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Kelly Hoppenjans brings sultry, sentimental pop to Homegrown Taproom (9.01)

More than a few big names come to mind when listening to the careful, quirky alt-folk crafted by Kelly Hoppenjans on her June EP Dreaming Is Easy—Imogen Heap, Brandi Carlisle, Regina Spektor, to name a few. She experiments with her own vocal and artistic range to create a wide soundscape for a singer-songwriter. Her lyrics reveal a complicated battle of emotions that often contradict each other (“you can sell me short and I will buy,” “I’ll wear my tightest skirt and my thickest skin”), creating an emotional experience that anyone can relate to. Catch the sultry, raw pop of Kelly Hoppenjans before she embarks on tour on September 1st at the Homegrown Taproom in Tennessee. - Lilly Milman

Listen to our favorite track “Garden of Little White Lies” streaming below.

Elliot Root to release 'Conjure' LP on 8.25 + kicks off tour with Rainbow Kitten Surprise

It’s easy to see how the heavy-hearted alternative pop of up-and-comers Elliot Root came to fruition, as the four-piece band formed in the heart of Music City itself. Since releasing their EP Thoughts From Yesterday last year, Elliot Root has seen their fair share of success. They’re following up with their debut LP called Conjure, set to be released on August 25th. They’ve already shared four singles off the LP, the most recent being the soulful stadium-ready anthem “Stay” (streaming below.) This isn’t a track to be listened to through headphones, which is a good thing considering they are beginning a tour with Rainbow Kitten Surprise in a couple of weeks. They will be playing a Nashville show on September 2nd at the Live On The Green festival. - Lilly Milman


Pale Lungs finish up tour after 'Strawberry' EP release

The debut EP release Strawberry by Pale Lungs—a four-piece hailing from Murfreesboro, Tennessee—is a tour de force of emo indie rock. It’s lyrically sound with songwriting comparable to Brand New, in addition to having iron-clad arrangements. The EP achieves a sometimes dreamy and lush sound without abandoning tight percussion and guitar parts. It moves slowly but with a definite direction, giving the listener adequate time to soak in every song before moving on to the next. They are currently on the tail-end of a tour, with stops left in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New York. - Lilly Milman

Listen to our favorite track “Sanctuaries” streaming below.


Ariel Bui plays 3 local Nashville shows on 8.19, 8.23, and 9.8

When it comes to the stripped down style of Nashville’s Ariel Bui, less is definitely more. Her 2016 self-titled LP is a look into who she is as an artist, offering edgy folk-twinged tracks driven by the haunting vocals of the singer-songwriter. Her mesmerizing alto is unique for the Nashville scene; she doesn’t belt out soulful choruses or sing with an exaggerated country twang (despite having track titles like “To All the Cowboys” and “Moon Over Kentucky.”) There is a relaxed quality to this album, but emotionally it still progresses with the honesty of a country album. Ariel Bui isn’t trying to prove she’s the best or brightest star. She’s just bearing her soul and hoping it’s enough. (Spoiler alert: it is.) She has three local shows coming up: the Mad Valley Lodge on August 19th, Radio Cafe on the 23rd, and Cobra on September 8th. - Lilly Milman

Listen to our favorite track “Sycamore Tree” streaming below.

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