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July 2014
Talkative
"Hot Fruit Barbeque
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Whitnessing the growth of Portland punky psych-pop outfit, Talkative, over the years, has been an absolute pleasure. Each of their albums has a home in my music library and heart. Not to mention the dudes in the band are some of the finest gents among the Portland music community. I knew we'd be good buds from the first time I met guitarist/synth/vocalist Cody Berger in 2011, after my own band played a show at Kelly's Olympian, and I reluctantly let an intoxicated Cody, saying "hey man, I heard you like to smoke pot too, cool!" hop a ride back to the SE with me to shorten his walk home. 

Talkative's latest stoney efforts, Hot Fruit Barbeque, takes their raucous high energy sounds to new levels. And it's not just upscaled production. The album feels more purposeful than their previus work, each song commanding you to yield and listen or dance (I prefer to wiggle). Lead single "Rudy Huckleberry" will be left lingering in your ear as you try to recreate Berger's catchy but mostly unintelligible vocal hooks for the remainder of the day. Equally as catcy, "Snow Jobs" and "Hava Nagila" showcase the impressively explosive capabilities of Casunn Taft's drumming. The boys explore slightly more worldly rhythms and tones alongside their distorted guitars on "Gentrifuckation" for an overall excelent, bouncy, party track. 

Hot Fruit Barbeque easily falls at the top of my list of favorite albums in 2014. Listen here.

- Travis Leipzig


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Show Alert: Kelly Ruth at fooBar 7.24

Kelly Ruth was mentioned here early this past spring, as she took up a residency at the East Room, and subsequently transformed it.  She had a hand in involving a number of local artists that we love (Honey Locust and Phantom Farmer, to name a few) for the month of April, and has earned a place in our hearts for that, because beneath our thin candy shell runs a neverending reel of new and emerging artists.  She's been playing her sweetly vintage folk rock around Nashville since, with her next performance this evening at fooBar as part of Palaver Records weekly showcase.  The evening's well-curated lineup also includes Juliana Daily and Midnight Pilot; it's going to be a great show.  Watch Ruth perform "Blue-eyed Lover" below and get a concentrated hit of her throwback style (and see if she doesn't rival Zooey Deshanel in adorable dissaffection.) Tonight's show starts at 9pm, and cover is $5.  -Terra James-Jura

http://www.kellyruthmusic.com/index

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The KDSML Revue Returns to Exit/In 7.24

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ELEL "40 Watt"

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Congratulations to Oh! Grandpa, Our New Artist of the Month!

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Voting Begins for NIMA

Voting has started for NIMA, the Nashville Independent Music Awards. There are many categories with many local musicians. The musicians need you to vote and all of your support. There are nominations for Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Artist of the Year, and tons more. Some of the musicians are Alanna Royale, Blue Matches, Rashad the Poet, Jake Leg Stompers, among many others. The genres range from Country to R&B. On August 15th voting will end, and the results will be presented on August 31st music you probably haven’t heard and absolutely love. Vote for them. These talented people deserve your vote. . There is an awesome list of musicians on nimadigital.com and you will be sure to find music you probably haven’t heard and absolutely love. Vote for them. These talented people deserve your vote. -Amanda Aydelott

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Bear in the Campsite, "Hotel Infinity"

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http://bearinthecampsite.bandcamp.com/

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Lambchop Playing TWO Shows at The Basement 7.15

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