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Review: East Nashville Underground, Winter 2013

If you somehow missed all of the hype surrounding one of Nashville's biggest indie events, you may need to check your hearing and keep your ear a little closer to the ground so you aren't missing the coolest part about living your best life in Nashville, Tennessee. East Nashville Underground brought their A-game and a seemingly endless supply of free booze to The East Room on Friday and Saturday nights, selling out their weekend event for the first time in ENU history.

Though we could make it to only the Friday night show at the Underground (as we had a date with the mainstream over at The Ryman on Saturday night), East Nashville Underground's place in the Nashville indie community is undeniable. Highlighting independent bands just as heavily as the independent music community itself, Kristyn and Jared Corder have created an event that defines the romance of being involved in the local music scene in Music City. From new fans to OG Undergrounders to industry folk, it's safe to say that no venue in town housed as many sweaty hugs and eyeball kisses as The East Room did over the weekend.

On Friday, doors opened at 9 and the stage featured the likes of Cult Logic, Vinyl Thief, All Them Witches, Alanna Royale, Machines Are People Too, and Magnolia Sons. All of the bands were predictably stellar, and it was especially thrilling to finally catch Machines Are People Too live. Each set made trying to plan a bathroom break feel like the ultimate music fan's predicament, the easiest solution being just resolving to hold it and concentrating on dancing.

Though we all try our best to broaden the scope of this tight-knit music community that is on the precipice of incredible things at an amazing time, the Corders have created something that is simultaneously intimate and all-inclusive. From their understanding of how to run a solid music event as business owners to their clear love of music as fans themselves, the payoff is something we all benefit from with each passing season of East Nashville Underground. We attempted to live tweet the vibe from The East Room on Friday night, but it's difficult to capture that kind of energy in just 140 characters. But if you missed out on the chance to make it inside or didn't catch a hug from the guy who was giving them to, seriously, just everybody, mark your calendar; East Nashville Underground's doors will re-open on May 10th-11th, and we intend to see you there.

   

East Nashville Underground Announces Winter Lineup

Just in time to commemorate the sudden and somewhat painful temperature drop outside, the East Nashville Underground crew have announced their winter lineup. The shows will take place on Friday, February 15th and Saturday, February 16th, so whether you're taken or single, this is your best chance to dance off your post-Valentine's Day haze.

Friday Night
Vinyl Thief
All Them Witches
Alanna Royale
Machines Are People Too (headliner)
Magnolia Sons (headliner)
Cult Logic
DJ Rate (from Boom Bap)

Saturday Brunch Day Show
The Static Trees
Jon Byrd
Joshua
Waterfall Wash
KS Rhoads (headliner)
Colorfeels (headliner)
Frances & The Foundation Hanzelle

Saturday night
Golden Spurs
COIN
Tesla Rossa
James Wallace & The Naked Light (headliner)
MOON TAXI (headliner)
The Wans D
J That Guy! (Kory Schalm)

Wristbands for the full weekend are $25 and can be purchased this way. If the anticipation is just too much to bear, you can get started a little early at the High Watt on February 11th for the ENU edition of 8 Off 8th.

   

East Nashville Underground and High Watt Host 8 Off 8th

Tucked away from the bright lights of Music City, eight of the most promising rising acts around town provided an impressive three-song musical sampler, which won’t soon be forgotten. East Nashville Underground and the High Watt hosted an 8 Off 8th event Monday, November 12, featuring acts associated with the Underground’s quarterly festival and sponsored events around town.

All of the featured artists, including local acts such as The Gills, Cult Logic, The Young Liars, Schools, and the Allen Thompson Band, drew a strong crowd reaction. Several musicians seriously blew the top off of the High Watt and absolutely gained a loyal following.

The first to go on was the extremely talented Kim Logan. Sheer vocal force and authentic style immediately differentiates her from other singers around town. Comparable to strong vocalists as Janis Joplin and Stevie Nicks, Logan’s voice does her sensual and powerful lyrics justice. As for her band, she has three incredibly strong musicians to aid her in delivering a truly unique musical experience.

Following Kim Logan was Anderson East’s Mike Anderson, going solo for the evening. From the first song, the audience was captivated. Infallible instrumental work, excellent lyrical integrity and astoundingly powerful vocals are a guaranteed from any Anderson East performance, and he certainly delivered to the folks at the High Watt.

Applause for Anderson East was in response to an absolutely astounding set from The Young International. An interesting similarity to indie and alt legends Radiohead, Coldplay, Muse and Hot Hot Heat, this group swept up the entire room and secured a dedicated fan base via a high-energy performance and quality indie rock goodness.

Although the task of choosing a favorite act from East Nashville Underground’s 8 Off 8th is a daunting and nearly impossible task, you can decide for yourself at this weekend's ENU event. Follow the Underground on Facebook and Twitter for an event schedule. –Courtney Foster

   

The High Watt and Mercy Lounge Host Dueling 8 Off 8th Lineups

Tonight 1 Cannery Row is busting at the seams with free music. Starting at 8 pm, the High Watt will play host to "East Nashville Underground Presents..." The lineup is solid, featuring the likes of:

The Young International
Kim Logan
Schools
The Gills
Anderson East
Cult Logic
Allen Thompson Band
The Young Liars

The usual 8 Off 8th rules apply: Eight bands, three songs each.

Down the hall at Mercy Lounge, it's business as usual with BMI hosting their 8 Off 8th night with a stacked lineup:

Static Revival
The Paranormals
The Weakenders
Sonsett
Dax
Mckenzie's Mill
Ryan Silver
Aevory

Featuring two well-stocked bars and two solid lineups, this is basically a free, one-night music festival.

Doors at 8. See you there!