UMC is Nashville-based, but our roots are planted in a small former steel city about an hour north of Philadelphia.
We began our journey in the indie music blogosphere in 2016 as Lehigh Valley Underground, a regional publication covering the local music scene in Eastern Pennsylvania. Every August, Musikfest served as an anchor point — a 10-day celebration featuring artists at all levels, from talented locals, to mid-range independent artists catching fire, to some of the biggest names in music.
I had the honor of joining the team at ArtsQuest — the Bethlehem-based non-profit behind Musikfest — as Event Staff in time for the 2014 festival. I tell that story here. Here in the 2020s, I’ve begun taking an annual “vacation” to rejoin the Musikfest family, with the number one goal of making sure you don’t cause a ruckus.
I’m telling you this, because I’ll be a little tied up over the next week or so. I’m also looking at this as an opportunity to find new inspiration from the festival that spawned this publication’s very existence. Expect us to come out swingin’ upon my return from “vacation.”
In the meantime, we’ll still be delivering the goods here over the next week. That includes a new UMC20 (curated by UMC’s own Jenna Rose) and an episode of The Quinn Spinn. Keep an eye out!
And, if you’ve been following UMC since it was LVU, maybe I’ll see you at ‘Fest?
Hey, everyone! Gerard here. I’m up in Bethlehem, PA (the cradle of UMC’s very existence) for Musikfest, the nation’s largest free, non-gated music festival. I’m throwing it back with my northern work family and pitching in with this year’s festival, which means you’re going to see some guest contributions here over the next week and a half.
That includes next week’s UMC20, curated by our very own UMC Contributor Jenna Rose! But… before we get there, Jenna is popping in to give you all a little preview with this week’s Songs You Should Hear.
Get ready for a whole lot more where this came from next week. In the meantime, I’ll let Jenna take it from here with her picks!
Hear What You Should
Born in the pandemic, Nicole Boggs & The Reel‘s new album, Dystopian Book Club, is a brilliant account of these modern times. The band uses this new album to get comfortable sharing the uncomfortable truths about life — from alcoholism, to anxiety, to relationship troubles, to the realities of the digital age. Listen to this episode to hear where the songs come from, as we muse on the life crossroads that inspire the creative journey.
This episode of The Quinn Spinn was recorded and produced at Helping Our Music Evolve (H.O.M.E.), Nashville, TN.
Opening theme: REVEL 9 – All I’ve Become
Nicole Boggs & The Reel
Stream Dystopian Book Club
We have so much to get to with this week’s edition of UMC20, and that includes providing clues about what’s coming down the pike in the near future.
We have upcoming (and previous) Quinn Spinn guests featured here, as well as artists set for forthcoming NashLive! shows this fall. We have submissions from multiple different continents and, of course, we touch as many genres as possible across these 20 tracks.
Sound exciting to you? Good, because it does to us. Let’s go!
Listen to UMC20
Let’s kick off your month the best way we know how: with yet another NashLive! show announcement!
We’ll return once again to The 5 Spot (1006 Forrest Ave., Nashville) for another night rooted in the grand tradition of rock and roll. This time, we’re bringing CH3LS, Allan Fine & The Finites, and The Z-Man Experience into the fold!
While you enjoy your Sunday Funday, we turn your attention to next Sunday, August 7.
That’s when the Sunday Funday Crew — that’s Lord Goldie, Foundation Mecca, and ViB — will once again bring their Sunday Funday Xperience to Flash Me Xperience, located at 1048 Jefferson St. in Nashville.
A couple weeks back, we let you know that Music on the Move Studios had rescheduled their upcoming LGBTQ+ showcase — originally intended to take place on the eve of Nashville Pride Week — for Wednesday, August 31 at The East Room.
We’re back to tell you that the lineup is now complete!
Ender Bowen is a musician, author, filmmaker, and humanitarian with a lot to say, and plenty of methods by which to deliver his message. A relentless creative, Ender always has a new project (or a few) in the works, and he comes on The Quinn Spinn to discuss those projects, and his ever-evolving quest to keep them balanced with the other fulfilling areas of life — including family, spirituality, and more.
Peachkit is a modern pop/alternative artist who subscribes to the way creating music used to be — when the focus was not on making tabloid headlines, but on the music itself. The largely-anonymous artist, producer, and songwriter recently came to Nashville from the United Kingdom and is already making a splash: her single, “Like It (A Lot),” stood out among a strong field of 140 submissions to win the second edition of Songtank, a Songland-meets-Shark Tank broadcast competition from Helping Our Music Evolve (HOME).
Among her many accolades, Peachkit has multiple number one writing credits to her name. As an artist, she combines her knack for writing chart-topping hooks with raw honesty and social commentary to create her own brand of “Thinking Pop” — and she does it all while rarely, if ever, showing her face.
All told, Peachkit is a brilliant, world-aware creative soul who lets her music do the talking — and certainly, there is plenty of room for her voice! She’s truly in a league of her own, and we’re fortunate to have had the chance to chat in-depth. Check out the full convo below!
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It was a lot of fun to construct the UMC20 Best of July, even if some tough decisions were made. There were some all-around bangers and, all told, this month was an especially strong one.
Come on in and hear why. It’s time for the Best of July!
Hear the Best of July