Nashville Game Developers meets regularly to discuss and promote game development in the Nashville area. Members include professional developers and amateurs alike, and anyone with an interest in how games are made is welcome to attend the monthly meetings and smaller informal meetups. NGD ran an excellent game jam back in January, and they're planning another one for this summer. (Yours truly contributed ideas and music to the Hot Chicken! game.) Game jams are an awesome way to jump into game design, as you and your team are given 48 hours to make a game from scratch. Don't worry if you're not a programmer or an artist. Everyone can contribute ideas. We'll post more information about the summer jam soon!
A group here in Nashville has started a crowdfunding effort to open an all ages venue, something that's very hard to find here. You would think more venues would be open to the idea, but most of them are bars and the Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission has been very quick to impose penalties for underage drinking. So we're left with a shortage of meaningful, safe places for kids to get together and share music with each other.
They've found a location that's willing to rent to them. Now they just need some help getting started. All of the funds raised will go towards fixing up the venue, getting it soundproofed, and getting a PA.
Fortunately, the group looks like it will meet its goal, but they can use all the help they can get. If you want to support the local music scene this is a way to do it directly, so please consider making a contribution.
The pleasantly prolific Bear in the Campsite are playing at Mercy Lounge tomorrow night in support of Jordan Hull. The show also features Shawn Conerton. Doors open at 8pm and the show starts at 9pm. Tickets are $5 in advance and $7 at the door, so get yours now.
While you're at it, listen to their recent Painting Over Classics EP:
Our boy hasn't been gone very long (he played the Ryman a little over a year ago), but he's back on the heels of a new single and, God willing, a new record.
The show was originally supposed to take place at the Grand Ole Opry House, but a scheduling conflict has moved it to the Ryman, which is a move for the better if you ask us. And as a special bonus, there's a deal on Ticketmaster where if you buy 4 tickets, the price goes down to $25 each--plus all the usual garbage fees, but still! There's great main floor seats left that qualify for this deal, so you should definitely take advantage of it.
Morrissey has been stellar in his last two appearances, and we've no reason to suspect he'll be anything less in his third. Watch below for a glimpse of his new, shiny fashion as he performs "Kiss Me a Lot" on Jimmy Fallon.
Daddy Issues celebrates the release of Can We Still Hang (the latest in Infinity Cat's Cassette Series) with an in-store appearance at Grimey's on 6/27 at 5pm. Come by to hear a special kind of garage pop with amazingly blunt lyrics. You'll be able to buy a copy ahead of the official release date on 6/30.
As always, this is an all ages event and there will be free beer available for those who are 21 and up. Check out "Ugly When I Cry" below.
Stephanie Adlington is a singer and voice instructor here in Nashville. You can catch her around town singing jazz and pop standards backed sparsely by excellent musicians in intimate venues. Her next show is at City Winery on Monday, June 22nd and comes highly recommended for fans of vocal music.
Local favorites Bully are cementing their rise to the top with the upcoming release of Feels Like on 6/23. In the meantime, check out the new video for “Trying” featuring Alicia Bognanno et al. invading a dilapidated amusement park.
Support Nashville music by buying a limited edition red or blue vinyl copy of the new album, and make sure to come see them July 24th at the Stone Fox.
Here’s a lovely missive from Pop City, USA, courtesy of Pilot Rouge. This is a live session of a song called "Sunrust" from their new Legends EP. What really stuck out to me was how well-recorded it is in terms of balance and sound quality. It's a great tune and we'll have a review of the full EP up soon.