muna @ mercury lounge

muna @ mercury lounge

MUNA brought their Saves The World tour to Mercy Lounge in Nashville on October 4th–just a month after their album of the same name was released. They opened the show with lead single “Number One Fan,” an anthem about coming to terms with being your own biggest fan. A MUNA show is a celebration of self-love, self-care, and self-preservation. In their words, saving yourself is the key to saving the world. They performed all but two songs on their new album, along with crowd favorites “I Know A Place” and “Loudspeaker” from their 2017 debut About U, and in between songs, the crowd rarely stopped cheering long enough for the band to get a few words in–until bassist Naomi McPherson declared triumphantly, mid-show, that they are “the greatest band in the world.” I wholeheartedly agree.

Keep up with MUNA here.

the bacon brothers @ folly theater

the bacon brothers @ folly theater

On Tuesday, October 8th, The Bacon Brothers took the stage at The Folly in downtown Kansas City, MO to a well-mannered and vibrant audience. (Even the couple dressed like bacon added a certain je ne sais quoi. For those of you wondering, yes, this would be Kevin Bacon and his brother Michael, who have been making gorgeous Americana music since 1995. So, yes, your head has been under a rock and it’s time to jam out. These men have got some chops, and they’re wonderfully entertaining.

Keep up with The Bacon Brothers here.

bleached @ exit/in

bleached @ exit/in

Hailing from Los Angeles, sisters Jennifer and Jessie Clavin brought authentic California punk all the way to Nashville for a stellar show. Their performance was gritty, like their new record Don’t You Think You’ve Had Enough?, from which they performed hits like “Hard To Kill” and “Somebody Dial 911.” They allowed us into a show that felt inexplicably DIY, like we were transported to an underground dive bar in California.

Keep up with Bleached here.

dodie @ marathon music works

dodie @ marathon music works

Dodie blissfully treated us to an evening of honest lyricism and simple–but far from boring–ukulele jams. It is a unique experience to see a YouTube star become an in-real-life star, and oftentimes the wonder and awe doesn’t translate the same past the computer screen, where there are no real-life jump cuts or do-overs. This is far from the case for Dodie, who captivated the flower-crowned and glitter-covered audience. She performed her hits (“She,” “Would You Be So Kind,” “Secret For The Mad”), as well as a charming a cappella cover of “Take Me Home, Country Roads” to celebrate being in Music City. Dodie managed to make Marathon Music Works feel as intimate as one of her YouTube videos, as if we were sitting there, watching her magic unfold in her bedroom.

Keep up with Dodie here.