PHOTOS: 0-Brien and PuffHost at Boulevard Records

Saturday night offered us a chance to return to our DIY roots, where creativity and expression are often at their most raw and electic.

The setting? Boulevard Records, right in the shadow of Belmont University. The artists? Experimental punk rapper 0-Brien, and alt-pop duo PuffHost.

0-Brien led off the night with an cathartic performance of his material, which explores the human condition in its most honest and brutal emotional states. The Connecticut native — in Nashville in support of his new album, Red — gave his all to those in attendance, delivering a six-song set that ran the gauntlet of everything, from lightning-quick hip hop verses, to the impassioned rage of screamo and hardcore.

PuffHost was next, fronted by self-proclaimed 90s kids Ethan Rose and Myke Wilken. The duo showcased a versatility that allows them to blend anthemic pop with world-aware hip hop, with verses about modern-day Millennial challenges delivered in a light-hearted manner. Their sound and worldview combined with a childlike enthusiasm, creating a unifying atmosphere for the live audience.

Want to see what we saw? You can do that below!

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