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The Sunday Post feat. Matt Butcher and the Schoolyard Band, Josh Scutella, Burning Daylight, The Violet Blues & Gales 

When: Sun., June 8, 8 p.m. 2014
Price: free
British-born singer and guitarist Matt Butcher cut his musical teeth in Orlando, Fla., where he fronted Americana band The Heathens before landing in Nashville a few years ago and joining forces with drummer Pete Pulkrabek and bassist Cullen Tierney. If anything, Butcher’s arrival here in the Americana mecca triggered a turn toward gritty no-nonsense rock ’n’ roll. The majority of the material on Matt Butcher and the Schoolyard Band’s debut, The Kids Are Gone, sounds like vintage ’60s and ’70s radio rock: “Romeo,” “Shadows,” and the title track suggest a slew of influences ranging from The Who and Velvet Underground to Mott the Hoople and maybe even a little Thin Lizzy. (It was recorded at Fry Pharmacy, an analog studio in a former Old Hickory drugstore, and Chris Casello’s savvy production makes the most of the old-school facility.) That’s not to say Butcher’s indie-folk roots have disappeared: The album’s last three songs, “Maggie,” “So Fine” and “Walk Through the Roses” feature acoustic instruments and hint at the country blues of Exile-era Stones. Throughout it all, Butcher is a solid singer with a nonchalant delivery that recalls a young Lou Reed. JACK SILVERMAN


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