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LISTEN: Will You Like DaChri ‘unfiltered’?

Hey, while you’re here: did you know that Underground Music Collective is a fiscally-sponsored project of The Arts & Business Council of Greater Nashville? That means you have the opportunity to make a charitable donation to UMC, which is tax-deductible to the fullest extent permitted by law. Click here and help us Keep the Music Playing!

Anyway, onto the review…

Who’s ready for an unconventional pop banger that flies in the face of the algorithmic gods?

Hear “unfiltered.”

Sunday Replay: What is ‘Good’ Selfish? Giving Ourselves Flexibility and a Chance to Recharge

Before the weekend is through, kick back and enjoy some thoughtful clips from our Official Podcast, The Quinn Spinn.

These conversations highlight the creative process, as well as ways to show up better for ourselves, so that we have more to give. If you want more where this came from, make sure you hit the links below and subscribe!

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PREMIERE: TopHouse Wants You to Look Out for ‘Number One’

Number One by TopHouse

TopHouse’s quick rise in social media popularity has launched the Nashville-based folk-pop band into virality. And, once you hear their music, you’ll understand exactly why.

Their new single, “Number One,” showcases lyrical depth that honors the complex, yet familiar arrangement and melody that carry those lyrics directly into your soul.

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Songs You Should Hear: Emotions Are Running High

Love and loss are addressed in this week’s edition of Songs You Should Hear.

We begin with a tender, beautiful reminder of the legacies we carry with us as we pursue our passions. Then, things take a hard left turn into the land of toxic relationship dynamics, addressed expertly by a couple of Nashville’s emerging pop artists.

Hear What You Should

Heartbreaker or Heartbroken? Stephen Babcock Explores His Growth on ‘When We Were Kids Ourselves’

When Stephen Babcock comes to Nashville’s famous Bluebird Cafe this Friday, he will do so in celebration of his new album, When We Were Kids Ourselves. The 10-track offering is a nod to the ways we grow, as we encounter life changes and challenges in our relationships — with others, as well as ourselves.

“This album is about the journey and growth experiences post ‘growing up,'” Babcock states. “It’s so easy to feel isolated when you’re taking on something challenging in life, and we tend to normalize the idea that in adult life, we’re supposed to have it all figured out by now. I hope my music serves as a bastion for people experiencing challenging emotions, and I hope my voice can help those struggling to find the words they’re looking for in their own life.”

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Sunday Replay: Originality, Purpose, and Small Victories

Our recent guests to The Quinn Spinn have spent years refining their creative processes, and the time spent has put them in a position where they can share the lessons they’ve learned.

Today’s Sunday Replay presents a few of those lessons, front and center. Watch the clips below! And, if you want more insights just like these, check out these links…

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4 Ways Your ‘Day Job’ Can Help Your Music Career

If you’ve been reading along at the Muze blog over the past several weeks, you may be noticing a pattern: we’ve been talking a lot about the creative process, and how success in the music industry is not a destination, but a journey.

We’ve covered ways to find joy in the process itself, and we’ve shared tips on how to keep yourself functioning at an optimal level as you move, step by step, toward greater artistic fulfillment. These ideas are great to keep in mind, no matter where you are on your road to success.

For many of us – especially those starting out – continuing down that road and keeping all aspects of our lives in balance can feel easier said than done. This is compounded by the fact that the vast majority of us who embark on a creative path do so without industry connections, and with finite resources (i.e. the cash necessary to feed the beast) to help us along the way. At one point or another, most of us will be employed outside of our passions in order to keep them going.

Although it can feel daunting to get up and go to a job – especially one you don’t like – when you’d rather be working on your vision, the good news is that there are still many positives to take forward from this leg of the journey. In fact, your seemingly unrelated “day job” might hold the keys to your success down the road.

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