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Catch Midnight Pilot at Stone Fox 6.18

"Give me what you gave to him, and I'll be fine," Midnight Pilot's Grant Geertsma sings the title line of the opening track of their debut album with a plainitive hopefulness. It's a reminder that love is sometimes a lonely place, and a fine first impression for the band. The album dropped May 5th, and has been making rounds on the blogosphere for its masterful production and rich blend of Americana and straightforward rock and roll. The four boys from West Michigan have been calling Nashville home for a few years, but there is a distinct Middle-America quality that remains in their music. The album so well-rounded and organic that you almost want to plant it to see if something grows. Of course, that would be a waste of very good vinyl. So, instead of burying a record in the dirt, go see Midnight Pilot this Thursday at the Stone Fox. The whole lineup is pretty stellar: newly-minted Yankee Blood (formerly Kelly Ruth,) Billy Crescendo and Juliana are rounding out the evening. You'll be hard-pressed to find a better show that night, especially one for $5. Get more info about the night HERE, and while you're clicking links, check out Midnight Pilot at www.midnightpilot.com. -Terra James-Jura

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Aave, "Going Nowhere"

On Friday, Aave released "Going Nowhere," which will be the fourth track of their first full-length album. This debut has been two years in the making, ever since their inceptionary songwriting sessions as a two-piece back in 2013. The single is a driven powerhouse of dreamwave, propelled by an unrelenting beat that cuts through guitar tone persisent as a sheet of rain (except when it suspends itself to let some spacey bleeps take over.) The steady drone riffs on the songs title, while in contrast, the vocal patterns are constantly changing. Aave's album is due out later this summer via label Villain Place. For those who can't wait until the album drops, Aave will be playing Mercy Lounge on June 27th with The Gills, That's my Kid, and Luella & the Sun. -Terra James-Jura

 

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Poema "Forget You in LA"

Sisters Elle and Sheeran Puckett, the backbone of Poema, released single "Forget You in LA" at the start of this month. Their life in music is all but set in stone by this anectdote from their childhood in New Mexico: the sisters routinely sang Elvis tunes outside of their local gas station until they had busked enough to buy candy. This track proves to be a little more sophisticated than a rendition of "Blue Suede Shoes;" produced by Nolan Rossi, "Forget You in LA" is a deliberate meditation of getting over a flame and old habits. The girls prove themselves as nothing short of smooth each time they cruise back to the hook amid the measured groove of guitar echoing the languid mood of the tune. "Pretty Speeches" is the name of their upcoming 5-track EP (due out July 10th.) Learn more about the sisters keep atop of Poema news by visiting www.poemamusic.com.

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Patrick Kinsley & a Fistfull of Dollars, "Back in Illinois"

We're kicking off this week by digging into this new single (released June 5th ) by songwriter Patrick Kinsley and his band Fistful of Dollars. His debut track, "Back in Illinois" from his upcoming album "For a Thousand Miles" threw us for a loop; our lizard brains had already formed its opinion of what a country-leaning musician outta Nashville was going to sound like, so we were not prepared to catch echoes of Patterson Hood and Jay Farrar in this ode to the lonesome life of a truck-driving man.  Kinsley also comes across as refreshingly self-effacing, with the first line of his bio reading "Patrick Kinsley is a pretty lousy guitar player and sings just well enough to carry a tune." Even if this were true, Kinsley can pen a pretty compelling tune, and we love anything with some slide guitar. There is a video currently in the works, so keep checking www.patrickkinsley.com for updates!

 

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Renaissance Fair, "I Hope You're Doing Well"

Check out this debut single from brand-spanking new band of (mostly) brothers Renaissance Fair. Formerly operating under the moniker Cavalier, the band changed their name shortly after packing up and making the move from Memphis to Music City. They are currently in the midst of recording an EP, and this first single is an intro of what's to come. The track, "Hope You're Doing Well" kicks of with some thrashing guitars that echo the experimetal turn emo was starting to take just around the year 2000 (i.e., it ought to appeal to fans of Braid or The Promise Ring) before detailing, with no shortage of snark, the dodging of a potential bullet. The band is playing a show this Friday at Rocketown along with You Me and Everyone We Know, Daisyhead, and Future Crooks, so dust off your board, get an early start (the show is at 6pm) and check them out! -Terra James-Jura

 

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