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First Round Of Road To Bonnaroo Contestants Announced

If you follow any number of local and emerging artists on your social media stream, then prepare to see your feed blow up with Road To Bonnaroo announcements over the course of the next few weeks. Announced this morning, the first round of Road To Bonnaroo contestants is stacked deep. The lineup boasts a few acts featured in our year-end poll to your right but all eight artists are worth a listen.

The first round of acts will hit the Mercy Lounge stage on February 25th to compete for your vote to send them to Bonnaroo 2k13. The following two sets of bands are as yet unannounced, but you may as well mark your calendars now for March 25th and April 15th to watch Road To Bonnaroo, rounds two and three, also over at Mercy Lounge.

In the meantime, get to know the first eight of your 24 Road To Bonnaroo contestants:

Alanna Royale
DeRobert & the Half-Truths
Dylan McDonald
Five Knives
Grass Root Kids
Schools
Sol Cat
The Young International

For more information on the event, click here.

   

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!