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Taylor Swift’s Speak Now … Help Now

You know this young artist for her four Grammy Awards, numerous No. 1 hits and, most recently, for winning Billboard’s Top 200 Albums Artist, Top Country Artist and Top Country Album for her album, Speak Now. But country starlet Taylor Swift’s most recent venture is all about giving back. May 21, 2011, Swift opened her final dress …

Space Capone

As solo artists and bands become increasingly disillusioned with major label record deals, they’re freed up to focus their passions entirely on the craft at hand without trying to please a third party, and the music has no where to go but up. Indie artist Space Capone is one person embracing his unique, soulful, highly …

Mikky Ekko

Steve Sudduth wants to paint a picture. He wants to construct a fantasy using his most natural instrument: his voice. Behind his intoxicating vocals, he melds layers of sonic dreamscapes, creating moody and ethereal visions with blasts of exquisite post-pop, all released under the personification of his undeniably apropos pseudonym, Mikky Ekko. Mikky Ekko is …

Matt Wertz

Against the clean backdrop of spring, Matt Wertz is releasing his much-anticipated, full-length album, Weights & Wings, March 15. This will be his first full-length studio release in nearly three years. A flourishing musician who has called Nashville home for nearly a decade, Wertz has spent the past three years touring and broadening his faithful fanbase. …

Vinyl Thief: Defying Definition

A troop of cheering girls crowded the front rows of Mercy Lounge as Vinyl Thief, five young and attractive guys, two with giant black X’s on their hands, took the stage. Launching into a series of statically charged electro-rock anthems, the group showcased a fully formulated sound and mature, multi-dimensional writing. Grayson Proctor, on vocals …

Madi Diaz

When they entered Bongo Java East, Madi Diaz and Kyle Ryan stood out among the various creative types typically found in frequented East Nashville coffee shops. Something about Diaz’s seemingly effortless allure and Ryan’s youthful face made them easy to spot. Both seemed comfortable in their own skin and excited about things to come. Originally …

Sam & Ruby

An anticipatory hush falls over the patio; the clanking of glasses and the friendly chatter die off as a band takes the stage. The duo, a gentle-looking guy in a baseball cap and a radiant girl sporting a skirt over long johns, shares an endearing gaze that imparts a sense of trust and comfort. The …

Andrew Belle

Andrew Belle says he was always the least musical member of his family. Trailed by three younger sisters who played the piano and sang in church, Belle left the music lessons to the women and instead poured his energy into sports. But despite his athletic childhood affections, Belle began to be enticed by music in …