Tag Archives: pop

Songs You Should Hear: Emo’s Second Golden Age; Introspection and Melancholy

With a title like that, you know you’re in for some tunes that will make you feel all of the feels this week!

Art is expression, and sometimes, musicians have difficult emotions to express. We have a good handful of emotionally-charged tunes this week that will surely help you release what you’ve been holding in.

Breathe deep and get ready for these…

Songs You Should Hear: Jan. 21, 2022

Hear What You Should

UMC20: UMC Birthday Edition (Jan. 18, 2022)

It feels good to be alive today!

On this day six years ago, in the small, plucky former industrial city of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, a regional music blog was born. It was called Lehigh Valley Underground, and it would go on to cover some cool festivals, win some local awards, and become a pretty legit community resource.

Then, toward the end of 2018, LVU changed its name, moved to Nashville, and became the Underground Music Collective you know and love today. The rest, as they say, is independent music history.

And, because we find ourselves in a celebratory mood on this sixth anniversary of Launch Day, it’s only fitting that we have a brand new UMC20 playlist for you. We’ve combed the depths of our submission form and inboxes, and we also decided to show some love to the artists on next Thursday’s Music on the Move showcase at Analog Nashville, just for fun.

Listen to UMC20

NashLive! Presents: Julia Kahn, Audrey Jane, and Rose Starring at The 5 Spot

We’ll head back to The 5 Spot (1006 Forrest Ave., Nashville) on Friday, January 14 for our first all-female pop showcase of 2022. On this night, we’ll be joined by Julia KahnAudrey Jane, and Rose Starring.

Indianapolis native Julia Kahn captivates listeners with her authenticity and soul-moving voice, blending indie-electronic production underneath a deep chill wave, R&B, indie-pop vibe. This evening at The 5 Spot will be the second time Julia joins us for a NashLive! show, following a memorable evening at The East Room last October.

Audrey Jane is a pop singer, dancer, and classically-trained multi-instrumentalist. Her most recent release was 2021’s six-track EP, Madhouse, which was commemorated with a live streamed performance and release party from Helping Our Music Evolve in October.

Rose Starring is an independent artist, songwriter, and producer based in Nashville, Tennessee; one who “hopes to be a voice for those who have struggled without one and vulnerable for those who are enduring hardship.” Rose’s 2021 EP Stages of Grief features the single “Bargaining,” which has received more than 55,000 streams to date on Spotify.

Celebrate these rising independent artists with us at The 5 Spot! The show begins at 9 p.m. on Friday, January 14. It’s $10 at the door, you must be 21 or older to get in, and you must present proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a recent negative test (<72 hours), per venue policy.

Songs You Should Hear: Hope in These New Developments; Have Yourself a ‘Sunday Funday’

Imagination is the key to today’s Songs You Should Hear — whether that means re-imagining that which has already been given life, or imagining a new, harmonious direction for varying musical styles.

Jenna and I teamed up again to bring these your way. Let’s get to it!

Hear What You Should

Music on the Move Showcase Arrives to Analog Nashville Jan. 27

Created and hosted by rising Americana/country artist Erin McLendon, Music on the Move (formerly Women on Fire) serves as a pivotal platform for local female musicians and entrepreneurs to share their talents.

See this month’s lineup!

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

Songs You Should Hear: Cameron Floyd Finds a New Sound; Leilani Kilgore Breaks Your Heart

To say we’re pumped about a fresh new year of music and possibilities is an understatement. We’re already seeing the submission form fill up with new reasons for excitement in 2022, and we can’t wait to keep digging in!

With that said, we have some songs from later in 2021 that still need to receive their proper UMC love. So, Jenna and I have teamed up once again to present some of those as…

Songs You Should Hear: Jan. 7, 2022

Hear What You Should

UMC20: Welcome to 2022 (Jan. 4, 2022)

Happy New Year! 2022 is only a few days old, and we are here to celebrate the fresh new possibilities before us with a new edition of our UMC20 playlist!

It’s been a few weeks since we’ve delivered an all-new UMC20. We gave you an updated Holiday Hits playlist a couple weeks back, followed by the 2021 edition of our UMC50 year-end compilation.

Now that we’ve celebrated the holidays, it’s about time we start telling the story of 2022. NashLive! shows will certainly be a part of that story, and we have a few upcoming lineups represented below, alongside exciting new submissions and selections. Let’s waste no time digging in!

Read more
« Older Entries