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John Shakespear releases LP "Spend Your Youth" on May 10th

Born in Boston but now based in Nashville, John Shakespear will release an album dedicated to his shared identities on May 10th called Spend Your Youth. The indie folk record covers John's coming-of-age story as the son of an Argentinian father and a Boston-born mother, a Catholic boy doubting his religion in Sunday school, and an aspiring artist in the buttoned-up Ivy League. Devon Dawson produced the album, and Greg Giorgio mixed; the latter has worked with notable artists like Kurt Vile, The National, and Sharon Van Etten. You can hear the latest single "Light On", a six-minute folk opus rife with strings and John's masterful guitar work and lyrics, below. - Will Sisskind

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The Founding Daddies plays 05.14 at The Basement East's New Faces Night

The Founding Daddies brought their music into full swing in 2019, playing a handful of shows around town and releasing their EP Headcase this past week. The trio will continue their journey into Nashville's indie rock scene with a show at The Basement East's New Faces Night on May 14th. The band has played with other local acts of note such as Mel Bryant and the Mercy Makers, Jon Worthy & the Bends, and Molly Martin. The Headcase EP has five tracks showcasing the versatility of The Founding Daddies, with tracks ranging in sound from Green Day to Jason Isbell. Take a listen to the title track below. - Will Sisskind





Erin Enderlin releases three music videos to mark EP release

Often when an artist releases an EP, they'll release a music video for a track around the time of release. But Erin Enderlin just released her three-track EP Chapter One: Tonight I Don't Give A Damn, along with a video for each song on the record. It's all part of a concept to release four EPs throughout the year, each one featuring songs built around the characters on Enderlin's 2017 record Whiskeytown Crier. The new EP begins with "Broken" from Whiskeytown Crier, before moving on to tell more of its character's story. In "Tonight I Don't Give A Damn", Enderlin sings of the character's ambivalence with romance, her descent into drunkenness, and her recounting of a one-night-stand with a random bar patron. Listen to the full EP to follow the character's full story, and stay tuned for more EPs to come from Enderlin in 2019. Take a look at the video for "Tonight I Don't Give A Damn" below. - Will Sisskind

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A bit of fun: Alt-rockers Lights of Marfa cover Billy Joel's "Big Shot"

And now, for something completely different. Lights of Marfa share the Nashville alt-rock scene with colleagues like The Ivins; their thunderous sound shakes stages around town. Recently, the band have pushed themselves to put out a new single each month; last month's single, an original called "Live To Forget", had a ballad-like quality to it, and February's "Run To You" was a straightforward rock cover of the Bryan Adams original. This month, Lights of Marfa have again chosen to go for a cover, this time giving their alt treatment to Billy Joel's 1978 single "Big Shot". Joel's version laid heavy on the rock elements, making it a timeless track that any modern rock band could tackle with ease. Lights of Marfa do it justice without stripping the original of its fire; take a listen for yourself down below. - Will Sisskind

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Kyd the Band releases video for debut single "Human"

Kyd the Band have only called Nashville home for a couple of years, but the California native has started to make a name for himself in the city's pop scene. After working with artists like Bone Thugs-N-Harmony and NF, Kyd the Band set to work on his debut single "Human", which dropped last week. The reflective track blends hip-hop and pop elements together in ways that will delight fans of artists like Shawn Mendes, Sam Smith, or Frank Ocean. Kyd signed to Sony/Four Music to release new tracks, so "Human" looks like the beginning of something much bigger for the up-and-coming artist. Watch the music video for "Human" below. - Will Sisskind

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