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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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June 17th is the release date for pop experimentalist Thom Donovan.  Titled "Canon," it will be his third album in his efforts as a solo artist.  He has spent years as a studio and touring musician before forming his own band, Lapush, and subsequently splitting off again in pursuit of bending pop music to his classically-trained sensibilities.  Such endeavors result in high-brow  concepts such as tracks inspired by poems from 1562 ("The Tragical History of Romeus and Juliet," Arthur Brooke) with unusual instrumentation and a mind towards ear-catching repetition, like his first single, "Shipwreck." The video is an absolute feast for the sense, featuring accomplished vocalist Ruby Amanfu.  The album release party  for "Canon" is scheduled for June 11th at The Basement. -Terra James-Jura 

May 11, 2014

There are tons of shows going on this weekend; here's our picks for the best representation of Nashville talent that's unrelated to the Steeplechase and also most likely places to pick up a bearded hipster.  


Hurts to Laugh celebrates their video premier at fooBar with Megajoos and Manana Panics, 9pm, $7

The Deli has already recommended getting weird with Roman Polanski's Baby, River City Tanlines and Thelma and the Sleaze at The Stone Fox, 9pm, $5.  


Kansas Bible Company play with Joe Hertler and the Rainbow Seekers at The Stone Fox, 9pm,$7

Penicillin Baby celebrate the release of their first 7" at The Basement with Moseley, Faux Ferocious and Quichenight, 9pm, $5

Conestyle with The Xists and Jawws play The End, 8pm, $5


Jake Orvis and the Broken Band play with Call Me Bronco and Washintonian James Hunicutt at The End, 9pm, $8

The Basement's Sunday Post features Hugh Mitchell, Jordan DePaul, Casey and the Train, Modern Medicine and Gina Venier, 8pm, no cover

If you find yourself downtown near Puckett's around 7pm, poke your head in and catch their Sunday Spotlight Artist, Neo Tundra Cowboy.  



May 08, 2014

Upholding Nashville's proud tradition of great bands with quesitonable names, Roman Polanski's Baby is a bonafide riot grrrl steamroller.  The trio combines fat guitar distorion with an unapologetic attitude that sets a benchmark for what should be coming out of Music City garages.  "Shakin' All Over" posesses a depth beyond the initial punk fizz: that first riff cracks like a whip in the opening of the song, and the satisfaction never diminishes each time the band returns to it between their steady surf creep.  Things are sure to get messy, sweaty, and definitely weird this Friday night, when RPB joins Deli faves Thelma and the Sleaze and River City Tanlines at The Stone Fox.  If ever there was a proper place and time to raise some hell after a crappy week, it would be 9pm May 9th at 712 51st Ave. N. -Terra James-Jura

May 07, 2014

Indie rock outfit Creature Comfort just premiered this epic video for "All My Friends" yesterday. Warning: the raging ''Game of Thrones" styling and firelit nudity may distract from what a solid jam it is.  It keeps the pace at a laid-back amble until the chorus, when Jessey Clark's vocals take on an aggressive yet doleful tone.  The Deli Nashville recommends watching the video, and then replaying it minimized to fully absorb the vibe of the track, because hearing the guitar hit its high notes near the end definitely releases some dopamine.  Combine that with a few flashes of boobs, Creature Comfort will have you feeling good all day. The band's next show in Nashville is on June 2nd at fooBar, and June 5th at the 5-Spot. -Terra James-Jura

May 07, 2014

As a follow-up to their debut EP "Loose Change," Grass Root Kids are preparing to record their first full-length album. Preparation translates into some hardcore hustling in their fundraising department, including a pre-order drive that has 6 days left before it closes.  The band made an impression with their spirited and razor-sharp set during the final round of 8 off 8th in March, and the way their exuberant meshing of folk and punk rock has matured since 2012 is all but begging for its own platform.  Check out their website for more infomation, and listen to "Boxes" if you need a little convincing in parting ways with that $5. -Terra James-Jura

May 06, 2014

On May 19th, Sound Cards will be playing a show at Dino’s in East Nashville. This three piece band from Franklin, TN is a little pop/rock, and a lot of energy. They have lyrics of love and life, and the song “Get Me High” may do just that. It is fun, electric, and downright catchy. Their entire album "Keep the Filter Off" is available for free download here. They will also be playing at 12th and Porter on May the 30th, if case you can’t catch the one on the 19th. Or go to both, we won’t judge. –Amanda Aydelott

May 05, 2014


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