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Songs You Should Hear: Love, Lust, and Despair

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Anyway, onto this week’s Songs You Should Hear…

Hear What You Should

UMC20: Everything You Need (Nov. 15, 2022)

It’s that time again!

Time to hear what the indie musicians of Earth have been up to. From Nashville to Nigeria — we’ve got an artist based in Lagos on this week’s UMC20 — we’ve got exactly what your music-loving soul needs, and we’re wasting no time in bringing it to you!

P.S.: See if you can find the three artists performing with us at this Thursday’s NashLive! Holistic Hang at The Holistic Connection. Also, make plans to join us!

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Songs You Should Hear: Vices and Sacrifices

The enchanting pull of toxic love. The hypnotizing allure of pushing a stone uphill toward an end goal. The temptation of greener pastures.

Life puts us in a variety of complicated situations and leads us through complex emotions. Today’s Songs You Should Hear illustrate the shades of grey we encounter as we navigate through life.

Hear What You Should

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!

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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.

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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!

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

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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!

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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!

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