It's been a watershed year for the country's best music scene. The scene in question being Nashville's, of course, if you believe what Rolling Stone has to say on the matter. But on top of Nashville landing the aforementioned honor in an April issue of the Stone, we've seen locally based, arena-touring rock bands blow up and melt down. We've seen the newly local Black Keys win two Grammys for their Brothers — three, if you include the one they got for their album design — and go on to release an already-lauded follow-up, El Camino, that was recorded here in Music City. We've seen neo-traditional country crooners like Caitlin Rose, Nikki Lane and ever-nomadic joker Jonny Corndawg release acclaimed records, and we've seen commercially successful, closer-to-mainstream supergroups form (Pistol Annies) and reappear (The Raconteurs). Born-in-the-garage metal, rock and punk outfits like Natural Child, The Features, Those Darlins, Glossary, Across Tundras, The Ettes, PUJOL and JEFF the Brotherhood released stellar records and toured extensively, the latter two groups even inking deals with major labels. Jack White's Third Man Records released over two-dozen singles from artists as diverse as Oscar-nominated actor John C. Reilly, Rust Belt clowns Insane Clown Posse and locally grown garage rockers like (you guessed it!) PUJOL and JEFF the Brotherhood.
But it didn't stop with the garage. Pop songstress Tristen had an enormous year touring on her Charlatans at the Garden Gate, while the local hip-hop scene exploded thanks to fantastic albums and mixtapes from artists like Dee Goodz, Openmic, Chancellor Warhol, Sam & Tre, Stix Izza and Amerigo Gazaway, hot Nashville-based blogs like The Smoking Section, 2 Ls on a Cloud and Break on a Cloud and events like Sneakers and Speakers and The Boom Bap. Polar-opposite pop leviathans Ke$ha and Taylor Swift topped the charts once more — and only one of the two singers was spotted at Springwater no fewer than two times (we'll let you guess which one) — while The Civil Wars had a faster and hotter rise than any other local group in recent memory. Nashville played host to nationally recognized festivals of the folk (National Folk Festival), Americana (Americana Music Festival), all-things-underground (SoundLand) and mainstream-country persuasions (CMA Music Festival), and just down the road, Bonnaroo reached its 10th year. We, for all intents and purposes, laid to rest a local institution with WRVU, and welcomed a new midsize venue with Marathon Music Works.
In our annual Year in Music issue, we delve into the year's most interesting stories, talk about the city's hip-hop explosion, rank our favorite albums of the year and revisit some of the best live performances, and in our annual Rock 'n' Roll Poll, we ask some of Nashville's rockers, rollers, hippers, hoppers, movers and shakers to weigh in on one of the biggest years Music City has ever had.
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