REQUIRED LISTENING: TWICEYOUNG Drop Sensual Indie Pop Jam, “Stay The Same”

Strip down your mind and let your innermost senses take over as you sway along to the new single from TWICEYOUNG, “Stay The Same.” Containing a simplistic vibrance within its melody and aural elusiveness, with accompanying electronics, this is the type of song that gets your feet moving and hips singing along. The band premiered the song via Entertainment Weekly earlier this week.

TWICEYOUNG, a Nashville-based three-piece, is set to release its sophomore record, Prefer You, on Nov. 11. If all the hooks on the record are as laced with irresistible indie-pop tendencies as “Stay The Same,” then …

Willie and the Giant

PREMIERE: Willie and the Giant – “Poor Boy”

Tapping the sensual and sexual tone of adult contemporary jazz rock, Willie and the Giant are one of the best easy listens to rise out of the ranks of Nashville in recent memory. With roots in Alabama, the quartet mixes and matches jazz, rock, easy listening, and lo-fi jam music to make truly sweet sounds.

Today, Under The Gun Review is premiering the band’s latest track, “Poor Boy,” a particularly penchant number worthy of any NPR playlist. With instrumentation flying between guitars, horns, keys, and percussion (all topped off with unforgettable harmonies) the band really sends the listener into a …

Courtesy Drop - Stabilize

Courtesy Drop Release New Single Off of Upcoming ‘Stabilize’ EP

Not even a full year has passed since the release of Courtesy Drop‘s stellar Songs To Drive To; Cry And Make Love To, and the Nashville emo group have already announced their follow-up effort, an EP titled Stabilize.

BrooklynVegan have put up a killer stream of the record’s lead single, “Orion,” which can be found following the jump, along with a tracklisting. Although the band’s already shared that this album will definitely have its fair share of softer moments, this single definitely sounds more hard-hitting than Courtesy Drop’s most recent work.

Stabilize will be released on October 28 …


Help Save Nashville’s Historic RCA Studio A

The building housing RCA Studio A, one of the most famous studios in country music history, is being sold to developers looking to add more residential offerings to Music Row.

RCA Studio A was originally built in 1964 under the supervision of Chet Atkins. In the years since it opened its doors, the studio has hosted everyone from Elvis Presley, to Dolly Parton, The Beach Boys, and – for the last twelve years – Ben Folds. It has welcomed hundreds of artists and produced some of the most iconic songs of all time, but if something is not done soon …

Bloom Cover

REVIEW: Bloom – ‘Thousand Yard Stare’

Artist: Bloom
Album: Thousand Yard Stare
Genre: Indie/Emo
Label: Broken Circles Records

Contrary to popular belief, Nashville’s general population of musicians is not strictly limited to singer-songwriters and guitar-toting country acts– it truly is a city that lives and breathes in musical diversity. Among all of that is a flourishing punk scene that has been finding its way into the public eye, with bands like Daisyhead and Better Off, who have gone on to sign to nationally recognized labels such as No Sleep and 6131, respectively.

And that brings us to Bloom, who have now released …


Dan Auerbach Reportedly Producing the Next Lana Del Rey Record

According to the Nashville, Tn.-based publication No Country For New Nashville, Lana Del Rey has been seen working at the Black Keys member’s studio, Easy Eye Studio, in Nashville.

This morning, Del Rey posted a photo on Twitter with the caption “Me and Dan Auerbach are excited to present you Ultraviolence.”

The news of the combo is surprising after Auerbach’s comment on Del Rey to MTV in 2012:

”On some level, we’ve seen that Lana Del Rey thing since we first started,” Auerbach said to MTV. ”All of a sudden this new band would be headlining festivals and …


Mastodon Spring Tour Dates Announced

While Mastodon continue working on their new album in Nashville, fans have something to rejoice about. The band has announced their upcoming headlining tour which runs from Oregon to Ohio throughout the month of May.

Gojira and Kvelertak will be joining Mastodon on the road. Until you get a chance to see them in concert, hold tight in anticipation waiting for the band’s sixth studio album. While the guys finish up recording with Grammy Award-winning producer Nick Raskulinecz, you can still rock out to the recently dropped Mastodon Live At Brixton.

Check out below the jump for the tour …

Jack White and his Ex-Wife

Jack White’s Ex-Wife Files Restraining Order

According to the Nashville City Paper, Karen Elson is trying to keep her distance from Jack White. White evidently has been having some issues with his ex-wife, who is a model and musician. The source of the conflict is standard as in all messy divorces; the two have been battling it out over custody of the children. Elson claims that she feels unsafe around White, saying that this harassment is a threat towards the well-being of Henry Lee and Scarlett, White’s children, as well.

The Nashville City Paper reports:

“White wanted Elson to contact their kids’ private school in

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VIDEO PREMIERE: The Rouge – “Handcuffs”

Tennessee rockers The Rouge are quickly becoming one of the country’s fastest growing acts and chose UTG to premiere their new music video for “Handcuffs.” This song comes off of their debut album, Blurry, which released everywhere back in February through Atlantic Records.

“Handcuffs” was filmed at Hi-Dive Bar in Denver, two blocks from where the band started and the venue where they played their last show before moving to Nashville. The yellow house that is right in front is the band’s old house.

Check out the band’s spoof on The Warriors through the jump and let us know …

Red Bull Sound Select

See Azealia Banks, The Gaslight Anthem, Frightened Rabbit, and More for Free

The only thing that beats free shows are free shows in the summer. Thanks to Red Bull, a new concert series called Red Bull Sound Select will be happening in ten cities across America from July 26 – 28. Artists include The Gaslight Anthem, MetricAzealia Banks, Dirty Projectors, Frightened Rabbit, Erykah Badu, Juicy J, Yeasayer, and plenty more. Each event has been curated by “local music influences”, so there’s some local flavor in there, too.

Cities being hit up are Atlanta, Austin, Chicago, Dallas, Minneapolis, Nashville, New York, Philadelphia, Seattle, and …


Rocketown Promoter Has Different Side To Volumes Controversy

There are two sides to every story, and the latest incident from Rocketown is looking pretty hectic. Last night, the word was Volumes front man Michael Barr was attacked by following his dedication of a song to a homosexual friend (with No Country For New Nashville originally reporting that reasoning, but they have since updated their page to reflect a lack of concrete knowledge on it). Some people posted on their Facebook page saying Barr needed to show more respect and the like, but there was no concrete report on what actually happened.

While no video of the incident …


Volumes Frontman Reportedly Attacked At Rocketown After Dedicating A Song To A Homosexual Friend

Damn, Rocketown. Get it together.

Following news earlier in the week that an employee at the Nashville-based Rocketown music venue was fired after wearing a Hostage Calm shirt promoting same sex marriage, word of a new incident at the Tennessee establishment has made its way to UTG.

According to various sources at the venue, as well as tweets from band members, it seems Volumes frontman Michael Barr was attacked by someone last night following his onstage song dedication to a homosexual friend. You can view a selection of Tweets from Barr and other members of Volumes below, as well …