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FRNDS to bring melodic emo rock to house venue Sunnyvale (09.09)

Nashville 5-piece FRNDS is just one of the many great new bands taking the music scene back from fat-cat record labels and commercialism. Their newest single “Wasting Your Time” (streaming below) a melodic mix of shoegaze and indie rock, complete with emo-influenced vocals and driving guitar riffs. The lyrics, written by lead vocalist and guitarist Nathan Brooks, are simple and show some stoner rock influences (“I’m so afraid you’ve been wasting your time / ‘cause I am not good enough / and I’ll never get it right,”) but they’re not without feeling either. Brooks’ voice can at once be droney and emotional, which is what makes their sound so unique. Catch them playing their next show at their house venue Sunnyvale on September 9th. - Lilly Milman 

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Charlie & The Evil Mothers head to The 5 Spot on 09.08

Charlie Shea is the mastermind behind the Nashville project Charlie & The Evil Mothers, a psych influenced indie garage rock outfit with two releases under its belt. The first is a self-titled EP that finds its home in a bluesy and experimental psychedelia. More recently, with the help of Todd Bolden on bass and Luke Fedorko on drums, Shea has released the single “Strings” (streaming below), a much more upbeat use of his signature croon. The guitar-driven track is a moody foray into the realm of fast-paced, reverb-drenched rock. Charlie & The Evil Mothers will be taking the stage next at The 5 Spot on September 8th at 9 pm. - Lilly Milman





D.L. Rossi returns with new single + plays The Basement on 9.06

Nashville-via-Michigan performer D.L. Rossi is of the rare breed of songwriters that channels raw, unadulterated heartache through his music without eliciting any sort of pity or over-sentimentality. His 2015 release The Apartment EP catalogues a painful 2-year long marriage that ultimately ended in divorce, and he tells this story through gentle and honest lyricism. He is currently in the process of recording and releasing a follow-up EP called Crooked Love Vol. 1 & 2, a project that already has one released single: “First Time Around” (streaming below). This track offers more of the same subtle folk of his older releases. D.L. Rossi will be performing next at The Basement on September 6th at 9 pm. - Lilly Milman, photograph by Laura E. Partain

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¡Luchadora! brings southern grunge to The Basement (09.01)

¡Luchadora! is the female-fronted grunge duo from Nashville you didn’t know you were waiting for. Their self-titled debut EP is a nod towards classic garage outfits, with just a little bit of country twang mixed in for good measure. The opening track “Fish” (streaming below) is an electrifying introduction to a punchy project that is filled with uncompromising vocals, crunchy guitars, dynamic arrangements, and tight percussion. The songwriting is intricate, while the performance is emotional—the best of both worlds. Catch their next live show on September 1st at 8 pm at The Basement. - Lilly Milman 





The Middle Ground releases 'Start Again' LP + goes on summer tour

For Nashville-based four-piece The Middle Ground, holding back is not an option. Their 2016 LP Start Again is filled with anthemic, chorus-driven explosions of energy, like “The Edge” (streaming below) and “Lake Michigan,” among others. Their sound is like a cross between Neon Trees, Imagine Dragons, and something else that’s entirely their own (maybe it’s just something in the water in Music City.) They are currently in the middle of a long summer tour, with upcoming stops in NYC, Philadelphia, New Jersey, and more. - Lilly Milman 

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