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Check ‘Em Out: Airpark

Last month, Nashville-based alternative pop/rock duo Airpark released their debut EP Early Works, Volume 1 via Eugenia Hall Records. The band is on tour now, with upcoming dates in NYC, Boston, New Orleans, Nashville and more (full list below).

The band just premiered their video for “Plenty To Pine For” at Under The Radar, who said “The brothers face off in the manner they typically create, with Michael Ford Jr. on drums and singing with an alley cat rasp similar to Spoon’s Britt Daniel and Ben playing guitar in tight lock with the slugging drum beat and lending falsetto accents.”

Inspired by minimalism, melody and groove-heavy percussion, bandmates Michael Ford, Jr. and Ben Ford launched the group in 2016, one year after their previous project The Apache Relay quietly called it quits. The Apache Relay had been a large band, staffed with six members and armed with a thick, wall-of-sound approach. With Airpark, the Ford brothers sharpen their focus and scale back their arrangements, offering songs that pack a punch with bold, basic ingredients. So far the band has been embraced by BaebleAmerican SongwriterLockeland SpringsteenWYEPConan O’Brien’s Team CoCo, and more.

Raised in New Orleans, the Fords grew up surrounded by music, from the Crescent City’s jazz to the soul of Irma Thomas and Allen Touissant. Later while living in Nashville, the two rekindled the music connection they’d kick-started back home, finding popularity as The Apache Relay performed alongside the likes of Jenny Lewis, Mumford & Sons and more. Michael and Ben move at a deliberately different speed with Airpark, thus finding new musical territory to explore.

Taking their cues from a wide set of influences — the rhythmic world music of Tinariwen and Lijadu Sisters; the production of Air, Damon Albarn, and Fiona Apple’s The Idler Wheel; the tenor vocal range of Big Star’s Alex Chilton and Fleetwood Mac’s Lindsey Buckingham, with the occasional pop crooner delivery of Harry Nilsson — the two unveil their new direction with Airpark’s debut EP, Early Works, Volume 1.

It’s a sound that targets the feet and the head. It’s pop music for thinkers. It’s dance music for wallflowers. And with the brothers pulling triple-duty as songwriters, multi-instrumentalists, and co-producers, Early Works, Volume 1 is their most forward-thinking project to date, pairing the band’s growing ambition with musical chops to match.

Tour Dates:
4/24 Indianapolis, IN – The Hi-Fi
4/25 Columbus, OH – Rumba Cafe
4/27 Tupelo, MS – Blue Canoe
4/28 Jackson, TN – Barefoots Joe
4/29 Columbia, TN – Variety Records
5/4 Shreveport, LA – Day Old Blues Records
5/6 New Orleans, LA – House Of Blues
5/9 Boston, MA – Middle East Upstairs
5/10 Brooklyn, NY – Gold Sounds
5/11 New York, NY – Rockwood Music Hall
5/13 Albany, NY – Parish Public House
5/14 Providence, RI – Fete Lounge
5/16 Burlington, VT – Light Club Lamp Shop
5/17 Kennett Square, PA – Kennett Flash
5/19 Lexington, KY – Willie’s Locally Known
5/20 Nashville, TN – Capitol District Street Fair
6/9 Knoxville, TN – Preservation Pub
6/10 Nashville, TN – Musicians Corner
6/17 Lawrence, KS – The Bottleneck
7/14 Cincinnati, OH – The Comet
7/15 Pittsburgh, PA – Club Cafe
7/20 Durham, NC – The Pinhook
8/19 Omaha, NE – Barley Street Tavern

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Cover Of Robyn’s “Dancing On My Own” By Jake McMullen

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This fall, Nashville-based songwriter Jake McMullen will release a new EP that follows his critically acclaimed Always EP. Today, Ones To Watch premiered McMullen’s cover of Robyn’s “Dancing On My Own,” the first single to be released from the EP, and said “Jake McMullen has succeeded beyond our highest expectations. The young singer/songwriter has managed to re-invent the 2010 hit with a brand new, very personal flair.”

“I worked on the song with producer, Micah Tawlks and producer/drummer, Dabney Morris. I have never done a cover song before so it was a fun experience to re-imagine things,” said Jake about the song. “I originally proposed a more ballad-eque down-tempo version of the song when talking with Micah about it. But after a few hours in the studio things just weren’t presenting themselves in the way I imagined. Then Dabney found that pad sound you hear at the beginning and laid down the drum beat and from there things took off and ideas started to come very naturally. The whole process was a lot of fun.”

Jake McMullen is originally from Orange County, CA and relocated to Nashville to pursue his passion for songwriting as a solo artist. In the past, he fronted the rock act York and released a split EP with Ellex Bree. Drawing on influences from James Vincent McMorrow, The National, Johnny Cash and Broken Social Scene, McMullen strives to create honest, relatable songs, unafraid to show vulnerability. Combining elements of folk and indie rock, McMullen’s writing style is mature beyond his years. At only 23 years old, he’s already established himself as an accomplished songwriter.

His debut Always EP has received more than 2,000,000 plays on Spotify and was released to great acclaim. Paste Magazine said his song “If I Go” “…lets you reflect on your own past misfortunes, and McMullen’s soft tones and emotional melodies give that extra tug on the heartstrings.” Consequence of Sound premiered his single “Always” and said “It’s a tenderly sung and played introspective song, brightened by the background harmonies makes for a near perfect indie folk track.”

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Chris Isaak New Album Out November 13

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Chris Isaak’s  new album, First Comes The Night, produced by Paul  Worley (Dixie Chicks, Lady Antebellum), Dave Cobb (Jason Isbell) and longtime Isaak collaborator Mark Needham will be released on Vanguard Records on November 13th. Recorded primarily in Nashville and Los Angeles, First Comes The Night is Isaak’s 13th studio album consisting of 12 new songs.  A second configuration – a deluxe version with five additional cuts – will be released simultaneously.  It is Isaak’s first recording of all original songs in over six years. First Comes The Night is the follow up release to Isaak’s critically acclaimed 2011 Beyond The Sun, his breathtaking tribute album to Sun Records, Sam Phillips and the visionary artists who helped shape the early sounds of rock n’ roll.

“I totally enjoyed recording in Nashville – a city filled with terrific musicians and what an honor to work with such great producers.  As for the new songs, I like to mix it up so there’s some dark ones, funny ones and romantic ones. You have to absolutely play these songs after the break up while you’re cleaning the house.” — Isaak

With a stellar reputation as one of the best and funniest live performers out there, Isaak, a non-stop touring, Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter, actor and talk show host is heading to Australia momentarily to take on the role as one of the panel judges on the new season of X Factor Australia.

Isaak’s vocal style has garnered enormous acclaim and his songs have been featured in numerous films including “Blue Velvet,” “Married to the Mob” and “Wild at Heart.”  His vast repertoire of long-running hits include “Wicked Game,” “Forever Blue,” “Baby did a Bad Bad Thing” and “Somebody’s Crying.” He has appeared on many TV shows – most recently “Hot in Cleveland”, has acted in several films and starred in Showtime’s The Chris Isaak Show and the Chris Isaak Hour on the Biography Channel.

This Tuesday, September 1st, Isaak is scheduled to perform on the 9th Annual ACM Honors taking place at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville.

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Check ‘Em Out: Penicillin Baby – “Stick It Out”

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“…cosmic rock feel and nostalgic summer time vibes.” – Culture Collide

Listen: Penicillin Baby – “Stick It Out”

Penicillin Baby has gained a sizable following in Nashville thanks to their rich psychedelic pop melodies, pounding bass and rhythmic drum beats that make it impossible not to dance, along with adding in a layer of fuzz that jumps in at just the right moment.

As is the case with true Nashville artists, these guys are incredible songwriters and always put on a great live show. They’re currently in the midst of putting the finishing touches on their new album. 

Upcoming Pencillin Baby Tour Dates
3/04 – Chattanooga, TN – JJ’s Bohemia
3/05 – The Caledonia Lounge – Athens, GA
3/06 – Savannah, GA – Ampersand (Savannah Stopover Music Festival)
3/08 – Asheville, NC – Stage Age Records
3/11 – Nashville, TN – Mercy Lounge (w/ Gunther Doug & Chrome Pony)
3/23 – Nashville, TN – Queen Ave. Art Collective (w/ Ava Luna, Body of Light & Lala Lala)

 

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Newest Love: Jet Black Alley Cat

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Check out this awesome band of hot guys from Nashville, previously known as Tell Romeo I Hate Him. Would you believe me if I said they’re currently unsigned? I know….whaaaat? Surely, that won’t last.

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Download: Hollis Brown

“Hollis Brown make music that sounds just as alive today as it would’ve in 1966 and will 40 years from now.”
—SPIN

“Rambunctious, twangy blues-rock…”
—Time Out New York

Born and bred in New York City, Hollis Brown embarked on a pilgrimage to Nashville to capture their authentic sound. They shacked up for two weeks in the backyard cabin/studio of producer Adam Landry (Deer Tick, Middle Brother), and found themselves. They recorded everything live, straight to analog tape. The result was a warm, vintage sound that displays the band’s explosive live energy. Their new EP, Nothing & The Famous No One, takes the listener back to that cabin to experience the raw vibe, smell the smoke, and feel alive. Download “Spoonful” below, which features vocals from John McCauley of Deer Tick.

Download: Hollis Brown – “Spoonful”

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