Emerald Lounge hosts four bands for five bucks TONIGHT

Further proof that Nashville is as much about country music these days as Ugg is about fleece-lined sorority-girl boots: Auto Defiance. From East Nashville’s art deco district, the melodic rock quintet sounds more post-Velvet Underground, more post-Guided by Voices, more post-Collective Soul than, say, The Band Perry. Or whatever.

Auto Defiance just release its new single, “Heart Attack” (it’s a free download on Bandcamp). The song, which deals with the excesses of Hollywood and materialism, is lush and expansive. It recalls glittery dance floors and late-night drives. It’s all atmosphere and lustrous guitars. Lead singer Bradley Boyer has the sort of voice that echoes and rings, his tone both brooding and warm. Listen to the song here:

Auto Defiance plays Emerald Lounge tonight (Saturday, Sept. 15) with Mystery Cult (Asheville), Polly Panic (Asheville) and Some Army (Triangle, NC). 9 p.m., $5.

About Alli Marshall
Alli Marshall is the arts section editor at Mountain Xpress. She's lived in Asheville for more than 20 years and loves live music, visual art, fiction and friendly dogs. Alli is the winner of the 2016 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize and the author of the novel "How to Talk to Rockstars," published by Logosophia Books. Follow me @alli_marshall

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