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"Best of Nashville" winners Sad Baxter play Drkmttr Collective on 01.13

It's the holidays, which means the release calendar has wound down and any shows you might want to see have something to do with either Christmas cheer or the bombastic observation of another passing year. That doesn't mean you shouldn't start filling your calendar with shows to see in 2019, though. Sludge pop masters Deezy and Alex of Sad Baxter will play Drkmttr Collective on January 13th, bringing their grunge-tinged sound to the all-ages DIY venue. Their latest EP So Happy showed up on Bandcamp's Best Albums of 2018 list, along releases by The Beths, Car Seat Headrest, Camp Cope, and Let's Eat Grandma. Plus, Nashville Scene handed Sad Baxter the Best Band of 2018 Award. Regardless of their winnings, Sad Baxter will play you their heavy tracks with the usual angst live at Drkmttr Collective on January 13th, so head down there and ring in -- belatedly -- a new year with them. Take a listen to So Happy below. - Will Sisskind





New Greg Mendez Album Available for Streaming & Download

Greg Mendez just released an impressive collection of demos, entitled Home Videos (2006 - 2018). The gifted Philly artist is able to put a spotlight on the power of writing simple, well-crafted songs with his latest, bare-bones release. The (mostly) home-recordings immediately captivate without the need of studio magic. Mendez humbly posted, "they are far from perfect but I like them and they deserve to be out there. It took me a long time to feel comfortable really sharing my music with ppl I didn't know so thank you for making me feel so welcome." Thank you for sharing. Do yourself a favor; get into this. (Photo by Veronica Isley)





Thelma step things up with new single + plays Trans-Pecos on 12.20

One of the most difficult tasks for a musical artist is to develop her project's sound after a first, well-received album. Being diagnosed with thyroid cancer and a genetic joint disorder called Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, conditions that affect vocals and instrumental ability, certainly doesn't make the challenge any easier. None of this prevented Brooklyn songwriter Thelma (aka Natasha Jacobs) from taking her music to the next level in less than two years. Her 2017 self titled debut LP was a collection of heartfelt and somewhat odd orchestral ballads. From the sound of the first single from sophomore LP "The Only Thing," Jacobs is upping the ante of her songwriting by amplifying the oddness and intensity of her chord progressions, lyrics, melodies and arrangements. A sparse and imaginative mid-tempo featuring acoustic drums, synths and harp, Take me to Orlando" is an ode to illusions, a poem dedicated to a yet-to-be-met lover to whom Thelma sings: "I love how you play with illusion / cause you know how badly we need them / But honey you’re so real / and you dance around fear [...] and you don’t make me feel like I’m the woman I am not." Which sounds like a cleared-sighted expression of the healing power of art-making.

Don't miss Thelma's live show at Trans-Pecos on December 20th and look out for her new album, scheduled for a February 22 release.





New Nyxy Nyx LP Available for Streaming & Purchase

Magic Coffin Ride, the new album from Nyxy Nyx, arrived recently via Blight Records. Enjoy the comfort of a mesmerizing haze. Acoustic guitar leads one down a dreary/solemn path. The inviting, tranquil nature of the vocals contrasts with the volatility of the recording's frayed, fuzzed-out edges. It's an enchantingly eerie, adventurous adrift.





Team Wild releases Volume 1 of project "The American Diary"

One of the best parts of Nashville's indie scene -- as is the case with scenes all around the country -- is that talent comes from far and wide to make their art. In doing so, they both blend into the American cultural landscape and stand out in it. Team Wild are one such example of this talent; their frontwoman, Amelie D. Noordzee, moved from Paris to Nashville in 2016, just as America was undergoing one of its biggest political shakeups in modern times. Noordzee made her anxieties known in the form of her debut album Clear Eyes / Full Hearts / Can’t Lose. Now, two years later, she returns with Team Wild to release her EP The American Diary / Vol. 1, a collection of thoughts put into song over her two years of living in the States. At times dissonant and dark, and at others bright and punchy, the three tracks on this first volume of The American Diary show a songwriter using all elements of music to spell out her emotions and observations about the current state of not just the nation, but the whole world. Take a listen for yourself below. - Will Sisskind

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