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The Quinn’s Daily Spinn: Tuesday, June 23

As we begin to reflect on the first half of 2020, we can certainly say it’s been a wild ride, and it hasn’t been an easy one.

Even so, The Aquaducks are here to help give you a lift in time for a second-half resurgence.

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LISTEN: Spirits Republic Returns with Eclectic Single, ‘Decor’

Nashville’s Spirits Republic have come a long way, building upon their DIY roots to create a buzz among Music City’s rock scene. The power trio has worked its way up to prominent opening slots at venues like EXIT/IN and The High Watt, and has garnered attention from local media mainstays, including Nashville Scene and Lightning 100.

With their new single, “Decor,” we have a chance to see what the excitement is about. And, we can tell you, it exists for good reason.

Listen to ‘Decor’

Presenting the 2019 UMC50 Playlist!

More than any other playlist we’ve ever constructed, constructing the first-ever UMC50 playlist was not easy.

We’ve heard from hundreds of artists this year, and have heard multiple songs from the vast majority of them. Some have put out full EPs or albums. So, where do we even begin narrowing down this entire calendar year, to 50 of its can’t-miss songs?

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WATCH: Brother Dusty Confronts Authority with ‘Little Blue Suit’

We already know that Brother Dusty is a fearless, multi-faceted musician. He can sing, rap, and play just about any instrument you put in front of him, in any style you could want.

That same fearlessness carries over into his worldview. This time, he’s striking back against the authority figures who have done him wrong with his latest offering, “Little Blue Suit.”

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Review: The Groove Merchants – Take It

Artist: The Groove Merchants
Album: Take It (LISTEN)
Released: Aug. 9, 2016
Genre: Blues/Funk/Rock

Need New Year’s Eve plans? Ring in 2017 with The Groove Merchants at The Hamilton Kitchen beginning at 9 p.m. Details here.

The Groove Merchants have gained a reputation for their big sound, funky rhythms, and stellar musicianship. They deliver on all of those points on their recent full-length effort, “Take It.”

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Dana Gaynor Band Stands Up to Give ‘Power to the People’

Dana Gaynor is one of our music scene’s true icons and veterans. She’s won awards, and has played and toured with world-renowned artists.

All of Dana’s influences and experiences seem to come together splendidly on her band’s latest release, “Power to the People,” a seamless 14-track journey through the lands of blues, funk, country, and rock and roll.

Dana’s guitar work on “Power to the People” is, as expected, magnificent. A particular highlight is “In the Land of Fool’s Gold,” which features two well-crafted solos. Things get grittier on “Road to Oblivion,” which is complemented nicely with a fun groove in the rhythm section.

One thing to note about “Power to the People” is versatility. “Frenchman’s Wife” draws its main influence from country, while “Ghost Train” showcases the band’s blues side. Meanwhile, the album’s title track brings out the funk as Gaynor cries out for mankind to stand together and find unity in the world’s madness.

By crossing so many different styles and appealing to so many different tastes, Dana Gaynor makes it possible to find that unity, not only through her lyrics, but through a thoughtful album that offers something for everyone.

Standout tracks: “In the Land of Fool’s Gold,” “Power to the People”

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