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Evan P. Donohue with “Rhythm & Amplitude” at The End in Nashville, TN [SHOW/NEW MUSIC]

I keep finding myself at punk rock shows in Nashville, but that’s not a bad thing.  Nashville’s punk scene has grown tremendously over the last four to five years and is now thriving.  This particular show at The End was packed with a younger crowd ready to rock, and I don’t think the bartender sold less than a hundred PBRs… per hour.  With a lineup of underground Nashville bands Watusi, Spanish Candles, Evan P. Donohue, and Diarrhea Planet, this show was set up to be a wild night.  All the bands that night put on killer shows, but I was particularly interested in hearing music from Evan P. Donohue and his band.

Evan P. Donohue is a local independent Nashville songwriter and artist who has set himself apart from the typical rock bands in Music City.  He writes intelligently through stories about semi-fictional characters and experiences from his life.  With his drummer Mike Kavouras, Donohue arranges and develops music that that creatively supports and nourishes the lyrics and stories in his songs.  There aren’t too many young indie rock bands with this combination of musical excellence and purpose behind clever ideas and words.  Evan P. Donohue continues to push his music to new heights, and released a full-length debut album last year called Rhythm & Amplitute to do just that.  Check out one of my favorite songs from the album, “O Justice!”

The entire album cannot be confined to just one specific genre because I find a complex combination of feels in the music that associate with past and contemporary rock, pop, surf-rock, and Americana artists.  This rings true, since some of Donohue’s influences are T.Rex, Elvis Costello, Of Montreal, Beach Boys, Tom Waits, and David Rawlings.  Rhythm & Amplitude plays with a variety of musical styles, and the songs are a collection of reality-turned fiction stories that blend while maintaining truth as their foundation.  Evan P. Donohue’s bio states, “Masterfully crafting sardonic portraits of decidedly earnest characters, Evan P. Donohue poetically chooses his words to express the struggles and affections his often tragic characters experience by the choices they’ve faced in life. The surf-rock ballad “California Sunshine” speaks of a middle-aged man who rebels against the monotony of his life, eventually finding peace and happiness “sleeping under Starlight”, a prostitute employed at the Mexican brothel where the track gets its title.”  I really couldn’t have said it better myself!  Check out some more music from Evan P. Donohue’s Rhythm & Amplitude:

Whether it’s taking old stories and making them new or creating new truths with current realities, Donohue has something undeniably great.  His music tells tales, embraces ideas, and develops new songs that go far beyond today’s pop hits.  Nashville seems like an excellent fit for this up-and-coming artist who is set to debut more recordings this fall.  On November 11, 2011, Evan P. Donohue will be releasing a 7-inch called Jazzputin.  The record will contain two new songs that I, and every single one of his fans are very excited about.  Listen to more music, stay up to date with Evan P. Donohue, and buy an Rhythm & Amplitude!

By Steve Harpine | Nashville Ambassador | @Steve_MWL | Beat-Play & Music Without Labels, LLC

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Dear Creek – “Dear Creek” [MUSIC]

Dear Creek

Dear Creek is a folk duo from Winchester, Virginia, who is accompanied by the Barefoot Wanderers, a collection of at least ten other artists, each of whom pitched in to make Dear Creek’s self-titled album a true masterpiece.  Combining folk with blues and jazz, the guitar with the harmonica and dulcimer, and flawless vocals with impeccable production Dear Creek and the Barefoot Wanderers create an incredible album. I really like track 2, Sunflower Seeds.

By: Elizabeth Stene | Beat-Play Ambassador South Africa | @LizMWL | Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC

Stephen Sebastian from Nashville, TN [NEW MUSIC]

There are quite a few Americana folk rock bands out there, but Stephen Sebastian has his music dialed in.  With influences like Ryan Adams, Tom Petty, and Elliott Smith, you can almost piece together what his music sounds like, but Stephen Sebastian has found a middle ground and his own true sense of musical style.  Somewhere between alt-country and classic rock, you will find a combination and swarm of blues, pop, and rock and roll in Stephen’s music.  Similarly, the passion and vulnerability of his lyrics seem to lead the way in a similar fashion to those of his influences.  With killer riffs and solos from Sebastian’s guitar and driving rock grooves from his rhythm section, his music gives one the option to let go and rock out.  It’s amazing how he seems to work between big, heavy, and intimate vocal styles in different songs.  “Check out this video of “No Time for the Weary:”

Stephen Sebastian has been in Nashville, TN for a number of years, but he is a recent graduate from Cleveland, Ohio.  He has played all over Nashville and has just finished recording a new record this summer.  His band also includes Chris Leonard on drums and Josiah Lightle on bass.  When I saw him perform in the Fall of 2010, I was immediately interested in his music.  I absolutely love the clean harmonica over the vintage crunch of his electric guitar in instrumental sections.  Stephen Sebastian has the ability to bring you into an intimate song or rock you of your seat.  The band really drives the folk grooves home, and his show is thoroughly entertaining overall.  At the same time, anyone can also sit back and listen to his intelligent lyrics.  Have a listen to this song called “Ohio:”

I hope that his newest project will bring some much-needed attention to The Stephen Sebastian Band.  He has great potential as an Americana folk rock artist, and I am excited to see where his music takes him.  He just played a great free show at The Basement on Tuesday August 9, so don’t miss his next local show in Nashville if you hear about it!

By: Steve Harpine | Nashville Ambassador | @Steve_MWL | Beat-Play & Music Without Labels, LLC

Dave Ferguson – “Like Me” [VIDEO]

Dave Ferguson

 

One-man band Dave Ferguson draws on an eclectic musical background to create unique loops.  By layering beat boxing, harmonica and his voice Ferguson creates layers of moving melodies that carry you away.  According to Ferguson, “What I’m doing now is quite different not only due to its uniqueness because of the whole one-man looping thing, but also because I’m doing mostly original songs that aren’t necessarily genre specific. Although there are strong undercurrents of Blues & Americana you’ll find elements of everything from Trance, Dub, Dance, Hip- Hop, Country, Bluegrass etc thrown in there…” He grew up in Cape Town, but has also lived in Nashville and London.  Check out the video of Like Me at the Melting Pot in Muizenburg, South Africa.

 

 

By: Elizabeth Stene | Beat-Play Ambassador South Africa | @LizMWL | Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC

 

Behind The Board : Gavin Glass [Interview]

Q01 Who are you, What do you do & where are you based?

Gavin Glass. Producer/Musician/Songwriter. Orphan Recording – Harolds Cross.

Q02 What album,track,gig or producer inspired you to end up behind a mixing board

The Band’s “Brown Album” was the record that changed everything for me.

Q03 Where did you study your trade?

I didn’t do a sound course or anything like that, but I was very lucky to have worked with some amazing engineers like Paul Thomas and David Slevin when I was starting out playing in bands, so I learned an awful lot from recording with those guys.

Q04 What advice do you have for any budding engineers out there?

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The Realest Playlist #1 – 50 Amazing Indie Songs & Music Vids

1. Healing & EasyListening / Powerpop / Progressive

Fang Island – “Life Coach”


2. Rock / Punk

Underground Heroes – “Faceless Revolution”

Unamerican” Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8vT4MxmY1UM&feature=related


3. Rock / New Wave / Electro

Me My Head – “Autumn”


4. Hip Hop / Soul
Toki Wright – “More Fiya”


5. Experimental/Rock
Minus the Bear – “My Time”


6. Trance / Psychedelic / Big Beat
Tame Impala – “Half Full Glass of Wine”


7. Electronica / Techno / Club
Blamma! Blamma! – “Carry Me Home”


8. Experimental / Progressive / Pop

A Public Betrayal – “Monster 2”


9. Pop/Other
Coma Cinema – “Only”


10. Americana / Folk / Folk Rock
Arrow in the Sky – Last Breath


11. Acoustic / Rock / Indie

Lissie – “In Sleep” (Live)


12. Other / Hip Hop / Turntablism

Ruckus Roboticus – “Here We Go”


13. Reggae/Rock

Rebelution – “Outta Control”

Studio Version: http://www.thesixtyone.com/#/s/3SJzWlFBeIU/


14. Pop

Katerina Graham – “Boom Kat”


15. Electro / Techno / Powerpop

Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs – “Garden”


16. Alternative / Pop / Rock / Electronic

Temple Scene – “Helsinki”

Temple Scene Recording “Helsinki” : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TRNsqNdCPWQ


17. Indie / Psychedelic / Shoegaze

Mono Stereo – “Orange is Green”


18. Spoken Word/Other

Te V Smith – “Decline of the Diaspora”

Live version: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kmOaf_a_CUo


19. Hip Hop

Dot – RIDIC Verse


20. Electronica / Funk / Electro

Kraak & Smaak – “Squeeze me”


21. Rock

TAB – “She Said No (I Love You)”


22. Punk Rock
The Futureheads – “I Can Do That”


23. Folk/Acoustic
Dave Peyton – “Waiting For You(part 2)”


24. Rock/Pop Rock

Shout Out Louds – “Fall Hard”

interview World Cafe XPN: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=127929142


25. Alternative/Rock

ARTEFACTO – “Desespero”


26. Acousmatic / Tape music / Pop

Neon Indian – “Ephemeral Artery”

Live @SXSW: http://vimeo.com/10582992


27. Pop / Acoustic / Rock

Holiday Parade – “Never Enough”


28. Acoustic / Indie / Pop

Kina Grannis – “Strong Enough”

Valentine “ (Official Music Video): http://www.youtube.com/user/kinagrannis#p/c/EE19FA17759D07CD


29. Pop / Soul / Latin

Ria – “Change” Live


30. Indie / Pop / Rock

Zac Clark – “Amelia”


31. House

MOWGLI – CARAIBI EP minimix

Live: http://www.youtube.com/user/DEADFISHTV#p/a/u/2/YIb8HE4e534


32. Hip Hop

Emmanuel Jackson – Rippin it


33. Pop

of Montreal – Coquet Coquette


34. Rock

Johnny Ash – “Conspiring Along the Way”



35. Healing and Easy Listening
Band of Horses – “Compliments”

36. Rock
The Suburban Sound – “The Best Day of Your Life”
Studio Version: http://www.myspace.com/thesuburbansound

Acoustic Version:


37. Noise Pop

Sleigh Bells – “Tell ‘Em”


38. Pop/Rock

Strike Four – “A Shot In the Dark”

http://www.thesixtyone.com/#/s/kglFSiKg7BT/


39. Lyrical / Minimalist

Washed Out – “Belong”


40. Rock / Indie / Experimental

Repeater – “Missing”


41. Ambient/Electronic/Visual

Juseung Stephen Lee – “Music Video”


42. Metal/Experimental/Alternative

Rememberance of Pain – “Free From Redemption”


43. Rock / Alternative / Funk

Fat City Reprise – “Cowgirl”


44. Pyschedelic / Ambient / Gospel

Speck Mountain – “Angela”


45. Pop / Soul / New Wave

The XX – “Night Time” Live


46. Synthrock / New Wave / Alternative

The Birthday Massacre – “To Die For”


47. Club / Thrash / Pop

Hooray For Earth – “Form”


48. Synth / Dance/ Electro

synthosaurus – “Futuredance” (Live)


49. Comedy / Hip Hop / Beatbox

Reggie Watts – “Fuck Shit Stack”


50. Post punk / Latin / Folk

Guitars As Guns – “Gag (Guitars aren’t Guns)”

http://guitarsasguns.bandcamp.com/


Old School Extra:

Hip Hop / Old School / Experimental

Jungle Brothers – “Brain”

Official Music Video (Edited version):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aAJDaprlVvk&feature=related