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Local favorites, VITEK, have a brand new single out today called ‘Sunbird’ that I simply can’t get enough of. Between feeling the crud today and taking a sick day and the dreary rain outside, I needed an upbeat synth-laden track to get me up out of bed, get my feet moving and my hips shaking. VITEK simply wants you to get your feet tapping, your head bobbing and your whole body dancing, and they fully execute on that plan with this track. You can hear it on Lightning 100 starting today for the the Local 615.

Also, in really exciting news…Cause A Scene will be presenting VITEK’s album release on June 1!!! So pumped to be working with Gabrahm and the rest of the band on this show and feel honored that they reached out to make it a Cause A Scene show. Stay tuned in the coming months for more details as they surface. For now, all I can promise you is this: It’s going to be a blast and you WILL dance.

– Larry Kloess


Every once in a while, an artist comes along that stops me dead in my tracks. In today’s digital, sometimes overproduced world, it takes a truly captivating voice to cut straight through all the chatter and buzz in order to real a listener in. So often we’re drawn in with the grandiosity of a song that we completely miss the musical brilliance found in the honesty of an artist.

I recently had the chance to meet one such artist: Nashville’s very own Sam Pinkerton. I had heard plenty of great things about her as an artist and a person prior to asking her to play a Cause A Scene show during the last part of January, and I could not be more thrilled that I did. It says a lot about an artist when you’re able to look at their fans and be able to feel their level of adoration for an artist simply by the way they engage with the artist on stage.

Watching the capacity crowd at Red Earth back just a few short weeks ago, Sam’s fans would have said all I needed to know about her as an artist, even if I hadn’t been blown away by her music. As I watched Sam perform and studied the crowd, one thing was obvious: this girl pens every word of her songs from the heart, and her songs speak volumes in the lives of her adoring friends and fans in ways that simple words can’t.

Sam is hard at work finishing her debut album right now, and recently released a video from the studio for her song “Stay Here” with another Cause A Scene favorite, Judah and the Lion, bringing a splendid texture to Sam’s song. Not to mention the fact that Sam and Judah’s voices mesh flawlessly together. The first time I saw “Stay Here”, I was finishing up a long, arduous day, hoping for a better, brighter tomorrow. The song proved to be a powerful exclamation and reminder for me that joy always arrives in the morning.

Thank you, Sam, for sharing that joy with the world.

– Larry Kloess

The websites PledgeMusic and Kickstarter have been receiving a lot of pub lately, and rightfully so. With many recognizable acts joining the ranks of bands and artists looking to fans to help fund their latest releases and projects, both noteworthy sites have become viable options for artists to put together enough capital to give the world their music, while also rewarding fans in the process.

At Cause A Scene, we’re all about helping out the independent artists, and with that, we bring you the first in our monthly series of posts highlighting some of our favorite artists that are currently looking to fund their latest projects. Show them some love, won’t you?


8% of Target Pledged | 55 Days Left

Nashville songstress Angel Snow is releasing her new album this fall, but needs some help in order to do so. Among the exclusive items available are 2 VIP tickets + meet/greet passes to a show in 2012 for $50 and the chance to introduce the band from the stage at a show for $75. What makes this project even cooler, is that Angel is donating 10% of the money raised to the American Cancer Society. Also, while you’re at it, download her 6-song Live from Eddie’s Attic EP from NoiseTrade.


20% of Target Pledged | 34 Days Left

We recently featured The Giving Tree Band, who opened for and performing with Joe Purdy in Nashville in June. If you need convincing of why you should support this band, go back and read that review from Brad Hughes right this instant. I love the way they describe their new album, Vacilador: “it refers to an adventurer who goes on a quest for something he knows cannot be found. But what is discovered along the path proves to be more valuable than what he was searching for in the first place.” Sounds pretty spectacular to me! For $40 you can get a signed double vinyl, and if you’re feeling extra generous, how about the $500 signed kick drum head. Only 1 available!


64% of Target Pledged | 20 Days Left

Fellow Nashvillian Maggie Eckford is looking to release her brand new second album later this year. Everything has been written and recorded, but everyone involved needs to get paid. That’s where you fine readers come in. For $125, you can get your name in the liner notes of the album, plus a signed poster, personal note and a copy of the album to boot. And if you just so happened to hit the lottery this weekend? How about $750 to be shown around Nashville by Maggie herself for an afternoon of discovering her favorite spots. Sounds like an afternoon well spent to me!


87% of Target Pledged | 9 Days Left

One of my favorite recent musical discoveries (thanks, Romi!!) has been Arizona’s indie folk band Bears of Manitou. They just strike me as people you’d really enjoy spending time with, and hearing play live, no less. They are oh so close to their goal with just over a week to go. They do an excellent job of breaking down the individual costs associated with the amount they are looking to raise. The coolest reward available? A camping trip with the band for $700, plus you get a digital download of the album, signed CD, signed limited-edition poster, t-shirt and a vinyl! Pack up your tent and get them to their goal already!


89% of Target Pledged | 4 Days Left

Greensboro, North Carolina’s Holy Ghost Tent Revival creates a sound all their own that has been characterized as “explosively intoxicating”, molding bluegrass, Americana, folk, gospel and rock all in to one gorgeously-textured amalgamation of goodness. They are looking to release their appropriately titled “Sweat Like the Old Days” album this year, and need your support for the next 4 days to reach their goal. Have $75 to spare? You’ll get the chance to introduce the band from stage and have VIP passes. Double your pleasure, double your fun for $150 and get to experience a personal green room performance.

Please join us in supporting independent music through funding these artists’ efforts to release their albums. If you have an artist you’d like to see featured in future months, email me at