Tag Archives: dark pop

UMC20: Weird, Wild, and Wonderful (Jan. 11, 2022)

Full disclosure: I try to avoid describing “this week’s UMC20” as having “something for everyone,” because truthfully, they all do. Every last one of ’em, to the best of our ability, will bring the variety, as well as the heat. Pointing it out seems cliche, at this point.

However… this week’s edition is particularly interesting, because of some of the genre-bending adventures you’ll be taking. Right in the middle of the playlist, we have some avant garde selections that are sure to intrigue.

With that said, we’ve got something for you, no matter your flavor. Go get yourself some!

Listen to UMC20

LISTEN: Arula is ‘Alive Now’

Though difficult to endure in the moment, hopeless and lonely feelings are often the catalysts that lead us to our most powerful breakthroughs. This type of ascension-from-the-ashes is explored on “Alive Now,” the latest single from San Francisco-based avant-pop artist Arula.

Hear the Single

Dark Masquerade, Presented by Housequake, NashLive!, and Underground Music Collective

The Dark Masquerade (presented by Housequake, with support from NashLive! and Underground Music Collective) is an inclusive, Halloween-themed celebration of art, music, and community. This first-of-its-kind event will feature the musical talents of LGBTQ+ dark pop artists. Attendees will enjoy a Halloween costume contest and giveaways hosted by popular Nashville-based drag performer, VAG.

GAYLE is a 17-year-old pop artist based in Nashville who began releasing music independently at age 15, and was recently signed to Atlantic Records. GAYLE is about to embark on a U.S. tour this fall on the momentum of of her latest single, “abcdefu,” which has surpassed 2.6 million Spotify streams to date.

Based in Nashville, TN, Notelle is an independent artist working as a featured vocalist and topliner since 2014. Collaborating with DJs and producers around the globe, she has accumulated over 31+ million streams, as both a writer and artist. Now, Notelle is exploring her solo artistry. She has spent the past two years developing her version of “dark industrial pop”. After being recognized by The Nashville Scene and Tuned Up Music as a “Nashville Artist To Watch”, called a “genuine, revelatory breath of fresh air” by No Country For New Nashville, selected as local radio stations’ 102.9 The Buzz and Lightning 100’s “Artist of the Week”, Notelle has quickly made a name for herself in the noisy, over-saturated, Nashville pop world.

Talia Stewart has made waves with her dark pop sound on Nashville’s alternative scene in recent years, and released an EP titled Murder, She Wrote earlier this year. The lead single, “This Killing Floor,” has garnered more than 20,000 Spotify streams to date. Talia’s recent success adds to her already impressive resume, which includes placements on CW television series DC’s Legends of Tomorrow and The Flash, as well as viral success on TikTok for her single, “Look Ma No Hands.”

Austin Blue is a Nashville-based pop performer and visual artist. Austin’s vibrant sense of creativity shines through in everything he does. He’s also enjoyed quite a bit of streaming success — Austin’s single, “Painter,” has amassed more than 1.1 million Spotify streams to date, and his music maintains a strong following in the U.S. and across the globe.

No matter who you are – or who you decide to be this Halloween – all are welcome at The Dark Masquerade!

Completed COVID-19 vaccine card OR negative PCR/rapid test result required for entry. See here for additional info: https://www.mercylounge.com/covid-19-policy-faqs/

STANDING ROOM ONLY – PLEASE EMAIL info@mercylounge.com FOR ADA ACCOMMODATIONS

VALID GOV’T ISSUED PHOTO ID REQUIRED – NO EXCEPTIONS

Doors 7 p.m. | Show 8 p.m.
18+ | $10 Early Bird (thru Oct. 11) | $15 ADV | $20 DOS

GET TICKETS NOW

UMC20: The Best of October 2021

We’ve had a full month of new UMC20 playlists for the first time since May. You know what that means!

OK, in case you don’t know what that means: the last Tuesday of the month serves as a month-in-review for our weekly Spotify playlist, featuring the songs that you, the listener, seemed to enjoy the most throughout the month. This month, we did mix it up a bit — specifically, there are a couple of songs on here that didn’t appear on a previous edition of UMC20 this month. However, the artists behind them did, and we just felt like keeping you on your toes with a couple surprises this time around!

Let’s get to it, shall we? Here’s the Best of October!

Listen to the Best of October

UMC20: New Tunes and Looking Ahead (Oct. 19, 2021)

Last week was the best kind of whirlwind around here! We got to enjoy a couple of great NashLive! shows, and we picked up some steam featuring more of your music, more frequently. We even had time for some Fun -N- Games.

Seriously, go watch that episode. What a great and meaningful conversation!

With all of that going on, we’re still catching up to make sure the glorious future is just as good as the recent past. That’s why we’re a tiiiiny bit late getting this week’s UMC20 in your hands.

Nonetheless, we think it’s worth the minor wait. You’ll find plenty of that new goodness on here, as well as some tunes that hint toward the shows to come (including this MONSTER taking place at Mercy Lounge next week). There’s rock, Americana, dark pop, and way more. We dare you to dig in!

Listen to UMC20

WATCH: Talia Stewart’s Intoxicating ‘ALCOHOL’ Video

Y’all… we have a fun haunt coming your way at The Dark Masquerade in a couple weeks.

It’s that event we’ve been talking about on Friday, October 29 at Mercy Lounge. It’s presented alongside HOUSEQUAKE and NashLive!, and features the musical talents of GAYLE, Notelle, Talia Stewart, and Austin Blue.

Watch the Video

UMC20: All of the Sounds (Oct. 12, 2021)

It took more time to come up with a headline for this installment of UMC20 than it took to construct the playlist itself. That’s because this one — and let’s be real, most installments of UMC20 — can’t be put into a single box.

A lot of these songs are here to feature artists on upcoming NashLive! shows, sure. However, that’s not all she wrote — we have some other fun surprises that we’ve snuck in, just for fun.

We’ll let you hunt through and find something you like. Get to it!

Listen to UMC20!
« Older Entries