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If you are looking for a way to ring in the fast approaching summer season with perfect warm weather tunes, then the line up at The Stone Fox this Thursday is one you will not want to miss. Headlining the evening is the vastly talented New York indie folk band Swear and Shake. Formed in 2010 in the college residence of band members Adam McHeffey and Kari Spieler, the two co-eds cut a rough demo of their first song “Johnnie”. The Americana hooks and spirited presence of “Johnny” quickly yielded the enlistment of McHeffey’s childhood pals Shaun Savage (bass) and Thomas Elefante (former drummer) and still remains a driving force in the band’s current sound.

In the months that followed, the newly formed band took on the name Swear and Shake and recorded their first EP, Extended Play. In the years since, Swear and Shake has gone from playing multiple hot spots in New York and Brooklyn to extended tours up and down the east coast. With the addition of new drummer Ben Goldstein, the band released their first full-length record Maple Ridge (also produced by Goldstein) in the summer of 2012. They also released two new songs, “Brother” and “Fire” last year.

Joining Swear and Shake at The Stone Fox is Brave Baby, an indie rock band from Charleston, South Carolina who has played multiple CAS shows. Their debut album Forty Bells that was released last year draws similarities to My Morning Jacket, Arcade Fire, Cold War Kids and Coldplay, but wastes no time in establishing Brave Baby’s signature sound. This band has quickly become on of my absolute favorites as Forty Bells has not left the CD changer of my Honda Civic since I picked it up at their first CAS show last May. After having around 500 artists play Cause A Scene shows in the past couple years, it’s no stretch to say Brave Baby is easily one of the Top 5 we’ve had play.

Opening up the evening is Nashville singer songwriter Ben Cameron. Cameron has written and recorded two full-length albums since 2010, the most recent of which, Pas Tout La, released in 2013. Cameron released his new single “I Believe” this past February and is due to play Governor’s Ball Music Festival in NYC next month.

Doors for the show open at 8:00 PM at The Stone Fox in West Nashville (712 51st Ave. N.). Music will begin at 9:00 PM. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased here in advance.

Christian Lerchenfeld

Swear and Shake- ‘Brother’

Brave Baby- ‘Magic and Fire’

Ben Cameron- ‘I Believe’

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Cause A Scene takes it back to Cannery Row for the second time this week, this Wednesday, this time at The High Watt. This particular show in one that I personally have been anticipating for some time now, as the lineup for the evening showcases three exceptional talents from all over the Southeast, all of which are either CAS vets or bands we have been yearning to work with for some time now. Headlining the evening and making their live debut will be The Whistles & The Bells, the new project of Bryan Simpson, former lead singer of the accomplished bluegrass band, Cadillac Sky. Nearly two years in the making, The Whistles & The Bells is Simpson’s first effort since his departure from Cadillac Sky nearly three years ago. With such a long hiatus and so much buzz building around whispers of Simpson’s new project over the last couple of years; we could not be more excited or more honored to be a part of his first performance as The Whistles & The Bells. And if that’s not enough, the new band will be joined by some very prominent surprise vocal talents from around Music City, to make the night even more memorable.

The excitement does not end there. Dallas, TX band, Air Review, will also be making both their CAS and Nashville debut. Following the release of their sophomore album, Low Wishes, earlier this year, I was fortunate to catch up with Richard Carpenter, who plays keys for the band, in an interview that was featured right here on Having yet to play here in Nashville, we at CAS have been hoping the band would make a stop through our fair city as they have been heavily touring the greater U.S. for the better part of this year and we are amped that they chose to work with us in doing so.

Playing first in the evening’s lineup is an extremely talented and promising group of musicians from Charleston, SC. The indie-rock band Brave Baby played their first Cause A Scene show earlier this summer alongside Radiation City and Nashville locals Commitment Bells. At that show they played a set that is burned in my mind as one of my favorite CAS performances to date. Their full-length album, Forty Bells has not left my car’s CD player for some time now and I cannot wait to see these guys a second time around.

With a lineup chocked full of rousing first and return appearances, trust me when I say that you do not want be anywhere else in Nashville besides The High Watt, down on Cannery Row this Wednesday night. Secure your spot and get your tickets here for $8, as we expect this one to fill up fast! Doors open at 7:00 PM and the music starts at 8:00 PM.

– Christian Lerchenfeld

Air Review- ‘America’s Son’

Brave Baby- ‘Forty Bells’