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The foundations of The So So Glos can be traced back to 1991, when four-year-old Alex Levine, his brother Ryan Levine and stepbrother Zach Staggers began playing music together.


“I think we were really just delusional kids,” remembered Alex. “At five years old, we were watching MTV and thought we had a band too. We would record tapes of us playing and as far as we were concerned, we were making records.


“We had the feeling before we had the technical skills,” he continued. “It really was in the spirit of punk rock.”


Since then, the band has added guitarist Matt Elkin and released two albums and two EPs. Their latest album, 2013’s Blowout, was named among the 50 best albums of the year by both Rolling Stone and Consequence of Sound. It also saw The So So Glos touring with bands like Titus Andronicus and Nashville’s Diarrhea Planet.


The So So Glos, who are based in Brooklyn, have also become active in the DIY and all-ages scenes there, working to open both an all-ages recording studio and performance space, Shea Stadium, and an all-ages venue, The Market Hotel.


“We really found a haven in the Brooklyn DIY scene,” explained Alex. “Our music seems to go hand in hand with that energy. It’s just for everyone. We try to do what we can, as far as playing, in community spaces but this country has such strict drinking laws. You can go to war before you can to a rock and roll show at a bar. There’s no reason to put an age restriction on our music.”


On Monday, March 17th, The So So Glos, fresh from SXSW, will bring their self-described early-90s punk rock to The End, where they’ll be playing alongside Gunther Doug and Dogtooth.


“Our music kind of has an old school hip hop thing going on,” Alex said, of the band’s live shows. “We demand that everyone has fun. It doesn’t really matter whether we’re playing in Nashville or a Brooklyn basement, we encourage all kinds of expression. It’s controlled anarchy.”


Meagan Lawson


This Saturday we are heading back to Edgehill Cafe to close out another kick ass year at Cause A Scene. Saturday evening will mark our 63rd and last show of 2013, and we think that’s a damn good reason to celebrate. We couldn’t think of a better way to do so than to put together a lineup jam-packed with some of the best up-and-coming talent we could find, some who are CAS first-timers and many of which are making their much awaited returns.

The headliner for the evening is the Nashville-based indie folk outfit Lulu Mae. The return of this 7-piece band to the CAS stage is one that we have been eagerly anticipating and we can’t wait for them to rock the house at Edgehill. With a sound that draws influence from Ryan Adams and the Decemberists, Lulu Mae’s magic lies in their ability to unfold stories before their audience and their family-bound chemistry. Putting a fresh spin on the term “family band,” Lulu Mae is comprised of frontman Joel Finley and his wife Sarah (vocals), their college friends, brothers Ben Smith (bass) and Adam Smith (keys, trumpet) and Adams wife Jen (backup vocals). The recent additions of roommates Anthony Mangin (electric guitars) and David Sutton (drums) have given this band a distinct sound that is extensively explored on their first full-length album, The Mockingbird and the Dogwood Tree, which was released last year.

2013 has proven to be a big year for Lulu Mae and huge stepping stone in what seems to be a limitless direction. They kicked the year off by winning Music City Mayhem, Lightning 100’s giant annual local music competition, in April and opened up for Local Natives and Leagues in September in front of a crowd of thousands at this years Live on the Green, Nashville’s annual free concert series. With all the exposure they have received this year, Lulu Mae has no plans of slowing down and are closing out 2013 working on a sophomore release that is due to release next year.

Jesse Lafser, who also opened for Lulu Mae at their last CAS appearance, will be setting the stage once again with her Americana influenced indie-folk tunes. This St. Louis native, who now calls Music City home, brings an atypical sound to Nashville’s abundant music scene and we can’t wait to hear again this Saturday. Lafser’s most recent album, Land In Sight, was released in 2012.

Also on the evening’s bill are two folk singer songwriters and CAS alums, Faye Webster and Joseph Lemay. Atlanta-based Faye, opened for Little Tybee and The Get Togethers at an East Nashville back in May is making her Nashville return this Saturday and we are thrilled she chose to join the CAS ranks once again. With the release of her first full-length album Run and Tell earlier this year, Faye exudes a musically prowess and maturity well beyond her years. Joseph Lemay played one of our first house shows of 2013 and we are stoked to welcome him back to help close out the year. Possessing a bare-bones sound that is grounded in masterful lyricism, Lemay writes his songs from a trailer located in a small town in West Tennessee, but refers to Nashville as his “musical nucleus.” Joseph is currently in the studio working on his debut album.

Filling out an already stellar set musicians, are two CAS newcomers who are sure bring a perfect balance to the evening’s lineup. Rusty Clanton is a singer songwriter who calls the Cleveland, TN home and the influence of the East Tennessee hills and their sounds are a clear influence in his music. Maggie Chapman, another young up-and-coming singer songwriter with a voice that possesses a maturity well beyond her years, is a recent Music City transplant by way of Tampa, FL. This being her first Nashville show, we are honored to help her spread her music to this great city.

This lineup is going to be beyond killer and we want every friend and music lover in town to come help us celebrate and cap off another year of fantastic music discovery. Space at Edgehill is limited so ensure your spot by getting your tickets early here. Doors open at 7:00 PM and the music will start promptly at 7:30. Tickets are $5.

Christian Lerchenfeld

Lulu Mae- ‘Fiction of Speed’ (Live at Music City Roots)

Jesse Lafser- ‘Land In Sight’

Rusty Clanton- ‘Ribs and Things’

Faye Webster- ‘I Wanna Be Like You’

Joseph Lemay- ‘Molly My Girl’



CAS November 17 - My Red and Blue

This Sunday evening we will be presenting our last show at The High Watt, which has housed many fantastic memories for us at Cause A Scene this year, as we celebrate the release of My Red & Blue‘s new EP, The Start. My Red & Blue is the new project of local singer songwriter Ben Eggebrecht, a Nashville transplant by way of Milwaukee, WI and The Start is his second record and the finished product of material he has been writing, financing and recording for well over a year. We at CAS are beyond honored to be presenting the fruits of Eggebrecht’s hard work as he performs the EP in its entirety, live for the first time. My Red & Blue boasts a pop-rock sound that draws influence from both the free-spiritedness the West Coast and the wholesome traditions laden in the Tennessee hills, yielding an identity that is perfectly encapsulated in “Never Gonna Be Mine,” the single off his forthcoming EP that debuted on Buzzfeed earlier this week.

Opening up for My Red & Blue is Nashville native and folk-pop singer songwriter, Liza Anne. No stranger to the Nashville music scene, Liza has already played her fair share of CAS bills, opening for Judah and the Lion and Matthew Perryman Jones. She is currently working on her debut full-length record, The Colder Months, which is set to release early next year. If you like what you hear this Sunday, you can help her bring her first record to life by contributing to her Kickstarter campaign. With only 9 days left she is within arms length of her goal.

Also opening up the evening is newly transplanted Nashvillian pop-rocker, Jordan Gable. This being the Ohioans first Nashville show, we are excited to hear what he has in store for our ears.

Cap off what is sure to be a beautiful fall weekend and head on down to Cannery Row this Sunday to hear some rockin’ tunes and see some of the best up and coming talent this city has to offer. Get your tickets here for $8 in advance. Tickets will also be available for $10 DOS. Doors open at 7:00 PM and the music starts at 8:00 PM.

Christian Lerchenfeld

My Red & Blue- ‘Never Gonna Be Mine’

Liza Anne- ‘Wrecking Ball’ (Miley Cyrus cover)
Wrecking Ball (cover) Liza Anne by lizaannemusic

Jordan Gable- ‘If It Don’t Feel Like This’
If It Don’t Feel Like This by JordanGable


This Wednesday we head back to one of our favorite venues to see live music in this fair city, The Basement, and we’d love for you to take a short breather from your busy week and join us. The lead act of the evening is Nashville-based Americana folk outfit, Cassino. Originally formed in 2005 by childhood friends and former members of the Alabama-based rock band, Northstar, Nick Torres and Tyler Odom, Cassino is a project that has morphed and transitioned through several different stages and identities. In 2006 the duo began recording their first album, Sounds of Salvation, with producer Craig Krampf in Nashville. Cassino spent the following couple years touring heavily in support of their debut record, until 2008 when they began the process of writing a follow-up album in 2008. It was during this process that Odom left the project and Torres began to seek out a new creative direction for Cassino. He found what he was searching for in longtime friend Edward Puckett, who often played bass on earlier Cassino tours.

The two musicians spent much of the following year writing and recording the new album, again in Nashville, but this time primarily out of a small apartment. The album would come to be titled, Kingprince, and was released in 2009. In 2011 they put out an EP entitled, The Weight of Bother, which contained several unreleased versions of songs from Kingprince. Cassino has spent much of their time the last couple of years touring the country, and is now currently working on a new album comprised of songs based from of wealth of new inspiration.

Sharing The Basement stage with Cassino Wednesday night is the indie folk quartet, Darlingside. Hailing from Cambridge, MA, this foursome, delivers a distinct and colorful live performance that has captivated audiences across the country, in which they belt harmonies huddled around a single microphone and swap and series of instruments which include guitars, mandolins, fiddles and a plethora of percussion instruments from song to song. The band released their first full-length record, Pilot Machines, on which they were successful in encompassing the same spirit and energy that they bring to all their live shows.

Opening up the show for the evening is another Massachusetts-based musician, singer songwriter Heather Maloney. Although she only began writing songs a few years ago, Maloney has put her career and reputation on the fast track towards success releasing three albums, and quickly developing a devout fan base. Her most recent album, which was self-titled and released this last spring, perfectly displays her soulful, folk influenced sound and has received critical praise from the likes of The Huffington Post.

Don’t miss out on another night of good tunes with the CAS crew at The Basement on 8th Avenue South. Tickets will be $5 at the doors. Music starts at 9:00 PM.

Christian Lerchenfeld

November 9 Show

What better way to prepare for the forthcoming holiday season than to kick back with the Cause A Scene crew for another night full of some of the best rising talent from all across the country. This Saturday we return to Edgehill Cafe, one of our new favorite spots to showcase new great music.Poema, comprised of sisters Elle and Shealeen Louise Puckett will headline the evening. Now based in Nashville, this sister duo grew up in Albuquerque, NM, where music was always a dominant presence in their tight-knit family. The chemistry between this duo is one that can only be found in the bond between siblings, and it is evident in each note and lyric of their music. Poema’s sound is rooted in classic country, paying tribute to the likes of Patsy Cline and Loretta Lynn, and peppered with hints of acoustic folk and pop, giving way to a musical identity that is truly wonderful and unique. Since moving to Nashville, Poema has spent the last several years writing and touring. They have released multiple EPs and in 2012 the duo released their first full-length album, Remembering You.

Returning for what will be his second CAS appearance is Chicago-based singer songwriter Cameron McGill. Writing and recording songs since the late 90’s, McGill has played in a number of different bands and released multiple solo records in the early 2000’s. The past several years of McGill’s career have been devoted to his most recent band, Cameron McGill & What Army, who released their last album in 2011. In the last two years however, McGill has focused his efforts once again on his solo material, releasing his most recent album, Gallows Etiquette earlier this year.

Also on the night’s bill is another duo, this time of the mixed gender variety. With a sound that has been compared to The Civil Wars, the folk duo The Bird and the Bear is the culmination of singer songwriters Mirthe Bolhuis, who hails from The Netherlands and Wyoming native Garry Wood. The two met here in Nashville in 2011, where a musical and personal relationship was quickly formed. The duo quickly began writing together and soon after recorded their debut EP “Breathe” in early 2012 at Prime Cut Studio in East Nashville, under the name of The Bird and the Bear.

Completing the evening’s lineup are two other artists who are sure to put on one hell of a show. Mel Washington, the soulful troubadour and former member of All Get Out, and Indianapolis-based singer songwriter and current Belmont student Kel will certainly add to the excitement and make this Saturday an evening you will not want to miss. Get your tickets here for $5 in advance, as space is limited. Doors open at 7:00 PM with the music soon to follow.

–  Christian Lerchenfeld