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Memphis, TN-based songwriter Julien Baker is the latest addition to the Matador Records roster. The 21-year-old’s devastating and vulnerable debut album, Sprained Ankle, which was originally released in 2015 and now gets re-released by Matador. The album was recorded at Spacebomb Studios, though Julien’s songs don’t share the down-home gloss of the other albums produced there. Instead of beefing up her honest tunes with rich layering like Natalie Prass or Matthew E. White, Baker pares her songs down to their simplest possible format: alone, singing and playing acoustic guitar directly into the microphone, sometimes in a single take.

That decision resulted in a remarkable record, one full of beautiful, personal explorations revealed in stark intimacy. That choice makes a lot of sense for Baker’s voice, both in the literal and figurative sense. Rather than Prass’ sweet, soaring tones or White’s blue-eyed soul, Sprained Ankle is delivered in reedy whispers and chilled coos. Released just before she turned 20 years old, the record still sounds raw – not that her voice lacks control or power, but rather that the weariness of songs about death, breakups, and existential questioning are sung with incredible presence. They’re coming of age songs from someone still coming of age, the wounds still fresh, the big truths currently being revealed. There are the struggles of depression, drugs, loneliness, but the clear-eyed way she faces it all supersedes any platitude.

LP – The album comes with a new 7″ Funeral Pyre. Only Baker can make a song with such a darkly macabre title so heartbreakingly gorgeous, with her signature hushed-yet-lofty vocals soaring over a quietly fingerpicked melody that crescendos into layered, almost-orchestral beauty. The B-side, Distant Solar System, is another unheard song from the Sprained Ankle sessions.

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Roanoke is a folk/americana duo fronted band that uses rich harmonies, heartfelt lyrics, and roots music to create a captivating and unique sound. An exceptionally talented young quintet, Roanoke belie any geographic references implied by their name because they make their home in Nashville. That misnomer aside, the music they offer on their stunning sophomore effort, “Where I Roam”, reflects a clarity and cohesion that suggest that even early on in their collective career, the band possesses a knowing sense of skill and savvy. Seamless harmonies and the back porch setting suggested by mandolin, banjo and violin assure a seductive sound, a delivery that lures its listeners even on first encounter. Within the span of its five tracks.

Roanoke weaves a series of tender tales and nuanced narratives, all spawned from a decidedly heart-worn perspective. “Jordan,” “The Light” and “Without You” provide an uptick in energy, while the beautiful ballads “Losing You” and “Heavy Goodbyes” effectively ensure the emotional embrace. The couple at the helm, Joey Beesley and Taylor Dupuis, effectively mine this appealing presentation to full advantage, allowing Where I Roam to transport its listeners to destinations where the auditory appeal is undeniable.

Tennessee Stone explores the dynamic of two people experiencing the highs and lows of love. It’s about feeling lost and wanting to escape and runaway, but also realizing its very easy to lose your way while searching for the unknown. In those moments you think about the memories and emotions that once were, which leads to a yearning for the comfort of your home in another being.

“The infectious rhythm and mood carry through in the video, which takes an equally spirited look at the intricacies of relationships….Hauntingly shot at a small country farm, the video cuts between slow-motion shots, artsy interludes, and intimate moments of reflection, effectively evoking a feeling of absence.”.

“Swirling guitars and harmonica, plucky mandolin, and driving percussion dust the landscape of Roanoke’s adventuresome sound….Fans of the band will feel right at home with its soaring choruses, full-bodied roots instrumentation, and razor-sharp overall delivery. Newcomers to their sound will be captivated by the simultaneous tenderness and energy of the breezy, earthen roots tune.”
Band Members
Taylor Dupuis,
Joey Beesley,
Zach Nowak,
Kyle Breese,
John Fiorentino,

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When singer and guitarist Jenna Moynihan saw the phrase “Daddy Issues” scribbled on the bathroom wall of a now-defunct Nashville DIY venue, she mistakenly assumed it was the name of an all-girl punk outfit sure to become her next favorite band. Upon realizing that no such band existed, Moynihan and friends Emily Maxwell (drums) and Jenna Mitchell (bass) picked up their instruments, taught themselves how to play and started their own band. Three years later, Daddy Issues  release their full-length vinyl debut Deep Dream, out via Infinity Cat Recordings.

Daddy Issues writes self-aware grunge pop about friendship, lost love and life as an urban twenty-something. They openly discuss complex issues like bodily integrity but graft in bits of snark and charm to the otherwise arresting topic. This empowering viewpoint coupled with aggressive distortion and bubbly melodies gives the trio a distinct dynamism. Recorded on November 15th, 2018 in Chicago, IL.

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Nashville-based singer-songwriter Liza Anne Odachowski, who goes by Liza Anne, has never shied away from exposing her deepest, darkest emotions and even as she treads onto an exploration of a more pop-focused sound, she continues to tackle that melancholy. For “Paranoia”, Odachowski explores the role of her anxiety in her relationship, as it festers her thoughts and insecurities.

The song itself presents the duality of her new pop sound and distorted guitars, illustrating the contrast between how she presents herself and the reality of the obsessive, anxious thoughts that overwhelm her.

In this video, directed by Josh Gilligan and art directed by Brett Warren, they perfectly capture this by the use of two bedroom sets: one features Odachowski in natural lighting wearing a white-colored blouse, while the juxtaposing room features her in ultraviolet lighting wearing opaque makeup and a black outfit. As she dreamily coos in the first room, her dark self plays distorted guitar chords matching the intensity of her emotions, with both sides colliding.

“We wanted to express how the state of our rooms and how we aesthetically present ourselves mirrors, even elaborates on, our internal experience with emotions,” says Odachowski . “It was wild and healing to see so much of my internal world being externally experienced — it gave me a door into myself I wouldn’t have had otherwise. I’m not sure anything but art lets us look into ourselves in that sort of realized way.”

“Paranoia” is one of the singles off the singer-songwriter’s upcoming album Fine, But Dying, her first release for Arts & Crafts Records, out on March 9th.

Live at Lafayette's Music Room-Memphis, TN

Originally released as disc four of Rhino’s 2009 box set “Keep an Eye on the Sky”, “Live at Lafayette’s Music Room” captures performances Big Star gave in January 1973 at Lafayette’s Music Room in their hometown of Memphis, Tennessee. This is the same site that hosted the band’s legendary show during the May 1973 Memphis Rock Writer’s Convention — a gig that was instrumental in building buzz for Big Star — so this comes tantalizingly close to replicating how Big Star may have sounded on that storied date.

During this first half of 1973, Big Star were a band in transition, getting their sea legs after the departure of Chris Bell. His presence hangs heavy, with Alex Chilton singing songs Bell sang on No#1 Record and his DNA evident on such newer songs as “Back of a Car” and “O My Soul,” but it’s also evident how Big Star are turning into a rangier, rougher outfit under the undisputed leadership of Alex Chilton. The band feels tougher and funkier, particularly on the clutch of covers that conclude the album: Gram Parsons’ bruised country-rock classic “Hot Burrito #2” becomes a swaggering Stonesy rocker; a version of T. Rex’s “Baby Strange” seems like the blueprint for the Replacements, and the band drills down to the essential sleaze of Todd Rundgren’s “Sleaze.” This rawness, so absent on Big Star’s two finished studio albums, is the reason why Live at Lafayette’s Music Room is worth hearing even for non-fanatics: It proves that this power pop group was also a rock & roll band.

Live At Lafayette’s Music Room-Memphis, out on  (Omnivore Recordings) . It cemented them into legendary status due to the writers who witnessed it and carried the message of Big Star out in their writing, even though the band had only released one album, No#1 Record, and were unsure of recording a second after the departure of co-founder Chris Bell. What may not be so widely known is that the trio played the same venue four months earlier with the same power and passion opening shows for the Houston R&B band, Archie Bell & The Drells.

We’re only one week away from the release of Let The Record Play! But before it hits, we wanted to share one more song with you. The last song we wrote for the record, and a phrase that came up a lot while we were recording. Be sure to check out “Not Too Late” available everywhere .

Moon Taxi is an American indie-alternative rock band based in Nashville, Tennessee. The band was founded in 2006   The five-member band has released four albums since their inception that each landed in top spots on several hitmaker charts, and were the featured bands on late-night talk shows like “Late Show with David Letterman” and others. The band members who round out the group along with Terndrup are lead guitarist and producer Spencer Thompson, keyboardist Wes Bailey, bassist Tommy Putnam and drummer Tyler Ritter. The band will be releasing their new album on RCA Records.

Last but not least, we’ll be hitting the road for the Let The Record Play Tour next month.

Moon Taxi’s new album ‘Let The Record Play’ coming January 19th

The rock band Moon Taxi also shared the debut of the music video for their huge single “Two High.” Having sung the single during their tour earlier this summer, it has become an instant hit with fans and newcomers to their music alike. As noted in the press release the music video “trails the band and their fans throughout the world, backstage and on stage at their electrifying live shows that have them millions of fans.” Similarly, lead singer Trevor Terndrup states in the press release that the single is about “hope for understanding, hope for acceptance, and hope for our future.”

To celebrate the album release next week, we’re teaming up with Nashville’s Lightning 100 and Adventure Science Center to throw a one of a kind Planetarium Listening Party on Thursday, January 18th. We’re excited to be there to experience this along with you. Tickets include entrance to the planetarium show, a signed copy of LTRP on vinyl, koozie, commemorative laminate, and access to an open bar. A portion of proceeds will benefit Adventure Science Center, a non-profit education center.

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On the heals of a successful set of EPs, the debut full-length album “Midnight Waves” by Paul Johnson AKA Canyon City was released September. 9th of 2016, Its further defining an immersive sound of finger-style guitar, harmony & minimalism in the context of conversational storytelling. A contemporary return to pure songwriting.

“Firework” technically came out in 2016, seriously I love this song I Love his voice . It’s about love and trying to make relationships work. But it’s also about the uncertainty of living life with other vulnerable people. I love both the guitar style and the subtle vocal of this artist. The whole sound is absolutely lovely.

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Goodbye June is a rock band from Nashville, TN , The band is composed of cousins Landon Milbourn (lead vocals), Brandon Qualkenbush (rhythm guitar, backing vocals), and Tyler Baker (lead guitar)  Goodbye June signed to Interscope Records in early 2016.  The band has toured throughout the United States as well as Germany, Sweden, Finland, Holland, Belgium, France, and Spain. They won the 2014 Unsigned Only music competition with their single “Daisy” .

Goodbye June performing “Daisy”. available on  Interscope Records

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Meshing rock & roll, soul, and pop music with acoustic overlays, The New Respects inhabit a genre all their own. The band cites Aretha Franklin, The Beatles, and Led Zepplin as core influencers of their music, traces of which can all be found within their catchy hooks and heavy grooves. NPR Music announced the upcoming release of the band’s 5 song EP Here Comes Trouble, which features 3 new unreleased tracks, which the band played live on tour this past spring with Robert Randolph.

Band Members
Alexandria Fitzgerald
Alexis Fitzgerald
Darius Fitzgerald
Jasmine Mullen