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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

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If you are looking for a way to hear some of the best up and coming artists, then you’re gonna want to get your ass down to Mercy Lounge this Thursday for this month’s Communion Nashville Club Night. Communion is a monthly showcase that spotlights a schmorgesborg of artists and bands on the cusp of hitting it big. Helmed and curated by Ben Lovett of Mumford and Sons, Communion’s ongoing mission is to share the world’s most promising new talent in intimate live settings. This month’s Club Night will feature performances from Johnny Stimson, The Shadowboxers, Sturgill Simpson, Cardboard Kids, Lenachka, Great Peacock and Christian Lee Hutson.

With a sound that draws similarities to a wide range of artists such as Frank Ocean, Michael Jackson, Prince and The Strokes, Johnny Stimson blends synth beats and crooning melodies to forge his own identity within pop music. In just the past year alone, the 24-year-old has garnered attention from the likes of Grammy.com, MTV Buzzworthy, Pop Justice and Nylon Magazine.

The Shadowboxers are a pop/rock trio from Atlanta, GA who are quickly gaining traction with a rapidly growing fan base. The band’s tight harmonies, soulful vocals and their knack for seamlessly crossing genres has even caught the attention of Justin Timberlake. See their cover of the current king of pop’s song “Pusher Love Girl,” that had him giving The Shadowboxers twitter kudos.

Jackson, KY-based singer songwriter Sturgill Simpson received critical acclaim with his debut record, High Top Mountain. Simpson’s country, blues and soul influences showcased on “High Top Mountain” yielded comparisons to Waylon Jennings and Merle Haggard. Less than a year has passed since the release of his debut album and Sturgill is already promoting the upcoming release of his sophomore record, Metamodern Sounds in Country Music. Releasing the new album through his own label, High Top Mountain Records, Simpson describes it as containing a wholly unique sound from his first record.

The Cardboard Kids are a Nashville-based rock trio from Tyler, TX. Growing up together in Texas, the three friends formed Cardboard Kids in 2013 and have since released their debut full-length album, Echo Boomer, which dabbles in both rock and soul genres.

Thursday evening’s lineup will also feature three other Nashville based talents; indie/pop songstress Lenachka, folk/pop duo Great Peacock and Americana singer songwriter Christian Lee Hutson, all of whom have received critical acclaim and built strong fan bases far beyond the confines of music city.

Don’t miss out on what is sure to be another Communion home run and an evening full of fantastic music to boot. Get your tickets here for $9.50 in advance. Tickets will be $15 at the door. Music starts at 8:00 PM. Doors at 7:00 PM.

- Christian Lerchenfeld

 

Johnny Stimson – ‘So. Good.’

The Shadowboxers – ‘If I Could Change Your Mind’ (HAIM cover)

Sturgill Simpson – ‘You Can Have The Crown / Some Days’ (Live at Sun King Brewery)

Cardboard Kids – ‘Dime A Time Lover’

Lenachka – ‘Don’t Judge Me’ (Chris Brown cover)

Great Peacock – ‘Tennessee’

Christian Lee Hutson – ‘One, Two, Three’

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Influenced by groups like MGMT, Local Natives, and Cold War Kids, Nashville based band Phin is one that hasn’t taken much time at all in attracting all sorts of attention from Nashvillian music lovers and those beyond.  Since having formed in May of 2013, Phin has frequented many of Nashville’s most well-known venues, including Exit/In and Mercy Lounge.  Comprised of several of my fellow Trevecca Nazarene University students, Phin front man Toby Haydel shared that the name of the band comes from one of the founders of the Church of the Nazarene. “My parents met each other at Trevecca Nazarene University and I met all the guys in the band through Nazarene establishments. Naming the band after him [Dr. Phineas Bresee] is a tribute to the people who were brought together because of him,” Haydel shared.
 
Seeing as the name of the band comes from such a place as the Nazarene Church, it isn’t surprising that a good amount of inspiration comes from the band’s relationship and connectedness to the church and Trevecca.  “All of us are Christians who hope to create music that will help everyone better understand the truth involving ourselves and the world that surrounds us, as well as to use our talents and strengths to influence people in the most positive way” said Haydel.  Haydel also shared that it is the goal of the band to directly reflect their faith and relationships with God through their music and the way they live. 
 
Like most groups, Phin’s sound is constantly evolving.  When I asked Toby how he could best describe Phin’s sound, he said, “I always tell my grandmother it’s indie rock.”  So for all you lovers of a good indie track with perfectly unrefined vocals and uncommonly meaningful lyrics, Phin is a group that you are going to want to know about.  They are currently scheduled to play at the next Communion Show on March 13th and again a week later as openers for The Whistles and the Bells at 3rd & Lindsley on March 20th.  Be sure to go like them on Facebook, download their EP Those Killers from iTunes (it’s killer, get it?), and stay tuned for some surprises from Phin in the near future!
- Bailey Basham

Happy Halloween!!

Cause A Scene —  October 31, 2013 — Leave a comment

Today, we at CAS would like to celebrate All Hallows Eve with a little homegrown Music City fun, brought to you by Count Drizzle. The Count is the alter ego of Nashville business owner, Matt Eddmenson, who has donned his cape and fangs the past several Octobers to raise Hell and drop fat beats.

Co owner alongside his wife Carrie, of the custom denim company Imogene + Willie, Eddmenson and company have developed a reputation across the Southeast and beyond of being purveyors of artisan craft, making a product that proudly represents the artistic spirit and southern heritage. It is a reputation that extends far beyond their professional abilities as they have often opened up their retail space to provide a creative stage to local artists and musicians, which gets them ‘thumbs up’ in our book. So here’s to killer threads and a howlin’ Halloween! Take it away Drizz…

Count Drizzle- ‘Chickn Wang’

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From St. Louis, MO, Pretty Little Empire could best be described as an americana folk rock band, but since they began playing together in the fall of 2008, they have cultivated a sound that has revealed a complexity and maturity that extends beyond typical genre parameters. Since forming the band in the fall of 2008, they have recorded two full-length albums. Their second and most recent full-length album, Reasons and Rooms garnered the band a good bit of local attention. They have spent the last couple of years touring across the midwest, east coast and beyond, and are currently working on recording their third full-length album.

Check out their song, Something More below. If you like what you hear, you can listen to the Pretty Little Empire’s entire second album, Reasons and Rooms at their Bandcamp page.