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Show Alert: Milk People EP Release at The End 10.18

It sounds as though lightning struck when Milk People first went into the studio to record "Steeples." They laid down the track shortly after their first practice together, with a clear understanding that they had hit upon a defining sound. This single, with blazing hot energy thanks to traded vocals and a fat opening riff worthy of a Tarantino flick, found its way to the public back in May. The band, which has since added three additional members to the founding duo of Garrett Barber and Emma Holden, now has EP "Invisible Ink" ready for release. Will it retain the same camp-to-rawk ratio as "Steeples?" Have they bottled (or, more appropriately, recorded) lightning? You'll just have to pick it up and listen. Luckily, Milk People are making it easy on you by offering a copy of "Invisible Ink" free with attendance to their release show this Saturday, October 18th at The End. Previous Artist of the the Month winners The Whippoorwills will be pitching in to make this one hell of a night, along with Down Boy and Secret Club. Go get milky with them. -Terra James-Jura

 

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Everyone Moves Away, "With the Night"

Everyone Moves Away floats to the top of the electro/synth/dream/post/pre-/present/-gaze miasma with this video for "With the Night." There's a pleasing unity to the song, even though it is conceptually at odds with itself. There's some R&B flavor in in the refrain, but the song is too avant garde to fall into that category. There's a dream-pop sensibility to the way the song unfolds, but builds up to a very taut intensity at the end to be either dreamy or poppy. Regardless of classification, group does an excellent job seizing upon an emotion and letting the music follow route. This track is off their EP "ii," which was released August 26th, which is available on iTunes and Spotify. -Terra James-Jura

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The Wooly Mamas Release Video "Suzanne"

You may remember The Wooly Mamas from their Artist of the Month win this spring, the trio that played six years as a cover band before deciding to focus on their originals. Or you may have caught one of their airtight shows around town (and think of how much even a year as a cover band could up a group's game.) This video for "Suzanne" was released last Tuesday. It's mostly footage from the recording studio, but the track is an outstanding example of all-American rock 'n' roll. Solid and driving, it's a plea from a bad man to a good woman delivered with a whiff of Ben Nichols on the raspy poignancy that vocalist Rick Patoray imparts on his lyrics (though here's hoping there's no similiarity in the size of their livers.) This song will be officially released as a single on October 21st, the first in a planned series while the band raises the funds for a physical release in 2015.  The Wooly Mama's next Nashville show will be at The Basement on October 18th. Keep up with the band as put out more tunes of this caliber HERE.

We don't know who Suzanne is, but goddamn, we hope she understands. -Terra James-Jura

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Show Alert: Darrin Bradbury at The Basement 10.08

Today we're going to get to know Darrin Bradbury. In Todd Snider's recent book, "I Never Met a Story I Didn't Like," Todd recalls some advice he received in his early days as a songwriter:

      "If you want to be a better songwriter and you always want to be getting better at making up songs, you've got to keep your life in a situation where you can pack up every single           thing you own in the whole world inside of fifteen minutes and be moved out of wherever you are. And, if you keep your life in a situation where that kinda shit happens to you every         once in a while and you are forced to execute that maneuver, I can't promise you a good life, but you will always be getting better at making up songs."

Darrin has been doing exactly that starting well before Todd's book came out. I can't say that I've heard any of his pre-nomadic songs, but the stuff I have heard is damn good. His previous group, "Big Wilson River," averaged 125 shows a year and went on indefinite hiatus last May after a five year run. After that, Darrin toured the country in his gray 2006 Ford Focus and eventually "settled" in East Nashville, meaning he sleeps on friends' couches and Wal-Mart parking lots more often in Nashville than he does anywhere else.

Darrin left the veganism and chiropractors in his home state of New Jersey, although his Birkenstock's somehow found their way to Nashville. He claims not to be a songwriter, that he simply puts himself into interesting situations and then just "writes the shit down." There's a little more to it than that. His keen observation and insight turn the most inane minutiae of daily life into songs that range from mournful to humorous often within the same track. If I had to compare him to any other songwriters, the two that come to mind are Townes van Zandt and John Prine. I've never had the pleasure of making that comparison in an article before and I don't make it lightly.

By now, you're probably thinking to yourself, "This guy sounds great. How can I hear his music?" He recently recorded a Daytrotter session, and posts regularly to Bandcamp, where he recently had a #1 selling album. The recordings are great, but you need to see him live. Fortunately, you have the opportunity to do so this Wednesday (10/8) at the basement from 5-7pm. He also has a standing residence with Tim Carroll at Fran's Eastside Tavern every Wednesday from 9pm to midnight. -Jared Godar

 

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Show Alert: Friendship at The East Room 10.11

If there were a spirit animal for October 11th, it would have to be some sort of neon-colored panda riding a cigar-smoking dolphin, because thinking of that trips us out and makes us happy in the same way catching a Chalaxy show does. However, this Saturday's show at the East Room is one better than those tape-crazy psych-rockers: Friendship is a 9-piece supergroup conceived and executed by Chalaxy frontman Taylor Cole. With members from The Subnovas, Mesmer Tea, Girls and Money, Creature Comfort and Dotcom, it's a riot of talent that will be squinting in the stagelights as a collective for the first time this weekend. Considering that Friendship is so new and barely-formed, we can't even be sure of what they are going to sound like, but we have faith that the evening will be entertaining and include some left-of-center leanings. Also, since Friendship is only in its budding stages, we leave you with this video from Knoxville's "Trop 'N' Roll" outfit Marina Orchestra, who will be supporting the evening of the strange and wonderful along with Dr. Jungle Cat and Girls and Money. -Terra James-Jura 

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