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Indie rock band The Apache Relay delivers easy vibes and smooth rhythms on tracks that may just become your new summer anthems. Catchy tunes such as “Katie Queen of Tennessee” and “American Nomad” feel as if they were written for driving with sunglasses on and windows down. Members Michael Ford, Jr., Mike Harris, Brett Moore, and Kellen Wenrich got their start in 2008 while attending Belmont University together in Nashville, Tennessee, and later released their first album in 2009. Ford, Jr.’s brother, Ben Ford, and Steve Smith [... more]

Magic City Music

Though open just one year, Iron City Birmingham Bar & Grill has already become one of the Magic City’s hottest spots for nightlife. Capable of comfortably holding more than 1,000 people, Iron City plays host to many up-and-coming musical artists, as well as established musicians of all genres such as Kid Ink, Buckcherry, and Earl Sweatshirt. Located in the heart of downtown, the modern venue features not only two full-service bars and live music, but also an impressive eatery that strives to produce “a white tablecloth experience [... more]

Breathing Easy

NEEDTOBREATHE continues its steady ascent up the rock-world ladder with its most recent release, Rivers in the Wasteland. The band’s fifth full-length album not only received rave reviews from several notable music critics, but also peaked at the number one spot on both Billboard’s Top Rock Albums and Christian Album charts. The three band members all hail from South Carolina and play Southern rock music with Christian undertones and messages. Reviewer John DiBiase for the Christian music web site Jesus Freak Hideout called the 11-track album, which [... more]

One-Stop Music

Do you like discovering new music? What about vintage and newly released music records? If you answered “yes” to either question, we suggest a visit to Nashville, Tennessee’s Grimey’s and The Basement. Located in the heart of the music industry, Grimey’s is a music shop where customers can buy and sell CDs, DVDs, and vinyl records. Here, customers can also listen to music and even hear live performances. Downstairs, The Basement nightclub offers a venue for up-and-coming artists to share their music and oftentimes gain popularity. Headliners [... more]

A Futuristic Festival

Last year, the creators of the wildly popular electronic music festival TommorrowLand, which occurs in Belgium each year, decided to spin off its first international edition and chose the United States as the location. Thus TomorrowWorld was born. In September 2013, TomorrowWorld welcomed 140,000 music fans from more than 75 countries to the Chattahoochee Hills just outside of Atlanta. This fall, the event returns to Georgia and anticipates an even bigger crowd. Though the event doesn’t take place until September 26-28, the festival has already confirmed more [... more]

The Dirty Guv’nahs on Fire

Called a “fiercely soulful band” by The Boston Globe, The Dirty Guv’nahs have recently been making waves in the music industry. The six-member band from Knoxville, Tennessee, recently released their third full-length album, “Hearts on Fire,” with great success, debuting at No. 1 on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart. Filled with passionate lyrics and an inspiring Southern rock vibe, the new album’s 11 tracks are best enjoyed on a lazy summer day. Their current tour stops in cities across the South, including their hometown of Knoxville, among others.

Banjo Ballads

Not many bands can claim that they single-handedly created their own genre of music, but that’s exactly what Grace & Tony did. Formed in Florence, Alabama, the now-married couple combined their two styles to create the “Punkgrass” sound they perform today. Says frontman Tony White (brother of John Paul White of the Civil Wars), “Punkgrass is simply a natural fusion of my punk-rock background and Grace’s Southern gospel and bluegrass upbringing.” No other term could so accurately describe their loose, upbeat, and narrative first full-length album, November, [... more]

All That Jazz, and Rock, and Blues…

What do Eric Clapton, Christina Aguilera, and Robin Thicke have in common? They all headline this year’s New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival going on April 25-27 and May 1-4. Since 1970, this preeminent event has featured the best in Blues, jazz, gospel, zydeco, R&B, rock, funk, and folk music. This broad mix of musical genres will play out on 10 different tents, each featuring at least five acts a day. Among its many honors, Jazz Fest has been named “Festival of the Year” four times by [... more]

Sing Like No One Can Hear You

You don’t have to look far for a reason to celebrate these days. There are at least a few hilarious, bizarre holidays each month that offer an excuse to have a little fun. April’s National Karaoke Week (this year, April 20-26) will have you dancing and singing in the streets. Be sure to gather your closest friends for an entire week of belting tunes at the top of your lungs and releasing all those pent-up emotions you didn’t even realize you had. Feeling spunky? Bust out your [... more]

The Truth Will Set You Free

Truth & Salvage Co. has emerged as one of the South’s hottest new bands. Originally from North Carolina, the six-man group relocated to Los Angeles, but recently settled in back down South in Nashville, Tennessee, to work on their music, a blending of country rock, folk, gospel, and indie pop. “We’re really not aiming to be any kind of genre band,” said Walker Young (piano, organ, vocals). “Everybody writes and everybody has different styles they gravitate toward. When we bring it together it becomes our sound.” In [... more]

A Folk Family

A combination of Americana and rock, Delta Rae’s most recent EP, Chasing Twisters, provides a soulful collection of songs clearly rooted in their hometown of Durham, North Carolina. The group began as a trio of siblings, Ian and Eric Holljes, and sister, Brittany Holljes, and later became the sextet they are now with the addition of singer and friend Elizabeth Hopkins, drummer Mike McKee, and bassist Grant Emerson. Together, they produce exquisite four-part harmonies, intricate instrumental interludes, and storytelling lyrics that will set your heart soaring and [... more]

Avett Brothers Touring the South

The Avett Brothers, that red-hot band from North Carolina, begin the Southern leg of their tour March 20 in Savannah, Georgia. From there, they perform across Florida and into Louisiana and Texas. The highly touted trio—their original sound has been described as the “heavy sadness of Townes Van Zandt, the light pop concision of Buddy Holly, the tuneful jangle of the Beatles, and the raw energy of the Ramones”—rushed onto the music scene in 2009 with their break-out single “I and Love and You,” and shows no [... more]

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