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The Must-See Nashville Artists List for SXSW

As we celebrate SXSW this week, we've put together a curated list of Nashville's best emerging artists attending the festivities. We even highlighted a couple of our favorites (Faux Ferocious and Idle Bloom) for your enjoyment. 

Faux Ferocious is a band that tastefully toes the line between experimental noise rock and simple, fuzzy garage rock tunes. Their punk rock, chaotic energy is remiscent of indie rock classics like The Pixies or Wavves, but their expert musicianship is evident throughout their work. They know how to play expertly but keep it loose enough to make the songs feel uniquely human. Their latest album, Cloning the Rubicon is a garage turned alien spaceship. Atmospheric synth pads hold up bits and pieces of feedback, incomprehensibly delayed background vocals fragments and what sound like UFO landing noises. If you're into simple fuzz rock tunes drenched in pure chaos, Faux Ferocious is the band you don't want to miss at SXSW.


Idle Bloom is an outfit that refuses to stick with a single genre. They mash psych rock, fuzzy garage rock, and grunge together to create a unique sonic blend that's becoming increasingly rare in a music world that splits itself into specific sonic niches. Heavy, distorted guitars create a sound wall, occasionally crescendoing in reverb-soaked euphoria. The rhythm section is tight and nuanced, knowing exactly how when and how to let loose. The songs are varied and dynamic, but feel emotionally cohesive. The band's latest record, Little Deaths is like a psychedelic take on garage rock with a catalogue varied enough to attract music fans of all stripes. 

Here's the full list of emerging Nashville artists you won't want to miss this week in Austin:

Ron Gilmore

Savoy Motel 

*repeat repeat

Lukr

James Droll

Canyon City 

MY RED + MY BLUE

Pujol

ELEL

Cory Branan

PHANGS

Oginalii

Lillie Mae

Masha

EZA

nobigdyl

KOYOKE

The Grahams

Lovella

Nicole Atkins

Devon Gilfillian 

Blank Range

The Outer Vibe

Muddy Magnolias

Reuben Bidez

The Weeks

Starlito

Andrew Combs

The Dead Deads

Jonny P

NAWAS

Caitlyn Smith 

Aaron Lee Tasjan 

Ron Gallo 

CAPPA

Whistles & The Bells

K Phillips 

Nightly 

Emoni

A Thousand Horses

R.LUM.R

Patrick Sweany 

 





New Pilkington Cassingle Available for Streaming & Purchase

Soft Flesh, the new cassingle from Pilkington, is now available via Black Rd Records. Its title track splices chiptune with a rolling, surf guitar licks, gliding along in vibrant, cruising fashion, while the B-side, “Elixir,” gathers momentum from backend rhythms and rays of synth, as the lyrics depict an isolated tale of searching for answers. The quartet is slated to appear at Boot & Saddle on Wednesday, March 29 with Spelling Reform and Middle Kids.





Bay Area SXSW Band to Watch: Pardoner

The Bay Area based band, Pardoner is playing a string of shows at SXSW and we think you should go check them out. They will be sharing the bill with fellow Bay Area artists, PLUSH on March 15th and March 17th so if you’re a fan of both bands, you can skill two birds with one stone!

3/15 - Funeral Sounds / Topshelf Records Unofficial Showcase @ Eden House Co-Op**
3/17 - New Granada Party @ The Ginger Man**
3/18 - Post-Trash & Friends / Exploding in Sound Showcase @ The Dojo w/ OVLOV, Sad13
3/18 - Buffalo Billiards Official SXSW Showcase

** w/ PLUSH

Get the full details of their SXSW tour here.





The Inscape Crafts Downhome Psychedelia

The Inscape, who just released their debut LP, We're All Wrong could now be justifiably labeled seasoned Nashville psychedelic rockers. Having released their debut material six years ago, they've been creating and playing music here for what seems like a lifetime in the city's constantly shifting scene. Rather than outgrowing their longtime home, however, it seems they've grown into it. Their latest release marks a departure from the heavier rock and psychedelic influences that their songs soaked in before. Instead, We're All Wrong is something of a psychedelic, alternative country dreamscape, creating an image of the place the group lives and works. The songs are frilled with subtle and beautifully crafted guitar, synth, organ, and pedal steel work atop structural beds of acoustic instrumentation remiscent of indie rock classics like Fruit Bats. If you're new to Nashville's independent music scene, The Inscape is a must listen for fans interested in guitar-heavy rock, psych, americana, and country. They're one of the few bands here still molding the characteristics of "the Nashville sound". 

-Andrew Strader





SXSW Bound: Tall Friend

We're in the middle of SXSW, and as more and more bands continue to ascend on Austin, it gives us a chance to check out some Philly acts, making the trek, that we are less familiar with. Earlier this year, the trio of Tall Friend re-released its debut EP Tawl Friend on vinyl via Exploding Sound Records. Singer-songwriter Char (a.k.a. Charlie Pfaff) recorded the introspective collection of tracks with bandmates Cale Cuellar and Jesse Paller during the spring of 2015 at Kokomo. Pfaff was only seventeen years old at the time, which is obviously surprising given the stark, honest beauty of her initial effort. Tall Friend will be performing this evening at the Funeral Sounds/Topshelf Records Unofficial SXSW Showcase at Eden House Co-Op, with fellow Philadelphians Kississippi, as well the Official Exploding In Sound Records Showcase on Thursday, March 16 at The Velveeta Room. (Photo by Lora Mathis)

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