The Features have been a Middle Tennessee institution for more than a decade. In that time they've braved trials and tribulations that could befit the next Cameron Crowe rock 'n' roll sagalineup changes, walking away from a major label deal, balancing life on the road with family priorities; situations that would've broken up most bands. But not The Features. Despite the hardships, they have managed to prevail with Some Kind of Salvation, their second (officially released) record. With its fair share of harmonic, melodic and rhythmic twists and turns, the album keeps you on your toes with bittersweet dark pop gems such as "Foundation's Cracked," which showcases a tasty winding Beatles-esque melody set against a march-like mid-tempo double-time feelsomething band shows a great proclivity for throughout the record. "Gates of Hell," the album's moody centerpiece, and its sister song "baby's hammer, demonstrate the band's talent for restraint and ability to build up a moment with their dreamy verses and slow-building grooves.
Sat., Oct. 25, 5 p.m., 2008