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April 2014
The perfect solace for winter’s passing, Creepoid’s second full-length self-titled LP combines the zeitgeist of 90's grunge with pristine dissonance and somber lyricism. Released earlier this month by No Idea Records, Creepoid is eerie, melodic and stirring from beginning to end. 

The record’s introductory track “Nauda” opens with a singular note that swells into a melody, aligning itself with the listener in a way that feels confessional yet synonymous. A well-wrought continuation of the earnest diction reminiscent of Horse Heaven, “Nauda” is as bittersweet as its vocals, informed by the paradox of loneliness and longing. Expanding into a cinematically moody soundscape, guitars wail like sirens, beckoning chords to crash and settle into a fading ricochet - a premonition of “Sunday.” Coupled with acoustic strums and crisp vocal croons, a solemn request, “take my light and pull it out,” is beautifully melodic with perfectly placed tambourine that brings to mind the memorable mood concentrated. Exploring the affect and consequence of relational presence and its subsequent absence, the orchestration of “Sunday” renders a relatable narrative evocatively raw and sincere. 

“Yellow Wallpaper” ignites with driving bass and swirling riffs. As if resurrecting the perfection of Jeremy Enigk (ex-Sunny Day Real Estate), a la “Killed By An Angel” meets “Pillars,” the song evokes an eerie all consuming sense of the sublime that centers the track’s duration. Like an extension of Horse Heaven’s “Hollow Doubt,” the contextual weight of “Yellow Wallpaper” is harmonically haunting and intentionally poignant. “Baptism” washes over its listener in waves of riffs and echoed vocals that occupy an emotive territory similar to lesser-known tracks by Sonic Youth, subverted and painted darker by the brooding buzz reminiscent of shoegaze greats like My Bloody Valentine. 

In its decline, “Baptism” casts a feeling of transcendent submersion, befitting its namesake. With a crystallized aggression, “Gout” does the same - urgent and arresting with visceral shouts and screams. “Stay Inside” is considerably more subdued than the album’s preceding tracks but equally mesmerizing, unfolding “Tired Eyes,” a hypnotic chant of a fatigued psychedelic. “Golden String” feels slightly optimistic, while “Acrimony” blossoms then retracts into a reserved yet deliberate ballad that demands its audience’s attention like a gloomy lullaby with teeth. “Vulgar,” warm and sunlit, is lush and arresting, setting the stage for the album’s closer “Old Tree,” a jubilant ending to yet another epic compilation of clairvoyant anthems evoked by Creepoid. - Dianca Potts 

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Weekend Roundup, RSD Edition

Between Good Friday and Easter lie ample opportunities to see some of Nashville's finest perform (twice), as well as pick up some swag, sample from food trucks, and contribute to the scrappy brick and mortars that keep independent music alive and humming.  

Saturday, April 19th:

Start the day off at Third Man Records, where you can check out  Jack White's stunt of performing, recording, pressing and selling the "Lazaretto" off his upcoming album.  The performance will start at 10am, and the single will be available for purchase by 4pm.  Additional sets by Waxed and Jawws will start at noon.  

The most logical option for your next stop is Grimey's, just about a mile down the road.  Starting at 11:30 am and going on until 7pm are performances by Lower Caves, Secret Sisters, Needtobreathe, John Oates, Promised Land Sound, PUJOL, Bully,  Ranch Ghost, Majestico, and Apache Relay. 

Since you're there, you might as well cross the street and check out 8th & Argyle's Rock'n'Roll Yard Party in honor of Record Store and Earth Day.  Vendors will be offering crafts, vinyl, and food for your perusal.  The event is schedule from 10am to 5pm.

This is where you are going to have to cross the river and find out what the East Side has to offer.  Head to The Groove to see Shy Guy, Bully, Blank Range, Nudity, Nikki Lane, Mouth Reader, and Gay Vibes; the whole show is hosted by Olivia Fancytramp.  

Go a little further up Gallatin to Fond Object's blowout, featuring Joey Plunket, The Tendoor, Buffalo Clover, Fly Golden Eagle, Kings of the F**King Sea, PromisedLand Sound, PUJOL and Misfruits. Infinity Cat and Palaver Records are also setting up pop-up shops, and this is the only event on Saturday that has a freakin' petting zoo.

If you're in Murfreesboro, Little Shop of Records has bands playing from 12-5pm, including Forrest York, Hoodoo Men, Tomato Face, That's My Kid, and Josephine and the Wildfront.  The day's performances will be recorded for a future album, "Live at the Little Shop of Records."

If you're still raring to go on Saturday night, you can catch one of these shows:

Feedback Revival, De La Torre and Swampbird at The High Watt, 8pm, $8

Tennessee Scum, Bare Knuckle and Mouth Reader at Springwater, 9pm, $5

Peaceful Warriors, Applegate Nance, Easy Roscoe and Brandon Brains at The End,9pm, $5

Juston Stens and the Get Real Gang, Richie, and Samantha Harlow at Exit/In, 8pm, $10




Friday Feature: Album Review of kidDEAD's "Rap and Destroy"

With Record Store Day just on the horizon, here's an item worth hunting down this Saturday between Bully sets and taco breaks. #RAPCLUB stalwart kidDEAD released his debut album a few months ago, and it's an intense, quick-witted effort that demands a space in anyone's catalog.  While you might have missed his set last weekend at Tour de Fun, hang around the East Room long enough and you'll be sure to catch another.  For now, read the full review of "Rap and Destroy" HERE, and for kicks, watch this video for "Thieves" below.   -Terra James-Jura


Congratulations to The Wooly Mamas, Our New Artist of the Month!

Congratulations to The Wooly Mamas, The Deli Nashville's newest Artist of the Month.  The band may have caught your ear once or twice around town, as they have been sharing bills with quite a few other Nashville sluggers: The Daily Howl, Blackfoot Gypsies, and That's My Kid, to name a few.  The Wooly Mamas got their start as a cover band, and built their catalog of originals as the trio outgrew their sets of Tom Waits, Hank Williams and Wilco tunes and sought an outlet for their creativity while maintaining their respect for the classics.  It was a very organic, and really, most optimal outcome for a story that starts with 'three dudes in a cover band-.' Whether you're a long-term, devoted fan that threw down a vote on Day 1, or this is the first time that you've heard of the trio, one thing has been made clear: they rock hard enough to win this month's poll.  Listen to "Make Sure," one of the two songs they released this past December, then buy them a beer at fooBar on April 26th for being winners. -Terra James-Jura


Fast Astronaut "Invisible Sun" EP

Fast Astronaut lost a point with me for not being efficient enough to name their band Fastronaut, but really, that’s my own bias against the space bar (or spacebar?) They earned it back with the track “Balance,” which gets better and dancier with each minute, and won me over completely after I listened to their entire “Invisible Sun” EP. Released March 1st, it’s a very well-produced bundle of synth-pop that, while mainstream-friendly, throws in some interesting turns that prevents me from immediately dismissing it as Top-40 flotsam. The EP has a hopeful heart that I can appreciate. Check out “Balance” for yourself below, and pick it up from their Bandcamp if you like what you hear. –Terra James-Jura


Melon and the Mayhem at The End 4.16

Trade in an ampersand and take out ‘the,’ and Melon and the Mayhem could easily pass for the name of a trendy new localvore restaurant somewhere in The Gulch, instead of an indie-pop band strongly influenced by jazz and Big Band swing. Mary Ellen “Melon” Klein leads her band The Mayhem through vintage numbers that are smooth enough to flirt with the boundaries of easy listening. The band is kicking off their East Coast tour in support of their second EP, “Bluerise” with a show at The End this Wednesday. “Cinnamon Eyes” is the first song off the album; it definitely hits its stride when the saxophone enters the picture during the bridge, but, face it, few things do not benefit from a sax solo. –Terra James-Jura


Weekend Roundup

Has anyone been tapering their training schedule and carbing up in anticipation of The Tour de Fun on Saturday?  No?  Has anyone cut back to one pack per day to at least make it to The East Room without keeling over? Yeah... about that...

This weekend finds some great bands coming through town with some great local bands supporting them, as well as plenty of opportunities to watch music, ride bikes, and day-drink.  


Bully is about to get a huge bump in notoriety and awesomeness in opening for Superchunk at The Mercy Lounge.  9pm, $15

Over on the other side of the compound, Vinyl Thief is playing with INTL (formerly The Young International) and Phin at The High Watt, 8pm, $7 (check out their new live video for "Slow Down" below)

 Wandering EyeTake the Power Back and The Cherry Bombs make up a night of cover bands that you will actually want to see at the Stone Fox.  I mean, who wouldn't want to see an all-female tribute band to Rage Against the Machine? (Well, I guess anyone with Superchunk tickets...) The show starts at 8pm, and cover $5.

Current Deli Nashville Artist of the Month Mouth Reader is playing at The Boro in Murfreesboro with Thumper, Boyfriend and Good Sex, 9pm


*repeat repeat Album Release Show at Mercy Lounge with ELEL, Blank Range and Churchyard, 8pm, $10

Lightning 100 Spring Block Party at Marathon Music Works with The Wild Feathers, The Apache Relay, Sol Cat, Roots of a Rebellion and more. Doors are at 3pm, tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door, and more details are available here.

Tour de Fun in East Nashville starting at 11am with a cookout at Riverside village, and going on all day. 30 bands at 13 venues; full schedule here.

Saintseneca with Blessed Feathers and Honey Locust at the High Watt, 8pm, $12


The Sunday Post at the Basement includes Radar Vs. Wolf, Them Vibes, Nelo, Sound Cards and The Summer Country.  The show starts at 8pm, no cover. 

Kylie Rothfield EP Release Show at 12th and Porter. The show starts at 8pm, and the $10 cover gets you a free EP as well.  


The French Lips "Stray Dogs"

Was there a better way to start a week than with a lineup of female leads? The East Room hosted "The Ladies of Rock" on Monday, April 7th, and among them were New York transplants The French Lips. Vocalist Sophie Kadow possesses a smoky voice that has a strong capacity to kick ass. The East Room lent the kind of dirty that Monday night drinking calls for with a stellar line-up including Kelly Ruth, The Dead Deads, and Lady E and the Blacklight.  All of these groups deserve greater attention, but the slow burn of "Stray Dogs" warrants your immediate concentration, so you can pick up on the nuances of Kadow's exchanges with the growing guitar noise in the track. Those lucky enough to catch the show (and ignore the thought of working on Tuesday morning) will agree how phenomenal the song was live.  -Amanda Aydelott




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