Archives For August 2012

Around the time they played The Basement in late April, you’d have been hard pressed to find a radio station playing anything by The Lumineers,and for good reason, as their debut album had just been released at the beginning of the month. By the middle of June, however, they were nearly ubiquitous, the buzz-band on the mind of tastemakers and musical novices alike. It was no surprise then when they sold out their upcoming August show at the Mercy Lounge within a matter of hours prompting an upgrade to the Cannery Ballroom, which subsequently sold out a few hours later as well.

On the surface, it’d be easy to pinpoint a catchy, fast-rising single with perpetual radio and TV commercial play as the reason for The Lumineers meteoric rise, reminding many of the seemingly overnight emergence of bands like Local Natives and The Head and the Heart. No doubt, “Ho Hey” is a great song that has turned many of us into Lumineers apologists in Nashville and all across the country, and specifically here in Nashville. They are a great band full of unrestrained talent and grace, but it’s the depth of their self-titled debut album that indicates they might have some staying power beyond their burgeoning fanbase. The album, certainly among the best released in 2012 so far, is the first since Mumford & Sons’ “Sigh No More” that I have personally put on repeat for months on end. Apparently, the same appears to be the case for the rest of Nashville as their show at The Cannery Ballroom Tuesday night turned into the 2nd largest sing-along I’ve attended, behind only Mumford & Sons’ concert, nee revival, at War Memorial Auditorium in November 2010.

The Lumineers navigated their way through their entire 11-track album, to which it seemed the entire crowd knew all of the words to. Playing those tracks alone would have made for a very good show, even a great one. However, the additions of unreleased tracks such as “I Ain’t Nobody’s Problem” and “Eloise”, a well-placed cover of Bob Dylan’s “Subterranean Homesick Blues” and The Band’s seminal “The Weight” featuring several members of Old Crow Medicine Show are what helped the performance nearly reach its zenith moment. But just when it seemed the show might be over and as the Old Crow boys left the stage following the first song of the encore, The Lumineers made their way deep into the crowd and set up shop in the middle of the room, right next to us, standing on stools and chairs, for an acoustic version of “Darlene,” a foot-stomping tribute to all things love featuring percussionist Jeremiah Fraites with easily the best glockenspiel performance that we’ve ever seen.

It can’t be understated how difficult it can be for a band to draw the collective embrace of a crowd by simply playing the songs they know so well let alone the attention of a packed house for new songs that the majority of people may have never been heard. But The Lumineers have the energy and exuberance that envelops their fans and unwraps a shimmy and a frolic out of even the most flat-footed concert-goer. While the music industry can often have trouble supporting the rapid growth of a band like The Lumineers, their resplendent personalities, polished songwriting and seasoned stage presence indicate they certainly will be around for many, many shows capable of dwarfing their already impressive performances.

- Brad Hughes

Darlingside

LarryKloess —  August 16, 2012 — Leave a comment

Back toward the end of last month, Cause A Scene had the joy of hosting Massachusetts-based “string-folk quintet” Darlingside, for what was one of the most fun house shows we’ve ever hosted. One of the really unique things about our houses shows is that for the most part, the people that attend aren’t all that familiar with the artists playing that night. If you’ve been keeping up from our beginning several months ago, that’s no surprise to you. Well, back on July 28th, an entire roomful of people were converted to Darlingside fans and the chatter following that show was more noticeable than after any show we had hosted up to that point. The buzz was palpable and if the band had played a second set, I don’t think anyone would have complained.

The five guys (Auyon Mukharji, David Senft, Harris Paseltiner, Sam Kapala, and Don Mitchell) play with such a great deal of heart that it’s easy to get completely swept up with the fervor exhibited on stage. Simply put: their songs mean something. And after seeing their latest video for “Terrible Things”, I think it’s safe to say that their videos mean something, too. It’s at once poignant and hilarious and a great reminder to love people even despite all of their faults and missteps.

Their debut album, “Pilot Machines”, is available now.

The first time we saw Dawes, there couldn’t have been more than 100 people crammed into the Mercy Lounge. Sunday night, they packed the 1000+ capacity Cannery Ballroom and delivered exactly what both the veteran and rookie Dawes fans expect: a night of pure, unadulterated rock and roll with all of the emotion that so many bands in America hope to cover up with smoke and lights. On the contrary, Dawes consistently delivers one of the most refreshing live music experiences touring the United States today, and Sunday night was no exception The evening opened with the unique personality of Simone Felice, whose brothers (The Felice Brothers) also carry a genetic disposition towards menacing facial expressions and potentially distressing lyrics. The especially dark opener, “New York Times” met squarely with our expectations based on our familiarity with Simone’s former band of brothers as did the deceptively twisted “Shaky” despite its seemingly fun lyrics like “C’mon and shake that country ass!” But it was the sequence of covers from The Band that closed Simone’s sequence that set the tone for the night’s headliner as Simone and his ensemble paid tribute to the late Levon Helm with “Atlantic City” and “I Shall Be Released,” which featured the accompaniment of Nashville favorites – and fellow Gentlemen of the Road tour guests – The Apache Relay.
The scene was set for Dawes to bring out their own special guests, as an extra microphone was placed rather inconspicuously in front of bassist Wylie Gelber, who has no singing credits on the band’s albums. Indeed, it would be Deer Tick front man, and Taylor Goldsmith’s close friend and cohort from side project Middle Brother, John McCauley, who would join the band for “When My Time Comes” and “Million Dollar Bill” sandwiched around Deer Tick’s “Baltimore Blues No. 1.” Simone Felice himself would even make a brief cameo adding backing vocals alongside Griffin Goldsmith as Dawes would close their encore with the radio hit “Time Spent in Los Angeles.”

But it was the tracks in between that are what make a Dawes show so memorable. It was Taylor Goldsmith’s guitars on “Fire Away,” the reference to playing in Nashville where Taylor claims “we all know each other already,” and the heartfelt line of “… pile on those mashed potatoes and an extra chicken wing” that really engaged the Cannery crowd this Sunday night and left us anxious for their third album, which we understand recording for to begin next month.

Dawes has certainly benefitted in Tennessee by playing premier spots – opening night of Soundland 2011 at War Memorial, opening for Mumford & Sons w/Apache Relay at the Ryman this past spring, and just the night before in Bristol with the Gentlemen of the Road tour – but its simply at these shows where they continue to win over music lovers. And if all that wasn’t enough, Dawes, along with The Apache Relay, Simone Felice, Nikki Lane and a cast of others made their way down 8th Ave for a late night after party at The Basement that lasted until at least until 2:00 in the morning. We couldn’t be more excited to see the growth Dawes has made as a band and to see the amount of hearts they continue to win over in Music City. Count us among the many who have been completely won over.

- Brad Hughes

Anderson East

LarryKloess —  August 14, 2012 — Leave a comment

We’re getting close to being just a mere month away from the full-length release of Anderson East‘s “Flowers of the Broken Hearted” (out on Sept. 18), and to commemorate that, I had to share this awesome video of Anderson performing the title track from the album for Balcony TV that he filmed recently. He’s one of only two solo acts that Cause A Scene has had play at the house more than once so far (Rebecca Roubion is the other), and for good reason. His smokey, raspy vocals are just too dang good not to get attached to them and he is really one of the ‘good guys’ in the Nashville music scene. The performance is refreshing and the host puts it perfectly (I think?) at the end, saying “So you got me. I didn’t expect to sound like that when I looked at you.” Anderson certainly has much, much more soul than you would think at first glance. Hope you enjoy the video, and be sure to be on the lookout for his new double album out next month.

ALSO, Anderson, along with another Cause A Scene house show guest, Holley Maher, Levi Weaver and Weaver At The Loom will be playing TONIGHT at The Rutledge. Details here.

This Saturday, we are celebrating Cause A Scene’s 20th house show of the year by hosting a headliner who knows quite a thing or two (or 84,000, as in the miles she traveled in 2010) about house shows. Susan Enan is no stranger to the Nashville music scene and after playing house shows all across the globe, she’s no stranger to people in cities on the other side of the world. Check out the truly amazing, brief video below that illustrates what it’s like to play hundreds of house shows in front of people here in the states and thousands of miles away from us. I think it’s a perfect encapsulation of Susan’s passion for music and what we’re all about at Cause A Scene – bringing people together and building community through a shared love of music.

Hope to see you at the house show two nights from now. The aforementioned Susan Enan will headline with Hannah Miller and Tim Hassall on in support. If you’d like to attend or get more details before you make the 15-minute trek from Nashville to Brentwood for the show on Saturday night, please email us at shows@causeascenemusic.com.