with a sweet melody. "You Won’t Come Home" tender lyrics demand listening ears. Dusty anthem "I Think I’ll Be Their God" and true-blues "Piss Down In My Bones" offer gusty backbeats and steel guitar. His depictions hold a certain yearning of a man finding his Americana on folky fretboards. You can feel the embittered pride in "Red River" and Culwell’s own sacred rest in "Horses." And if ominous feels overdone, porch-strummers "I Will Come For You" and "Flatlands" provide windows-down nostalgia. Flatlands is a melodic fortitude that loves memories and loathes realities. Through the thirsty panhandle, distressed as Culwell’s raspy range, you feel what he feels: his journey of story and relationship; an honest man on his way. Flatlands was released March 3rd, 2015 via Lightning Rod Records. -Ben Neumann

Ryan Culwell has two upcoming Nasville shows: March 25th at Loveless Cafe and April 2nd at Exit/In with Whiskey Meyers (tickets here.)


March 18, 2015

 For the few of you that don't check in with our Artist of the Month poll as frequently as your Instagram and Facebook feeds, rest assured that this recent poll was a doozie. Both HR_Lexy and Foster McGinty turned out with a ridiculous number of votes, but ultimately McGinty would come out on top with 571 fans showing favor for the songwriter. 

This win comes hot on the heels of McGinty's second album, "The Lucy Stone" (released February 19th). While songs are penned with a pop mindset, getting the job done in under 4 minutes with an appropriate chorus-to-verse ratio and the "oh" and "la" quota filled, the music resonates as so purely American that were surprised each album doesn't come with a pack of bottle rockets. Check out "The Lucy Stone" if your a fan of male/female vocals (the other half courtesy of the lovely Chelsea McGinty) and endearing songwriting. The next hometown show is April 24th at The End, so come out and buy him a beer (if our calculations are correct, he has about 571 coming.) -Terra James-Jura


March 17, 2015

BASECAMP got plenty of love from our jury and readers when we ran our Best of 2014 poll last month, for obvious reasons. The trio of producers experiment with tempo, samples and boundaries  to create moody, restrained R&B. Their intelligent music and inherent cool have won a scad of fans in Nashville; there's probably the only group that can title a single "N2Deep" and not get an eyeroll from us. The track utilizes quiet as much as it does resonating bass, and it moves a little faster and reaches a sharper crescendo than their previous 2013 release. "N2Deep" is the first single off BASECAMP's upcoming album "Greater Than." -Terra James-Jura

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