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"Waterparker" by Botany

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Erstwhile Sleep Whale drummer Spencer Stephenson has created Botany & this spacey, entrancing little track is off his debut Feeling Today, released just last week. The man is getting love from every source imaginable, including this one...


Oberhofer announces 7" + tours with Cloud Nothings, Tapes N' Tapes

Oberhofer is rapidly emerging and reaching beyond the boundaries of the vast Brooklyn "bedroom-fi" scene. After playing about 36 shows in 5 days at CMJ in October (including a Deli show at Brooklyn Bowl), the band is announcing an extensive US tour in support of Cloud Nothings, Tapes N' Tapes and The Vaccines amongst others, and the relase of a new 7" on Inflated records scheduled for January 2011. Their next NYC show will be on 01.20 at Bowery Ballroom.


Enjoy Some Laid-back Elegance w/Lux Perpetua at DDG Nov. 19

Justin Wolf, mastermind of Lux Perpetua, is originally from Charlottesville, Virginia, and while I’ve honestly never been to Charlottesville, I have a feeling it might account for at least some of the laid-back elegance in his music. His melodic crooning and understated guitar give you the sense of coasting down some isolated suburban road on an autumn morning. Wolf and his band (who give an undoubted punch to the live set) just recently released a new EP cleverly entitled The E.P., which has a big, beautiful analog sound that suits them quite nicely. They’ll be joined at Danger Danger Gallery tonight by lo-fi folkie Andrew Keller (a.k.a. Snow Caps) from Hermit Thrushes, fellow Charlottesville natives and psych-garage extraordinaires Invisible Hand, and acoustic popsters Bronze Float. Danger Danger Gallery, 5013 Baltimore Ave., 8pm, $5 - $10 donations, All Ages - Joe Poteracki

From Our Open Blog: The Window Theatre

Twin brothers Joseph and Erik Duemig, the co-founders of Chicago-based indie-folk band The Window Theatre, are throwing a release party for their new EP, "Away" at Subterranean on December 11th. What's more, the twins will be celebrating their 21st birthday on stage when the clock strikes midnight. To celebrate, they will be giving away a free copy of their new EP to the first 50 people through the door, and a compilation of new music from all the bands playing the night (The Window Theatre, Carbon Tigers, Katz Company, and Late in the Playoffs) to everyone in attendance. The EP was recorded in the twins' hometown of Austin, TX. They played every instrument on the record except for drums, which were provided by the twins' friend and the album's producer, Austin singer-songwriter Danny Malone. Show at 10:00 PM. Cover is $10.


Ferras w/ Baby Daggers, Marc Scibilia, & Sarah Silva, 11/16/10

Tuesday night at 12th & Porter turned out to be one of the more peculiar, yet solidly entertaining lineups I’ve witnessed in Nashville. We arrived for the last two songs of female-fronted pop/rock band, Baby Daggers. What was heard could best be described as an industrial-tinged reminder of that 90’s pop hit done by All Saints, “Never Ever,” but after doing some online investigating a few minutes ago, I’ve decided I need to watch them play again before I say anything else. And that’s a good thing. Next up was blues/folk acoustic-guitar-playing singer/songwriter boy that we’ve all seen a thousand times, Marc Scibilia. The main difference was that instead of only singing about girls and being broken-hearted, he seemed strangely wise beyond his years. His lyrics were genuinely clever, relatively thought-provoking, and pretty profound for a boy in his early twenties. Hearing him was like hearing Bill Withers deliver a Bob Dylan song, which made for an interesting sound.

I’d have to say the same for the following act—Sarah Silva—a piano-playing singer/songstress with a powerful belt and some over-the-top pop tunes. Her performances have been witnessed a number of times in the past several months, each time proving to be worthwhile, because she consistently dishes out new material, with some inevitably catchy and snarky lyrics about all of her skeezy ex-boyfriends. It’s almost worth going to hear her play just to listen to her testimonials. Girl has pizzazz. She also recently released her first full-length album, which I would recommend spending some time with. (Check out the song, “Boys.” It only seems fitting).

Finallyyyyyyy…came the artist that everyone had been waiting to see what all the fuss was about….Ferras. Oh, Ferras. Granted he was the only non-local artist playing that night, he held his own in a crowd with obviously high expectations, given that (previously) Nashville-based artist/EMI songwriter, Brett McLaughlin, organized the show and brought out the audience for the evening. It was rather surreal witnessing a supporting ensemble of only local artists and musicians as Ferras’ backing band, but it made the show seem much more intimate, and almost kind of like just watching another one of your musician friends shake his/her ass on stage and make you dance while you’re slammin’ down vodka tonics as 12th and Porter.

Ferras performed all of the crowd favorites—i.e. the acoustic encore of “Hollywood’s Not America,” in addition to some extra sassy numbers, such as “Neon Butterflies,” and, “Love Shot.” This was particularly enjoyable because it featured local electro-pop diva, B.ET.A., as Ferras’ duet partner, which was quite a sight. Really the whole thing was quite a sight. Nashville doesn’t have the pleasure of witnessing talent of Ferras’ genre and equal caliber on a regular basis, so I’d have to say the show was certainly a memorable one.--Erin Manning


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