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Show Review: Trans-Am Radio, Leach, Goodnight Anthem and 2AM Club @ The End

Trans AM Radio

Sunday nights in Nashville are a hard battle to fight under any circumstances, and this was no exception. Just to get it out of the way,Goodnight Anthem and 2AM Club are touring bands not endorsed by Pitchfork, so as expected there weren't a ton of people. The Goodnight Anthem were a pop-punk quartet, syrupy thick with the elements that define said genre. They had a ton of fun onstage and were quite effective at working the room, but overall the band wasn't anything too special. They are super young though, so time could tell on that one.

The 2AM club visually defined the word "douchebag", and their overwhelmingly diva-esque actions during the course of the night backed it up. The players were quite skilled themselves; notably the drummer who held super solid grooves and had just the right amount of flash in his playing, but the unfortunate vocalists ruined their efforts. There was some element of vocal skill, but the Linkin Park rapper/singer approach resulted, oddly, in a New Kids On the Block sound that was overwhelmingly unappealing. All in all, it's relatively sure that they'll get some small modicum of success at some point, but honestly it was pretty awful.

Local band Leach was refreshingly impressive, with a garage-y pop rock sound a la early Weezer. This was their debut outing, and they were extremely tight and showed a writing and performing penchant rare even in seasoned local acts. Look for more from these guys. Closing the show wereTrans-Am Radio (who generously acquiesced to the demands of the touring bands and closed the show on short notice), who kicked out some straightforward blues rock jams that were pleasing to the ears as much as their high energy performance was to the eyes. The guitarist moves in december, so be sure to catch TAR while you still can. -Jesse Baker


The Deli's DIY Live Listings: 11/9 - 11/14

Those Darlins

This is a weekly entry that highlights some of the artists who posted their upcoming shows in our show listing section (right hand side column of this page). Any band can promote their show in The Deli's DIY Live Show Listings section for free.

Wednesday 11/11: Xpia and Craggy Knoll @ Betty's Grill

Those Darlins @ Exit/In

Friday 11/13: Tom House, Dirtbot, D. Striker, and Power/Load (AC/DC Cover Band) @5 Spot

Wooly Mamas @ The Boro

Saturday 11/14: Xpia, Thelma and The Sleaze, and Zopticon @ Springwater


New Turbo Fruits Music Video - Naked With You

Check out the newest music video from Turbo Fruits. Motorcycles, grainy film, crazy Japanese stuff...It may not make too much sense, but it sure looks cool.


YEAH- Youth Empowerment Through Arts & Humanities

Check this out. YEAH is a completely non-profit organization dedicated to helping young Nashville musicians and artists nurture their talent in an effort to make sure good music prevails in Music City and it's surrounding areas. Awesome stuff, we've never really had anything like this before.


November CD of the Month - The Protomen's Act II: Father of Death

Act IIAct II: The Father of Death, the second installment of Protomen's unfolding epic, brings the story to a dark, yet hopeful place. Protagonist, Dr. Tom Light, wrongfully blamed, accused and subsequently banished for the murder of his love, serves as the political impetus for his rival's, Dr. Wily, calculated march towards global, or at least civic, domination. As the saga progresses, the tragic hero is left with both the guilt of innocent life lost and the subsequent charge to take up the messianic-mantle on behalf the fallen and his beloved city.

Musically, the album is anthemic, dire and aggressive; all things rock-opera. Protomen succeed in creating an aural quality which enhances each scene through an all-out-nailing of traditional rock conventions. “The Hounds” features a guitar and drums combination which conjure up a strong sense of motion, almost chasing, thus symbolically aiding Dr. Light as he flees the scene of a murder. More subtly, “How the World Fell Under Darkness,” chronicling Dr. Wily's transition of his city from one of human cultivation to one of mechanical rule, instrumentally transitions from acoustic, earthy strings to one of computerized synths.

One of the more poetic moments on the record is the way in which death is symbolized; a glorious choir of unrepentantly positive voices proclaiming “there will be light” ultimately cut short mid-proclamation; martyrdom in the face of unrelenting tyranny.

Act II features an interesting play between height and depth. The height of a tower, the depth of a plunge, and the distance of Dr. Light's banishment give a geographical presence to the fictional city in the story, but also mimic the emotional extremes of the characters as they embrace cathartic motorcycle rides or look into the face of something created, broken and spoiled. Like any second act worth its salt, The Father of Death leaves the listener eager for resolution; or, at least the next chapter. Make sure to follow along in your booklets! - Trevor Nyman


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