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Congratulations to James and the Ultrasounds, Our New Artist of the Month!

Major props to James and the Ultrasounds for winning this poll while out on the road. In addition to having one figurative arm tied behind their back, the band also has the distinction of being our first Artist of the Month from Memphis (a criminally underepresented neighboring city in the Deli's eyes.) The band is comprised of a few good men hand-picked by frontman and scene vet James Godwin, who lends his voice and hardscrabble attitude to the lo-fi rock and roll of this project. The band takes cues from the J. Roddy Walston school of Letting the Good Times Rolll, while taking off into flights of loud and fast punk rock with occasional scews into other dimensions. They followed up their debut full length "Bad to be Here" (out December of 2014 via Madjack Records) with the deliciously throwback single "Robot Love" on Misspent Records (coupled with a cover of The Cramp's "TV Set." Love.) Keep up with your new favorite band's hijinks and developments HERE. -Terra James-Jura

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Brandy Zdan Releases First Single "More of a Man"

Brandy Zdan has an impressive resume thus far: she's been half of Canadian/Americana duo Twighlight Hotel, and was guitarist/utility player for all-girl Americana group The Trishas in addition to releasing a handful of solo EPs under her own name. So it goes without saying that her first full-length album is long overdue. Zdan teamed up with producer Teddy Morgan and cherry-picked pals Carl Broemal and Tom Plankenship from My Morning Jacket as her backup band for her self-titled LP. Her first single, "More of a Man" shares the same sunny disposition as some of Sheryl Crow's poppier numbers, but, like the album, has a streak of rebellion running through it. Zdan moved to Nashville from Austin to record the album, and immediately tweaked her creative style to run contrary to the traditional spirit of the city. Keep up with Brandy Zdan for tour dates and developments on the release date at www.brandyzdan.com. -Terra James-Jura

 

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Blank Range to Release "Phase II" 10" 4.10

Okay, so if you're a Blank Range fan, you might already have a cassette of "Phase II" kicking around in your car. The band recorded the 6-track tape back in April of 2013, an ambling testament to true garage grit that sparked enough momentum to won them a Bonnaroo set, sent them to SXSW, and lead them to record the 7" "Scrapin/Before I Go To Sleep" with a real engineer in a legitimate (read: non-basement) studio the following fall. The tape also wraps up with "Last Crash Landing," one of the most enduring gut-punchers of a song that we've come across thus far. Now the band is preparing to release a 10" pressing of "Phase II," lest there be an empty 10" space on their merch table on their upcoming 28-date tour supporting Two Gallants and Mountain Goats. Blank Range will be marking the occasion with a show at The Basement on April 10th with local bros Music Band and Joey Plunket. The show kicks off at 8pm and tickets are $5, so come on out and pick up the new format! -Terra James-Jura

 

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Catch Dustin Sellers at Acme Feed & Seed on Tuesday 3.24

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!

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Show Alert: Creature Comfort at The 5 Spot Saturday 3.21

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

 

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