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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, 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’

Aliza Carter Band – ‘Clearer EP



Betty Who – ‘Slow Dancing EP

‘Heartbreak Dream’


EMA -The Future’s Void



The Faint – ‘Doom Abuse

‘Help in the Head’


Highasakite – ‘Silent Treatment

‘Since Last Wednesday’


Incan Abraham – ‘Tolerance‘ (debut LP)



John Frusciante – ‘Enclosure



Liam Finn – ‘The Nihilist’

‘Snug As Fuck’


Katie Herzig- ‘Walk Through Walls

‘Walk Through Walls’


SOHN – ‘Tremors‘ (debut album)

‘Artifice’ (4AD Session)


I don’t know about you, but I was slightly devastated in 2009 when Copeland announced their break-up. Their first album, Beneath the Medicine Tree, changed my musical pallet my senior year of high school, and each album after that continued to do the same. In slight disbelief, I bought tickets to their farewell tour and hoped they would change their minds.

After almost exactly four years of silence (their final show was April 10, 2010), there was news – on April Fool’s Day, social media revealed they would be reuniting for a fifth album. Conversations with friends all day revolved around this topic: was this a cruel prank or a poorly timed announcement? Luckily for their fans, it’s the latter.

As of April 1st, the band has released the song and video for “Ordinary”, which will be feature on their upcoming reunion album, Ixora, on theirwebsite. Text in the midst of the music video is where the official announcement lives: “We have reunited to make the 5th Copeland album. This will be our first new music in 6 years. Thank you for your support through the years.”

Another note of gratitude to the fans is noted on their website, “The encouraging messages and requests for a new album never stopped after our farewell tour in 2010. We are extremely honored by this and hope you love what we create.”

Unlike their previous albums, this record will be made independent of a label – therefore the funding from the album is coming directly from the pre-orders made on the website. This is essentially a crowd-funding project without the title – but with such a dedicated fan base (who have been anticipating a reunion for years), I have no doubt they’ll be extremely successful in this endeavor.

I’m very much looking forward to more eerie melodies and beautiful piano tunes, which “Ordinary” is already boasting. Even more so, I’m excited to see how these talented musicians have been influenced in the last four years, and plan on wowing us all once again.

The band anticipates Ixora will be released in October.

- Renee Olson


There are a handful of artists that immediately jump to the top of my personal “must listen” list, and Jack White is certainly at the top of that list, as I am sure is the same for any rock n’ roll loving American. Naturally my heart skipped a beat when White debuted the first sample of his forthcoming sophomore solo effort, Lazaretto. The track, titled “High Ball Stepper,” is an instrumental track ripe with expected wailing guitars and subdued piano interludes.

Following his 2012 debut solo record Blunderbuss; Lazaretto is due to release June 10th via White’s own Third Man Records and Columbia. You can pre-order a limited edition copy of the new record through April 30th by signing up for the Third Man Record’s Vault. The special edition copy comes stocked with a blue-and-white vinyl pressing, a 7-inch featuring demo cuts of Lazaretto’s “Alone In My Home” and “Entitlement,” as well as 40-page hardcover book including lyrics, musical notation and photos.

With his other band, The Dead Weather, also due to release their new album in 2015, White also has a handful of summer festival dates scheduled, including Bonnaroo, Forecastle Festival and Governors Ball. That being said White certainly has a busy 2014 ahead of him and it has only just begun. I for one couldn’t be happier. Check out the video for “High Ball Stepper” below and rock out in style.

- Christian Lerchenfeld

Band of Skulls - ‘Himalayan

‘Asleep At The Wheel’


Cloud Nothings - ‘Here and Nowhere Else

‘I’m Not Part Of Me’

Dan Croll - ‘Sweet Disarray

‘From Nowhere’


JOHNNYSWIM – ‘Diamonds



Kaiser Chiefs – ‘Education, Education & War

‘Coming Home’


Mac DeMarco- ‘Salad Days’


Manchester Orchestra – ‘Cope’

‘Top Notch’


Nickel Creek - ‘A Dotted Line

‘Love Of Mine’


Pattern Is Movement - ‘self titled’ (debut album)



RAC – ‘Strangers (Part 2)’

‘Tear You Down’ (feat. Alex Ebert)


S. Carey – ‘Range Of Light

‘Crown The Pines’


Saintseneca – ‘Dark Arc

‘Happy Alone’


Thievery Corporation – ‘Saudade

‘Depth Of My Soul’ (feat. Shana Halligan)


Timber Timbre – ‘Hot Dreams

‘Hot Dreams’


White Hinterland – ‘Baby