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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!

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/

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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: 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

LISTEN: On ‘Roman Holiday,’ Skylar Lee Captures the Spirit of Romance

Skylar Lee is one of the more intriguing artists we’ve had the chance to feature over the past couple of years. Since bursting onto our radar with her 2020 single, “Marionette,” the Nashville-based producer and songwriter is an inspiration for women everywhere, releasing pop music that is fresh and exciting in a historically male-dominated profession.

Hear ‘Roman Holiday’

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.

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PHOTOS: Sarah Manzo, Dakota Ryley, and Julia Kahn at The East Room

Friday night was yet another opportunity for some of Music City’s most notable independent talents to take the stage at The East Room, courtesy of NashLive!

This time, it was an all-female lineup of Nashville-based pop artists who captured the crowd’s imagination.

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Songs You Should Hear: PuffHost Brings the Good Vibes, Esquire Brings the Love Back + More

I had an idea last week, somewhere in the midst of getting ready to move into my new apartment (Friday) and throw NashLive’s first ever festival (Saturday). That idea is to feature a few songs in a single article, quick hits-style, and to tell you what we like about them!

In the future, the idea is to have other UMC contributors (not just me) give their staff picks for the week. But for now, I don’t see any harm in starting this party. With that, I welcome you to…

Songs You Should Hear: October 6, 2021

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UMC20: Upcoming Shows and More Fun (Oct. 5, 2021)

You may have noticed that we have our hands in a lot of upcoming shows around Nashville this month. So, we’ve crammed as many of those artists as are announced onto a single edition of UMC20, and peppered it with some other submissions and notable releases.

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