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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 

 





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





The Deli's Austin '17 Issue is online! The Synths and Pedals Issue

Deli Readers,

We've been publishing the yearly Austin issue of The Deli (coinciding with SXSW) since 2011, and it's our only print issue that's not exclusively focused on just NYC artists. 

After last year's fun, "PsycheDelic" approach, we decided to dedicate this year's issue almost entirely to synth and pedals (and bands of course!), in an effort to promote our Austin Stompbox Exhibit and Synth Expo - which, if you are a gear geek heading to Austin next week, should not miss!

However, the highlight of this issue is an article about women and technology. Hope you enjoy it!

LISTEN TO A PLAYLIST OF THIS ISSUE HERE (or below)!

The Deli's Staff

P.S. You'll see the printed issue in Austin next week and in NYC the week after.





Best of Nashville Roots Acts: Tyler Childers and New Suede

Our Best of Nashville 2017 poll began last week with the Roots category and, after you-the-people cast your vote, we have the results to share with you!

Overall Poll winner (Jurors vote + Readers' vote): Tyler Childers

Readers' Poll Winner (Readers' Vote only): New Suede

Tyler Childers offers classic country folk songs that fit the modern context. His lyrics are imaginative and descriptive of elements of life in the country. With blue-grass oriented instrumentation including fiddle, banjo, mandolin, his style brings early Avett Brothers to mind. His songs blend the modern indie-folk impulse with the root elements of the bluegrass and country. Where his vocal tendencies and lyrics use the popular style of the alternative country/folk genre in its current form, the instrumentation and song structures harken back to truly rural country roots of his origins in a rural Kentucky coal mining town. 

New Suede is an act that's mastered the art of origin digging. "Taxi," the single they've released ahead of their new album, is a number heavily influenced by classic R&B and Jazz elements but molded into the form of an indie rock experiment with similarities to psychedelic/jazz/indie outfits like Homeshake or Mild High Club. The makeup of their work so far consists of groovy, easy rocking that dabbles in enough dissonance to keep us on our toes. Be on the lookout for their album, Ocean Drops, coming out on March 11th. 

The full list of nominees can be found under the streaming tracks. 

 

Here is the list of all the finalists in the Nashville Roots category and their readers' poll results: 

 

 Aubrey Peeples
  1%   3 votes
 Bird Cloud
  0%   1 vote
 Blackfoot Gypsies
  0%   0 votes
 Jillette Johnson
  0%   0 votes
 Molly Parden
  0%   1 vote
 Moon Taxi
  2%   7 votes
 New Suede
  95%   266 votes
 Panfish
  0%   1 vote
 Poly
  0%   0 votes
 Strange Rivals
  0%   0 votes
 Sisterhood
  0%   0 votes
 Tyler Childers
  0%   0 votes
 




No Ritual Hones Minimalist Bedroom Rock

No Ritual is the kind of act you'll brag about seeing in someone's basement ten years from now. Their lo-fi bedroom rock flows through the same sonic vein as Beach Fossils or early Sonic Youth. The songs are hook-heavy, pushing catchy little guitar riffs that meander and branch off in different directions. Being a three-piece band, their arrangments are decidedly minmalist. They've honed the skill of doing a lot with very little, patching song sections together with subtle accents that serve as satisfying variations. Sometimes setting limitations can open up undiscovered creative pathways, little artistic rabbit holes into which the trio dives without reservation. They know how to create high energy yields with low energy inputs, which is why No Ritual is a band we can all have faith in. Their artistic process is sustainable. 

-Andrew Strader

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