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DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE Coca-Cola Roxy Friday, October 19

Death Cab For Cutie will be at the Coca-Cola Roxy on Friday, October 19th at 8:00pm.

Reserved Balcony Tickets are $47.00 and General Admission Standing Room Floor tickets are $39.50. All ages are welcome.

Tickets are on sale Friday, May 4th at 10am at Ticketmaster.com or charge by phone at 800-745-3000.

For more information, visit deathcabforcutie.com, or www.cocacolaroxy.com.

Pink’s Badass Guide to Conquering Life, Love & Everything in Between

Written By | Diana Pearl

TAKE TIME WHEN YOU NEED IT

When Pink fell ill just before her Montreal concert, she knew she needed to do what was best for her: Postpone the event. “Our entire family has been battling this awful virus/flu for two weeks now, and I have battled my way through these shows because postponing sucks,” she wrote on Twitter, apologizing to her fans. “I’m really sorry and know that I have done everything I could to avoid this.” Luckily, her fans understood: Sometimes, self care is necessary.

BUT SOMETIMES YOU NEED TO PUSH THROUGH

To that same point, just as important as knowing when to bow out is knowing when to keep going. When Pink fell ill before the 2018 Super Bowl, she still managed to perform — and received a standing ovation. “I am beyond proud of this woman,” husband Carey Hart wrote on Instagram following her performance. “The roller coaster that she went through this last week with getting sick and losing her voice would have broke any ordinary person.”

USE YOUR CONNECTIONS

When you’re a celeb, there’s no shame in using your star power to treat those you love the most. And for Pink, that came in the form of arranging a meeting between her daughter, Willow, and Willow’s favorite singer, Rihanna. “Willz has been a fan of @badgalriri for a long time, and mama got an intro for her,” Pink wrote on Instagram alongside a photo of the trio at the Grammys. “Major mom points tonight.”

DON’T BE TOO HARD ON YOURSELF

Pink is always ready to dole out some realness, and that’s something people love about her. One mom came up to tell her that in the grocery store — and the two even shed a tear together. “A really sweet Mama came up 2me tonight at the grocery store and told me some nice words about how she gets strength from my parenting cause I’m not afraid to f— up in public,” Pink wrote on Twitter. “We cried together. It’s so hard.” She used the moment to remind that woman, as well as the rest of her fans, that sometimes, you need to cut yourself some slack. She added: “I wish us mamas could give ourselves and each other a break.”

ONLY DATE THE PEOPLE WHO TREAT YOU RIGHT

Willow may only be 6 years old, but she’s already asking questions about boys and dating — and Pink is sure to steer her on a path of self-respect when it comes to relationships. “They have to kind, respectful. They have to be chivalrous, they have to be good to their moms,” Pink told Cosmopolitan of what advice she gave to her daughter. “They have to be good looking, they have to be funny.”

EMBRACE THE WEIRD

Pink has never been one to blend in with the crowd, and she encourages Willow to do the same. “[A] very important thing I tell my daughter is it’s very fun to be weird and it’s very boring to be normal,” Pink told Cosmopolitan. “I have a rule with Willow that we don’t say mean things and we don’t say things we don’t mean.”

SPEAK THE TRUTH — AND CLEAR UP LIES

Good luck to those trying to stir up drama in Pink’s life — especially where there is none. Twitter speculated that there was a feud between her and Christina Aguilera after viewers thought they saw Pink cringing during Aguilera’s Whitney Houston tribute performance. But it didn’t take Pink long to clap back at these rumor-spreaders, tweeting: “Waking up to see a newly created riff between myself and another incredible woman, Christina, who took on an incredible feat, who I support fully, makes me so sad. You all perpetuate keeping women apart b/c you’re afraid of the power we have when we get together.”

BE HONEST

Pink doesn’t lie — even when the truth is a little messy. She got candid about her relationship with husband Carey Hart in an interview with The Guardian, confessing that there are times when she doesn’t like him at all. “There are moments where I look at [Hart] and he is the most thoughtful, logical, constant … he’s like a rock. He’s a good man. He’s a good dad. He’s just the kind of dad I thought he’d be and then some,” she said. “And then I’ll look at him and go: ‘I’ve never liked you. There’s nothing I like about you. We have nothing in common. I don’t like any of the s— you like. I don’t ever wanna see you again.”

Watch Tyler, the Creator Perform Live at Coachella 2018

Streaming live from Indio, California

Written By | Braudie Blais-Billie

Tyler, the Creator is performing tonight at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. Watch his live set below. On Friday, the first day of Coachella 2018, Tyler joined Kali Uchis on stage to perform their collaboration “After the Storm.”

Tyler recently dropped a song called “OKRA,” a self-described “throwaway song” that shouts out Call Me By Your Name’s Timothée Chalamet. The track follows his latest album, 2017’s Flower Boy. He’s currently on tour, hitting summer festivals like Sasquatch!, Primavera Sound, Boston Calling, and others.

Follow along with our full coverage of Coachella 2018. Watch the Coachella live stream and check out the full Coachella 2018 schedule.

 

David Byrne Achieves First Top 10 Album on Billboard 200 Chart With ‘American Utopia’

Written By | Keith Caulfield

David Byrne earns his highest charting album ever on the Billboard 200 chart as American Utopia enters at No. 3 with 63,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending March 15, according to Nielsen Music.

The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week in the U.S. based on multi-metric consumption, which includes traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). The new March 24-dated chart (where Byrne debuts at No. 3 and Logic’s Bobby Tarantino II starts at No. 1) will be posted in full on Billboard‘s websites on Tuesday, March 20.

Byrne’s debut — his 12th charting solo set — is driven by traditional album sales, as effectively all of its units were in pure sales, resulting in Byrne’s biggest sales week since Nielsen Music began tracking sales in 1991. American Utopia’s arrival was enhanced by sales generated from a concert ticket/album sale redemption offer with the artist’s tour, which started earlier in March.

 

American Utopia is Byrne’s first solo effort since 2004’s Grown Backwards, which debuted and peaked at No. 178. Since then, he’s released a trio of collaborative efforts: Everything That Happens Will Happen Today, with Brian Eno (No. 174 in 2009), Here Lies Love, with Fatboy Slim (No. 96, 2010) and Love This Giant, with St. Vincent (No. 23, 2012). The latter was Byrne’s highest charting album, and only top 40 set, until the arrival of American Utopia.

Byrne made his solo debut on the list in 1981 with The Catherine Wheel, which topped out at No. 104 in 1982.

The band Talking Heads, of which Byrne was a member, charted a dozen albums on the Billboard 200 between 1977 and 2009. Eight of them reached the top 40, with the act’s highest-charting effort being 1983’s Speaking in Tongues. The album reached No. 15, powered by its hit single “Burning Down the House.” The track was the band’s only top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100, climbing to No. 9.

Byrne’s new album was led by the single “Everybody’s Coming to My House,” which has reached No. 5 on the most recently published Adult Alternative Songs airplay chart (dated March 17).

DJ Khaled & Demi Lovato Drop Magical ‘I Believe’ Music Video From ‘A Wrinkle in Time’ Soundtrack

Written By | Wandera Hussein

The video for Demi Lovato and DJ Khaled’s collab “I Believe” from the A Wrinkle in Time soundtrack is here. After teasing the clip on Good Morning America on Wednesday (Mar. 7), the full music video officially dropped today, and it’s quite the magical experience.

The visual takes themes from A Wrinkle in Time, and sees Lovato prancing around a seemingly endless field of green grass, with a lush blue sky as the backdrop. The pop sensation stands defiant, dressed in a lavish red gown, with large gold jewelry draped across her chest. Lovato stretches her elastic vocals and croons about believing in oneself and overcoming struggle. “Today I saw a rainbow in the rain/ It told me I can do anything/ if I believe, I believe, I believe in me,” she sings.

Demi Lovato arrives at Jingle Ball at The Forum on Friday, Dec. 1, 2017, in Inglewood, Calif. 

Scenes from the film blend in with the upbeat record, as DJ Khaled appears periodically, marking the tune with his signature “another one” phrase. He also dishes out inspiring words — “When times got hard, I went harder. The best thing I ever did was believe in me” — while standing alongside the “Sorry Not Sorry” singer in a warm sunset.

BØRNS RELEASES NEW SONG “GOD SAVE OUR YOUNG BLOOD FEAT. LANA DEL REY”

New Album Blue Madonna Available For Pre-Order Now, Out January 12th On Interscope Records

Santa Monica, California, – Platinum-selling Interscope recording artist BØRNS releases a new song, “God Save Our Young Blood feat. Lana Del Rey,” today, January 2, via all digital retailers – http://smarturl.it/BlueMadonna. “God Save Our Young Blood feat. Lana Del Rey” has been chosen as the first Beats 1 World Record of 2018, and will be featured on BØRNS’ sophomore album Blue Madonna which is set for release on January 12, 2018. Listen to “God Save Our Young Blood feat. Lana Del Rey” NOW.

Fans can pre-order Blue Madonna now and receive an instant download of four songs – “Faded Heart,” “Sweet Dreams,” “I Don’t Want You Back,” and “God Save Our Young Blood feat. Lana Del Rey.” A limited-edition poster lithograph package of Blue Madonna, as well as special limited edition merchandise, are available at www.bornsmusic.com.

Blue Madonna was produced by Tommy English. Full track listing is below:

1. God Save Our Young Blood feat. Lana Del Rey
2. Faded Heart

3. Sweet Dreams
4. We Don’t Care
5. Man
6. Iceberg
7. Second Night of Summer
8. I Don’t Want You Back
9. Tension (Interlude)
10. Supernatural
11. Blue Madonna
12. Bye-bye Darling

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Tickets are currently on sale for BØRNS’ 2018 North American headline tour with a handful of dates already sold-out. The 2018 headline tour follows a run of sold-out intimate club dates in select cities this fall where Borns treated his fans to songs from his debut album Dopamine as well as new material from Blue Madonna. For more information on tour dates and to purchase tickets visit https://www.bornsmusic.com/tour.

Garrett Borns was living in a secluded tree house in the Los Angeles canyons when he wrote his debut album Dopamine. The album was released in the fall of 2015 to rave reviews with the Associated Press calling it “some of the most heartfelt electronic-based music in recent memory,” while Spin noted that BØRNS “writes brilliant pop songs that worm their way into your heart in an instant.” The LP featured the platinum selling single “Electric Love” and showcased his yearning falsetto. Since the release of Dopamine, BØRNS has performed at numerous festivals including Coachella, Lollapalooza, Hangout, Sasquatch and Bonnaroo and completely sold out his headline theater tour in the spring of 2016.

BØRNS “God Save Our Young Blood feat. Lana Del Rey” eSingle

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BORNS

The second full-length from BØRNS, Blue Madonna, is proof of the strange magic that can be made from embracing instinct and wonder. In creating the album, singer/songwriter Garrett Borns found his curiosity sparked by sonic phenomena of all kinds: impromptu recordings of nocturnal creatures near his parents’ house in Michigan, early-’60s AM pop, Brian Wilson’s teenage symphonies to God, the mariachi music constantly echoing through his former L.A. neighborhood. As on his debut album Dopamine—a 2015 release featuring the platinum-selling breakthrough single “Electric Love”—BØRNS transforms his kaleidoscopic fascinations into dreamlike pop music that bears a classic sensibility but ultimately feels like some glorious future.

Lavishly textured and stylistically unpredictable, drenched in sublime melody and shimmying grooves, Blue Madonna again reveals BØRNS’s limitless originality (a gift once recognized by Prince, who praised “Electric Love” in one of his final interviews, stating “I like that you can’t tell what it’s inspired by”). In bringing the album to life, BØRNS reunited with Dopamine producer Tommy English (K.Flay, Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness) and sculpted a more expansive, ornately arranged sound than he’d ever attempted before.
“For this record I really wanted to push myself with the songwriting and production, and avoid that thing of trying to nail the songs into a certain structure,” says BØRNS. “I wanted to write a little more orchestrally, with different movements and key changes, kind of like the Beach Boys did.”

On the album-opening “God Save Our Young Blood,” Blue Madonna brings that symphonic grandeur to a delicately sprawling anthem driven by BØRNS’s ethereal vocal work. With its plush beats and sunlit harmonies, the track unfolds in lyrics both enchanted and unnerving (“Baptized in blue skies/Roll the window down, reach out/Feel around for new life”). “I’d been looking at these different translations of the story of the Garden of Eden,” says BØRNS, “and I was thinking about the idea of how we kind of kicked ourselves out of paradise, and how that relates to the current state of humanity and the earth. The song is like a plea to nature or to love: the thing that’s going to bring us together, but also eventually destroy us.”

An album built on brilliant contrast, Blue Madonna takes its title from a stripped-back, sensually charged slow jams whose lyrics betray a childlike sweetness (“She glides in a swan dive/Cooler than a strawberry shake”). “To me the idea of Blue Madonna represents innocence and purity and virginity, but there’s also an element of sadness,” says BØRNS. “I think that’s a main theme of the album: trying to hold onto that innocence.”

With its effusive rhythms and soaring vocals, “Man” embodies another theme central to Blue Madonna. “‘Man’ is about feeling almost immortal but also really vulnerable—the idea that even if you have everything in the world and you feel like you’re on top of some mountain, you’re still going to get your best night’s sleep in the lowlands with someone you adore,” says BØRNS. “The concept of immortality is something that I thought a lot about while touring,” he adds. “Sometimes on the road you feel almost godlike, and other times you just feel completely worn out and beat down.”

Throughout Blue Madonna, BØRNS endlessly shows his supreme ability to take his infatuations in exhilarating directions. Equally influenced by glam rock, doo-wop, and Detroit proto-punk, lead single “Faded Heart” matches its massive hooks and throbbing tempo with flashes of dreamy sleaze (“You and the suede backseat is all I’ll ever need”). On “I Don’t Want You Back,” BØRNS conjures a hazy synth-pop luster with the help of a vintage Omnichord, and again proves the agility of his imagination. “A while back I found some sexy magazines from the ’80s, and the advertisements were so hilarious and
amazing,” he says. “There was one thing that stuck out to me, a sound system for your car called the Sparkomatic, so I decided to write a Prince-esque song around that. It ended up becoming a breakup song where I figure out that my lover’s sneaking around after hearing the other guy’s Sparkomatic through the walls at 4 a.m.—that’s how good that sound system is.”

At turns triumphant and heart-crushing, the synth-heavy “Sweet Dreams” had more earthly origins. “The foundation of that song was something I’d recorded on my phone in Michigan, a sample of an owl and all these crickets outside at night,” says BØRNS. “The sample was sort of haunting and it put the song in a particular atmosphere, so ‘Sweet Dreams’ came out of that.” And on “We Don’t Care,” with its post-disco strut and snarling guitar riffs, BØRNS turns in a divinely inspired vocal performance. “I wanted to write a song where I was doing my best to channel Roy Orbison,” he says. “He had this cool technique where he’d start out singing very low and somberly, and then by the end of the song he’s hitting this top note and it’s so intense.”

Despite his restless inventiveness, BØRNS’s clarity of vision and sophisticated musicality lend Blue Madonna a cohesive grace. Growing up in coastal Michigan, he first discovered his penchant for music by figuring out Elton John and Three Dog Night melodies on his family’s piano. “There’s chords I remember discovering in middle school that I still integrate into my music now,” he points out. “I guess there’s some sort of innate melodic thing that I’ve always tapped into—in a way, I feel like I’m always writing the same song over and over. But to me there’s no escaping that: your instincts are always going to be the same since you were very small.”

Soon after moving to L.A. at age 21, BØRNS connected with Tommy English through a mutual friend and started working on his 2014 debut EP, Candy. Following the smash success of “Electric Love” (included on both Candy and Dopamine, and hailed as an “instant classic” by Taylor Swift), BØRNS has performed at major festivals like Coachella, Lollapalooza, and Bonnaroo, in addition to headlining a sold-out theater tour in 2016.

In beginning Blue Madonna, BØRNS had few set intentions beyond an urge to experiment with unorthodox instruments (such as the theremin) and to work with composer Steve Weisberg in adding string arrangements to the mix. “The way that Tommy and I tend to work is we just create as we go along,” he says. “We try out different things and puzzle-piece different ideas together, and then just see what happens from there.” This time around, the two collaborators tested out various approaches to pushing their creativity, including “getting up really early and working before our brains were awake, to find out what naturally comes out of you when you’re not totally thinking straight,” as BØRNS explains. The result of that experiment: “Iceberg,” an intensely hypnotic track that merges its jagged guitar tones with a looped piano riff to beautifully eerie effect.

Looking back on the making of Blue Madonna, BØRNS notes another objective that closely guided the creative process. “When we first started working on the record I said to myself, ‘I wanna feel completely exhausted by the end of this,’” he says. Many months later, BØRNS realized he’d fulfilled that mission upon heading to San Francisco with English for one final round of recording. “Every day for a week we’d wake up and jump into the ocean and then go record all day long; we just lived in the studio,” he says. “I remember sitting at this little oyster bar at the end of that week and drinking tequila and just being blissfully exhausted, and feeling like, ‘Okay, there we go—that’s all we had.’ I really don’t think we could have put any more of ourselves into this music.”

Introducing Nightly: Up and coming band plays The Tabernacle for first time

Written By: Bianca Theodore

Atlanta, January 27, 2018 – Meet Nightly- the two-person ensemble that is boy band meets hipster heartthrob meets garage band.
Somehow, the upcoming duo makes that chaotic genre blend as melodic as their smooth alternative pop tunes. Their catchy choruses and soft guitar riffs are infectious, and had the sold out crowd at The Tabernacle singing along in no time Friday night.
As Nashville natives, Nightly was a long way from home. But by the end of their opening set, Atlanta had welcomed them with open arms.
Their simple, stripped back set instantly created an intimate atmosphere in the three-tiered venue. Every seat was full and standing room was nonexistent, but Nightly made a crowd 2500 deep feel like a coffee shop’s open mic night.
As cousins who grew up writing songs together, lead singer Jonathan Capeci and guitarist Joey Beretta have perfected creating that organic feel. Nightly is no plastic boy band made of Ken dolls; they’re real, with a history and a story to tell that feels relatable.
Their newest EP, Honest , feels familiar in the best sense: like your favorite pair of comfy jeans. Nightly actually translates to text lingo for “Night, love you”, so fittingly, romance is the common thread to the band’s songs. Their direct, simple lyrics feel like a love lost or new crush we all know well.
So relatable, that their SoundCloud hit “XO”, “Honest”, and “No Vacancy” quickly became crowd favorites. By the end of their performance, Nightly had everyone swaying with their hands high and phone lights in the air.
Tonight may have been Atlanta’s first introduction to Nightly, but it is clear they made quite the impression.
Be sure to catch them in your city next:

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Alex Aiono – Feels Like Tour 2018 | The Atlanta Experience

Written By | Kiki Archer

Atlanta, GA — Terminal West, was the place to be when Alex Aiono gave Atlanta the most memorable show yet from his forthcoming debut album. Performing some of the songs from his album like: “Thinking About You”, “Work The Middle”, “Question”, “Does It Feel Like Falling” and more. From the moment he stepped foot on stage with every one knowing word-for-word the lyrics to his songs you would’ve thought he brought Phoenix with him here to Atlanta. With this being his first headline tour he was able to do whatever he liked, and here in Atlanta we loved it. It started off with him singing some upbeat adrenaline rushing songs and then moved to the some intimate tunes with him playing the guitar and keyboard. He also brought Trinidad Cardona and DJ Tre Trax along with him on this tour. The vibe in the atmosphere was amazing his energy and activeness with the crowd heightened and furthermore deepened the experiences for the fans here in Atlanta; from the private meet and great, to dancing with the crowd, to intimately singing a cover song to a fan.

All in all it was a great show. And the great news is that the tour isn’t over yet he will be in your city soon.

Aiono will be holding 5 special instore events at FYE stores while on tour where fans can receive a limited-edition fanzine with a 5-track digital download card. Cities for the FYE instore events include Chicago, Philadelphia, Boston, Dallas and Los Angeles,

Please see tour dates below along with event photos.

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2018 tour dates Alex Aiono’s Feel Like Tour:

1/13/2018 Minneapolis, MN Cedar Cultural Center
1/14/2018 Chicago, IL Lincoln Hall
1/16/2018 Pontiac, MI Pike Room
1/18/2018 New York, NY Highline Ballroom
1/19/2018 Philadelphia, PA The Foundry at The Fillmore
1/20/2018 Washington, DC U Street Music Hall
1/21/2018 Boston, MA Paradise Rock Club
1/23/2018 Atlanta, GA Terminal West
1/25/2018 Houston, TX White Oak Music Hall – Downstairs
1/26/2018 Dallas, TX Trees
1/29/2018 Phoenix, AZ Crescent Ballroom *
1/31/2018 Santa Ana, CA Constellation Room
2/1/2018 Los Angeles, CA El Rey
2/2/2018 San Francisco, CA Great American Music Hall
2/3/2018 Sacramento, CA Ace of Spades

 

Alex Aiono “Thinking About You” eSingle

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NIGHTLY

Within a few months of forming Nightly, singer Jonathan Capeci and guitarist Joey Beretta came up with “XO”: a bittersweet breakup anthem built on bright beats and powerful melody. Pennsylvania-bred cousins who bought matching Fender Squier Stratocasters as kids, Capeci and Beretta earned some positive early feedback on the track, and quickly uploaded “XO” to their SoundCloud page.

“We figured that, as a no-name band putting something out on our own, it would be a huge feat to get 100,000 plays in a month,” Capeci recalls. Instead, “XO” surpassed that number nearly overnight and hit a million plays within weeks, generating major buzz for the Nashville-based band’s guitar-fueled take on electronic alt-pop. Nightly soon began hosting showcases in their garage and ultimately inked a deal with Interscope Records, who are now set to release the band’s debut honest EP.

With their name translating as ’night, love you in textspeak, Nightly match their inventively textured sound with a guileless approach to lyric-writing. “It’s easy to hide behind clever lyric writing without really getting to the truth of the emotion. We try to stay away from that,” says Capeci. “We want our songwriting to be conversational, and to be real and open about relationships and love.”

On “XO,” that confessional spirit manifests in a breezy meditation on vulnerability and self-preservation. “‘XO’ is about being half-heartedly in a relationship, and how that usually does more damage than good,” explains Capeci, whose soulful vocals instill the song with a dreamy melancholy. “It’s about the kind of situation where you’re holding back to protect yourself, but it just ends up screwing things up worse and hurting both people involved.”

Produced by Keith Varon, Nightly’s honest EP explores troubled romance of all kinds. With its soaring vocals, propulsive synth, and sprawling guitar work, “No Vacancy” looks at the isolation that comes with lack of emotional availability. On “Talk to Me”—a track written in collaboration with producer Bill Lefler (Ingrid Michaelson, Dashboard Confessional, Gym Class Heroes)—heavy grooves and cascading guitar lines converge to offer up one the EP’s more lighthearted moments. “That one’s about getting attention from someone you really shouldn’t be getting attention from, based on their relationship status,” Capeci points out. And on “Honest,” Nightly fuse fierce guitar tones, hard-hitting rhythms, and warped vocal effects to capture the romantic frustration at the heart of the lyrics. “‘Honest’ is about a relationship where you and that person were on fire together, and then they move on to someone else and completely change their personality,” says Capeci. “It’s saying, ‘What we had wasn’t perfect, but at least we were honest with each other.’”

Throughout the EP, Nightly’s deftly crafted melodies amp up the raw emotion infused into each track. Such ingenuity in merging pure feeling with sophisticated songcraft comes from a near lifetime of devotion to music, partly shaped by Beretta’s musical household. “My dad played guitar and my mom’s a great singer, and my mom’s dad played the organ like crazy,” says Beretta, who grew up on the James Taylor and Cream records his father often spun at home. After getting their hands on those matching Strats, the cousins took their first step toward a shared lifelong dream of playing in a rock band. “I got a blue guitar and Jon got a black one and we were just like, ‘We’re gonna be in a band together forever!’” says Beretta, who—a year older than Capeci—was 13 at the time.

The following year, Beretta started playing in bands, landing gigs in bowling alleys or “really anywhere that would let us play.” Meanwhile, Capeci began experimenting with songwriting at age 15, and joined his first band with Beretta at 17. Although both headed off to college, the foray into higher education was short-lived. “I dropped out after about a year and Jon left a year later, because clearly we were meant to do the band thing,” Beretta says.

Capeci and Beretta soon moved to Nashville, where they formed Nightly in 2015. With a vision of bringing an urban feel to the quintessential rock-band dynamic, they quickly carved out a sound all their own. “With one of the first songs we ever wrote for the band, I just had this feeling like, ‘I’ve never heard anything like this before,’” says Beretta. Continuing in a rhythm-driven but guitar-centric vein, they eventually created “XO,” which fast made its way into rotation on Nashville’s ALT 98.3 in addition to gaining massive attention online.

As Nightly amassed a following, the two began developing a live show featuring a stunning light display created by Beretta. Rounded out by Stevie Cunsolo on synth/keys and Nicholas Sainato on drums the live show taps into Beretta’s intricately designed display to help transport each audience into Nightly’s own fully realized world—a mission that extends to every element of the band, including their artwork.

Now at work on their full-length debut, Capeci and Beretta note that Nightly endlessly delivers that same electric feeling of first picking up the guitar back in middle school. “I’m always surprised by what comes out of writing sessions, I’m always so happy about what we come up with,” says Beretta. “I feel like a kid every single time—there’s always something to be excited about.” That ever-renewing passion feeds directly into the emotional core of the band, adds Capeci. “I’d love for our music to be something that people listen to when they’re out driving alone at night, something that becomes part of the soundtrack of their lives,” he says. “There’s nothing like connecting with a song and feeling like the person who wrote it understands exactly what you’re going through, and I can’t imagine anything more satisfying than giving that feeling to other people.”