Music

The Dance Club

Take Lucy Negro, Redux—Caroline Randall Williams’ Shakespeare-inspired book of poetry about black identity and womanhood—add the Nashville Ballet, plus music from Rhiannon Giddens, and what do you get? One of the most groundbreaking events in the country

The Minks: “Sweet Talk” Music Video

The irony of calling a Nashville country or blues band original isn't lost on us, but The Minks' fusion of gritty, no-nonsense riffs and twangy melodies is, well, actually original. Carried by frontwoman Nikki Barber’s distinct vocals, the wailing Western-y four piece combines Bonnie Raitt (at her angriest) with modern blues rock, and the result is a trad-country/grunge quartet that embraces its down-home sound with a knowing wink. Their debut single, “Sweet Talk,” is accompanied by the more subdued B side, “In Plain Sight,” and available to buy or stream on major platforms. The video was filmed by Houston Mathews at Slowhand Films.

The Homecoming Queen

Natalie Prass channels the shock of the 2016 presidential election into a grooving work of female empowerment, The Future and the Past

Candid, No Camera

With Bad Ideas, vlogging superstar Tessa Violet gets real about music

Why Not?

After a decade in the music industry, synth duo Biyo is marching to the beat of their own (808) drum

The Art of Seclusion

After writing in an abandoned rubber band factory for three months, Nashville native and roots-rock poet Rayland Baxter has emerged with Wide Awake, a politically charged anti-manifesto that’s still fun enough to play at a backyard cookout

Happy Place

Following his Hap EP, creative powerhouse Groh is finally making art on his terms

Getting a Handle on It

Daisha McBride woke up one morning with fifteen thousand new fans. She took them to Nashville, where she’s assumed a role as a pioneer in the city’s hip-hop scene

Into the Deep End

How pop producer Super Duper went from writing jingles for Lexus to producing R.LUM.R’s hit “Frustrated”