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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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UMC50: 50 Can’t Miss Songs from 2021

UMC family, we love you. We’re thankful to have made it another year together, through the inherent challenges of the times. And, even though this has been an especially wacky holiday season, we want to make sure we leave you with one more parting gift before we say hello to new possibilities in 2022.

That parting gift is this year’s UMC50 playlist.

We scoured our UMC20 Best Of playlists — and our other UMC20 playlists, for months where there wasn’t a “Best Of” (2021 was weird, y’all) — for 50 tracks that we feel paint a picture of the musical year that was. You’ll hear variety. You’ll hear some things you don’t expect. You’ll see familiar names on the list, as well as first-time inclusions in our now-annual tradition.

It was important to us to get this to you. We hope you enjoy it as you reflect on 2021, and celebrate what is to come in the year ahead.

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UMC20: We Found Some Gems (Dec. 14ish, 2021)

Thanks again for your patience as we put this one together. There are a TON of fun projects coming through these days. Not to mention, we’re gearing up to make New Year’s Eve one to remember over at The East Room. The workload is real!

Nonetheless, it’s come time to deliver this week’s jams to you. Certainly, the artists featured on that show linked above are part of our plans this week. We also took some time to crawl through the submission forms and even our email inbox to find some multi-genre gold.

Share in our riches and check out this week’s UMC20 below!

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UMC20: New Faces, Exciting Places, and a Dash of Holiday Cheer

Want new faces on this week’s edition of UMC20? We have plenty of first-timers who made the cut on our weekly playlist!

Want exciting places? About 30% of this week’s UMC20 is dedicated to artists on this week’s upcoming, UMC-affiliated shows, including Red Bull SoundClash at Marathon Music Works, and this Friday’s high-energy rock bill at Cobra, presented by NashLive!

And, because it’s the season, we’ve started to pepper some holiday cheer into the mix this week!

There’s something here that you’re sure to love. Perhaps even multiple somethings. Why don’t you go ahead and find out for yourself?

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UMC20: The Best of November 2021

Welp… we’ve almost made it to the end of another year together. And today, we’ve made it to the end of another month.

So, let’s celebrate as we typically do around here — by recapping some of the best and brightest tracks the past 30 days have had to offer. It’s tough to narrow this down every month, but November presented a particular challenge. There were so many unique and interesting cuts, but only room for 20. Difficult choices were made.

See (and hear) if you enjoy the choices we made below. We think you will!

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UMC20: All the Feels (Nov. 16ish, 2021)

We were a day late with this one! That is indeed what happens when you have two shows and a whole lot of other fun stuff happening this week. Better late than never, right?

Nonetheless, we’re confident that this week’s UMC20 is worth the wait. We’re also confident that it will get you feeling something. There are a lot of heavier, more introspective songs here, befitting a time of year when it gets dark at 2 p.m. or something. ‘Tis the season, we suppose?

Of course, there’s plenty of fun, too. It’s all ready for you below!

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UMC20: No Hangover Here (Nov. 2, 2021)

How do you follow up one of the greatest months in UMC history? By ensuring that this month looks just as bright!

There’s no Halloween hangover. There’s no stopping this train following a 7-event month, where we also continued to Keep the Music Playing here in the digital space. It starts here and now, with the first UMC20 of November.

We had some submissions to catch up on (and no doubt, more where those came from). We also allotted some slots on this week’s playlist to the upcoming NashLive! shows that you’ll soon enjoy here in Nashville. There’s pop, rock, soul, Americana, and even a few songs that will get you in your feels.

Let’s mix it all into the gumbo pot and let it rip!

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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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