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Songwriter Nicole Jackson releases EP "Radio Silence"

You might pass a hundred singer-songwriters in the Music City every day, whether they're lawyers, cashiers, or even your best friend who has a secret diary which you don't know about. Often times, they're university students, as is the case with Nicole Jackson. The Portland-born singer-songwriter studies the music business at Belmont University, but she's also put out a collection of four tracks called Radio Silence. The EP showcases a talent with songwriting on par with indie up-and-comers like Snail Mail and big names like Kacey Musgraves and Carrie Underwood. Tracks on Radio Silence range in intensity from barnstormer "Disappear" to post-punk tinged "Ghosts" to the ballad title track. It's a promising debut from one of the many aspiring musicians who walk among us. Take a listen to Radio Silence below. - Will Sisskind





Country rocker Kyle Daniel releases sophomore EP "What's There To Say?"

Maybe you like the Allman Brothers Band. Maybe you like Chris Stapleton. Maybe you're looking for that sweet spot between Southern rock and good old Americana country music. Put your faith in Kyle Daniel's music. His sophomore LP What's There To Say? comes out on March 15th, and it's already received write-ups from the press including big names like Billboard and Rolling Stone. The lead track "Born To Lose" sheds light on Daniel's football field-ready voice, the roar of his band's organ and electric guitar, the smooth dance of the strings, and the light swing of the drums. Any fan of country music will see that Daniels does it right; if you're that fan, take a listen to "Born To Lose" below. Daniels is touring the Southeast to support the new album; he'll be back in Nashville on March 26th to play Twang Tuesday at ACME Feed and Seed. - Will Sisskind

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Alt-rockers The Ivins release new single, play The Basement on 04.09

There's a certain type of pop-punk or alt-rock that came out around 2008 or 2009, a sort of prototypical Imagine Dragons sound that still had a bit of the MCR/Fall Out Boy/Panic! drive that fell away once bands started getting militaristic and neo-Teutonic with their sound. The Ivins capture that transitional rock that set the tone for the turn of one decade of insecurity to another. And now, on the eve of yet another strange and unknowable ten years, the band will release their new single "Certain", an alt-rock anthem that will introduce new fans to The Ivins' sound and bring long-time listeners want more. Although The Ivins have a few years behind them in their careers -- as well as having their music used on Fox Sports -- they'll play New Faces Nite at The Basement on April 9th. While "Certain" is still a month away, get pumped for the release by watching the video for The Ivins' previous single "Roam The World" below. - Will Sisskind

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Hailey Whitters releases video for new single "Ten Year Town"

The music industry can tear you up. If it does, you either get out, or you go all in. (In some cases, you throw caution to the wind, start your own label, and send hundreds of emails a day booking shows or hawking albums.) Hailey Whitters knows this all too well, as she chronicles in her new single "Ten Year Town". The song, which comes from her upcoming self-financed album The Dream, talks about her life in Nashville over the past decade as she's tried to make it in the music world, with every failed single, radio station rejection letter, and empty venue giving her the drive to keep going. "Ten Year Town" is a stripped-down and honest song about how raw trying to live creatively can make a person, but it also explores the idea that no matter how hard it gets, there's always a little bit of hope left over. Take a look at the video for "Ten Year Town" below, and stay tuned for the release of The Dream later this year. - Will Sisskind

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Indianola releases B-movie homage video for new single "Too Good To Be True"

One of the toughest things to do when writing about classic music is figuring out where it falls on the genre scale. How do you classify artists like Roy Orbison or the Righteous Brothers, whose music falls under the catch-all AM radio species of "oldies"? Regardless, that's the kind of sound Indianola have emulated on their latest single "Too Good To Be True", although Mississippi-born songwriter Owen Beverly has always had a crooner-like bend to his music. As Indianola, Beverly will release his debut LP Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye in May, with "Too Good To Be True" leading the tracklist. The album will follow the song's style of taking from all different classic genres, from the crooner and doo-wop age of the Fifties to the psychedelic Sixties and the soft-rock Seventies. You can hear those influences mesh on "Too Good To Be True" in Beverly's voice, the haunting strings that sound like they come from a Mellotron, and the slowed-down drums that echo with the Spector-like sound. The video for "Too Good To Be True" pays homage to the B-movies of these eras by mashing scenes from horror films into a well-done montage. Take a look for yourself below, and don't miss Indianola when they return to Nashville to play the High Watt on May 2nd. - Will Sisskind

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