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Overwatcher
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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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Get tipsy off pumpkin beer? Check.
Watch Hocus Pocus and re-realize how awesome it is? Check.
Stress over the whole couples-costume thing? Check.
 

Create a totally badass Halloween playlist featuring some of my favorite local bands? CHECK.


Get in the spirit and give it a listen! -Caroline Bowman

 

October 25, 2015
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Sometimes, it seems like EVERYTHING happens in ONE night. My Facebook is blowing up, show flyers are all over the place and with only a few hours to go, my decision-making anxiety is at an all-time high. It's very possible that I'm not the only one, so here's a basic breakdown of all the awesomeness that will be happening all over our fair city tonight:

The JAG Album Release Party
"Pondermental Wonderment In Hypocricity"
Palaver Thursday at FooBAR
9:00 pm
$5
w/ Bantam Foxes, The Mumzees and Uzi

The best of underground East Nashville are coming out to play. Prepare to get weird.

 

 

 

Tesla Rossa EP Release Show
"Heat Bath"
The Basement East
8:30 pm
$10
w/ The Beech Benders, Milktooth, Becca Mancari and Luella

The most eclectic bill of the night, with everything from indie to beach to folk rock. And you can ONLY get the EP at this show or one of their gigs on tour, so grab 'em while they last.

 

 

 

Miller Made Music Presents: The Gills
Exit/In
8:00 pm
$5
w/ Lauren Strange and Behold the Brave

Fancy yourself a heat-seeker? This lineup miiiight burn your eyebrows off.


 

 

Give the bands a listen, and choose wisely...                   -Caroline Bowman

 

October 22, 2015
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 Zeke Duhon’s self titled debut EP on Big Deal Records (My Morning Jacket, Ray Lamontagne) is a brief portrait of a young man working to figure out his own truths and, by proxy, illuminating artistic mile markers a large number of people in this town can relate to. The preface (his and possibly yours): a young Okie heads east to Music City seeking the larger stage that Tulsa couldn’t offer.

                It’s a good time in music to be a singer-songwriter straddling the fence between indie and pop. The lines have blurred again between which is which, and the stalwarts of both are becoming cozy bed fellows (see Ryan Adams’ 1989). On this EP, Duhon is swinging for the fences. He is going for Vance Joy/Taylor Swift homerun hooks and choruses. And while he never quite gets there, you have to respect the effort of a 20-year-old swinging that size of a bat. What keeps the EP tethered to East Nashville and Duhon’s indie upbringing is the depth and closeness of his lyrics. He had some help from seasoned song crafting vets: Brett Dennen, Kevin Griffin and Matthew Perryman Jones all have writing credits on this EP.

                The strongest track on the record is a song written solely by Duhon. “Faith and Hope” has the stomp/clap catchiness to draw you in and the lyrical content to keep you intrigued. The song is a metaphorical invitation to grab a gun and pick a side. It is an invigorating political call to arms, but is veiled enough to cover whether Duhon is leaning left or right.

                Duhon is a singer-songwriter first. The acoustic guitar is not ever present, but is still the apparatus upon what each song is built. He is more David Gray then James Taylor, telling generational truths using modern tools. The EP has the Nashville polish on it, which might turn some indie purists away, those people might be read as bitter hipsters, but there are times during the album that you can’t but help catch yourself tapping along. The record works best when it is Duhon’s lone artist voice guiding the ship. Here’s to hoping he gets the chance to develop that voice even further.  -Alex Vucelich

 

 

October 21, 2015
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New endeavors get lost as time blurs all lines, but some artists maintain their ground. Nashville minimalist musician, October Tooth, has remained forbearing in releasing each new iteration of the concept once a year, in October.

In 2015, we get the third installment of the October Tooth project, aptly named “Three.” With the help of local engineers, Cowboy Sam and Trevor Richardson, the sonically reticent sounds of “Three” act as a seemingly bleak backdrop for a deceptively lush range of motifs – uncertainties of reality, change and the “hope that the ones I love are proud of me.” October Tooth acts as a catalog of each year for the artist; it just so happens this most recent year held a lot of things. -Sean McHugh

 

 

October 21, 2015
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  Zach Schmidt looks like he sounds; jaw set tight even at rest and eyes that seem to have seen too much. He resembles a young Depression era prairie pastor.

Landing in Nashville two years ago, Schmidt came to town from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with his EP Horse, Truck or Train as a calling card. With the EP's sparse production and lyrics which paint a picture that better days are coming, but sure as hell aren't here, the Townes Van Zandt influences are noticeable. Train and Schmidt's live performances have won over players in Nashville's Americana scene as evidenced by the help provided to his upcoming full length: The Day We Lost The War (set to be released at the beginning of next year). Engineered, mixed and mastered by Justin Francis, with bass and steel provided by Santa's Pub defacto house band rhythm section, Adam Kurtz and Carter Brallier. Aaron Lee Tasjan provided guitar for the album. 

Schmidt will be playing songs from both records when he opens for Tasjan's record release show on October 25 at The Basement. You can also catch him tonight at the 5 Spot for "Cover Your Friends Night," also featuring Cale Tyson, Caroline Spence and others. -Alex Vucelich

 

 

 

October 15, 2015
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Photo: Juan Solorzano and Brothers Design Co 

Dylan be damned; the soft cooing folk crooner, Caleb Groh, has abandoned the folksy roots sound he cut his teeth with for synth grooves. The singer-songwriter debuted his single, “Let It Groh,” off his forthcoming Hot Pop EP (October 30), and to say Groh’s foray into bedroom R&B is infectious would be a startling understatement. Groh layers irresistible synth melodies over purring Wurlitzer sounds, and carries the track with his dream state falsetto. A track with whispers of Phil Collins, Toto, and Phoenix, “Let It Groh” offers the perfect preview of his intrepid departure from indie-folk. -Sean McHugh

 

October 14, 2015
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