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It's the mid-2000s again and I love it: Ghostfinger, How I Became the Bomb, and Lone Official at the Exit/In tonight

I think the cancellation of Nashville (the show, not the city itself) got a lot of people thinking about where Nashville (the city itself, not the show) is, has been, and is going. We're not gonna get too think-piecey on you here, but recent events like that have proven that time may in fact be a circle. There's no prime time TV dedicated to our lovely city, sounds from The Features and Character are still electrifying the ground around the Beast from their show last night, and if you get yourself down to the Exit/In tonight, you can catch yourself yet another piece of bona fide Old Nashville vibiness with Ghostfinger, How I Became the Bomb, and Lone Official.

We're leaning pretty heavy on the throwback jokes here, but make no mistake—these are all bands that, despite various periods of silence and an unfortunate spot on the It City sidelines considering their role in building up that rep, were here before here was a place to be and they've all stuck it out. So go for the nostalgia. Or go to show respect to the old guard. Or go because it's a stacked bill of genuinely great local bands. Whatever your motive is, you can't go wrong. -Austin Phy


Deli Premiere: Notelle has confidence to spare on "No One Else Alive"

Sometimes you hear a song and know right away that it's going to follow you around for a while. "No One Else Alive" is the unshakably catchy new track from the unshakably talented Notelle, and it's got just the right kind of hook to dig itself in deep. The sound on display is big, in a perplexingly minimal way. "Anthemic" is an easy descriptor that comes to mind, but there's a measure of restraint in the actual execution that keeps the whole affair from becoming too bombastic. It's radio pop perfection, and you can catch the ear worm down in the stream below. -Austin Phy

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Nightblonde has the cure for what ails you on "I Belong Your Arms"

Mid-May might not seem like the ideal time for moody new wave pieces, but clearly there's something in the air. Less than a week after Hit TV raised the bar for electronic throwback, Nightblonde has released the shimmery pop nugget "I Belong in Your Arms" in advance of the full-length Numbers due out in early June. Check out the song below, dig hard on the purple-black aesthetic the band is sporting, and watch out for that mighty fancy vinyl release due out with Numbers. -Austin Phy

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Makeup and Vanity Set achieves neon electro perfection on "HIT TV"

Makeup and Vanity Set has been around for a long damned time. He may not be the only guy doing the 80's electro revivalism thing, but you can bet he's been around a lot longer than even the most famous names in that field. From the glitchy chiptune dance of his earliest works to the deliciously schlocky dance that came later, and even the ridiculously dedicated locals-tribute dance in between, we've seen a lot of faces from a guy known for wearing a ski mask at his performances. The entire weight of that history can be felt on HIT TV, a collection of songs composed for a bloodstained purple-and-red online series of the same name. The ambition of the project lands with both feet solidly on the ground, and it seriously stands up there with the best neon dreamwave you're likely to hear.

Even if you don't happen to have the Miami strip right outside your door, any nighttime drive with the windowns down will do just fine. -Austin Phy


Roco drops video for "e. silver"

They say there's a lot of value in first impressions, and Roco (née Bashly) isn't one to waste an opportunity like that. Their debut single "e. silver" dropped last month, and the beginning of May saw the release of a colorfully twee video to accompany the colorfully twee song. The stop-and-start nature of the stop motion video, which looks like a set piece from Fantastic Mr. Fox, nicely compliments the minimal baroque pop of "e. silver."

It looks like we'll be getting some more from Roco once Pidgin Tongue debuts on May 17, so now's your last chance to be ahead of the curve on a band everybody should be talking about. If that's not enough to convince you to give the video a watch, stick around after it's done to see YouTube's auto-play feature launch into some real out-there conspiracy videos about silver and the Illuminati, for whatever reason. -Austin Phy

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