lulumae

Just yesterday, Nashville-based folk-rock band Lulu Mae debuted the music video for the title track off their forthcoming record Mean River. If the single is any indication to the quality of the the new record, you can rest assured that it will retain the same folksy lyricism, soaring harmonies and rock n’ roll attitude that made us here at CAS such fans of the band’s first album, The Mockingbird and the Dogwood Tree.

Lulu Mae has spent the better part of the last year writing and recording the material for Mean River, which was recorded live to tape in a four night marathon session at Soundstage Studios right here in Nashville. The recording sessions were part of a prize package the band won when they finished first in the annual Nashville band/artist competition, “Music City Mayhem,” curated by local independent radio affiliate Lightning 100. The video Mean River, which can be seen below, certainly showcases the raw intensity and soul of the band that was so well captured in the live recording sessions.

Cause A Scene will be presenting Lulu Mae’s official album release show at Exit/In on May 16th, with opening acts El El and The Oak Creek Band. Mean River officially drops on May 13th.

- Christian Lerchenfeld

 

The title is fairly self-explanatory; below are the four moments that I would have sacrificed a number of small appendages to have witnessed in person.

1.  Muse covering Nirvana’s ‘Lithium’

A longtime fame of Muse, I can’t think of a more perfect Coachella moment. Nipping at the heels of Nirvana’s induction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame just last week, the timing couldn’t have been better. Even though the video quality isn’t great, it still leaves me regretting not exhausting my bank account on a trip to Indio, CA.

 

2.  Ellie Goulding covering Alt-J’s ‘Tessellate’ and James Blake’s ‘Life Round Here’

I’ve been on a huge Ellie Goulding kick as of late and this cover mashup leading into mega hit ‘Anything Could Happen’ blew me away. I’ve heard both covers before, but seeing them flow into one another so seamlessly was something else. The video of her Coachella performance has unfortunately been removed since I saw it this past Sunday, but the performance was so good, it couldn’t be removed from the list. Below is a video of a similar set that she performed last month at the O2 Arena in the UK.

 

3.  Bastille performing ‘Pompeii’

I haven’t been able to stop listening to this song for the better part of a year now. Bastille set a Mojave Stage record with crowd they drew in at Friday evening set last week. Hope to experience a performance that is a fraction of this magnitude when they come through Nashville at the end of this month.

 

4. CHVRCHES performing ‘The Mother We Share’

Just a badass song and a badass performance by a badass band.

 

There you have it. Tell us if you agree or if you think we missed any!

- Christian Lerchenfeld

The Afghan Whigs – ‘Do to the Beast‘ (first album in 16 years!)

‘Algiers’

Ben Watt – ‘Hendra

‘Hendra’

The Both (Aimee Mann & Ted Leo) – ‘self titled

‘Milwaukee’

Chet Faker – ‘Built On Glass

‘Talk Is Cheap’

Dan Wilson – ‘Love Without Fear

‘Love Without Fear’

David Ramirez‘RAW EP’

‘How Do You Get ‘Em Back’

Deleted Scenes – ‘Lithium Burn

‘Stutter’

 Esme Patterson – ‘Woman To Woman’

‘The Glow’

Ikebe Shakedown – ‘Stone By Stone

‘The Offering’

Ingrid Michaelson – ‘Lights Out

‘Girls Chase Boys’

Jessica Lee Mayfield – ‘Make My Head Sing’

‘I Wanna Love You’

Kris Orlowski – ‘Believer

‘Believer’

Matthew and the Atlas‘Other Rivers’

‘Pale Sun Rose’

NEEDTOBREATHE – ‘Rivers In The Wasteland

‘The Heart’

Rodney Crowell – ‘Tarpaper Sky

‘Fever On The Bayou’

Ramona Lisa – ‘Arcadia

‘Arcadia’

The Secret Sisters – ‘Put Your Needle Down

‘Lonely Island’

Woods – ‘With Light and With Love

‘Leaves Like Grass’

Ziggy Marley – ‘Fly Rasta

‘Moving Forward’ (feat. Beezy Coleman)

herzig

We at Cause A Scene are beyond pumped to present Katie Herzig as she celebrates the official release of her brand new record Walk Through Walls only two weeks from today, on April 25th at Mercy Lounge. Walk Through Walls, released earlier this week, is the highly anticipated follow-up to Herzig’s 2011 album, The Waking Sleep. While Herzig has been writing and recording music for over a decade, the critical and commercial success of The Waking Sleep kept her busy over the last three years. Along with a continually and rapidly growing international fan base and multiple tours, the bar was set very high when she began recording the material that would be stitched together to produce Walk Through Walls, but the result is nothing short of impressive and utterly satisfying. With a dream-like quality that pulses through all 12 tracks like a racing heart pumping blood to various extremities, ‘Walls’ retains the indie pop spirit and catchy melodies that has become signature of Herzig. If that isn’t enough, she has also toured with the likes of Ingrid Michaelson, Brandi Carlile, The Fray and Sarah Bareilles, and has multiple festivals through the years, yielding one badass resume.

Also playing on April 25th will be Amy Stroup, whom we also had the immense honor of presenting the release show for her new album, Tunnels, at Mercy Lounge less than two months ago. A strong reaction from Tunnels and the recognition of being named a Garrison Keilor’s Prairie Home Companion “Top 20 Songwriter Under 30″ solidify Stroup as the perfect compliment to Herzig, culminating in a rare duo of powerhouse indie pop songstresses that are sure knock the doors off the Mercy.

Britpop-rock duo Lovers Electric will be opening up the show. Comprised of Eden Boucher and David Turley, this London based band has garnered critical acclaim both across the pond as well as in the States with their debut EP, Waiting For Something to Happen, which released last year. Lovers Electric is currently putting the finishing touches on their forthcoming full-length album.

Go ahead mark your calendars for April 25th, and don’t miss out on a night that is sure to be nothing short of epic, with a lineup stacked with some of music’s most promising talent. Get your tickets early here, because this one will be packed out! GA tickets are $15; seats are $20. Show starts at 8:00 PM. Doors at 7:00 PM.

- Christian Lercheneld

 

Katie Herzig – ‘Walk Through Walls’

Amy Stroup – ‘Falling’

Lovers Electric – ‘Storm’

wbolton

Nineteen-year-old vocalist and producer William Bolton dips a toe in soul music, thankfully shedding his Times New Roman moniker just before the rest of the country does. Bolton saves ink on Let’s Stay Together with ultra simple lyrics wrapped in a bedroom pop aesthetic. There’s a charm to his cadence and understated croon, as he maintains the essence of his signature reggae flow amongst dusty horn samples.

The self-proclaimed playboy extraordinaire might find drinking age audiences with this soul-tinged pop, but the distillation came out a little weak. Mr. Bolton stumbled into a potentially great love song, landing somewhere between Mayer Hawthorne and Chris Cab. Sadly, when the drum machine finally dies into a breathy and labored a cappella outro, we’re left feeling cheap.  

But it’s pure fun… no regrets. A romp in youthful romance with big kicks. For now, we’ll cherish young love, and wait for Bolton’s inevitable artistic leap as he opens his blue eyes.

- Whitaker Elledge